News for 1-31-14

Conklin

State Representative Scott Conklin announced yesterday that he will run for re-election and he is also proposing legislation to add more money to federal home-heating assistance programs. The proposed bill would implement a severance tax for natural gas companies that would go directly to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).Conklin said yesterday that he proposed the legislation after he received several calls from people who are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter. 

Pedestrian

A pedestrian was struck by a car on Wednesday morning near the intersection of Park Avenue and Stadium West Road. State College Police are still not sure why Yan Mei Chan’s car went off the roadway around 7:50am and he was cited for careless driving. The pedestrian complained of back, arm and shoulder pain, but police said injuries are not believed to be serious.

Tax Filing Season

The tax filing season officially opens today and the IRS expects most Pennsylvania residents to file their income tax returns electronically. This year, PA residents have the option to electronically file both their state and federal returns through Pennsylvania Free File. You can also check the status of your refund online at irs dot gov.

Officers

Three newly hired State College Police Officers will be sworn in today. Michael Croyle, Nicole Foley and Jeremy Gibson will fill three of the five vacancies within the department. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham will conduct the ceremony for the officers at 11:30 in Council Chambers on South Allen Street. The ceremony is open to the public.

DUI Crash Charges

A State College man was sentenced yesterday for injuring a female passenger while driving drunk and then leaving the scene of the crash. Alex Brown was sentenced to 14 ½ to 35 ½ months in the Centre County Correctional Facility for crashing his car while driving under the influence and with a suspended license in 2009.According to a District Attorney’s Office news release, Brown left the scene of the crash and left the woman, who suffered life threatening injuries, trapped inside the car. Brown also faces four years probation after his prison term.   

Firearm Possession

A State College man could face a yr in prison after he admitted to illegally possessing firearms. According to the Centre Daily Times, Dennis Eugene Lowe, a convicted felon who can’t legally possess guns because of the criminal record, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. Middle District Court to possessing more than 3 dozen weapons and about 2000 rounds of ammunition. Police found the firearms during a search in 2010 after Lowe was under surveillance because his son Ethan bought eight weapons several days earlier.