News for 6-5-14

Kaidanov

Former longtime fencing coach Emmanuil Kaidanov is expected to file a federal lawsuit against Penn State today. According to his lawyer, Kaidanov is filing the lawsuit against the university, athletic director Dave Joyner and athletics integrity officer Julie Del Giorno. The lawsuit is seeking his job back, punitive damages and back pay. Kaidanov coached the fencing team for 31 years and won 12 national championships before he was fired last summer for an alleged confrontation with a secretary who reported drug use by one of his fencers. 

Kane’s Sandusky Report

A Cambria County judge has approved an investigated document drafted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that is expected to show how Governor Corbett and his staff handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case while Corbett was the Attorney General. The document approved by Judge Norman A. Krumenacher III is expected to target both Corbett and Frank Fina, the lead prosecutor against Sandusky. The report could be released before the November election.

Cemetery Vandal

A suspect who is accused of vandalizing the Pine Hall Cemetery in Ferguson Township waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. According to the Centre Daily Times, Timothy Penrod of State College was also arraigned on charges related to two late night arsons in State College on May 18. Penrod is facing fifteen felony counts of institutional vandalism and felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass as well as several misdemeanor charges related to the vandalism of gravestones, damage to an outbuilding and burning of flags at the cemetery. State College Police Chief Tom King said yesterday that investigators have not found a link to between the suspect and the vandalism of the Boalsburg Cemetery last month. 

Crash

A woman was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for moderate injuries yesterday after she crashed her SUV into a house outside Union Township. According to state police the vehicle drifted off the road when the driver became distracted and she over-corrected when she tried to steer the car back on to the road crashing into the house. The owners of the house were home at the time, but not injured. 

Special Olympics

Two Thousand athletes, seven hundred fifty coaches and several volunteers will take part in the 45th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games beginning today. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis over the 3 day event. Events are free to the public and a schedule is available online at special olympics pa dot org. 

Student Tickets

2014 Penn State Student tickets will go on sale later this month. According to a release from the university, Senior and graduate student tickets will go on Sale on Monday June 23 and the sale will continue through the freshman ticket sale on June 26. The sale is open only to full time registered students with each class being allocated a specific amount. The price for student season tickets is $218.