Friday August 31 2012

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY’S NAME NO LONGER APPEARS ON THE STATE COLLEGE CENTENNIAL WALKWAY AFTER HIS WALKWAY BRICK WAS REMOVED THURSDAY FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS BY RESIDENTS. BOROUGH MANAGER TOM FOUNTAINE CITED VANDALISM AS THE CHIEF CONCERN. THE BRICK DISPLAYED THE MESSAGE, “JERRY SANDUSKY/ THE SECOND MILE/FOUNDED 1977.” BORO OFFICIALS WILL NOW DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH THE BRICK.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT JERRY SANDUSKY HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR DESIGNATION AS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR, A LEGAL STATUS THAT WOULD REQUIRE LIFETIME REGISTRATION WITH AUTHORITIES. AN ANONYMOUS SOURCE SAYS IF PROSECUTORS PURSUE THE SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR STATUS AND SANDUSKY OPPOSES IT, JUDGE JOHN CLELAND WILL DECIDE WHETHER IT IS CALLED FOR. SANDUSKY IS CURRENTLY IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON AWAITING SENTENCING.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER RESIGNS FOLLOWING ARREST

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, THE CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CHARGED WITH REPEATEDLY FORCING A CHILD TO TAKE OFF HIS SHOES AND PUT HIS FEET IN HIS FACE HAS NOW RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION. RETIRED MEYERSDALE TEACHER, 56 YEAR OLD BRIAN EPPLEY, IS CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT AND CORRUPTION OF A MINOR. THE ALLEGED CRIMES REPORTEDLY TOOK PLACE IN EPPLEY’S CHURCH AND OTHER PUBLIC BUILDINGS STARTING IN 2008. POLICE SAY ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL CHARGES COULD BE FILED AND EPPLEY’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK.
 
ARRAIGNED IN TODDLER’S DEATH

INDIANA COUNTY AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY RELEASED MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE DEATH OF A 16 MONTH OLD BOY. 28 YEAR OLD SHAWN ANDERSON-HOLMES OF SALTSBURG IS IN JAIL, CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S SON IN MARCH. INVESTIGATORS SAY COLBY JOZEFCZYK APPEARED MALNOURISHED AND HAD BRUISES ON HIS HEAD AND ARMS WHEN HE DIED. ANDERSON-HOLMES HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN LIVING AT THE HOME FOR ABOUT 5 DAYS.

ATTORNEY APPOINTED FOR DEATH ROW INMATE

DESPITE ANDRE STATON’S OBJECTIONS, BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE ELIZABETH DOYLE YESTERDAY APPOINTED AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT HIM DURING HIS APPEAL. STATON…WHO IS ON DEATH ROW FOR THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND, BEVERLY YOHN, IN ALTOONA…WANTED TO REPRESENT HIMSELF. THE JUDGE ALSO WANTS STATON TO UNDERGO A COMPETENCY EVALUATION.

LOCAL DRUG ARRESTS

24-YEAR-OLD MARTINA MOLEK OF LEWISTOWN IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON AFTER ALLEGEDLY SELLING HEROIN TO POLICE IN A CONTROLLED BUY IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP WEDNESDAY. POLICE BELIEVE SHE IS PART OF A STATE COLLEGE TO PHILADELPHIA DRUG RING. TROOPERS LATER SEIZED 138 BAGS OF HEROIN FROM A BLACK LOCK BOX IN MOLEK’S VEHICLE ALONG WITH NEARLY 700 DOLLARS IN CASH AND VARIOUS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. BAIL IS SET AT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

VICE COPS ARRESTED ERIC LAMONT AND BRYAN WARFIELD OF ALTOONA WEDNESDAY AFTER WARFIELD ALLEGEDLY SOLD HEROIN TO AN UNDERCOVER COP. POLICE FOUND A LARGE QUANTITY OF HEROIN IN HIS LEXINGTON AVENUE APARTMENT ALONG WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A STOLEN PISTOL. POLICE DISCOVERED DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IN ROSS’ 6TH AVENUE APARTMENT. WARFIELD’S BAIL IS 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH…AND ROSS’ IS 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

IT’S LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND STATE AND LOCAL POLICE ARE PLANNING SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS AND ROVING PATROLS TO CATCH MOTORISTS WHO DRIVE WHILE IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. ACCORDING TO PENNDOT, LAST YEAR THERE WERE 111 ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES STATEWIDE DURING THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND WITH 3 RESULTING IN FATALITIES.

PENNDOT IS SUSPENDING ALL ROAD WORK ON THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE IN HOPES OF HAVING FEWER DELAYS DURING THE 4-DAY LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
AT LEAST 2 TRAVEL LANES WILL REMAIN OPEN IN EACH DIRECTION, EXCEPT IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

DESPITE SOARING GAS PRICES…ALREADY UP TO $3.79 LOCALLY…TRIPLE A ESTIMATES THAT 33 MILLION AMERICANS WILL HIT THE ROAD THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND, TRAVELING 50 MILES OR MORE FROM HOME. THAT’S A 2-POINT-9 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR AND THE HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE THE START OF THE RECESSION IN LATE 2007. 85-PERCENT OF THOSE TRAVELERS PLAN TO DRIVE.

THE BLAIR/BEDFORD CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL SPONSORS A LABOR DAY PARADE TOMORROW AT 10AM. IT BEGINS AT GREEN AVENUE AND 9TH STREET IN ALTOONA AND WILL PROCEED TO 11TH AVENUE. DOZENS OF UNIONS WILL BE REPRESENTED ALONG WITH ALTOONA POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS AND THE ALTOONA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND.

PENN STATE FOOTBALL

FOOTBALL EVE IS TONIGHT AT BEAVER STADIUM WITH ACTIVITIES STARTING AT 6 AND THE PEP RALLY AT 7. ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE. THE CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY WILL PROVIDE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO PENN STATE HOME FOOTBALL GAMES, BEGINNING TOMORROW WHEN THE NITTANY LIONS KICK OFF THE SEASON AGAINST OHIO UNIVERSITY. SHUTTLES BEGIN OPERATION 3 HOURS BEFORE KICKOFF AND RUN CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL AFTER THE GAME IS OVER.

PENNDOT IS WARNING FANS THAT ALL BEAVER STADIUM GAMES THIS SEASON WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE PROJECT TO REPAIR 6 INTERSTATE 80 BRIDGES IN CENTRE COUNTY. DELAYS ARE LIKELY AS THE HIGHWAY IS RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE IN WORK ZONES. DRIVERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR SLOWED OR STOPPED TRAFFIC BETWEEN LAMAR AND BELLEFONTE. STATE TROOPERS WILL DIRECT TRAFFIC AT THE BELLEFONTE OFF-RAMP. YOU’LL ALSO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE NORMAL POST-GAME DELAYS ON ROUTE 26 NORTHBOUND.