Archives for March 2016

Voters Switching Parties In Record Numbers

Voters here in the Keystone State are switching party affiliation at a rate not seen in years, if ever, as a competitive presidential primary election approaches. The latest statistics from Pennsylvania’s elections bureau show about 245,000 registered voters have switched this year, or 3 percent of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters. Many of those switching parties reported wanting to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 26 primary, and the switching accelerated in the weeks before Monday’s deadline to register to vote or change registration. Here in Pennsylvania, closed primaries are open only to the party’s registered voters. Among those making a switch, about half became Republicans as of Monday, while about a third became Democrats. The others joined a minor party or registered as unaffiliated.

Obama Endorses McGinty, Shapiro

Two candidates for statewide office are getting support from President Obama. The president has announced he’s endorsing Katie McGinty in her bid for the U.S. Senate. Obama says he’s also backing Josh Shapiro in his campaign to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

Cops Seeking Owner of Jewelry Found in Department Store Purse

Police are trying to figure out who owns some jewelry found inside a purse a woman purchased from local department store. Logan Township police Chief Tim Mercer says much of the jewelry was high quality and obviously “used” so police believe a woman may have bought the handbag, began to stock it with belongings, then forgot about the jewels when she returned it. Whatever happened, the jewelry was in the purse when another woman purchased it from the Boscov’s store in Logan Town Center on March 12th.

Missing Man Found Dead

A man reported missing Monday has been found…dead. State Police in Hollidaysburg say the body of 72-year-old Byron Hawthorne was found last night off Route 453 in Huntingdon county near his home. Hawthorne had last been seen leaving to take his dog for a walk near Canoe Creek State Park. An investigation is underway into the cause of his death.

Race for the White House Picking Up Speed in PA

Bernie Sanders is bringing his presidential campign to Pennsylvania. He’ll be holding a rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh Thursday at 10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is opening campaign offices in Scranton and Harrisburg and already opened an office in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th.

Logan Township Family Loses Everything in Early-Morning Fire

A Logan Township family managed to make it out safely when their house caught fire this morning in the 700 block of Lake Avenue. But the home is a total loss. It was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 6 a.m. Four people were inside: a man, his wife and their two daughters. The family’s 5-month-old puppy was apparently killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Vietnam Vets Honored

On Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck Jr., DMVA’s deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs, honored and thanked Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice as part of an event commemorating the end of the Vietnam War…

Logan Twp Firefighter Charged For False Alarm

A Logan Township volunteer firefighter has been charged after allegedly calling in a false alarm. 23 year old Dustin Beckwith, a volunteer with the Kittanning Trail Fire Company, allegedly called 911 Monday night and said his name was Eddie, and that flames were coming from a housenear 58th Street and Valley Avenue. Numerous fire crews rushed out, but could find no fire in the area. Then, 911 attempted to call “Eddie” without success. Police were able to track the phone, which came back to Beckwith, who told police he saw a blinking light on a porch of a house and decided to call 911 to report it as a fire. The investigation is ongoing. Now, Beckwith is charged with one count criminal use of a communication facility and also with making false alarms and recklessly endangering another person.

AASD Superintendent Announces Resignation

The Altoona Area School District will be looking for a new leader, following yesterday’s announcement by Superintendent John Kopicki that he plans to resign July 1st. He says he is likely to be named as superintendent of Central Bucks School District. Kopicki replaced Thomas Otto as Altoona superintendent just last July. His five-year contract allows him to resign with penalty if he gives the school board 90-days notice.

Altoona 13-Year-Old Charged With Arson

Altoona Police say a boy playing with matches set the fire that destroyed two houses and left nine people homeless Saturday night. Police aren’t naming the boy because of his age — he’s 13 years old — but say he accidentally set fire to two mattresses that were stored betweeen the homes in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue. He tried to put out the fire with water, but but the flames quickly spread and were too much for him to handle. The boy faces arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment charges in Blair County juvenile court.