Local News 6-28-13

Paterno Lawsuit

 A Potter County judge was appointed yesterday to preside over the lawsuit filed by the Paterno family against the NCAA.The State Supreme Court assigned Judge John B. Leete to the case. The decision as to who will preside over the case comes nearly a month after Centre County court officials requested a judge from outside the area to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The Paterno family, several trustees and former players among others, filed a lawsuit against the association in an effort to void the sanctions levied against Penn State as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Sexual Assault

 State College police are investigated an alleged sexual assault in the borough. A woman says she was attacked by an unknown man.Though police could not confirm where the assault occurred, officers received a call just before 11pm Wednesday from the 300 block of Beaver Avenue. Police are investigating the incident and no further information is available at the moment.

PA Turnpike

In Preparations for the heavy traffic over the July 4 holiday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance and construction crews will make all lanes in each direction available for traffic beginning a 3pm today and the lanes will stay open until the morning of July 8 barring any emergencies.In the event of emergency lane closures, the turnpike will activate its Variable Message signs and Highway advisory Radio to alert motorists.

 More than 2 and a half million vehicles are expected to travel the turnpike over the holiday. Motorists hitting the highway for holiday activities and summer vacations are asked to stay alert and be aware of aggressive drivers.

Blue White

 Blue White weekend 2014 is officially set. The three day weekend is set for April 11-13 with the annual spring game on Saturday April 12. Several events including a carnival, fireworks and live performances will be held during the weekend. Kick off time for the game was not immediately set.Penn State will open their 2013 season against Syracuse at Met Life stadium on August 31.

Supreme Court Nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee is in favor Governor Corbett’s nomination of Correale Stevens to temporarily fill a vacancy on the State Supreme Court. A 2/3rds majority vote from the full Senate is required to approve Stevens to the bench.The vacancy was created when Joan Orie Melvin resigned on May 1. Melvin was convicted of using public employees to help her political campaigns.If Stevens is approved, he would serve until January 2016.

Transportation Bill

 Just days before the Pennsylvania Legislatures summer recess, the state House Transportation Committee has approved a funding bill for roads, bridges and mass transit.The revised bill is not expected to include high driver’s license and registration fees or a surcharge on traffic tickets. The bill would raise 2 billion dollars a year by year 5, primarily by uncapping the oil company franchise tax in three steps. 

Severe Weather

Violent storms ripped through State College and around the region yesterday causing flooding in many areas. Locally, the storm closed portions of College Avenue, Atherton Street, West Whitehall road and Pine Grove Road. As of 10pm, a funnel cloud was reported in Boalsburg earlier in the day.Just after 9pm, a state of emergency was declared in Clinton County as many areas roads were damaged and covered with water and debris. The Storm also closed Eagle Valley Road/ Route 150 in the Mill Hall and Beach Creek Areas.

The storm also hit Dubois hard, completely flooding roads and putting homes and businesses under water.