News for 3-20-14

Freeh/Spanier

Graham Spanier’s defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh will remain on hold until the criminal case against the former Penn State president and 2 other former university administrators is complete. Freeh’s attorney, Robert Heim, filed an emergency motion on Monday asking Judge Jonathon Grine to reconsider his decision to delay the lawsuit. The judge denied the request on Tuesday without a hearing. Spanier is suing the former FBI director claiming the allegations against him and other senior Penn State administrators in Freeh’s report are both false and slanderous. Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are facing multiple criminal charges related to their alleged role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. 

Construction

State College Borough Public Works crews will make repairs to a section of a sanitary sewer line along the 200 block of West Nittany Avenue. Work will require closing West Nittany Avenue between South Frazier Street and “F” Alley between the hours of 7:30am and 5pm.

Rugby Charges

Two Penn State rugby players are facing multiple felony charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a shed that was used to store equipment for the university’s rugby and cross country teams. According to the Centre Daily Times, Penn State police filed charges against Sean Herbert and Christopher Petri on Tuesday alleging that they intentionally set the blaze in the early morning hours of January 14. According to a criminal complaint, the two men were at a party in their home when they left with a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid and made their way to the shed. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday (March 26th) in Centre County Court.

Jay Paterno

Jay Paterno will hold a campaign fundraiser on Sunday afternoon. The event is from 2:30-4:30 and will be held at the Tavern Restaurant. There is a $50 suggested contribution for community members or $20 for students. Paterno is one of several names running for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor post.

Arnelle

Penn State trustee Jesse Arnelle has quit his bid for re-election. Arnelle served as a trustee for the last 45 years and was the president of the board in 1996 and 1997.His withdrawal leaves AccuWeather founder Joel Myers as the lone incumbent running for re-election and 30 challengers vying for the three open seats on the board. Alumni voting will begin April 10 and continue through May 8.

Corman Bill

The State Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would give schools more flexibility to make up missed time as a result of weather emergencies. Senate Bill 1281, sponsored by Senator Jake Corman, would allow schools to calculate the academic year on an hourly, rather than daily basis. The Legislation would also allow schools to hold classes on one Saturday per month to make up for missed days.