Archives for November 2014

An Interesting Take On Weight Loss

Looking to lose some of those pounds you put on from that big dinner yesterday? Jack Murphy has an interesting take on it….

Ski Resorts Open Today

Two area ski resorts will open for the season today. Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort both have at least a foot of snow, and in some places drifts as high as 10 to 12 feet. Blue Knob All Seasons Resort hopes to open either the weekend of Dec. 5 or the following weekend while Tussey Mountain Ski Area in Boalsburg is targeting a mid-December opening.

Crooks Hit Jewelry Store

Crooks got an early start on their Christmas shopping, too. Three bandits smashed a case and grabbed nearly a quarter of a million dollars in watches from Kranich’s Jewelers at the Logan Valley Mall in Logan Township. They came in at around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, which is 15 minutes before closing time, and about 10 people were inside the store when it happened. The thieves smashed the Rolex watch cases and ran out with the watches.

Shopathon Got Early Start

The Black Friday shopathon is well underway. Many local retailers got a jump on the traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy by opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Joy Weidel, marketing director for the Logan Valley Mall, said many stores opened at 6 p.m. All of the mall’s major department stores were open Thursday evening, including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Sears. Elsewhere, hundreds of people line up outside Target and Field and Stream in Altoona.

Hearing for Accused Mom Murderer Delayed

A local woman accused of murdering her mother has had her hearing delayed. Tracy Stephenson appeared briefly before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly on Wednesday as Kelly granted a continuance request filed by the Blair County Public Defender’s Office. The reason for the continuance was to give attorneys time to interview Stephenson and get a look at the autopsy report. Stephenson is accused of shooting her 71-year-old mother, Barbara Elias, in the back of the head on Nov. 19 at their home.

Murder Charge Filed in Boating Death

Murder charges have been filed in connection with a boating incident that killed a woman last summer. Francesca Harris of Carlisle was killed when the boat she was riding on crashed and sank. It happened just after 10 p.m. on July 3rd. The boat that was carrying 6 people was being driven by Timothy Stefanon of Dillsburg, he has been charged with homicide by watercraft.

Retailers Call Today “Gray Thursday”

Many local retailers are getting a jump on the traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy by opening their doors today. Joy Weidel, marketing director for the Logan Valley Mall, said many stores will open at 6 p.m. All of the mall’s major department stores will be opening Thursday evening, including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Sears. The local Walmart store will be using wristbands to help keep shoppers orderly.

Capable Road Crews Keep Altoona Streets Safe

Altoona public works crews have been busy since early Wednesday clearing several inches of snow from our city streets. Public Works director Dave Diedrich says the city is responsible for plowing snow and scattering salt on 181 miles of roads. However, he says he has 30 drivers for those plows with a salt stockpile of 500 tons stored at the Altoona highway yard. And, he says, they’ve done this before.

Today is Busiest for Travel

If you’re heading over the river and through the woods for your long holiday weekend, you’ll have plenty of company on the highways. AAA Travel reports nearly 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest number for the holiday season since 2007. This is a 4.2 percent jump from last year. A snowstorm could snarl some travel plans. The storm is expected to begin in the Altoona area by 8 a.m. today and leave 2-4 inches of snow.

Kane Announces Drug Program Success

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced during a press conference Monday in Harrisburg, that the task force she created to infuse resources into communities that are overrun with violent, drug-related crime has again
punched a hole in drug trafficking and criminal activity, this time in the Commonwealth’s
capital city…

[TAG] Kane says the program is also being enacted in other cities and towns across the state, including right here in our area.