Local News 2-26-14


Police say a 49-year-old Bellefonte woman allegedly stole $30,000 while working at a local bank. Dorothea Ann Bird was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and five counts of computer trespassing. Bird allegedly stole the money over several days in late October while working as the lead teller at the M&T Bank on South Allen Street in State College. A preliminary hearing is set for March 5th


Penn State President Rodney Erickson says a lack of state funding could cause undergraduate tuition to rise by 3 percent. According to the Centre Daily Times, Erickson was in Harrisburg yesterday with other state-affiliated university presidents to testify before the state Senate and House appropriations committees. Earlier this month, Governor Tom Corbett proposed flat funding for Penn State in his 2014-15 budget. Erickson added that no increase in state support has forced Penn State to delay projects. 


All but two downtown State College bars and restaurants will not sell alcohol on Saturday, hoping to finally end the controversial State Patty’s Day holiday. According to the Centre Daily Times, 33 of 35 establishments will accept compensation, forgoing alcohol sales. The report says one restaurant will continue to sell alcohol with meals while another has not yet determined plans for the weekend. Compensation will be determined based on a four-tier scale correlating to each establishment’s occupancy.