Local News 7-28-14

LIGHTNING CAUSES FIRE

THE ALPHA FIRE COMPANY THINKS A LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSED A CONDOMINIUM TO CATCH FIRE ON SHELLERS BEND SUNDAY NIGHT. FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVED A CALL FROM ONLOOKERS AROUND 7:20 PM. NO ONE WAS OCCUPYING THE RESIDENCE AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE AND NO ONE WAS HURT IN SURROUNDING UNITS.

THE MAIN UNIT THAT CAUGHT FIRE WAS SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED “COMPLETE DESTRUCTION,” INCLUDING SMOKE, WATER AND FIRE DAMAGE. THERE WERE SOME NEIGHBORING UNITS THAT ALSO SUFFERED SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE, WITH THOSE RESIDENTS BEING DISPLACED FROM THEIR UNIT. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING FROM OVEREXERTION. 

SOUTH ATHERTON STREET CRASH

THE ALPHA FIRE COMPANY THINKS A LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSED A CONDOMINIUM TO CATCH FIRE ON SHELLERS BEND SUNDAY NIGHT. FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVED A CALL FROM ONLOOKERS AROUND 7:20 PM. NO ONE WAS OCCUPYING THE RESIDENCE AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE AND NO ONE WAS HURT IN SURROUNDING UNITS.

THE MAIN UNIT THAT CAUGHT FIRE WAS SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED “COMPLETE DESTRUCTION,” INCLUDING SMOKE, WATER AND FIRE DAMAGE. THERE WERE SOME NEIGHBORING UNITS THAT ALSO SUFFERED SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE, WITH THOSE RESIDENTS BEING DISPLACED FROM THEIR UNIT. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING FROM OVEREXERTION. 

DOG BITE IN STATE COLLEGE

STATE COLLEGE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP IN A CASE INVOLVING A DOG BITING A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY SUNDAY MORNING. THE BOY WAS BITTEN AROUND 10:30 AM SUNDAY AS HE AND HIS SISTER WERE WALKING HOME FROM WELCH POOL.

THE BITE MARK BROKE THE SKIN ON THE BOY’S LEFT FOREARM. THE DOG’S OWNER, A WOMAN, LEFT THE SCENE AFTER ONE OF HER TWO DOGS BIT THE BOY.

ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN, THE WOMAN HAD BLONDE HAIR AND THE DOG HAD SHORT BROWN AND ORANGE HAIR WITH A LONG NOSE. POLICE WANT TO KNOW IF THE DOG’S SHOTS WERE UP-TO-DATE. 

FIGHTS IN STATE COLLEGE

20-YEAR-OLD NATHANIEL HOWERTON WAS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RESISTING ARREST AFTER STARTING FIGHTS WITH A PAIR OF STRANGERS.

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY THAT THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED AROUND 1:30 AM SATURDAY NEAR THE 200 BLOCK OF SOUTH GARNER STREET. HOWERTON ALLEGEDLY APPROACHED A MAN AND PUNCHED HIM, BEFORE DOING THE SAME TO ANOTHER STRANGER MINUTES LATER.

HOWERTON ATTEMPTED TO RUN FROM POLICE AFTER THEY HAD ARRIVED, WITH ONE OFFICER SUFFERING SCRAPES ON HIS ARM AFTER TACKLING HOWERTON. THE PHILADELPHIA NATIVE WAS TAKEN TO THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF 50,000 DOLLARS BAIL. 

BURGLARS CHARGED

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARRESTED TWO CENTRE COUNTY MEN ON FRIDAY WHO WERE INVOLVED IN A SERIES OF BREAK-INS. 25-YEAR-OLD NATHANIEL DURKIN AND 20-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL ALLEGAR BROKE INTO HOMES BETWEEN 3 AND 4 AM FRIDAY MORNING WHILE HOMEOWNERS WERE INSIDE SLEEPING.

LOCAL POLICE SAY THE TWO MEN WERE COVERED IN BLOOD WHEN THEY KICKED IN THE DOOR OF A PROPERTY IN THE 200 BLOCK OF NITTANY AVENUE AND THREATENED THE PEOPLE INSIDE. AFTER FLEEING THAT RESIDENCE, THE PAIR BROKE INTO A SECOND HOME, THIS TIME ON LOCUST LANE, AND LOCKED THEMSELVES IN A BATHROOM IN AN ATTEMPT TO HIDE FROM POLICE. BOTH MEN WERE ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING BURGLARY AND CRIMINAL TRESPASS.

JAZZ FESTIVAL ENDS

THE NINTH ANNUAL JazzPa FESTIVAL ENDED ON SATURDAY. BEGINNING ON THURSDAY, JAZZ MUSICIANS PLAYED ALL THROUGHOUT BELLEFONTE AND STATE COLLEGE. THIS YEAR’S EVENT WAS HEADLINED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SAXOPHONIST PHIL WOODS. JazzPa IS A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS THE EDUCATION OF JAZZ. COORDINATORS FOR THE EVENT SAY THAT THE TENTH ANNUAL JazzPa FESTIVAL IS ALREADY BEING PLANNED FOR NEXT YEAR. 

NIGHTCLUB ARREST

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES IS REPORTING THAT POLICE ARRESTED 24-YEAR-OLD DARRELL TAYLOR INSIDE THE STATE COLLEGE NIGHTCLUB INDIGO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THE HYDE NATIVE FAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON DRUG CHARGES IN A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 8TH. THE BENCH WARRANT FOR TAYLOR’S ARREST WAS OUT OF DUBOIS. 

POWER OUTAGES

SEVERE WEATHER RIPPED THROUGH THE AREA ON SUNDAY, LEAVING RESIDENTS OF CENTRE COUNTY WITHOUT POWER. THE FIRST ENERGY WEBSITE SHOWED POWER OUTAGES OCCURRING IN PORT MATILDA, STATE COLLEGE, BELLEFONTE, REBERSBURG AND SHOW SHOE.