Tuesday December 12 2012

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012

 

NAVY SEAL WAS FROM PA

 

THE NAVY SEAL KILLED DURING A WEEKEND RESCUE MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN WAS IDENTIFIED BY THE PENTAGON MONDAY AS PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS NICOLAS CHECQUE OF MONROEVILLE. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE 28-YEAR-OLD DIED OF COMBAT-RELATED INJURIES, BUT GAVE NO FURTHER DETAILS OF THE MISSION. CHECQUE WAS A MEMBER OF SEAL TEAM 6, WHICH FREED AN AMERICAN DOCTOR ABDUCTED BY THE TALIBAN. THE SAME TEAM KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN LAST YEAR.

COURTMARTIAL WITH LOCAL TIES

 

IN JULY OF LAST YEAR, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL FORCES PARATROOPER SERGEANT FRANK CAMPION THE 3RD OF HOLLIDAYSBURG WAS KILLED WHEN HE LANDED ON A BUILDING ROOF INSTEAD OF A FIELD NEAR HELENA MONTANA ON A WINDY DAY. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT C-17 PILOT CAPTAIN JARED FOLEY WILL FACE A COURTMARTIAL AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCORD IN WASHINGTON. THE U-S AIR FORCE ACCUSES FOLEY OF RECKLESS CONDUCT FOR APPROVING AN ADDITIONAL AIR DROP WITHOUT COMMAND APPROVAL.

 

UPJ STUDENT SHOT

 

A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT JOHNSTOWN IS RECOVERING AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE BACK AROUND 9:30 SUNDAY NIGHT INSIDE HIS BLOOMFIELD APARTMENT IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP. POLICE SAY 2 BLACK GUNMEN IN THEIR 20’S STORMED IN AND DEMANDED MONEY AND PROPERTY. WHEN 22-YEAR OLD DAVID CONSIGLIO OF HOLLIDAYSBURG FOUGHT BACK, HE WAS SHOT. ONE ROOMMATE TRIED TO HELP AND THE SUSPECTS POINTED AT GUN AT HIM TOO. OFFICERS ARE GOING THROUGH SURVEILLANCE VIDEO TO HELP IDENTIFY THE SUSPECTS.
CONSIGLIO’S ROOMATES TOOK HIM TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER AND HE’S IN FAIR CONDITION.

 

CONSTRUCTION WORKER KILLED

 

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIED YESTERDAY AFTER FALLING ABOUT 14 FEET OFF A BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT JOHNSTOWN. 57 YEAR OLD GEORGE ADAMS THE 3RD OF DAVIDSVILLE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. NO ONE SAW ADAMS FALL, BUT HE WAS FOUND LYING ON THE PAVEMENT.

FRAT FALL UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

A 19 YEAR OLD FEMALE PENN STATE STUDENT CLAIMS SHE WAS PUSHED AND FELL 8 FEET FROM A WINDOW AT THE SIGNMA ALPHA MU FRAT HOUSE DURING A DECEMBER 1ST PARTY…AND NOW STATE COLLEGE POLICE HAVE OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT AND SEIZED BLOOD EVIDENCE FROM THE SCENE. POLICE SAID THE WOMAN WAS VERY INTOXICATED AFTER 6 SHOTS OF TEQUILA. SHE WAS TREATED AT A HOSPITAL AFTER THE FALL. CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FILED AGAINST ANYONE. BACK IN OCTOBER, PENN STATE CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE SUFFERED CRITICAL INJURIES WHEN SHE FELL 39 FEET FROM AN APARTMENT WINDOW DURING AN OFF-CAMPUS PARTY. IN THAT CASE, SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO BE CHARGED WITH FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS.

EQUALITY RALLY AT PENN STATE

PENN STATE’S CHI OMEGA SORORITY IS ON PROBATION AFTER RACIALLY-INSENSITIVE PHOTOS OF A MEXICAN-THEMED HALLOWEEN PARTY SURFACED ON SOCIAL MEDIA…AND NOW STUDENTS ARE PLANNING A PEACEFUL MARCH THROUGH CAMPUS THURSDAY TO PROMOTE EQUALITY AND SOLIDARITY. THE GROUP, CALLED PSU FOR ALL STUDENT EQUALITY, WILL GATHER AT PENNYPACKER HALL IN EAST HALLS AT NOON. THEY WILL MARCH INTO THE HEART OF CAMPUS WITH A STOP AT OLD MAIN. THE GROUP SAYS IT IS DENOUNCING “ALL FORMS OF RACISM, SEXISM, CLASSISM, AND HOMOPHOBIA.”

2 CENTRE COUNTY ACCIDENTS

AN 84 YEAR OLD WOMAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES AFTER SHE WAS DRAGGED BY HER MINI-VAN FOR SEVERAL MINUTES IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE NORTH ATHERTON STREET WALMART IN STATE COLLEGE MONDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE STARTED DRIFTING FORWARD AS SHE TRIED TO GET IN. SHE WAS EVENTUALLY PINNED UNDERNEATH WHEN THE VAN SLAMMED INTO A PARKED PICKUP TRUCK. THE MINIVAN IS INDEPENDENTLY CONTRACTED TO TRANSPORT SCHOOL CHILDREN, BUT NO STUDENTS WERE ON BOARD AT THE TIME.

WITH STEADY RAIN FALLING YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, A TRACTOR-TRAILER SLAMMED INTO A COLUMN OF THE ROUTE 322/BRANCH ROAD OVERPASS IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY. THE IMPACT SEPARATED THE CAB FROM THE TRUCK AND PINNED THE DRIVER INSIDE. HE SUFFERED MINOR TO MODERATE INJURIES. HE’S IN STABLE CONDITION AT MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER. THE RIG’S LOAD OF DRY GOODS WAS SPILLED ACROSS THE WESTBOUND LANES AND THEY WERE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

AMED IS SAFE

 

ALTOONA’S ACT 47 COORDINATOR SUBMITTED A REVISED FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN LAST NIGHT AND IT NO LONGER CALLS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE OVER OPERATIONS OF AMED AMBULANCE SERVICE. THE CITY WILL KEEP THE PER CAPITA AND FLAT RATE OCCUPATION TAXES. CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE AMENDED PLAN DECEMBER 19TH.

 

SOCCER FIELDS IN QUESTION

 

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE HOPING TO SELL VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME AND THE 8 ACRES OF SURROUNDING LAND THAT ARE CURRENTLY HOME TO THE VALLEY VIEW SOCCER FIELDS. HOUSANDS OF KIDS PLAY SOCCER THERE EVERY YEAR. FFICIALS FROM THE ALTOONA YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND TODAY’S COMMISSIONERS MEETING. OMMISSIONERS SAY ANY NEW OWNER OF THE PROPERTY COULD WORK OUT A NEW LEASE FOR THE

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PRISONERS MAY MOVE BACK TO STATE LOCKUPS

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT AS MANY AS 35 STATE PRISON INMATES IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON COULD SOON BE BACK IN THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM. E STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS EXPECTED TO PULL PRISONERS OUT OF THE COUNTY FACILITY BY NEXT YEAR, COSTING CENTRE COUNTY AS MUCH AS 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND AS MANY AS 8 PART-TIME POSITIONS. ACK IN 2009, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO HOUSE A NUMBER OF STATE INMATES FOR 55-DOLLARS A DAY. TH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW PRISON IN BENNER TOWNSHIP, WHICH CAN HOUSE 2-THOUSAND INMATES, THE STATE IS APPARENTLY PULLING BACK.

FREE RIDES ON THE TURNPIKE?

THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION HAS A DEBT OF MORE THAN 7 BILLION DOLLARS AND YESTERDAY AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER CALLED FOR A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF THE LIBERAL TRAVEL POLICY. UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM, ABOUT 7-THOUSAND EMPLOYEES AND OTHER DESIGNATED WORKERS USE THE TURNPIKE FREE OF CHARGE AND WAGNER SAYS THAT COSTS THE STATE NEARLY 8 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. MEANWHILE, THE COMMISSION ASKS FOR A TOLL INCREASE EACH AND EVERY YEAR.
WAGNER IS CALLING FOR THE COMMISSION TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT.