Local News 7-23-14

SHOTS FIRED IN ALTOONA

ALTOONA POLICE ARRESTED BROTHERS KEVIN AND LARRY MORROW WEDNESDAY AFTER THE SIBLINGS OPENED FIRE IN FRONT OF APPLEBEE’S IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE LOGAN VALLEY MALL. THE MORROW’S THEN DROVE TO A LOCAL K-MART BEFORE DITCHING THEIR CAR AND RUNNING ON FOOT. POLICE ENTERED K-MART EQUIPPED WITH RIOT GEAR, RIFLES AND K9 UNITS BUT THE SUSPECTS HAD ALREADY LEFT THE STORE.

POLICE FINALLY ARRESTED THE PAIR ON UNION AVENUE IN ALTOONA ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL SHOTS WERE FIRED. 38-YEAR-OLD KEVIN MORROW AND HIS 29-YEAR-OLD BROTHER LARRY ARE NOW FACING CHARGES OF CRIMINAL ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. 

BIKE STOLEN OUTSIDE MINIT-MART

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT WHO STOLE A BIKE OUT FRONT OF THE MINIT-MART LOCATED AT 106 NORTH ATHERTON STREET. THE THEFT HAPPENED AT APPROXIMATELY 8:42 PM ON JULY 15TH WITH THE THIEF RIDING THE BIKE SOUTHBOUND ON ATHERTON STREET

THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A BLACK MALE STANDING BETWEEN FIVE FOOT SEVEN AND FIVE FOOT NINE. A SECOND SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A SIX FOOT, MUSCULAR, BLACK MALE WITH A THIN BEARD AND MULTIPLE TATTOOS ON HIS ARM. THE BIKE WAS A MENS, DARK BROWN, SPECIALIZED HARD ROCK MOUNTAIN BICYCLE WITH A YELLOW STICKER ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE TOP BAR.

WASH WORLD ROBBERY

POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MALE SUSPECT WHO STOLE CASH AND COINS FROM THE CHANGE MACHINE AT THE WASH WORLD CAR WASH LOCATED AT 426 BOAL AVENUE IN BOALSBURG. THE ROBBERY OCCURRED ON JULY 14 AT APPROXIMATELY 12:39 AM. SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE REVEALED THAT THE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MALE, AND IS DESCRIBED AS BEING IN HIS FORTIES OR FIFTIES. THE MAN WAS DRIVING A WHITE TOYOTA VAN. 

CENTRE COUNTY METH LAB

STATE POLICE HAVE SEIZED A METH LAB IN POTTER TOWNSHIP AFTER ARRESTING 45-YEAR-OLD DUANE CUSTRED. POLICE WERE CALLED TO A HOME ON KENWALKE LANE FOR A DOMESTIC DISPUTE WHERE THEY SAY CUSTRED WAS THREATENING A FAMILY MEMBER WITH A LOADED .22 CALIBER HANDGUN. THE CENTRE HALL NATIVE IS A CONVICTED FELON AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO OWN OR OPERATE FIREARMS. 

AFTER NEUTRALIZING CUSTRED’S THREATS, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THAT CUSTRED WAS MAKING METHAMPHETAMINE IN HIS SHED. THE STATE POLICE’S CLANDESTINE LAB RESPONSE TEAM ARRIVED ON SCENE SHORTLY THEREAFTER, SEIZING THE ITEMS AND MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE THE DRUGS.

CUSTRED WAS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE CRIMES INCLUDING FELONY POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, ALONG WITH MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF TERRORISTIC THREATS, SIMPLE ASSAULT, HARASSMENT AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. INSTEAD OF POSTING THE 100,000 DOLLAR STRAIGHT BAIL, CUSTRED WAS TAKEN TO THE CENTRE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AND AWAITS A PRELIMINARY HEARING ON JULY 30TH.  

FRAT HOUSE ASSAULT

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ASSAULT THAT CAUSED A 19-YEAR-OLD MALE VICTIM TO BE TRANSPORTED TO THE MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER. THE ASSAULT OCCURRED SOMETIME BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 2:00 AM ON JULY 18TH AT THE SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY LOCATED AT 500 SOUTH ALLEN STREET.

THE MALE VICTIM ASKED A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE RESIDENCE BEFORE BEING PUNCHED IN THE FACE AND KNOCKED TO THE GROUND BY A MALE MEMBER OF THE GROUP. THE VICTIM HAS SINCE BEEN TRANSPORTED TO HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER AND IS SUFFERING FROM SIGNIFICANT HEAD TRAUMA. 

JEWELRY FRAUD GANG BROKEN UP

WHAT APPEARED TO BE AN IDENTITY THEFT ARREST LAST WEEK IN PATTON TOWNSHIP HAS ACTUALLY LED TO THE BREAK UP OF A NATIONAL FRAUD GANG. THIS CALIFORNIA-BASED GROUP HAS USED FAKE IDS TO COMMIT THE CRIMES AT DOZENS OF JEWELRY STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AT LAST COUNT, THE GANG HAS STOLEN NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS FROM JEWELERS AND FINANCE COMPANIES ACROSS 14 DIFFERENT STATES.

JEWELERS SECURITY ALLIANCE, A NON-PROFIT CRIME PREVENTION GROUP, HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR THREE SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN THE GANG FOR OVER A YEAR. AFTER THE OTHER TWO SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED A FEW WEEKS AGO DOWN SOUTH, 67-YEAR-OLD PHIL NGUYEN WAS THE FINAL MAN APPREHENDED ON SUNDAY. NGUYEN TRIED TO USE A FAKE ID TO FINANCE A WATCH PURCHASE AT KRANICH’S JEWELERS ON NORTH ATHERTON STREET IN STATE COLLEGE WHEN EMPLOYEES NOTIFIED POLICE.

NGUYEN IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL ON ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BAIL. 

NEW GYM BREAKS GROUND

SAINT JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY IN BOALSBURG BROKE GROUND ON A NEW GYMNASIUM WEDNESDAY. THE FORMER STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL DISTRICT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN IN OPERATION NOW FOR THREE YEARS. CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW ATHLETIC FACILITIES IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN A YEARS TIME.

CHRISTOPHER KUNES GENERAL CONTRACTING, ARCHITECT ALBERT DROBKA AND PENNTERRA ENGINEERING WILL BE THE CREW HANDLING THE PROJECT. COST FOR THE PROJECT IS STILL UNDECIDED, BUT THE SCHOOL HAS STARTED A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE NEW 16,000 SQUARE-FOOT GYMNASIUM.

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ORDER 

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH OFFICIALS ARE IMPLEMENTING TEMPORARY PARKING REGULATIONS FOR THE PERIOD OF JULY 25TH TO JULY 28TH IN ORDER TO HELP THE pUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT PERFORM MAINTENANCE AT THE SURFACE LOTS. THE REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

     A) NO PARKING ANYTIME IN THE BEAVER AVENUE LOT BEGINNING AT 10 PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 25, AND ENDING NO LATER THAN 10 PM ON MONDAY, JULY 28.

     B) NO PARKING ANYTIME IN THE ALLEN STREET LOT BEGINNING AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 25, AND ENDING NO LATER THAN 4 PM ON MONDAY, JULY 28.

TURNPIKE SPEED CHANGE MADE OFFICIAL

PENNDOT ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THAT THE STRETCH OF PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE FROM BLUE MOUNTAIN (INTERCHANGE 201) TO MORGANTOWN (INTERCHANGE 298) IS NOW OFFICIALLY A 70 MILES PER HOUR ZONE. MAINTENANCE CREWS SPEND SIX HOURS SWITCHING THE 35-MPH SIGNS TO 70-MPH SIGNS. 

TURNPIKE COMMISSIONER BARRY J. SCHOCH ALSO STATED THAT THERE IS A PLANNED MEETING BEGINNING THE WEEK OF AUGUST 11TH WHERE TURNPIKE OFFICIALS WILL DISCUSS IMPLEMENTING 70-MPH ZONES ON TWO OTHER INTERSTATES:

        -- 88 MILES OF INTERSTATE 80 FROM EXIT 101 (DUBOIS) IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY TO MILE MARKER 189 IN CLINTON COUNTY

        -- 21 MILES OF INTERSTATE 380 FROM INTERSTATE 84 IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY TO EXIT 3 (POCONO PINES/MT. POCONO)

TURNPIKE CEO MARK COMPTON IS OPTIMISTIC THAT MOST, OR ALL, OF THE TURNPIKE WILL SEE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS AT 70 MILES PER HOUR IN 2015.