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Friday November 22 2013

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013

TROOPER SHOOTS CHASE SUSPECT

a trooper-involved shooting YESTERDAY MORNING in Centre County…and now police have identified the suspect. police say OFFICERS TRIED TO STOP A STOLEN CAR driven by 53 year old gary randall IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY, BUT HE TOOK OFF ON I-80 TOWARD SNOWSHOE. TROOPERS USED STOP-STICKS TO DEFLATE THE CAR’S TIREs. AS randall STOPPED NEAR A REST STOP, HE ACTED lIKE HE HAD A GUN. THAT’S WHEN ONE COP SHOT HIM IN THE ARM. WHEN HE TRIED TO RUN, ANOTHER USED A TASER. randall has been released from UPMC Altoona and is now in the centre county prison on 100-thousand dollars bond. he’s facing a long list of charges. State Police Public Information Officer David McGarvey SAYS randall TOLD AUTHORITIES he was hoping the officers would shoot and kill him.

REWARD OFFERED

BLAIR COUNTY CRIME SOLVERS IS NOW OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF RICHARD BATTLES WHO LED POLICE IN A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN TYRONE AND ON TO I-99 IN CENTRE COUNTY LAST FRIDAY EVENING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL CRIME SOLVERS AT 1-800-422-88-02.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN A RECENT ARMED ROBBERY. TROOPERS SAY 35 YEAR OLD TODD REEDER OF MOUNT UNION IS THE MAN WHO WORE A MASK AND SHOWED A GUN WHEN HE DEMANDED DRUGS AT THE RITE AID PHARMACY IN MOUNT UNION ABOUT 10:30 TUESDAY MORNING. REEDER IS IN THE COUNTY JAIL ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL WITH A PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED TUESDAY.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE MAN KNOWN AS VICTIM 9 IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE HAS FAILED TO REACH A SETTLEMENT AND HE’S NOW SUING THE FORMER COACH AND PENN STATE, CLAIMING THE UNIVERSITY FAILED TO PROTECT HIM FROM NEARLY 4 YEARS OF ASSAULTS WHILE HE WAS A CHILD. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED THURSDAY IN PHILADELPHIA COMMON PLEAS COURT. PENN STATE HAS PAID NEARLY 60-MILLION DOLLARS IN OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENTS TO 26 OTHER MEN WHO CLAIM THEY WERE ALSO ABUSED BY SANDUSKY.

THOUGH NO REASON HAS BEEN GIVEN, A DAUPHIN COUNTY JUDGE HAS SCHEDULED A PRE-TRIAL HEARING IN THE CASE OF FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, GARY SCHULTZ, AND TIM CURLEY. THE HEARING IS FROM DECEMBER 17TH TO THE 20TH. ALL 3 MEN FACE CHARGES OF PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, CONSPIRACY, CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND FAILURE TO REPORT ABUSE. THEIR LAWYERS SAY THEY ARE INNOCENT AND THEY WILL FIGHT THE CHARGES AT TRIAL.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING APPROVED

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT WILL LIKELY SIGN THE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BILL INTO LAW NEXT WEEK. THE HOUSE APPROVED THE 2-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE YESTERDAY AND PENNDOT SECRETARY BARRY SCHOCH SAYS IT WILL BE PHASED IN OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS…SO IT WILL NOT MEAN AN IMMEDIATE INCREASE OF 28 CENTS PER GALLON FOR GAS. AS OF RIGHT NOW, OFFICIALS ARE PREDICTING THAT THE AVERAGE DRIVER WILL PAY ABOUT $2.50 MORE A WEEK IN THE 5TH YEAR OF THE PLAN. SCHOCH ALSO NOTES THAT PENNSYLVANIA’S VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES ARE CURRENTLY AMONG THE LOWEST IN THE NATION, WITH 39 STATES CHARGING MORE. ALSO, 31 STATES CHARGE MORE FOR THE COST OF A DRIVER’S LICENSE. THOSE COSTS WILL SOON BE GOING UP, ALONG WITH OTHER FEES.

NO TAX HIKE FOR CAMBRIA COUNTY

CAMBRIA COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES WILL HOLD STEADY UNDER THE BUDGET INTRODUCED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS YESTERDAY. THE 2014 GENERAL FUND BUDGET IS 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN THE CURRENT SPENDING PLAN AND TOTALS 60-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS. DESPITE A SERIES OF CASH FLOW SHORTAGES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS FORCING LATE PAYMENTS AND FUND TRANSFERS FROM AGENCY ACCOUNTS, PRESIDENT COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS LENGENFELDER TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT HE IS CONFIDENT THE COUNTY WILL ALSO END THIS YEAR WITH A BALANCED BUDGET…BUT CONTROLLER ED CERNIC JUNIOR IS EXPECTING SOME RED INK ON THE BOOKS.

HIGHER TUITION?

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT PENN STATE IS EXPLORING CHANGES TO ITS TUITION STRUCTURE THAT WOULD RESULT IN SOME STUDENTS IN CERTAIN COLLEGES ON CAMPUS PAYING HIGHER RATES. JUNIORS AND SENIORS IN THE COLLEGES OF NURSING, ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, EARTH AND MINERAL SCIENCES, BUSINESS, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ALREADY PAY MORE…AND THEIR COSTS COULD SOON BE GOING UP MORE. THE INCREASED TUITION LEVEL WOULD ALSO BE EXPANDED TO FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES. THE UNIVERSITY IS ALSO CONSIDERING ADDING A 50 PERCENT SURCHARGE PER CREDIT ON STUDENTS WHO TAKE MORE THAN 19 CREDITS A SEMESTER.