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Tuesday November 13 2012

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012

BODY FOUND NEAR MEYERSDALE

STATE POLICE WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN SOMERSET COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. A HIKER SPOTTED THE BODY ALONG THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE TRAIL OUTSIDE MEYERSDALE. A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST TEAM FROM MERCYHURST COLLEGE IN ERIE HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION. THERE IS SPECULATION THAT THE BODY MAY BE THAT OF 19 YEAR OLD JUSTINE JACKSON WHO DISAPPEARED 2 MONTHS AGO. SHE WAS LAST SEEN ON A ROAD NEAR THE TRAIL IN LARIMER TOWNSHIP.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED

AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN WHO DIED SUNDAY EVENING WHEN HIS CAR CRASHED NEAR THE BLAIR/CAMBRIA COUNTY LINE. POLICE SAY 45 YEAR OLD MARK BUSH OF DYSART HAD A BLOOD ALCOHOL OF POINT-19 PERCENT WHEN HIS CAR SLAMMED INTO SEVERAL TREES ALONG WOPSONONOCK ROAD IN DEAN TOWNSHIP. BUSH WAS A CORRECTIONS OFFICER AT S-C-I CRESSON.

SAILOR WILL BE LAID TO REST

FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR NAVY SAILOR SAMUEL STILES OF JOHNSTOWN. THE 25 YEAR OLD PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS DIED 2 WEEKS AGO AT A JAPANESE TRAIN STATION NOT FAR FROM WHERE HE WAS STATIONED IN NAGASAKI. JAPANESE MEDIA REPORTED STILES WAS BELIEVED TO BE CLIMBING ON TOP OF A TRAIN WHEN HE WAS SHOCKED BY AN OVERHEAD POWER LINE, FELL AND HIT HIS HEAD. SEVERAL ALCOHOLIC-BEVERAGE CONTAINERS WERE REPORTEDLY FOUND NEAR HIS BODY. TODAY’S SERVICE IS AT 11 AT EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

PENN STATE’S TOTAL COSTS FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL ARE STILL CLIMBING… REACHING ALMOST 21 MILLION DOLLARS AS OF AUGUST 31ST. UPDATED FIGURES FROM THE UNIVERSITY SAY 11-POINT-7 MILLION WAS BILLED BY THE LEGAL TEAM LED BY FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH AND FOR CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS. ABOUT 2-POINT-4 MILLION WENT TO LEGAL COSTS FOR FORMER UNIVERSITY LEADERS LIKE GRAHAM SPANIER, TIM CURLEY, AND GARY SCHULTZ. MORE THAN 5-POINT-2 MILLION WAS FOR OTHER LEGAL SERVICES AND DEFENSE. THE LEGAL FEES OF THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE COVERED UNDER THE UNIVERSITY’S INSURANCE POLICIES, SO PENN STATE COULD BE REIMBURSED FOR SOME OF THE COSTS.

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS WERE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED THIS WEEK FOR FORMER PENN STATE PRESDIENT GRAHAM SPANIER, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT GARY SCHULTZ, AND FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM CURLEY, BUT DAUPHIN COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATORS SAY THE HEARINGS WILL NOT BE HELD UNTIL AT LEAST JANUARY. THE MEN SAY THEY DID NOT COVER UP JERRY SANDUSKY’S ABUSE OF YOUNG BOYS.

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT THE SECOND MILE’S INSURANCE COMPANY IS CONTINUING ITS EFFORTS TO GET A JUDGE TO DECLARE IT DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY TO DEFEND JERRY SANDUSKY. FEDERAL INSURANCE COMPANY HAS STEPPED UP ITS EFFORTS SINCE HE WAS SENTENCED LAST MONTH. HOWEVER, U.S. MIDDLE DISTRICT CHIEF JUDGE YVETTE KANE HAS SLOWED THEM DOWN BY PLACING A STAY ON ACTIVITY UNTIL A SCHEDULED CONFERENCE WITH THE ATTORNEYS ON NOVEMBER 29TH. FEDERAL CLAIMS IT HAS NO DUTY TO DEFEND SANDUSKY, BECAUSE PENNSYLVANIA DOES NOT PERMIT INSURANCE COVERAGE OF A PERPETRATOR ON INTENTIONAL SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF A MINOR.

ROBBER TO BE SENTENCED

SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 19 YEAR OLD RICHARD MARTINEZ OF STATE COLLEGE WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO ROBBING 4 TEENAGERS AND THREATENING TO KILL THEM ON CENTRE HALL MOUNTAIN BACK IN MAY. MARTINEZ FORCED THE BOYS TO THE GROUND, KICKED ONE OF THEM IN THE HEAD AND STOLE 3 IPODS AND A BOTTLE OF WATER FROM THEIR BACKPACKS. HE ALSO HELD A BOX CUTTER TO ONE BOY’S THROAT AND THREATENED TO KILL THEM. POLICE SAY THIS AREA IS KNOWN AS A SITE WHERE MARIJUANA IS GROWN.

BLAIR COUNTY TAX HIKE?

BLAIR COUNTY RESDIENTS ARE LIKELY TO SEE A TAX HIKE IN 2013. COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY AND COUNTY FINANCE DIRECTOR ROBERT KUNTZ IS EXPECTED TO INTRODUCE A BUDGET THAT INCLUDES A 3-POINT-5 MILL REAL ESTATE TAX HIKE. COMMISSIONERS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR PLACES TO CUT SPENDING.

HOSPITALS JOINING FORCES?

IN A NEWS RELEASE YESTERDAY, ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS WITH NASON HOSPITAL IN ROARING SPRING…AIMED AT DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED, COUNTYWIDE HEALTH SYSTEM TO SERVE THE COMMUNITIES OF BLAIR COUNTY AND THE GREATER REGION. BOTH BOARDS OF DIRECTORS HAVE APPROVED AND SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING, AUTHORIZING ALTOONA REGIONAL AND NASON TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PLANNING.  ANY AGREEMENT WOULD NEED THE APPROVAL OF BOTH BOARDS. NO TIMELINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR REACHING AN AGREEMENT.

UNIVERSITY FACULTY COULD STRIKE

MORE THAN 6-THOUSAND FACULTY AND COACHES AT PENNSYLVANIA'S 14 STATE-OWNED UNIVERSITIES ARE SET TO BEGIN STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTES AS DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE FOR A NEW CONTRACT DEAL. VOTING BEGAN YESTERDAY AND WILL ALSO BE UNDERWAY TODAY AND TOMORROW. MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA STATE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FACULTIES HAVE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT SINCE JUNE 2011. THE MAIN ISSUES ARE HIGHER HEALTH CARE DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYMENTS AS WELL AS COMPENSATION FOR ON-LINE EDUCATION. A UNION COMMITTEE WILL MEET FRIDAY IN HARRISBURG TO COUNT BALLOTS FROM THE STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTES. THE NEXT NEGOTIATING SESSION IS SET FOR DECEMBER 11TH.

FOOD DRIVE

A BIG BLUE PENN STATE BUS IS CURRENTLY PARKED OUTSIDE OF THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER AND PEOPLE ARE DROPPING OFF CANNED FOODS FOR THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK. NONPERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED AT BEAVER STADIUM BEFORE SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL GAME AGAINST INDIANA. YOU CAN ALSO BRING FOOD TO OTHER PENN STATE SPORTING EVENTS THIS WEEK. THE CENTRAL PA FOOD BANK SERVES 27 COUNTIES AND IS THE LARGEST NONPROFIT FOOD DISTRIBUTION ORGANIZATION IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. IT DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 22 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE.