TUESDAY JUNE 24 2014

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

A TRAGIC FREAK ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP, SOMERSET COUNTY. OLICE SAY A LARGE, ROTTEN TREE FELL OUT OF THE WOODS, HIT A MOVING CAR, AND KILLED 2 JOHNSTOWN CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12. T HAPPENED ON ROUTE 403 NEAR THE CAMBRIA COUNTY LINE. HE CORONER’S SAYS 2 OTHER CHILDREN, THEIR PREGNANT MOTHER, AND THE MALE DRIVER WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL. STATE POLICE ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IS INVESTIGATING.

A 20 YEAR OLD MAN WHO WORKED FOR DAVEY TREE EXPERT COMPANY WAS KILLED YESTERDAY WHILE CLEARING BRUSH AROUND POWER LINES IN GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. UTHORITIES SAY THE VICTIM WAS NOT FROM THIS AREA. IS A-T-V ROLLED OVER IN A HEAVILY WOODED AREA OFF KNOB RUN ROAD.

A REPORT RELEASED YESTERDAY BY STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS IT TOOK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TOO LONG TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY, CITING MIS-STEPS AND INEXPLICABLE DELAYS. URRENT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT WAS IN CHARGE AT THE TIME. THE REPORT ALSO CONCLUDES THE SANDUSKY HOME WAS NOT SEARCHED FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS AFTER THE CASE WAS BROUGHT TO LIGHT. THE INVESTIGATION COST MORE THAN 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS, BUT KANE SAYS THE DELAY WAS NOT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.

JERRY SANDUSKY'S WIFE, DOTTIE, SAYS STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE LACKS THE COURAGE TO ADMIT THAT HE ISN'T GUILTY OF MOLESTING YOUNG BOYS. SHE CLAIMS THE CHARGES WERE DELAYED BECAUSE THERE WAS NO LEGITIMATE EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM.

THE STATE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND JERRY SANDUSKY ARE BATTLING IN COURT AND AN ARBITER IN HARRISBURG HAS RULED THAT SANDUSKY SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP HIS 5-THOUSAND DOLLAR A MONTH PENSION DESPITE HIS CRIMINAL CONVICTION. HIS ATTORNEYS HAVE ARGUED THAT…BECAUSE HE RETIRED IN 1999, AND BECAUSE SEX CRIMES WEREN’T ADDED TO THE LIST OF OFFENSES THAT CAN COST A STATE EMPLOYEE A PENSION UNTIL 2004…SANDUSKY CAN’T BE STRIPPED OF HIS PENSION. ATTORNEYS FOR THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM SAY SANDUSKY REMAINED A CONTRACTED EMPLOYEE WITH PENN STATE AFTER RETIRING AS A COACH.

ANOTHER DELAY IN SENTENCING FOR CONVICTED DRUG KINGPIN, GEORGE LOWMASTER OF CARROLLTOWN. A FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTED THE REQUEST BY LOWMASTER’S ATTORNEY BECAUSE HE HAS SEVERAL UNSPECIFIED ISSUES WITH THE RESULTS OF A PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT. SENTENCING IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 19TH AND LOWMASTER FACES AT LEAST 20 YEARS. 2 DOZEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING LOWMASTER’S PARENTS AND OTHER RELATIVES, HAVE PLEADED GUILTY FOR THEIR ROLES IN THE DRUG RING.

A DISTRICT JUDGE IN JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY ORDERED 2 WOMEN TO STAND TRIAL ON FELONY AND MISDEMEANOR PROSTITUTION CHARGES. OLICE SAY HONG YUAN LIN AND XIANZI LI WERE OPERATING OUT OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MASSAGE IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP. THE WOMEN ARE FREE ON BOND.

THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT APPROVED A FINAL BUDGET FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR. IT TOTALS NEARLY 127 MILLION DOLLARS AND INCLUDES A 1-POINT-95-PERCENT PROPERTY TAX HIKE. THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED MASSARO C-M SERVICES AS THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FIRM FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT.