News for 6-13-14

Federal Raid

Several people were detained yesterday when local, state and federal law enforcement raided several Asian restaurants in what investigators are calling a targeted enforcement operation. Homeland Security Agents and Attorney General Agents were on the scene and several agents were seen carrying boxes of paperwork and items from the businesses. Some of the restaurants that were targeted included the China Dragon on South Allen Street, Hundred Degrees Hot Pot, My Thai and Fuji Jade and Garden on Westerly Parkway, and Penang, China Wok and College Buffet on North Atherton Street. U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement Public Affairs Specialist Nicole Navas said the operations were targeting specific locations and residents shouldn’t be alarmed of any public safety concerns. 

BEA

It’s a big weekend for Bald Eagle Area High School. BEA Softball will face Central Columbia at 5:30 today at Nittany Lion Softball Park for the PIAA Double A State Softball Championship. Bald Eagle Area commencement ceremonies will be held tomorrow morning at 11am at Alumni Field.

Rent Rebate Extension

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate has been extended to December 31. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. The program benefits Pennsylvanians who are 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 or older with permanent disabilities. Forms to apply are available by mail or online at revenue dot state dot pa dot us. Thos who already applied for rebates can check the status of their claim beginning July 1.

Crash

A woman driving a Ford Ranger truck lost control and struck a tree yesterday on Route 26 on Pine Grove Mountain. According to Shaver’s Creek Fire Company Chief Dave Smead and the Centre Daily Times, the woman was traveling south after passing Centre County into Huntingdon County around 7am when she lost control of the truck, crossed the northbound lane and hit an oak tree.The woman was listed in critical condition and the vehicle was seriously damaged in the accident.  

Road Work

State College Borough Public Works Crews will begin concrete curb and sidewalk repairs in the 200 and 300 blocks of Fry Drive and East Whitehall Road and Norma Street on Monday. Work is expected to continue until Thursday.A contractor for the State College Borough will also begin sidewalk construction on Monday on the east side of the 100 block of South Pugh Street, between Beaver Avenue and Calder Way

Casey Legislation 

Senator Bob Casey is pushing for passage of legislation that would work to protect the safety of crude oil shipments. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill would provide funding for new rail and hazardous material for railway safety, and expand the use of automated track inspections to ensure railways are properly maintained to prevent future accidents.