Tuesday October 23 2012

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

A RALLY AND VIGIL HAVE BEEN ORGANIZED SATURDAY IN MILL HALL IN SUPPORT OF AARON FISHER, VICTIM ONE IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. THE RALLY IS SET FOR 11AM OUTSIDE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL AND THE WOMEN WHO ARE PUTTING THE EVENT TOGETHER SAY THEY WILL DEMAND ANSWERS FROM KEYSTONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS. FISHER TESTIFIED IN JUNE THAT HE REPORTED THE ABUSE TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND ONE TOLD HIM SANDUSKY “HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND WOULDN’T DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.” THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IS SATURDAY AT 7 IN FRONT OF THE DIKE ALONG EAST WATER STREET.

WITH FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL IN JANUARY, THE UNIVERSITY IS ASKING THE COURT TO PUT ON HOLD THE WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT FILED BY MIKE MCQUEARY. THE MOTION SAYS THE UNIVERSITY “WOULD BE SEVERELY PREJUDICED” IF THE SUIT WERE ALLOWED TO MOVE FORWARD WHILE THOSE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS ARE UNDERWAY. THE PHILADELPHIA COURT OF COMMON PLEAS HAS ALREADY PUT SEVERAL CIVIL SUITS AGAINST PENN STATE ON HOLD FOR THAT REASON. MCQUEARY IS SUING FOR 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES FOR A RUINED REPUTATION AND DEFAMATION.

THE CANDIDATES FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL FACED OFF IN THEIR ONLY DEBATE LAST NIGHT IN SUBURBAN HARRISBURG. THE REPUBLICAN, CUMBERLAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID FREED…AND DEMOCRAT, FORMER LACKAWANNA COUNTY PROSECUTOR KATHLEEN KANE…DISCUSSED THE INVESTIGATION OF JERRY SANDUSKY UNDER FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AND CURRENT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT. BOTH SAY THEY WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW IF ELECTED.

FORMER TEACHER ARRAIGNED

SHANE PUTOREK, THE FORMER MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR THE HARMONY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY, WAS ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY ON NEW CHARGES OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON HIS I-PHONE. POLICE DON’T BELIEVE THE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN WITH THE PHONE, BUT DOWNLOADED. PUTOREK WAS ALREADY AWAITING TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY TOUCHING A BOY INAPPROPRIATELY AND TAKING PHOTOS OF HIM ON A CELL PHONE. HE IS FREE ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS UN-SECURED BOND.

ELDERLY PEDESTRIAN KILLED

A FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAST EVENING IN CENTRAL CITY, SOMERSET COUNTY. POLICE SAY AN ELDERLY WOMAN DIED AFTER SHE WAS HIT BY A CAR AROUND 6PM ON SUNSHINE AVENUE. NO WORD IF ANY CHARGES WILL BE FILED AND THE VICTIM’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

EXPLOSION & FIRE

A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IN CAMBRIA COUNTY SAYS THE CAUSE OF AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE NEAR PORTAGE IS UNDETERMINED. IT HAPPENED AROUND 3AM MONDAY AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE DAVIS FAMILY ON THE 100 BLOCK OF MEADOW LANE. THE BLAZE DESTROYED A 2-CAR GARAGE, 2 VEHICLES, 4 A-T-V’S, A LAWN TRACTOR, AND A NUMBER OF TOOLS. THE FLAMES ALSO CAUSED SOME HEAT DAMAGE TO THE NEARBY HOME.

CONVICTED DOUBLE MURDER WORKING ON APPEALS

WILLIAM THOMPSON IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR THE 2002 STABBING DEATHS OF RAYMOND AND MARJORIE BRACKEN AT THEIR ALTOONA HOME…NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 2 HEARINGS WILL BE SCHEDULED TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL POST-TRIAL APPEALS. THOMPSON IS CHALLENGING SEVERAL LEGAL PROCEDURES IN CONNECTION WITH HIS 2007 TRIAL.

4 YEAR OLD LEFT ALONE AT PLAYGROUND

THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS 31 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA ORR LEFT HER 4 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER ALONE LAST WEEK, AT THE CHERRY GROVE APARTMENT COMPLEX PLAYGROUND ON EAST WALTON AVENUE. GOOD SAMARITANS WAITED WITH THE CHILD FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES UNTIL ORR RETURNED CARRYING A CONVENIENCE STORE COFFEE CUP. ORR GAVE A FALSE NAME…THEN DROVE AWAY WITHOUT PUTTING THE CHILD IN A SAFETY SEAT. POLICE TRACKED DOWN THE OWNER OF THE BORROWED CAR AND THEN FOUND ORR, WHOSE LICENSE IS SUSPENDED. SHE HAS 6 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS FOR DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 28TH. 

HOLD-UP IN PHILIPSBURG

AN ARMED ROBBERY ABOUT 9 LAST NIGHT IN PHILIPSBURG BORO. STATE POLICE SAY A HEAVY-SET WHITE MALE WEARING A CAMOUFLAGE SKI MASK AND GLOVES PULLED A GUN ON THE CLERK AT THE MINIT-MART AND DEMANDED MONEY AND CIGARETTES. THE DARK-HAIRED SUSPECT WAS ALSO WEARING A BROWN JACKET WITH CAMOUFLAGE SLEEVES. HE GOT AWAY WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH.

TOUGHER FINES FOR ALCOHOL OFFENSES

PENNSYLVANIA IS ON THE VERGE OF ADOPTING A NEW LAW THAT WOULD INCREASE THE MAXIMUM FINES FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AND UNDERAGE DRINKING VIOLATIONS. A BILL INTRODUCED BY STATE SENATOR JAKE CORMAN OF CENTRE COUNTY WOULD PUSH THE FINES TO 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE HOPES THIS WILL LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSES IN COLLEGE TOWNS. ACCORDING TO STATECOLLEGE.COM, TWO-THIRDS OF CRIMES RESPONDED TO BY STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE ALCOHOL-RELATED.

FALL LEAF COLLECTION

BLAIR COUNTY’S INTERMUNICIPAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE IS DOING FALL YARD WASTE COLLECTIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF ALTOONA, HOLLIDAYSBURG, LOGAN TOWNSHIP, AND TYRONE BORO. MATERIALS COLLECTED AT THE CURBSIDE WILL BE COMPOSTED OR MULCHED AT THE COMPOST FACILITY. LEAVES AND GRASS CLIPPINGS SHOULD BE PLACED IN PAPER BAGS THAT WEIGH LESS THAN 50 POUNDS AND DO NOT CONTAIN OTHER FOREIGN MATERIAL. BRUSH SHOULD BE LESS THAN 6 FEET IN LENGTH AND LESS THAN 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER. WHOLE TREES, STUMPS, AND ROOT BALLS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. FOR SPECIFIC DATES, CONTACT THE I-R-C.