Wednesday October 17 2012

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012

GIRL ESCAPES WOULD-BE KIDNAPPER

ALTOONA POLICE SAY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER BRIAN LAWRENCE JUNIOR IS BEHIND BARS AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO ABDUCT A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WAS WALKING TO THE ALTOONA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TUESDAY MORNING. THE MAN GRABBED THE VICTIM AS SHE WALKED BY THE GAS STATION ACROSS 17TH STREET FROM THE ATHLETIC FIELD. SHE PUNCHED LAWRENCE IN THE FACE, SCREAMED AND RAN AWAY. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USED ITS MASS EMAIL SYSTEM TO ALERT PARENTS ABOUT THE SITUATION.

CHEERLEADER IMPROVING, BUT STILL CRITICAL

THE FAMILY OF PENN STATE CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE SAYS SHE OPENED HER EYES TUESDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER FALLING NEARLY 40-FEET FROM A DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE APARTMENT COMPLEX SATURDAY. RAQUE REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM. POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HOW OR WHY RAQUE FELL OUT OF THE WINDOW, BUT THEY SAY THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.

PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN HIT AND RUN

A 29 YEAR OLD PHILIPSBURG MAN IS BEING TREATED AT ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER AFTER HE WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE WALKING ALONG DECATUR STREET AROUND 8 LAST NIGHT. DECATUR TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY THE VICTIM WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND NO ONE WITNESSED THE INCIDENT, SO THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE OR THE DRIVER. THE VICTIM WAS WALKING HOME FROM HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE AFTER VISITING FOR DINNER.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED THIS WEEK, A DAUPHIN COUNTY MAN CLAIMS HE WAS SEXUALLY MOLESTED BY JERRY SANDUSKY IN A PENN STATE SWIMMING POOL IN 2005. THE SUIT NAMES THE UNIVERSITY, THE SECOND MILE, SEVERAL FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHERS. IT ACCUSES THE DEFENDANTS OF ENGAGING IN A COVER-UP THAT LED TO SEVERE AND PERMANENT EMOTIONAL AND OTHER INJURIES FOR THE ALLEGED VICTIM.

DUE TO THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL…THE NCAA SANCTIONS…AND PENDING LAWSUITS…STANDARD & POOR’S HAS CHANGED PENN STATE’S LONG-TERM OUTLOOK FROM STABLE TO NEGATIVE. THE RATING IS A CHANGE FROM MARCH WHEN THE UNIVERSITY RECEIVED A STABLE OUTLOOK. PENN STATE STILL HAS A DOUBLE-A LONG-TERM BOND RATING FOR ITS BOND SERIES FROM 2002 TO 2010. THE S&P OUTLOOK WILL BE ASSESSED AGAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 2 YEARS.

statecollege.com REPORTS THAT THE PENN STATE FACULTY SENATE MET YESTERDAY AND DEFEATED 2 MOTIONS ATTEMPTING TO SEND STATEMENTS OF DISAPPROVAL TO THE NCAA OVER THE SANCTIONS. BEFORE THE VOTES WERE TALLIED, SEVERAL SENATORS AND A STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE MOTIONS, CALLING NOW THE TIME TO COMPLY WITH THE SANCTIONS AND MOVE FORWARD AS A UNIVERSITY. THEY SAY A COMPLAINT OF UNFAIRNESS WILL DO NOTHING TO CHANGE THE PENALTIES.

FORMER WARDEN IN TROUBLE

FORMER BEDFORD COUNTY JAIL WARDEN DONALD ORR, WHO RESIGNED UNDER INVESTIGATION IN JUNE, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM A BANK ACCOUNT BELONGING TO HIS ELDERLY PARENTS. ORR’S WIFE, CATHERINE, IS ALSO FACING THEFT CHARGES. BOTH ARE FREE ON UNSECURED BOND AND THEY WAIVED PRELIMINARY HEARINGS YESTERDAY.

RALLY TO SAVE VALLEY VIEW

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THEY ARE THINKING OF SELLING VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME…AND DOZENS OF EMPLOYEES ATTENDED YESTERDAY’S COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING, SAYING THAT WOULD CHANGE THEIR JOBS AND THE QUALITY OF CARE THEY DELIVER TO RESIDENTS AT THE 240-BED FACILITY. THE WORKERS ALSO PRESENTED OFFICIALS WITH A PETITION SIGNED BY ABOUT 4-THOUSAND PEOPLE OPPOSED TO THE SALE…AND THEY HELD A UNION-ORGANIZED RALLY OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY ARE STILL CONSIDERING THE OPTION OF SELLING THE HOME.

DISASTER DRILL IN ST. COLLEGE

THE CENTRE REGION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PENN STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ARE TEAMING UP FOR A JOINT OPERATIONS EXERCISE TONIGHT. THEY WILL TEST THE READINESS OF EMERGENCY OPERATIONS STAFF AND PLANS SHOULD A MAJOR DISASTER OCCUR.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING TONIGHT

THE BLAIR COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM AND OPERATION OUR TOWN HOST THE NEXT COUNTYWIDE MEETING TONIGHT AT 6 AT THE PENN STATE ALTOONA DEVORRIS DOWNTOWN CENTER. THIS SESSION WILL FEATURE MEMBERS OF THE ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT TALKING ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY AND WHAT CONSTITUTES SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR IN NEIGHBORHOODS. THE LAST COUNTYWIDE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING OF THE YEAR WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 14TH. 

CHEAPER GAS

ALTOONA-AREA GAS PRICES DROPPED TO $3.89 THIS WEEK…AND TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS PRICES IN WESTERN PA FELL 2 CENTS TO STAND AT $3.87. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.77.

NO MORE VEHICLE INSPECTIONS?

THE STATE SENATE YESTERDAY PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD WAIVE VEHICLE INSPECTIONS FOR THE FIRST 2 YEARS ON NEW CARS AND TRUCKS. THE MEASURE…WRITTEN BY SENATOR JOHN WOZNIAK…HAS ALSO PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND NOW NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. IN PENNSYLVANIA, 25 COUNTIES REQUIRE INSPECTIONS ON GASOLINE ENGINES. WOZNIAK SAYS CLEANER CARS HAVE MADE THE ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OBSOLETE AND A WASTE OF MONEY FOR DRIVERS.