Tuesday November 6 2012

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 2012

IT’S ELECTION DAY

IT’S A VERY TIGHT RACE BETWEEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER MITT ROMNEY…AND HIGH VOTER TURNOUT IS EXPECTED FOR TODAY’S ELECTION. YOU CAN CAST BALLOTS UNTIL TO 8PM. SEVERAL LOCAL RACES ARE ALSO ATTRACTING ATTENTION…INCLUDING THE ONE BETWEEN INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC U-S SENATOR BOB CASEY AND REPUBLICAN TOM SMITH. VOTERS WILL ALSO CHOOSE A STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, STATE TREASURER, AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES.

VOTERS WILL BE ASKED, BUT NOT REQUIRED, TO SHOW A PHOTO I-D. FIRST-TIME VOTERS MUST SHOW THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD OR ANOTHER FORM OF I-D WHICH CAN INCLUDE ANY OFFICIAL COORESPONDENCE CONTAINING THE VOTER’S NAME AND ADDRESS.

POLICE IN HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY, SAY SOMEBODY VANDALIZED SOME POLITICAL SIGNS ALONG ROUTE 36 OUTSIDE OF THE BORO. THEY SPRAY PAINTED MOSTLY OBAMA-BIDEN SIGNS, BUT ALSO SEVERAL SIGNS THAT APPEARED TO BE PRO-OBAMA.

TODDLER KILLED AT ZOO

THE PITTSBURGH ZOO IS SCHEDULED TO RE-OPEN TODAY AFTER THE DEATH OF A TODDLER SUNDAY.INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CHILD’S MOTHER HAD LIFTED THE 2 YEAR OLD ONTO A RAILING ON A DECK FOR THE AFRICAN PAINTED DOGS EXHIBIT. HE TUMBLED OFF, BOUNCED OFF A PROTECTIVE NETTING, AND FELL INTO THE PIT WHERE HE WAS ATTACKED BY THE DOGS. ONE OF THEM WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE. BARBARA BAKER, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE PITTSBURGH ZOO AND PPG AQUARIUM, SAYS “THE ZOO FEELS TERRIBLE ABOUT THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT. IT’S YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE AS A ZOO PROFESSIONAL.” AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION IS PLANNED. THE EXHIBIT IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER AND THE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN PLACED IN QUARANTINE. THE DOGS WILL NOT BE EUTHANIZED.

MURDER OR SELF-DEFENSE?

TESTIMONY RESUMES THIS MORNING IN THE CENTRE COUNTY MURDER TRIAL OF 21 YEAR OLD TYLER MARLATT OF STATE COLLEGE. PROSECUTORS SAY HE STABBED 20 YEAR OLD TYLER STRUBLE AT HIS LEMONT HOME IN JANUARY AFTER STRUBLE STOLE $20 FROM HIS GIRLFRIEND FOLLOWING A MARIJUANA DEAL GONE WRONG. THE DEFENSE CLAIMS MARLATT ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE AFTER STRUBLE SWUNG AT HIM WITH AN ALUMINUM BAT.

ACCUSED KILLER ORDERED TO TRIAL

A DISTRICT JUDGE YESTERDAY ORDERED 43 YEAR OLD SHERMAN HOLES OF CHERRY TREE TO STAND TRIAL ON CRIMINAL HOMICIDE CHARGES FOR THE 2010 DEATH OF 79 YEAR OLD ARTHUR HENRY AT HENRY’S NORTHERN CAMBRIA HOME. HENRY WAS FOUND BADLY BEATEN ON JUNE 30TH. HE DIED 3 DAYS LATER.
HOLES REMAINS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON WITHOUT BOND.

TOUGH YEAR AT PENN STATE

YESTERDAY MARKED THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARREST OF JERRY SANDUSKY. PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAYS IT’S BEEN A DIFFICULT YEAR, BUT THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED BY IMPROVEMENTS TO COMPLIANCE AND GOVERNANCE SINCE THEN. ERICKSON ALSO SAYS PENN STATE REMAINS A DIVERSE INSTITUTION FOCUSED ON ACADEMICS, RESEARCH AND SERVICE. HE DID NOT PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE SCHOOL’S POTENTIAL CIVIL SETTLEMENTS WITH SANDUSKY ACCUSERS. FORMER PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER IS DUE FOR ARRAIGNMENT TOMORROW ON CHARGES INCLUDING PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION, CHILD ENDANGERMENT, AND FAILURE TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE.

EVERY WORD OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S SENTENCING HEARING IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE ON THE CENTRE COUNTY COURT SYSTEM’S WEBSITE. THE TRANSCRIPT INCLUDES SANDUKSY TELLING THE JUDGE THAT HE DID NOT “DO THESE DISGUSTING ACTS”…AS WELL AS THE VICTIM’S STATEMENTS. SANDUSKY IS SERVING 30 TO 60 YEARS AT S-C-I GREENE IN WAYNESBURG.

ALCOHOL INVOLVED IN CHEERLEADER’S FALL?

WJAC TV REPORTS THAT A SEARCH WARRANT INDICATES THAT STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY THAT ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN TO BLAME FOR A PENN STATE CHEERLEADER’S FALL FROM A 5TH-FLOOR WINDOW LAST MONTH. 19 YEAR OLD PAIGE RAQUE IS SLOWING RECOVERING AFTER SUFFERING EXTENSIVE HEAD TRAUMA AND A BROKEN PELVIS. POLICE HAVE CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE WHO SAY ALCOHOL WAS BEING SERVED AT THE APARTMENT PARTY. ROCKEY IS UNDERAGE.

GAS LEAK IN TYRONE

A GAS LEAK IN TYRONE YESTERDAY FORCED OFFICIALS TO CLOSE DOWN STREETS AND EVACUATE RESIDENTS ON 9TH STREET BETWEEN WASHINGTON AVENUE AND GARDEN ALLEY. A PEOPLES NATURAL GAS COMPANY SPOKESMAN SAYS A CONTRACTOR ACCIDENTALLY RUPTURED A GAS LINE. THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL THIS MORNING.

RALLY TO SAVE VALLEY VIEW

THE BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE IN THE PROCESSING OF TRYING TO SELL VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME TO A PRIVATE COMPANY, BUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RALLIED LAST NIGHT OUTSIDE THE HOME IN HOPES OF CHANGING THEIR MINDS. MANY EMPLOYEES SAY SELLING VALLEY VIEW WOULD HURT THE RESIDENTS. COUNTY LEADERS HAVE HIRED A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY TO MARKET THE HOME FOR 13-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS. A HARRISBURG ATTORNEY IS ALSO ON BOARD TO REPRESENT THE COUNTY IN A POSSIBLE SALE.