Monday February 27 2012

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

STATE PATTY’S DAY

ANOTHER CRAZY STATE PATTY'S DAY IN STATE COLLEGE SATURDAY, BUT POLICE SAY IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT CALMER. BORO POLICE FIELDED 425 CALLS COMPARED WITH 480 LAST YEAR AND FEWER INCIDENTS…283 THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH 377 LAST YEAR. THERE WERE FEWER ARRESTS THIS YEAR, TOO -- 225 COMPARED WITH 234. UNIVERSITY POLICE RESPONDED TO 91 INCIDENTS, DOWN FROM 104 LAST YEAR. THEY MADE 71 ARRESTS, DOWN FROM 107. POLICE SAY SOME INVESTIGATIONS ARE STILL ONGOING AND THE NUMBERS COULD RISE. AS OF NOON SUNDAY, 60 PEOPLE HAD BEEN TREATED AT MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED REASONS. A 20 YEAR OLD INTOXICATED MAN WAS HIT BY CAR AFTER HE WALKED IN FRONT OF IT, BUT HIS INJURIES AREN’T BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS. THE CENTRE COUNTY D-U-I TASK FORCE SAYS CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST 7 PEOPLE. OFFICERS ALSO ISSUED 43 ALCOHOL-RELATED NON-TRAFFIC CITATIONS…8 TRAFFIC TICKETS…AND 93 WRITTEN WARNINGS.

A GROUP OF PENN STATE STUDENTS ORGANIZED THE FIRST EVER “COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WEEKEND” SUNDAY TO HELP CLEAN UP AFTER STATE PATTY’S DAY LEFT A MESS IN DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE. THE STUDENTS TEAMED UP WITH AMERI-CORPS, THE STATE COLLEGE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES OFFICE, AND SOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

BIG GAME FOR LADY LIONS

ABOUT 500 BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS WERE AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER YESTERDAY FOR THE PENN STATE LADY LIONS’ 6TH ANNUAL PINK ZONE GAME TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR BREAST CANCER CAUSES. PROCEEDS FROM A SILENT AUCTION, SPONSORSHIPS, TICKET SALES AND T-SHIRTS ARE GOING TO PINK ZONE. LAST YEAR THE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM DONATED OVER 197 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE LADY LIONS CLINCHED THE BIG 10 TITLE WITH A 74-51 WIN OVER MINNESOTA. THEY WILL BE THE NUMBER ONE SEED IN THE BIG 10 TOURNAMENT STARTING THURSDAY AT INDIANAPOLIS.

AREA FIRES

FIRE DESTROYED THE HISTORIC BELSANO SCHOOLHOUSE IN BLACKLICK TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT ON STATION ROAD JUST BEFORE 4PM. THE FAMILY OF 4 THAT WAS LIVING IN PART OF THE RENOVATED BUILDING ESCAPED SAFELY.

A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHALL IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY SAYS A FRIDAY MORNING BLAZE IN GOSHEN TOWNSHIP HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL. THE FIRE BROKE OUT JUST AFTER 4AM ON GOSHEN ROAD AND ANDY AND MELINDA KRAGER AND THEIR 2 CHILDREN ESCAPED SAFELY WHEN THEIR SMOKE DETECTORS WENT OFF AND WOKE THEM UP. THE FLAMES STARTED IN THE ATTIC AND DAMAGED IS ESTIMATED AT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

MORE BAD LUCK FOR THE WILMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CAMBRIA COUNTY. ON SUNDAY, A FIRE BROKE OUT AND BURNED THROUGH THE ATTIC OF THE FIRE HOUSE. FIREMEN WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE FLAMES FROM GOING THROUGH THE ROOF. LAST WEEK, THE FORMER WILMORE FIRE CHIEF AND HIS WIFE WERE SENTENCED TO RE-PAY 11-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT THEY STOLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT.

OFFICER ACCEPTS BRIBE

SOMERSET BORO POLICE OFFICER JASON PONCZEK HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FROM THE FORCE AND CHARGED WITH  TAKING A 500-DOLLAR BRIBE FROM A CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT IN EXCHANGE FOR NOT FILING MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGES AGAINST THAT PERSON. STATE POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY AND THEY HAD PONCZEK UNDER SURVEILLANCE AT THE TIME. HE VOLUNTARILY HANDED THE MONEY OVER TO THE TROOPERS.

SANTORUM BLASTS OBAMA

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RICK SANTORUM CRITICIZED PRESIDENT OBAMA’S APOLOGY FOR THE BURNING OF KORANS IN AFGHANISTAN, ADDING THAT AFGHANISTAN SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THE U-S FOR THE DEATHS OF 4 U-S SOLDIERS DURING 6 DAYS OF VIOLENCE SPARKED BY THE INCIDENT.
SANTORUM APPEARED ON ABC’S “THIS WEEK” SUNDAY MORNING…SAYING NOTHING WAS DELIBERATELY DONE WRONG AND IT THE BURNING OF THE MUSLIM HOLY BOOKS WAS A MISTAKE.

GATOR HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED

POLICE GOT A HUGE SURPRISE FRIDAY WHEN THEY WERE ASSISTING ON A CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES CALL AT A HOUSE IN BURNHAM, MIFFLIN COUNTY. COPS FOUND AN ALLIGATOR THAT HAD BEEN STABBED. 35 YEAR OLD KURTIS PERSCHAU WAS FOUND HIDING IN THE BASEMENT AND TOLD POLICE HE STABBED THE GATOR BECAUSE HE HEARD THEY WERE COMING AND DIDN’T WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE FOR HAVING THE ANIMAL. PERSCHAU IS CHARGED WITH CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. THE GATOR HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED.