Friday June 8 2012

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

WTAJ NEWS REPORTS THAT FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER JERRY SANDUSKY’S TRIAL. THE TV STATION SAYS RELIABLE SOURCES SAY THAT CHARGES WOULD LIKELY BE SIMILAR TO THE “FAILURE TO REPORT” ACCUSATION FACING FORMER UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ. SPANIER IS CURRENTLY SUING PENN STATE TO GET EMAILS FROM WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT. HE WANTS THE MESSAGES BEFORE HE MEETS WITH THE LOUIE FREE GROUP, WHICH HAS BEEN CONDUCTING THE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF PENN STATE.
PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE INQUIRY SAY EMAILS MAY SHOW THAT SPANIER DECIDED NOT TO REPORT MATTERS OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL.

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY SAYS SUE PATERNO AND HER SON JAY MAY BE CALLED AS WITNESSES AT THE TRIAL WHICH STARTS MONDAY, BUT ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE FAMILY, THEY HAD NO IDEA THAT WAS A POSSIBILITY AND THEY DO NOT KNOW IF THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE CALLED TO THE STAND. THE FAMILY SAYS IT WILL MAKE NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE LEGAL PROCESS.

A NEW SURVEY SHOWS THAT 82-PERCENT OF PENN STATE ALUMNI FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT THEIR UNIVERSITY. THAT’S DOWN FROM 91% IN 2009. THE POLL, CONDUCTED BY MARKET RESEARCH FIRM STRATEGY ONE, SAYS 58% OF ALUMNI ARE CRITICAL OF THE UNIVERSITY’S HANDLING OF JOE PATERNO.  ANOTHER 31 PERCENT SAID SOME OF THE UNIVERSITY’S MOVES WERE RIGHT, AND SOME WERE WRONG. AND 20% OF THOSE SURVEYED ARE CRITICAL OF THE UNIVERSITY’S HANDLING OF FORMER PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER.  

SURPRISE GUILTY PLEA

JUST BEFORE JURY SELECTION WAS TO BEGIN FOR HIS CAMBRIA COUNTY MURDER TRIAL, 19 YEAR OLD DOMINIC BERRY OF JOHNSTOWN PLEADED GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER IN THE DECEMBER SHOOTING DEATH OF 19 YEAR OLD DESEAN ALSTON AT THE SOLOMON HOMES. BERRY ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO 2 COUNTS OF POSSESSING A FIREARM AND A DRUG CHARGE. THE PLEA AGREEMENT CALLS FOR 15 TO 30 YEARS IN JAIL, BUT THE JUDGE COULD IMPOSE A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 50 YEARS AND A 200-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. BERRY IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING TUESDAY.

GROSS NEGLIGENCE AT DAYCARE CENTER

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COAL COUNTRY DAYCARE CENTER IN NORTHERN CAMBRIA HAS APPEALED AND IS HOPING TO RE-OPEN. THIS WEEK, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE SHUT DOWN THE CENTER, WHICH SERVES ABOUT 55 CHILDREN, BECAUSE A 2 YEAR OLD HAD BEEN FOUND WANDERING OUTSIDE NEAR A HIGH STREAM BANK MAY 30TH. THE CENTER WAS ALSO CITED FOR OTHER VIOLATIONS INVOLVING SUPERVISOR-TO-CHILD RATIOS AND SUPERVISORS NOT ASSIGNED TO SPECIFIC CHILDREN. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE SAYS THE APPEAL PROCESS CAN TAKE ABOUT 5 MONTHS FOR REVIEW.

CRASH VICTIM LEAVES THE SCENE

29 YEAR OLD MATTHEW CHRISTINE OF TYRONE SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN A CRASH ABOUT 10PM ALONG ROUTE 40-23 IN ANTIS TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY CHRISTINE’S SPEEDING PICKUP FLIPPED ONTO THE PASSENGER SIDE AND STRUCK A LARGE TREE, EJECTING HIM INTO THE WOODS. CHRISTINE FAILED TO NOTIFY POLICE AND WENT HOME. HIS FAMILY MEMBERS TOOK HIM TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER. HE’LL FACE SEVERAL TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.

E-M-T’S FUNERAL TODAY

FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR ETHAN AMSBAUGH, A MOUNT UNION E-M-T, WHO DIED IN A CRASH LAST WEEKEND. A VIEWING WILL BE HELD FROM 10 TO 11 FOLLOWED BY THE FUNERAL MASS AT ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CARLISLE. A CREW OF LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE SCHEDULED TO ATTEND TODAY’S SERVICE.

PENNDOT FLAGGER INJURED

A PENN DOT EMPLOYEE WAS INJURED YESTERDAY WHEN HE WAS HIT WHILE CONTROLLING TRAFFIC IN A SOMERSET COUNTY WORK ZONE. AUTHORITIES SAY 44 YEAR OLD BILLY CHARLTON JUNIOR OF MEYERSDALE WAS STRUCK BY ONE CAR AS IT WAS HIT FROM BEHIND BY ANOTHER VEHICLE. IT HAPPENED ALONG STATE ROUTE 30 NEAR KEIM ROAD, IN SHADE TOWNSHIP. CHARLTON AND BOTH DRIVERS WERE TAKEN TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. NO WORD ON THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES.

DEMOCRATS NOT INVITED TO BUDGET TALKS

BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE IN HARRISBURG, BUT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT CONFIRMS TO RADIO P-A THAT NO DEMOCRATS HAVE SEATS AT THE TABLE.
HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE STILL NOT QUITE ON THE SAME PAGE AS CORBETT. IN FACT, HE SAYS LAWMAKERS CAME IN ASKING FOR TOO MUCH…WANTING ALL OF THEIR 27-POINT-7 BILLION DOLLAR PLAN, WHICH CORBETT SAYS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A CEILING IN THE NEGOTIATIONS.

ALTOONA GRADUATION TONIGHT

THE 136TH ALTOONA AREA HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT 6 AT MANSION PARK STADIUM. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED. IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER, THE CEREMONY WILL BE IN THE FIELDHOUSE AND EACH GRADUATE WOULD HAVE 4 TICKETS FOR PARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON ANY SCHEDULE CHANGES AND THE COMMENCEMENT WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON ALTOONA PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL 14.