February 16, 2012 RSS feed / Local & State

Carbon Monoxide Sickens More Than 25 In Reading

READING, Pa. (AP) – Malfunctioning heaters are being blamed for high levels of carbon monoxide that sickened more than two dozen people at a Pennsylvania apartment building. More...

Police: Boy, 11, Fatally Beaten For Not Vacuuming

Mother’s Boyfriend Charged

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a Pittsburgh man brutally beat his girlfriend’s son to death because he hadn’t vacuumed their apartment. More...

Vending Machine Dispenses “Morning After’’ Pill

Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the “morning-after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators and raised questions about how accessible emergency con More...

WIN Striving To Help Abuse Victims

Local organization in existence since 1970s

Headlines across the nation are often filled with stories of sexual assault and domestic violence. Just like the nation and the commonwealth, Fulton County is no stranger to such tragedy. More...

Johnson Recertified As Magisterial District Judge

Senior Magisterial District Judge Carol J. Johnson was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. More...

Drillers Cut Natural Gas Production As Prices Drop

PITTSBURGH (AP) – As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing. More...

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed For Presidents Day

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full- service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18, through Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day. More...

Cards Of Thanks

JOHNSON I would like to thank all my family, friends and neighbors for the cards, calls and meals since my operation. Wanda Johnson More...

Pa. Man Who Faked ‘Bingo’ Returns $400 Jackpot

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – Police say a western Pennsylvania man has returned a $400 jackpot after falsely claiming to have a “bingo” at a church fundraiser. More...

Rotary Club Donates To Little League

Hancock Rotary Club recently presented the Hancock Little League with $2,000 to help defray the costs associated with the commercial equipment in the new concession stand at the Kirkwood Fields. More...

Trooper Suspended, Charged In Fatality

UNION CITY, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state trooper has been suspended without pay and charged with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk for an off-duty crash that killed another motorist in northwestern Pennsylvania. More...

Attain Dean’s List

The following area students were named to the fall 2011 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Lauren Bottenfield, Crystal Spring, early childhood and special education. Brandon Buterbaugh, Harrisonville, safety sciences. More...

Board Approves Table Games At Valley Forge Casino

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) – A casino resort scheduled to open this spring in the Philadelphia suburb of Valley Forge has been approved for table games. Valley Forge Casino Resort is scheduled to open this spring. More...

Developer May Open Rival Philadelphia Newspaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A wealthy developer vowed Friday to open a rival newspaper unless he can bid against a former governor for control of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. More...

Scouts Tour HAFCO

Cub Scouts Pack 47 recently enjoyed a tour of Hustontown Fire Department. They saw the fire and EMS apparatus and experienced dressing in turnout gear. More...

Drillers Cut Natural Gas Production As Prices Drop

PITTSBURGH (AP) – As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent U. S. boom in drilling is slowing. Drillers don't make money if prices go too low – and drilling wells isn't cheap. More...

Pa. Couple: We Captured Purple Squirrel, Freed It

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania couple say they’ve captured a purple squirrel in their backyard. Jersey Shore resident Percy Emert says he and his wife, Connie, caught the purple squirrel Sunday in a trap with peanuts. More...

W. Pa. Man Dumped Drilling Waste Water Into Creeks

WAYNESBURG, Pa. More...

Rep. Hess Supports Marcellus Shale Impact Fee

Several northcentral Pennsylvania House Republican members voted in favor of the conference committee report on House Bill 1950 last week, allowing for a Marcellus shale drilling impact fee. The group consist of Rep. Rick Geist (RAltoona), Rep. More...

Corbett Signs Bill To Extend Jobless Benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of jobless Pennsylvanians will be able to collect federally funded unemployment benefits through early March. Gov. More...

EPA Examining Gas Drilling In Southwestern Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is examining the impact of natural gas drilling in southwestern Pennsylvania. More...

Homeowner Grabs Shotgun, Scares Burglars

MARS, Pa. (AP) – Police say a homeowner surprised three would-be burglars at his house and scared them away with a shotgun. The Butler Eagle reports that Barry Baur saw the alleged burglars in his driveway Thursday afternoon. More...

County Gets Conservation Update

Town meetings to begin next month

The Fulton County commissioners sat down with county Conservation District Manager Seleen Shives on Tuesday to hear her agency’s highlights for the month of January. More...

FR Conducts Routine Business

Won’t consider changing prom venue

The Forbes Road School Board met in regular session last Monday evening, February 6, to conduct routine business and also went into a 35-minute executive session to discuss teacher negotiations at the end of the board meeting. More...

Senior Center Lunch Menu

Fulton County Senior Center lunch menu for the week is as follows: Monday: center closed. Tuesday: roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, wheat bread, apricots. Wednesday: breaded fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, peaches. More...

Judge Walsh Presides Over Court Session

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, February 7. More...

Tot Killed In Crash Wasn’t In Seat

NICHOLSON, Pa. (AP) – Officials say the 3-year-old girl killed along with her father in a northeastern Pennsylvania traffic crash wasn’t in a safety seat or wearing a seat belt. More...

Outside Jury Slated In Wildlife Officer’s Slaying

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A jury from another county will be brought in to hear the death penalty trial of a central Pennsylvania man accused of having gunned down a wildlife conservation officer. More...

$40K Of Sports Cards Stolen Outside Pa. Casino

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – State police are looking for whoever stole $40,000 worth of sports collectible cards from a van parked at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. More...

Highmark, West Penn Announces Emergency Reopening

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Health insurer Highmark Inc. and the West Penn Allegheny Health System say the emergency room at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh will reopen on Valentine's Day. More...

Students Tour Historical Society Museum

A Franklin-Fulton group of home-schooled children visited the Fulton County Historical Society museum on February 10 to hear stories of local history. More...

Pa. Teen’s Hand Nearly Severed In Machete Attack

WILKES- BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a ninth-grader nearly lost his hand in a machete attack after school. Wilkes-Barre police Lt. More...

Graduates

Jennifer Knepper, Mc- Connellsburg, has graduated with the February 2012 class of Franklin County Career & Technology Center Practical Nursing Program. Knepper also received the Geriatric Award, sponsored by Sandra Offutt. More...

Philadelphia Cardinal’s Death Investigated

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The child-molestation scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has taken a mysterious new turn, with prosecutors asking a coroner to examine the body of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to establish whether he died of natural c More...

Attorneys Question Pa. Conviction

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Defense attorneys are questioning an eastern Pennsylvania judge's decision to convict a woman on a lesser charge after she had been acquitted by a jury in a drunken driving case. More...

School Lunch Menus

CENTRAL FULTON Elementary Breakfast Monday, February 20: school closed. Tuesday, February 21: assorted cereal or egg, ham and cheese on bagel, cinnamon toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. More...

Pa. Lawmakers Make Case For Keeping 911th Base

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Four western Pennsylvania congressmen and both U.S. Senators have met with Air Force officials to argue against plans to close the 911th Airlift Wing near Pittsburgh. More...

EPA Examining Gas Drilling In Southwestern Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is examining the impact of natural gas drilling in southwestern Pennsylvania. More...

Railroad Industry Bringing Profit, Jobs To Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The railroad industry is picking up steam again, after losing ground decades ago to the nation's trucking industry. More...