Monday January 13 2014

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MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013

NEW COACH

JAMES FRANKLIN IS HARD AT WORK JUST 3 DAYS INTO HIS NEW JOB AS PENN STATE’S HEAD FOOTBALL COACH. HE MET WITH FANS YESTERDAY AT THE NITTANY LIONS WRESTLING MATCH AND LADY LION BASKETBALL GAME. FRANKLIN’S ASSISTANT COACHES WON’T BE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED UNTIL ALL HIRINGS ARE COMPLETE. HE PLANS TO DO SOME VERY INTENSIVE RECRUITING STARTING SOON. FRANKLIN TOLD REPORTERS “WE ARE GOING TO DOMINATE THE STATE. WE ARE GOING TO DOMINATE THE REGION.”

SENTENCING IN FATAL CRASH

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT TODAY, 47 YEAR OLD TODD MUMMERT OF SALIX IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED. HE PLEADED GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL IN CONNECTION WITH A FATAL CRASH IN JULY OF 2012. MUMMERT FAILED TO STOP AT A RED LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 219 AND ELTON ROAD IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP AND HIS CAR COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY 47 YEAR OLD BRYON MCDERMOTT OF JOHNSTOWN, WHO WAS KILLED.

MILK SPILL

BETWEEN 4- AND 5 THOUSAND GALLONS OF MILK SPILLED IN EAST SAINT CLAIR TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY, EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WHEN THE DRIVER OF A TANKER TRUCK WRECKED INTO A UTILTY POLE ALONG COVERED BRIDGE ROAD. HAZMAT TEAMS WERE CALLED IN BECAUSE MILK CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD IF IT GETS INTO A STREAM OR CREEK. LUCKILY, THE NEAREST WATER WAS ABOUT A MILE AWAY.

HEROES SAVE A LIFE

3 CLEARFIELD COUNTY MEN ARE BEING CALLED HEROES AFTER SAVING A WOMAN’S LIFE SATURDAY. HER CAR CRASHED INTO A TREE AND CAUGHT FIRE AT THE INTERSECTION OF HENDERSON STREET AND RANKIN ROAD IN HOUTZDALE. SCOTT JOHNSON, CHRIS KEPHART, AND LOGAN COOK PULLED THE WOMAN FROM THE VEHICLE. SHE SUFFERED A FRACTURED BACK AND OTHER INJURIES.

FIRES

FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED OUT TO CENVEO ENVELOPE FACTORY IN WILLIAMSBURG SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT WHEN A BLAZE BROKE OUT IN THE PAPER WASTE SECTION. NO WORD YET ON THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

A DOG IS BEING BLAMED FOR A FIRE SUNDAY MORNING AT A HOUSE ON THE 100 BLOCK OF MOGART ROAD IN RYOT, BEDFORD COUNTY. THE DOG APPARENTLY KNOCKED OVER A CANDLE. ONE RESIDENT RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES, BUT DID NOT HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. THE RED CROSS IS HELPING THE FAMILY.

BLAIR COUNTY DRUG ARRESTS

STATE AND LOCAL DRUG AGENTS ON SUNDAY ARRESTED LARRY “NOOKIE” THOMAS OF DUNCANSVILLE, DAVID MCNIGHT OF ANTIS TOWNSHIP, AND JOHNATHAN FREET OF ALTOONA. OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A CONTROLLED BUY OF 100 BAGS OF HEROIN FROM THOMAS, BUT HE TOOK THE MONEY AND DIDN’T RETURN. COPS THEN PULLED OVER THOMAS’S CAR AND ARRESTED HIM FOR THE THEFT AND FREET FOR HAVING MARIJUANA AND PAINKILLERS. FREET TOLD POLICE HE HAD BOUGHT THE POT FROM MCKNIGHT, SO OFFICERS SEARCHED HIS HOUSE AND FOUND 3 OUNCES OF MARIJUANA, VARIOUS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN.

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS COULD BE SCHEDULED LATER THIS WEEK FOR 66 YEAR OLD JOSEPH BREWER AND 24 YEAR OLD DREW SIMMERS WHO BOUGHT HEROIN FROM BREWER ON FRIDAY. WHEN POLICE SEARCHED BREWER’S HOME ON 16TH AVENUE, THEY FOUND 17 BAGS OF HEROIN AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF CASH. SIMMERS IS CURRENTLY ON PAROLE AND WAS WEARING AN ANKLE MONITOR FOR HOUSE ARREST.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

DURING LAST WEEK’S EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, CENTRE COUNTY AUTHORITIES WERE CRACKING DOWN ON ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES. A WORTH TOWNSHIP MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER SEVERAL DOGS WERE FOUND TIED OUTSIDE WITH NO WATER. POLICE SAY THE DOGS DID HAVE ACCESS TO A SHELTER, BUT 3 WATER BOWLS WERE FROZEN SOLID AND ONE WAS EMPTY WITH A CHUNK OF ICE LAYING ON THE GROUND BESIDE IT.

BATTLING THE FLU

FLU SEASON HAS HIT OUR AREA HARD, PARTICULARLY THE H-I-N-I STRAIN. BLAIR COUNTY NOW HAS 260 CONFIRMED CASES, SECOND ONLY TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY WITH 280. THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS CAMBRIA COUNTY HAS 110 CONFIRMED INFLUENZA PATIENTS. THERE HAVE BEEN 6 FLU-RELATED DEATHS CONFIRMED STATEWIDE. OFFICIALS SAY THE MOST SEVERE ILLNESSES ARE FOUND IN YOUNG AND MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS…AND CHILDREN ARE ALSO AT HIGHER RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS WITH THE H-1-N-1 STRAIN. IN 2009, MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE DIED FROM THE H-1-N-1 FLU IN THE U-S, AND MORE THAN 14-THOUSAND WORLDWIDE.