Wednesday June 6 2012

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY ALLEGEDLY WROTE LOVE LETTERS TO SO-CALLED VICTIM NUMBER 4 AND THEY WILL BE READ INTO EVIDENCE WHEN TESTIMONY BEGINS MONDAY. ABC NEWS REPORTS THAT ONE OF THE LETTERS DESCRIBES A LOVE STORY BETWEEN A BOY AND A MAN AND WAS WRITTEN IN THE THIRD PERSON. 9 JURORS WERE SEATED FOR THE TRIAL ON THE FIRST DAY OF JURY SELECTION AND SOME OF THEM EVEN HAVE TIES TO PENN STATE. 3 MORE JURORS MUST STILL BE CHOSEN ALONG WITH 4 ALTERNATES.

THE POTENTIAL JURORS LEARNED THAT THE WITNESS LIST INCLUDES JOE PATERNO’S WIFE AND SON… MEMBERS OF THE SANDUSKY FAMILY…AND FORMER ASSISTANT COACH MIKE MCQUEARY WHO CLAIMS HE SAW SANDUSKY MOLESTING A YOUNG BOY IN A FOOTBALL BUILDING SHOWER IN 2001. FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER COULD ALSO TAKE THE STAND.

JUDGE JOHN CLELAND ANNOUNCED THAT JURORS WILL NOT BE SEQUESTERED DURING THE TRIAL AS LONG AS THEY REFRAIN FROM FOLLOWING MEDIA COVERAGE.

THIS IS A VERY HIGH-PROFILE CASE AND LARGE NEWS TRUCKS ARE SET UP AROUND THE COURTHOUSE. BELLEFONTE POLICE CHIEF SHAUN WEAVER SAYS OFFICERS HAVE STEPPED UP PATROLS. ALL ROADS REMAIN OPEN, BUT WEAVER IS ENCOURAGING DRIVERS TO AVOID THE DIAMOND IF POSSIBLE.

PENN STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THEY WILL NOT GET A SNEAK PEAK AT THE REPORT BEING WRITTEN BY FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIE FREE. HE’S INVESTIGATING HOW THE UNIVERSITY RESPONDED TO THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL AND OFFICIALS SAY THE REPORT WILL GO TO THE PUBLIC AT THE SAME TIME IT GOES TO TRUSTEES.THAT’S EXPECTED LATE THIS SUMMER.

ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTERS ORDERED TO TRIAL

46 YEAR OLD STEPHEN GONIEA OF JOHNSTOWN WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY ON 54 COUNTS OF RAPING A YOUNG GIRL OVER A 6 YEAR PERIOD STARTING IN 2005. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS ALSO INDICTED HIM ON DOZENS OF COUNTS OF MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. GONIEA REMAINS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON.
57 YEAR OLD FRANK SCHROYER OF TYRONE WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL YESTERDAY ON CHARGES OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL IN 2007.

THE GIRL TOLD THE JUDGE SCHROYER…WHO LIVED WITH HER GRANDMOTHER…MOLESTED HER IN AN EMPTY STORAGE ROOM AT A WEST 14TH STREET APARTMENT BUILDING. BACK IN 1990, SCHROYER WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON SEX CHARGES AND IS LISTED AS A LIFETIME MEGAN’S LAW OFFENDER. HE’S IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

JAIL TIME FOR DEADLY WRECK

A BEDFORD COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 46 YEAR OLD JOSEPH BELTZ OF DEFIANCE TO 11 TO 23-AND-A-HALF MONTHS IN THE COUNTY JAIL AND HE MUST ALSO WEAR AN ALCOHOL-MONITOR BRACELET FOR A WHILE AFTER HIS RELEASE. BELTZ WAS DRIVING IN COALDALE BORO BACK IN OCTOBER WHEN HE APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP AND STRUCK A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY DIANE SINGER OF SIX MILE RUN. HER HUSBAND, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER EDDIE SINGER, WAS KILLED. DIANE WAS FLOWN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER. BELTZ HAD BEEN DRINKING EARLIER, BUT WAS NOT OVER THE LIMIT TO DRIVE.

ALTOONA CHILD ENDANGERMENT CASE

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR ASHLEY BOYLES AND ROBERT POPE OF ALTOONA. LAST WEEK POLICE FOUND THEM PASSED OUT AT A FILTHY, DOG-FECES-COVERED HOME AT 526 4TH AVENUE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE AND 5 CHILDREN, AGES 2 THROUGH 8, WERE UPSTAIRS. POPE IS CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST AND INTERFERING WITH POLICE. BOYLES FACES 5 COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF HER CHILDREN.

NEW AIRPORT CARRIER

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT SILVER AIRWAYS WILL TAKE OVER PASSENGER SERVICE FROM THE ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY AND JOHNSTOWN CAMBRIA COUNTY AIRPORTS STARTING AUGUST 1ST. THE FLORIDA-BASED AIRLINE COMPANY IS REPLACING COLGAN AIR WHICH ASKED TO LEAVE WHEN ITS CONTRACT EXPIRED. SILVER AIRLINES OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE REACHED A CODE-SHARE AGREEMENT WITH UNITED AIRLINES TO FLY AS A UNITED EXPRESS CARRIER.

RIVER OF THE YEAR

FOLLOWING AN ON-LINE VOTE, THE STONYCREEK RIVER IN CAMBRIA AND SOMERSET COUNTIES IS PENNSYLVANIA’S “RIVER OF THE YEAR. IT WAS ONE OF 4 CANDIDATES FOR THE TITLE AND NEARLY 83-HUNDRED VOTES WERE CAST. STONYCREEK RECEIVED NEARLY 3-THOUSAND VOTES. A CELEBRATION IS SET FOR SATURDAY JUNE 16TH AT GREENHOUSE PARK IN CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP, SOMERSET COUNTY.

MISS PA CALLS IT QUITS

MISS PENNSYLVANIA IS RESIGNING HER TITLE, CLAIMING LAST WEEKEND'S MISS USA PAGEANT WAS RIGGED. SHEENA MONNIN OF CRANBERRY SAID A FELLOW CONTESTANT TOLD HER BEFORE THE PAGEANT BEGAN THAT SHE SAW A LIST OF 5 FINALISTS, WHICH LATER MATCHED THE TOP 5 CONTESTANTS. PAGEANT ORGANIZERS SAID MONNIN CITED THE ORGANIZATION'S POLICY TO ALLOW TRANSGENDER PAGEANT CONTESTANTS AS HER REASON FOR STEPPING DOWN.