Archives for May 2014

Search for reported armed man threatening himself

State Police haven’t found a person who may have been armed with a gun and threatening to hurt himself yesterday afternoon. Frankstown Elementary was placed on a community lockdown after the advisory that the individual may be in the Hollidaysburg Sportsman area. Several roads were shut down as well. The suspect never was spotted. State Police want to find out more from anyone who knows anything about the incident.

Corbett favors hybrid pension system in PA

Gov. Tom Corbett is throwing his support behind legislation to replace Pennsylvania’s largest public pension systems with a less costly hybrid system for future state and school employees, his spokesman said Wednesday. The Public Employee Retirement Commission, which reviews all legislation affecting public employee pensions, voted Wednesday to accept analyses of the plan by actuaries representing the two retirement funds, Corbett and the commission. “The governor continues to call upon the Legislature for pension reform.

Man Intervenes in Argument, Gets Beaten

Charges are pending against an Altoona man who allegedly beat up his neighbor, when the neighbor tried to intervene in a fight he was having with his roommate. Marcell Ellis and the roommate,who is a woman, were having a loud argument as they got out of their car on 15th Street, and a neighbor ran outside and told Ellis to stop yelling at the woman. Ellis is accused of attacking the man with punches and kicks, and beating his head on the sidewalk. More neighbors got involved, trying to break up the fight, and it ended when somebody called the police. Ellis was released on bail after being charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.

Planning Commission to Consider Hotel Proposal

The Blair County Planning Commission today will be reviewing land development plans for a new hotel at Valley View Boulevard near Jaggard Street. The site is vacant,and at one time there were plans for a medical center there. Then, this month, a developer submitted these plans for a four-story, 72-room Microtel Inn and Suites. The planning commission meeting is open to the public. The proposed hotel site borders a residential area.

Another Delay in Charges Against Bomb Suspect

For the fourth time, a judge has granted a delay in the filing of charges against a man accused of having bomb making materials in his apartment in Altoona. The new deadline for formal charges against 18 year old Vladislav Miftakhov, a former student at Penn State-Altoona. He was arrested in February when police went to his off campus apartment to investigate a marijuana complaint and found the bomb making materials. There’s also evidence that the suspect actually exploded a bomb in a field near the campus. He’s being held in Cambria County Prison.

Americans In Fear Of Running Out Of Retirement Money

A new survey by Merrill Edge finds most that Americans fear running out of money during their retirement. Jack Murphy has the details…

State College Reception Problems

You may not see it, but it’s there, and it’s a big problem in downtown State College.
Emergency responders say that there are so many cell phones and computers being used in downtown State College, that it’s creating radio interference that is disrupting communications for emergency responders.

Centre County 911 Director Dan Tancibok explained the problem to local broadcast media…

Tancibok says a specialist in this sort of thing was recently called in, and he was shocked at what he discovered…

Clearfield 911 Center Roof Replacement Bids Come In

Clearfield County Commissioners on Tuesday, opened bids for re-roofing the Clearfield 9-1-1 Center.
In all, eight bids were received for the job, with the lowest bid submitted from Mid-state Roofing & Coating Inc. in the amount of $29, 370. Other bids came in between that amount, and a high bid of $46,171 from CEF Contracting, Inc.
Commissioners decided to hold off taking any action on any of the bids until a review is done on them to determine if the lowest bid is in fact, the best deal.
The county needs to re-roof the 9-1-1 Center, as the current roof has been leaking, and it has already been accounted for in the budget.

Fitness Effort To Begin

First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to address childhood obesity is coming to Blair County. County Commissioners heard Tuesday from health advocates, asking for an endorsement of a program called Let’s Move Blair County The local fitness effort will be launched June 21st with information and children’s activities at five locations. A spokesperson says the effort is designed to bring change over time.

Meeting Set on Property Reassessment

You may be curious about Blair County’s upcoming property reassessment. Here’s your chance to get all your questions answered. The first public informational meeting on the reassessment has been scheduled for June 10th at the Blair County Convention Center. It will begin at 7 pm. This will be Blair County’s first property reassessment since 1958. This summer, data collectors will start on -site surveys of properties.