Wednesday June 20 2012

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

SANDUSKY TRIAL

JERRY SANDUSKY’S WIFE DOTTIE TOOK THE STAND YESTERDAY AND TOLD THE JURY SHE REMEMBERS ALL BUT 3 OF THE ACCUSERS. SHE DESCRIBED SEVERAL OF THEM AS “CONNIVING, CHARMING, DEMANDING, AND CLINGY”. SHE ALSO TOLD THE JURY SHE NEVER SAW OR SUSPECTED ANY INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT BETWEEN HER HUSBAND AND THE SO-CALLED VICTIMS. ACCUSER 9 TESTIFIED EARLIER THAT JERRY MOLESTED HIM IN THE SANDUSKY’S BASEMENT AND HE CRIED OUT FOR HELP ONCE WHILE DOTTIE WAS UPSTAIRS. HE THOUGHT THE BASEMENT MAY HAVE BEEN, BUT DOTTIE SANDUSKY SAID IT’S NOT. A DEFENSE PSYCHOLOGIST TESTIFIED THAT SANDUSKY HAS HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY DISORDER WHICH CAUSES HIM TO BE OVERLY AFFECTIONATE AND SEEK ATTENTION. A PROSECUTION PSYCHOLOGIST DISAGREED.

LEGAL EXPERTS EXPECT JERRY SANDUSKY TO TESTIFY IN HIS OWN DEFENSE TODAY.

THE DEFENSE YESTERDAY TRIED TO PROVE THAT POLICE INVESTIGATORS GUIDED AN ALLEGED VICTIM’S TESTIMONY ABOUT WHAT SANDUSKY DID TO HIM. THE CASE COULD WRAP UP BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

DEADLY FIRE

THE VICTIM OF YESTERDAY’S FATAL CAMBRIA COUNTY FIRE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. 26 YEAR OLD FRANCIS “JOEY” GOULART DIED WHEN A BROKE OUT AT HIS APARTMENT ON TANNER STREET IN EBENSBURG ABOUT 2AM. GOULART HAD JUST MOVED IN A FEW MONTHS AGO AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ESCAPED SAFELY.
THE DEATH HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL AND FIRE OFFICIALS THINK THE BLAZE WAS ELECTRICAL. THERE WAS ONLY ONE SMOKE DETECTOR INSIDE THE SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT AND IT HAD NO BATTERIES.

GIRLFRIEND PLEADS GUILTY IN DEADLY WRECK

IN SOMERSET COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 32 YEAR OLD ERICA GINDLESPERGER OF RICHLAND TOWNSHIP PLEADED GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 2010 CRASH THAT KILLED HER BOYFRIEND, MATTHEW KOZAK OF JEROME. GINDLESPERGER ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. A DRUG TEST FOUND THAT SHE HAD A COCAINE-LIKE DRUG IN HER SYSTEM. GINDLESPERGER IS FREE ON BOND.

VICTIM TESTIFIES AGAINST ACCUSED ROBBERS

MAKSIM ILLARIONOV, ANATOLY VERETNOV, AND DMITRIY LITVINOV ARE ON TRIAL AT THE CENTRE COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX CHARGED WITH RUNNING A VIOLENT ROBBERY AND BURGLARY SPREE IN 2009 AND 10. YESTERDAY, ONE MAN TESTIFIED THAT VERETNOV AND LITVINOV CAR-JACKED HIM IN 2009, BEAT HIM WITH A GUN, DROVE HIS CAR TO AN ATM, AND FORCED HIM TO WITHDRAW 500-DOLLARS, THEN STOLE HIS LAPTOP AND CELLPHONE. OTHER VICTIMS ALSO TOOK THE STAND.

2 TRIALS FOR ROOFER, NOT 12

DESPITE DEFENSE OBJECTIONS, THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT REPORTS THAT CAMBRIA COUNTY JUDGE NORM KRUMENACKER HAS DECIDED TO CONSOLIDATE 12 CASES AGAINST JOHNS¬TOWN ROOFING CONTRACTOR JASON DIRNER INTO 2 TRIALS. DIRNER IS ACCUSED OF BILKING A DOZEN CUSTOMERS OUT OF 10’S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND THEN NOT COMPLETING THE CONTRACTED WORK. DIRNER…WHO REMAINS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON…FACES SIMILAR CHARGES OF THEFT BY DECEPTION IN SOMERSET AND BEDFORD COUNTIES. JURY SELECTION COULD BEGIN IN AUGUST.

SCHOOL BUDGETS

THE HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA SCHOOL BOARD COULD PASS A 42-POINT-9 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET AT TONIGHT’S MEETING. THERE ARE 3 POSSIBILITIES ON THE TABLE…NO TAX INCREASE…A ONE-MILL HIKE…OR A 2-MILL INCREASE. NO MATTER WHICH OPTION IS ADOPTED, THE DISTRICT WILL USE RESERVE FUNDS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. STATE LAWMAKERS ARE STILL WORKING ON THE FISCAL BUDGET WHICH MAY INCLUDE MAJOR EDUCATION CUTS.

THE WILLIAMSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT LAST NIGHT ADOPTED A 7-POINT-2 MILLION DOLLAR, NO-TAX-INCREASE BUDGET FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR. THE DISTRICT IS BALANCING A 164-THOUSAND DOLLAR DEFICIT WITH RESERVE FUNDS. THE BOARD ALSO ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TODD DISHONG.

NO MORE EMISSIONS TESTING?

A BILL THAT WOULD EXEMPT NEW CARS FROM EMISSIONS INSPECTIONS FOR 10 YEARS CLEARED THE STATE SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE  TUESDAY. SENATOR JOHN WOZNIAK OF CAMBRIA COUNTY SAYS EMISSIONS ARE NOT NECESSARY BECAUSE THESE DAYS NEARLY ALL CARS AND DRIVERS HAVE TO PAY UP TO 50-DOLLARS TO BE TOLD WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW. HIS BILL ALSO EXEMPTS HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CARS FROM EMISSIONS INSPECTIONS. E-P-A APPROVAL WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR PENNSYLVANIA TO AMEND ITS EMISSIONS INSPECTION PROGRAM, BUT WOZNIAK SAYS THE AGENCY HAS BEEN FLEXIBLE.