Tuesday June 26 2012

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

ONE OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S DEFENSE ATTORNEYS VISITED HIM AT THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL MONDAY AND KARL ROMINGER SAYS THE FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT COACH INSISTS THAT HE IS NOT GUILTY. SANDUSKY IS NOT ALLOWED VISITS FROM FAMILY OR FRIENDS, EXCEPT FOR HIS ATTORNEYS, UNTIL A DOCTOR PERFORMS A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION. THAT SHOULD HAPPEN SOMETIME THIS WEEK. DENISE ELBELL, THE COUNTY’S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE JAIL SAYS SANDUSKY REMAINS ON SUICIDE WATCH AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE. ROMINGER SAYS THERE IS ZERO CHANCE OF A SUICIDE. AN EVALUATION WILLL ALSO BE COMPLETED TO DETERMINE IF HE’S A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. SENTENCING WILL BE IN ABOUT 3 MONTHS.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL LINDA KELLY WERE ON TV MONDAY MORNING TO TALK ABOUT THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. ON CBS NEWS THIS MORNING, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE GUILTY VERDICT WILL PLAY A ROLE IN CALLING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. KELLY TOLD CNN THAT DETAILS ARE STILL COMING OUT AND A NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO THE SANDUSKY CASE ARE STILL UNDERWAY.

PEOPLE ARE PAYING A LOT OF MONEY FOR A COPY OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY CALLED TOUCHED. AS OF LAST NIGHT, BARNES AND NOBLE’S WEBSITE WAS SELLING IT FOR BETWEEN $250 AND $400. ON AMAZON, PRICES RANGED FROM $130 TO $500. THERE WERE PREVIOUS REPORTS THAT A SIGNED COPY WENT FOR A THOUSAND DOLLARS. IN THE BOOK SANDUSKY TALKS ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD, COACHING AT PENN STATE AND FOUNDING THE SECOND MILE CHARITY IN 1977.

UNIVERSITY PARK BOMB THREAT

A BOMB THREAT TEMPORARILY CLOSED THE SHIELDS, BORLAND, AND PATTERSON BUILDINGS AT PENN STATE YESTERDAY, BUT BOMB-SNIFFING DOGS FOUND NOTHING. ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY, A “NON-CREDIBLE”BOMB THREAT WAS RECEIVED AT A GENERIC PENN STATE EMAIL ADDRESS SATURDAY NIGHT. THE EMAIL WAS NOT OPENED UNTIL MONDAY MORNING.

JOHNSTOWN POLICE KILL DRIVER

JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY 27 YEAR OLD ELIP CHEATHAM OF ASH STREET ACCELERATED HIS VEHICLE TOWARD POLICE OFFICERS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES EARLY MONDAY MORNING AS THEY INVESTIGATED A SHOOTING OUTSIDE EDDERS DEN BAR IN THE OAKHURST SECTION OF TOWN. POLICE OPENED FIRE, KILLING CHEATHAM AND INJURING 2 PASSENGERS. 27 YEAR OLD SHY-TYQUON LAWTON IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER OFFENSES FOR SHOOTING CARDELL CLINTON IN THE HIP OUTSIDE THE BAR. HE’S IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON ON 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. POLICE AREN’T SURE IF LAWTON AND CHEATHAM KNEW EACH OTHER. THE COPS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING HAVE BEEN PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

MORE CHARGES AGAINST TRIPLE MURDERER

LEWIS BEATTY IS ALREADY IN THE INDIANA COUNTY JAIL, CHARGED WITH SLITTING THE THROATS OF HIS 6 AND 11 YEAR OLD DAUGHTERS EARLIER THIS MONTH…THEN KILLING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, CHRISTINE…AND SETTING BOTH OF THEIR HOMES ON FIRE IN SOUTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP. TODAY, BEATTY WILL BE ARRAIGNED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY. POLICE SAY HE SHOT SEVERAL FAMILY PETS BEFORE THE MURDERS.

D-U-I CHECKPOINT

THE BLAIR COUNTY D-U-I TASK FORCE HAS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF A WEEKEND SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT. OFFICERS ARRESTED 2 PEOPLE FOR DRUNK DRIVING AND ONE ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER SETTING UP ALONG ROUTE 36 IN TAYLOR TOWNSHIP FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. COPS HANDED OUT 11 TRAFFIC CITATIONS AND 12 WRITTEN WARNINGS.

JOBLESS NUMBERS ARE OUT

BLAIR COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE JUMPED ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT TO STAND AT 6-POINT-9 IN MAY. BEDFORD AND CLEARFIELD COUNTIES WERE ALSO UP SLIGHTLY. CAMBRIA AND CENTRE COUNTIES HELD STEADY AND HUNTINGDON COUNTY DROPPED ONE-TENTH TO 9-POINT-1. PENNSYLVANIA’S JOBLESS RATE IS THE SAME AT 7-POINT-4 PERCENT. THE NATIONAL NUMBER JUMPED ONE-TENTH TO 8-POINT-2.

SCHOOL DISTRICT RAISING TAXES

THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT ADOPTED A 116-POINT-9 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT CALLS FOR A 2-POINT-4 PERCENT INCREASE IN REAL ESTATE TAXES. ADMINISTRATORS SAY THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO CUT PROGRAMS OR FURLOUGH ANY EMPLOYEES, AND THEY ALSO DID NOT HAVE TO TAP INTO THEIR RESERVE FUND TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. THE DISTRICT IS EXPECTING TO RECEIVE 18-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING, BUT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS NOT YET PASSED A SPENDING PLAN. IF THINGS CHANGE, THE DISTRICT CAN REOPEN ITS BUDGET.