Wednesday September 5 2012

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

FORMER COPS STILL FACE TRIAL

BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE TIM SULLIVAN YESTERDAY REFUSED TO DISMISS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER ALTOONA POLICE OFFICERS DUANE EICHENLAUB AND ERIC KRINER WHO ARE ACCUSED OF BEATING 2 MEN AT PELLEGRINE’S BAR IN MAY OF 2010…THEN TRYING TO COVER IT UP. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT EICHENLAUB AND KRINER HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO APPEAR SEPTEMBER 17TH FOR A TRIAL LIST REVIEW. THAT’S WHEN THE JUDGE IS EXPECTED TO SET A TRIAL DATE. JUDGE SULLIVAN HOPES TO SELECT AN IMPARTIAL JURY IN BLAIR COUNTY. IF THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE, AN OUT OF COUNTY JURY COULD BE BROUGHT IN.

ANOTHER ALTOONA FIRE

FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGED 2 ALTOONA BUSINESSES EARLY THIS MORNING ON THE 31-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST CHESTNUT AVENUE. NO WORD YET ON ANY INJURIES AT ADAMS ELECTRIC OR THE T-D SHOP. THE FIRE MARSHAL WILL INVESTIGATE.
 
SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THROUGH JUNE 30TH, PENN STATE’S COSTS TO DEAL WITH THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL HAVE REACHED NEARLY 17 MILLION DOLLARS. THE UNIVERSITY’S REGULAR ON-LINE REPORT SAYS NEARLY 10 MILLION WENT TO 7 FIRMS FOR INTERNAL INVESTIGATION AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS, INCLUDING THE LOUIS FREEH REPORT. NEARLY 4 MILLION WENT FOR UNIVERSITY LEGAL SERVICES…PLUS 1-POINT-6 MILLION FOR THE LEGAL DEFENSE OF FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIMOTHY CURLEY, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT GARY SCHULTZ AND FORMER PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER. THE SCHOOL SAYS THE COSTS FOR THE LEGAL DEFENSE AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ARE NOT PAID BY STUDENT TUITION, TAXPAYER FUNDS OR DONATIONS. INSURANCE POLICIES ARE EXPECTED TO COVER THE DEFENSE OF CLAIMS AND OTHER EXPENSES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COVERED BY INTEREST PAYMENTS ON LOANS THE SCHOOL MAKES TO SELF-SUPPORTING UNITS.

A CENTRE COUNTY JUDGE DECIDED YESTERDAY THAT THE SECOND MILE CAN DELAY THEIR CLOSING AND TRANSFER OF ASSETS TO ARROW MINISTRIES, BASED IN TEXAS. THE CHARITY ASKED FOR THE DELAY UNTIL IT CAN SATISFY ALL CLAIMS BY VICTIMS OF JERRY SANDUSKY. THE SECOND MILE HAS NOT ADMITTED ANY WRONGDOING AND WILL RUN ON CASH RESERVES.

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT A GROUP OF PENN STATE SUPPORTERS IS PLANNING A RALLY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH TO CALL FOR THE RESIGNATIONS OF GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT, UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON, AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE GROUP SAYS PENN STATE CANNOT MOVE PAST THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL UNTIL TRUSTEES EXPRESS REGRET FOR THEIR HANDLING OF THE CHARGES AGAINST SANDUSKY AND EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE…INCLUDING THE FIRING OF JOE PATERNO. TRUSTEES MEET ON CAMPUS THE DAY BEFORE AND THE RALLY IS SET FOR 10AM ON THE OLD MAIN LAWN. FORMER STEELER FRANCO HARRIS IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THE SPEAKERS.

MOM ORDERED TO TRIAL

MARIA BOYD’S 6-WEEK OLD SON ANDREW DIED IN JULY OF 2010 AT THEIR SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP HOME…AND YESTERDAY, A DISTRICT JUDGE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY ORDERED THE 24 YEAR OLD WOMAN TO STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES INCLUDING FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND CRIMINAL HOMICIDE.
A PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIED THAT THE CORONER FIRST THOUGHT THE DEATH WAS SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME, BUT AN AUTOPSY SHOWED SEVERE INJURIES CAUSED BY INTENTIONAL FORCE. DEFENSE ATTORNEY TOM DICKEY SAYS A BABYSITTER AND A FRIEND HAD ACCESS TO THE BABY THE NIGHT BEFORE HE DIED. JURY SELECTION IS SET FOR EARLY MARCH.

LOCAL SOLDIER INJURED

CENTRE COUNTY NATIVE AND ARMY SERGEANT VINCENT REYNOLDS EARNED THE PURPLE HEART AFTER HE WAS INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN MONDAY.
OFFICIALS SAY REYNOLDS…A 2006 BELLEFONTE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE…STEPPED ON AN EXPLOSIVE AND LOST PART OF HIS LEFT LEG. HE IS SCHEDULED FOR ADDITIONAL SURGERY IN GERMANY AND THEN WILL RETURN TO THE U.S. FOR THERAPY.

HOLIDAY FATALITIES

6 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 262 INJURED IN CRASHES ACROSS THE STATE THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. STATE POLICE INVESTIGATED 746 CRASHES BETWEEN AUGUST 31ST AND SEPTEMBER 3RD. 88 OF THEM WERE ALCOHOL-RELATED INCLUDING ONE FATAL. DURING LAST YEAR’S LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, 9 PEOPLE DIED AND 351 OTHERS WERE INJURED IN 783 CRASHES. THE NUMBERS ONLY INVOLVE WRECKS HANDLED BY STATE TROOPERS AND NOT THOSE REPORTED BY LOCAL POLICE.

PRISON GUARD FIRED

BEDFORD COUNTY PRISON GUARD RYAN CLAPPER OF SCHELLSBURG HAS BEEN FIRED FOR ALLEGEDLY FREEZING A PAIR OF HANDCUFFS AND LEG SHACKLES, THEN PUTTING THEM ON A FEMALE INMATE LAST MONTH. STATE POLICE SAY CLAPPER WILL FACE A NON-CRIMINAL CITATION FOR HARASSMENT.

MAJOR DRUG TRIAL TO BEGIN

51 YEAR OLD KENNETH PINER SENIOR OF ALTOONA IS SCHEDULED TO GO ON TRIAL TODAY. HE WAS ONE OF 14 PEOPLE ARRESTED LAST YEAR AS PART OF “OPERATION LAST CALL”, A POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO A SUSPECTED BALTIMORE-TO-ALTOONA DRUG RING. AUTHORITIES SAY THE RING OPERATED OUT OF THE CORNER BAR AT 10-01 8TH AVENUE.

GOODBYE TO SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT

BLAIR COUNTY NOW LONGER RECEIVES LANDFILL TIPPING FEES…AND NOW OFFICIALS ARE PLANNING TO CLOSE THE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT AND FURLOUGH 6 EMPLOYEES. THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS SOME OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE INTERMUNICIPAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE. THE I-R-C MAY HIRE 2 OF THE WORKERS AND THE OTHERS CAN APPLY FOR OTHER COUNTY JOBS. A PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED TONIGHT AT 7 AT THE LOGAN TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTY’S DROP-OFF RECYCLING PROGRAM.

9/11 ANNIVERSARY

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA PLANS TO TAKE A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL IN SHANKVILLE ON MONDAY.THEN HE WILL SPEAK TO REPORTERS. THAT IS THE DAY BEFORE THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS. 4 DAYS OF ACTIVITIES ARE PLANNED AT THE SITE, STARTING ON SATURDAY.