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Altoona Police ask public for help after they say child was assaulted

24 January 2017 - 12:18 PM

Police ask public for help after they say child was assaulted
by Katie O'TooleMonday, January 23rd 2017
Detectives are looking for a suspect who they said assaulted a 12-year-old boy after school Friday. (WJAC)
ALTOONA -- Altoona police are looking for a suspect who they said assaulted a 12-year-old boy after school Friday.
Amber Miller said she answered the phone Friday afternoon to hear that her son had been attacked, and was being transported to the hospital.
She said her son, Skyler, prefers to walk home from school, but Friday might have been the last time.
Skyler told his mother that he was assaulted on his way home.
"He has no idea who the kid is. He just said that the kid came up behind him, and he was wearing a black hoodie and had his hood up," Miller said.
He said it happened at the elevators to the pedestrian bridge near the Railroaders Museum -- a route Miller said many students take to get from one end of town to the other after school.
Lt Ben Jones of the Altoona Police Department said when officers arrived, they found Skyler on the ground. His attacker was gone.
"The individual came up behind the child, and struck him in the back of the head, forcing him to bang his head off of the elevator door and fall to the ground. Once he was on the ground the individual continued to kick the child two or three more times as he laid on the ground, and, then, eventually fled the area," Lt. Jones said.
Miller said this wasn't a schoolyard scuffle. It was unacceptable.
"It doesn't matter if it was Skyler or if it was another kid. This should have never happened. Even if Skyler was spouting off at the mouth, or there was a situation that happened between Skyler and this kid before, the kid had no right doing it. It should have never happened," she said.
She said Skyler is fine, but suffered multiple head injuries, and that her son's attacker needs to face the consequences.
Lt. Jones said police will gather images of the suspect from surveillance footage to track that person down.
"Since the individual fled the area, we need to get a detective involved, have them interview the victim, see if we can track down the other person that was involved and get two sides of the story, as there always is two sides," he said.
He said detectives will post those images to the department's social media accounts, but until then, he asks anyone who has any information or witnessed the assault to contact police.

Luke Bryan Steps In to Help After Multiple Tornadoes Hit His Hometown

24 January 2017 - 10:30 AM

Details are still being worked out, but Luke Bryan is on board to headline a concert to help tornado victims in his native Albany, Georgia, according to the Albany Herald. Twisters struck the southwest part of the Peach State both on January 2 and over the past weekend.

Songwriter Dallas Davidson, who’s also from the area and wrote Luke’s hits “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” and “That's My Kind of Night,” is helping plan the show, along with local businessman Bo Henry.

“The recovery effort is going to be here for the long haul,” Henry tells the paper. “We reached out in our devastation to the guys who can really raise money, enough to make a big difference…” he adds.

“Praying for Albany and all of South Georgia,” Luke tweeted on Monday. “My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones.”

Season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who’s also a native, will be part of the fundraiser as well, according to the report.

Car Crashes into SUV Following Amish Buggy on Route 119

24 January 2017 - 10:18 AM

Car Crashes into SUV Following Amish Buggy on Route 119
January 23, 2017 12:30 am
Blue flashing sirens of police car during the roadblock in the cHENDERSON TWP., Pa. (EYT) –
According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a two-vehicle accident occurred on State Route 119, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County.
Police say this accident involved 53-year-old William L. Elliott, of DuBois, and 43-year-old David C. Zook, of Indiana.
According to police, around 10:33 a.m. on January 21, a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Elliott, was following a 2013 Nissan Juke, driven by Zook, the witness, and an Amish buggy on Route 119.
Elliott was following too closely behind Zook and was unable to maintain control of his Cobalt due to Zook’s Nissan and the witness engaging their brakes behind an Amish buggy. The Nissan went off the right side of the roadway to avoid striking the witness, and in doing so, the Cobalt struck the back of the the Nissan, according to police.
The Cobalt sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.
Elliott and Zook were using seat belts and were not injured.
Elliott was charged with a traffic violation through District Court 54-3-02.

Department of Agriculture announces CWD case

16 January 2017 - 11:04 AM

Department of Agriculture announces CWD case
Monday, January 16, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced Friday that a captive deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania. This is the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014
The four-year-old white-tailed deer was harvested from a hunting preserve in Franklin County in November 2016. Samples from this deer tested positive for the disease at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg. The test results were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 5. This deer was raised on a deer farm in Fulton County until it was sold to the Franklin County facility in August 2016. Both farms are under quarantine. The investigation continues and additional herds may be quarantined.
“We are working to minimize the risk to Pennsylvania’s deer herd by quarantining both farms and tracing any contacts with other deer in our efforts to find the source of CWD, if possible,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding. “We want to stress that CWD is no danger to public health and has never been associated as a human health concern.”
There is no strong evidence that humans or livestock can contract Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chronic Wasting Disease attacks the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal.
Symptoms include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk also may allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine.
The first cases of CWD in Pennsylvania were detected when two Adams County deer tested positive for CWD in 2012. Surveillance for the disease has been ongoing in Pennsylvania since 1998.
The Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for more than 23,000 captive deer on 1,100 breeding farms, hobby farms and shooting preserves. Eleven captive deer have tested positive since 2012.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer and elk as well as those that appear sick or behave abnormally.
In areas where CWD has been detected in captive or free-ranging deer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has responded by creating Disease Management Areas, within which special rules apply regarding the hunting and feeding of wild deer.
At this point, however, it is not yet known how this case will affect those who live or hunt in the area, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.
“Each hunting season we sample many of the deer harvested by hunters, both within our Disease Management Areas and elsewhere in the state, and within Disease Management Area 2, we test every known road-killed deer for CWD,” Hough said. “So far this year, positive CWD tests have come back regarding seven road-killed deer within DMA 2, but we await results from more than 3,000 samples from hunter-harvested deer.
“When all of those samples are returned, we will make our decision on how the boundaries of existing Disease Management Areas will change. At that time, we could implement special rules regarding the feeding and hunting of deer in parts of Franklin County where this new CWD case has been detected,” Hough said.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov and search “Chronic Wasting Disease.”

Man charged with burglary in theft of puppy, canned spaghetti waives t

16 January 2017 - 10:45 AM

Man charged with burglary in theft of puppy, canned spaghetti waives to court
By Jeff Corcino jcorcino@theprogressnews.com  Jan 14, 2017 
Lloyd D. Bartlebaugh, 48, of Arcadia, who is accused of breaking into a home and stealing a puppy, $10 in cash, a can of Spaghetti-O’s with meatballs and a bag of microwave popcorn, had all charges bound over to court following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Richard Ireland.
Bartlebaugh is charged with burglary, criminal trespass-break into structure, misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking, misdemeanor receiving stolen property and summary criminal mischief.
Bartlebaugh’s attorney, Leanne Nedza of the public defender’s office, told the court that Bartlebaugh suffers from learning disabilities and questioned his competency to assist in his defense. She said she isn’t challenging his competency at the preliminary hearing stage but would be filing appropriate motions in the future.
State police Trooper John Bacher testified that, on Nov. 5, the victim reported that someone burglarized his home along Spruce Street in Burnside.
The rear door of the residence had been forced open and inside was missing a mixed-breed German Shepherd puppy worth $200, $10 in cash, a can of Chef-Boyardee Spaghetti-O’s with meatballs valued at $2, and a bag of microwave popcorn valued at $2.
The strike plate on the door was also damaged on the door; damage is estimated at $20.
The victim said he was told that Bartlebaugh was bragging that he had broken into his home and taken the dog and items.
Bacher then went to Bartlebaugh’s home in Burnside and saw the puppy tied up in the front yard. He spoke to the defendant’s niece, who said Bartlebaugh had taken the items and brought him an empty can of spaghetti O’s and meatballs.
Bacher spoke to Bartlebaugh on the front porch of his home and said Bartlebaugh appeared to be intoxicated.
State police Trooper Julie Clark testified she interviewed Bartlebaugh at the barracks and he told her he went to the post office and then to the victim’s home to deliver his mail. There was no one home but the dog came to him at the door. Bacher had said he learned Bartlebaugh used to own the dog but it was given to the victim a few weeks prior because he couldn’t take care of it properly.
Bartlebaugh said he then went home, but returned to the victim’s home. He used his shoulder to force open the back door and got the puppy. He said he took the popcorn and the can of Spaghetti-O’s off the kitchen table because his niece liked them.
Bartlebaugh is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.