Wednesday June 27 2012

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ADOPTED SON, MATT, SAYS HE RECENTLY RECALLED THAT THE FORMER COACH STARTED ABUSING HIM WHEN HE WAS 8 YEARS OLD, BEFORE HE WAS ADOPTED AND WHILE HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE SECOND MILE PROGRAM. IT CONTINUED OFF AND ON UNTIL HE WAS ABOUT 15. A TAPED INTERVIEW HE GAVE TO POLICE WAS LEAKED TO THE MEDIA…AND NOW JUDGE JOHN CLELAND HAS ISSUED AN ORDER TO STOP THIS KIND OF INFORMATION FROM BEING LEAKED BECAUSE IT COULD AFFECT ON-GOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. MATT REPORTEDLY WENT TO AUTHORITIES DURING SANDUSKY’S TRIAL AND OFFERED TO TESTIFY AS A REBUTTAL WITNESS IF JERRY SANDUSKY TOOK THE STAND. IN THE END, HE DID NOT…AND SANDUSKY WAS CONVICTED ON 45 OF 48 COUNTS. HE’S NOW AWAITING SENTENCING IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON.

JERRY SANDUSKY IS STILL UNDER SUICIDE WATCH AND THE FIRST OF 2 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IS EXPECTED TO BE DONE FRIDAY TO DETERMINE IF HE CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF ISOLATION. HE WILL ALSO UNDERGO AN EXAM TO DETERMINE IF HE IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. ACTING PRISON ADMINISTRATOR DENISE ELBELL SAYS SANDUSKY WAS ALLOWED TO TALK TO HIS WIFE ON THE PHONE MONDAY NIGHT…AND REPORTS OF OTHER INMATES TAUNTING HIM BY SINGING ARE FALSE.

3 OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S VICTIMS ARE ASKING A JUDGE TO STOP THE SECOND MILE FROM TRANSFERRING 2-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS TO ARROW CHILD AND FAMILY MINISTRIES OF TEXAS AS PART OF ITS PLAN TO CLOSE FOR GOOD. ATTORNEYS SAY THE CHARITY COULD BE SUED AND NOT HAVE ENOUGH ASSETS TO PAY OUT DAMAGES. THE SECOND MILE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF SELLING ITS PROPERTIES, INCLUDING ITS MAIN OFFICE SPACE ON SOUTH ATHERTON STREET IN STATE COLLEGE.

A BILL DESIGNED TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX ABUSE IS HEADING TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE. THE BILL…PASSED BY THE STATE SENATE YESTERDAY AND THE HOUSE MONDAY…REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO TRAIN ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH CHILDREN TO NOTICE THE SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. THEY WOULD HAVE TO TAKE 3 HOURS OF TRAINING EVERY 5 YEARS. THE MEASURE ALSO REQUIRES THOSE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO REPORT THE ABUSE TO AUTHORITIES.

WAS POLICE SHOOTING JUSTIFIED?

JOHNSTOWN POLICE KILLED 27 YEAR OLD ELIP CHEATHAM EARLY MONDAY AND NOW STATE POLICE WILL DETERMINE IF THE SHOOTING WAS JUSTIFIED. THE INCIDENT BEGAN WITH A FIGHT OUTSIDE EDDER’S DEN BAR IN OAKHURST WHEN SHY-TYQUON LAWTON SHOT CARDELL CLINTON IN THE HIP. LAWTON FLED IN A CAR DRIVEN BY LATOYA JUST AND THEY WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY NEARBY. CLINTON GOT INTO CHEATHAM’S CAR AND CHEATHAM ACCELERATED TOWARD POLICE WHEN THEY ORDERED HIM TO STOP. ANOTHER PASSENGER, HAYWARD GAINES, WAS ALSO SHOT…THEN TREATED AND RELEASED AT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. CLINTON IS HOSPITALIZED IN FAIR CONDITION. THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING REMAIN ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.
CLINTON, CHEATHAM, LAWTON AND GAINES HAVE ALL SERVED JAIL TIME IN THE PAST.  

INSANITY DEFENSE FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT?

DOCTORS AT NORRISTOWN STATE HOSPITAL SAY JOSEPH OLECKI OF ALTOONA IS MENTALLY COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL FOR A 2009 SHOOTING SPREE, BUT THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS HE MAY BE PLANNING AN INSANITY DEFENSE. 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. OLECKI’S ATTORNEY YESTERDAY ASKED BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE HIRAM CARPENTER FOR AN OUT-OF-COUNTY JURY AND THE APPOINTMENT OF A PSYCHIATRIST AND AN INVESTIGATOR. THE JUDGE SAID LAWYERS WILL FIRST TRY TO SELECT A LOCAL JURY.

STABBING SUSPECT DUE IN COURT

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 19 YEAR OLD JOHN FREDERICK OF HOUTZDALE WHO IS CHARGED WITH STABBING ANOTHER MAN LAST WEDNESDAY AT A HOUSE ON THE 18-HUNDRED BLOCK OF 12TH AVENUE IN ALTOONA. POLICE SAY FREDERICK AND WILLIAM GOLSON ARGUED OVER A FEMALE AND FREDERICK STABBED GOLSEN 3 TIMES. HE WAS TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER. FREDERICK IS JAILED ON 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

2 WRECKS

STATE POLICE IN BLAIR COUNTY SAY 22 YEAR OLD BETH-ANN BONSELL OF TYRONE WAS DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN SHE CRASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD ROUTE 220 AND BALD EAGLE PIKE IN SNYDER TOWNSHIP. HER PASSENGER, 22 YEAR OLD BROOKE RORABAUGH OF TYRONE, SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES AND BONSELL HAD MINOR INJURIES. THE OTHER DRIVER, 22 YEAR OLD KASSIE FARETTA OF TYRONE, IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER.

25 YEAR OLD THOMAS NOVOSEL OF BELLEFONTE IS IN MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER WITH MODERATE INJURIES AFTER A FIERY CRASH TUESDAY EVENING ON THE BENNER TOWNSHIP ON-RAMP TO I-99. STATE POLICE SAY NOVOSEL WAS SPEEDING WHEN HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF THE ROAD…STRUCK A BARRIER…AND SPUN COUNTERCLOCKWISE. HIS CAR BECAME FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. NOVOSEL WAS CITED FOR CARELESS DRIVING.

ARREST IN ARMED ROBBERIES

POLICE IN LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, HAVE ARRESTED ROBERT RUNYAN AND CHARGED HIM WITH 2 ARMED ROBBERIES. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE RUNYAN IS THE MAN WHO HELD UP THE KWIK FILL IN HYDE TUESDAY NIGHT… SHOWING THE CLERK A GUN AND DEMANDING CASH. HE’S ALSO CHARGED WITH ROBBING THE FUEL-ON IN CURWENSVILLE AT GUNPOINT FRIDAY NIGHT. RUNYAN IS IN THE CLEARFIELD COUNTY JAIL.

WORKING ON A BUDGET

HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE SCRAMBLING TO COMPLETE A BUDGET BEFORE THE NEW FISCAL YEAR BEGINS SUNDAY. YESTERDAY, THEY RELEASED A SPREADSHEET SHOWING THAT BLAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE OVER 80-MILLION DOLLARS…1-POINT-1 MILLION MORE THAN ORIGINALLY PROPOSED BY GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT. THE ALLOTMENT FOR BEDFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS IS GOING UP 536-THOUSAND DOLLARS. AN EXTRA 490-THOUSAND FOR CAMBRIA COUNTY SCHOOLS. 316 THOUSAND FOR CLEARFIELD COUNTY…AND 432-THOUSAND MORE FOR HUNTINGDON COUNTY SCHOOLS.