Tuesday March 4 2014

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

BON SECOURS PROPERTY FOR SALE AGAIN

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE FORMER BON SECOURS HOSPITAL PROPERTY IS ONCE AGAIN ON THE MARKET. IN JANUARY, THE U-S VETERANS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LOCATE A MULTI-FACETED VETERANS PROJECT THERE, BUT NOW CHAIRMAN DENNIS BUTTS SAYS THE PROJECT WILL MOVE TO OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE AREA…INCLUDING THE PREVIOUSLY-ACQUIRED RAMADA INN BUILDING ON PLANK ROAD…THE KNIGHTS INN-ROSEWOOD ASSISTED LIVING CARE COMPLEX IN JOHNSTOWN…AND OTHER POTENTIALLY-SCATTERED LOCATIONS. OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH THE TITLE TO THE BON SECOURS PROPERTY…PLUS MOLD IN THE BUILDING DUE TO FLOODING.

BLAIR COUNTY REASSESSMENT

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY TO REVIEW A PRELIMINARY REPORT RECEIVED LAST WEEK WHICH RECOMMENDS GOING FORWARD WITH THE COUNTY’S FIRST REASSESSMENT SINCE 1958. THE LAWYERS HIRED TO DO THE STUDY TOOK A LOOK AT CURRENTLY UNEVEN PROPERTY VALUES. EXPERTS TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR, IF THE REASSESSMENT IS DONE, IT’S TYPICAL THAT A THIRD OF PROPERTY OWNERS WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP. A THIRD’S WILL GO DOWN, AND THE REMAINING THIRD WILL SEE LITTLE OR NO CHANGE.

FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT DIES

PENN STATE'S 15TH PRESIDENT, JOAB THOMAS, DIED MONDAY IN TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA AT THE AGE OF 81. RETIRING PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAYS THOMAS “WAS A BRILLIANT SCHOLAR, A VISIONARY LEADER AND A TRUE GENTLEMAN. HIS COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS WAS LEGENDARY, AND HE PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN BUILDING PENN STATE INTO AN INTERNATIONALLY RANKED UNIVERSITY.” THOMAS WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR A BOOM IN ON-CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION AND IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION EXPANSION. HE WAS PRESIDENT FROM 1990 TO 95.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REQUESTED THE INFORMATION UNDER THE OPEN RECORDS LAW…AND REPORTS IT HAS SO FAR COST OVER 96-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REVIEW THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE. THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR, GEOFFREY MOULTON, WAS HIRED LAST FEBRUARY TO INVESTIGATE WHY IT TOOK KANE’S PREDECESSORS, CURRENT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND LINDA KELLY, MORE THAN 2 YEARS TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST SANDUSKY. NO WORD WHEN HIS REPORT WILL BE READY.

STATE PATTY’S DAY

ANOTHER STATE PATTY’S DAY IS IN THE BOOKS AND STATE COLLEGE POLICE CHIEF TOM KING SAYS OVERALL ARRESTS DROPPED NEARLY 47-PERCENT FROM 2013. BARS, RESTAURANTS, BEER DISTRIBUTORS, AND BOTTLE SHOPS WERE PAID BY THE UNIVERSITY TO HALT ALCOHOL SALES. ACCORDING TO THE UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS, ARRESTS AND CITATIONS LOGGED OVER THE WEEKEND WERE DOWN 75 PERCENT AND TOTAL CRIME WAS DOWN 63 PERCENT FROM THE STUDENT-CREATED HOLIDAY’S WORST RECORD IN 2011. MOUNT NITTANY MEDIAL CENTER SAYS THE HOSPITAL TREATED 35 PEOPLE IN ALCOHOL-RELATED CASES FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHT. LAST YEAR, DOCTORS DEALT WITH 49 ALCOHOL-RELATED CASES AND HIGHER AVERAGE BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS. KING ALSO SAYS OFFICERS WORKED HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF OVERTIME, AND HE ESTIMATES THE EXPENSE TO THE BOROUGH AT ABOUT 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

FUNNY MONEY

28 YEAR OLD MELINDA NEWBERRY OF ALTOONA IS FREE ON BAIL, CHARGED WITH PASSING 5 COUNTERFEIT 100-DOLLAR BILLS AT WALMART IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP LAST MONTH. NEWBERRY TOLD POLICE SHE FOUND THE BILLS IN A CONVENIENCE STORE BAG. A BLACK MAN WITH NEWBERRY ALSO PASSED 4 PHONY BILLS. HER PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR APRIL 10TH.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN PA?

A NEW POLL SHOWS THAT A LARGE MAJORITY OF PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS FAVOR LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES, BUT RESIDENTS ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER POSSESSION OF EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS FOR RECREATIONAL USE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED. SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED MONDAY BY CONNECTICUT-BASED QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SHOWED 85 PERCENT BELIEVE ADULTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE POT FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES IF THEIR DOCTOR PRESCRIBES IT. ASKED WHETHER THEY HAD EVER TRIED MARIJUANA, 55 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS SAID NO AND 44 PERCENT SAID YES.