Thursday August 2 2012

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA TELLS THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES THE FORMER COACH IS HOPING TO GET A NEW TRIAL ON APPEAL…AND HE’S DISTRAUGHT OVER THE NCAA’S TOUGH SANCTIONS AGAINST PENN STATE. AMENDOLA SAYS – QUOTE -- “HE NEVER, NEVER DREAMED THAT ANYTHING HE WAS ACCUSED OF DOING WOULD HAVE THIS TYPE OF IMPACT ON PENN STATE — NOT ONLY ATHLETICS, BUT THE UNIVERSITY AS A WHOLE”. MEANWHILE, AMENDOLA SAYS SANDUSKY IS TRYING TO KEEP HIS SPIRITS UP AS HE AWAITS SENTENCING. HE’S WRITING A STATEMENT TO READ TO THE JUDGE.

THE NCAA HAS APPOINTED FORMER U-S SENATOR GEORGE MITCHELL TO OVERSEE PENN STATE’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE HARSH SANCTIONS. OFFICIALS SAY MITCHELL WILL HAVE “BROAD ACCESS” TO THE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING ITS RECORDS AND PERSONNEL. IF THE NCAA FINDS THAT PENN STATE HAS BREACHED THE ATHLETICS INTEGRITY AGREEMENT, IT CAN IMPOSE ADDITIONAL PENALTIES. PENN STATE SPOKESMAN DAVID LA TORRE SAID THE UNIVERSITY LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MITCHELL.

IN ALTOONA YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT TALKED ABOUT THE CRITICISM HE HAS RECEIVED FOR NOT FILING CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY IN 1998. HE TOLD AN ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTER “45 OF 48 COUNTS. THAT’S HOW YOU ANSWER THAT.” CORBETT SAID HE WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT PENN STATE’S ADMINISTRATION AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES IMPLEMENT THE FREEH REPORT’S RECOMMENDATIONS. HE ALSO SAID THE SCANDAL WOULD NOT DAMAGE THE WORLD-CLASS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.

HEARING FOR ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 39 YEAR OLD TABATHA PARTSCH OF CLAYSBURG WHO IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND, ACCUSED OF SERIAL CHILD MOLESTATION. PARTSCH IS CHARGED WITH RAPING AND ASSAULTING A NUMBER OF PRE-TEENS AND YOUNG TEENAGERS AT HER HOME OVER THE PAST YEAR…RECORDING SOME OF THE INCIDENTS ON HER CELLPHONE…AND SHOWING THE KIDS PORNOGRAPHY. POLICE SAY SHE EVEN FORCED ONE TEEN TO ASSAULT A 5-YEAR OLD GIRL WHILE SHE WATCHED. PARTSCH’S HUSBAND, PATRICK, SAYS HE NEVER SAW HER DO ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE WITH CHILDREN AND HE TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR “EVERY ADULT HAS PORN ON THEIR COMPUTER.”

WARRANT ISSUED FOR JOHNSTOWN DAD

37 YEAR OLD BRIAN ROLES OF EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, IS ACCUSED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL BACK IN APRIL WHEN HIS S-U-V CRASHED ON WILLIAM PENN AVENUE. HIS 16 YEAR OLD SON, BRIAN JUNIOR, WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. HE DIED FROM HEAD AND NECK INJURIES. A SECOND JUVENILE FAMILY MEMBER ALSO HAD MINOR INJURIES. NOW AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ROLES WHO WAS ALSO DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-281-16-80.

SERIAL STREAKER IN COURT

CHARGES AGAINST SERIAL STREAKER 50 YEAR OLD KELVIN FLORY WERE BOUND OVER FOR POSSIBLE TRIAL WEDNESDAY DURING HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING. FLORY WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK WHEN STATE COLLEGE POLICE TACKLED HIM AS HE WAS RUNNING NAKED. HE’S BEEN ARRESTED 16 TIMES FOR STREAKING AND TOUCHING HIMSELF IN PUBLIC. FLORY IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON ON 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

DEALERS ROUNDED UP

STATE AND LOCAL DRUG AGENTS ROUNDED UP 9 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS YESTERDAY MORNING IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE ZANIC SAYS THE SUSPECTS ARE LOW-LEVEL DEALERS OF MARIJUANA, COCAINE, AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 21 YEAR OLD SKYLAR HEASTER OF MOUNT UNION. HE’S ACCUSED OF SELLING MORPHINE.

NOT GUILTY OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

FREDERICK MOORE OF UNION TOWNSHIP WAS CHARGED WITH 2 COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR’S CHINESE CRESTED TERRIER PUPPY LAST APRIL. FOLLOWING A NON-JURY TRIAL, MOORE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY. HE TESTIFIED THAT HE SHOT THE DOG, THINKING IT WAS A STRAY THAT MIGHT SCARE OR INJURE HIS 2 HORSES. THE JUDGE CONVICTED MOORE ON A SUMMARY CRIMINAL MISCHIEF COUNT AND ORDERED HIM TO PAY A 300 DOLLAR FINE AND 150 DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION TO THE DOG’S OWNER. A STATE POLICE TROOPER ALSO TESTIFIED THAT MOORE BURIED THE DOG IN A PILE OF MANURE, BUT HE DENIED THAT.

CORBETT ON DRUGS & GANGS

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT ATTENDED THE “PENNSYLVANIA GANGS, DRUGS, AND CRIME” SYMPOSIUM YESTERDAY AT THE CASINO AT LAKEMONT PARK. HE TOLD THE CROWD POLICE OFFICERS MUST WORK TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF OUR CITIES AND TOWNS…TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN GANGS, VIOLENCE, AND DRUGS FIND A NEW PATH IN LIFE. SINCE CORBETT BECAME STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN 1995, PENNSYLVANIA’S STATE PRISON POPULATION JUMPED FROM 25-THOUSAND INMATES TO MORE THAN 51-THOUSAND.

BIRD STRIKE BLAMED FOR LOCAL AIRPORT DELAYS

YESTERDAY WAS SPIRIT AIRLINES FIRST DAY AS THE OPERATOR AT THE ALTOONA AND JOHNSTOWN AIRPORTS…AND FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED. OFFICIALS TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT THE DELAYS WERE BECAUSE THE AIRCRAFT HAD TO UNDERGO A MECHANICAL REVIEW AFTER STRIKING A BIRD WHILE FLYING INTO THE JOHNSTOWN AIRPORT. ONCE THE PLANE CHECKED OUT, PASSENGERS WERE ON THEIR WAY.

CONTRACTOR LAYS OFF DOZENS

GLENN O. HAWBAKER LAID OFF MORE THAN 60 WORKERS TUESDAY AND COMPANY PRESIDENT DAN HAWBAKER SAYS IT’S BECAUSE OF INACTION BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT. HAWBAKER SAYS LAWMAKERS AND GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON FINDING AND PRODUCING FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. HE PREDICTS ANOTHER 15- TO 30-THOUSAND MORE JOB LOSSES ARE POSSIBLE STATEWIDE IN THE PAVING AND HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT YEAR IF MONEY ISN’T FREED UP FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE EFFORTS. HAWBAKER HAS FURLOUGHED MORE THAN 110 WORKERS THIS YEAR.