NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013

THE STATE PRISON AT CRESSON IS CLOSING AND NOW THERE IS MORE BAD NEWS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JOB MARKET.  78 JOBS AT LOCKHEED MARTIN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES WILL BE TRANSFERRED FROM JOHNSTOWN TO MARYLAND BY THE END OF AUGUST.  OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS A COST CUTTING MOVE BY THE COMPANY.   THE LOCKHEED AEROSPACE PLANT NEXT DOOR WILL REMAIN OPEN WITH 344 JOBS. 

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IT WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT INDIANA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT DANA HENRY WILL RETIRE EFFECTIVE MARCH 31. HENRY HAS SERVED IN THAT POSITION SINCE 1995. HENRY HAS AGREED, TO ASSIST THE CHAMBER’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO ASSURE AN ORDERLY CHANGEOVER.

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IN PUNXSUTAWNEY, AN 11 MILLION DOLLAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IS TO BE BUILT, STARTING IN A FEW MONTHS. IT IS TO BE A THREE STORY, 45-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IN THE P&N COMMERCE PARK. IT WILL PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES TO UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS AND WILL BE OWNED BY PRIMARY HEALTH NETWORK BASED IN SHARON, PA

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THE OUTDOOR AND SPORTS SHOW WILL RETURN TO HARRISBURG NEXT YEAR.  THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW COMPLEX IS BOOKED FOR 10 DAYS NEXT YEAR … AFTER THE SHOW WAS CANCELLED THIS YEAR AFTER A BAN ON ASSAULT RIFLES AND EXTENDED MAGAZINE CLIPS CAUSED A MASS BOYCOTT.  THE LOSS OF THE SHOW CAUSED AN ESTIMATED 80 MILLION DOLLAR LOSS TO THE REGION’S ECONOMY.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE FLECK OF HUNTINGDON COUNTY IS PUSHING FOR FUNDING TO MAINTAIN THE OPERATION OF AMTRAK’S PITTSBURGH-TO-HARRISBURG PASSENGER TRAIN.   “THE PENNSYLVANIAN” ALSO MAKES STOPS IN ALTOONA, HUNTINGDON, LEWISTOWN, AND TYRONE.   UNDER STATE LAW, PENNDOT MUST COVER THE 5-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL SUBSIDY TO OPERATE THE ROUTE.  FLECK SAYS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DEPEND ON THIS RAIL LINE.

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TWO ALTOONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE SLATED FOR CLOSURE AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.  THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THE DISTRICT PLANS TO SHUT DOWN WRIGHT AND WASHINGTON-JEFFERSON.  AN ARCHITECT SAYS CLOSING THE SCHOOLS WOULD RESULT IN MORE EFFICIENT USE OF BUILDING CAPACITY AND BALANCE CLASS SIZES DISTRICT-WIDE.

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IT’S NOW A BIT EASIER TO GET AN EZ PASS FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE. THEY’RE NOW AVAILABLE AT SIXTY WAL MARTS ACROSS THE STATE … AT THE STORE’S CUSTOMER SERVICE COUNTERS. THE EZ PASS TRANSPONDER CAN BE USED IMMEDIATELY ON THE PA TURNPIKE AND OTHER TOLL ROADS, BRIDGES AND TUNNELS IN 15 OTHER STATES, TOO.

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STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY THEY HAVE NO SUSPECTS IN A FATAL HIT AND RUN.   EARLY TUESDAY MORNING, 32 YEAR OLD SHERRY HOUTZ OF BELLEFTONE WAS KILLED WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE AS SHE WALKED ALONG THE BERM OF I-99 SOUTH IN PATTON TOWNSHIP.   TROOPERS HAVE BEEN RECEIVING CALLS FROM PEOPLE PROVIDING POTENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE AND AN ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONIST IS TRYING TO DETERMINE DETAILS OF THE CRASH.   POLICE SAY HOUTZ WAS INVOLVED IN SOME SORT OF INCIDENT A SHORT TIME EARLIER AT THE BENNER PIKE SHEETZ STORE, BUT THAT IS NOT THOUGHT TO BE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE HIT-AND-RUN.

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BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE TIM SULLIVAN YESTERDAY UNSEALED 2 MEMOS WRITTEN BY FORMER ALTOONA POLICE DETECTIVE CRAIG ZAHRADNIK.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE MEMOS IMPLY THAT TOP ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS WANTED TO COVER UP THE BEATINGS OF 2 MEN BY OFF-DUTY COPS.  IT HAPPENED IN 2010 AT PELLEGRINE’S LOUNGE.

 A JURY RECENTLY CONVICTED FORMER OFFICER DUANE EICHENLAUB OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY WHILE ERIC KRINER PLEADED GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY TO OBSTRUCT A LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION.   POLICE CHIEF JANICE FREEHLING SAYS THE MEMOS WERE ZAHRADNIK’S FAIRY TALE VERSION OF WHAT HAPPENED.

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LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR JAKE CORMAN TO KEEP THE 60 MILLION DOLLAR NCAA FINE TO PENN STATE IN THE COMMONWEALTH PASSED THE STATE HOUSE YESTERDAY AND NOW GOES TO THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS SIGNATURE.  CORMAN SAYS THE MONEY WILL GO TO PROGRAMS PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ASSISTING THE VICTIMS.   THE NCAA HAD PLANNED TO DISTRIBUTE THE MONEY NATIONWIDE. 

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TWO PENN STATE ALUMNI HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE CANDIDATES FOR THE UNIVERSITY’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES.   KATHLEEN PAVELKO WORKS AS A PUBLIC MEDIA EXECUTIVE IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA, AND BOB HOOPER WAS A SOCIAL WORKER AND UNION ACTIVIST IN VERMONT.   CANDIDATES HAVE TO COLLECT 50 NOMINATIONS BY FEBRUARY 25TH TO BE ON THE BALLOT WHICH WILL BE RELEASED APRIL 10TH. VOTING ENDS THE MORNING OF MAY 2ND.

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STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY A MAN IS TARGETING THE ELDERLY.   HE CALLED AN ELDERLY WOMAN AND TOLD HER SHE HAD WON A 2 MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE. HE WANTED HER TO MEET HIM AT THE RITE AID ON WESTERLY PARKWAY WITH 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN WALMART GIFT CARDS WHICH WAS A FEE TO COLLECT THE PRIZE.   POLICE ARE WARNING PEOPLE THAT THE FBI DOES NOT CALL OR EMAIL PEOPLE TO AWARD PRIZES.

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