Local News 7-21-14

ALTOONA POLICE CHASE

POLICE ARRESTED 23-YEAR-OLD DAVID WILSON OF ALTOONA AND 24-YEAR-OLD DAWANE JAMES OF VERONA AFTER THE PAIR FORCED THEIR WAY INTO A GOODWILL IN BLAIR COUNTY BEFORE LEADING POLICE ON A CAR CHASE. THE PAIR THREATENED A FEMALE EMPLOYEE WITH A GUN AND DELIVERED SEVERAL PUNCHES TO HER FACE. THE ROBBERS STOLE A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM THE GOODWILL LOCATED IN THE PARK HILL PLAZA BEFORE SPEEDING OFF.

THE POLICE CHASE WENT THROUGHOUT LOGAN TOWNSHIP AND FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP, FINALLY ENDING IN ALTOONA WHEN THE ROBBERS CRASHED THEIR CAR INTO A POLE NEAR THE RAILROAD.

WILSON AND JAMES THEN TOOK OFF ON FOOT BEFORE BEING ARRESTED. THE AUTHORITIES RECOVERED THE STOLEN MONEY ALONG WITH A HANDGUN. THE CRIMINALS ARE BEING HELD IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON WITH THE BOND BEING SET FOR 150,000 DOLLARS FOR EACH OF THEM. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR THURSDAY, JULY 24TH WITH EACH MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY. 

BOROUGH COUNCIL ADOPTS PLAN

IN A MEETING MONDAY NIGHT, THE STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ADOPT THE STATE COLLEGE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN. THE PLAN OUTLINES THE CURRENT CONDITIONS OF NEIGHBORHOODS LOCATED IN THE BOROUGH, AND OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO BEST IMPROVE CERTAIN AREAS WITHIN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS.

SOME OF THE GOALS LISTED WITHIN THE PLAN INCLUDE: MAINTENANCE OF NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITIES, APPEARANCE AND HIGH QUALITY HOUSING STOCK; BALANCE RENTER- AND OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING; AND IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG NEIGHBORS AND BOROUGH LEADERS. EACH OF THE GOALS IS CONNECTED TO AN EXPECTED TIMELINE WHILE IDENTIFYING THE ORGANIZATIONS AND RESOURCES THAT EACH GOAL NEEDS IN ORDER TO BE MET. 

ALLEN STREET CLOSING

ALLEN STREET IN STATE COLLEGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM COLLEGE AVENUE TO CALDER WAY ON WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD AND THURSDAY JULY 24TH. CONSTRUCTION CREWS WILL BE WORKING ON REPLACING THE EXISTING WATER LINE IN COLLEGE AVENUE. ALL BUSINESSES WILL BE OPEN DESPITE THE CONSTRUCTION AND CAN BE ACCESSED BY USING THE COLLEGE AVENUE SIDEWALK.

THE STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH WATER AUTHORITY ASKS THAT ALL MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE. MOTORISTS CAN ALSO EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER DELAYS

NO PARKING ZONE

THE FERGUSON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED MONDAY NIGHT TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR A HIGHWAY OCCUPANCY PERMIT WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THAT WOULD CREATE A NO-PARKING ZONE. THIS ZONE WOULD BE LOCATED ALONG THE SECTION OF ROUTE 45 THAT SURROUNDS THE ENTRANCE TO THE MUSSER GAP TRAIL CROSSING.

TOWNSHIP AUTHORITIES WANT TO RESTRICT PARKING ON SHINGLETOWN ROAD FOR 1,000 FEET EAST AND WEST OF THE CROSSING IN HOPES OF IMPROVING SAFETY FOR PEDESTRIANS TRYING TO CROSS ROUTE 45. IF PENNDOT IMPROVES THE PERMIT, THE BOARD WILL PASS AN ORDINANCE THAT WOULD ENFORCE THE NO-PARKING ZONE. 

MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY

26-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH FREY OF STATE COLLEGE WAS ACQUITTED BY A JURY FRIDAY NIGHT AND FOUND NOT GUILTY OF CRIMES HE ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED LAST AUGUST. FREY WAS FACING FELONY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES ALONG WITH TWO MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AND ONE MISDEMEANOR COUNT OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT.

FREY AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WERE INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE INSIDE THEIR STATE COLLEGE HOME LAST AUGUST, WITH FREY’S GIRLFRIEND CLAIMING HE CHASED HER THROUGHOUT THEIR HOME AND HELD HER UP AGAINST THE WALL BY HER THROAT. FREY CLAIMED HE WAS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE. 

LANE CLOSURE

BEGINNING TODAY (TUESDAY, JULY 22ND) BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM AND 5:00 PM, ONE LANE OF EAST BEAVER AVENUE IN STATE COLLEGE WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO CONCRETE CURB AND SIDEWALK CURB REPLACEMENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST BEAVER AVENUE AND LOCUST LANE.

ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT 234-7140.

EMPLOYEES AID POLICE IN ARREST 

PATTON TOWNSHIP POLICE ARRESTED PHIL NGUYEN OF GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA SUNDAY ON CHARGES OF IDENTITY THEFT, FORGERY, ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD AND THEFT BY DECEPTION. NGUYEN ATTEMPTED TO PURCHASE A 12,000 DOLLAR WATCH FROM KRANICH’S JEWELERS WHILE USING A FAKE ID.

NGUYEN WANTED TO FINANCE THE PURCHASE AND GAVE A FAKE CALIFORNIA ID TO KRANICH’S EMPLOYEES. ONCE NGUYEN CAME BACK TO FINALIZE THE PURCHASE ON SUNDAY, JEWELRY STORE STAFF CALLED THE POLICE AND NGUYEN WAS APPREHENDED. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL WHERE HE AWAITS ARRAIGNMENT ON THE CHARGES. 

LAWNMOWER ACCIDENT

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES IS REPORTING THAT A FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT 230 WEST SAWMILL ROAD IN WORTH TOWNSHIP MONDAY AFTER A MAN WAS TRAPPED UNDER A RIDING LAWNMOWER. 34-YEAR-OLD FLOYD J. WARD JR. WAS DECLARED DEAD BY CENTRE COUNTY CORONER SCOTT SAYERS. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. STATE POLICE ARE STILL GATHERING INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT BUT PLAN TO DISCLOSE MORE NEWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. 

BURGLAR PLEADS GUILTY

ONE OF TWO MEN CHARGED IN A SERIES OF STATE COLLEGE BURGLARIES HAS PLEAD GUILTY. POLICE SAY 23-YEAR-OLD ANDREW RONCZKA OF MONACA, AND A FRIEND, WALKED INTO A DOZEN OPEN APARTMENTS DURING A FIRE ALARM AT THE MERIDIAN 2 BUILDING AND STOLE WHATEVER THEY COULD FIND. THE BURGLARIES OCCURRED ON MARCH 1ST DURING STATE PATTY’S DAY. RONCZKA PLEADED GUILTY TO MORE THAN 17 BURGLARY RELATED CHARGES AND WILL BE SENTENCED AT A LATER DATE.

TRUGREEN CHEMLAWN SPRAYING

WEATHER PERMITTING, CREWS WITH TRUGREEN CHEMLAWN WILL BE SPRAYING HONEY LOCUST TREES FOR INSECT CONTROL TODAY (TUESDAY JULY 22ND) BEGINNING AT 8:00 AM. THE RAIN DATE IS SET FOR TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD). ALL VEHICLES MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE FOLLOWING STREETS:

CLOVER HIGHLANDS:                                    

  • ABERDEEN LANE
  • GLENGARRY LANE
  • MCDUFF CIRCLE
  • WALKER DRIVE
  • BALMORAL WAY

CENTRE HILLS:

  • GREENBRIAR DRIVE
  • HUNTER AVENUE
  • SHAMROCK AVENUE

STEARNS CROSSING:

  • IVY HILL DRIVE
  • HOLLY RIDGE DRIVE
  • FERNLEAF COURT

NITTANY ORCHARDS:

  • WARRICK STREET

SPRING CREEK ESTATES:

  • TUG CIRCLE

OAK GROVE:

  • YARDAL ROAD

LEMONT:

  • GASLIGHT CIRCLE