News for 1/11/13

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 Jerry Sandusky was back in Centre County Court yesterday for a hearing to begin the process of appealing his June conviction for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year span.

 During cross examination from prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, Sandusky’s lead defense attorney Joseph Amendola, said that the more than 12,000 pages of documents that he obtained were irrelevant to the trial and wouldn’t have changed his strategy, but he reiterated the defense team received too much information too late to know exactly what they had.

 Amendola tried to delay the trial multiple times due to what he felt wasn’t enough time to prepare for the case.

Judge John Cleland did not immediately rule on the appeal. 

Kane

 Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane will be sworn into office on Tuesday and she is not wasting any time in investigating the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case.

 Kane announced yesterday that she will appoint a special deputy attorney general to investigate the case.

 Though the person appointed to the position hasn’t been named yet, Kane told the Associated Press during a telephone interview that he or she will focus solely on scrutinizing the investigation that resulted in Sandusky’s arrest and later conviction on child sex abuse charges. The deputy will work with an investigator and report directly to her.

 Kane has not set a deadline for completing her review. 

Accident

 Two Lewistown women were injured yesterday in a single car accident after their car veered off the road and slammed into a tree and utility poll while traveling eastbound on Route 45 near Gordons Lane.

 State trooper Jason Michaels told the Centre Daily Times that the accident occurred when the 39 year old driver was looking out at a field to the north and then looked back at the road too late.

 Both women, a mother and daughter, were transported to Mount Nittany Hospital. Michaels said the driver will be issued a traffic violation for careless driving and/or failure to use roadway lanes for traffic. 

Flu

 After last year’s mild flu season, Pennsylvania has been hit by widespread influenza cases this year.

 After only three thousand flu cases last year, there have been more than 11,000 confirmed cases this year with many more coming each week. 

Deadline

 The deadline for nonprofit organizations and charities to submit annual and semi annual reports as part of the updated Small Games of Chance Act is being extended for a year.

 According to State Representatives Matt Gabler (Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey (Clearfield) the Corbett administration is extending the deadline to February 1, 2014 for licensees to submit the reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as required by Act 2 of 2012,

 Under the law, eligible organizations with proceeds in excess of $2,500 a year will be required to file reports electronically in 2014 for the preceding calendar year. Some of the required information includes the number of W-2G forms issued, the total gross winnings reported on W-2G forms and the amount of proceeds used for public interest purposes.   

Guns

 A first term State Representative says he will introduce a bill to Harrisburg which will allow Pennsylvania teachers to carry guns.

 In light of the latest tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, Representative Greg Lucas believes we have to trust teachers as a “first line of defense,” and says qualified personnel would need to pass a three point check to carry a weapon at school.

 His legislation known as the “School Personnel Right to Carry Act” is drawing critics who say it raises too many concerns from accidental discharge to accidental access.  

Exposure

 Two days after police arrested a naked man who entered a women’s apartment on Beaver Avenue then masturbated, a third woman has reported a man fitting the same description tried to break into her apartment.

 The woman, who reported the incident on Wednesday, said it occurred on Monday night on the 200 block of South Atherton Street.

 The other incidents that were reported on Monday occurred at the Palmerton on West Beaver Avenue.It is not yet known if the incidents are related.