Thursday August 16 2012

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

ACCORDING TO AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEW BOOK “PATERNO”, JOE-PA COULDN’T HOLD BACK TEARS WHILE MEETING WITH HIS COACHES AND FORMER PLAYER BRANDON SHORT THE DAY AFTER HE WAS FIRED. THE EXCERPT IS TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF GQ MAGAZINE AND THE BOOK WILL BE RELEASED TUESDAY. PATERNO REPORTEDLY TOLD HIS SON JAY “I HAVE SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE TRYING TO MAKE MY NAME MEAN SOMETHING. AND NOW IT’S GONE.” PATERNO HAD GRANTED ACCESS TO FORMER KANSAS CITY STAR AND SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COLUMNIST JOE POSNANSKI IN 2011 TO WRITE THE BIOGRAPHY. THE TONE OF THE BOOK CHANGED DUE TO THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL.

ACCORDING TO A POST-TRIAL HEARING TRANSCRIPT UNSEALED BY JUDGE JOHN CLELAND YESTERDAY, PROSECUTORS HAD A GREAT DEAL OF HIGHLY INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY THAT WAS NEVER PRESENTED TO THE JURY. AT THE HEARING, CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FRANK FINA ASKED FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER SAYING IT WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF SANDUSKY TO NOT HAVE ADDITIONAL INCRIMINATING INFORMATION RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. HE ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERNS THAT A RECORDED INTERVIEW BETWEEN SANDUSKY’S ADOPTED SON MATT AND THE POLICE WAS LEAKED TO THE MEDIA. IT AIRED ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW DURING THE TRIAL…AND MATT CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN MOLESTED AS A CHILD. THIS INFORMATION COULD BE USED AS PART OF SANDUSKY’S APPEAL.

PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GARY SCHULTZ AND TIM CURLEY ARE NOT EXPECTED TO ATTEND TODAY’S HEARING IN HARRISBURG, BUT THEIR LAWYERS WILL ARGUE TO HAVE CHARGES OF PERJURY AND FAILURE TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE DROPPED.  THE JUDGE IS ALLOWING 3 HOURS FOR ORAL ARGUMENTS.

FORMER BOXING CHAMPION SUGAR RAY LEONARD AND KIDNAPPING VICTIM ELIZABETH SMART WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT PENN STATE’S CONFERENCE ON CHILD ABUSE OCTOBER 29TH AND 30TH AT THE PENN STATER. THE PUBLIC FORUM WILL ALSO FEATURE A LINEUP OF EXPERTS IN AREAS RELATED TO THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAYS “PENN STATE HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO BECOMING A LEADER IN THE RESEARCH, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CHILD ABUSE, AND THIS CONFERENCE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT.”  MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT: protectchildren.psu.edu

WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD RAPE

39 YEAR OLD TABATHA PARTSCH OF CLAYSBURG IS ACCUSED OF BEING A SERIAL CHILD MOLESTER…AND NOW PROSECUTORS ARE ASKING THE JUDGE TO ALLOW AT LEAST 5 VICTIMS TO TESTIFY OUTSIDE OF PARTSCH’S PRESENCE VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR AUGUST 30TH. PARTSCH IS ACCUSED OF RAPING AND ASSAULTING A NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG TEENAGERS AT HER HOME OVER THE PAST YEAR…RECORDING SOME OF THE INCIDENTS ON HER CELLPHONE…AND SHOWING THE KIDS PORNOGRAPHY. HER HUSBAND PATRICK IS ALSO CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED INDECENT ASSAULT OF A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 13.

DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING

CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE POLICE SHOOTING OF ELIP CHEATHAM IN OAKHURST BACK IN JUNE. COPS SAY HE ACCELERATED HIS CAR TOWARDS THEM, BUT THE OTHER MEN IN THE CAR SAY THEY WERE JUST TRYING TO GET CARDELL CLINTON TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER HE HAD BEEN SHOT OUTSIDE A NEARBY BAR. STATE POLICE MUST DECIDE WHETHER THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE WAS JUSTIFIED.

TERRORIST INDICTED FOR PITT BOMB THREATS

THE PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE REPORTS THAT A FOUNDING MEMBER OF A SCOTTISH TERROR GROUP HAS BEEN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY EMAILING BOMB THREATS FROM IRELAND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH LAST SPRING, RESULTING IN MORE THAN A HUNDRED EVACUATIONS. 64 YEAR OLD ADAM BUSBY IS CHARGED WITH WIRE FRAUD AND INTERNATIONAL EXTORTION AND HE IS ALREADY IN CUSTODY ON OTHER CHARGES. BUSBY IS ALSO CHARGED WITH EMAILING BOMB THREATS TO FEDERAL COURTHOUSES IN PITTSBURGH, ERIE, AND JOHNSTOWN BACK IN JUNE AND THREATENING A PITTSBURGH-BASED U-S ATTORNEY. HE PREVIOUSLY SPENT TIME BEHIND BARS FOR THREATS AGAINST AIRPLANES AND OTHER BOMB HOAXES.

WIFE WILL PLEAD GUILTY IN ARSON

30 YEAR OLD DEANNA NEVEL OF WINBURNE, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, WAS CHARGED WITH SETTING A MOBILE HOME ON FIRE IN 2010 IN AN ATTEMPT TO KILL HER HUSBAND AND KEEP HIM FROM GETTING CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN. UNDER A PLEA AGREEMENT, NEVEL WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER AND ARSON…AND GET AT LEAST 8 YEARS IN PRISON. NEVEL’S CO-DEFENDANT, 20-YEAR-OLD HILLMER HARRIS, OF PHILIPSBURG, IS AWAITING TRIAL. AUTHORITIES SAY 2 OTHER PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED, BUT THEY HAVE YET TO BE CHARGED.

INFAMOUS DRUG DEALER DIES

60 YEAR OLD RICHARD RICKABAUGH OF ALTOONA HAS DIED AT SOMERSET HOSPITAL. IN 1996, HE WAS SENTENCED TO 44 TO 85 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RUNNING A HUGE COCAINE RING. HE HAD BEEN HELD AT THE STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AT LAUREL HIGHLANDS.

VOTER I-D LAW STANDS…FOR NOW

A COMMONWEALTH COURT JUDGE YESTERDAY REFUSED TO GRANT AN INJUNCTION TO STOP PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW VOTER ID LAW BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. THE STATE ESTIMATES THERE ARE 80 THOUSAND PEOPLE WITHOUT A PROPER ID, BUT STATE OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE OVER 70 DRIVER’S LICENSE CENTERS AROUND THE STATE, WHERE VOTERS CAN GET AN ID FOR FREE. LAWYERS ARE PLANNING TO APPEAL TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WILL HAVE TO WAIT

THE LACK OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IS A MAJOR ISSUE IN PENNSYLVANIA, BUT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT DOESN’T SEE RELIEF COMING IN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. HE SAID IN A TELECONFERENCE WEDNESDAY THAT HIS OFFICE HAS BEEN LOOKING AT INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM IDEAS, BUT HE IS MORE FOCUSED ON THE BUDGET, AND HE PREDICTS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WILL PROBABLY BE PUSHED TO 2013. THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER.