Local News 8-18-14

Commencement

3.142 total students university wide received Penn State diplomas on Saturday during the summer commencement ceremonies. An estimated 2430 of the students graduated at the University Park Campus where fall classes will begin next Monday.

Accident

A Pleasant Gap teen was injured yesterday in a single vehicle crash in College Township. According to the Centre Daily Times, Montana Moyer was turning onto the Benner Pike from East College Avenue around 7:30am. when his jeep went off the road and into McDonald’s parking lot. Police said a trailer with an ATV Montana was towing also detached in the crash and fell into a culvert next to the parking lot. Moyer was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center. State College police believe he fell asleep at the wheel. 

Road Work

Beginning today, the State College Borough Public Works Department will begin concrete curb and sidewalk repairs at the intersection of Aikens Place and Waupelani Drive. Work will take place between the hours of 7:30 and 5 and will continue through Thursday. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution while traveling through the work area

Potential Act 47 Changes

Proposed legislation could bring some changes to distressed municipalities across the state. State Senator John Eichelberger is proposing a bill that would give Act 47 cities like Altoona and Johnstown the ability to impose higher taxes, but force the cities to come up with a five year plan to get out of their distressed state. The legislation would also allow municipalities to get one three year extension. 

Man Dies

A 41 year old man died Saturday after he was found unresponsive in his motel room. According to Statecollege.com, police responded to a call from the Imperial Motor Inn on Atherton Street around 10:45am and found the man unresponsive in his room. After emergency workers performed CPR, the man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the motel. According to police, there was no evidence of criminal activity. 

Bellefonte Council Hearing

Though there is no guarantee there will be a resolution, a vacancy board hearing to decide on a new member to the Bellefonte Borough Council has been set for tonight at 6:30.The four candidates for the position, Brian Walker, Claudia Wilson, Mike Scott and Shelia Stever, will have the chance to speak in front of the vacancy board at the hearing.