News for 11/14/12

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JERRY SANDUSKY’S DEFENSE TEAM IS ASKING FOR 2 ADDITIONAL WEEKS TO SUBMIT LEGAL BRIEFS SUPPORTING SANDUSKY’S BID TO HAVE HIS CHILD SEX ABUSE CONVICTION OVERTURNED AND A NEW TRIAL GRANTED.

ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS FILED YESTERDAY, ATTORNEY JOSEPH AMENDOLA ASKED FOR THE EXTENSION BECAUSE LEAD COUNSEL, NORRIS GELMAN SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK AND HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY, WHICH DELAYED HIS ABILITY TO WORK ON THE CASE.

SENIOR JUDGE JOHN CLELAND PREVIOUSLY SET THE DEADLINE FOR FRIDAY.  

MARTINEZ SENTENCED

19 YEAR OLD RICHARD MARTINEZ WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO 8-16 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON FOR ROBBING AND THREATENING TO KILL FOUR TEENAGE BOYS ON CENTRE HALL MOUNTAIN IN MAY.

POLICE SAY MARTINEZ FORCED THE BOYS TO THE GROUND, KICKED ONE OF THEM IN THE FACE, AND WENT THROUGH THEIR BACKPACKS AND POCKETS AND STOLE THEIR IPODS.

MARTINEZ ENTERED A NO CONTEST PLEA TO THE CHARGES IN SEPTEMBER WHICH INCLUDED 14 FELONIES. 

DELAYS

DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS ON ROUTE 26 TODAY IN THE AREA OF THE BELLEFONTE/161 INTERCHANGE OF I-80.

CREWS ARE CONTINUING PRESERVATION WORK ON THE BRIDGES SPANNING THE INTERSTATE IN THIS AREA.

TRAFFIC WILL BE REDUCED TO A SINGLE LANE, WITH AN ALTERNATING TRAFFIC PATTERN THROUGH MOST OF THE DAY.

PA TURNPIKE                   

CALLING IT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN HOW THE TURNPIKE OPERATES SINCE IT OPENED IN 1940, ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CRAIG SHUEY TOLD A JOINT HOUSE AND SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HEARING YESTERDAY THAT TURNPIKE OFFICIALS PLAN TO CONVERT THE PA TURNPIKE INTO ALL-ELECTRONIC TOLLS THAT CHARGE MOTORISTS WITHOUT REQUIRING THEM TO DRIVE THOUGH TOLL PLAZAS.

THE PATRIOT NEWS REPORTS THE EXISTING NETWORK OF TOLL PLAZAS WOULD BE REPLACED WITH OVERHEAD “GANTRIES” THAT STRADDLE TRAVEL LANES AND TOLLS WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE DEDUCTED FROM E-Z PASS ACCOUNTS.

THE LICENSE PLATES OF OTHER VEHICLES WOULD BE PHOTGRAPHED SO BILLS CAN BE SENT TO THEIR OWNERS. 

TRUSTEES

PENN STATERS OR ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO ADDRESS THEIR VIEWS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THEIR NEXT MEETING HAVE UNTIL TODAY AT 1:30 TO REGISTER TO DO SO.

THE TRUSTEES MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AT 1:30 AT THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER HOTEL, AND THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD IS SET FOR 3:15.

INDIVIDUALS MUST REGISTER WITH THE TRUSTEES OFFICE VIA AN ONLINE FORM AT WWW DOT PSU DOT EDU SLASH TRUSTEES

WAGNER/PSU

AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER WILL OUTLINE THE RESULTS OF A REPORT ON PENN STATE GOVERNANCE DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT THE CAPITOL.

WAGNER HAS CRITICISED THE UNIVERSITY FOR ALLOWING ITS PRESIDENT TO HAVE TOO MUCH POWER AND ACCUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF SHARING TOO LITTLE INFORMATION.

ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, WAGNER’S REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED AT 11AM.  

HEARING

FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ WILL SHARE THE SAME PRELIMINARY HEARING ON DECEMBER 13, AND IF NECESSARY DECEMBER 14 IN THE DAUPHIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, COURT OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY.

ALL THREE MEN FACE CHARGES OF PERJURY, FAILURE TO REPORT ABUSE, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT.  

ATTORNEYS FOR ALL THREE MEN HAVE MAINTAINED THEIR CLIENTS INNOCENCE.