Today's News - Monday, August 12, 2013

Investigators are calling a raid in Ebensburg one of the largest drug busts they've seen in the area. It began as a burglary investigation at a home in East Conemaugh Borough, which led police to a home in Ebensburg Borough where they found syringes, scales, more than $800 in cash and more than 200 individual stamp bags of heroin, which police say has a street value of about $4,000.

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26-year -old Matthew Calfe and his passenger, 26-year-old Rebecca Diehl, both of Warrior’s Mark, were flown to UPMC Altoona Saturday afternoon following a crash in Clearfield County.  State police say someone ran Calfe’s SUV off I-80 in Pine Township. The vehicle rolled over several times.  Troopers are still investigating.

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State College Police say Manuel Barrantes of Florida is facing drunk driving and other charges following a chase and crash just before midnight Saturday.  An officer spotted Barrantes turning the wrong way onto Beaver Avenue and tried to stop him, but he sped away before eventually slamming into Chipotle Mexican Grill. The restaurant was not damaged, but Barrantes is in the Centre County Prison with a preliminary hearing set for August 21.

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A deadly ATV crash in Clearfield County early Sunday morning. State police say 31-year-old Jeffery Gallaher of Irvona lost control of his 4-wheeler along Henry’s Road just off of State Route 729 in Jordan Township.  The ATV ran off the road and rolled over, ejecting Gallaher and his female passenger, 35-year-old Erin King of Somerset.  Gallaher was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police say they found hundreds of cockroaches in a filthy home in Altoona last week and now Jennina Pratt is charged with endangering the welfare of her five children. She is in the Blair County Jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.  Some of the kids had bite marks on their legs and police also found a malnourished dog outside the home.

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Local drive-in theaters are competing to win funds to convert their equipment from film to digital, a process that costs around 80 to 100 thousand dollars. Honda Motor Company has spearheaded the contest, called Project Drive-In. People can vote online for their favorite drive-in theater. The top five vote getters will win a free digital projector.  Barr-Ann Drive-\In in Portage and Silver Drive-In in Richland are competing against drive-ins from across the country.  Voting takes place at projectdrivein.com.

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An oversupply of gas is driving prices down across the country.   According to the latest Lundberg survey, in the past two weeks, prices fell more than seven cents a gallon, settling at an average of $3.59.  Drivers in Charleston, South Carolina are getting the best deal at $3.27 while those in San Diego and Chicago are paying more than $3.90.  Johnstown-area drivers are paying $3.64.

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As prosecutors mount a case against Pitt Professor Robert Ferrante, money appears to be the leading motive.  Ferrante is being held in connection with his wife’s cyanide poisoning death.  A witness testified that she had spoken about leaving her husband.  Though it’s not certain she made any moves in that direction, the prospects of divorce and  the loss of Ferrante’s assets are considered evidence for a motive.

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The bill that would mandate Holocaust education in Pennsylvania public schools will top the agenda when legislators reconvene in September.  Montgomery County Representative Brendan Boyle’s bill was rejected earlier this summer following a tied vote.

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Family members of abducted California teen Hannah Anderson are elated she was rescued safely.  The 16-year-old was found alive Saturday following a massive manhunt in the Idaho wilderness and reunited with her father.  Her suspected kidnapper James Dimaggio was shot dead by FBI agents. 

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden thinks making Americans more comfortable will make them less safe.  He told CBS' "Face the Nation” President Obama's vow to make the NSA more transparent could make the agency less effective. 

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A40-foot wide sinkhole at a Florida resort near Disney World caused a three-story building to collapse early Monday morning. The building had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants changes in prosecution policies for certain drug crimes.  Holder is ordering federal prosecutors to alter the way they file charges for some drug crimes.  The aim is to lower the number of convictions that carry inflexible, mandatory minimum sentences and reserve the most severe penalties for serious or violent drug traffickers.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye west are reportedly turning down offers for pictures of their newborn daughter, North.  Sources tell TMZ.com that the couple have decided against selling the pictures and donating the money to charity.  They have even supposedly passed up an offer worth millions of dollars.

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Apple will unveil its new iPhone next month.  Sources tell tech website All Things D the company will reveal the next iPhone version during a special event on September 10.  The phones will likely feature the iOS 7 operating system, which includes several changes in the overall look of menus and icons.

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