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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

A GROUP OF FORMER PENN STATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, LED BY MICHAEL ROBINSON, IS NOW APPEALING THE TOUGH NCAA SANCTIONS, SAYING THE ASSOCIATION DIDN’T FOLLOW ITS OWN POLICIES AND DENIED THE RIGHT OF THOSE AFFECTED TO BE HEARD. PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SIGNED OFF ON THE PENALITIES LAST MONTH, BUT TRUSTEE RYAN MCCOMBIE AND THE FAMILY OF JOE PATERNO HAVE ALSO FILED NOTICES OF APPEAL. THE FORMER PLAYERS SAY THEY’RE ACTING ON BEHALF OF ALL PLAYERS AND COACHES WHO WERE PART OF THE PROGRAM BETWEEN 1998 AND 2011 — THE YEARS THE NCAA VACATED THE NITTANY LIONS’ WINS. AN NCAA SPOKESMAN HAS SAID THE SANCTIONS AREN’T SUBJECT TO APPEAL.

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS FROM CENTRE, PHILADELPHIA, ADAMS, MONTGOMERY, AND DAUPHIN COUNTIES WILL SIT DOWN TODAY WITH LEADERS OF CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE TO DISCUSS WHERE PENN STATE’S 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN NCAA PENALTIES SHOULD GO. THIS IS PART OF A DAYLONG TOUR WHICH WILL ALSO INCLUDE STOPS IN HARRISBURG AND PHILADELPHIA. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT OFFICIALS IN CENTRE COUNTY HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO OPTIONS FOR CREATING A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER.

CHARGES FILED IN PENN STATE HAZING

PENN STATE POLICE HAVE NOW FILED SIMPLE ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST BIANCA JEANTY OF NEW JERSEY…HANIF JOHNSON OF HARRISBURG …AND FELICIA RAGSDALE OF STATE COLLEGE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED HAZING INCIDENT. THE WOMEN ARE ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING FORMER STUDENT ASYA TROWELL IN EARLY APRIL AS SHE PLEDGED OMEGA ESSENCE, A “LITTLE SISTERS” GROUP WITH THE FRATERNITY OMEGA PSI PHI — WHICH IS AN UNRECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATION ON CAMPUS. THE WOMEN HAVE BEEN INDEFINITELY EXPELLED FROM PENN STATE. TROWELL’S ATTORNEY SAYS SHE IS STILL RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT AND TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST SHOOTING VICTIMS

3 JOHNSTOWN POLICE OFFICERS REMAIN ON PAID LEAVE AFTER THEY SHOT AND KILLED 27 YEAR OLD ELIP CHEATHAM ON JUNE 25TH…NOW THE 2 MEN WHO WERE ALSO IN CHEATHAM’S CAR ARE CHARGED WITH AN UNRELATED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED 3 DAYS EARLIER. HAYWARD GAINES AND CARDELL CLINTON ARE ACCUSED OF GOING TO A KENNEDY AVENUE HOME WITH CHEATHAM AND DEMANDING 600-DOLLARS FROM 2 PEOPLE…MONEY THEY CLAIMED WAS OWED TO CHEATHAM’S BROTHER. GAINES ALLEGEDLY PULLED A HANDGUN AND THE 3 MEN THREATENED TO SHOOT AND KILL EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE. THE VICTIMS PAID GAINES, CLINTON AND CHEATHAM 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS THE NEXT DAY.
CLINTON WAS LATER SHOT OUTSIDE THE EDDER’S DEN BAR. STATE TROOPERS COULD FILE THEIR REPORT ON THE POLICE SHOOTING LATER TODAY.

WHIPPING GAME AT LOCAL CHRISTIAN CAMP

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY AFTER 9-YEAR-OLD ALEX LEMONIDIS OF DUBOIS CLAIMED HE WAS FORCED TO PLAY A GAME CALLED “HIDE THE WHIP” BY A COUNSELOR AT THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRISTIAN CAMP HELD IN LATE JULY AT BLUE KNOB STATE PARK IN BLAIR COUNTY. THE BOY CLAIMS A THICK JUMP ROPE WAS HIDDEN AND WHOEVER FOUND IT GOT TO WHIP THE ROPE AT THE OTHERS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE CAMP’S BOARD DIRECTORS TOLD WJAC NEWS THAT OFFICIALS REGRET THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS HAPPENED THAT MIGHT DISCOURAGE OR EVEN MAKE A YOUNG CHILD AFRAID. LEMONIDIS SAYS AT LEAST 5 KIDS WERE HIT BADLY BEFORE ANOTHER CAMP STAFFER CALLED A HALT TO THE GAME.

ARMED ROBBERY IN ST. COLLEGE.

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR 2 MEN AFTER AN ARMED ROBBERY TUESDAY MORNING ON THE 900 BLOCK OF BELLAIRE AVENUE. ONE SUSPECT WAS CARRYING A PISTOL WHEN THEY FORCED THEIR WAY INTO AN APARTMENT AND STOLE CASH AND PROPERTY BEFORE FLEEING IN AN OLDER-MODEL, 4-DOOR TAN CAR. ONE SUSPECT IS A BLACK MAN…ABOUT 5-FOOT-10…WITH A THIN BUILD…A LIGHT COMPLEXION…AND SHORT, BLACK HAIR. HE WAS WEARING A BLACK POLO SHIRT WITH AN EMBLEM ON THE CHEST AND SHORTS MADE OF SWEATPANT-LIKE MATERIAL. THE OTHER SUSPECT IS A BLACK MALE ABOUT 6 FEET TALL WITH A THIN BUILD…A DARK COMPLEXION… AND A BEARD. HE WAS WEARING DARK, BAGGY CLOTHING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-922-74-63.

JOHNSTOWN FIRE WAS ARSON

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGED A HOME ON GROVE AVENUE IN JOHNSTOWN’S MOXHAM SECTION…AND NOW IT HAS BEEN RULED ARSON. OFFICIALS SAY FIRECREWS SPENT MORE THAN 4 HOURS BATTLING THE BLAZE…THEN A SECOND FIRE WAS STARTED LATER. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE HOME WAS RECENTLY INSURED AND WAS NEARLY EMPTY OF ALL BELONGINGS. A WOMAN AND 6 CHILDREN WERE AMONG THOSE LEFT HOMELESS. THE HOME IS OWNED BY ANTHONY RIVERA, WHO WAS REPORTEDLY IN PITTSBURGH THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE.

ALTOONA MOM DUE IN COURT

ALTOONA POLICE SAY CARLA MURPHY OF ALTOONA GAVE BIRTH AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM IN JUNE…THEN 2 DAYS LATER SHE ALLEGEDLY SMOKED BATH SALTS, STRIPPED NAKED, AND ASSAULTED NURSES AND HOSPITAL POLICE. WHEN CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES INSPECTED THE HOME MURPHY SHARES WITH MICHAEL STEWART, THEY FOUND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND THE COUPLE’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY. BACK IN 2010, MURPHY WAS FIRED FROM HER NURSE’S AID JOB AT VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME AFTER SHE WAS CHARGED WITH RIPPING FENTENYL PAIN PATCHES OFF AN 86 YEAR OLD BED-RIDDEN RESIDENT.

BEDFORD COUNTY DRUG SWEEP

OPERATION SUMMER CATCH IS THE CODE NAME FOR YESTERDAY’S DRUG SWEEP IN BEDFORD COUNTY. AFTER A 10 MONTH INVESTIGATION, THE DRUG TASK FORCE HAD ARREST WARRANTS FOR 17 SUSPECTED DEALERS. 11 OF THEM ARE NOW IN CUSTODY AND POLICE EXPECT TO GET THE REST IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. DISTRICT ATTORNEY BILL HIGGINS SAYS THE SUSPECTS ARE ACCUSED OF SELLING COCAINE, HEROIN, PRESCRIPTION PILLS, AND BOTH NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA.

FIRE CHIEF STEPPING DOWN

ALTOONA FIRE CHIEF RENNY SANTONE HAS BEEN ON THE JOB SINCE 1965…THE PAST 29 AS CHIEF…BUT HE WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. BACK IN THE 60’S, THE CITY HAD 9 FIRE STATIONS. NOW THERE ARE ONLY 4. IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS HAS DROPPED FROM 109 TO JUST 62.

GAS PRICES UP AGAIN

GAS PRICES CONTINUED THEIR CLIMB THIS WEEK…UP TO $3.59 IN THE ALTOONA AREA. TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS THE CURRENT AVERAGE PRICE FOR REGULAR, UNLEADED IN WESTERN PA IS $3.60, UP 9 CENTS PER GALLON FROM A WEEK AGO. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.63.