Tuesday November 20 2012

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012

INMATE MAY FACE DEATH PENALTY

CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN SAYS SHE HASN’T DECIDED IF SHE WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 21 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CRAMER WHEN HE STAND TRIAL FOR HANGING HIS COUNTY PRISON CELLMATE WITH A BEDSHEET BACK IN AUGUST. BOTH CRAMER AND WILLIAM SHERRY WERE WHITE, BUT CRAMER ALLEGEDLY MADE RACIST REMARKS ABOUT THE 28 YEAR OLD VICTIM, WHO HAD APPARENTLY FATHERED A HALF-BLACK CHILD. AT CRAMER’S PRELIMINARY HEARING, OFFICIALS SAID HE STAGED THE CELL TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT SHERRY HAD COMMITTED SUICIDE, BUT THE VICTIM’S HANDS AND HIS FEET WERE ALSO BOUND. PROSECUTORS ALSO PRESENTED HAND-WRITTEN LETTERS FROM CRAMER DETAILING HOW HE TIED UP, GAGGED, AND BEAT SHERRY INSIDE THEIR CELL. CRAMER IS NOW BEING HELD AT ROCKVIEW STATE PRISON IN CENTRE COUNTY.

3 INJURED/2 SERIOUSLY

3 PEOPLE WERE INJURED ABOUT 6:30 LAST NIGHT WHEN 2 VEHICLES COLLIDED AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 64 AND JACOB ROAD IN WALKER TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY 68 YEAR OLD RALPH NARANJO OF ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND DROVE INTO THE SIDE OF AN S-U-V DRIVEN BY 59 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH MCKINLEY OF HOWARD. NARANJO AND HIS PASSENGER, LEONORE NARANJO, WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. HE WAS FLOWN TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER AND SHE WAS LIFEFLIGHTED TO ALTOONA REGIONAL. MCKINLEY HAD MODERATE INJURIES.

ALTOONA & ST. COLLEGE BUDGET TALKS

ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT AT 7 TO DISCUSS THE ACT 47 FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN AND REVIEW THE PROPOSED 2013 BUDGET. THE SPENDING PLAN INCLUDES A QUARTER-PERCENTAGE HIKE IN THE EARNED INCOME TAX FOR RESIDENTS AND POINT-15-PERCENT FOR NON-RESIDENTS WHO WORK IN THE CITY. THAT ALONE IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE 2-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS.
TONIGHT’S MEETING IS AT 7 IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL BEGAN BUDGET DISCUSSIONS AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING. THEY MUST DECIDE HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS IMPACT FEE FROM THE STATE THAT TOTALS ALMOST 32-THOUSAND DOLLARS. RESIDENTS LAST YEAR ADOPTED A HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT THAT BANS NATURAL GAS DRILLING, SO NOW OFFICIALS HAVE TO DECIDE IF THE FUNDS CAN BE SPENT OR MUST BE GIVEN BACK. A BUDGET WORK SESSION WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT 6:30 AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING ON SOUTH ALLEN STREET.

NO MORE AMTRAK IN PA?

IN ORDER TO KEEP PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE STATE HAS TO START PAYING 7 MILLION DOLLARS TO AMTRAK NEXT YEAR…MONEY THAT HAS NOT BEEN ALLOCATED…AND YESTERDAY DOZENS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED A RALLY IN JOHNSTOWN IS HOPES OF SAVING RAIL SERVICE RUNNING THROUGH CENTRAL P-A. THE GROUP “WESTERN PENNSYLVANIANS FOR PASSENGER RAIL” ESTIMATES THAT 23 THOUSAND PEOPLE GET ON OR OFF THE TRAIN IN JOHNSTOWN EVERY YEAR. A CUTBACK WOULD AFFECT ANYONE WHO RIDES A TRAIN BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND NEW YORK.

GOVERNOR’S PLAN

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN THE SECOND HALF OF HIS TERM AND HE PROMISED MONDAY TO RE-VISIT THE ISSUES OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, PRIVATIZATION OF THE STATE LIQUOR SALES, AND RUNAWAY STATE PENSION COSTS. THE REPUBLICAN SPOKE AT A PENNSYLVANIA PRESS CLUB LUNCHEON AND SAID HE DOES NOT PLAN TO SHAKE UP HIS INNER CIRCLE OF ADVISERS, EVEN THOUGH BOTH CANDIDATES HE ENDORSED FOR U.S. SENATE AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL THIS YEAR WERE DEFEATED IN THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS.

LOTS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

A RECENT REPORT BY “THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION” SAYS PENN STATE IS NUMBER ONE IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON ITS CAMPUSES. IT ALSO RANKS 12TH NATIONWIDE. FIGURES FROM THE FALL SEMESTER SHOW UNIVERSITY PARK’S INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT WAS UP 17 PERCENT OVER THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING 67-HUNDRED-86 STUDENTS. SATELLITE CAMPUSES HAVE SEEN A 37 PERCENT SPIKE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OVER THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

BEAR SEASON UNDERWAY

PENNSYLVANIA’S 4-DAY BEAR SEASON OPENED SATURDAY AND WRAPS UP TOMORROW. THE GAME COMMISSION SAYS MORE THAN 1500 BEAR HAVE BEEN HARVESTED SO FAR IN 51 COUNTIES. THAT NUMBER IS DOWN MORE THAN 4-HUNDRED COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. A TOTAL OF 151 BEARS WHERE HARVESTED IN CLINTON COUNTY -- AND 57 IN CENTRE COUNTY. THE LARGEST BEAR TAKEN SO FAR THIS SEASON WAS A 652-POUND MALE SHOT IN MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY.

CAR SEAT CHECKUPS

STATE POLICE ARE OFFERING A SERIES OF CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS STATEWIDE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN THROUGH DECEMBER 2ND. EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FROM 9 TO 11:30 AT THE EBENSBURG POLICE BARRACKS. FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN BELLEFONTE FROM 3 TO 6.
AND THE HUNTINGDON STATE POLICE BARRACKS FROM 3 TO 6. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA’S SEATBELT LAWS AND CHILD SAFETY SEAT LAWS, YOU CAN VISIT buckleuppa.org