Tuesday February 28 2012

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012

 

END OF THE LINE FOR BON SECOURS

 

IF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GRANTS APPROVAL, ALTOONA WILL SOON BE A ONE-HOSPITAL TOWN. ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM PLANS TO SHUT DOWN THE FORMER BON SECOURS HOSPITAL AROUND THE END OF MARCH AS THE ORGANIZATION FINISHES UP A 3 YEAR/60-MILLION DOLLAR CONSOLIDATION OF ACUTE SERVICES AT THE MAIN CAMPUS ON HOWARD AVENUE. C-E-O RON MCCONNELL TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THE BON SECOUR SHUTDOWN HAS TO HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE DUE TO STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS. HOSPITAL OFFICIALS AREN’T SURE IF THEY WILL KEEP OR SELL THE PROPERTY. HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN DAVE CUZZOLINA ADDS THAT ANY EMPLOYEE WHO WANTED A POSITION AT THE ALTOONA HOSPITAL CAMPUS WAS OFFERED ONE.

 

SUBWAY SHOOTER’S HEARING POSTPONED

 

IRAQ WAR VETERAN NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA IS SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL NEXT MONTH FOR THE 2009 MURDERS OF 2 PEOPLE…AND HE WANTS TO REPRESENT HIMSELF DURING THE DEATH PENALTY PHASE OF HIS TRIAL IF HE IS CONVICTED. A HEARING WAS SCHEDULED TOMORROW, BUT HAS NOW BEEN PUSHED BACK UNTIL FRIDAY. ALTOONA LAWYER TOM DICKEY WILL HANDLE HORNER’S DEFENSE DURING THE ACTUAL TRIAL. JURY SELECTION IS SLATED TO START MARCH 12TH.

LONG PRISON SENTENCE

3-AND-A-HALF TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON IS THE SENTENCE FOR 33 YEAR OLD JASON SANDERS OF ALTOONA. IN NOVEMBER OF 2009, HIS SPEEDING CAR…WHICH WAS TRAVELING WITH NO HEADLIGHTS ON…CRASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE, KILLING 19 YEAR OLD PENN STATE ALTOONA STUDENT NICOLE CHAUVET AND INJURING SEVERAL OTHERS. A PRE- SENTENCING REPORT SAID SANDERS HAD BEEN CHARGED WITH DRUG VIOLATIONS AND HAD RECEIVED ADDITIONAL SPEEDING TICKETS IN THE MONTHS AFTER THE CRASH.
SANDERS PLANS TO APPEAL.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY SAYS HE NEEDS TIME TO INTERVIEW WITNESSES AND NOW HE IS ASKING THAT THE TRIAL BE PUSHED FROM MID-MAY TO MID-JULY. NO COMMENT YET FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. JOE AMENDOLA SAYS THERE IS A LOT OF MATERIAL FOR HIM TO PROCESS IN PREPARING THE DEFENSE AND HE DISCOVERED THAT SEVERAL POTENTIAL WITNESSES ARE UNABLE TO TESTIFY IN MAY. AMENDOLA ALSO WANTS THE MARCH 1ST DEADLINE FOR PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS TO BE BUMPED BACK.

ONLY ABOUT 35 PENN STATE STUENTS SHOWED UP FOR THE LATEST “FIRE SIDE CHAT” WITH PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS DAMON SIMS YESTERDAY. THE CLOSED DOOR MEETING LASTED ABOUT AN HOUR AND STUDENTS ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL AND THE POTENTIAL CUTS TO PENN STATE. THEY ALSO DISCUSSED THE DAMAGE TO THE UNIVERSITY’S REPUTATION FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ANOTHER FIRE SIDE CHAT IS PLANNED LATER THIS YEAR.

STATE PATTY’S DAY

WHILE STATE COLLEGE AND PENN STATE POLICE SAID THEY RESPONDED TO FEWER INCIDENTS AND MADE FEWER ARRESTS DURING THIS YEAR’S STATE PATTY’S DAY, LOCAL E-M-T’S RECEIVED MORE ALCOHOL-RELATED CALLS THAN LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM CENTRE LIFELINK E-M-S, THEY GOT 53 ALCOHOL-RELATED CALLS BETWEEN 6 FRIDAY NIGHT AND 6 SUNDAY MORNING. IN 2011, THERE WERE 34 TOTAL. ALL TOGETHER, THE E-M-T’S RECEIVED 77 CALLS, WHICH WAS A DECREASE FROM LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OF 83.

PENN STATE BUDGET CUTS

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JAKE CORMAN IS TAKING ISSUE WITH REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSED 30-PERCENT CUT TO PENN STATE, PITT, AND TEMPLE…PLUS A 20-PERCENT CUT TO LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. CORMAN SAYS THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES PAID THEIR FAIR SHARE IN BUDGET CUTS LAST YEAR AND SHOULD NOT BE TARGETED AGAIN IN 2012. THE TOTAL REDUCTION IN FUNDING WOULD BE 249 MILLION DOLLARS. REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH SCHOOL WILL APPEAR BEFORE CORMAN’S COMMITTEE TOMORROW.

PATERNO WAY?

NEARLY 7-THOUSAND PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SIGNED A PETITION AND PARK AVENUE IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP COULD SOON BE KNOWN AS PATERNO WAY, IN HONOR OF THE LATE PENN STATE FOOTBALL COACH JOE PATERNO. STATE COLLEGE AND COLLEGE TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS WILL DISCUSS THE MATTER SOON. PARK AVENUE TRAVELS PAST BEAVER STADIUM… MCKEE STREET, WHERE PATERNO’S FAMILY LIVES… THE FAITH CENTER NAMED FOR SUE PATERNO…AND MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE JOE PATERNO DIED.

BRIDGE SHUT DOWN

FOLLOWING ANNUAL INSPECTIONS, THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT PENNDOT CLOSED THE HARTER ROAD BRIDGE IN GREGG TOWNSHIP ON MONDAY DUE TO STRUCTURAL DEFICIENCIES. THE ROSS HILL ROAD BRIDGE WEST OF SPRING MILLS MAY BE SHUT DOWN AS WELL. OFFICIALS SAY PENNDOT HAS GIVEN THE TOWNSHIP 7 DAYS TO FIX THAT BRIDGE, BUT IT MAY BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO REPLACE IT, AND THAT WON’T HAPPEN INSIDE PENNDOT’S TIME FRAME.