wednesDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014
The topic of suicide is in the spotlight following the death of legendary actor Robin Williams, and it’S A MAJOR PROBLEM in Pennsylvania. Officials say OUR state ranks in the top-20 for suicide deaths and the center for disease control is reporting a rise in suicide rates nationally. Health care professionals are reminding people suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts that help is available.
ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP Police saY 65 YEAR OLD BENJAMIN FRYE JUNIOR OF FLORIDA IS FACING SERIOUS CHARGES after he threatened a person at THE KWIK FILL gas station with a gun. IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON when Frye began honking his horn at THE BUSY GAS PUMPS. ONE PERSON confronted him…THEN Frye started yelling and pulled a gun. Frye drove off but was stopped by police just a few minutes later on Foot of Ten Road. OFFICIERS found some pot and a pipe IN HIS VEHICLE. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR NEXT THURSDAY.
THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS THERE WERE NO AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES SO THEY WILL NOT TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 33 YEAR OLD JOSHUA CAMBRIC OF Johnstown. HE’S charged IN the March shooting death of Tony Phillips outside THE Edder’s Den BAR. CAMBRIC REMAINS JAILED PENDING HIS TRIAL.
franciscan friar stephen baker committed suicide last year after he settled several cases involving the abuse of young boys in ohio.
later, 7 other people filed civil lawsuits claiming they were also molested while baker was an athletic trainer at johnstown’s bishop mccort high school. today, blair county judge jolene kopriva will serve as a meditor at a settlement conference. last month, the altoona johnstown diocese announced it was selling bishop mark bartchak’s frankstown township home to raise money to help pay the settlements.
PENN STATE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETS TODAY TO DISCUSS A POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT IN A LAWSUIT AIMING TO KEEP FUNDS FROM THE NCAA’S 60 MILLION DOLLAR FINE IN STATE. THE SPECIAL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE VIA CONFERENCE CALL BEGINNING AT 8:45AM. PENN STATE’S ALUMNI-ELECTED TRUSTEES WANT THE NCAA AND STATE OFFICIALS TO ELIMINATE THE CONSENT DECREE THROUGH ANY SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE 2 PARTIES.
FORMER Penn State president Graham Spanier HAS FILED A MOTION IN FEDERAL COURT ASKING THAT HIS POTENTIAL DEFAMATION SUIT against Louis Freeh BE MOVED BACK TO CENTRE COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, Freeh successfully argued last month that THE case should be moved to federal court, because he is not a Pennsylvania resident and the damages sought exceed a certain threshold. SO FAR, Spanier HAS only filed a notice of intent to sue. MEANWHILE, THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST Spanier and former administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz IS CONTINUING.
A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR A CENTRE COUNTY MAN WHO ADMITS shooting his neighbor’s dog in the face. 62 year-old Michael Miller CLAIMS the ANIMAL walked onto his property LAST WEEK. Miller Is A convicted felon AND IS NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE a firearm.
A VETERINARIAN EXPECTS THE DOG TO recover, BUT HE COULD lose sight in his right eye.
ALTOONA POLICE PULLED OVER 40 YEAR OLD TROY HOGAN OF PITTSBURGH YESTERDAY AND FOUND A BRICK OF HEROIN IN HIS VEHICLE. COPS HAD RECEIVED A TIP THAT HE WAS BRINGING DRUGS TO ALTOONA TO SELL THEM. HOGAN ORIGINALLY TRIED TO GIVE OFFICERS A FAKE ID.
A new report says Pennsylvania is the 5TH most corrupt state in the country. Professors from 2 universities worked together on the research project WHICH cited high government employee’s wages, deficit spending, and concealing the true cost of government from the people. Senator Bob Casey TELLS WTAJ every time a public official violates the public trust, it undermines the confidence in all lawmakers.
BOOZE COULD BE GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's finance director is SUGGESTING the agency's markup on liquor and wine be increased for the first time in 2 decades. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, August Hehemann said net income is expected to shrink in the CURRENT fiscal year to 96 million DOLLARS…DOWN from 121 million the previous year.
Hehemann proposes that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent to offset double-digit increases in expenses such as pensions, health care and computer upgrades. BOARD Chairman Skip Brion saYS there IS CURRENTLY no proposal before the board to increase the markup AND He regards any such action as a last resort.
ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING COULD BE ON ITS WAY TO EASE COSTS FOR THE STATE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT. ACCORDING TO STATECOLLEGE.COM, UP TO 6 MILLION DOLLARS COULD BE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE PROJECT IF THE DISTRICT MEETS REQUIREMENTS THROUGH THE STATE’S PLAN-CON PROGRAM. IF OBTAINED, THE MONEY WOULD COVER 3 PERCENT OF THE PROJECT.
THE DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY OF MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS.
TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS Western Pa gas prices dipped for the 6th straight week to about $3.62 a gallon. THAT’S DOWN 6 centS FROM last week. The average ACROSS THE STATE IS $3.55. AND The national average for regular unleaded KEEPS FALLING…DOWN ABOUT 2 MORE CENTS TO $3.47 PER GALLON.
PENN STATE’S ANNUAL AG PROGRESS DAYS CONTINUE TODAY. IT’S PENNSYLVANIA’S LARGEST OUTDOOR AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION AND ONE OF ONLY 3 AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITIONS IN THE COUNTRY SPONSORED BY A MAJOR UNIVERSITY. EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC ON ROUTE 45 AND NEAR THE GROUNDS, WHICH ARE LOCATED ABOUT 9 MILES FROM STATE COLLEGE. AG PROGRESS DAYS WRAPS UP TOMORROW.