Archives for June 2014

Man Shoots His Son Following Drunken Fight

A father and his son got into a fight Saturday afternoon in Lakemont. It ended with one of them getting shot and the other behind bars.
Logan Township Police say they were called to a home on Shand Avenue in Lakemont. They say when they got there, they learned that Jeffrey Bowers was drunk and got into a fight with his son Richard.
He was trying to leave when his son tried to stop him. Jeffery didn’t like that, so he shot his son in the ankle. The younger Bowers is expected to make a full recovery, but his father, Jeffrey Bowers, was taken to jail, charged with aggravated and reckless endangerment.

Highmark UPMC Agreement

Governor Tom Corbett announced on Friday, that Highmark and UPMC have reached a comprehensive transition agreement that covers how and where patients can receive health care after the contract between the two organizations expires in 2015…

Attorney General Kathleen Kane was also on hand for the announcement…

Blair Census Numbers Released

Jack Murphy has the latest census numbers for Blair County…

Hunt On For Bank Robber

Altoona Police are still on the hunt for the man who walked into the Citizen’s Bank on Broad Avenue Saturday morning, told the teller he had a gun, and demanded money.
He got some, but police say it is stained with red dye and they are now asking anyone who may have seen some red-stained money to give them a call. They say if any businesses do come into contact with any of that cash, they should not accept it.

Woman Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A woman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Blair County over the weekend. It happened about 8 o’clock Saturday night on Johnstown Road. 54 year old Beverly Frick and her husband Mark were on a motorcycle that crossed the center line and struck an SUV according to police. Beverly Frick was killed, and her husband suffered serious injuries. He’s listed in critical condition this morning.

High Gas Prices for July 4th Travelers

Fourth of July holiday travelers will be paying through the nozzle for gasoline. Gasbuddy.com says we’re averaging 3.75 a gallon, up 30 cents from last July 4th. Still we will hit the road in droves. AAA says Fourth of July is typically the busiest summer travel holiday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission expects more than 2.7 million vehicles to be traveling the turnpikes over the holiday. Pennsylvania State Police will have troopers out enforcing the speed limit and no-texting laws.

Budget Vote Expected Today

State lawmakers worked through the weekend, getting ready for a vote today on the budget. This is the final day of the fiscal year,and Governor Corbett urged lawmakers deal with pension reform.

The 29 billion dollar budget plan crafted by Republican lawmakers gets a vote today. Democrats oppose it, saying it doesn’t do enough for schools. The proposal does not raise taxes.

Traffic Projected To Be Heavy For The Holiday Weekend

Jack Murphy says, if you plan on hitting the road for over the Independence Day holiday, you won’t be alone out there…

Court No-Show

It was a frustrating day Thursday for members of a Blair County jury. They waited almost three hours for a trial to begin, only to find out the defendant was in the hospital. Seven witnesses were standing by in the courtroom to testify in the trial of Jermaine Morgan, who is charged with illegal firearm possession. Prosecutors were angry about the delay, saying they had no information about Morgan’s medical treatment. However, the trial was rescheduled for August, and a new jury will have to be selected.

Clearfield Man Arrested After He’s Found Naked On A Front Porch—TWICE!

In Clearfield County, a man is accused of walking up to two, different homes, then knocking on the door, while naked.
23 year old Ray Provins Junior of Clearfield is charged with open lewdness, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and loitering and prowling at nighttime. He’s currently being held behind bars with bail set at $5,000, after police say on June 13, he was found standing naked on a front porch on Fire Tower Road.
A woman living there told police she was sitting in the house when she heard a sound on her bay window. She says she looked out and saw Provins standing there naked.
While police were investigating, another person in the neighborhood told them the same thing happened to them too.
During an interview with police, Provins said that a girl had told him to come up to a home on Fire Tower Road without any clothes on and she would “reward” him for it. He claims he must have approached the wrong home… twice!