Wednesday October 23 2013

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013

MURDER FOR HIRE CASE

26 YEAR OLD SHANE KRESTAR OF FALLENTIMBER IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL, CHARGED WITH TRYING TO HIRE HIS UNCLE TO KILL ONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES AT KEY LIFE HUMAN SERVICES IN COALPORT. STATE POLICE SAY THE FEMALE EMPLOYEE, WHO IS OPENLY GAY, HAD DEMANDED A RAISE AND A PROMOTION…BUT THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERING THIS A HATE CRIME. KRESTAR’S COMPANY PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL HELP FOR MENTALLY CHALLENGED CLIENTS. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, KRESTAR MET WITH HIS UNCLE ON 4 OCCASIONS…ONCE ASKING HIM TO TAMPER WITH THE WOMAN’S CAR. HIS UNCLE EVENTUALLY WENT TO THE POLICE. BAIL IS SET AT 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

SECOND MURDER TRIAL

IT LOOKS LIKE PAUL AARON ROSS OF HOLLIDAYSBURG WILL GET A NEW TRIAL FOR THE 2004 MURDER OF TINA MILLER AT CANOE CREEK STATE PARK. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THE STATE SUPREME COURT HAS DENIED A REQUEST FROM BLAIR COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICH CONSIGLIO TO RECONSIDER ITS DECISION UPHOLDING A SUPERIOR COURT ORDER GRANTING A NEW TRIAL. ROSS WAS ORIGINALLY SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, BUT CONSIGLIO SAYS HE WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.

DRIVER KILLED IN FIREY CRASH

THE DRIVER’S BODY WAS PULLED FROM A BURNING PICK UP TRUCK SHORTLY BEFORE NOON YESTERDAY AFTER A CRASH ON KEYSEYTOWN ROAD IN JENNER TOWNSHIP, SOMERSET COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY THE 2013 RED FORD F-150 TRUCK WAS SPEEDING WHEN IT LEFT THE ROAD…RAN THROUGH A FIELD…CRASHED INTO THE WOODS…AND CAME TO REST AT THE BOTTOM OF BEAVER DAM RUN CREEK, THEN CAUGHT FIRE. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AND THE DRIVER HAS NOT YET BEEN IDENTIFIED.

FIRE RULED ACCIDENTAL

GALLITZIN FIRE CHIEF MIKE SANDERS TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT A FLUE FIRE STEMMING FROM A WOOD BURNER GUTTED A HOUSE ON HOWELL STREET LATE SUNDAY. THE HOME’S OWNER, WHO WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AT THE TIME, WAS LEFT HOMELESS AND THE RED CROSS IS HELPING HIM. FIRE CREWS WERE BACK ON THE SCENE EARLY MONDAY WHEN THE FLAMES BRIEFLY REKINDLED.

PENN STATE’S NEW PRESIDENT

PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN KEITH MASSER TOLD THE FACULTY SENATE THIS WEEK THAT THE UNIVERSITY COULD NAME ITS NEXT PRESIDENT BY ITS NOVEMBER 22ND MEETING. PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2012 THAT HE WOULD RETIRE NO LATER THAN JUNE 30TH, 2014. MASSER SAYS THE SEARCH IS MOVING ON A POSITIVE TRAJECTORY AND HAS ATTRACTED A LARGE QUALIFIED POOL OF CANDIDATES.

ALTOONA’S NEW BUDGET

ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS FIRST 2014 BUDGET TALKS AT TONIGHT’S REGULAR MEETING. THE PROCESS WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME SINCE THE CITY IS OPERATING UNDER THE STATE’S DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES PROGRAM. COUNCILMAN DAVE BUTTERBAUGH TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR 85 PERCENT OF THE BUDGET IS UNDETERMINED BECAUSE NEGOTIATIONS ARE STILL UNDERWAY ON CONTRACT RENEWALS FOR THE CITY’S 3 BIG UNIONS.

MORE CAMERAS IN ST. COLLEGE

STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL WILL SPEND 450-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO EXPAND ITS DOWNTOWN VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, COUNCIL APPROVED THE DEAL WITH CEL-PLAN TECHNOLOGIES. PLANS CALL FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ROUGHLY 90 CAMERAS INTO ONE SYSTEM WITH WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE. CAMERAS WILL BE PLACED THROUGHOUT NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE DOWNTOWN.

FALLING GAS PRICES

ALTOONA DRIVERS ARE STILL PAYING $3.49, BUT TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES FELL ALMOST ONE CENT TO $3.42 THIS WEEK. TODAY'S NATIONWIDE AVERAGE IS $3.34, FRACTIONS OF A PENNY BELOW THE NEARLY 9-MONTH LOW REGISTERED ONE WEEK AGO. THE LAST TIME THE NATIONAL AVERAGE REGISTERED LESS THAN $3.34 PER GALLON WAS JANUARY 25TH.