Friday August 29 2014

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT SEVERAL HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED OR REMOVED FROM THE TEAM AFTER AN INVESETIGATION INTO INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT. BORO POLICE ARE EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY WHETHER THEY WILL FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN THE MATTER. SUPERINTENDENT BOB GILDEA SAYS MULTIPLE PLAYERS IN 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH GRADES WERE INVOLVED IN THE LOCKER ROOM INCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH. GILDEA SAYS NO ONE’S PHYSICAL HEALTH OR SAFETY WAS THREATENED…AND NO ONE IS SET TO BE EXPELLED. HOLLIDAYSBURG OPENS THE SEASON BY HOSTING YOUGH TONIGHT.

THE PENNSYLVANIA DUI ASSOCIATION IS WARNING DRIVERS TO BE SAFE ON THE ROADS OVER THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY. OFFICERS WILL BE CONDUCTING STATIONARY CHECKPOINTS AND ROVING DUI PATROLS WITH PENNDOT’ "DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER" CAMPAIGN. DURING LAST YEAR’S LABOR DAY WEEKEND, THERE WERE 150 ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES AND 2 FATALITIES AS WELL AS 47 DRUG-RELATED CRASHES AND 7 FATALITIES.

TRIPLE-A PROJECTS THAT 34-POINT-7 MILLION AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL 50 MILES OR MORE FROM HOME DURING THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND…THE HIGHEST VOLUME FOR THE HOLIDAY SINCE 2008 AND A 1-POINT-3 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. NEARLY 86 PERCENT OF TRAVELERS WILL MAKE A FINAL ROAD TRIP BEFORE SUMMER WRAPS UP. ABOUT 8 PERCENT WILL FLY SOMEWHERE.

TESTIMONY RESUMES AT 9AM IN JOHNSTOWN FOR THE MURDER TRIAL OF 21 YEAR OLD DEMETRIUS GIBSON OF TIRE HILL. HE’S CHARGED IN THE AUGUST 2013 STABBING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND ELIZABETH MILLER. THE PROSECUTION IS SEEKING A FIRST DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION, BUT THE DEFENSE SAYS GIBSON WASN’T THE AGGRESSOR. MILLER’S BROTHER TESTIFIED THAT HE SAW GIBSON HITTING HIS SISTER EARLIER THAT NIGHT AND GIBSON THREATENED HIM WITH A HAMMER AND A KITCHEN KNIFE.

A 21-YEAR-OLD PENN STATE STUDENT ALLEGEDLY RAPED A WOMAN EARLY WEDNESDAY AT THE PARK AT STATE COLLEGE APARTMENTS ON BLUE COURSE DRIVE. ACCORDING TO THE DAILY COLLEGIAN, DAVID JANIFER IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON. FERGUSON TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY THE WOMAN INVITED JANIFER TO DINNER, BUT JANIFER BECAME ANGRY AND LEFT WHEN SHE WAS ON THE PHONE WITH ANOTHER MAN. HE LATER RETURNED TO THE APARTMENT, FORCED THE WOMAN TO THE GROUND AND ASSAULTED HER. A ROOMMATE EVENTUALLY ENDED THE CONFRONTATION.

A NEW POLL SHOWS DEMOCRAT TOM WOLF WITH A WIDE LEAD OVER INCUMBANT REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT. THE STATEWIDE TELEPHONE SURVEY RELEASED THURSDAY BY FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE SHOWS WOLF FAVORED BY 49 PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTERS…CORBETT BACKED BY 24 PERCENT…AND 25 PERCENT UNDECIDED. THOSE RESULTS ARE ABOUT THE SAME AS THOSE FROM A JUNE POLL DONE BY THE SAME COLLEGE. THE ELECTION IS NOVEMBER 4TH.

BEGINNING MONDAY, PENELEC CUSTOMERS WILL SEE A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THEIR MONTHLY BILLS. FIRST ENERGY SPOKESMAN SCOTT SURGEONER SAYS THE RESIDENTIAL RATE FOR ELECTRICITY WILL DECREASE FROM 9-POINT-28 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR TO 7-POINT-05 CENTS. THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER WILL SEE THEIR BILL FALL FROM 109-DOLLARS-61 CENTS TO 92-DOLLARS-93 CENTS.

THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST A LAWSUIT ATTEMPTING TO RECLAIM THE COLLEGE HEIGHTS SCHOOL PROPERTY. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, A LAWSUIT BY THE HEIRS OF ADAM AND REBECCA KRUMRINE DEMANDS THE DISTRICT RETURN TO PROPERTY BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS NO LONGER BEING USED AS A SCHOOL. HOWEVER, IN A FILING THIS WEEK, DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY A SALE TO PENN STATE IS LEGAL.

A STATE GRANT WILL HELP THE UNIVERSITY PARK AIRPORT CONTINUE TO GROW. ACCORDING TO STATECOLLEGE.COM, THE AIRPORT WILL RECEIVE 350-THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH WILL BE USED TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL 60 TO 80 PARKING SPOTS. THE PARKING ADDITION IS PART OF A 20 YEAR MASTER PLAN AND IT COULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

THE 140TH ANNUAL CENTRE COUNTY GRANGE FAIR AND ENCAMPMENT WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY IN CENTRE HALL WITH A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT. NEXT YEAR, THE FAIR WILL START ONE WEEK EARLIER AND LAST A FEW DAYS LONGER THAN IT HISTORICALLY DOES. MOVE-IN DAY FOR CAMPERS WILL NOW BE ON A THURSDAY AND THE LAST DAY ON A SATURDAY, TURNING THE 5 DAY EVENT INTO A 9 DAY ONE. SOME LOCAL SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE CHANGE WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE MORE INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS TO PREPARE FOR STATE MANDATED ASSESSMENTS AND ALLOW DISTRICTS TO MAKE UP SNOW DAYS AND END THE YEAR BY EARLY JUNE.

THE BLAIR/BEDFORD LABOR COUNCIL’S ANNUAL LABOR DAY PARADE IS TOMORROW STARTING AT 10 IN DOWNTOWN ALTOONA. THE PROCESSION STARTS AT GREEN AVENUE AND 9TH STREET AND GOES PAST THE VETERANS MALL.

PENN STATE OPENS THE FOOTBALL SEASON TOMORROW AGAINST CENTRAL FLORIDA IN IRELAND. DUE TO THE TIME DIFFERENCE, THE GAME WILL AIR ON ESPN 2 AT 8:30AM EASTERN TIME.SOME LOCAL BARS ARE PLANNING TO OPEN EARLY SO FANS CAN WATCH THE GAME.