Local News 12-11-10

Accident Closes 322

A tractor-trailer crash on Route 322 late yesterday afternoon closed both westbound lanes for more than 3 hours between routes 45 and 26 in Centre County. The tractor-trailer veered off the highway underneath the Branch Road overpass and struck a column, separating the cab from the truck and injuring the driver.  The driver’s name was not released, but is said to be in stable condition. 

March for Equality Planned

A Penn State student group is planning a peaceful march across campus later this week to promote equality and solidarity in response to a photo posted by a University sorority group mocking Mexican stereotypes. The group ‘PSU For All Student Equality’ will lead the march from East Halls through the campus, including a stop at Old Main. According to a press release, the group says it is denouncing “all forms of racism, sexism, classism and homophobia and seeks to draw attention to social inequality.”

Sandusky Price Tag Rises

The costs in the fallout surrounding the Jerry Sandusky scandal for Penn State continue to mount. As of the end of September, the university had spent more than $23.5-million dollars. Later this month, Penn State will pay the first portion of a 60-million dollar fine sanctioned by the NCAA. Additionally, the university owes former President Graham Spanier roughly 2.5-million dollars in severance fees and will continue to cover the legal bills for former administrators. 

State College Police Report Theft

State College Police are investigating an alleged theft that occurred early Monday morning at 221 South Barnard Street in the borough. According to Statecollege.com, Police responded to a call at 9:54 yesterday morning and residents suspect the theft occurred between 3 and 3:30 am. Around 1,840 dollars worth of items were stolen from the home, including an Xbox 360, video games and a MacBook Pro laptop.