Local News 7-1-14

CATA BUS FARES

For the first time since 2010, CATA bus fares are set to increase today. According to Statecollege.com, the rates reflect inflation and help cover fuel costs and employee benefits. A CATA bus ride will increase from $1.50 to $1.75. Reduced fare climbs $ .10, one-month passes by $10 and four month passes from $229 to $268.

SANDUSKY TO PURSUE FINAL OPTION

Jerry Sandusky plans to once again fight his conviction on nearly 50 child sex abuse charges. According to Statecollege.com, Butler County defense attorney Al Lindsay recently notified Centre County court that he is representing Sandusky with a post conviction relief petition. According to the report, the petition is available for wrongfully convicted defendants and is often used by defendants sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty as the final legal option.


CORBETT HIT AND RUN LAW

Hit and run violations in Pennsylvania now carry penalties similar a three-year sentence for DUI homicide. Governor Tom Corbett signed a law yesterday that increased the penalty, a change urged after a tragedy involving a 5-year-old boy in December 2012. Named for the boy, “Kevin’s Law” also amends the permissible length of a school bus and provisions prohibiting texting or hand-held cell phone use while driving a commercial or motor carrier vehicle.

MILLERS HOAGIES ROBBERY

State Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed Miller’s Hoagies at knifepoint Sunday evening. According to the CDT, police say a white man, roughly 5-foot-5 and possibly in his 30s, entered the Milesburg sandwich shop carrying a black knife and wearing a dark-colored bandana over his face. The man demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The business was open yesterday as the investigation continues. Anyone with information should contact police at 355-7545.

CATA DIRECTOR RETIRES

After 19 years, CATA General Manager Hugh Mose officially heads into retirement today. According to Statecollege.com, the 65-year-old credits the authority’s strong board of directors for a successful tenure. Mose oversaw CATA’s transition to a complete natural gas fuel system and partnership with Penn State. Louwana Oliva replaces Mose after spending the last four years as assistant GM.