Archives for May 2015

PA Man Sentenced For Child Rape

Selfies he probably should have never taken… A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet, that he later sold at a flea market, is now headed to state prison for up to 30 years on a charge of child rape. 44-year-old Donald Miller of New Castle was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last November. Yesterday’s sentence comes following his sentencing earlier this month to another 27 years in federal prison on a charge of child pornography, for the images he created and stored on the tablet. His arrest came after a woman who bought the tablet from him at a flea market in Ohio, discovered the porn and called the cops.
Miller will serve both sentences concurrently in state prison, but if by some stroke of luck, he’s paroled on the state sentence, he’ll still have to serve any remaining federal time in a federal prison.

Medicaid Expansion Is Proving To Be A Budget Buster

The federal government is proposing new oversight of privately administered Medicaid plans, tightening profit guidelines for insurers and keeping a closer eye on doctor availability for patients. The changes come about because participation in Medicaid has grown by about 10 million in the U.S. over the last 18 months. Most all of that increase is being blamed on the broad income-based eligibility expansion brought about by ObamaCare. Pennsylvania’s Medicaid population now stands at about 2.46 million people as of March, or in other words, more than 19 percent of the state’s population. 256,000 people are newly eligible this year because of ObamaCare. As such, Medicaid has become a budget drain for many states, including Pennsylvania, but it can be profitable for private companies that run the plans. A report from the U.S. Office of the Inspector General found that a substantial percentage of doctors who are supposed to see Medicaid patients are either unable or unavailable to do so.

3 arrested in Altoona drug bust

Altoona Police arrest 3 men and take down a nuisance drug property in the process. Police say a confidential informant arranged to buy crack cocaine and marijuana in separate instances from a home on the 800 block of 25th Street Wednesday. Kevin Holland, Jerome Banks and Kevin Carnegie were all handcuffed. Holland and Banks were charged with delivering crack cocaine and criminal conspiracy while Carnegie was charged with delivering marijuana.

New Republican group for women forms in Altoona

A new Republican group is forming. The Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women are holding a meet-and-greet Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Altoona Grand Hotel. The new council includes Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Bedford and Cambria Counties. The group hopes to increase registration, ensure equal representation and encourage more Republican women candidates to run for office.

NCAA to subpoena Scott Paterno

The NCAA has filed an intent to subpoena the son of late Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno. The NCAA laid out 35 requests for everything it expects from Scott Paterno. Requests include all documents concerning former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report and all communications between the Paternos, including text messages sent and received by Scott Paterno. The subpoena is part of an ongoing lawsuit between the Paterno estate and the NCAA.

Fire leaves Tyrone man, dog homeless

Fire guts a home in Tyrone. The fire broke out at a home on Bald Eagle Pike Wednesday. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find heavy smoke coming from the left side of the home and the roof. It took firefighters from six fire companies 30 minutes to get the fire under control. No one was home at the time of the fire.

PennDot Announces Construction Schedule

PennDOT today announced that work on the Route 4019 (Old Sixth Avenue Road) and Route 4018 (Lower Riggles Gap Road) Pinecroft Curves Project in Antis Township, Blair County is set to begin. Beginning Monday, June 1, at 5 AM, the contractor will be flagging Route 4019 in the work zone, and flagging will continue 24 hours a day until June 3. If you are traveling in that area, you should expect delays. All work on the $3.3 million project will be completed by the end of October. You can can check conditions by visiting 511PA. It’s free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

Letter From School Upsets Some Parents

One family is threatening to sue an entire Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment because of a graduation dress code. It’s happening at Biglerville High School in Adams County, where Bri Burtop is a senior. Bri and her mother are upset after a letter was sent home with students, that urged them to choose modest attire for commencement… in particular the mother and daughter were offended by two sentences in that letter. The sentences said quote : “They don’t want to be looking at our sausage rolls”, and “As you get dressed, you should remember, you can’t put ten pounds of mud into a five pound bag.” The Burtops complained that the letter was directed at the female students, and there was no such specific instructions in the boys section. School officials say they are addressing the issue, and the letter does not reflect the standards of the Upper Adams School District.

Pregnant woman, unborn child struck, killed

A pregnant woman and her unborn child have died in a crash that shuttered the Juniata Bridge in Logan Township for several hours. It happened just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police say 29-year-old Brandyn Boyd ran out of gas on the bridge so she put on her flashers and tried to refuel with a gas can. Police say that’s when a Jeep struck and killed her. Boyd was 37 weeks pregnant. The driver of the Jeep hasn’t been identified, but Logan Township Police say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Police: Man attempts to lure kids outside elementary school

Police in Logan Township are asking for your help in finding a man that tried to lure kids into his car with candy. It happened at Ebner Elementary School in Altoona Tuesday night around 8:30 p.m. while sporting events were taking place. Police say a man pulled up in a grey SUV and approached two young boys, saying he had candy for them if they just got into his car. The kids ran off and told a nearby coach what had happened. By then, the attempted kidnapper had fled the scene. Police are stepping up patrols in the area, but are also asking parents to stay alert.