Wednesday April 17 2013

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WEDNesDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

tragedy in boston

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation as a mark of respect for the victims of the Boston MARATHON BOMBINGS. All US and Pennsylvania Flags at Commonwealth facilities throughout the state WILL FLY AT half-staff thrOuGH sunset on Saturday. All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.

TIGHT SECURITY IN HAPPY VALLEY

FOLLOWING THE BOSTON TRAGEDY, Penn State officials are ramping up security for SATURDAY’S Blue-White football scrimmage AT BEAVER STADIUM. Local police, as well as the FBI and state police, will increase their presence at all weekend events. Stadium lights will be on at night beginning TONIGHT and there will be additional checkpoints for those traveling to campus events. Fans will not be allowed to bring any bags, backpacks,or purses into the stadium and other campus venues through Sunday. ThOSE WHO NEED medical supplies OR CHILD CARE ITEMS SHOULD PUT THEM in a clear, 1 gallon, zipLOCK bag. Steve Shelow, THE ASSIStant vice president for police and public safety SAYS anyone WHO see something unusuaL should immediately call 911 or University Police at 863-1111.

POLICE IDENTIFY BODY

State College Police SAY 24-year old former Penn State student JOSHUA ZORNBERG WAS THE MAN FOUND DEAD OUTSIDE AN EAST COLLEGE AVENUE APARTMENT BUILDING EARLY TUESDAY. a video shows HIM running on the 6th floor, DIVING OUT OF THE WINDOW, AND FALLING TO THE SIDEWALK BELOW. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TODAY.

ACCUSED KILLER WILL NOT FACE THE DEATH PENALTY

Cambria County prosecutors ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THEY will not seek the death penalty against 50 YEAR OLD GREGORY CONZO OF Beaverdale WHO IS accused of killing 37 YEAR OLD MICHAEL PCOLA last NOVEMBER. police say conzo had previously assaulted pcola’s mother, who was his girlfriend. he went to their SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP home to discuss the domestic violence charges…then fought with Pcola and struck him with a baseball bat. Pcola died 2 days later.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

A LAWSUIT FILED BY JERRY SANDUSKY’S SO-CALLED VICTIM 6 WILL NOT BE PUT ON HOLD AT Penn State’S REQUEST. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, FEDERAL JUDGE ANITA BRODY REFUSED TO RECONSIDER HER PREVIOUS DECISION DENYING A STAY. THE UNIVERSITY WAS HOPING TO DELAY A RULING ON THE CIVIL SUIT UNTIL THE CRIMINAL TRAILS OF FORMER ADMINISTRATORS CONCLUDE. Penn State’s lawyers have asked Brody to dismiss 2 counts — vicarious liability and civil conspiracy — because they say the young man’s attorneys did not support their claims. In a separate request, lawyers for The Second Mile asked Brody to dismiss the claims AGAINST THE CHARITY.

Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary scored an important victory YESTERDAY in his WHISTLEBLOWER lawsuit. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, Out-of-county Judge Thomas Gavin struck down the objections by Penn State’s legal team, who argued McQueary’s claims were far too vague to stand up in court and asked the judge to throw out his suit. Gavin said MCQUEARY’S allegations are enough to show claims of “outrageous conduct” by Penn State. The CASE CAN NOW move forward. Penn State’s ATTORNEYS HAVE 20 days to respond.

BROTHERS ADMIT DEFRAUDING GOVERNMENT

IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY, BROTHERS William and Ronald Kuchera pleadED guilty to defrauding the government. TheY PREVIOUSLY OWNED Kuchera Defense SYSTEMS in Windber AND CAME UP WITH a scheme that charged THE government more than 650-THOUSAND DOLLARS for military components that were never received. The brothers also filed false tax returns. FEDERAL AGENTS RAIDED Their homeS and businesses in 2009. The KUCHERAS could face a maximum of 15 years in jail WHEN THEY are sentenceD in October.

 

PAYING MORE FOR DRIVERS LICENSES & REGISTRATION?

SPENDING ON PENNSYLVANIA’S HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, AND MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS WOULD GET MAJOR NEW FUNDING UNDER A SENATE PLAN UNVEILED TUESDAY BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOHN RAFFERTY, A MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPUBLICAN. IT WOULD RAISE MONEY BY INCREASING REGISTRATION AND LICENSE FEES AS WELL AS WHOLESALE GAS TAXES. PRICES AT THE PUMP COULD GO UP AS MUCH AS A QUARTER PER GALLON. THE FINES FOR RUNNING A RED LIGHT, SPEEDING, AND OTHER MOVING VIOLATIONS WOULD ALL GO UP BY 100-DOLLARS. SUPPORTERS OF THE PLAN INCLUDE SENATORS JOHN WOZNIAK OF CAMBRIA COUNTY AND DICK HESS OF BEDFORD COUNTY.

GAS PRICES DOWN

Some Relief continues at the pump, as Western Pa average gas prices fell to $3.64 this week. This is the 7th week in a row of declining fuel prices in the area. IN ALTOONA, THE AVERAGE STANDS AT $3.59…AND the National average is DOWN 8 CENTS THIS WEEK TO $3.52.