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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013

PATERNO REPORT RELEASED

4 INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS FOR THE PATERNO FAMILY CLAIM JOE PATERNO WAS NEVER PART OF A CONSPIRACY TO COVER UP JERRY SANDUSKY’S ABUSE OF CHILDREN. IN A 238 PAGE REPORT, THE INVESTIGATORS REFUTE THE CONCLUSIONS REACHED BY FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH.

SUE PATERNO WILL BE IN THE STUDIO WITH KATIE COURIC TODAY TO SHARE HER PERSPECTIVE ON THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. COURIC’S DAYTIME TALK SHOW IS NATIONALLY-SYNDICATED. PART OF THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WAS TAPED RECENTLY AT PATERNO’S STATE COLLEGE HOME.

PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP RELEASED A STATEMENT SUNDAY SAYING THEY APPLAUD THE PATERNO FAMILY FOR FILLING THE OBVIOUS VOID IN PENN STATE LEADERSHIP AND SEEKING THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT HOW A PREDATOR LIKE JERRY SANDUSKY COULD HAVE HARMED SO MANY, AND GONE UNDETECTED FOR SO LONG. A REPORT PAID FOR BY THE PATERNO FAMILY AND CONDUCTED BY INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS SAYS JOE PATERNO DID NOT CONSPIRE WITH PENN STATE LEADERS TO COVER UP SANDUSKY’S BEHAVIOR. THE INVESTIGATORS INCLUDED FORMER GOVERNOR AND U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD THORNBURGH…WORLD-RENOWNED FBI PEDOPHILE PROFILER JIM CLEMENTE…AND JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL AND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PHYSICIAN AND PSYCHIATRIST FRED BERLIN. PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP IS CALLING FOR A NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE UNIVERSITY.

FREEH POSTED A STATEMENT ON HIS WEBSITE SUNDAY SAYING – QUOTE – “"I RESPECT THE RIGHT OF THE PATERNO FAMILY TO HIRE PRIVATE LAWYERS AND FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT PUBLIC MEDIA CAMPAIGNS IN AN EFFORT TO SHAPE THE LEGACY OF JOE PATERNO. HOWEVER, I STAND BY OUR CONCLUSION THAT 4 OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AT PENN STATE FAILED TO PROTECT AGAINST A CHILD SEXUAL PREDATOR HARMING CHILDREN FOR OVER A DECADE.”

THE ATTORNEY FOR FORMER PENN STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM CURLEY MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE. IN A STATEMENT RELEASED YESTERDAY, CAROLINE ROBERTO SAYS CURLEY WAS FOOLED BY JERRY SANDUSKY. SHE POINTS TO FORMER FBI PROFILER JIM CLEMENTE’S EXPLANATION IN THE PATERNO REPORT, DETAILING THE GROOMING TECHNIQUES SANDUSKY USED TO COMMIT HIS CRIMES. CURLEY IS AWAITING TRIAL ALONG WITH FORMER UNIVERSISTY PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER AND VICE PRESIDENT GARY SCHULTZ.

FATAL ACCIDENTS

ALTOONA POLICE ARE WAITING FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING FOLLOWING THAT DEADLY WRECK EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AT 6TH AVENUE AND 17TH STREET.21YEAR OLD JORDAN GRAHAM WAS KILLED. POLICE SAY HE WAS SPEEDING THE WRONG WAY DOWN 6TH AVENUE WHEN HIS CAR SLAMMED INTO A GARBAGE TRUCK.GRAHAM WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT.

A HUNTINGDON COUNTY MAN IS DEAD AFTER AN ACCIDENT SUNDAY MORNING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH ATHERTON STREET AND BUFFALO RUN ROAD NEAR STATE COLLEGE. PATTON TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY 45 YEAR OLD CORY SLICK OF PORT MATILDA LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICK UP AROUND 4:45AM. HE SLID OFF THE ROAD AND CRASHED INTO A UNI-MART FUEL SIGN. SLICK WAS WEARING A SEAT BELT.AN ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONIST IS INVESTIGATING.

WEEKEND FIRES

A SATURDAY NIGHT FIRE DESTROYED 3 CLEARFIELD BUSINESSES AND LEFT SEVERAL PEOPLE HOMELESS. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AROUND 11 ON 3RD STREET AND AFFECTED ETHAN’S CAFE AND THE ANGRY BEAN…THE APARTMENTS ABOVE THEM…PLUS A SECOND BUILDING CONTAINING AN APARTMENT AND A PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

A CAMBRIA COUNTY FAMILY IS HOMELESS AFTER A FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT. THE BLAZE…SPARKED BY A COAL FURNACE…BROKE OUT ABOUT 7PM AT 1098 PURITAN ROAD IN PORTAGE AND THE HOUSE IS A TOTAL LOSS, BUT IT WAS INSURED AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. SHEILA WILLIAMS AND HER CHILDREN ARE BEING ASSISTED BY THE RED CROSS.

NO INJURIES IN BLAIR COUNTY STANDOFF

A POLICE STANDOFF ENDED PEACEFULLY IN NEWRY, BLAIR COUNTY, SUNDAY MORNING. ABOUT 1:30AM, 52 YEAR OLD MARK WENDT OF NEWRY ARGUED WITH HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, THEN FIRED A GUN INTO THE HOUSE SHE WAS INSIDE ALONG WITH HER BROTHER. THE STATE POLICE SPECIAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM WENT TO WENDT’S HOME ON HELEN STREET NEAR CATFISH ROAD, BUT HE REFUSED TO COME OUT UNTIL ABOUT 10:30 AFTER COPS SET OFF A FLASH GRENADE.  NO ONE WAS INJURED AND WENDT IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND FIRING A WEAPON INTO AN OCCUPIED STRUCTURE.

JOHNSTOWN GUN BATTLE

JOHNSTOWN POLICE RECOVERED SEVERAL BUNDLES OF HEROIN SATURDAY AFTER SHOTS WERE FIRED ON CYPRESS AVENUE. 2 GROUPS OF BLACK MALES WERE REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN A RUNNING GUNBATTLE AROUND 2:45PM. POLICE LATER HEARD AT LEAST 15 TO 20 SHOTS FIRED ON CENTRAL AVENUE, BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

SCASD TAX HIKE?
THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE A PRELIMINARY VOTE TONIGHT ON A POSSIBLE 3-POINT-2 PERCENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE. THEY ARE TRYING TO BALANCE A 120 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR. THE HIKE WOULD COST THE AVERAGE PROPERTY OWNER AN EXTRA 85-DOLLARS.

FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL IMPROVEMENTS

GROUNDBREAKING IS SCHEDULED THIS SUMMER FOR A VISITOR CENTER, PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS AT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL NEAR SHANKSVILLE. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OFFICIALS TOLD THE FLIGHT 93 ADVISORY COMMISSION SATURDAY THAT FINAL DOCUMENTS WILL BE READY FOR CONTRACTING NO LATER THAN MARCH 19TH. THE PROJECT TOTALS 20 MILLION DOLLARS. THE FINAL PHASE TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 2016 WILL BE THE 93-FOOT TOWER OF VOICES CONTAINING 40 WIND CHIMES.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES

THE TORCH WAS LIT LAST NIGHT AT JOHNSTOWN’S CENTRAL PARK TO KICK OFF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES. ABOUT 350 ATHLETES WILL SPEND TODAY AND TOMORROW COMPETING IN EVENTS LIKE SKIING AND ICE SKATING. EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED AT PLANET ICE, THE CAMBRIA COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL ARENA, BLUE KNOB ALL SEASONS SKI RESORT AND HIDDEN VALLEY FOUR SEASONS RESORT.