Tuesday August 21 2012

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012

DROWNING VICTIM WAS JUST 16

OFFICIALS NOW SAY IT WAS A 16 YEAR OLD BOY WHO DROWNED AT LAKE RAYSTOWN IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY OVER THE WEEKEND. THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HIS BODY. CREWS HOPE TO BRING IN SUBMERSIBLE CAMERAS AND RADAR IMAGING DEVICES LATER THIS WEEK.

STUDENT MISSING

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR 21 YEAR OLD JESSE MCMILLEN, A PENN STATE STUDENT WHO WENT MISSING OVER THE WEEKEND. MCMILLEN WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE LOOKING FOR A CAMPING TRAILER FOR RENT IN BELLEFONTE. HE HAD FOUND THE TRAILER ON CRAIGS LIST LISTED BY A WOMAN NAMED NAN. MCMILLEN IS 5-FOOT-7 AND WEIGHS 180 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT BORO POLICE.

CONTROVERSY IN JOHNSTOWN

CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN WAS SURPRISED LAST NIGHT WHEN A CROWD OF PEOPLE WANTED TO DISCUSS THE POLICE SHOOTING OF ELIP CHEATHAM LAST MONTH DURING AN N-DOUBLE-A-C-P-HOSTED PUBLIC FORUM. LAST WEEK, SHE ANNOUNCED THAT AN INVESTIGATION SHOWED THE SHOOTING WAS JUSTIFIED AND NO CHARGES WOULD BE FILED. THE CHEATHAM FAMILY IS THREATENING TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AND THEY’RE ASKING FOR THE NAMES OF THE OFFICERS INVOLVED. THE MEETING HAD BEEN BILLED AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS POLICE INTERACTIONS WITH THE MINORITY COMMUNITY.

PENN STATE

FORMER PENN STATE AND PITTSBURGH STEELERS GREAT JACK HAM ATTENDED THE JOHNSTOWN TOMAHAWKS’ GOLF FUNDRAISER YESTERDAY AT SUNNEHANNA COUNTY CLUB AND TOLD THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT HE THINKS THE NITTANY LIONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM CAN RISE FROM THE ASHES OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL…THANKS TO NEW COACH BILL O’BRIEN. HAM ALSO SAYS THE NCAA’S SANCTIONS WERE OVER-REACHING…AND HE DOESN’T BLAME THOSE PLAYERS WHO TRANSFERRED TO OTHER SCHOOLS AFTER THE PENALITIES WERE ANNOUNCED.

PENN STATE IS NO LONGER ONE OF THE TOP 10 PARTYING SCHOOLS. ACCORDING TO THE PRINCETON REVIEW’S ANNUAL PARTY SCHOOL LIST, UNIVERSITY PARK DROPS DOWN TO NUMBER 11 AFTER RANKING 7TH IN 2011 AND NUMBER 1 IN 2009. WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY EARNED THE NUMBER 1 SPOT ON THE PARTY SCHOOL LIST. PENN STATE WAS NAMED THE NUMBER 1 SCHOOL FOR BEST COLLEGE NEWSPAPER…NUMBER 4 JOCK SCHOOL…AND SECOND FOR CAREER SERVICES.

DAYCARE WILL STAY CLOSED

THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE SAYS COAL COUNTRY DAYCARE CENTER IN NORTHERN CAMBRIA WILL REMAIN CLOSED PENDING AN APPEAL. STATE OFFICIALS SHUT DOWN THE CENTER AFTER A 2 YEAR OLD WAS 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. ONE WORKER HAD BEEN HIRED DESPITE A RECORD FOR CHILD ABUSE.

CAMPAIGNING IN PA

G-O-P VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN WILL CAMPAIGN IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA TODAY. MITT ROMNEY'S DESIGNATED RUNNING MATE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT 11AM AT BEAVER STEEL SERVICES IN CARNEGIE. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

PUBLIC HEARING ON VOTER I-D LAW

ABOUT 20 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT A PUBLIC HEARING HOSTED BY STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL LAST NIGHT TO DISCUSS A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A REPEAL OF THE STATE’S NEW VOTER ID LAW. THEY WERE ALL IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION, AND COUNCIL WILL VOTE SEPTEMBER 10TH.

SUPERINTENDENT RETIRING

THE ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT ACCEPTED THE RETIREMENT NOTICE OF SUPERINTENDENT DR. DENNIS MURRAY AND HE WILL LEAVE AT THE END OF THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. MURRAY HAS LED THE DISTRICT FOR 28 YEARS. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT NORM MILLER WAS RECENTLY HIRED BY THE CENTRAL DAUPHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT…SO ALTOONA WILL BE ADVERTISING TO FILL THE POSTITIONS.

NO CONTRACT FOR TEACHERS

STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHERS ARE BACK IN THEIR CLASSROOMS TODAY FOR IN-SERVICE, LEADING UP TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES NEXT WEEK. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THEY ARE WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT SINCE THE LATEST ONE EXPIRED IN JUNE OF 2011. NEGOTIATIONS ARE CONTINUING…AND TEACHERS’ UNION PRESIDENT HOLLI JO WARNER SAYS NO STRIKE IS PLANNED AND THE 2 SIDES ARE HOPEFUL THEY WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT SOON.

STINGY PENNSYLVANIANS?

PENNSYLVANIA FINISHES NEAR THE BOTTOM OF A “CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY” REPORT RANKING THE 50 STATES ON CHARITABLE GIVING. THE STUDY FOUND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE CHARITABLE, AND SOME OF THE MOST GENEROUS STATES ALSO HAPPEN TO BE RED STATES. WITH RESIDENTS GIVING OVER 10 PERCENT OF THEIR INCOME TO CHARITIES, UTAH WAS THE MOST GENEROUS STATE. PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY JOIN THE UPPER NEW ENGLAND STATES IN BEING AMONG THE STINGIEST.