Tuesday May 1 2012

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

FORMER COPS NAMED IN CIVIL SUIT

FORMER ALTOONA POLICE OFFICERS DUANE EICHENLAUB AND ERIC KRINER ARE NOW NAMED IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT, FILED BY EARL ESHELMAN OF ALTOONA WHO WAS BADLY BEATEN AT PELLEGRINE’S LOUNGE IN MAY OF 2010, ALONG WITH ANOTHER MAN, HERMAN “BO” LARDIERI. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE SUIT ALSO NAMES PELLY’S, FOR NOT PROVIDING ADEQUATE SECURITY AND FOR SERVING THE COPS WHILE THEY WERE VISIBLY INTOXICATED.LARDIERI’S ATTORNEY IS PLANNING TO FILE SUIT THIS WEEK.EICHENLAUB AND KRINER ARE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND TRYING TO COVER UP THE INCIDENT. THEY ARE DUE AT A PRE-TRIAL HEARING MAY 21ST.

5 YEAR OLD & MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN D-U-I WRECKS

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD COUNTY SAY 23 YEAR OLD CORY CHILDERS OF BEDFORD WILL FACE CHARGES INCLUDING HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK. EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, HIS CAR SLAMMED INTO A MINI-VAN ON BUSINESS ROUTE 220, KILLING A 5 YEAR OLD HAGERSTOWN BOY. THE BOY’S FATHER, 52-YEAR-OLD RORY JENKINS…28-YEAR-OLD AMANDA WINTERS…AND A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY IN THE VAN WERE ALL INJURED. CHILDERS...WHO IS RECOVERING AT ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER…WAS ON PROBATION IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE AND WAS NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ALCOHOL.

POLICE IN FREEDOM TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY, SAY 53 YEAR OLD JOHN MCANDREW OF DUNCANSVILLE HAD A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL MORE THAN TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A MOTORCYCLE FRIDAY NIGHT, KILLING 32 YEAR OLD PHILLIP BOTTENFIELD OF HOLLIDAYSBURG. IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF KNOB ROAD AND MOYER ROAD AND MCANDREW TOLD POLICE HE DIDN’T SEE THE BIKE.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JUDGE JOHN CLELAND IS GIVING JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING TO ANSWER STATE PROSECUTOR’S COMPLAINTS THAT THE DEFENSE IS IMPROPERLY USING ITS SUBPOENA POWER.KEYSTONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ASKING THE JUDGE TO THROW OUT A DEFENSE SUBPOENA THAT IS SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT ONE OF THE ALLEGED VICTIMS, INCLUDING INTELLIGENCE TESTS, DISCIPLINE RECORDS, AND GRADE REPORTS. PROSECUTORS CALLED THE USE OF THE SUBPOENA AND OTHERS LIKE IT A “FISHING EXPEDITION.”

AS PENN STATE CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL, COSTS HAVE PASSED THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR MARK. JUST LAST WEEK, THE UNIVERSITY AGREED TO SPEND 2-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS WITH 2 PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS…AND NOW A TOTAL OF 6 PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS ARE HANDLING DAMAGE CONTROL. PENN STATE WILL ALSO HIRE AN INTERNATIONAL AUDITOR TO CONDUCT THE ALUMNI TRUSTEES ELECTION COUNT. VOTING CONTINUES THROUGH THURSDAY AND THE 3 WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY. PENN STATE SAYS THE COSTS WILL BE COVERED BY INSURANCE POLICIES.

ACCUSED GUNMAN WANTS OUT OF COUNTY JURY

JOSEPH OLECKI OF ALTOONA HAS FILED A MOTION ASKING FOR AN OUT-OF-COUNTY JURY DUE TO PUBLICITY SURROUNDING HIS CASE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, DOCTORS AT NORRISTOWN STATE HOSPITAL DETERMINED THAT HE IS NOW MENTALLY COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL FOR A 2009 SHOOTING SPREE. POLICE SAY OLECKI AND HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND BROKE UP, SO HE USED AN ASSAULT RIFLE TO FIRE 21 ROUNDS INTO HER HOUSE. THE NEXT DAY, OLECKI ALLEGEDLY WOUNDED 2 PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO HIS MOTHER IN SCRANTON. ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY WADE KAGARISE TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR IT LOOKS LIKE OLECKI WILL BE TRIED FIRST IN BLAIR COUNTY.

RAPE & ASSAULT

29 YEAR OLD MATTHEW WASHKO IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON, CHARGED WITH RAPING, TORTURING AND BEATING A WOMAN IN FRONT OF A 2 YEAR OLD CHILD OVER A 4-DAY PERIOD LAST WEEK. THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE SHE WAS FINALLY ABLE TO ESCAPE THEIR LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP HOME ON SATURDAY.  
BAIL IS SET AT 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND A PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED MONDAY.

ST. COLLEGE DRUG SALES

27 YEAR OLD JAMES FELDER OF JOHNSTOWN IS NOW IN THE STATE PRISON AT HOUTZDALE, CHARGED WITH BUYING DRUGS IN NEW JERSEY AND SELLING THEM THE STATE COLLEGE AREA. STATE POLICE SAY UNDERCOVER AGENTS BOUGHT HEROIN FROM FELDER ON 4 SEPARATE OCCASIONS BETWEEN DECEMBER 14TH AND JANUARY 14TH. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY.

DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER IN 79TH HOUSE DISTRICT

IN LAST WEEK’S PRIMARY ELECTION, REPUBLICANS OUSTED LONG-TIME STATE REPRESENTATIVE RICK GEIST IN FAVOR OF PENN STATE ALTOONA FINANCE PROFESSOR JOHN MCGINNIS…AND NOW RICHARD FLAREND HAS BEEN DECLARED THE DEMOCRATIC WRITE-IN WINNER WITH 320 VOTES. FLAREND IS A PENN STATE ALTOONA PHYSICS AND ENERGY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR. HE TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT HE IS WILLING TO DEBATE MCGINNIS, UNLIKE GEIST.

COACHES CARAVAN

THE 18-STOP PENN STATE COACHES CARAVAN KICKED OFF YESTERDAY IN PHILADELPHIA AS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROGER WILLIAMS GRABBED A MIC AND STARTED A “WE ARE PENN STATE” CHANT. MORE THAN 250 ALUMNI AND FANS SHOWED UP TO MEET NEW FOOTBALL COACH BILL O’BRIEN WHO SAID HIS TEAM WILL SING THE ALMA MATER WITH THE BLUE BAND AFTER EACH HOME GAME. MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH PATRICK CHAMBERS WAS ALSO THERE. TODAY, THE CARAVAN STOPS IN BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON, D.C. 10 OTHER HEAD COACHES ARE SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME OF THE EVENTS.

FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER

FORMER PRESIDENTS BILL CLINTON AND GEORGE W. BUSH…AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER WILL HOST A FUNDRAISER IN WASHINGTON THIS MONTH FOR THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL. THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION SAYS THE MAY 15TH BENEFIT AIMS TO SECURE FUNDING TO COMPLETE THE MEMORIAL, INCLUDING A “TOWER OF VOICES” CONTAINING 40 HUGE WIND CHIMES AND A LEARNING CENTER. PREVIOUS EFFORTS RAISED ABOUT 62 MILLION DOLLARS…ENOUGH TO OPEN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE MEMORIAL NEAR SHANKSVILLE IN SOMERSET COUNTY. ANOTHER 14 MILLION IS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PROJECT.