Local News 3-3-14

SNOWFALL MISSES AREA

While a disruptive snow storm will likely miss the area, record-low temperatures are still expected tonight. According to Accuweather, lows will drop to around 10 degrees below zero. Late last week, early forecasts predicted up to a foot of snow for central Pennsylvania. However, the storm track dipped south, striking the heart of the Mid-Atlantic. Stay tuned to this station for information on any closing or delays.

CRIME NUMBERS DOWN FOR EVENT

State College Police say crime numbers significantly declined once again this year on the student-created “State Patty’s Day” holiday. While statistics for the entire weekend are not yet available, State College Police say they only made 20 arrests between noon Friday and 8 am Saturday, a 47% decrease from last year. 34 of 35 downtown restaurants and bars halted alcohol sales Saturday with Penn State spending more than 200-thousand dollars to ease potential lost revenues.

WTAJ-TV is reporting the arrest of a 20-year-old Maryland man for allegedly sexually assaulting a female Penn State student. James Blake was taken to Centre County Prison. The alleged incident took place in the 700 block of University Drive.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION 

Thirty-two names grace the ballot for this spring’s Penn State Board of Trustees alumni election. The candidates are competing to fill three open slots on the board. Ballots will be available to Penn State alumni on April 10th. Five candidates hail from the State College area. A complete list is available online on the university’s website.

322 CONSTRUCTION TO START

Bridge repairs on Route 322 near Lewistown are scheduled to begin today. According to Statecollege.com, PennDOT says lane restrictions will be in place in the coming months. The work includes concrete and deck repairs, painting, drainage improvements and guiderail updates. Construction will halt for the 2014-15 winter and resume in spring 2015.