Tuesday August 7 2012

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

NEW PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER RYAN MCCOMBIE HOPES TO APPEAL THE NCAA’S HARSH SANCTIONS AND HE WROTE A LETTER TO HIS FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS SAYING THE FREEH REPORT IS NOT THE EQUIVALENT OF A LEGAL HEARING OR REVIEW. ACCORDING TO MCCOMBIE, NO ONE TESTIFIED UNDER OATH…MULTIPLE KEY WITNESSES WERE NOT INTERVIEWED…ACCUSED PARTIES WERE NOT GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE TO RESPOND…THE FINDINGS WERE HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE…AND SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS ARE STILL WAITING TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT. MCCOMBIE WANTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON HAD THE AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO THE CONSENT DECREE WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL. ESPN SAYS THE APPEAL IS LIKELY TO BE REJECTED BY THE NCAA AND FOLLOWED BY A FEDERAL LAWSUIT BY THE TRUSTEES.

THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE WILL NOT PROVIDE THE DEFENSE TEAMS FOR FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ WITH DISCOVERY MATERIALS REQUESTED IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR UPCOMING PERJURY TRIAL. PROSECUTORS CALL SOME OF THE REQUESTS “OVERLY BROAD AND VAGUE.” THEY DO PLAN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE INTERVIEW STATEMENTS BY INVESTIGATORS, BUT NOT NOTES OR OTHER ITEMS FROM THE CASE. A PRETRIAL HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR CURLEY AND SCHULTZ AUGUST 16TH IN HARRISBURG.

FATAL WRECKS

A BLAIR COUNTY MAN DIED IN A 2-CAR CRASH SHORTLY BEFORE NOON MONDAY IN FREEDOM TOWNSHIP. POLICE SAY 31 YEAR OLD MICHAEL PONDER OF ROARING SPRING WAS DRIVING IN THE WRONG LANE DOWN CREAM HOLLOW ROAD WHEN HE COLLIDED WITH A CAR CARRYING 3 EAST FREEDOM TEENAGERS. ONE OF THE BOYS WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES AND THE OTHERS WERE TREATED AT THE SCENE. TOXICOLOGY TESTS HAVE BEEN ORDERED AND AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TODAY.

A CENTRE COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A CRASH BLAMED ON DISTRACTED DRIVING. POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD DANIELLE PACKER OF BELLEFONTE WAS NORTHBOUND ON ROUTE 150 IN BENNER TOWNSHIP ABOUT 9:30 LAST NIGHT WHEN SHE DRIFTED INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANES AND STRUCK A CAR HEAD-ON. THE OTHER DRIVER, 25 YEAR OLD MATTHEW SNYDER OF HOWARD, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. PACKER HAD JUST MINOR INJURIES AND HER FEMALE PASSENGER WAS UNHURT. NO SEATBELTS WERE IN USE.

DAD SURRENDERS

37 YEAR OLD BRIAN ROLES OF JOHNSTOWN SURRENDERED TO AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY TO FACE HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHIL DRIVING DRUNK CHARGES IN THE APRIL CRASH THAT KILLED HIS 16 YEAR OLD SON, BRIAN JUNIOR, AND ALSO INJURED ANOTHER TEENAGE FAMILY MEMBER. POLICE SAY ROLES PICKUP HIT A UTILITY POLE ALONG WILLIAM PENN AVENUE. ROLES IS ALSO FACING AN UNRELATED SET OF CHARGES INCLUDING DRUG POSSESSION, PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. HE HAS WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING AND IS IN REHAB. IF HE LEAVES TREATMENT, HE WILL BE LOCKED UP.

INMATE STRANGLED IN HIS CELL

STATE POLICE HAVE STILL NOT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISONER WHO ALLEGEDLY STRANGLED 28 YEAR OLD INMATE WILLIAM SHERRY OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT HE IS REPORTEDLY A STATE INMATE WHO WAS BEING HOUSED TEMPORARILY AT THE COUNTY PRISON AFTER BEING BROUGHT THERE FOR A COURT HEARING. CORONER DENNIS KWIATKOWSKI SAYS A BED SHEET WAS USED TO STRANGLE THE VICTIM AND THE CELL THEN WAS “STAGED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A SUICIDE.” NO WORD WHEN CHARGES WILL BE FILED.

ACCUSED GUNMAN BUSTED IN NORTH CAROLINA

27 YEAR OLD SHY-TY-QUON LAWTON OF JOHNSTOWN FLED THE CITY AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH SHOOTING CARDELL CLINTON OUTSIDE EDDER’S DEN BAR IN JUNE…AND, AFTER LAW ENFORCEMENT RECEIVED NUMEROUS TIPS…HE WAS FINALLY CAPTURED SATURDAY IN NORTH CAROLINA AND HE ALLEGEDLY HAD ECSTACY PILLS AND MARIJUANA ON HIM ALONG WITH 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH. DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN SAYS LAWTON WILL BE EXTRADITED. WHILE POLICE INVESTIGATED THE SHOOTING, OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED 27-YEAR-OLD ELIP CHEATHAM WHOM THEY CLAIM ACCELERATED HIS CAR AT THEM. CLINTON SAYS HIS COUSIN WAS JUST DRIVING HIM TO THE HOSPITAL. THAT PROBE CONTINUES INTO WHETHER POLICE RIGHTFULLY USED DEADLY FORCE.

CARROLLTOWN HOUSE FIRE

CAMBRIA COUNTY FIRE CREWS SAY A HOUSE ON SUNSET ROAD IN CARROLLTOWN SUSTAINED HEAVY DAMAGE WHEN FIRE BROKE OUT ABOUT 6 LAST EVENING. ALL THE CONTENTS WERE DESTROYED, BUT NO ONE WAS HOME AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED BY A PASSING MOTORIST.

DOOR KNOCKERS WERE NOT SCAM ARTISTS

RESPOND POWER AND MAJOR ENERGY OF NEW YORK HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE COMPANIES HAD REPRESENTATIVES GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN TYRONE THIS WEEKEND, ASKING RESIDENTS TO CHANGE THEIR ENERGY PROVIDER. THEY REQUESTED PEOPLE’S ELECTRIC BILLS AND WANTED PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE ADDRESS AND NAME. TYRONE POLICE SAY THEY RECEIVED CALLS FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN RESIDENTS WHO THOUGHT THE MEN MAY HAVE BEEN UP TO NO GOOD.

HOLES IN GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM

WJAC REPORTS THAT POLICE HAVE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION AT CENTRAL CAMBRIA HIGH SCHOOL IN EBENSBURG AFTER CLEANING CREWS DISCOVERED 2 HOLES THAT LOOK INTO A GIRLS' LOCKER ROOM. SUPERINTENDENT VINCENT DILEO SAYS THEY WERE DRILLED THROUGH TO A JANITOR’S STORAGE CLOSET, BUT HE THINKS THEY ARE OLD…AND THERE WERE SO MANY SUPPLIES INSIDE THE CLOSET THAT NO ONE WOULD HAVE HAD ACCESS ANYWAY. IT IS NOT CLEAR AT THIS TIME IF THE HOLES INVOLVE ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN PLUGGED UP AND STAFF MEMBERS HAVE GONE THROUGH THE LOCKER ROOMS AND BATHROOMS OF ALL CENTRAL CAMBRIA BUILDINGS TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO SIMILAR HOLES.

HUMAN CASES OF WEST NILE VIRUS

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS REPORTING THE FIRST 2 HUMAN CASES OF THE WEST NILE VIRUS IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS YEAR. A FRANKLIN COUNTY WOMAN IS RECOVERING AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED WITH MENINGITIS DUE TO THE VIRUS AND A LANCASTER COUNTY WOMAN CONTRACTED WEST NILE FEVER, THE MILDER FORM. OFFICIALS ALSO SAY SAMPLING SHOWS HIGHER NUMBERS OF INFECTED MOSQUITOES THAN ANY OTHER SUMMER SINCE MONITORING BEGAN 10 YEARS AGO. SO FAR, THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND IN 42 COUNTIES. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS 4 PEOPLE IN THE U-S HAVE DIED THIS YEAR FROM WEST NILE VIRUS AND SINCE JANUARY ABOUT 240 PEOPLE HAVE CONTRACTED IT. THE RISK WILL NOT END UNTIL THE FIRST HARD FROST.