News for 3-21-14

Spanier

A Dauphin County judge ruled in favor of the attorney generals office yesterday in the criminal case against 3 former Penn State administrators. Judge Todd Hoover granted the commonwealths request to stricken Graham Spanier’s response to prosecutors Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

Former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin’s role continues to be an issue. Spanier, along with Tim Curley and Gary Scultz, believe she was there personal attorney and her testimony violated client privilege. As a result Spanier’s attorney argued that the charges against the former Penn State president do not hold water. Prosecutors argue Baldwin’s testimony was not part of the evidence used to establish probable cause and any information Baldwin provided the defendants wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the grand jury investigation.   

All three men face charges of perjury, failure to report suspected abuse, criminal conspiracy, child endangerment and obstruction of justice. They maintain their innocence.

Liquor Sales Proposal

A Bucks County Lawmaker announced a plan yesterday to increase liquor sales in the state. State Representative Gene DiGirolamo’s  (D jor ahhh lam oh) proposed bill would have more pricing flexibility, open more liquor stores on Sunday’s and allow Pennsylvanian’s to have wine shipped directly to their homes. DiGoralamo estimates that the plan would boost LCB profits by about $185 million after the first full year. 

Fraternity Suspended

A Penn State Altoona fraternity is suspended until the investigation into the death of one its members is complete. Investigators said Marquise Braham committed suicide at his home in Long Island last weekend, but his parents say a severe hazing incident drove him to it. During the suspension, the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity won’t be allowed to meet, take in new members or participate in Greek council. Investigators in New York and Logan Township are participating in the investigation. 

Construction

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

Bestwick

X games athlete and local resident Jamie Bestwick has been nominated for the prestigious 2014 Laureus World Sports Award. The nomination is Bestwick’s 4th in 4 years in the action sports category. Other nominees for awards in other categories include Lebron James, Serena Williams and Usain Bolt. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday in Malaysia.