LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 5, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 5, 2018

LOCAL NEWS | JUNE 5, 2018

Charges have been filed against nine more drug dealers connected to the Dragon Heroin Pipeline, a major narcotics ring operating in Altoona and Johnstown in 2016 and 2017.  Last year, the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Blair County District Attorney’s Office arrested 16 other dealers for operating the ring, which flooded the streets of Altoona and Johnstown with huge amounts of heroin trafficked from Philadelphia over a 13-month period.  The ring sold 780,000 bags of heroin in Blair and Cambria counties. The dealers also sold cocaine worth $1.9 million.  The ringleader of the Dragon Pipeline, Damon “Fat Cat” Devine, was arrested last year.  He is currently awaiting trial.

 

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger in Danville wrapped up its annual Celebration Weekend Sunday evening raising $2,370,089 for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital pediatric services.  The total was announced at the close of the annual celebration broadcast, which serves as the culmination of year-round fundraising efforts.  Donations help sick and injured children through programs, services and medical equipment provided through Geisinger Pediatrics.  The 35-year total collected by Children’s Miracle Network reached a grand total of $64,189,596.  Donations still are being accepted online at donate.geisinger.org.

 

Traffic patterns will switch today on the Route 22 – 4th Street intersection improvement project in Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County.  The contractor will set temporary concrete barriers in the west bound lanes in front of the Lake Raystown Shopping Center.  Overall work on the project consists of the realignment of Route 22 and new left turn lanes between Crooked Creek Road and the shopping center. Work includes new concrete curbs, milling and resurfacing, pavement markings and signing, traffic signal upgrades, guiderail replacement, and drainage upgrades. Bridge preservation activities will be completed on the four-span box beam bridge that carries Route 3047 (4th Street) over the Juniata River.  All work on the project is expected to be completed by December of 2018.

 

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