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Sunshine and a westerly flow will help temperatures surge on Saturday but a cooler air mass and a switch in wind direction will make for a cooler Sunday. We're going to have a change to chillier air later next week. It is going to be the type of pattern that we can still have some snowflakes mixed with showers later in the week. 
DUBOIS - A power outage leaves thousands without power this evening.

It happened around 6 p.m.  That is when power went out at WTAJ's office.

This was the scene around 8:45 p.m. when lights came back on at Sheetz at Brady and Park, along with the stoplight at S. Brady and W. Long and other streetlights in the area. Caution tape blocked off the gas pumps.

Some residents at Gateway Towers cheered when the lights came back on. Many were waiting outside after an earlier fire scare around 6 p.m. that had multiple fire departments called to the building.

We checked with the city which tells us PenElec was having a problem at their building on Liberty Blvd., according to city manager Herm Suplizio.

Workers behind the building on Liberty Blvd. next to the City Park were working on an equipment failure. They were able to make a fix to get some of the power to come back but were still working to get the full problem fixed.

The First Energy website said 500-1,500 customers were without power.

By 9:45 p.m., there were 492 without power in DuBois city out of 4,389 customers and 4 in Sandy Township due to equipment damage, according to Tricia Ingraham with PenElec.

They were expecting to have all power back by around 11 p.m.
UNIVERSITY PARK - Blue-White weekend is a time where Penn State fans get an early glimpse at the squad’s potential, but it's also a time where the Penn State community rallies together for a good cause.
The Family Clothesline is sponsoring an event called the "Best Man Tim" tailgate.
The event is in support of ALS and former Penn State and NFL player Tim Shaw who announced last year he is battling the disease.
It will kick off Saturday morning at 11 at the Family Clothesline downtown.
There will be 8 former athletes and coaches on hand to sign autographs and meet and greet with folks, including Miles Difenbaugh, Jordan Hill, Jay Paterno and Tim Shaw himself will also be there.
There are T-shirts available for purchase and all proceeds will go directly to the "Best Man Tim" foundation.
The event will run until 2 p.m.

MEYERSDALE, SOMERSET COUNTY -Police discovered a possible meth dump site at a Somerset County cemetery.

According to the Daily American, police in Meyersdale found the dump site off of a path at the Union Cemetery Tuesday night.

No drugs were recovered at the scene, but police did find a cooking device with meth production and three acid generators.

The officers responding to the scene believe the site had been there for about three weeks.

It's the third dump site found in Meyersdale in less than two years.

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY -- Sergeant Terry Walter is on the chase. He’s part of the first speeding detail of the season. They're out here as part of a federal grant.
Phil Hoh, Law Enforcement Liaison, North Central Highway Safety, said, "We identified this roadway as a problem roadway with speed and have not only giving them aggressive driving money but extra money for speed reduction."
Hoh covers 21 counties with North Central Highway Safety and he says this is the only road targeted in his region to catch speeders.
Between 2010 and 2012, Pleasant Valley Boulevard averaged 30 crashes for year, but last year, that number spiked to 51. They say speed is a factor and people need to use the brake -- especially in work zones.
Sgt. Terry Walter, Logan Twp. Police, said, "It slows people down and it saves life and cuts back on accidents."
Walter hopes that his chases today will pay off in the long run.
Walter said, "Know that we're out doing these details trying to make the roadways safe for everybody."
Hoh said, "I've always been under the impression that you save one life, you did a great job. So one life and above is a plus goal for all of us."

UNIVERSITY PARK - As we gear up for Blue-White Weekend, we've heard from the head of the football program James Franklin. Now it's time to check in with the leader of the entire Penn State Athletic Department. Sandy Barbour's just finishing up her first school year as the Director of Athletics at Penn State.

JOHNSTOWN - Hockeyville organizers are gearing up for the next part of the Hockeyville "marathon" as they call it.

The first round of voting is complete and now that they have the entire community on board organizers say they want to get the support of surrounding counties.

Director of Marketing for the Tomahawks, Chad Mearns, told us in the upcoming rounds they'll need help from the western side of the state.  They already have the support of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

People in the community we spoke with say they are excited about Johnstown's chances of winning it all and  what it will do for the city.

Mearns agrees saying it's about more than just hockey and the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.  It's about the Johnstown community.  He says winning this competition will help bring in tourism and it already has brought the community together, something Mearns hasn't seen in years.

Results from the first round of voting will be released Saturday.  If Johnstown moves on voting for the second round will be held Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

You can check our Facebook page, our Twitter page, @WTAJnews, or our website, wearecentralpa.com, for the results.

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's become an annual event. The day after the Blue-White Game gives people a chance to raise money for the Special Olympics. It's the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, and it's in its 6th year. Hear what Sue Paterno had to say.

UNIVERSITY PARK - This is the first time the Blue-White game is starting late in the afternoon.
While it will certainly be nice to enjoy the beautiful weather, some are concerned about what that means for criminal activity, especially alcohol intake.
We spoke with State College Police Friday who say they are upping security for the weekend. They're essentially treating this as a mini-special event.
They will have extra man-power out and about tomorrow and will also increase their security details.
They want folks to have fun, enjoy the game, get some shopping done downtown, but are asking everyone to mind the amount of alcohol they're consuming and keep things within reason.
Again, kick off is set for tomorrow at 4 p.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK - Hear from Nittany Lion Linebacker Coach and Altoona native Brent Pry about how he’s getting excited for the 2015 Blue-White Game.

JR is a nine year old Beagle mix. His family had to give him up when their apartment building switched owners and no longer allows pets. JR is house trained which makes him a great first pet. JR is best with older children and a home that does not have any cats. JR is a very calm and a lovable guy. If you would like to adopt him or learn more about the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, click here.

Also, don't forget that Pints for Pets is May 9th. You can get more information or buy tickets by clicking here.
SANDY TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY - The Sandy Township Supervisors have called for a boil water advisory due to repairs that were made to leaky water line.

The following streets should boil water for the next 24 hours before consuming it.

Murtland Avenue
Wilson Avenue
Denton Avenue
Wasson Avenue
Reynolds Avenue
Kelly Court
Hand Street
West Maloney Road

The notice does not affect the Wasson Avenue School.
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State head football coach James Franklin joins Nittany Nation reporter Jacob Kaucher for a live one-on-one preview of the Nittany Lions' 2015 Blue-White game.
JOHNSTOWN - The community reacts after a teen is found shot dead.

Wednesday night 17 year old Makiah Jones was shot in the 800 block of Central Avenue in Johnstown. Jones’ body was found in a car about a mile away the crime scene.  Police are still going through a lot of evidence from both scenes.  So far they haven't released the name of any suspects or said anything about why Jones was killed.

This was the third murder in Cambria County this year. Many people around Johnstown want the community to step and do something. Thursday night dozens of people came to the Park Avenue Playground, that's just a couple of blocks from where Jones was killed. They wanted to show their support and take back their streets.

Loretta McKendree lives in front of where Jones was killed and her house was hit by a stray bullet. It made her come out and join the rest of the group because she’s tired of not feeling safe in her own home.

Blair Warner said the recent shooting deaths of young people in the Johnstown area made her realize something needed to be done. She wants more people to come together like this to find answers.

Thomas king says the violence has been a problem for a long time. And he thinks the answer is to get kids involved in after school programs so they're not running around getting into drug and other trouble.

A lot of the people that came to the park are calling on their community to bring back the neighborhood watch program.

Politico.com is reporting that Bill Shuster (R- 9th Cong.)  is dating a power lobbyist who works for Airlines of America.

According to the report, Shelley Rubino does not lobby with Shuster directly, and at the moment there does not appear to be any ethics violations.   

The couple began dating last summer.

We contacted Shuster's office and he released this statement: “Ms. Rubino and I have a private and personal relationship, and out of respect for her and my family that is all I will say about that.  My office has in place a policy that deals with personal relationships that cover my staff and myself.  This was created in consultation with legal counsel, and goes further than is required by the law.”

Now under this policy, Rubino cannot lobby Shuster's office or anyone on his staff.


CRESSON BOROUGH, Cambria County - Police arrested a man for robbing a convenience store with a knife Thursday morning. Police say 28 year old Brandon Allen of Cresson, Cambria County robbed Nic's Tobacco Outlet on 2nd Street Cresson. It happened just before 5 a.m. Police say Allen showed a knife, demanded money from the register and took cigarettes. He also took the clerk's phone. Allen is in the Cambria County prison awaiting a hearing.
BEDFORD, BEDFORD COUNTY -- The people inside Bedford's 911 center handle about 80,000 calls per year.
Cara Neatrour, 911 Telecommunicator, said, "It's the most stressful call that you ever make. That's the call we handle every day. "
Dave Cubbison, Bedford County EMA, said, "It's not a job for the feint of heart or the weak of mind."
This year is their first ever open house during National Public Safety Telecommunications week.
"They have to be ready for something as simple as a car broken down along the turnpike or a baby who has stopped breathing," he said.
Neatrour is a self-proclaimed "fire hall brat.” Her family helped start the fire company in Schellsburg. That eventually led her to a career at the 911 center.
"So it was in my blood, and it still is,” she said.
So when the call comes into the center, they're ready to get first responders the assistance they need, but perhaps the most difficult part of the job is being the first to get a call, but the last to know how it turns out.
"We're sending fire companies out for a structure fire,” she said. “We're turning on the news to see the outcome.”
Neatrour wants people to know that the voice on the other end of the line is always there to help.
"We are that voice in the middle of the night that no one knows what we look like,” she said. “But we're the voice there to help you. "
If you have a group that would like to take a tour in the center some other day, feel free to give them a call 814-623-9117.
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County based Lezzer Lumber is expanding its operations. 

The company announced it has acquired the DeGol Brothers location in Hollidaysburg.  The sale is expected to be complete on May 1st and will give Lezzer Lumber ten retail locations across Pennsylvania.  Executives at DeGol Brothers said they chose Lezzer Lumber to continue their building supply business because it is a similar, family-owned operation.

ALTOONA - A piece of history has been buried on one local campus.

In celebration of Penn State Altoona's 75th anniversary, faculty, staff and students all gathered on campus at noon Thursday to fill a time capsule capturing life on this campus in 2015. Programs, photos, DVDs, even a DVD player are sealed in this case. It will then be re-opened in 2064 at the campus' 125th anniversary.

The celebration culminates a year of activities surrounding Penn State Altoona's 75th year at their Ivyside Campus.

DUBOIS, CLEARFIELD COUNTY - Police believe they found remains of 37-year-old Susan Bachman's body in the same area where she jumped from a moving car last July.
Pennsylvania State Police at Dubois told the family that a skull and jawbone found in that area is a tentative match for Susan. They matched dental records the family provided.
State police were preparing to do a cadaver dog search next Monday. They were figuring out a search area when they came across those body parts.
The family does not believe there was any foul play.
Susan Bachman went missing back in July 2014. Her family was taking her to Clarion Psychiatric Center for a mental health evaluation when she jumped from a moving car off I-80. After that happened, her family drove across the country searching for her and took to social media to raise awareness to try and bring her home.
The family says it is possible that she died from injuries suffered after she jumped out of that moving car.
Those remains will be sent to a forensic lab in Lewisburg for confirmation.