Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers:
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's...
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain is putting Bitcoin ATMs in six shops around the state and one in North Carolina, giving customers the ability to buy and sell the...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese...
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Memorial Day weekend brought the reopening of the world's oldest roller coaster still in operation.
Leap The Dips was built in 1902 at Altoona's Lakemont Park. It was in...
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Detroit Tigers No. 1 draft pick Casey Mize pitched a no-hitter for the Erie SeaWolves in his Double-A debut Monday night.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man awoke to find a stranger sleeping on his kitchen floor surrounded by torn-up sanitary napkins.
Dog sniffs out electronics to help with child porn cases
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A child porn suspect stacked piles and piles of tightly packed clothes at his Altoona residence, allegedly attempting to hide the fact the space was a walk-in closet...
Settlement sought in suit by man released after 25 years
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys are trying to reach an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania man freed from prison after 25 years after he was granted a new trial in the...
Woman killed when wind topples shed onto her; man injured
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed when high winds tipped a temporary shed on top of her outside a Pennsylvania workplace.
The Altoona fire department and Blair County coroner say 47-year-old Tammy Hockenberry was smoking outside Blair Companies Millwork and Fixtures at about 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Officials say the wooden structure that served as a smokers hut and under which she and a male co-worker were standing was hit by a gust of wind and toppled onto them.
Judge who led grand jury abuse reports ‘would be huge’
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Judge Norman Krumenacker III recalls Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking him what kind of attention the statewide investigation into allegations of abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church would bring.
"I told him to get a new tie and suit because he was going to be on '60 Minutes,' " Krumenacker said.
Coroner: Couple found dead stabbed each other in altercation
WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A coroner has ruled that a Pennsylvania couple found dead earlier this week inflicted fatal knife wounds on each other.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that the Blair County coroner ruled the deaths of 49-year-old Sheldon Appleman and 30-year-old Cassandra Appleman a double homicide. State police said the two were found dead Monday at the Woodbury Township home.
Pennsylvania man pushes to make Slinky official state toy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage.
Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can't it also have a state toy?
Pa. diocese says abuse scandal has cost it $21M since ’99
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has offered details on the cost of the clergy abuse scandal.
The latest edition of the diocese's official publication says the scandal has cost it $21.5 million since 1999.
Of that amount, $15.7 million has gone to settlement payouts and awards and $4.3 million to legal fees.
A letter from Bishop Mark Bartchak says 290 people have received settlements or counseling from the diocese.
Woman resentenced in 1998 runaway slaying
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A woman formerly serving a life term in the slaying of a fellow teenager two decades ago in Pennsylvania could be eligible for parole in about 15 years following a resentencing hearing.
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- Tribune-ReviewTravel tip: Inaugural Roundhouse Rally brings everything on wheels to AltoonaJune 12, 2018
Proposal for Vietnam War commemoration complex dies
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Vietnam War started small, grew big and then wound down, dying like a guttering candle.
The national memorial for that war is a wall that starts low, grows tall in the middle, then shortens, ending as low as it began.
Death penalty sought in toddler’s death
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty in the death of a toddler in Pennsylvania earlier this year.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that 19-year-old Drue Burd of Altoona pleaded not guilty Friday to homicide, aggravated assault, strangulation and related charges.
2 sentenced in ATV crash that killed softball player
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced in an all-terrain vehicle crash that killed a Pennsylvania high school standout softball player last year.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that 24-year-old Trenton Bilak was sentenced Tuesday to 8½ to 17 years on vehicular homicide and other counts.
Clark Bar saved from extinction, returning to Pennsylvania
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh's iconic hometown candy bar is returning to Pennsylvania.
Boyer Candy Company in Altoona on Thursday purchased the rights, recipes and equipment for the Clark Bar from an unidentified seller.
"We're really excited. This is an iconic Pennsylvania candy," owner Anthony Forgione told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I remember the heartbreak when it left Pittsburgh."
Man asserts self-defense in parking lot slaying
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A man charged in a shooting death in a Pennsylvania parking lot that police allege stemmed from a drug deal gone bad says he acted in self-defense.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that 33-year-old John Patrick Stiver II repeatedly asserted self-defense during a break in Friday's criminal homicide arraignment.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys are asking a judge to order new DNA tests in a 30-year-old murder case before resentencing a man convicted as a juvenile of the slaying.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that 47-year-old James Rogers is to be resentenced in the 1988 murder because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring mandatory life terms for juvenile offenders.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Another man charged in an all-terrain vehicle crash that killed a Pennsylvania high school standout softball player last year has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Jacob Helsel pleaded guilty Monday to charges of accidents involving death or personal injury and tampering with evidence. That came as jury selection was about to start in his trial.
The 19-year-old Duncansville man now faces at least three years in prison.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — One of two men facing charges in an all-terrain vehicle crash that killed a Pennsylvania high school standout softball player last year has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.
Twenty-four-year-old Trenton Bilak also pleaded guilty Friday in Blair County to accidents involving death or injury, evidence-tampering and reckless driving. He faces a mandatory three-year term.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — When Altoona native Darlie Lynn Routier was convicted by a Texas jury in February 1997 of stabbing to death her young son, Damon, 5, and by implication, her other son, Devon, 6, she reportedly cried out, "I did not kill my babies."
Both boys were murdered on June 6, 1996, as they were sleeping with their mother in the downstairs television room of the family's Rowlett, Texas, home, while her husband, Darin, was in an upstairs bedroom with their 18-month-old son Drake.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Nearly a year ago, it appeared as though Altoona resident Dan Ott had changed his life forever.
At just 25 years old, he made it through thousands of competitors to make the World Series of Poker's final table and outlasted seven more players there to finish as the runner-up.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A coroner has released the name of a 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy attacked and killed by a pit bull.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that the Blair County coroner's office said Gauge Eckenrode died of blunt force trauma from Thursday's attack.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A 19-year-old man who told police he put his hand over a toddler's mouth and nose to make her fall asleep has been charged with her death in Pennsylvania.
WJAC-TV reports 16-month-old Angela Beard was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh early Sunday suffering from injuries including brain swelling. She later died.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a pit bull has attacked and killed a 6-year-old boy in Pennsylvania.
The Blair County coroner says the child died of blunt-force trauma from the dog attack that occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday in Lakemont.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The concrete porch pad weighed a ton and a half, and after Nate Diehl finished with the jackhammer, it split down the middle, opening like a trap door.
Diehl and the jackhammer plunged toward the ground 8 feet below, while the side edges gave way, flipping the half-slabs like playing cards.
Diehl landed on his feet, then collapsed onto his side and thought he was going to die.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — One of two men facing charges in an all-terrain vehicle crash that killed a Pennsylvania high school standout softball player two years ago is seeking a separate trial.
State police say 18-year-old Mikayla Focht died after the ATV she was riding struck several deer in April 2016, and a Jeep then ran over her.
Boy to face attempted homicide charge in shooting
ORBISONIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy will face attempted homicide and other charges following a shooting in central Pennsylvania.
State police in Huntingdon County allege that the boy shot a 54-year-old man in Cromwell Township at about 3 p.m. Friday and then fled the scene on an all-terrain vehicle.
Police said the victim called police and was flown to UPMC Altoona with serious injuries. His condition wasn't immediately available.
WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators say the pilot of a small plane had reported ice buildup on his aircraft and asked to divert to a nearby airport shortly before the crash that killed him and his passenger last week in Pennsylvania.
WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A small plane crashed in central Pennsylvania, killing two men traveling to Indiana for a University of Notre Dame alumni conference.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine aircraft crashed about 8:45 a.m. Thursday in a residential area in Williamsburg, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Altoona. The plane had taken off in Lancaster and was originally bound for South Bend, Indiana, but was diverted to the Altoona airport.
2 firefighters in hurt in falls battling brush fire
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Two firefighters were hurt in falls while battling a brush fire in central Pennsylvania, and two others were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion.
HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — Five cars in a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Tuesday alongside a creek in central Pennsylvania, spilling debris into a waterway and disrupting travel on Amtrak.
Officials said no one was injured and the spill, which occurred around 8:15 a.m. in the borough of Huntingdon, did not involve any hazardous material.
The derailed cars were carrying plastic, pulp board, dried potatoes and peas, a Norfolk Southern spokesman said.
Mars boys advance to PIAA title game with come-from-behind win over Milton Hershey
ALTOONA — Moments after Mars secured its second trip to a state basketball championship game in three years by beating Milton Hershey in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Monday night, Robby Carmody, the player, hugged Rob Carmody, the coach, and the two made a pact.
"We just said, ‘One more game together in high school. Why not go out with a bang and win a championship and bring a state championship to Mars,' " said Robby Carmody of his father.
It's Round 3 for North Allegheny and Altoona girls basketball.
The WPIAL champion's undefeated record could be tested Tuesday night when North Allegheny (26-0) faces District 6 runner-up Altoona (21-4) in the second round of the PIAA Class 6A playoffs at Hempfield. Sites and times were announced Sunday.
It will be the third time this season the two teams have played. North Allegheny won both regular-season matchups, 45-44 on Dec. 10 and 54-43 on Jan. 19.
Checklist on competency replacing focus on grades
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Altoona Area High School Principal Andrew Neely said change in education is like turning a big aircraft; it can't turn on a dime, but it does move.
The direction it's moving is away from grades and toward competency-based projects, which Neely is excited about.
"Personally, I'd love to go that direction. We need to take a hard look at 'what does a diploma mean when a student graduates,'" Neely said.
Mom sentenced for DUI crash that killed 5-year-old son
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman charged with DUI after a crash that killed her 5-year-old son has been sentenced to four to eight years in prison.
The Altoona Mirror reports that 44-year-old Christen Walter was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October.
Shelter closes as abuse prevention advocates change strategy
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania domestic abuse shelter is closing as the organization running it redirects resources to focus on providing safety for abuse victims in their own homes.
Family Services Inc. announced the closure of the Altoona shelter on Thursday. The group says the shelter provided a necessary safe haven for abuse victims when it opened more than three decades ago, but it required them to uproot their lives and share communal living spaces.
Rejection of appeal in grandfather slaying recommended
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal magistrate has recommended rejection of an appeal of a Pennsylvania man in the shooting death of his grandfather a dozen years ago.
Thirty-seven-year-old Thomas Drass pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the January 2005 death of Dwayne Chamberlain.
Court sides with fired driver who feared ‘mark of the devil’
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A fired Pennsylvania school bus driver who believed being fingerprinted would leave "the mark of the devil" on her has won a court battle to receive unemployment benefits.
Bonnie Kaite lost her job with Altoona Student Transportation Inc. in 2015 after telling the company being fingerprinted for a background check could bar her from heaven.
State lawmaker from Altoona recovering from moderate stroke
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker is expected to be released from a hospital, three days after suffering what's described as a moderate stroke.
The office of Pennsylvania state Rep. John McGinnis said he was hospitalized at UPMC Altoona on Saturday.
His spokesman said Tuesday he's in good spirits and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Netflix show depicts local murder
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — In early June 1979, Logan Township patrol officers Steven D. Jackson and Walter Coho were dispatched to Skyline Drive at the top of Wopsononock Mountain because a jogger thought he saw a body.
The officers met the man at the Buckhorn Inn, and he directed them to a makeshift dump where people would throw their trash and yard waste.
Jackson, then 29, remembers viewing the scene and in his initial shock exclaiming, "Are we really seeing what we are seeing?"
Pennsylvania cities weigh whether to allow new mini-casinos
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's days-old law expanding its casino industry has set off debates in cities and towns around the state about whether to try to lure one of the 10 new mini-casinos created by the law, or ban them.