Friday August 24 2012

Feed(s): 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE PENN STATE FACULTY SENATE IS NOT APPEALING THE TOUGH NCAA SANCTIONS, BUT THEY ARE MEETING TUESDAY AND THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THEY WILL DISCUSS WHETHER TO ASK THE NCAA AND THE BIG TEN TO RE-ASSESS THE TOUGH SANCTIONS FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. IN A STATEMENT ON THE SENATE’S WEBSITE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR KEITH NELSON SAYS NEITHER UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON NOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS MADE A STATEMENT “THAT ACCEPTS AS ‘FACTUAL’ OR ‘ACCURATE’ ALL DETAILS OF THE COMPLEX FREEH REPORT,” CONTRARY TO WHAT THE NCAA AND BIG TEN HAVE IMPLIED TO THE PUBLIC. THE SENATE ALSO TAKES ISSUE WITH THE SPEED OF THE SANCTIONS, SAYING THE NCAA BYPASSED ITS OWN SANCTIONING COMMITTEE, REACHED CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT ITS OWN INVESTIGATION AND APPLIED “INAPPROPRIATE” PRESSURE UPON ERICKSON AND PENN STATE BY THREATENING THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM WITH THE DEATH PENALTY.

PENN STATE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES HOLDS A SPECIAL MEETING AT THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER THIS WEEKEND. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL SEARCH FOR THE PERSON WHO WILL TAKE OVER FOR PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON AFTER HE RETIRES IN 2014. THEY WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT THE FREEH REPORT’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO RECOVER FROM THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. THE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAY AT 3…AND SUNDAY FROM 9AM TO 2PM.

PENN STATE ACTING ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE JOYNER CONFIRMED ON A RADIO SHOW LAST NIGHT THAT THE BLUE RIBBON ADDED TO THE FOOTBALL UNIFORMS WILL BE PLACED ON THE BACK OF HELMETS TO HONOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS. PLAYERS’ NAMES ARE ALSO BEING PUT ON THE BACK OF JERSEYS THIS FALL. PENN STATE BEGINS THE SEASON SEPTEMBER 1ST AGAINST OHIO UNIVERSITY.

DRIVER COMMITTED SUICIDE

CRESSON TOWNSHIP POLICE NOW SAY THE 43 YEAR OLD DUNCANSVILLE MAN WHO WRECKED HIS S-U-V ALONG ROUTE 22 WEDNESDAY MORNING ACTUALLY SHOT HIMSELF  IN THE HEAD FIRST. THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND HIS DEATH HAS BEEN RULED A SUICIDE. POLICE FOUND A GUN IN THE CAR. LUCKILY, NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED IN THE CRASH.

HUFFING MOM GETS JAIL TIME

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 39 YEAR OLD JULIE DICK-CARSON OF HUNTINGDON COUNTY RECEIVED A SENTENCE OT AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IN JAIL. SHE WAS CONVICTED OF HUFFING FROM AN AEROSOL CAN AND CRASHING HER CAR OFF A STATE COLLEGE ROAD…SERIOUSLY INJURING HER ONE YEAR OLD SON. AFTER SHE’S RELEASED FROM JAIL, DICK-CARSON WILL BE ON PROBATION FOR 12 YEARS. SHE CLAIMS SHE JUST USED THE AEROSOL TO CLEAN THE DASHBOARD OF HER CAR AND HER ATTORNEY SAYS SHE IS PRONE TO SEIZURES.

NURSE ACCUSED OF PAINKILLER THEFT

A FORMER ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM REGISTERED NURSE IS FACING CHARGES OF FILLING VIALS WITH SALINE, THEN STEALING THE PAINKILLERS. 38 YEAR OLD ANGELA PACKER OF ALVERDA, INDIANA COUNTY, IS ALSO ACCUSED OF TAMPERING WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM TO COVER UP THE THEFT. PACKER’S FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH.

WOULD-BE ROBBER WILL GO TO JAIL

A CENTRE COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 20-YEAR-OLD BRITTANY WINGARD OF AARONSBURG TO 3 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON FOR TAKING AN ASSAULT RIFLE INTO AN AMISH STORE IN NOVEMBER IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET MONEY TO HELP HER MOM PAY THE MORTGAGE. WINGARD IS ALSO ACCUSED OF STEALING THE GUN SHE USED FOR THE ROBBERY OF SPEICHER BULK FOODS. ONCE SHE SAW THE VICTIM’S FEAR, SHE PUT DOWN THE GUN AND LEFT THE STORE. 17 YEAR OLD VINCENT KNEPP OF REBERSBURG ALSO PLEADED GUILTY AND IS AWAITING SENTENCING…AND PROSECUTORS SAY WINGARD’S 17 YEAR OLD SISTER WAS ALSO PART OF THE SCHEME.

UP TO $1 MILLION STOLEN

DANIEL HOCKENBERRY OF JOHNSTOWN IS FREE ON BOND, CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN 114-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM HIS EMPLOYER, SPORTING GOODS DISCOUNTERS, BETWEEN 2006 AND LAST YEAR. THE MISSING MONEY WAS DISCOVERED THROUGH A FORENSIC AUDIT…AND COMPANY OWNER DENNIS SALEM SAYS HOCKENBERRY WAS LIVING LIKE A ROCK STAR ON HIS DIME. SALEM THINKS THE AMOUNT TAKEN IS PROBABLY CLOSER TO 1 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WOULDN’T LET POLICE INVESTIGATE ANY FARTHER BACK THAN 2006. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TUESDAY.

FIRE COMPANY BURGLARY

BLAIR COUNTY CRIMESOLVERS IS OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A RECENT THEFT FROM THE ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY. BETWEEN JUNE 1ST AND THE 13TH, SOMEONE ENTERED BOTH FIRE COMPANY LOCATIONS ON MILL ROAD AND AT CANAN STATION. THEY STOLE 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT INCLUDING FIREFIGHTER TURNOUT GEAR, BREAKING APPARATUS, AND PORTABLE RADIOS. YOU CAN CALL CRIMESOLVERS AT 1-800-422-88-02.

VOTER I-D CHALLENGE

PENNSYLVANIA'S SUPREME COURT WILL SOON WEIGH IN ON THE STATE'S VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAW WHICH IS BEING CHALLENGED BY THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION AND A GROUP OF VOTERS. A STATE ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT THE LAW COULD MEAN 9 PERCENT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ELECTORATE WOULD BE BARRED FROM CASTING BALLOTS. A LOWER COURT RULED LAST WEEK IN FAVOR OF THE LAW AFTER IT FOUND OPPONENTS DIDN'T PROVE VOTERS WOULD BE DISENFRANCHISED.