News for 2/01/13

Burglaries                                                                              2 1 13

 State College Police are investigating a series of burglaries that took place during the morning hours of January 17.

 During this time, five offices were entered in the Southwood Office Complex and the Autoport restaurant and motel. The suspect is described as a white male with a thin to medium build who stands approximately 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall.

 Anyone with information should contact State College Police or submit an anonymous tip online. 

Rape
Penn State Police are investigating a reported rape in an East Halls Residence. Police said a student reported on Wednesday that they had been sexually assaulted sometime between 3:30am and 6:30am on December 1. 

Police said the suspect is known to the victim but did not release any further details on either individual pending investigation. 

Breathalyzers

 Breathalyzer machines are being temporarily suspended. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, state police say they have suspended the device because of a judge’s    concerns about their accuracy.

 Spokesman Adam Reed told the paper that the decision stems from a Dauphin County judge’s decision to throw out several DUI cases after learning that one manufacturer  had omitted a state requirement to have a liquid solution tested by independent labs.

 Reed said the case is being appealed.

I-80 pileup.

Part of Interstate 80 in Clearfield County was closed for much of Thursday morning due to a nine vehicle crash that involved six tractor trailers. The crash happened near the Kylertown exit near mile marker 134 eastbound in Cooper Township

State police said there was a heavy snow squall in the area at the time of the crash which injured 3 people. Police said those injured are expected to be ok.

The nine vehicle crash was one of 2 crashes on I-80.  WJAC-TV reported another multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 131 in Graham Township.

Corbett
Governor Corbett's will unveil his 2013-14 budget proposal on Tuesday and according to the Patriot News, he is expected to announce at a news conference today that funding will be flat for the state's four year public universities. 

Corbett has invited representatives from Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln and the 14 state universities to join him for the new conference at the Capitol this afternoon. 

The Patriot News also reports that the governor is likely to ask the universities to keep down their tuition increases for next year, but is not expected to ask them to keep the increase within the rate of inflation, which would limit them to a less than 2 percent increase.

Sankey

State Representative Tommy Sankey will host a public forum on the campus of Lock Haven University today on the future of the coal industry in Pennsylvania
Sankey will be joined by representatives Matt Gabler and Jeff Pyle as well as a number of officials from the coal industry. 

The industry has been criticized by the federal government, but Sankey argues that the mining industry is a major source of employment and tax revenue in Pennsylvania.  

The forum gets underway at 2pm and will stream through Sankey's website at Rep Sankey dot com.