Today's News

AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN ALTOONA … AFTER A TRAGIC FIRE YESTERDAY KILLED A THREE YEAR OLD BOY.  POLICE SAY 62 YEAR OLD AARON DISHONG THOUGHT AN EX LOVER WAS STAYING AT THE DUPLEX ALONG SECOND STREET, AND STARTED THE FIRE.   A 2 YEAR OLD – DARYL ETCHISON JUNIOR DIED.  TWO OTHERS, THE BOY’S MOTHER BRANDY ETCHISON … WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITH HER YOUNG DAUGHTER, BUT COULDN’T GET BACK INSIDE TO SAVE HER SON.  THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ARE HOSPITALIZED.  BRANDY IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.  

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JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY A 15 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN CHARGED FOR SETTING THE FIRE THAT DAMAGED A HOME SUNDAY NIGHT ALONG MENOHER BOULEVARD.  THE FIRE WAS AT A HOME ALONG THE 600 BLOCK AND WAS PUT OUT QUICKLY BY FIREFIGHTERS.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES.  THE FIRE WAS JUST RULED ARSON ON WEDNESDAY.

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AN INDIANA COUNTY MAN WILL GO TO TRIAL IN APRIL ON CHARGES HE KILLED THREE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY.  KEVIN MURPHY FACES A POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE IF HE IS CONVICTED.  PROSECUTORS SAID THE 51-YEAR-OLD CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP MAN KILLED HIS MOTHER, SISTER, AND AN AUNT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT APPROVE OF HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH A MARRIED WOMAN.  THAT WOMAN ALLEGEDLY TOLD MURPHY TO KILL HIS FAMILY BUT SHE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED.

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TWO WOMEN ARE DEAD FOLLOWING UNRELATED ACCIDENTS IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY.  IN SALEM TOWNSHIP, 39-YEAR-OLD AMANDA CICCARELLI [CHICK-A-REL-EE] WAS KILLED AFTER SLAMMING INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE ON ROUTE 22.    TWO PASSENGERS IN THE OTHER VEHICLE WERE PULLED FROM THE WRECK SECONDS BEFORE THEIR VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES.  ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER, AN UNIDENTIFIED 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS KILLED IN A CRASH AT ROUTE 130 AND PLEASANT UNITY-MUTUAL ROAD IN UNITY.

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PENN STATE'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL VOTE TODAY ON HOW BEST TO PROCEED WITH THE SEARCH FOR A NEW UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT.  IN AN EFFORT TO RESTORE ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE P-S-U COMMUNITY, THE BOARD IS INVOLVING FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI, AND STUDENTS IN THE PROCESS.