tuesDAY, june 3, 2014
boyfriend claims it was an accident
25 YEAR OLD DENVER BLOUGH OF WINDBER REMAINS IN THE SOMERSET COUNTY JAIL CHARGED IN the shooting death of HIS 9 MONTHS pregnant GIRLFRIEND SATURDAY EVENING. CARESSA KOVALCIK’S BABY GIRL REPORTEDLY REMAINS IN A COMA AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH AFTER BEING DELIVERED BY C-SECTION. ACCORDING TO WJAC, court documents reveal That BLOUGH TOLD POLICE the 2 OF THEM argueD and he BROKE his shotgun it into 2 pieces. WHEN He took the barrel into the kitchen to show Kovalcik, it fired and hit her in the face.
THE COUPLE’S 11 MONTH OLD CHILD WAS IN THE APARTMENT AT THE TIME.
STABBING SUSPECT WAIVES PRELIM
16-year-old ALEX HRIBAL WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY IN CONNECTION with THE stabbings OF 20 Students and a security guard at FRANKLIN REGIONAL high school IN MURRYSVILLE BACK IN APRIL. THE TEEN remains in a juvenile detention center AND HIS ATTORNEY PLANS TO ASK a judge to move the case to juvenile court, where Hribal would face incarceration or probation only until he’s 21. All of the victims have been released from hospitals, the last one on May 17TH. formal arraignment IS SCHEDULED July 23RD.
ZOO SETTLES LAWSUIT
The Pittsburgh Zoo is settling a lawsuit with the family of 2 YEAR OLD MADDOX DERKOSH who was MAULED TO DEATH BY A GROUP OF WILD DOGS AFTER HE FELL INTO THEIR exhibit IN 2012. Zoo officials made the announcement yesterday, saying the details of the settlement will remain confidential. The boy's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging officials knew about dangers at the exhibit but did not correct them.
altoona drug sweep
A DRUG SWEEP IN ALTOONA Monday. 16 OF THE 20 wanted people WERE ROUNDED UP AND CHARGED WITH SELLING HEROIN, COCAINE, AND PRESCRIPTION PILLS. 4 OF THEM WERE ALREADY JAILED ON OTHER CHARGES. OFFICIALS SAY THIS WAS PART OF A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION BY THE BLAIR COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE AND THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S BUREAU OF NARCOTICS. ANTHONY SASSANO, THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU, SAYS HEROIN IS STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM IN ALTOONA AND THE COMMONWEALTH.
CEMETERY VANDALISM INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
State College police SAY THEY HAVE FOUND NO LINK BETWEEN THE RECENT VANDALISM AT BOALSBURG AND PINE HALL cemeteries AND THEY ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE FIRST CASE. SOMEONE KNOCKED OVER 51 HEADSTONES, SOME DATING BACK TO THE 18-HUNDREDS, CAUSING 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. 24 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY PENROD OF STATe College HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TOPPLING GRAVESTONES AT THE OTHER CEMETERY. HE’S ALSO ACCUSED OF TRYING TO BREAK INTO A STORAGE SHED AND SETTING FIRE TO FLAGS PLACED ON VETERANS’ GRAVES FOR MEMORIAL DAY. A 3-THOUSAND DOLLAR reward iS offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Boalsburg Cemetery case.
dying fish at sayers dam
A biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said fish, namely black crappies, have been dying in large numbers RECENTLY At sayers DAM IN HOWARD, CENTRE COUNTY. Dave Miko, chief of the commission’s division of fisheries management, TELLS THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES IT’S BEEN HAPPENING EVERY YEAR FOR AT LEAST A DECADE…AND HE blameS “spawning stress” for the die-off.
THIS YEAR SEEMS EVEN WORSE THAN OTHERS. Miko saYS there is no pollutant and no threat to people. DIE-OFFS ARE ALSO HAPPENING AT SOME OTHER LAKES.
altoona school district pay raises
the altoona area school board voted 5 to 4 to give administrative employees an automatic 3 percent raise for the coming school year, beginning july 1st. superintendent thomas otto will receive a 2-point-5 percent hike to 144-thousand-525 dollars. assistant superintendent mary lou ray’s salary will jump 2 percent to 132-thousand-722 dollars. the altoona mirror reports teachers are upset since they are receiving 3 percent based on an average salary of all the district’s teachers.
St. college HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL Board IS WORKING ON PLANS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION…AND LAST NIGHT MEMBERS discussed possibly re-aligning Plaza Drive and building a Logan Avenue connector road, but they ARE WAITING FOR more information BEFORE MAKING DECISIONS. the estimated project budget is OVER 114-MILLION DOLLARS. The board meets AGAIN NEXT MONDAY.