News for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ONE PERSON HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED AFTER LAST WEEK’S SHOOTING IN THE HORNERSTOWN SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN.  ANTHONY SANDERS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. POLICE SAY HE WAS WITH TWO OTHER MEN IN AN APARTMENT WHEN A FIGHT AND THEN A SHOOTOUT BEGAN WITH ANOTHER MAN AND A JUVENILE.  FOUR PEOPLE WERE SHOT, ALL ARE EXPECTED TO BE OK.  THREE MORE SUSPECTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CHARGED. 

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SOME OF THE CHARGES AGAINST AN INDIANA COUNTY MOTHER WHO’S TODDLER DIED IN A BATHTUB ARE BEING DROPPED.  HOMICIDE CHARGES WERE FILED AGAINST TONYA THOMAS AFTER HER 13 MONTH OLD SON WAS FOUND FACE DOWN IN THE BATHTUB IN FEBRUARY.  SHE LEFT THE CHILD ALONE IN THE BATHTUB WITH TWO YOUNG SIBLINGS AND WENT DOWNSTAIRS.  HOMICIDE CHARGES ARE DROPPED, BUT SHE STILL FACES RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND OTHER CHARGES.

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IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY, INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THEY FOUND THE REMAINS OF AN ALTOONA WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. THE WOMAN’S FATHER IS LAW HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HER MURDER.  THE BODY OF SHERRY LEIGHTY  WAS FOUND ON KEN KEIGHTY’S FARM ON SATURDAY AFTER MORE THAN THREE WEEKS OF SEARCHING. 

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THE STATE PRISONS AT CRESSON AND GREENSBURG ARE SLATED TO CLOSE NEXT MONTH AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE SALE OF THE BUILDINGS. A TOTAL OF 13 SURPLUS PROPERTIES COULD BE SOLD AND THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES ESTIMATES THEY MIGHT GO FOR MORE THAN 6 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT SAYS THE CRESSON LOCK-UP IS PROJECTED TO BRING IN 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE 40-BUILDING COMPLEX SPREAD ACROSS 450 ACRES.

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65 YEAR OLD KENNETH LEIGHTY (“LEE-TEE”) OF ALTOONA IS NOW CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER TELLING INVESTIGATORS WHERE TO DIG FOR THE REMAINS OF HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, 23 YEAR OLD SHERRY LEIGHTY.   SHE DISAPPEARED IN 1999 AND ALTOONA POLICE RECENTLY RECORDED A PHONE CONVERSATION IN WHICH LEIGHTY TELLS HIS SON THAT HE ACCIDENTALLY KILLED HER AND BURIED HER BODY ON HIS 150 ACRE PROPERTY NEAR WARRIORS MARK, HUNTINGDON COUNTY.  SEARCH CREWS HAVE BEEN COMBING THE AREA FOR 3 WEEKS.  THE SKELETON WAS DISCOVERED SATURDAY, BUT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON THE CAUSE OF DEATH.   LEIGHTY HAS BEEN JAILED SINCE ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING THE OFFICERS WHO WANTED TO QUESTION HIM.   YESTERDAY, LEIGHTY WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON THE HOMICIDE CHARGE.  NO WORD YET IF PROSECUTORS WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.

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A FORMER ASSISTANT GIRLS SOCCER COACH FOR THE ALTOONA AREA HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY COUNTS OF HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH 2 FEMALE STUDENTS, AGES 15 AND 16, BETWEEN OCTOBER 2010 AND THIS PAST FEBRUARY.  24 YEAR OLD KYLA HOLLINGSHEAD HAS RESIGNED AND SHE IS FREE ON UNSECURED BOND WITH A PRELIMINARY HEARING NEXT WEDNESDAY.  ALTOONA POLICE TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT HOLLINGSHEAD ALLEGEDLY HELD A KNIFE AND THREATENED TO KILL HERSELF IF ONE OF THE GIRLS BROKE UP WITH HER.

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THIS AFTERNOON’S COMMUTE IN THE HARRISBURG AREA SHOULD BE A BIT EASIER NOW THAT 1-81 HAS REOPENED ENTIRELY.  PORTIONS WERE CLOSED AFTER THURSDAY’S FUEL TANKER CRASH AND FIRE.

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