Archives for September 2019

PSU-Altoona Student Charged with Pulling False Alarm

According to a Police release a Penn State Altoona student pulled a false fire alarm, charged by police. The Logan Township Fire Department responded to Nittany Pointe for a fire alarm in the 400 building. The incident occurred just after 1:30 a.m this morning and the Fire Department determined it was a false alarm. Blair 911 contacted Logan Township Police to report a 20-year-old man was admitting to pulling the fire alarm. Police spoke with Dylan Ablak who said he was coming home from a friends house and was on the phone when he decided to pull the fire alarm and run. Ablak said he had no reason for pulling the alarm, admitting to police that it was “stupid.” Police have charged Ablak with a misdemeanor false alarm charge.

Vienna Boys Choir to Appear in Altoona Next Month

THE WORLD-RENOWNED VIENNA BOYS CHOIR WILL APPEAR IN CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IN ALTOONA ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27. THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT 7:00 pm. THE DOORS WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 6:30 pm. ADMISSION TO THE CONCERT IS FREE, BUT A FREE-WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED TO HELP WITH THE EXPENSE OF THE CONCERT. THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR’S APPEARANCE AT THE CATHEDRAL BEGINS THIS YEAR’S CONCERTS UNDER THE DOME SERIES.

Blair Co. Antique Auto Show Canceled in October

Blair County Antique Auto Club monthly meeting at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona in October is canceled. The next meeting will be Nov. 14. New members are welcome. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at www.bcaac.org. BCAAC cruise-ins, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday through October, weather permitting, Gabe’s parking lot, Morningside Plaza, Altoona.

Gov. Wolf Supports Impeachment Proceedings

Gov. Wolf says he supports starting impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House against President Donald Trump. However, Wolf said Wednesday that he hasn’t seen all the evidence and doesn’t know yet whether the president committed an impeachable offense when he pushed Ukraine’s president to “look into” Democratic rival Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators are split along partisan lines over Trump’s actions. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says Trump’s conversation was “inappropriate” but not an impeachable offense.

Jan. election set to replace arrested lawmaker who resigned

Voters in a central Pennsylvania state Senate district will get a chance in January to pick a replacement for a four-term senator who resigned last week after being arrested on child pornography possession charges. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said today that Jan. 14 is the earliest possible date to restore representation to residents of the heavily Republican district, which is based in Lebanon County. A preliminary hearing on the charges against Republican Mike Folmer is scheduled for Thursday. Folmer hasn’t commented. Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer’s cell phone after they asked him to turn it over at his house in Lebanon County. Authorities were acting on a tip from a social media website.

Bill seeks to get personal finance into Pennsylvania schools

Legislation is on the move in Pennsylvania to require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements. The Senate approved the bill unanimously on Monday, and sent it to the House. Under the bill, a student who successfully completes a high school course in personal finance will be allowed to apply up to one credit to satisfy social studies, math, business education or family and consumer science requirements for graduation.

PA Gun Debate is Back

The debate over guns is reviving in Pennsylvania’s Legislature, although Democrats say the process ignores their top priorities and could end up loosening gun laws.
today marked the start of a two-day Senate committee hearing on gun violence and a slate of House committee votes on gun-related legislation. The action follows a burst of gun violence in Philadelphia and the wounding of six city police officers in a standoff. Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature is historically protective of gun rights.

Rare, deadly virus detected in 3 Pennsylvania counties

A rare, potentially deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes has been confirmed in three Pennsylvania counties. The Pennsylvania departments of health and agriculture issued a warning Saturday after confirming eastern equine encephalitis in Erie, Carbon, and Monroe counties. The virus was found in pheasants, horses and a wild turkey. The virus is carried by birds. Mosquitoes can transmit it to humans, horses and other birds. Health officials say the infection is fatal in 30% of human cases.

PA Unemployment Rate Stable

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable in August, as payrolls rose to a record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said toiday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9%. That’s one-tenth of a percentage point above the lowest rate on record it hit earlier this year. The state says its records go back to 1976.

State Police to Resume Noting Race of Drivers

The Pennsylvania State Police says it hopes to resume collecting data early next year on the race of drivers that troopers pull over after a news organization reported the practice ended seven years ago. Spotlight PA said today the agency stopped recording the race of drivers in 2012. A state police spokesman says it was because of studies indicating there wasn’t evidence of racial disparities in traffic stops.