Thursday July 5 2012

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

VICTIM IDENTIFIED

CENTRE COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE WOMAN WHO DIED TUESDAY WHEN THE S-U-V SHE WAS IN HIT A TELEPHONE POLE ALONG THE BENNER PIKE NEAR THE NITTANY MALL IN STATE COLLEGE. 43 YEAR OLD SUSAN BARTLEY OF MILESBURG WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. A MAN IN THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER, BUT THERE’S NO WORD ON HIS CONDITION. POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING.

CHARGES IN FATAL WRECKS

5 YEAR OLD JULIAN WINTERS OF MARYLAND WAS KILLED IN APRIL WHEN HIS FAMILY’S VAN WAS STRUCK BY A CAR IN BEDFORD TOWNSHIP…NOW 23-YEAR-OLD CORY CHILDERS OF BEDFORD IS CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK. POLICE SAY CHILDERS’ BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT…THERE WERE DRUGS IN HIS SYSTEM…AND HE WAS ON PAROLE. NO DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR CHILDER’S FIRST COURT APPEARANCE. HE’S IN THE BEDFORD COUNTY PRISON.

53 YEAR OLD JOHN MCANDREW OF DUNCANSVILLE IS DUE AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY ON CHARGES INCLUDING HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK. POLICE SAY MCANDREW’S BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS MORE THAN 2-AND-A-HALF TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT IN APRIL WHEN HIS S-U-V STRUCK A MOTORCYCLE ON KNOB RUN ROAD IN FREEDOM TOWNSHIP, KILLING THE BIKER, PHILIP BOTTENFIELD JUNIOR OF HOLLIDAYSBURG. MCANDREW IS FREE ON UNSECURED BOND.

LIGHTNING STRIKES HOUSE

LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOME ALONG JORDAN STREET IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, LAST NIGHT, WHILE THE FAMILY WAS ENJOYING A 4TH OF JULY GET-TOGETHER. EVERYONE WHO WAS IN THE HOME MADE IT OUT OK. FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED QUICKLY AND THE FLAMES WERE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL. THERE WERE ALSO SOME REPORTS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN, AS THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH.

NEW MOM FACES CHARGES

ALTOONA POLICE SAY 31 YEAR OLD CARLA MURPHY OF ALTOONA GAVE BIRTH AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM LAST MONTH…THEN 2 DAYS LATER SHE ALLEGEDLY SMOKED BLIZZARD BATH SALTS, STRIPPED NAKED, AND ASSAULTED NURSES AND HOSPITAL POLICE. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT MURPHY IS FREE ON BAIL ALONG WITH HER LIVE-IN BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL STEWART. WHEN CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES INSPECTED THEIR HOME, THEY FOUND VARIOUS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. THEIR PRELIMINARY HEARING ON THE DRUG CHARGES IS AUGUST 8TH. MURPHY IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER OFFENSES FOR THE HOSPITAL INCIDENT.

PENN STATE PUNISHMENT?

GENE MARSH WHO ONCE LED THE NCAA’S COMMITTEE ON INFRACTIONS TELLS THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES THAT THE COLLEGE SPORTS GOVERNING BODY SHOULD NOT BRING SEVERE SANCTIONS ON PENN STATE IN CONNECTION WITH THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ACCORDING TO MARSH, THE CHARGES, ALTHOUGH HORRIFIC, LIKELY DO NOT FALL UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE NCAA…AND ONCE PENN STATE GOES THROUGH THE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROCEEDINGS, THERE WOULD BE LITTLE TO BE GAINED FROM THE NCAA ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF PUNISHMENT. MARSH…WHO IS A LAWYER IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA…ALSO THINKS THE APPARENT COVER-UP INVOLVING TOP UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SHOULD GO THROUGH THE CRIMINAL COURTS BEFORE THE NCAA WOULD GET INVOLVED.

RAISES FOR LAWMAKERS

SALARIES AND BENEFITS ARE GOING UP FOR PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATORS. THE "PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT" REPORTS THE RECENTLY-APPROVED 27-MILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET INCLUDES 1-POINT-7-MILLION FOR PRESCRIPTION AND DENTAL BENEFITS. THE BASE PAY FOR LEGISLATORS THIS YEAR IS MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THEY ARE CURRENTLY SLATED TO RECEIVE A COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE IN DECEMBER WHICH WILL AMOUNT TO AT LEAST 6-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH LAWMAKER.