Archives for January 2015

Frein Pleads Not Guilty

Eric Frein was arraigned at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford on Thursday. The survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty. Frein is charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and other offenses in the Sept. 12 ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and severely wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove. District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed notice this week that he will seek the death penalty for Frein. His trial is tentatively scheduled for March, but officials don’t expect it to happen until 2016.

Penn State Task Force on Sexual Violence Issues Report

A task force looking into the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment on the Penn State campus has released its findings.It’s a more than 200 page report with 18 recommendations to help combat the issue of sexual violence on campus. Members of the task force said the focus needs to be on education and communication. The task force also recommends a mandated training process for all university employees to help educate them on the issues involved with sexual misconduct. Other recommendations include creating a new, stand-alone position at the university and to coordinate Title IX goals and initiatives and changes in the Office of Student Conduct. The task force recommends the office move away from its traditional hearing process and embrace an investigative approach to look into sexual misconduct cases.

Phil Prepares for Monday Duties

In just a few days, Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual prediction.Gobbler’s Knob usually attracts 15,000 to 20,000 visitors a year when the holiday falls on a Monday. But, event organizers are concerned the weather might keep people away on Groundhog Day.The club says 30,000 people came last year, but on a Sunday.When Phil’s not at Gobbler’s Knob or traveling for a special event, you can usually find him at his burrow next to the Punxsutawney library.

Proposal Addresses Bullying Epidemic

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has unveiled his bipartisan anti-bullying in schools bill. Casey’s bill would require schools districts across the country to develop and implement locally driven anti-bullying policies that protect vulnerable children. A Department of Education study found that 1 in 3 children between the ages of 12 and 18 will be impacted by bullying.

Superbowl Sunday Can Lead to DUI


Drinking This Weekend? Don’t Get Behind The Wheel

If you plan on partying over Superbowl Weekend, listen up… Police are making plans too.
The Blair County DUI Task Force will be on area roads during what is being called a special operation this weekend, looking for impaired drivers. They say that the Super Bowl ranks right up there with Thanksgiving and New Years Eve with accidents caused by drunk drivers, and they plan to do all they can to prevent it here in our area this year.
Extra patrols will be out, and checkpoints will be set up.
Area law enforcement agencies say if you are hosting a Super Bowl party, it’s up to you to make sure that anyone attending has a plan for a safe way home if they are drinking.
Aside from the obvious safety reasons for not drinking and driving, police remind everyone that just getting caught and arrested for a DUI can cost you up to $10,000, and you will likely lose your license, possibly for years.

State Treasurer Resigns

State Treasurer Rob McCord, who has been in office for six years, this morning told reporters that he’s stepping down.
McCord will leave office on February 12th. In his statement, he said that while it has been his privilege to serve Pennsylvania as State Treasurer for the past six years, his goals have been achieved, and now that there is a new governor in office to appoint his successor, he feels that the time is right for him to return to the private sector.
No official word on who may be in line to replace him yet.

City Council Considers Salaries, New Lease for Naval Center

The Altoona City Council introduced two ordinances at last night’s meeting. The first was for the compensation of elected officials which establishes the salaries of the Mayor and Council members for terms of office beginning January 2016. The new full-time Mayor would get a yearly salary of $75,000. And city council’s pay would increase from $3600 a year to $5000 a year. The city also introduced an ordinance to enter into a Lease Agreement with the U.S. Government for the former Naval Center property just off Chestnut Avenue. The lease is for a year beginning February 1st, 2015 for 96 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Solicitor Larry Clapper explains the lease

City Councilman, Bruce Kelly says the city wasn’t getting the most for the property considering the city’s financial situation.

Mayor Matthew Pacifico says the city couldnt lose on this deal

Both ordinances were introduced at last night’s Altoona City Council Meeting. Both will be advertised for 7 days and then will be up for adoption by council at their next meeting. (February 11th)

Wild Chase In Beaver County

A woman is accused of stealing a police cruiser, while handcuffed, and then leading police on a chase at speeds over 100 miles per hour in Center Township….

PENDOT Message For Drivers