Tuesday March 13 2012

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

PATERNO FAMILY FIRES BACK

JOE PATERNO’S FAMILY RELEASED A STATEMENT YESTERDAY SAYING THEY ARE SURPRISED AND SADDENED BY THE PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEE’S BELIEF THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO EXPLAIN THEMSELVES MULTIPLE TIMES FOR FIRING THE COACH. THE TRUSTEES’ LATEST STATEMENT CITED LEADERSHIP FAILURES AS THE REASON AND THE FAMILY CALLED IT “ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO DEFLECT CRITICISM OF THEIR LEADERSHIP BY TRYING TO FOCUS THE BLAME ON PATERNO.” THE FAMILY ALSO SAID “IT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE FACTS, AND IT DOES NOT SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNIVERSITY, BUT REAFFIRMS THAT THEY DID NOT CONDUCT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THEIR OWN AND ENGAGED IN A RUSH TO JUDGEMENT.” THE TRUSTEES ALSO SAID THE BOARD DECIDED TO FIRE PATERNO BY PHONE BECAUSE HIS HOME WAS SURROUNDED BY MEDIA AND THEY THOUGHT THERE WAS NO “DIGNIFIED, PRIVATE AND SECURE WAY”" FOR TRUSTEES TO MEET WITH HIM IN PERSON. THE TRUSTEES ALSO CONFIRMED THEY ARE EXPLORING OPTIONS ON HOW TO HONOR PATERNO’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO PENN STATE.

WILL SANDUSKY’S CASE BE DISMISSED?

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA SAYS HE NEEDS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE 52 COUNTS AGAINST HIM SO HE CAN PREPARE HIS DEFENSE.
SANDUSKY DID NOT APPEAR AT YESTERDAY’S 20-MINUTE HEARING. AMENDOLA SAYS HE HASN’T BEEN TOLD SPECIFICALLY WHEN AND WHERE ALL THE ALLEGED ATTACKS HAPPENED…AND IF HE DOESN’T GET MORE DETAILS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH, HE WILL ASK THE JUDGE TO DISMISS THE CASE. SENIOR JUDGE JOHN CLELAND APPEARED TO AGREE WITH AMENDOLA, SAYING CONSTITUTIONALLY MORE SPECIFIC DATES NEED TO BE GIVEN. PROSECUTORS SAY THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW ALL OF THE SPECIFIC TIMES, DATES AND EVEN NAMES. NO WORD WHEN THE JUDGE WILL RULE.

2 JURORS SEATED

MORE THAN 100 POTENTIAL JURORS REPORTED TO THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE YESTERDAY…AND SO FAR…2 HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO HEAR THE DEATH PENALTY CASE AGAINST NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA. THE IRAQ WAR VETERAN CLAIMS HE SUFFERED FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS IN 2009 WHEN HE KILLED SCOTT GARLICK AT THE 58TH STREET SUBWAY…WOUNDED A FEMALE RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE…AND GUNNED DOWN RAYMOND WILLIAMS NEARBY. A JURY WAS NEARLY SEATED BACK IN JANUARY, BUT A STATE SUPREME COURT RULING STALLED THE CASE BEFORE ALLOWING IT TO GO FORWARD. IF JURY SELECTION IS COMPLETED, TESTIMONY COULD BEGIN MONDAY. BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA YESTERDAY RULED THAT IRAQ WAR VETERAN NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA CANNOT TAKE 2 ANTI-ANXIETY MEDICATIONS DURING HIS TRIAL.

SHOOTER IN CUSTODY

STATE POLICE IN BLAIR COUNTY ARRESTED 21 YEAR OLD JOHN “J-J” KLOTZ OF ALTOONA IN HOLLIDAYSBURG YESTERDAY. TROOPERS SAY HE SHOT HIS FRIEND IN THE LEG SATURDAY WHILE 25-YEAR-OLD GERALD HOLLOBAUGH THE 3RD OF CRESSON WAS SETTING UP TARGETS IN ANTIS TOWNSHIP. HOLLOBAUGH WAS TREATED AND RELEASED AT THE HOSPITAL. KLOTZ IS CHARGED WITH SIMPLE ASSAULT.

TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR 3 ACCUSED ROBBERS

JURY SELECTION WILL BEGIN JUNE 4TH…AND TESTIMONY JUNE 18TH…FOR THE TRIAL OF MAKSIM ILLARIONOV, DMITRIY LITVINOV AND ANATOLIY VERETNOV. THE STATE COLLEGE MEN ARE ACCUSED IN A STRING OF ROBBERIES AND BURGLARIES IN 2009 AND 2010. ILLARIONOV IS ALREADY SERVING 15 TO 30 YEARS AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY ON 3 COUNTS OF ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM. APPEARING VIA VIDEO-CONFERENCE YESTERDAY, HE TOLD JUDGE TOM KISTLER HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF FILING AN APPEAL TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT TO HAVE THE CASE DISMISSED. THE MEN’S FIRST TRIAL ENDED IN A MIS-TRIAL WHEN A 4TH DEFENDANT, ALEXEI SEMIONOV, CHANGED HIS PLEA TO GUILTY.

STILL MISSING

87 YEAR OLD GEORGE RACHEL OF DUNLO, CAMBRIA COUNTY, DISAPPEARED SUNDAY MARCH 4TH AND POLICE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR HIM USING A HELICOPTER AND ON FOOT EVER SINCE. RACHAEL’S 89 YEAR OLD SISTER, MARGARET, SAYS HE NEEDS HIS MEDICINE AND SHE HOPES HE RETURNS HOME. ADAMS IS BELIEVED TO BE IN HIS 2011 GRAY FORD RANGER PICKUP TRUCK AND POLICE HAVE ENTERED HIM INTO THE NATIONAL MISSING PERSON’S DATA BASE AND TAGGED HIS VEHICLE REGISTRATION.

VOTER I-D BILL EXPECTED TO BE APPROVED

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS PREPARED TO SIGN THE VOTER ID BILL IF IT REACHES HIS DESK TODAY. THE STATE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A FINAL VOTE ON THE BILL TODAY. IT REQUIRES REGISTERED VOTERS TO PRODUCE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION BEFORE CASTING BALLOTS. IF THE MEASURE BECOMES LAW, IT WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.