Local News 2-25-14


A large sinkhole forced Penn State officials to close a portion of a campus parking lot on Monday. According to the Centre Daily Times, repairs to the Brown A lot located near the Electrical Engineering loading dock should take about one week. Until the project is complete, passes for the lot can be used in the Red A lot near the IST Building off of Atherton Street.


A highly-decorated Marines colonel and former Penn State instructor passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Colonel Gerald Russell was one of two surviving Iwo Jima battalion commanders at the time of his death. According to the Centre Daily Times, Russell came to Penn State after his retirement in 1968, joining the university as a speech writer and later an assistant professor. He was also extremely involved in the State College community as a volunteer with Toys for Tots and as the founder of the Centre County United Way’s Day of Caring.


A Howard man and woman were seriously injured following an accident early Saturday morning. According to the Centre Daily Times, Jodi Resh was driving west on Hubler Ridge Road in Walker Township when her Chevrolet Silverado left the roadway and hit an embankment and utility pole. Passenger Samuel Reish was also injured. Police did not provide any additional details.


Pennsylvania prison inmates may soon be allowed to purchase a customized electronic tablet. According to Pennlive, the state’s Department of Corrections is finalizing a pilot program which could provide inmates a table to download music, receive and send emails and place orders for goods from the prison commissary. Officials quickly acknowledged the new tablets would not permit general Internet access. However, for a fee, they could plug into a central kiosk to download incoming emails or make purchases from a pre-screened list.