Regional News from WTAJ
BLAIR COUNTY - Altoona Police filed aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges against a former officer.
Craig Zahradnik's lawyer says the charges are in connection to an ongoing custody issue with his ex wife. He also says his client is innocent.
According to the criminal complaint Zahradnik grabbed his sons arm hard enough to leave significant bruising, choked the child, and threatened two children with a taser.
State officials contended many public health services formerly provided by the centers are now performed by the private sector, and that most of their operating funds go for leases, not services.
The health department says it will comment on about the future of the centers, when it completes its review.
SOMERSET COUNTY - More than half a million dollars has been raised for the United Way, but officials say they haven't reached their goal yet.
The Untied Way of the Laurel Highlands announced today they're half way through the fundraising campaign for the year.
So far it is at 45 % of their $1,100,000. To date $504,000 has been raised.
The United Way helps 25 organizations in Cambria and Somerset Counties.
ALTOONA - You may run into a change in traffic flow Saturday near the entrance of an area hospital. A sign company will be installing UPMC Altoona letters on the top of the hospital's tower building, between 10 a.m. and noon. During that time, a crane will be located in the main driveway between the emergency department walk-in entrance, and the ambulance entrance.
UPMC Altoona says both entrances will be available, but the traffic pattern will change while the letters are being placed. Security personnel will be there to help direct and manage traffic.
CAMBRIA COUNTY - Cambria County Commissioners say they won't be increasing taxes in 2015.
The total budget for the county is just under 64 million dollars.
Commissioners say they'll have a surplus of about $21,000.
The budget goes up for public review on Wednesday.
BLAIR COUNTY - A tractor trailer caught fire on the Interstate on Friday afternoon.
The driver was hauling scrap aluminum south on Interstate 99.
A little after eleven a fire started near the rear driver's side wheel when the driver was in Snyder Township, Blair County.
No one was hurt in the fire, but it had traffic backed up near the Bald Eagle exit.
State Farm reports that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. Pennsylvania ranks 3rd in the nation for cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, behind Georgia at the number two spot, and New York coming in with the most cooking related fires.
The day with the most cooking fires a year is usually Thanksgiving Day, but in 2013 it was Christmas Day. It is always best to try and prevent cooking fires from happening.
Some tips to stay alert and prepared are to check food regularly, and remain in your home while cooking. If you are frying, grilling, or broiling food stay in the kitchen, also keep anything that could catch on fire away from the stove.
If a cooking fire occurs, get out of your home and call 911 immediately after you leave.
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