Thursday, February 9 2012

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

SHOOTING VICTIM DIES

24-YEAR-OLD BRANDON ZETH OF ALTOONA DIED YESTERDAY AT A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL, ALMOST A MONTH AFTER HE WAS SHOT 5 TIMES BY AN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP HOMEOWNER. ZETH'S FATHER SAYS HE WAS DRUNK AND POUNDING ON THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS HIS GIRLFRIEND’S. SHE LIVES NEXT DOOR. THE BLAIR COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING AND HASN’T DECIDED WHETHER CHARGES WILL BE FILED. THE HOMEOWNER’S ATTORNEY SAYS HE WAS WITHIN HIS RIGHTS BECAUSE HE AND HIS WIFE FELT THREATENED.

SUBWAY SHOOTER’S CASE IS EXPENSIVE

BLAIR COUNTY CONTROLLER RICH PEO ISSUED A REPORT YESTERDAY SHOWING THAT COSTS FOR THE NICOLAS HORNER DOUBLE MURDER CASE SO FAR TOTAL ABOUT 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS. A JURY WAS SELECTED FOR THE DEATH PENALTY TRIAL LAST MONTH, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN DISMISSED DUE TO A DELAY. A SECOND PANEL WILL BE SEATED NEXT MONTH WITH TESTIMONY TO BEGIN MARCH 19TH. THE COSTS ALSO INCLUDE EXPERT WITNESES.

FAMILY ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SANDUSKY DROPPED

THE HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS REPORTS THAT 2 ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BROUGHT BY JERRY SANDUSKY’S FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN LABELED UNFOUNDED. SANDUSKY RECEIVED A LETTER IN THE MAIL FROM CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES TELLING HIM THE 2 CASES OPENED SHORTLY AFTER HIS NOVEMBER ARREST WOULD NOT LEAD TO MORE CHARGES.

IN COURT DOCUMENTS FILED WEDNESDAY, JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY SAYS HE THINKS HE CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH JURORS FROM CENTRE COUNTY…ESPECIALLY BECAUSE PUBLICITY ABOUT THE CASE HAS SPREAD WELL BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE AREA. JOE AMENDOLA EVEN SUGGESTED DELAYING THE TRIAL TO LET THE PUBLICITY TAPER OFF. AMENDOLA ALSO FILED HIS OBJECTION TO PROSECUTORS’ OPPOSITION TO A REQUEST TO MODIFY SANDUSKY’S BAIL SO HIS GRANDCHILDREN CAN VISIT HIM. HE ALSO WANTS TO LEAVE HIS HOME TO WORK WITH HIS DEFENSE TEAM. A HEARING IS SCHEDULED TOMORROW.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT TELLS WJAC NEWS HE WAS STUNNED WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY FIRST SURFACED WHEN HE WAS THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE STRONGLY DENIED THAT THE LENGTH OF THE INVESTIGATION OR THE FILING OF CHARGES WAS DELAYED SO HE COULD FOCUS ON HIS RUN FOR GOVERNOR. CORBETT WAS ON THE SPEAKER PHONE DURING THE PENN STATE TRUSTEES MEETING WHEN THEY DECIDED TO FIRE JOE PATERNO AND PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER. CORBETT ALSO SAYS THE SECOND MILE FOUNDATION IS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION. SEVERAL OF THE CHARITY’S BOARD MEMBERS WERE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO CORBETT’S GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN.

NEW PENN STATE TRUSTEES?

THE GROUP PENN STATERS FOR RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP HAS PICKED 3 CANDIDATES TO ENDORSE IN THE UPCOMING PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION. PARTICIPANTS USED ONLINE VOTING TO CHOOSE: MARK CONNOLLY OF WEST CHESTER…BARBARA DORAN OF NEW YORK…AND ANTHONY LUBRANO OF GLENMOORE. 3 OF THE 9 TRUSTEES SEATS HELD BY ALUMNI ARE UP FOR ELECTION THIS YEAR. ABOUT 30 GRADUATES HAVE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO RUN.

ACCUSED THIEF IN CUSTODY

ROARING SPRING POLICE YESTERDAY ARRESTED 27 YEAR OLD BRETT POZGAR OF ROARING SPRING WHO IS A SUSPECT IN A STRING OF AT LEAST 30 THEFTS FROM UNLOCKED VEHICLES IN THE COVE. POZGAR IS FACING 89 THEFT-RELATED COUNTS. THE THEFTS STARTED BACK IN MAY AND POLICE HAVE RECOVERED ONE STOLEN WEAPON. POZGAR IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

ALTOONA PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE CLOSED

ALTOONA OFFICIALS HAVE SHUT DOWN THE 13TH STREET PEDESTRIAN CROSSOVER BRIDGE BECAUSE VANDALS HAVE TARGETED IT AGAIN, BREAKING WINDOWS AND LIGHT FIXTURES AND SPRAY-PAINTING GRAFFITI. CITY MANAGER JOE WEAKLAND SAYS IT WILL COST A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE AND HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN BECAUSE THE CITY IS HAVING MONEY TROUBLES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE VANDALS SHOULD CALL POLICE.