Monday March 17 2014

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

SHOTS FIRED

30 YEAR OLD LUKE HOFF OF PORT MATILDA IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON ON 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL. STATE POLICE SAY HE WENT TO ANOTHER MAN’S HOME ON HOUTZ LANE ABOUT 3 SATURDAY MORNING AND FIRED NUMEROUS SHOTS INTO THE GROUND. NO BULLETS STRUCK THE HOUSE AND NO ONE WAS INJURED. PRIOR TO THE GUNFIRE, HOFF WAS ALLEGEDLY TEXTING THREATS TO THE VICTIM. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEDNESDAY.

STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY SHOTS WERE FIRED INTO 2 HOMES AROUND 9 SUNDAY MORNING ALONG SEIBERT ROAD IN BENNER TOWNSHIP. IT LOOKED LIKE THE SHOTS CAME FROM THE AREA OF SPRING CREEK ROAD. BOTH HOUSES HAD WHAT APPEARED TO BE 22 CALIBER BULLET HOLES AND PEOPLE WERE INSIDE ONE OF THE HOMES. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HURT.

NO SPRING BREAK BURGLARIES

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF BURGLARIES AS OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS PENN STATE STUDENTS RETURNED FROM SPRING BREAK. BEFORE STUDENTS HEADED OUT OF TOWN, POLICE HAD URGED THEM TO SECURE THEIR RESIDENCES AND VEHICLES. DURING THE WINTER BREAK, THERE WAS A RASH OF BREAK INS AND LOTS OF STOLEN PROPERTY. RYAN REICHLIN OF STATE COLLEGE AND AARON KLINGER OF CENTRE HALL HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH 24 BURGLARIES THAT HAPPENED IN DECEMBER.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

LAWYERS FOR THE PATERNO FAMILY ARE SEEKING DETAILS ABOUT THE BIG 10 CONFERENCE’S COMMUNICATION WITH THE FREEH LAW FIRM, NCAA, AND PENN STATE DURING THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL AFTERMATH. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, ATTORNEYS WANT THE BIG 10 AND MAYER BROWN LAW FIRM TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS SHOWING ALL COORESPONDENCE. THE PATERNO FAMILY, FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYERS, STAFF, AND UNIVERSITY MEMBERS ARE SUING THE NCAA, HOPING TO ERASE SANCTIONS AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY.

IN A NEW SURVEY, MANY PENN STATE ALUMNI ARE URGING THE UNIVERSITY TO HONOR LATE FOOTBALL COACH JOE PATERNO. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, MOST ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE IN PENN STATE’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE…AND ARE CONFIDENT THE UNIVERSITY CAN RESTORE THE PUBLIC’S TRUST FOLLOWING THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL.

WILDFIRE DANGER

IT’S WILDFIRE PREVENTION WEEK ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AND GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS DRYING MARCH WINDS AND WARMER TEMPERATURES INCREASE FIRE DANGERS. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES, NEARLY 85-PERCENT OF PA’S WILDFIRES OCCUR IN MARCH, APRIL, AND MAY. OPEN FIRES ARE PROHIBITED ON STATE FORESTLANDS FROM MARCH 1ST THROUGH MAY 25TH.

PENNDOT FEES GOING UP

PENNSYLVANIA'S MOTOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER FEES ARE GOING UP. PENNDOT WILL BEGIN CHARGING MORE FOR TITLE CERTIFICATES, PERSONALIZED LICENSES PLATES, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER SERVICES BEGINNING APRIL 1ST. THE CHANGES ARE PART OF THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE LAW PASSED LAST YEAR.