Archives for February 2015

Kids Found Living in Deplorable Conditions

Three young kids were found living in deplorable conditions in Somerset County, and police arrested two adults. Police went to the Boswell Heights apartment after one of the kids dialed 911 more than ten times. Police say they found unsanitary living conditions, no food, drink or bed for the kids. They also found drug paraphernalia.

House Okays Modernizing Liquore Store System

The Pennsylvania House voted Thursday in favor of House Bill 466, which would shut down the state’s outmoded state liquor store system and replace it with more modern, privately owned wine and spirit retail system. House Bill 466 is nearly identical to liquor privatization legislation passed by the House in March 2013. It includes a series of reforms for beer, liquor and wine sales and would allow beer distributors to expand their businesses to sell liquor and wine as well as beer. House Majority Leader Dave Reed says Pennsylvania’s current liquor system was created more than 80 years ago, in 1933, following the repeal of Prohibition.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Miracle on Pennsylvania Highway

It seems like a miracle. A woman and her young child walked away from a collision with a semi that tore their pickup truck in half on Wednesday. It happened on Piney Creek Road in Huston Township. Martinsburg Police Chief Kerry Hoover said the pickup slid into the path of the truck, the truck slammed into the pickup, blasting it to pieces. The woman and her child, an 18-month-old toddler in a car seat, emerged from the wreckage and waited in another driver’s car until emergency responders arrived. Chief Hoover said, “I’ve been doing this for 26 years, and I’ve never seen one like this that someone walked away from.”

Governor Seeks to Rebuild Middle Class

Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that his 2015-16 Budget will include significant reforms aimed at three goals for economic development and creating good-paying, middle class jobs: creating a pro-growth business climate; building Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector; and creating workforce partnerships for economic success. The governor says, we need to rebuild the middle class.

The governor says our best days are ahead

Wear Pink on Friday

Here’s why you should wear pink on Friday. J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, is asking area businesses and organizations to encourage their employees to pay $5 to wear pink on Friday to support the Pennsylvania Pink Zone and J.C Blair’s Alliance for Breast Care.The event is one of many events the hospital is sponsoring to promote the Penn State Pink Zone game on Sunday, when the Lady Lions basketball team takes on the Wisconsin Badgers at the Bryce Jordan Center. More than 700 breast cancer survivors are expected to attend this game.

Alleged Abuser Busted, Faces One Thousand Counts

An alleged abuser busted in Centre County. 39 year-old Edward Geier, Jr., from Spring Mills, is behind bars. He’s facing more than 1,000 counts of child sex abuse.Geier is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over a four year period.According to court documents, it wasn’t until the victim decided to run away from the home where the abuse allegedly happened that it was discovered.

Olberman Takes Tweet Battle Too Far

Keith Olberman learned the hard way not to mess with Penn State fans. ESPN says Olbermann will not be hosting his late-night show the rest of the week after he got into a Twitter fight with Penn State fans Monday night.The exchange began when a student tweeted “We Are!” to Olbermann with a link to a Daily Collegian article with this year’s THON fundraising total, which raises money for children with cancer.Olbermann tweeted “…Pitiful,” in reply. He later engaged in inappropriate exchanges with other Penn State fans.Olbermann has since apologized .

Liquor Privatization Bill Passes In House

In Harrisburg, House Republicans on Monday passed a liquor-privatization bill that is being viewed as a first step of their renewed effort to get Pennsylvania out of the business of alcohol sales.
The House is scheduled to be in session through Friday, in hopes of passing the legislation on to the Senate.
The bill cleared the House Liquor Control Committee along party lines, with Democrats opposing it. Before the vote, Democratic members questioned various aspects of the proposal, including assistance for displaced workers and the fiscal effect of shutting down the state-run liquor stores.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf opposes disbanding the state liquor system.
The proposal as it currently stands, would create wine and spirits licenses, which would be first available to beer distributors. It would allow the sale of wine at grocery stores. Beer distributors would be allowed to sell six-packs and 12-packs, as well as cases.

Some NY Border Towns Want To Secede To PA

Some towns along the southern tier of New York, bordering on the northern edge of Pennsylvania, are actually considering seceding from New York and joining Pennsylvania because of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fracking ban.
A local group called upstate New York Towns Association is now looking into whether such a plan is possible, and if it’s worth the cost.
They cite the stronger economy in Pennsylvania, saying many residents of the southern tier of New York already commute to Pennsylvania to work in the fracking industry… some bringing home salaries in the six figure range.
There are however, many roadblocks to the plan, including the fact that both state legislatures would have to approve the shift, as would the federal government.

Governor’s Choice To Head State Police Hits A Snag

Col. Marcus Brown is Governor Tom Wolf’s choice to lead the state police. Brown served as a patrol officer, a SWAT commander and the second-in-command of the Baltimore police. In addition to that, he has also led the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Maryland State Police.
However, some retired Pennsylvania State Troopers are against Wolf’s selection, saying Brown is tied closely to former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s anti-gun measures.
Several former troopers also said they have an issue with the fact that someone who did not graduate from the state police academy in Hershey is wearing a Pennsylvania State Trooper uniform and carrying a gun. They say the previous police commissioner – Frank Noonan, a former FBI and attorney general’s office investigator – chose to wear a suit.