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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA SUES NCAA

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS THE NCAA WANTED TO DEVASTATE PENN STATE FOR THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL SO THEY HANDED DOWN A 60 MILLION DOLLAR FINE, A 4-YEAR BOWL BAN, AND A REDUCTION IN SCHOLARSHIPS. YESTERDAY, CORBETT ANNOUNCED THAT THE STATE IS FILING AN ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT THAT CALLS FOR THE SANCTIONS TO BE THROWN OUT. CORBETT SAYS THE EFFECTS OF THE SANCTIONS ARE FELT FAR BEYOND THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM, BURDENING INNOCENT PARTIES AND DAMAGING THE ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF THE REGION AND THE STATE. THE MOVE IS AN ABOUT-FACE FOR THE GOVERNOR, WHO ALSO IS A UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE. THIS SUMMER WHEN THE SANCTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED, CORBETT SAID PENN STATE SHOULD ACCEPT THEM.

PENN STATE ISSUED A STATEMENT DISTANCING ITSELF FROM THE LAWSUIT AND THE NCAA CALLS IT MERITLESS. IN A STATEMENT, THE ORGANIZATION SAYS THE SUIT IS “AN AFFRONT TO ALL OF THE VICTIMS IN THIS TRAGEDY…LIVES THAT WERE DESTROYED BY THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF JERRY SANDUSKY.” THE STATEMENT ALSO SAYS “PENN STATE HAS ACCEPTED THE CONSEQUENCES FOR ITS ROLE AND IS MOVING FORWARD. THE GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT IS A SETBACK TO THE UNIVERSITY’S EFFORTS.”

LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT CONKLIN SEES THE LAWSUIT AS POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED AND SAYS THE GOVERNOR’S CHANGE IN POSITION IS BEWILDERING. CONKLIN ALSO ADDS THAT THE TIMING OF THE MOVE…2 WEEKS BEFORE NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE TAKES OFFICE…IS ALSO TROUBLING.

THE PATERNO FAMILY IS CONTINUING ITS OWN INVESTIGATION INTO THE HANDLING OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL AND ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT ITS INDEPENDENT REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF THE FREEH REPORT IS ALMOST COMPLETE. THE FAMILY ALSO SAID IT SUPPORTS GOVERNOR CORBETT’S LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NCAA. IN A STATEMENT, THE PATERNOS SAY THE GOVERNOR NOW REALIZES, AS DO MANY OTHERS, THAT THERE WAS AN INEXCUSABLE RUSH TO JUDGMENT AND THAT’S ENCOURAGING.

CORONER NEEDS TO NOTIFY FAMILY

THE CAMBRIA COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR HELP TO FIND THE FAMILY OF 58 YEAR OLD JOHN SMALL THE 3RD. HE WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS KERNVILLE HOME SATURDAY, BUT HE APPARENTLY DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES A FEW DAYS BEFORE THAT. YOU CAN CALL THE CORONER’S OFFICE AT 535-62-22.

GUN ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, STATE POLICE HAVE CHARGED 41 YEAR OLD CHARLES KING THE 2ND OF ROCKWOOD WITH POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. IT HAPPENED IN THE OFFICES AT TURKEYFOOT SCHOOL DISTRICT ON DECEMBER 14…THE SAME DAY AS THE SHOOTINGS AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY IN NEWTOWN CONNECTICUT. BUT AUTHORITIES DON’T BELIEVE KING WAS AWARE OF THAT INCIDENT AT THE TIME. KING WAS AT THE SCHOOL TO PICK UP A STUDENT…HE WAS LICENSED TO CARRY A FIREARM…AND DID NOT THREATEN TO COMMIT ANY CRIMINAL ACTS. THE GUN WAS SPOTTED ON HIM BY AN EMPLOYEE WHO NOTIFIED AUTHORITIES. THE SHERIFF HAS REVOKED KING’S RIGHT TO CARRY A GUN, BUT HE CAN APPEAL THAT DECISION.

ACCUSED ROBBER IN JAIL

CRESSON TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY MARK PAVLOVICH IS THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE CRESSON PUFF ‘N SNUFF STORE SUNDAY AFTERNOON…AND HE IS NOW IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL. STATE POLICE ARRESTED PALOVICH ON AN UNRELATED BURGLARY CHARGE AT A HOME IN LILLY. HIS BAIL ON THE FIRST SET OF CHARGES IS 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HE WILL ALSO BE CHARGED WITH THE PUFF ‘N SNUFF ROBBERY.

JUDGE WANTS ANOTHER TERM

BLAIR COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE ELIZABETH DOYLE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT SHE WILL ASK VOTERS TO RETAIN HER FOR A SECOND 10-YEAR TERM. DOYLE’S NAME WILL BE PLACED ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT AND VOTERS CAN VOTE YES OR NO AS TO WHETHER SHE SHOULD REMAIN IN OFFICE.

GAS PRICES GOING UP, UP, UP

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MOTORISTS ARE PAYING A DIME MORE PER GALLON THIS WEEK AS GAS PRICES REVERSE THEIR DOWNWARD TREND ACROSS THE REGION. THE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED IS $3.50 AND IN THE ALTOONA AREA, IT’S UP TO $3.59. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS JUST $3.29. THE YEAR ENDED WITH AN ANNUAL NATIONAL AVERAGE OF $3.60 PER GALLON – THE HIGHEST ON RECORD AND 9 CENTS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE PREVIOUS HIGH OF $3.51 IN 2011.

TURNPIKE TOLLS INCREASING

TOLLS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE WILL INCREASE SUNDAY BY 10-PERCENT FOR CASH CUSTOMERS AND 2 PERCENT FOR E-Z PASS USERS. E-Z PASS CUSTOMERS WILL NOW SAVE ABOUT 25-PERCENT ON AVERAGE COMPARED TO THOSE WHO PAY WITH CASH. THE NEW RATES ARE EXPECTED TO GENERATE ROUGHLY 25-MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW REVENUE IN 2013.