Tuesday September 18 2012

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY FACES THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON WHEN HE’S SENTENCED…AND A HEARING DATE HAS NOW BEEN SET FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH. JUST PRIOR TO SENTENCING, A HEARING WILL BE HELD  TO DETERMINE IF THE FORMER PENN STATE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA SAYS SANDUSKY MIGHT MAKE A STATEMENT DURING THE SENTENCING HEARING IN BELLEFONTE. THEY ARE ALSO WORKING ON AN APPEAL.

FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATOR GARY SCHULTZ AND FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM CURLEY ARE SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL IN JANUARY, BUT NOW THEY ARE ASKING FOR SEPARATE TRIALS. THE MEN ARE ACCUSED OF LYING TO THE GRAND JURY AND FAILING TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE INVOLVING JERRY SANDUSKY. SCHULTZ’ MOTION, FILED MONDAY IN DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT, ARGUES THAT HE CAN’T GET A FAIR TRIAL IF HE FACES A JURY ALONGSIDE CURLEY.

THE NCAA HAS LEVIED 60-MILLION DOLLARS IN FINES AGAINST PENN STATE FOLLOWING THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL AND PLANS TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE TO DISTRIBUTE THE MONEY ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING CHILD SEX ABUSE. NOW STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER FRANK DERMODY IS PROPOSING THAT ALL THE MONEY BE KEPT IN PENNSYLVANIA. DERMODY SAYS "THIS IS PENN STATE'S MONEY, PENNSYLVANIA'S MONEY, AND THEY'RE TAKING IT OUT OF OUR STATE WITH A TASK FORCE." HE HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE NCAA SAYING HE WANTS ANSWERS ABOUT HOW THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS WILL BE SELECTED AND IF PENN STATE WILL HAVE A ROLE IN THE SELECTION PROCESS. NO COMMENT YET FROM THE NCAA.

WOMAN KILLED IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY

PAULINE DILLEY OF JOHNSONBURG WAS KILLED YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN THE CAR SHE WAS RIDING IN COLLIDED WITH A TRI-AXLE COAL TRUCK ON THE CLEARFIELD-SHAWVILLE HIGHWAY. THE CAR’S DRIVER, CAPPY-ANNA LEVENDUSKI OF KERSEY, AND 2 CHILDREN, AGES 18 MONTHS AND 2 YEARS, WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE HOSPITAL. THE COAL TRUCK DRIVER HAD JUST MINOR INJURIES. THE ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

HUNTINGDON COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

4 PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT ABOUT 11 YESTERDAY MORNING IN THE 14-HUNDRED BLOCK OF HAPPY HILL ROAD IN UNION TOWNSHIP, HUNTINGON COUNTY. 3 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD WHO LIVED THERE ARE GETTING HELP FROM THE RED CROSS. NO ONE WAS INJURED. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FATHER ARRESTED

20 YEAR OLD CARL HARRIS OF JOHNSTOWN IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL, CHARGED WITH BREAKING HIS INFANT SON’S LEG. HARRIS TOLD POLICE HE WAS ALONE WITH THE CRYING BABY IN AUGUST WHEN HE PRESSED DOWN ON THE BOY’S LEG AND HEARD A POP. CHARGES INCLUDE ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. THE BABY IS BEING CARED FOR BY HIS GREAT-GRANDMOTHER.

BIG REWARD FOR BANK ROBBER

CAMBRIA COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 6-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE AMERI-SERV BANK IN LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP ON SEPTEMBER 6TH AND FIRST NATIONAL BANK IN DAVIDSVILLE, SOMERSET COUNTY, ON THE 10TH. POLICE THINK THE SAME SUSPECT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A NEWSPAPER STAND ROBBERY ON AUGUST 28TH IN JOHNSTOWN’S WESTWOOD PLAZA. YOU CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-281-16-80.

PENN STATE UPDATING STUDENT I-D’S

UNDER THE STATE’S NEW VOTER I-D LAW, COLLEGE STUDENT’S I-D CARDS MUST INCLUDE AN EXPIRATION DATE IF THEY WANT TO CAST A BALLOT…AND NOW PENN STATE IS OFFERING EXPIRATION DATE STICKERS. THEY ARE AVAILABLE NOW UNTIL ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 6TH, AT THE COMMONS DESK 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. STICKERS CAN ALSO BE PICKED UP AT 103 HUB-ROBESON CENTER FROM 8AM TO 5PM MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…FROM 9 TO 5 WEDNESDAYS…AND 10 TO 3 ON SATURDAYS.

SCHOOL DISTRICT HOPES TO SAVE MONEY

THE ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HOPING TO SAVE 1-POINT-65 MILLION DOLLARS IN 5 YEARS BY RE-FINANCING ITS DEBT.THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED LAST NIGHT TO ISSUE 50-MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS. THE DISTRICT WILL PULL THE BONDS IT SOLD IN 2008 OFF THE MARKET.THE DISTRICT’S INVESTMENT BANKER SAYS INTEREST COULD DROP FROM 4-POINT-36 PERCENT TO 3-POINT-05 ON THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS.