Archives for March 2014

Altoona Fire

One home in Altoona was destroyed by flames and two neighboring homes were damaged early Saturday morning.
It happened around 6:30 Saturday morning on Pine Avenue in Altoona. One building was completely engulfed when firefighters got there. According to investigators, that house was vacant. All the people in the neighboring homes were able to escape safely.
While the vacant house was destroyed, the neighboring homes on each side both sustained significant damage.
Investigators say the fire appears to have started outside the vacant building, but they are still investigating.

Jay Paterno Hangs It Up

He made a lot of noise when he entered the race, but now things are quieting down for Jay Paterno.
Paterno has officially dropped out of the race for Lieutenant Governor following a challenge to his petition.
Although Paterno says he considered mounting a fight the challenge in court, the process would drag on for too long and end up only being a distraction for the primary election.

Owner Of Abandoned Horse Sought

Police are looking into the possibility of animal cruelty in Blair County.
Humane Society Officers got some information that no one has been caring for a horse on Luke Lane in Logan Township.
When they got there, they found that the horse had been on his own for several days, with no food and the only water source frozen over.
Officers don’t know anything about the home owners or where they may have gone.
They put up a notice that the homes owners had until Friday night to respond but so far as of today, they haven’t hear anything.

Attempted Baby Murderer Arrested

A woman from Altoona is under arrest after police say she sent her fiance a video of her smothering her three-month old baby with a pillow. She told police that she and fiance had argued, and he left, taking all the baby formula with him. She said several hours passed, she was mad, and that’s when she sent the video. Medical personnel checked on the baby and two other children in the home and everybody was okay. Miranda Joy Streightiff faces counts of attempted murder and endangering the welfare of child, along with several other charges.

Turnpike Tolls Likely To Rise

It looks like tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up again next year.
How much of an increase won’t be known until July, but it’s likely that 2015 will be the seventh straight year the Turnpike Commission will be raising tolls.
Some feel that the increase to cash tolls could be a way to push more people to the EZ Pass, which offers at least a 30% reduction in costs for drivers. It also costs the Turnpike Commission less.

Woman Dies in Rollover Ax

A woman died yesterday morning when she she was thrown from a vehicle during an accident on the turnpike in Huntingdon County. 47-year old Tsai-Ling Yang is a Taiwanese National. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 55-year old Chiayeuh Yen from Pittsburg. Police say Yen was driving too fast for the slushy conditions and crashed, driving off the turnpike and down an embankment before rolling over, throwing Yang from the car.
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Fairview Fire Destroys, Damages Homes

One house was destroyed… another was badly damaged in a fire in Fairview Saturday morning. The house with the most damage has been vacant for at least a year, and had no utilities running to it, according to Dan Feather who owns the damaged home. Feather told the Altoona Mirror that he and relatives have spent three years remodeling the house, which he had hoped to move into. A third house received some minor damage. Investigators have not officially released the cause of the blaze.
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Medical Emergency Caused Fatal Accident

An Altoona man died yesterday morning after suffering some kind of medical emergency, causing the man to crash his car. Police had identified the man as S. Grant Gault. Police say he was driving on Skelp Mountain Road in Antis Township when he experienced “some health issues, according a press release. He eventually hit a tree and died at the scene.
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Altoona Woman Charged with Trying to Kill 3-month Old

A woman from Altoona is under arrest after police say she sent her fiance a video of her smothering her three-month old baby with a pillow. She told police that she and fiance had argued, and he left, taking all the baby formula with him. She said several hours passed, she was mad, and that’s when she sent the video. Medical personnel checked on the baby and two other children in the home and everybody was okay. Miranda Joy Streightiff faces counts of attempted murder and endangering the welfare of child, along with several other charges.
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Best Buddies Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors

A special kind of basketball game over the weekend had State College High School students raising funds for PSU’s Wounded Warrior Project. The Best Buddies programs at State College High pairs students with intellectual disabilities with a classmate who doesn’t have a disability. When the group took the court yesterday, PSU student and Wounded Warrior Adam Hartswick was on-hand yesterday to cheer on the teams. It was learning of Hartswick’s story that prompted the Best Buddies to hold the fund-raising game.
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