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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

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A 17 year old Genesee Township boy is being cited in connection to a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in which he was injured. Coudersport-based state police said the youth was headed north on the Kidney Road when his red 2000 Pontiac Sunfire went out of control on a right hand turn. The driver overcorrected causing the car to go off the road and strike an embankment. The driver was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of his injuries. Two passengers, a 17 year old male from Westfield and 19 year old Michael Dunn of Coudersport escaped injury. None were wearing seatbelts.


State Police at Denton Hill have charged 64year old James MacCartney of Coudersport with criminal trespass after finding him in a cabin Saturday evening off of Telescope Road in Ulysses Township. Helen Henry of Holtwood, PA called state police when she arrived at her camp and found the suspect inside. MacCartney reportedly was still there when troopers arrived to investigate.

A motorist called police tonight after being passed by a car estimated to be doing 100 miles an hour in Roulette Township, headed west on Route 6 at a high rate of speed. Port Allegany Police successfully stopped the suspected vehicle on South Main Street in the Borough and Kane State Police were notified. A similar call last month for an erratic driver resulted in two men dying in a head-on crash before police could get there to stop the vehicle, despite valiant efforts by a motorist, Coudersport State Police and Port Allegany police.

Mansfield-based state police are investigating a criminal mischief taking place between 1:30 and 4:15 pm last Wednesday in the KFC parking lot in Richmond Township. Vandals used a BB gun to break the rear window in a pick up owned by Daniel Kennedy of Mansfield.

State and local officials say they are working with federal officials to contain the impact of an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico that resulted in the declaration of a national public health emergency in the United States.The Department of Health is working to educate the public and health care providers of recommended steps to prepare for potential cases of swine influenza in Pennsylvania.“At this point we do not have any confirmed cases of swine influenza in Pennsylvania, but we remain in constant communication with health officials at all levels,” said Health Secretary Everette James. “The federal public health emergency declaration is simply a tool that allows for preparation and mobilization of resources to plan for and respond to this virus outbreak if we begin to see cases in Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Robert French. The Department of Health has notified health care providers across Pennsylvania to be watchful for patients with influenza-like illness who may have been exposed to the new swine flu strain and to immediately inform the local health department of any suspected cases. The department will assist all health care providers in evaluating the patients, recommending control measures, and assisting in specimen collection and testing when indicated. This notification follows confirmation of a new strain of swine influenza A/H1N1 virus in Mexico and five locations in the U.S., including New York and Ohio. To date, all U.S. cases were “mild” with only one person requiring brief hospitalization. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine influenza A/H1N1 is a new strain of influenza that has not previously been detected in swine or humans. The virus has also been confirmed in Canada and Mexico. It is still safe to eat pork and pork products.The Department of Health provided information to all of the state’s health care providers and hospitals late Friday regarding the swine flu, including how to quickly report possible cases and how to submit samples for testing. Anyone who has traveled to or from the affected areas and has a respiratory illness should contact their health care provider or local health department before seeking health care. Swine influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs. Before the current outbreak, people rarely got swine flu, and usually only if they were in very close proximity to infected pigs. However, during the current outbreak, the virus is able to spread from person-to-person. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Although winter is over, there is still a low level of seasonal influenza occurring in the state. There is no vaccine available at this time, but the swine flu can be treated with certain antiviral drugs. Persons with swine flu are contagious for up to seven days or longer after the onset of illness, so it is important to take the following steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:

· Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others;

· Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues;

· Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;

· Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest and exercise; and

· Seek care if you have influenza-like illness.

Four Penn State University students are among seven charged today in a broad conspiracy to distribute mass quantities of marijuana throughout State College.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation focused on Penn State student Paul Spara and New York resident, Jason Remington. Spara and Remington are responsible for the distribution of more than 400 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1.2 million.Corbett said that the marijuana came from Canada into the United States through an Indian reservation. Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.According to the grand jury, Spara received 10 to 50 pounds of marijuana from Remington on a weekly basis, and paid between $2,700 and $2,800 per pound, depending on whether he travelled to New York or had the marijuana delivered. The marijuana was then allegedly resold for as much as $3,200 per pound, with increased profits if Spara sold it in lesser weights. According to the grand jury, Spara supplied at least five individuals with marijuana, including current Penn State students; Michael Montgomery, Sanjay Deendyal and Evan Steikman, and former students, Evan Mossman and Michael Presogna. Corbett said that Mossman, Montgomery and Deendyal were members of Penn State fraternities, who allegedly supplied fraternity brothers and other students with the marijuana they purchased from Spara.the grand jury found that Mossman and Deendyal received weekly deliveries of ounce to pound size quantities of marijuana at each of their fraternity houses. The marijuana was then re-sold to other students in ounce and quarter pound quantities for as much as a $400 profit per pound.The defendants will be prosecuted in Centre County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Leonard of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section.

State’s Democrat Senators Announce Legislation for Farmers
U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) yesterday introduced legislation to help dairy farmers get a fair price for their milk. The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009 will provide relief and assistance to Pennsylvania dairy farmers who are seeing prices as low as $10 and $11 for a hundredweight of milk – down from $24 per hundredweight this past July.
“The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009 strengthens the price of milk paid to dairy farmers by requiring that all milk produced in the United States be priced using a national average cost of production. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture would be required to reassess milk prices quarterly each year, ensuring that extreme price volatility – as farmers have seen in recent months – is mitigated.
Senators Specter and Casey have been strong advocates for Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. The Senators introduced similar legislation in the last Congress, and Senator Casey succeeded in adding two amendments during the Agriculture Committee’s consideration of the 2007 Farm Bill that would help dairy farmers get a fair price for their milk based on their input costs. The new bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, a committee on which Senator Casey sits.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I propose new legislation that oil and natural gas prices be raised to a fair price to coincide with production costs due to fluctuating prices (mostly way down - same as milk) as seen during the past year.