Wednesday, August 20 2014

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014

A FIREY AND DEADLY ACCIDENT YESTERDAY MORNING ON ROUTE 422 NEAR STRONGSTOWN IN INDIANA COUNTY. POLICE SAY 67 YEAR OLD JAMES NORRIS OF KITTANNING WAS KILLED WHEN HE PULLED HIS S-U-V OUT INTO THE PATH OF A COAL TRUCK. ANOTHER S-U-C WAS ALSO INVOLVED. THE COAL TRUCK DRIVER AND 4 OTHER PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO JOHNSTOWN’S MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER BY HELICOPTER AND AMBULANCE. NO WORD ON THEIR CONDITIONS.

SHORTLY AFTER A RAIN STORM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, A JACK-KNIFED TRACTOR-TRAILER CLOSED WESTBOUND ROUTE 322 NEAR STATE COLLEGE FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR. THE WRECK OCCURRED ON A SHARP BEND NEAR THE BRANCH ROAD OVERPASS, JUST EAST OF THE COLLEGE AVENUE INTERCHANGE. TRAFFIC BACKED UP PAST THE OAK HALL EXIT, WHERE CARS WERE DETOURED.

IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY, GEORGE LOWMASTER OF CARROLLTOWN WAS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON. HE WAS THE LEADER OF A HUGE DRUG RING THAT WAS BUSTED IN 2011. DOZENS OF OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO ARRESTED, INCLUDING LOWMASTER’S PARENTS. THE JUDGE AGREED TO RECOMMEND SENDING GEORGE TO THE SAME PRISON AS HIS DAD, GERALD.

36 YEAR OLD DAVID CHERRY OF BLANDBURG WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY AND WILL STAND TRIAL ON FELONY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES. POLICE SAY HE FIRED AT LEAST 5 SHOTS INTO A HOME ON TUCKAHOE ROAD IN ANTIS TOWNSHIP ON AUGUST 3RD AFTER HE ARGUED WITH RELATIVES OF THE HOMEOWNER. CHERRY CLAIMS HE WAS ASSAULTED AT THE HOUSE EARLIER. HE’S IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH BAIL. FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT IS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH.

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT FOR 53 YEAR OLD FREDERICK RICE OF HARRISBURG. FERGUSON TOWNSHIP POLICE EVACUATED ABOUT 18 HOMES AUGUST 5TH WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT HE HAD A PIPE BOMB INSIDE HIS S-U-V PARKED ALONG WYANDOTTE LANE. HE TOLD POLICE HE BELIEVED HIS WIFE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH A MAN WHO LIVED THERE. HE PLANNED TO ATTACH THE BOMB TO THE OTHER MAN’S CAR, THEN DETONATE IT BY REMOTE CONTROL ONCE THE MAN WAS INSIDE. A FRIEND OF RICE’S CALLED POLICE AND TOLD THEM RICE HAS A HISTORY OF BIPOLAR DISORDER. THE BOMB SQUAD DEFUSED THE 1-FOOT LONG EXPLOSIVE DEVICE.

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT A JUDGE HAS ORDERED TIMOTHY PENROD, WHO LIVED AT THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS REHABILITATION CENTER IN STATE COLLEGE, TO HAVE ALL OF HIS CASES TRIED AT THE SAME TIME. HE’S ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRES OUTSIDE 2 ORCHARD PARK HOMES ON MAY 18TH AND VANDALISING PINE HALL CEMETERY ON MEMORIAL DAY. ONE OF THE FIRES DESTROYED 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF PROPERTY AND 15 GRAVESTONES WERE KNOCKED OVER AT THE CEMETERY. PENROD IS NOW IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DOESN'T START AGAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER 15TH, BUT MORE THAN 61-THOUSAND PENNSYLVANIANS MAY BE ABLE TO SIGN UP BEFORE THEN. A NEW “ENROLL AMERICA” REPORT ASSESSES THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO WILL EXPERIENCE A QUALIFYING LIFE EVENT SUCH AS MOVING, GETTING MARRIED, GIVING BIRTH, OR GAINING CITIZENSHIP. THAT TRIGGERS A SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD, AND MAKES THEM ABLE TO ENROLL IN HEALTH INSURANCE BEFORE NOVEMBER. MOVING IS THE MOST COMMON QUALIFYING EVENT AND THE REPORT ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT 40-THOUSAND RESIDENTS FIT THAT CATEGORY.

PENN STATE STUDENTS ARE HEADED BACK INTO THE AREA FOR THE START OF THE FALL SEMESTER. HEAVY TRAFFIC AROUND STATE COLLEGE IS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY. BORO POLICE ARE DESIGNATING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AS STUDENT RETURN DAYS AND WILL RESTRICT ONE EASTBOUND LANE IN THE 600 BLOCK OF EAST COLLEGE AVENUE BETWEEN 8AM AND 5PM BOTH DAYS. CLASSES BEGIN ON MONDAY.

PENN STATE’S DANCE MARATHON IS COMING UP IN FEBRUARY AND THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THIS YEAR. ORGANIZERS SENT A LETTER TO 4 DIAMONDS FAMILIES TELLING THEM THAT ONLY 3 FAMILY MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR ON THE FINAL DAY. ONE FAMILY TOLD WTAJ THEY UNDERSTAND SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE BECAUSE IT GETS MORE AND MORE CROWDED EVERY YEAR.

THE PENN STATE BLUE BAND WILL NO LONGER PERFORM AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER PRIOR TO HOME FOOTBALL GAMES. AFTER NEARLY 2 DECADES, THE UNIVERSITY DECIDED TO DROP THE POPULAR ‘TAILGREAT’ SHOW FOR 2014 DUE TO ITS COST.