Friday September 20 2013

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 HELL’S ANGEL MEMBER KILLED RAY GRICAR? CENTRE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RAY GRICAR DISAPPEARED IN 2005…AND NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE FBI AND OTHER INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO CLAIMS THAT GRICAR WAS MURDERED BY A FORMER HELLS ANGEL WHO WANTED REVENGE FOR A LONG PRISON SENTENCE DUE TO AN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CONVICTION. BELLEFONTE POLICE SAY ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE GANG MEMBER SAYS THE MAN WHO KILLED GRICAR WAS AN FBI INFORMANT AND HE BURIED GRICAR’S BODY…AND 4 OTHERS…IN A SHAFT. BODY POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED BLAIR COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THE D-N-A REPORT IS FINISHED AND THE REMAINS FOUND BACK IN MAY AT A HUNTING CAMP IN WARRIORS MARK ARE THAT OF SHERRY LEIGHTY OF ALTOONA WHO DISAPPEARED IN OCTOBER OF 1999. HER FATHER-IN-LAW, KENNETH LEIGHTY, HAS CONFESSED TO KILLING HER, BUT CLAIMS IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. HIS FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY AND HIS TRIAL COULD START EARLY NEXT YEAR. LOCAL VICTIM AT NAVY YARD ONE OF THE 12 PEOPLE SHOT TO DEATH IN THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD MASSACRE GREW UP IN CLAERFIELD. 58 YEAR OLD GERALD READ WAS A GRADUATE OF CLEARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL AND INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS RETIRED FROM THE ARMY AND WAS WORKING AS A CIVILIAN CONTRACTOR. ACCUSED KILLER ORDERED TO TRIAL 27 YEAR OLD LEMMEL MYERS OF JOHNSTOWN IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 37 YEAR OLD LESLIE SCHETROMPF IN JULY…AND YESTERDAY HE WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. POLICE SAY MYERS SHOT THE OTHER MAN IN A WEST END APARTMENT BUILDING OVER A 20-DOLLAR DEBT. THE DEFENSE CLAIMS THE SHOOTING WAS JUSTIFIABLE BECAUSE SCHETROMPF HAD THREATENED MYERS WITH A 2-FOOT-LONG MACHETE. MYERS WAS ON PAROLE AT THE TIME AND WEARING AN ANKLE MONITOR. FIRE IN PATTON 2 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS AFTER A FIRE EARLY THURSDAY IN PATTON, CAMBRIA COUNTY. AUTHORITIES SAY THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AT THE CAPTAINS QUARTERS MOBILE HOME PARK. A WOMAN AND HER SON WERE TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION, THEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY. PENN STATE NEWS DUE TO DECLINING REVENUES AND INCREASED COSTS AS A RESULT OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL, PENN STATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR DAVE JOYNER TOLD A BOARD OF TRUSTEES COMMITTEE THURSDAY THAT THE UNIVERSITY MAY TAKE OUT A 30 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN OVER 5-YEARS. BOARD MEMBER, ANTHONY LUBRANO, SAYS THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT IS STRUGGLING BECAUSE OF THE NCAA SANCTIONS…AND THAT’S WHY THE NCAA IS BEING SUED IN HOPES OF LIFTING THE PENALTIES. ACCORDING TO LUBRANO, LAST YEAR ALONE, PENN STATE LOST 6-POINT-15 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE OF THE LOSS OF BOWL GAME REVENUE, A DECLINE IN FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE, AND A DROP IN ALUMNI DONATIONS. PENN STATE IS LOOKING AT A POTENTIAL TUITION INCREASE OF 3-POINT-49 PERCENT FOR IN-STATE UNIVERSITY PARK STUDENTS STARTING IN 2014. OUT OF STATE STUDENTS WOULD FACE A 2-POINT-99 PERCENT HIKE. TUITION FOR THOSE ATTENDING BRANCH CAMPUSES WOULD GO UP BY 2-POINT-4 PERCENT. THE NUMBERS ARE BASED ON THE UNIVERSITY’S PLAN TO REQUEST AN ADDITIONAL 14-POINT-7 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING. PENN STATE IS ALREADY ANTICIPATING 285 MILLION, THE SAME AS THIS YEAR. PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON WILL PRESENT THE INFORMATION FOR A VOTE OF THE FULL BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT TODAY’S MEETING. FORMER STEELERS GREAT FRANCO HARRIS HEADLINES A PEACEFUL PROTEST DURING TODAY’S PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING. THE SO-CALLED “MARCH FOR TRUTH” WILL BE AT 3:30 AT THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER HOTEL. ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WANT THE BOARD TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE IN THE PENN STATE COMMUNITY WANT JUSTICE FOR JOE PATERNO.