Today's News - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cambria County sheriff’s deputies went to Woodland Campground in Cambria Township yesterday. They found a loaded handgun, five assault rifles, loaded syringes and drugs inside a camper, all within reach of a 2-year-old child. Police arrested Joshua Holliday and Daniel Taddy who were wanted on warrants and had been on the run for months.The toddler’s mother, Whitney Norbin, is facing child endangerment and drug charges. The boy is now in the custody of his grandmother.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, prosecutors rested their case against 38-year-old Brian Roles Senior of East Taylor Township. He’s charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs for the 2012 crash that killed his 16-year-old son, Brian Junior. According to “The Tribune -Democrat,” an expert testified the teen was “catapulted” from the truck’s passenger side, which could not have happened if the boy was driving unless the vehicle was traveling more than twice as fast. A doctor also testified that Roles Senior told him he was driving.

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A Blair County Judge has ordered former Altoona police officer Duane Eichenlaub to pay Earl Eshelman nearly $10 thousand for his out-of-pocket medical expenses. Eichenlaub is appealing his 11-and-a-half- to 23-month jail sentence for assaulting Eshelman at Pellegrine’s Bar in 2010. Earlier this week, his attorneys said it was illegal when the sentencing judge set restitution at one dollar and gave Eshelman 30 days to submit his final expenses.

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 Penn State and state College Borough are teaming up to help connect local residents. University President Rodney Erickson, Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and other local leaders will walk through borough neighborhoods from 5:15 to 8 tonight during the sixth annual “Living In One Neighborhood Walk.” They will welcome students and provide information about downtown regulations and services.

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Jerry Sandusky’s appeal hearing is scheduled September 17 and now it will be held at 3 p.m. at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. The hearing was originally going to be heard as part of a full day of hearings that day at Dallas High School, but the Superior Court ordered the change yesterday. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years at the state prison near Waynesburg.

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In Somerset County, school will resume today in the North Star district. Flooding from heavy rainfall forced the district to cancel classes Wednesday. Boswell and Jenner Township were hardest hit, with some residents reporting water more than 3-inches deep in their basements.   

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“The Centre Daily Times” reports a Jersey Shore teen is behind bars, charged with raping a 4-year-old boy in Clinton County. Bail for 18-year-old Joseph Rankinen is set at $75 thousand. State police in Lamar say the abuse occurred on multiple occasions from December to April.

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 Some Altoona Area elementary students will be attending a new school starting Wednesday and the school district is inviting them and their parents to a transition meeting/open house. The open house at baker is today at 9a.m. Penn Lincoln, which is welcoming many new students, will hold an open house from 6 to 8 tonight along with a carnival. Transition sessions will be held tomorrow at Juniata Elementary and Juniata Gap Elementary starting at 10 a.m.

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22-year-old Kyle Boisvert of Altoona is in the Blair County Prison charged with using threats to get nude photos from 2 girls, ages 12 and 15. “The Altoona Mirror” says the girls asked Boisvert to get marijuana for them. He agreed and they began texting. Boisvert allegedly told the girls he was in a gang and would send his boys to shoot up their houses and kill them and their families. Bail is set at $90 thousand and a preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

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32-year-old Jesse Shay, formerly of Somerset, was sentenced Tuesday to one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay over $6,500 in restitution for animal cruelty and disorderly conduct charges. According to “The Daily American,” Shay and his co-defendant, 33-year-old Angela S. Bartels, were accused by Somerset Borough police of throwing the bodies of four puppies in a trash bin along Lincoln Highway and of neglecting three horses in makeshift stalls under a carport on the same property in April 2012.

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“The Centre Daily Times” says 41-year-old Gary Anderson of State College is facing felony charges in four separate retail theft incidents from the Benner Pike Wal-Mart dating back to June 15. Borough police say Anderson, who has two prior retail theft convictions, stole an airbed cot, a computer, a vacuum, a surround sound system, a home theatre system and an area rug between June and yesterday. Anderson is in the Centre County Prison with a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday.

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President Obama is still deciding on a response to Syria. Obama tells PBS he's had extensive discussions with his national security team and has discussed options with military leaders, but no final decision on a military strike has been made.  Syrian forces are reportedly clearing out of the vicinity around Damascus International Airport.  Troops and armored vehicles have been seen evacuating the three military bases in the area in anticipation of an international attack.

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California's devastating Rim Fire continues burning along the edges of Yosemite National Park.  Park officials have closed a second key route into Yosemite as the massive wildfire continues to push deeper into the region.  Containment on the blaze is up to 23 percent, but thousands of homes remain under evacuation orders.

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The man who went on a deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas has been sentenced to die by lethal injection.  Nidal Hasan was found guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and several more of attempted premeditated murder for the massacre. He represented himself in his court-martial and did next to nothing to defend himself. 

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The Obama administration wants more paramedics, police officers, and other first responders to carry a medicine that reverses the effects of drug overdose. Administration official say the drug, called naloxone, can save lives of people who overdose on heroin and other so-called opioids.

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Today marks eight years since Hurricane Katrina rolled ashore and along with levee failures devastated New Orleans and other smaller coastal communities.  The Big Easy is still recovering from the deadly storm.  The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center says Census Bureau figures show that the city’s population as of July 2012 was only 76 percent of what it was in 2000.

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People looking to grab the latest iPhone now apparently have a date to circle on the calendar.   Multiple industry publications are saying Apple is looking to release the iPhone 5S on Friday, September 20th.  

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The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang is keeping a protective eye on her newborn cub.  She's even turning away treats.  Zookeepers brought the new mom some of her favorite snacks Wednesday including a sweet potato, a pear and diluted apple juice, but she showed little interest in eating and held her cub while she drank.

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Carnegie Mellon University is working with General Motors to create a self-driving car.  CMU Professor Raj Rajkumar said people will be driving hands-free by 2020.  The car will use radar and cameras to detect objects along the roadway.

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Pittsburgh is among the most expensive places to visit for the Labor Day holiday.  CheapHotels.org reports the city is number ten on its list for three-star hotels and above.  The average 167-dollars per night will double between August 30th and September 2nd.  The most expensive city is Philadelphia, followed by Atlantic City in New Jersey.

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