Archives for June 2016

24 Arrested in Blair County Drug Sweep

Two dozen suspected drug dealers are facing criminal charges for allegedly selling cocaine, heroin and prescription narcotics on the streets of Altoona and surrounding areas of Blair County. The 24 arrests, announced this morning by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, are the culmination of a year-long joint investigation with Altoona police and the Blair County Drug Task Force, focusing on street- to mid-level dealers. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

DelGrosso’s Laguna Splash Water Park Wave Pool Reopens

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the new wave pool at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park has reopened after being shut down for over a week. The 331,000-gallon pool was closed because of a problem with peeling paint. This year’s theme at DelGrosso’s for the Fourth is ‘Splishin and Splashin Red White and Blue’, celebrating the park’s newest addition.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

To remind everyone of the importance of the consumption of nutritious healthy produce, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne signed a joint designation Tuesday afternoon in recognition of June as the official start of the Farmers Market Nutrition Program in Pennsylvania, while visiting the PA Farmers Open Air Market at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Secretary Redding…

Secretary Osborne added this comment…

McGinnis Votes “NAY” On Budget

Rep. John McGinnis of Blair County, cast a no vote Tuesday, on the Commonwealth’s General Fund budget plan for fiscal year 2016-17. The proposal was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 132-68. McGinnis offered a lengthy list of reasons why he voted NAY on the budget. The legislation, Senate Bill 1073, sets total state spending at $31.55 billion, which is $1.49 billion, or 4.8 percent, more than the current fiscal year. The budget plan does not however, call for any new or increased income or sales taxes. The proposal raises new, recurring revenues from a mix of sources, including increased taxes on tobacco products, reforms to the liquor sales system, expanded gaming and a tax amnesty program. The bill now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.

Retired Logan Township Officer Sentenced

He pleaded no contest to a charge that he used an all-terrain vehicle without permission. Now, retired Logan Township Police Lieutenant… 62 year old Otto Barton… will serve one year of probation for doing that. Barton entered the guilty plea on Monday in Blair County Court, to one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Barton was sentenced yesterday to a year of probation, a $500 fine and 50 hours of community service. He got off easy… the original charges included theft by unlawful taking and insurance fraud, which could have meant years in prison.

Many Motorcycle Mishaps Reported

Motorcycles were involved in a number of serious or fatal crashes over the weekend. Police say 23 year old William Heininger of Altoona , died in a motorcycle-vehicle collision Saturday morning. 56 year old Jeffrey Miller and 55 year old Lori Miller died when their motorcycle was involved in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of Woodbury Pike and Erb Road. State Police say an investigation into that crash is ongoing. The other driver’s name has not been released. 65 year old Thomas Kenney of Homer City, lost control of his car on Route 286, crossed the center line, and slammed into a motorcycle carrying 46 year old Raymond Stumpf and his wife, 44 year old Shannon Stumpf of Aultman. Both men died at the scene of that crash. Shannon Stumpf later died at Forbes Regional Hospital. An investigation is underway today. And state police say 59 year old Roberto Fontanez of Myerstown was traveling west on State Route 56 in West St. Clair Township when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson while negotiating a curve. He slammed into the guardrail. Fontanez, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle over the guardrail. As of Sunday evening, he was reported to be in fair condition at UPMC Altoona.

Have You Seen Her?

The Altoona Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman caught on camera suspected of passing fraudulent checks at Reliance Bank. Police have posted the surveilance photo on their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/AltoonaPD/. Anyone with information is asked to call Altoona Police at 814-949-2502.

Wave Pool at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park Temporarily Shut Down

Less than a month after it opened, the new 312,000-gallon wave pool at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park’s Laguna Splash Water Park in Tipton has been temporarily closed. The Park says the attraction, which just opened over the Memorial Day weekend, had to be shut down “due to a technical issue involving peeling paint.” DelGrosso’s says they’ve lowered their All-Day Fun Pass price by $8, to $21.95, until the wave pool reopens. That date is yet to be determined.

School Awards Include Park Forest Elementary

Environmental and education advocates gathered at the State Capitol Building on Wednesday, to honor three Pennsylvania schools that were named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The School District of Jenkintown, Park Forest Elementary School in State College, and Slippery Rock University were celebrated for receiving the prestigious, national honor at a press conference. Executive Deputy Secretary of Education David Volkman was on hand…

Also there, Park Forest Elementary Principal Donnan Stoicovy…

More Fallout From Sandusky/Paterno Sex Assault Case

On Wednesday, a man who claims he told Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he was sexually abused as a teen by Jerry Sandusky, asked a judge to protect his identity and limit questioning by lawyers in a lawsuit that has now been brought by Paterno’s family. The man, simply referred to as “John Doe 150”, gave a sworn deposition in October 2014 in a related case, brought by Penn State against its insurer over coverage for Sandusky-related claims. Now, his lawyers argue that he should not have to endure another one. They said he settled with Penn State in 2013 and has kept his abuse a secret from those closest to him. That alleged the abuse occurred when the man was 14-years-old, and was at a Penn State football camp.