Wednesday October 3 2012

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING NEXT TUESDAY AND ONE OF HIS ATTORNEYS THINKS HE WILL MAKE A STATEMENT AT THE BELLEFONTE COURTHOUSE. KARL ROMINGER SAYS SANDUSKY CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN HIS INNOCENCE. HE’S HOPING TO SERVE HIS TIME AT THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL AND NOT IN A STATE PRISON…AND HE IS ALSO WORKING ON AN APPEAL. SOME OF THE VICTIMS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO TESTIFY AT THE SENTENCING HEARING. IT WILL FOLLOW ANOTHER HEARING TO DETERMINE IF SANDUSKY IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR.

CENTRE COUNTY COURT OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT 85 SEATS ARE AVAILABLE. DOORS OPEN AT 7:45 AND SEATING IS FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE.

FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT COACH MIKE MCQUEARY FILED A WHISTLE-BLOWER LAWSUIT YESTERDAY, SEEKING 4 MILLION DOLLARS FROM PENN STATE. MCQUEARY SAYS UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS RUINED HIS REPUTATION AND MADE HIM A SCAPEGOAT AFTER HE TESTIFIED THAT HE WITNESSED JERRY SANDUSKY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUNG BOY IN AN ON-CAMPUS SHOWER. WHEN THE SCANDAL BROKE, MCQUEARY WAS PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. WHEN BILL O’BRIEN TOOK OVER AS THE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, MCQUEARY WAS NOT INTERVIEWED TO BE PART OF THE COACHING STAFF.

FOLLOWING THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL, PENN STATE’S SPORTS JOURNALISM PROGRAM IS HOLDING A FREE, OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THE NCAA AND ITS FUTURE. THE FORUM STARTS AT 7 AT THE STATE THEATRE. SPEAKERS INCLUDE: FORMER NCAA PRESIDENT GENE CORRIGAN… AMY PERKO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE KNIGHT COMMISSION ON INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS…R. SCOTT KRETCHMAR, PROFESSOR OF EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE AT PENN STATE…AND THOMAS O’TOOLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR FOR USA TODAY SPORTS.

WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

A FATAL CRASH TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN CAMBRIA COUNTY. POLICE SAY 23 YEAR OLD TIFFANY PATTERSON OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA SLAMMED HER CAR INTO A TREE ALONG WILLIAM PENN AVENUE IN EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP. PATTERSON WAS WEARING A SEATBELT, BUT DIED ON ARRIVAL AT JOHNSTOWN’S MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER.

GOOD SAMARITAN HIT BY CAR

IN BLAIR COUNTY, A GOOD SAMARITAN SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES YESTERDAY WHILE TRYING TO HELP A CRASH VICTIM. ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY JONI ADAMS OF CRESSON LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR ALONG SUGAR RUN ROAD. IT HIT A ROCK AND FLIPPED OVER. JOSHUA MADISON OF SUMMERHILL STOPPED AND OFFERED TO CALL 911, THEN HE WAS HIT BY A CAR DRIVEN BY ASHLEY WILLIAMSON OF EBENSBURG. MADISON REFUSED TREATMENT AT THE SCENE. ADAMS WAS TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES.  

HOME OWNER HOSPITALIZED AFTER FIRE

DOUGLAS BUTLER OF EAST FREEDOM IS HOSPITALIZED AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM AFTER A FIRE THAT LEVELED HIS FLEETWOOD COURT MOBILE HOME TUESDAY AFTERNOON. BUTLER, WHO REPORTEDLY SUFFERS FROM ASTHMA, RAN TO A NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE AFTER THE BLAZE BROKE OUT WHILE HE WAS COOKING. ANOTHER NEIGHBOR RESCUED HIS DOG. A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN THE HOME WAS NOT THERE AT THE TIME.

CROSS BURNER PLEADS GUILTY

AFTER SEVERAL DELAYS, 20 YEAR OLD RYAN HELD OF PHILIPSBURG DECIDED NOT TO STAND TRIAL IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT AND HE PLEADED GUILTY TO CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FOR BURNING A CROSS IN A WOODLAND WOMAN’S YARD BACK IN 2010. HELD ADMITS HE WAS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE THE WOMAN AND AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN WHO WAS STAYING WITH HER. HELD COULD GET UP TO 20 YEARS IN JAIL WHEN HE IS SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY.

VOTER I-D LAW POSTPONED

A JUDGE IS POSTPONING THE ENACTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA'S NEW VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAW WHICH WOULD HAVE REQUIRED ALL VOTERS TO SHOW A VALID PHOTO ID AT THE POLLS. REPUBLICANS SAY THE LAW IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT VOTER FRAUD BUT DEMOCRATS SAY SOME REGISTERED VOTERS HAVE FACED DIFFICULTIES GETTING A PHOTO ID. EXPERTS SAY AN APPEAL IS STILL A POSSIBILITY.