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Thursday January 24 2012

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013

FORMER COP TAKES THE STAND

CLOSING ARGUMENTS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY IN THE ASSAULT TRIAL OF FORMER ALTOONA POLICE OFFICER DUANE EICHENLAUB WHO IS ACCUSED OF BEATING 2 MEN  IN THE BATHROOM AT PELLEGRINE’S LOUNGE IN MAY OF 2010. EICHENLAUB’S WIFE TESTIFIED FOR THE DEFENSE YESTERDAY, SAYING THE WHOLE THING STARTED WHEN HERMAN LARDIERI PUT HIS HAND UP HER DRESS AND GRABBED HER. FORMER COP ERIC KRINER TESTIFIED THAT EARL ESHELMAN GRABBED EICHENLAUB BY THE NECK WHILE HE WAS BREAKING UP THE FIGHT AND EICHENLAUB ONLY HIT HIM 4 OR 5 TIMES. KRINER… WHO HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES OF SIMPLE ASSAULT…ALSO SAID HE NEVER SPECIFICALLY TOLD ANYONE TO COVER UP THE INCIDENT. EICHENLAUB TOLD THE JURY A SIMILAR STORY AND SAID HE FELT HIS LIFE WAS IN DANGER.

ABUSE VICTIMS SHOULD COME FORWARD

“SNAP”…THE SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS IS URGING ANYONE ABUSED BY BROTHER STEPHEN BAKER WHILE HE TAUGHT AND COACHED AT BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 1990’S TO CALL JOHNSTOWN POLICE AT 1-800-281-16-80. SNAP ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR JUDY JONES SPOKE OUTSIDE JOHNSTOWN’S PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING YESTERDAY. THE ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN DIOCESE SAYS BROTHER STEPHEN NOW LIVES UNDER SUPERVISION AND WITHOUT CONTACT WITH MINORS AT ST.  BERNADINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. 15 FORMER BISHOP MCCORT STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY MADE ALLEGATIONS. BACK IN OCTOBER, BAKER SETTLED WITH 11 MEN WHO CLAIM THEY WERE ABUSED BY HIM IN OHIO. BAKER HAS NOT BEEN CRIMINALLY CHARGED.

CHEERLEADERS BOOTED

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES NOW REPORTS THAT 4 PENN STATE CHEERLEADERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SQUAD. SPOKESWOMAN LISA POWERS CONFIRMED THAT THE UNIVERSITY TOOK DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST THE STUDENTS FOR BREAKING UNSPECIFIED RULES. IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THIS STEMS FROM AN INCIDENT IN OCTOBER WHEN 19 YEAR OLD CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE FELL 39 FEET OUT THE WINDOW OF A DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE APARTMENT BUILDING. STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY CHARGES OF FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS COULD BE FILED SOON. PAIGE IS STILL RECOVERING AT HER HOME IN KENTUCKY.

CHANGING ALTOONA’S GOVERNMENT?

NOW THAT ALTOONA IS PART OF THE STATE’S DISTRESSED CITY’S PROGRAM, CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE THAT COULD END UP CHANGING THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT A REFERENDUM MAY BE PLACED ON THE MAY PRIMARY BALLOT ASKING WHETHER TO CREATE A GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION. THE CITY COULD EVENTUALLY BECOME A HOME-RULE COMMUNITY TO GET OUT FROM UNDER STATE CAPS ON REAL ESTATE AND EARNED INCOME TAXES. CITY LEADERS HAVE SAID THEY WANT TO EXIT THE STATE PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PEOPLE WHO WANT TO RUN FOR A SPOT ON THE STUDY COMMISSION MUST BE REGISTERED VOTERS AND CITY RESIDENTS.

SHUSTER VOTES FOR NO PAYCHECKS

CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER YESTERDAY VOTED FOR THE “NO BUDGET, NO PAY ACT”, WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE ADOPT BUDGET RESOLUTIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 OR THEY WILL NOT BE PAID. SHUSTER SAYS – QUOTE -- “THE HOUSE PASSES A BUDGET EVERY YEAR, BUT THE SENATE HASN’T PASSED ONE IN 4 YEARS. IT IS TIME FOR THE SENATE TO START WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE, IF THEY CAN’T DO THAT, THEY SHOULDN’T GET A PAYCHECK.” THE HOUSE AND SENATE MUST PASS A BUDGET BY APRIL 15TH OR THEIR PAY WILL BE PUT IN AN ESCROW ACCOUNT STARTING ON THE 16TH AND CONTINUE UNTIL A BUDGET IS IN PLACE. WITHHELD PAY WILL BE RELEASED WHEN A BUDGET IS ADOPTED OR AT THE END OF THE CURRENT CONGRESS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO SUSPEND THE DEBT LIMIT TILL MAY 19TH TO ALLOW TREASURY TO COMPLETE AND MAKE TIMELY PAYMENTS FOR THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

GUN DEALER SKIPPING SPORTS SHOW

THE EASTERN SPORT AND OUTDOORS SHOW IN HARRISBURG IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE NATION, BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF VENDORS ARE BOYCOTTING THE EVENT THAT STARTS FEBRUARY 2ND. LAST YEAR 12-HUNDRED VENDORS ATTENDED THE SHOW, BUT ALREADY 230 HAVE DROPPED OUT SINCE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT EXHIBITORS WOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO SHOW OR SELL ASSAULT RIFLES AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE ROUNDS. 35 SPEAKERS HAVE ALSO CANCELLED THEIR PLANS TO ATTEND.

FREE CARS FOR TURNPIKE OFFICIALS

STATE AUDITORS ARE CRITICIZING THE FACT THAT PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSIONERS ARE STILL DRIVING FREE CARS. THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER REPORTS CHAIRMAN WILLIAM LIEBERMAN GOT A 40-THOUSAND DOLLAR 2013 JEEP CHEROKEE IN DECEMBER AND HANDED DOWN HIS 2012 MODEL  TO FELLOW COMMISSIONER PAT DEON. THE OTHER 2 COMMISSIONERS DRIVE 2011 FORD EXPLORERS THAT COST 34-THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH. OUTGOING AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER SAYS THAT’S AN "OVERLY GENEROUS" PERK. TURNPIKE TOLLS WENT UP AGAIN JANUARY 6TH. THE COMMISSION'S ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CRAIG SHUEY, CALLS THE VEHICLES "APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY."

STATE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT

STATE COLLEGE AREA HIGH SCHOOL LED TOURS THROUGHOUT THE NORTH AND SOUTH BUILDINGS LAST EVENING AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S OPEN ENGAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THE RENOVATION PROJECT. STUDENTS TALKED ABOUT FLOODING IN THE BAND ROOM, CROWDED CLASSROOMS, OLD EQUIPMENT, AND CROSSING WESTERLY PARKWAY BETWEEN BUILDINGS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, SOMETIMES IN TERRIBLE WEATHER. OFFICIALS HOPE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH RENOVATIONS OR NEW CONSTRUCTION IN THE COMING YEARS.