NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

AUTHORITIES IN CAMBRIA COUNTY HAVE RELEASED NEW DETAILS IN THE HOUSE EXPLOSION AND SUICIDE OF 40 YEAR OLD BRAD KOLLAR OF HASTINGS.   HE SET OFF A BLAST AT A HOME ON KEMPSHIRE ROAD IN CLEARFIELD TOWNSHIP TUESDAY MORNING, KILLING HIMSELF AND CRITICALLY INJURING 44 YEAR OLD BILL SHANER WHO REMAINS AT ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH. SHANER’S TEENAGE SON WAS RELEASED FROM ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM.  DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN RELEASED COURT DOCUMENTS AND A RECORDED JAIL CONVERSATION BETWEEN KOLLAR AND AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN. KOLLAR SAYS THAT HE TRIED BLOWING HIMSELF UP LAST SUMMER BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.  KOLLAR WAS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING TUESDAY ON CHARGES OF OPERATING AN ILLEGAL CHOP-SHOP AND METH LAB.   PROSECUTORS TRIED TO HAVE HIS BOND REVOKED, BUT THE JUDGE REFUSED.  ACQUAINTANCES OF KOLLAR SAID HE BELIEVED SHANER SNITCHED ON HIM, LEADING TO HIS ARREST.

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16 YEAR OLD JESSE MCELHINNEY OF ALTOONA DIED THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY HIS 17 YEAR OLD FRIEND.    THE OTHER TEEN IS NOW 18, BUT HE PLEADED GUILTY YESTERDAY AS A JUVENILE TO CHARGES INCLUDING INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.  THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS HE WILL ALSO HELP THE BLAIR COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE MADE AN EDUCATIONAL VIDEO WARNING OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGER OF GUNS.  5 YEARS AFTER COMPLETING HIS PROBATION, THE TEEN’S RECORD WILL BE EXPUNGED.

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A WOMAN HAS NOW COME FORWARD CLAIMING SHE WAS REPEATEDLY SEXUALLY ABUSED BY FRANCISCAN FRIAR STEPHEN BAKER STARTING WHEN SHE WAS 15 AND ATTENDING JOHNSTOWN’S BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL.   BAKER WORKED AS AN ATHLETIC TRAINER…AND ATTORNEY RICHARD SERBIN, WHO REPRESENTS MULTIPLE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BAKER, RELEASED A STATEMENT YESTERDAY SAYING THE GIRL TRUSTED BAKER TO TREAT HER INJURIES AND HE MOLESTED HER INSTEAD.  SERBIN’S STATEMENT ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES OTHER FEMALE ATHLETES AND CHEERLEADERS WERE ALSO ABUSED, POSSIBLY EVEN SOME MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO WERE PARTICIPATING IN PARISH SPONSORED PROGRAMS.  BAKER COMMITTED SUICIDE IN JANUARY AT ST. BERNADINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG.

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IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, LEANNA GOTTSHALL OF OSTERBURG WAIVED HER PRELIMINARY HEARING ON NEARLY 3 DOZEN COUNTS OF FORGERY AND RELATED CHARGES.  SHE’S ACCUSED OF STEALING MORE THAN 11-THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE TREASUREER OF THE CHESTNUT RIDGE PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION.  GOTTSHALL IS FREE ON UNSECURED BAIL.

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ACCORDING TO STATE COLLEGE-DOT-COM, THE SECOND MILE IS ASKING A JUDGE TO PERMIT THE TRANSFER OF 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO ARROW CHILD AND FAMILY MINISTRIES IN ORDER FOR 3 YOUTH PROGRAMS TO CONTINUE.  THE SECOND MILE IS CURRENTLY NOT ALLOWED TO SPEND OR ALLOCATE MONEY DUE TO ON-GOING LAWSUITS IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE.  ARROW MINISTRIES HAS AGREED TO RUN THE PROGRAMS STARTING THIS SPRING.

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