NEWS - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

 CONCERNS OVER DELAY IN FINANCIAL PLAN -

 ALTOONA CITY OFFICIALS ARE EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER DELAYS IN A FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN FOR THE CITY. A REPORT IN TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS THAT THERE ARE WORRIES THAT THE PLAN WILL NOT BE DONE IN TIME TO KEEP THE CITY OUT OF THE RED FOR 2013 AND AVOID LAYOFFS OR BANKRUPTCY. A CONSULTING FIRM WAS HIRED TO DO THE CITY’S ACT 47 PLAN, WHICH CITY MANAGER JOE WEAKLAND SAYS HE DOESN’T EXPECT UNTIL NOVEMBER. OFFICIALS PLAN TO DEMAND THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT URGE THE FIRM TO SPEED UP THE PLAN, SO THE CITY CAN GO THROUGH REQUIRED STEPS, INCLUDING PUBLIC REVIEW, BEFORE THEY ADOPT IT AND COORDINATE IT WITH THE 2013 BUDGET PROCESS.

 CAMBRIA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED -

 A Johnstown man has been sentenced to 30 to 60 months in jail in Somerset CountY Court on child sexual assault charges. Albert Anderson pleaded guilty in the case. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl over a five-year period in Conemaugh Township. He will also have to register as a Megan's Law offender for the rest of his life.

 FORMER ALTOONA POLICE CHIEF TO BE LAID TO REST -

 A FUNERAL MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED TODAY FOR FORMER ALTOONA POLICE CHIEF JOHN TREESE WHO DIED MONDAY AT THE AGE OF 73. THE SERVICE IS AT 11 AT SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ALTOONA. TREESE WORKED WITH THE ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR 40 YEARS AND RETIRED IN 2001 AFTER SERVING AS CHIEF SINCE 1997.

 VANDALISM STILL BEING INVESTIGATED -

 PENN STATE POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE VANDALISM OF THE NEW VETERANS PLAZA ON THE UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS. THE LEUTENANT MICHAEL P. MURPHY PENN STATE VETERANS PLAZA WAS VANDALIZED ON MONDAY WITH MARKS FROM BIKE TIRES ACROSS THE CONCRETE FAÇADE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT PENN STATE POLICE AT 863-1111.

 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING IN TYRONE -

 THE TYRONE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL HOST ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING AT THE BORO BUILDING TONIGHT AT 6:30. BLAIR COUNTY SHERIFF MITCH COOPER WILL DISCUSS HOW TO BECOME A COORDINATOR.

 MOTION TO DROP CHARGES DENIED -

 FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATOR GARY SCHULTZ AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM CURLEY WILL FACE TRIAL FOR PERJURY IN EARLY JANUARY. A MOTION FILED BY BOTH MEN TO DROP CHARGES WAS DENIED YESTERDAY.  SCHULTZ AND CURLEY MAINTAIN THEIR INNOCENCE AND ARE HOPING THAT THE COURT WILL ALLOW SEPARATE TRIALS.

 JOURNALIST SAYS SANDUSKY WILL SPEAK AT SENTENCING -

 JERRY SANDUSKY WILL SPEAK AT HIS OCTOBER 9TH SENTENCING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST, SARA GANIM.GANIM SAYS SANDUSKY WILL SPEAK IN AN EFFORT TO GAIN SYMPATHY FROM THE JUDGE. GANIM ALSO REPORTS THAT VICTIM NUMBER 5 WILL GIVE A STATEMENT AT THE SENTENCING ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SANDUSKY’S ABUSE ON HIS LIFE.

 RENOVATION DISCUSSED IN STATE COLLEGE -

 THE STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WILL MEET THIS AFTERNOON. ON THE AGENDA, A DISCUSSION OF THE FORMER SOUND TECHNOLOGY SITE ALONG SOUTH ATHERTON STREET NEAR THE GALLERIA SHOPPING CENTER. THE AUTHORITY HOPES TO RENOVATE THE BUILDING AS A MIXED INCOME RENTAL HOUSING BUILDING.

 HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN BELLEFONTE -

 BELLEFONTE BOROUGH IS HOPING TO PRESERVE THE GARMAN OPERA HOUSE THEATRE AND INN THAT WAS DAMAGED BY FIRE ON SEPTEMBER 9TH. THE BOROUGH WILL HAVE THE BUILDING PARTIALLY RESTORED BY REPLACING A PORTION OF THE ROOF THAT WAS DESTROYED IN THE BLAZE. THE BOROUGH EXPECTS THE RENOVATIONS TO PREVENT ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHER OWNERS TO RESTORE THE PROPERTY.

WANT TO BUY A JAIL?

 THE OLD CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL IN EBENSBURG IS FOR SALE AND BOROUGH OFFICIALS SAY THEY COULD HAVE TWO POSSIBLE BUYERS. THE TOWN WAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO TAKE BIDS ON THE COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY. THE STRUCTURE WAS USED AS A JAIL BEGINNING IN 1872 AND BOROUGH OFFICIALS SAY THEY’VE ALREADY SECURED A $250,000 REDEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE GRANT TO HELP POTENTIAL TENANTS REHABILITATE THE HISTORIC BUILDING.  EBENSBURG OFFICIALS SAY THEY TARGETED POTENTIAL BUYERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN CONVERTING THE OLD JAIL INTO A RESTAURANT OR MICROBREWERY.