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February 6, 2012

In brief: Fire destroys windmill turbine

BLUE KNOB — Fire destroyed a windmill turbine at the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm on top of the mountain in Blair County between Blue Knob and Lilly on Monday morning.

Lilly fire Chief Robert Crum said it’s impossible to fight a fire at a turbine 250 feet above the ground, so firefighters from Blue Knob set up a perimeter for safety reasons and extinguished brush fires that started when hot embers fell to the ground.

The fire was reported around 7 a.m., he said.

Blaze destroys service garage

CENTRAL CITY – One person was injured Monday evening during a fire that destroyed a service garage on Bunker Hill Road, about

11/2 miles outside of Central City.

Richland Township fire Chief Todd Shaffer said the person was inside the garage when the fire started in the area of the furnace. The person was taken to a hospital.

He said one firefighter received a minor injury.

The fire was not suspicious. A state police fire marshal was asked to determine the cause, Shaffer said.

Also responding to the fire were volunteers from the Shade Township station of the Richland fire department, Windber, Stoystown and Hooversville.

Cops: Drunk dad picks up DUI son

ALTOONA – Police say a central Pennsylvania father was drunk when he drove to a police station to pick up his even drunker son who had been arrested for drunken driving after he was found passed out in his car.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for 44-year-old David Peterson Sr. and 24-year-old David Peterson Jr., who list the same home address in Bellwood.

The Altoona Mirror reported Monday that city police have charged both men with drunken driving and other violations for incidents that occurred early Jan. 20. The younger Peterson faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 15 and his father on Feb. 22.

Police say the father’s blood-alcohol content was 1 1/2 times the state’s legal limit when he drove to the police station, while his son’s was slightly more than double the legal limit.

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