Monday June 25 2012

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

1 DEAD IN JOHNSTOWN SHOOTING

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND 2 INJURED AFTER AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING ALONG SHERIDAN STREET IN THE OAKHURST SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN. WJAC REPORTS THAT MORE THAN 20 ROUNDS WERE FIRED AND THE VICTIM DIED DURING EMERGENCY SURGERY AT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. POLICE REPORTEDLY HAVE ONE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY.

SANDUSKY TRIAL

NOW THAT A CENTRE COUNTY JURY HAS CONVICTED JERRY SANDUSKY ON 45 OF 48 COUNTS, HE’S MOST LIKELY LOOKING AT A LIFE SENTENCE. SANDUSKY IS CURRENTLY ON SUICIDE WATCH AND IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AT THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON. HIS MAIN DEFENSE ATTORNEY TELLS WTAJ HE WILL NOT REPRESENT SANDUSKY DURING HIS APPEAL, BUT HE WILL LIKELY TESTIFY. JOE AMENDOLA CLAIMS THE JUDGE DID NOT GIVE THE DEFENSE ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE SUCH A MAJOR CASE. AMENDOLA AND ANOTHER MEMBER OF HIS TEAM ASKED TO RESIGN AT THE START OF JURY SELECTION, BUT JUDGE JOHN CLELAND SAID NO. THE JUDGE HAS ORDERED A PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION AND SANDUSKY WILL BE EXAMINED BY THE SEXUAL OFFENDERS ASSESSMENT BOARD TO DETERMINE IF HE IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING “THE LEGAL PROCESS HAS SPOKEN AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THE MEN WHO CAME FORWARD TO TELL THEIR STORIES PUBLICLY. NO VERDICT CAN UNDO THE PAIN AND SUFFERING CAUSED BY MR. SANDUSKY, BUT WE DO HOPE THIS JUDGMENT HELPS THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES ALONG THEIR PATH TO HEALING.” PENN STATE NOW PLANS TO INVITE SANDUSKY’S VICTIMS TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROGRAM TO FACILITATE THE RESOLUTION OF CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY. JOE PATERNO’S FAMILY ALSO RELEASED A STATEMENT. IT SAID – QUOTE – “ALTHOUGH WE UNDERSTAND THE TASK OF HEALING IS JUST BEGINNING, TODAY’S VERDICT IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE. THE COMMUNITY OWES A MEASURE OF GRATITUDE TO THE JURORS FOR THEIR DILIGENT SERVICE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE WITH THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.”

THE SECOND MILE BUILDING ON SOUTH ATHERTON STREET IN STATE COLLEGE IS NOW UP FOR SALE AND THE COLDWELL BANKER WEBSITE HAS THE PROPERTY LISTED FOR 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS. LAST MONTH THE C-E-O OF THE CHARITY, DAVID WOODLE, SAID THEY WERE PREPARING TO SELL OFF THEIR PROPERTIES. THEY THEN HOPE TO LET THE DONORS HAVE A SAY AS TO WHERE THE MONEY GOES. THE SECOND MILE ALSO HAS A 60 ACRE PLOT OF LAND FOR SALE IN PATTON TOWNSHIP.

AWARD FOR PATERNO

TONIGHT IN ST. LOUIS, JOE PATERNO WILL BE POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 DICK ENBERG AWARD, PRESENTED BY THE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS OF AMERICA. HE BECOMES THE 4TH MAJOR COLLEGE COACH TO RECEIVE THE AWARD WHICH IS GIVEN ANNUALLY TO SOMEONE WHO EMBODIES ENBERG’S PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO BOTH ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS. PATERNO’S SON, JAY, WILL ACCEPT THE AWARD ON HIS FAMILY’S BEHALF.

MOTORCYCLISTS SERIOUSLY INJURED

A COUPLE FROM MILLHEIM, CENTRE COUNTY, WAS FLOWN TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE WITH SERIOUS INJURIES FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON TATTLETOWN ROAD IN PENN TOWNSHIP SUNDAY. STATE POLICE SAY 25 YEAR OLD JARED SHRECKENGAST FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A SHARP CURVE AND HIS BIKE STRUCK A LARGE LOG. SCHRECKENGAST AND HIS PASSENGER, 29 YEAR OLD JESSICA PUFF, WERE THROWN OFF.

HOUSE FIRE NEAR ST. COLLEGE

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLED A BLAZE AT A HOME ON BRISTOL AVENUE IN FERGUSON TOWNSHIP, OUTSIDE OF STATE COLLEGE, LATE LAST NIGHT. BROOKE BALDWIN, HER BOYFRIEND, HIS MOTHER AND A DOG ALL ESCAPED SAFELY. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

VICTIM FIGHTS BACK

A 76 YEAR OLD CENTRE COUNTY MAN FOILED A BURGLARY AT HIS HOUSE ON LOGAN STREET IN BELLEFONTE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY 42 YEAR OLD KENNETH MILLER OF BELLEFONTE WAS DRUNK AND FORCED HIS WAY INTO A LOCKED HOME. THE HOME OWNER TOLD MILLER TO LEAVE, BUT HE REFUSED…SO THE MAN HIT MILLER OVER THE HEAD, THREW HIM OUT THE DOOR, AND CALLED THE COPS. POLICE ARRESTED MILLER OUTSIDE. HE’S CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, CRIMINAL TRESPASS, PROWLING, PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, AND RESISTING ARREST.

JOHNSTOWN HOLD-UP

JOHNSTOWN POLICE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE MAN WHO ROBBED COGO’S CONVENIENCE STORE ON BEDFORD STREET AT GUNPOINT AROUND 9 LAST NIGHT. THE SUSPECT IS A TALL WHITE MAN IN HIS 50’S. HE WAS WEARING A HAT AND A BLUE SHIRT. HE FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL CAMBRIA COUNTY’S NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH LINE AT 472-21-HUNDRED.

GAS PRICES KEEP DROPPING

NICE TO SEE GAS PRICES FALLING. THE LUNDBERG SURVEY SAYS AVERAGES ARE DOWN NEARLY 15 CENTS OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS TO STAND AT $3.47.
ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE PAYING $3.39. SAN FRANCISCO HAS THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST GAS PRICES AT $3.95 WHILE JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI IS THE LOWEST AT ROUGHLY $3.03.

SUCCESSFUL THUNDER IN THE VALLEY

WITH BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, IT LOOKS LIKE JOHNSTOWN’S 15TH THUNDER IN THE VALLEY EVENT WAS ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKER. THE GREATER JOHNSTOWN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IS STILL TALLYING NUMBERS, BUT TURNOUT WAS GREAT AND MANY VENDORS REPORTED GOOD BUSINESS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. JOHNSTOWN CITY POLICE AND CAMBRIA 911 OFFICIALS REPORTED NO SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS…JUST A HANDFUL OF PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS INCIDENTS.