Local News 11-13-12

Sandusky Scandal Costs Penn State

The cost of the Jerry Sandusky scandal for Penn State continues to grow. As of the end of August, the university had spent almost 21-million dollars to cover legal fees and related expenses. A majority of the money spent is attributed to the Board of Trustees for internal investigation and crisis communications. 

Coffee for a Cure Event set for Today

Local residents will have an opportunity to help a Tyrone girl and many others who suffer from a rare and deadly disease. Despite being diagnosed with juvenile Huntington’s disease, 9-year-old Virginia Buck, family, friends and volunteers will be selling premium coffee outside the State Theatre in downtown State College today from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  According to the Centre Daily Times, the ‘Coffee for a Cure’ event will raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence. Located at the University of Iowa, it is the only known researching body for the juvenile strand of the disease. 

Toys for Tots Campaign Begins

The annual Centre County Toys For Tots campaign is underway. Honorary co-chairs Penn State men’s basketball head coach Patrick Chambers and women’s head coach Coquese Washington helped kick off the event yesterday at the Ramada Conference Center in State College. Centre County Toys for Tots will provide gifts for more than 1,000 underprivileged children local communities. Folks can donate new toys through December 17th at more than 200 locations in Centre County. 

Robbery Sentencing 

A 19-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced today in Centre County court after robbing and threatening to kill four teenagers on Centre Hall Mountain in May. According to court documents, Richard Martinez pleaded guilty in September after being arrested on 26 counts, including robbery, aggravated and simple assault and terroristic threats. Police say Martinez forced the teens onto the ground, kicked one of them in the head and stole iPods from backpacks.