Today's News

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A suspect is being held in Indiana County Prison for threatening to blow up the 9-1-1 call center.  Kenneth Anthony allegedly told dispatchers there was a bomb at their facility and another at Torrance State Hospital.  Anthony called from a cell phone and even though he deactivated it, police were able to trace it.

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A Cambria County man has been sentenced to fifteen to thirty years in prison for the shaking death of his infant son.  Justin Charles Sr. of South Fork had plead guilty to third degree murder. The baby died last December 23rd.

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School districts across the region have been given a warning from the state Department of Education, because there are too many students doing poorly on the PSSA tests.  WTAJ-TV reports the list of schools that have received the warning include Greater Johnstown, Altoona area, North Star, Somerset Area, Turkeyfoot Valley, Chestnut Ridge, Clearfield Area, DuBois Area and Philipsburg-Oscola.  The Dept. of Education is hoping to see a 100% proficiency level in reading and math for all Pennsylvania school districts by 2014.

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THE PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT. THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS VOTED NOT TO RENEW STEPHEN BENSON’S CONTRACT. BENSON’S CONTRACT WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 30TH.

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Overall, crime in Pennsylvania is down.  State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced Tuesday that crime rates have fallen by nearly one percent in the last year. The number of reported crimes decreased by point-seven percent and violent crime declined by point nine percent.  There were fewer murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and arsons in 2011.  Only theft and burglary increased.

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Obtaining a photo I-D card for election day is even easier now that the state again relaxed the rules.  Any registered voter can obtain either a secure PennDOT I-D or a state voting-only I-D without proof of residency.  All you have to do is go to a driver license center, give your name, date of birth, address, and social security number, and the state will issue a photo identification card on the spot.  Forty-eight driver license centers normally closed on Mondays will be open the day before the general election to issue I-Ds.

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State police troopers won't be allowed to carry pepper spray any more.  WPXI-TV reports the decision was made after several cadets suffered eye injuries following exposure to MK-4 pepper spray.

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A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker is going to prison after being convicted for the illegal use of state employees to perform campaign work. Steve Stetler, a York County Democrat, is facing 18 months to five years in prison and was also ordered to pay 35-thousand dollars in fines and more than 450-thousand dollars in restitution.  This was the last of 25 public corruption cases that came from the attorney general's investigation of the Legislature.

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