Friday May 11 2012

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JUDGE JOHN CLELAND HAS NOT YET RULED ON A DEFENSE REQUEST FOR A TRIAL DELAY IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE, BUT THE DEFENSE WILL GET SOME OF THE INFORMATION HIS LAWYERS SUBPOENAED.THE JUDGE YESTERDAY GAVE SANDUSKY ACCESS TO REPORTS OR DOCUMENTS REGARDING HIS CONDUCT FROM THE SECOND MILE. JUNIATA COLLEGE HAS TO PROVIDE A SANDUSKY BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION FOR A COACHING JOB, BUT THE COLLEGE CAN BLACK OUT THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO WERE INTERVIEWED. THE KEYSTONE CENTRAL, MIFFLIN COUNTY, AND BALD EAGLE SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST TURN OVER ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALLEGED VICTIMS THAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY PRIVACY LAWS, INCLUDING HEALTH RECORDS.

APPEARING ON RADIO PA’S “ASK THE GOVERNOR” PROGRAM, TOM CORBETT TALKED ABOUT THE ESPN MAGAZINE ARTICLE THAT CRITICIZED HIS ROLE IN THE FIRING OF JOE PATERNO. CORBETT CALLED THE ARTICLE “SLOPPY JOURNALISM” AND DENIED HE WAS BEHIND PATERNO’S FIRING IN NOVEMBER. THE GOVERNOR ALSO SAID HE PLANS TO MEET WITH NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER ANTHONY LUBRANO WHO HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF CORBETT.

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT CENTRE COUNTY HAS RECEIVED THE GO-AHEAD FROM THE STATE TO OFFER SOME CORE COURT SERVICES IN PENN STATE’S LAW BUILDING DURING THE JERRY SANDUSKY TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH. THOSE SERVICES INCLUDE ONES OFFERED BY THE PROTHONOTARY’S OFFICE… THE PUBLIC DEFENDER…AND PROBATION AND PAROLE. PRESIDENT JUDGE THOMAS KING KISTLER SAYS EACH OFFICE WILL REMAIN OPEN IN THE COURTHOUSE BUT OFFER A SMALLER, SATELLITE SERVICE IN THE LEWIS KATZ BUILDING UNTIL THE TRIAL IS OVER.

SOLDIER’S FUNERAL TODAY AT ARLINGTON

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT YESTERDAY ORDERED ALL U.S. AND PENNSYLVANIA FLAGS IN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX AND AT COMMONWEALTH FACILITIES IN CLINTON COUNTY TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF TODAY TO HONOR U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN MICHAEL BRADEN. BRADEN, ORIGINALLY FROM LOCK HAVEN, DIED APRIL 18TH AT A MEDICAL FACILITY IN AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS 31 AND PREVIOUSLY SERVED IN IRAQ. BRADEN WILL BE BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY LATER TODAY.

DEATH ROW INMATES WANT TO APPEAL AGAIN

ANDRE STATON IS ON DEATH ROW FOR THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND, BEVERLY YOHN, IN ALTOONA…NOW HE WANTS TO FILE ANOTHER APPEAL WITH THE STATE SUPREME COURT EVEN THOUGH THE COURT DENIED HIM BACK IN FEBRUARY. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT STATON HAS ASKED BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE ELIZABETH DOYLE TO GRANT HIM A STAY OF EXECUTION.
GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT HAS NOT YET SIGNED STATON’S DEATH WARRANT.

PREPARING FOR MURDER TRIAL

AT A PRE-TRIAL HEARING YESTERDAY IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, IT APPEARED THAT DEFENSE ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING 19 YEAR OLD DOMINIC BERRY OF JOHNSTOWN MAY BE PLANNING TO CLAIM SELF-DEFENSE WHEN HE STANDS TRIAL FOR THE DECEMBER 22ND SHOOTING DEATH OF 19 YEAR OLD DESEAN ALSTON AT THE SOLOMON HOMES HOUSING PROJECT. JURY SELECTION IS SET FOR JUNE 7TH AND 8TH, WITH TESTIMONY TO BEGIN JUNE 12TH OR 13TH. BERRY FLED AFTER THE SHOOTING AND WAS CAPTURED IN OHIO A FEW WEEKS LATER.

DEALERS BUSTED

ARMED WITH 37 ARREST WARRANTS, STATE AND LOCAL DRUG AGENTS STARTING ROUNDING UP SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS IN THE ALTOONA AREA YESTERDAY MORNING. MORE THAN 2 DOZEN ALLEGED STREET-LEVEL DEALERS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY, ACCUSED OF SELLING PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS AND ILLEGAL DRUGS. ATTORNEY GENERAL LINDA KELLY SAYS THE BUST IS THE RESULT OF A 4 MONTH COOPERATIVE INVESTIGATION.

THOUSANDS OF BRIDGES ARE IN BAD SHAPE

STATE AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER VISITED JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY AND SAID CAMBRIA COUNTY MOTORISTS ARE 9 TIMES AS LIKELY TO PASS A STRUCTURALLY-DEFICIENT BRIDGE THAN A MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT. THERE ARE NEARLY 5-THOUSAND STRUCTURALLY-DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN THE STATE...72 IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, INCLUDING 12 IN JOHNSTOWN. THERE ARE 86 IN BLAIR COUNTY…AND 79 IN CENTRE COUNTY. WAGNER IS CALLING ON GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PASS A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THIS SPRING.

DISASTER DRILL AT LOCAL AIRPORT

THE ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT WILL STAGE A DISASTER SIMULATION TOMORROW FEATURING VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL AGENCIES WHO WILL ACT AS VICTIMS. THE DRILL WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. AIRPORT MANAGER CHUCK PILLAR TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT LOCAL FOLKS SHOULD NOT STOP BY TO WATCH THE EXERCISE BECAUSE THEY COULD GET IN THE WAY.

FOOD DRIVE TOMORROW

THE 20TH ANNUAL NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE IS TOMORROW AND THE POSTAL SERVICE IS HOPING TO COLLECT MORE THAN 25 TONS OF DONATED FOOD. RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO PUT OUT BAGS OR BOXES OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD THAT CAN BE PICKED UP BY THEIR MAIL CARRIERS WHILE MAKING THEIR REGULAR SATURDAY DELIVERIES. ITEMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO AREA FOOD BANKS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO
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LOCAL SCHOOLS MAKE THE GRADE

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT SAYS STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ONE OF THE TOP HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE STATE, RANKING AT NUMBER 24 IN PENNSYLVANIA. IT IS ONE OF ONLY 49 SCHOOLS IN THE STATE TO EARN SILVER STATUS. THE RANKINGS LOOK AT HOW COLLEGE-READY STUDENTS ARE BASED ON READING AND MATH TESTS… HOW THEIR LEAST ADVANTAGED STUDENTS DO…AND HOW SENIORS DO ON ADVANCE PLACEMENT TESTS. ALTOONA, BELLWOOD ANTIS, AND PENNS VALLEY AREA HIGH SCHOOLS EARNED BRONZE AWARDS.