Local News 3-15-14

Rominger

A member of Jerry Sandusky’s defense team has surrendered his Pennsylvania law license. According to the Cumberland County Bar Association, attorney Karl Rominger voluntarily surrendered his license and the effective date of the surrender will be determined by the state Supreme Court which the Bar Association said is “reasonably expected to occur in the very near future.” Rominger is under investigation for allegedly misappropriating funds from a client divorce settlement. The IRS also recently filed nearly $310,000 in tax liens against Rominger. 

Hanger

The field of gubernatorial hopefuls for the democratic nomination is down to five. Former State Department of Environmental Secretary John Hanger announced yesterday that he is leaving the Democratic primary race stating that opponent Tom Wolf’s effective TV campaign left him “no path to victory.” Former auditor general Jack Wagner, state treasurer Rob McCord, U.S. Representative Allyson Scwartz and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty are all in the race for the democratic nomination.

Road Work

State College Borough Public Works Crews will make repairs to a section of a sanitary sewer line on the 100 block of North Atherton Street today. The work will require crews to reduce traffic to a single lane in both directions on North Atherton Street between West College Avenue and Railroad Avenue between the hours of 7:30am and 5pm. 

Suspect Guilty

A Clearfield County man could spend up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting his dog. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said yesterday that Barry Gove of Karthaus accepted an open plea Wednesday to the charges that were coupled with a previously related illegal firearm charge. According to WJAC-TV, Grove was sentenced five to ten years in prison for the firearm possession charge and 9 months to 2 years for shooting his dog. Grove shot his dog Anne on the evening of April 23 last year while she was in a neighbor’s yard. In addition to the jail time, Grove was fined $1000 and prohibited from owning or possessing any domestic animals for 12 years. 

Crisis Meeting

The Centre County Crisis Intervention Team will be hosting a statewide meeting in State College today at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center. Centre County has held seven CIT trainings since its inception in 2011. The CIT is a partnership between police, EMS, Emergency Communications, mental health agencies, advocates, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the correctional facility that provides a law enforcement-based crisis intervention and de-escalation response to situations involving people in crisis.  The public is invited to stop by and learn more about the CIT statewide meeting between the hours of 9am and 11am.