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Thursday December 19 2013

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013

FATHER IN LAW WILL PLEAD GUILTY

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 66 YEAR OLD KENNETH LEIGHTY OF ALTOONA IS EXPECTED TO BE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY COURT TODAY TO PLEAD GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. 23 YEAR OLD SHERRY LEIGHTY WAS THE MOTHER OF 3 SMALL CHILDREN WHEN SHE WENT MISSING IN 1999. ON MAY 1ST, LEIGHTY LED INVESTIGATORS TO HER BODY WHICH WAS ON HIS PROPERTY IN WARRIORS MARK TOWNSHIP. HE CLAIMS HE KILLED HER ACCIDENTALLY. LEIGHTY HAS ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY TO ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER WHO CAME TO QUESTION HIM ABOUT SHERRY’S DISAPPEARANCE. THE FAMILY IS HOLDING A FUNERAL FOR SHERRY SUNDAY AT 1 AT SORGE FUNERAL HOME IN HOLLIDAYSBURG.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST NEPHEW?

ALTOONA ATTORNEY TOM DICKEY TELLLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT ALL CHARGES WILL BE DROPPED TODAY AGAINST SHANE KRESTAR OF FALLENTIMBER. HE WAS ARRESTED IN OCTOBER AFTER HIS UNCLE, 53 YEAR OLD JAMES HOOPSICK OF FLINTON, TOLD POLICE THAT KRESTAR HAD REPEATEDLY ASKED HIM TO TAKE OUT A GAY EMPLOYEE AT KEY LIFE HUMAN SERVICES IN COALPORT WHO WAS DEMANDING A RAISE AND A PROMOTION. MEANWHILE, HOOPSICK IS ACCUSED OF POINTING A SHOTGUN AT KRESTAR’S BROTHER, SHAWN, IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE PATTON SHEETZ STORE LAST MONTH. HOOPSICK’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS JANUARY 21ST AND HE MIGHT ALSO FACE CHARGES FOR REPORTING THE ALLEGED THREATS.

GUILTY OF 3RD DEGREE MURDER

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 51 YEAR OLD GREGORY CONZO OF SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP PLEADED GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER FOR BEATING 37 YEAR OLD MICHAEL PCOLA OF BEAVERDALE WITH A BASEBALL BAT IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR. PCOLA DIED 2 DAYS LATER AND CONZO CLAIMS HE WAS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE AND BOTH MEN WERE DRUNK WHEN HE HIT HIS GIRLFRIEND’S SON. CONZO FACES 10 TO 40 YEARS IN JAIL WHEN HE’S SENTENCED JANUARY 21ST.

SPANIER “NOT A PERSON OF INTEGRITY”

THE GRAND JURY TESTIMONY OF FORMER PENN STATE COUNSEL CYNTHIA BALDWIN HAS FINALLY BEEN RELEASED AND IT WILL HELP THE JUDGE DECIDE IF CHARGES SHOULD BE DROPPED AGAINST FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, GARY SCHULTZ, AND TIM CURLEY. THEY CLAIM THEY THOUGHT SHE WAS REPRESENTING THEM WHEN THEY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE GRAND JURY IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. ACCORDING TO THE TRANSCRIPTS…DURING A CLOSED DOOR SESSION ON APRIL 13TH, 2011…A JUDGE ASKED BALDWIN WHOM SHE REPRESENTED AND SHE ANSWERED, “THE UNIVERSITY.” DURING HIS TESTIMONY, SPANIER TOLD THE PROSECUTOR THAT BALDWIN WAS HIS COUNSEL. BALDWIN SAYS SPANIER WAS NOT A PERSON OF INTEGRITY AND HE DECEIVED HER WHEN HE TOLD HER HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF ON-CAMPUS INCIDENTS IN 1998 AND 2001 THAT INVOLVED SANDUSKY AND YOUNG BOYS.

NEW CHILD PROTECTION LAWS

IN HARRISBURG YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SIGNED 10 BILLS AIMED AT MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO PENNSYLVANIA’S CHILD PROTECTION LAWS. THE BILLS ESTABLISH THE OFFENSE OF LURING A CHILD INTO A VEHICLE OR STRUCTURE…AND BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF PERPETRATOR TO INCLUDE EMPLOYEES OR VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE REGULAR CONTACT WITH CHILDREN. CORBETT SAYS THIS LEGISLATION WILL BETTER EQUIP OUR COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT CHILDREN, AND ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S CHILDREN.

RE-ELECTING GOVERNOR CORBETT?

IF GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS GOING TO BE RE-ELECTED, HE NEEDS TO CHANGE THE OPINION OF PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS…FAST. A QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL RELEASED YESTERDAY SHOWS 56 PERCENT OF VOTERS DO NOT BELIEVE CORBETT SHOULD BE REELECTED, WHILE ONLY 36 PERCENT FEEL HE SHOULD. 52 PERCENT DON’T EVEN THINK CORBETT SHOULD RUN AT ALL.

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE?

STATE AUDITOR GENERAL EUGENE DEPASQUALE IS PUSHING TO HAVE THE STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE RAISED. HE TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUE YESTERDAY SAYING IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BOTH MORALLY AND POLITICALLY. DEPASQUALE SUPPORTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RECOMMENDATION THAT MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD GO FROM $7.25 TO $10.10 AN HOUR.