News for Tuesday, March 19, 2013


INVESTIGATORS HAVE YET TO PINPOINT THE EXACT CAUSE OF SATURDAY'S BUS ACCIDENT THAT KILLED THE SETON HILL LACROSSE COACH, HER UNBORN SON, AND THE BUS DRIVER.  TOXICOLOGY TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED ON THE 61-YEAR-OLD BUS DRIVER FROM JOHNSTOWN.  THE LACROSSE TEAM WAS HEADED TO MILLERSVILLE FOR A MATCH WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL ON THE TURNPIKE EAST OF CARLISLE.  TWO OF THE 14-STUDENTS WHO WERE INJURED IN THE CRASH REMAIN HOSPITALIZED.

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A HANDCUFFED CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON INMATE IDENTIFIED AS AKEEM RHINE TRIED TO ESCAPE YESTERDAY BY JUMPING OVER THE THIRD FLOOR RAILING … AND LANDED ON THE RAILING BELOW.  HE WAS GRABBED BY AUTHORITIES, BUT THEY COULDN’T PREVENT HIM FROM FALLING ONTO THE FIRST FLOOR WHERE HE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BY THE FALL. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND WILL FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES.

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SOUTH  FORK BOROUGH IS LOOKING TO HIRE AN ENTIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THE OLD DEPARTMENT WAS DISMANTLED AFTER THE POLICE CHIEF AND A PART TIME WORKER RESIGNED.  THERE ARE MORE THAN A DOZEN APPLICATIONS NOW BEING REVIEWED.  REGIONAL POLICING IS STILL AN OPTION.  THE POLICE COMMITTEE IS SET TO MEET FRIDAY NIGHT TO REVIEW THE APPLICATIONS.

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THE BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COULD VOTE AT TODAY’S MEETING TO SELL VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME.  5 HEALTH CARE COMPANIES HAVE SUBMITTED BIDS.

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A GROUP OF MEN ATTEMPTING TO SNAG SCRAP FROM THE FLOOR OF DUMAN LAKE IN EBENSBURG RECOVERED A 2007 SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE THAT WAS STOLEN IN BLAIR COUNTY IN NOVEMBER OF 2011. IT IS UNKNOWN WHO DUMPED THE BIKE INTO THE LAKE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT STATE POLICE IN EBENSBURG.

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