NEWS for Friday, June 21, 2013

A DROWNING LAST NIGHT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AT RAYSTOWN LAKE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY 74 YEAR OLD JOHN WALLS OF DUNCANSVILLE WAS FISHING WITH AN 85 YEAR OLD  MAN WHEN WALLS LOST HIS BALANCE AND FELL OUT OF THE BOAT.  IT HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 7PM IN THE SOUTHERN END OF THE LAKE NEAR THE HERITAGE COVE RESORT. DIVE CREWS RECOVERED THE BODY A FEW HOURS LATER.  

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JOHNSTOWN POLICE HAVE RELEASED SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF THE MAN WHO HELD UP FIRST NATIONAL BANK ON WALNUT STREET LAST WEEK.  HE ALSO STOLE A TRUCK WHICH WAS LATER RECOVERED.  THE SUSPECT IS BELIEVED TO BE 18 TO 25 YEARS OLD AND HAS TATTOOS ON HIS FOREARM. A REWARD OF UP TO 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING OFFERED TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST. 

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52 YEAR OLD RANDY FOOR OF BEDFORD ORIGINALLY PLEADED GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HIS BEST FRIEND, BUT HE LATER WITHDREW THE PLEA…AND NOW A JURY FOUND HIM NOT GUILTY.  LAST AUGUST, FOOR AND DENNIS SPRIGG OF MANNS CHOICE WERE DRINKING AT A PARTY WHEN THEY ARGUED AND FOOR PUSHED SPRIGG WHO FELL AND HIT HIS HEAD.   HE DIED A FEW WEEKS LATER.  THE JURY DELIBERATED ONLY ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

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ROARING SPRING FIRE CHIEF GARY DENNIS PLANNED TO PLEAD GUILTY YESTERDAY TO EMBEZZLING MORE THAN 17-THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER A 3 YEAR PERIOD, BUT THE JUDGE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE PLEA BECAUSE DENNIS DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO MAKE RESTITUTION.  THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS DENNIS ALLEGEDLY USED SOME OF THE MONEY TO PAY HIS COUNTY TAXES…AND USED A FIRE COMPANY CREDIT CARD DURING A TRIP TO A NASCAR RACE IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY.

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A SOMERSET COUNTY MAN IS CHARGED WITH STARVING AND NEGLECTING AT LEAST 8 HORSES. 7 OF THEM WERE SEIZED LAST WEEK, AND ANOTHER HAD TO BE PUT DOWN.  HUMANE OFFICIALS TELL WJAC THE HORSES WERE FORCED TO LIVE IN MANURE AND HAD NO FOOD OR WATER, BUT BARRY HOSTETLER OF HOLSOPPLE SAID HE WAS BOARDING 5 OF THE HORSES, AND 3 OTHERS BELONGED TO HIS DAUGHTER.  HOSTETLER’S DAUGHTER SAYS THE HORSES WERE PROPERLY CARED FOR AND THE FAMILY HOPES TO CLEAR THEIR NAME AND GET THE ANIMALS BACK.

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A BEDFORD COUNTY FARMER MAY HAVE SAVED A BALD EAGLE’S LIFE YESTERDAY.  HE FOUND THE BIRD…UNABLE TO FLY OR FEED… COVERED IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE VEGETABLE OIL AND IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE GAME COMMISSION.  A SPOKESPERSON FOR CENTRE WILDLIFE CARE TELLS WTAJ THE 5 YEAR OLD EAGLE IS BEING HYDRATED. IT WILL BE SENT TO TRI-STATE BIRD RESCUE AND RESEARCH IN DELAWARE…AND THEN WASHED WHILE UNDER ANESTHESIA. AFTER REHAB, THE BALD EAGLE WILL BE SET FREE WHERE IT WAS FOUND.  GAME COMMISSION OFFICIALS DON’T BELIEVE THE INCIDENT WAS INTENTIONAL.

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