Archives for June 2015

Airline Employee From Texas Nabbed In Pennsylvania On Sex Charges

An American Airlines employee from Texas has been arrested here in Pennsylvania as part of a child sex sting. 55 year old Ray Howland of Arlington, Texas was arrested and charged with attempting to set up a sexual encounter with a mother and her 10-year-old daughter, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who went on to say that the mother and daugher were acutally not even related… but they were undercover agents. Howland was allegedly “looking for a family or a couple of girls” to engage in sexual relations while on a business trip to Pennsylvania when prosecutors say he set up a meeting with the so-called mother and her 10-year-old daughter for the purpose of engaging in sex with the child. He allegedly detailed his intentions though e-mail and text messages.
Howland was taken into custody by agents from the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, and charged with one count each of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child, involuntary sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt to commit indecent assault and criminal use of a communication facility. His bail was set at $150,000. Kane says an investigation is ongoing into whether there were other families here in Pennsylvania with which Howland also sought to meet.

18 rounded up in Blair County drug bust

More than a dozen people are being sought by the authorities in a massive drug bust Monday. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office says in total 18 men and women from Altoona, Duncansville, Tyrone and Martinsburg are wanted on charges of distributing heroin, cocaine and illegal prescription drugs The AG’s office says they used a series of controlled buys to target the alleged dealers. By late Monday, authorities had arrested nine people. The charges are the result of a year-long investigation between the AG’s office and the Blair County Drug Task Force.

Preparations for 4th Fest underway

Volunteers are already hard at work preparing for Saturday’s 4th Fest. Workers spent Monday loading more than 10,000 shells onto Penn State’s campus. The 45-minute fireworks display is rated among the top five largest, all-volunteer fireworks show in the country. Volunteers are confident the show will go on without a hitch, but attendees should keep one eye on the sky to ensure Mother Nature cooperates

AG nabs Hollidaysburg man on insurance fraud charges

A Hollidaysburg man is arrested in connection with a wide-ranging insurance fraud investigation by the attorney general’s office. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Michael Haluska was arrested June 24. The AG’s office says Haluska reported to his insurance company that his parked car had been involved in a hit-and-run accident in February of last year. But an investigation found the damage actually happened from a much earlier accident in which Halaska had already attempted to submit a claim through his insurance. Haluska was among 19 others arrested in separate instances of insurance fraud across the state.

Road work begins in Catharine Township Wednesday

Drivers can expect delays in Catharine Township. Work begins Wednesday to replace a bridge on Yellow Springs Drive. The road will be closed where it intersects with Route 22. The local paper reports a nearly 11-mile detour route will follow Route 22 to Route 866 that eventually takes drivers back onto Yellow Springs Drive. Crews will also be widening Route 22 to add a left turn lane, and drivers can expect some restrictions on that roadway as well. The project costs more than $1.5 million and won’t be done until the fall.

PA budget deadline looms

Republican lawmakers are preparing for a series of floor votes that may all get vetoes from Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. Moves made Monday put budget legislation and the privatization of state liquor sales in place for a floor vote in the Senate by Tuesday night. The House is also scheduled for vote on a pension overhaul after a state commission issues its report. The House has already approved the budget that Wolf has indicated he will veto. The new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

MD fugitive arrested after high-speed chase in Altoona

A man wanted on attempted murder and robbery charges in Maryland is arrested in Blair County. Police say they tried to handcuff 20-year-old Talen Trice near Ever Green Manors Saturday when he allegedly took off in a stolen Mercedes. Police say Trice led them through the Logan Valley mall parking lot and onto I-99 before he ditched the car and fled on foot. Police eventually caught up with him. Trice now faces more than 100 counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing police in Pennsylvania in addition to the Maryland charges.

Logan Township could announce new police chief in July

Logan Township could have a new police chief next month. The local paper reports that 35 people applied for the position that became vacant when longtime chief Ron Heller retired in February. He had been on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Township supervisors meet July 9 and could announce the new chief then or wait until their meeting in August.

Replica of Beaver Stadium up for auction

A miniature version of Beaver Stadium is up for auction. The 4 ft. square and a foot tall 3D model depicts the stadium as it stood in 1978 before undergoing a massive expansion. The model is marked by a gold plaque on the case that dedicates it to former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno. The vintage stadium is for sale by the Lelands.com in New York. It’s listed with an opening bid of $10,000 but so far has no bids. The auction ends on July 17.

7 hurt in Pa. Turnpike crash near Bedford

A man and six kids were hospitalized at UPMC Altoona after their car rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A local TV station reports the accident happened on the eastbound side of the highway just before 3:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s unclear what caused the crash.