Archives for April 2016

Penelec Rate Increase Request Under Consideration By PUC

If they get what they are asking for, you are going to have to start digging a little deeper in your pocket to keep the lights on… FirstEnergy Corp.’s Pennsylvania utilities… on of which is Penelec… asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday, for a rate increase that would kick the average bill up by about $23 a month. Penelec wants to increase your bill. If approved, that means the average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would see an increase of 17.1 percent, or $23.61… bringing the average residental bill up to about $161.50. If the PUC approves the rate increase request, the new rates will take effect on June 27. The process, however, could take several months. Penelec serves nearly 590,000 customers spread over 17,600 square miles of western, northern and south central Pennsylvania.

Former Hollidaysburg Banker Sentenced To Prison

A former banker from Hollidaysburg is headed to prison… 54 year old Timothy Nagle was sentenced Thursday to serve one day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release for his conviction on a charge of misapplication of funds by a bank employee. Nagle will also have to repay First National Bank restitution of $7,132… money he took by submitting 24 false expense reports while serving as a senior vice president of the bank. He got off pretty light for committing his crime… the maximum sentence for misapplication of funds by a bank employee is 30 years in prison, and a fine of $1 million.

Shuster Endorses Trump

Ninth Congressional District Rep. Bill Shuster, who was elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, has announced his endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Prior to the election Shuster said he was uncommitted. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is one of the three delegates for the 9th Congressional District. The two others are Debra Taylor of Montgomery County, who also supports Trump, and Lois Kaneshiki of Holidaysburg, who is supporting Ted Cruz.

Results from Tuesday’s primary indicate Shuster is going to serve an eighth term in Congress. Shuster led challenger Art Halverson by a lim margin, only one percent, in the unofficial vote tally. With absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted in three of the district’s 12 counties, Halverson still hasn’t conceded. But unless Halverson received a substantial majority of all the votes not-yet-counted, Shuster looks poised to cruise to re-election, with no Democrat on the general election ballot.

Three Franciscan Friars Accused of Allowing Sexual Predator to Teach School Will Face Trial

A judge in Hollidaysburg has ordered three Franciscan friars to stand trial on charges linked to their role supervising another friar accused of molesting scores of children in the Altoona–Johnstown Diocese. The ruling came after a second day of testimony in their preliminary on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. A former principal of Bishop McCort Catholic High School testified that he was never told by the friars that a member of their order he hired as a teacher in 1989 had been accused of child sex abuse. Had he known, William Rushin said, he never would have allowed Brother Stephen Baker to hold a job working with children. Prosecutors say that Giles Schinelli, Robert D’Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli knew of allegations against Baker dating to 1977. Baker was later accused of molesting more than 100 children and killed himself in 2013.

Shuster Takes Narrow Victory

House Transportation Chairman, Republican Bill Shuster, narrowly beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from Art Halvorson, a Coast Guard veteran and real estate executive who has never held public office. With more than four-fifths of precincts reporting as of late last night, Shuster led Halvorson, 52 to 48 points, and The Associated Press called the race. Halvorson jumped to an early lead, but Shuster closed the gap as votes were tallied, and eventually overtook Halvorson.

Huge Night For Trump In Northeast

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump roared to victory Tuesday in five primaries across the Northeast, including right here in Pennsylvania, after which he confidently declared himself the GOP’s “presumptive nominee.” In neighboring Delaware, Trump walked away with 61 percent of the vote! Hillary Clinton took four of the five Democratic races, putting her at about 90 percent of the way to the number needed to claim the Democratic nomination. Meanwhile, Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich vowed to keep running, as did Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders, although none of them appears to have much of a chance at this point.

Local Election Reactions

News this morning from WRTA’s Primary Election Night Coverage… Sarah Seymour, Blair County Director of elections spoke with us about the turnout…

A.C. Stickel (STICK-uhl)… Blair County Republican Committe Chair, also spoke with WRTA news on THE McGinnis/Starr state rep race

Stickel also commented on the Republican presidential primary…

79th State Rep. John McGinnis commented on winning his third, and pledged FINAL term…

McGinnis then spoke about what’s next, after the election?

Tuesday Altoona Headlines

Altoona headlines;
PennDOT will hold outreach sessions in Blair and Huntingdon counties on Wednesday to review upcoming projects and to gather feedback from state and municipal officials.

Voter turnout today at polling places across the region is expected to be high, according to area elections officials, who attributed the projected influx to the presidential election year.

Nearly 50 police officers, victim advocates and supporters of a child advocacy center in Blair County on Monday attended the first of three training sessions.

An Altoona woman is behind bars after police say she pushed her way into an apartment and assaulted a family member.

The Ashville Borough police chief faces charges in Altoona after he was alleged invloved in a domestic dispute on the city streets.

The city Plumbing Hearing Board will not allow a local plumber who is qualified as a master in Johnstown to take a test to qualify as a master in Altoona.

A coroner says an Ohio kidnapping suspect charged in the beating death of a woman in a northwestern Pennsylvania home invasion hanged himself at the county prison during the weekend.

Altoona Curve help out with anti-tobacco campaign

The Food and Drug Administration has targeted Altoona and Johnstown among 35 communities in the state for a very specific purpose. The agency is launching a special ad campaign, aimed mainly at young males in rural areas. They’re more than twice as likely as those in urban regions to use smokeless tobacco, a habit that can lead to gum disease and cancer.
The campaign will feature not only TV ads showing the physical damage caused by chewing tobacco, but will also include minor league baseball teams like the Altoona Curve. They’ve been recruited to help get the message across.
Adam Erikson, the Curve’s On Field Host says, young area athletes, mainly baseball players, will be invited to the stadium to meet with Curve players and see that you can be a baseball player without chewing.

Grange Fair Dog Jog April 30

The Eighth Annual Dog Jog, at the Centre County Grange Fair is April 30. The jog will take place at the fair in Centre Hall, with a 5K run starting at 10 a.m. An auction will also be going on at the event. All proceeds benefit Pets Come First– a no-kill shelter.
About 400 pets find new homes and another 600 are spayed or neutered through the shelter each year.