Today's News - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A federal grand jury has indicted 40-year-old Corbin Will of Garrett, Somerset County, for three bank robberies. Police say Will had a weapon when he held up First National Bank in Loganton, Clinton County, M&T Bank in Tyrone and 1st Summit Bank in Salix in May of last year. 24-year-old Nichole Durst of Meyersdale already pled guilty to robbery and conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing. Will is in custody and facing bank robbery charges in West Virginia and Maryland. He was also was charged with robbing four banks in Fayette County in 2000.

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Police say that two juvenile girls are responsible for two attempted arsons that happened in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown over the weekend. The girls, ages 9 and 13, allegedly tried to start the fires on Oak and Hickory Streets on Saturday night. The girls are expected to be charged in juvenile court.

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A Johnstown man was arrested over the weekend for assaulting and threatening a woman in Stonycreek Township. 24-year-old Depriest Alexander McCall allegedly held a woman captive, then threatened to kill her while holding a knife against her throat. The woman was able to text a friend for help who then called police.

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After reviewing surveillance footage, state police believe one man may be responsible for a rash of burglaries in the Somerset area. According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” eight restaurants, three gas stations and numerous other businesses have been burglarized in the past few months. In the footage, the suspect’s right foot turns in noticeably when he walks. They hope this information will help them in apprehending the suspect.

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Today marks 1,000 days that average gas prices have been above $3 a gallon.  AAA says it’s the first time gas prices have reached that milestone,  AAA’s president doesn't think prices will ever dip below an average of $3 a gallon again. The current streak began a few days before Christmas in 2010.

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Governor Tom Corbett is saying he'll use federal Medicaid expansion dollars that will let around half a million Pennsylvanians get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. But Corbett is willing to take the money only with changes from the Obama administration. They include letting Corbett place requirements on Medicaid recipients involving work and cost sharing. Corbett says Medicaid is for those most at risk and the state’s version is too large.

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Jerry Sandusky’s appeal hearing is scheduled today at 3 p.m. at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. Sandusky’s lawyers say they did not have enough time to prepare for trial and they also think the judge should not have allowed hearsay testimony from a janitor. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years at the state prison near Waynesburg. He is not expected to attend the hearing.

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Penn State’s new Pegula Ice Arena officially openedto the public yesterday, but public skates won’t begin until the end of the month. The arena is home to Penn State’s Division One men’s and women’s hockey teams. The men will make at least 10 appearances on national tv broadcasts in the 2013-14 season. The Nittany Lions’ home opener is October 11th.

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Authorities conducting the investigation into the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard are confirming the man believed to have caused the slayings had a criminal past.  Also, the Navy says 34-year-old Aaron Alexis received a general discharge from the Navy Reserve in 2011 due to misconduct issues.  He's accused of killing 12 people before being shot to death yesterday morning. A vigil was held at Freedom Plaza in the nation's capital yesterday evening to remember those who lost their lives in the shootings.  Some decided to attend to express their shock at something like this happening at what should have been an extremely secure location. 

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Iran's foreign ministry says the nation's recently elected president, Hassan Rouhani has exchanged letters with President Obama.  Iran’s announcement confirms Obama's statement that the two leaders have corresponded.  Foreign policy analysts say it could lead to the two countries resolving international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

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The overall flood-stricken landscape in Colorado includes 17 counties.  Torrential rains in the state are being blamed for the deaths of at least eight people and the destruction of more than 16-hundred homes.  Air rescue operations are the largest in the U.S. since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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The 17th season of “Dancing With The Stars” is underway.  On Monday’s premiere, Valerie Harper, the 74-year-old “Rhoda” actress living with terminal cancer, was one of stars facing the ballroom for the first time. She brought her fighting spirit to the show and was given two standing ovations, both before and after her dance.

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A new study shows one-in-ten high school seniors admits to extreme binge drinking.  That’s putting away ten or more drinks in a row.  It also showed binge drinking – drinking more than four drinks in two hours – among high schoolers dropped in general from 22 percent in 2005 to less than 19 percent in 2011.  The study is found in the “Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.”

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The salvage operation involving the Costa Concordia has taken a big step in Italy.  An army of engineers used heavy equipment to carefully bring the crippled ship upright.  The ship ran aground and tipped over in early 2012, killing more than 30 people on board. 

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Cash registers may not be ringing as much this holiday season as in recent years. That’s the forecast from research firm ShopperTrak. Sales at U.S. stores are expected to rise only 2.4 percent in November and December, compared with a 3 percent increase in 2012 and 4 percent in 2011. 

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A University of Pittsburgh study is saying yelling at your teen is not good for them.  It found harsh verbal discipline for your 13- or 14-year-old makes them more likely to have symptoms of depression and behavioral problems.  Study lead author Ming-Te Wang says your child’s self-image will suffer and they’ll feel useless.  According to the study in the journal “Child Development,” harsh verbal discipline includes screaming or yelling, swearing and name calling.

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