News for 3/29/13

Murder/Suicide

 Details continue to emerge about the murder-suicide that occurred inside the County Market Grocery store outside Philipsburg yesterday morning.

 State police identified the two people killed as former Pennsylvania State Trooper Mark Miscavish and his estranged wife Traci Miscavish. Police said Mark Miscvavish entered the store at around 10am looking for Traci and allegedly shot and killed her in an upstairs office of the store before turning the shotgun on himself.

 According to court documents obtained by WTAJ-TV, Mark Miscavish was arrested earlier this year for terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and harassment. Police confirmed that Tracy Miscavish had a Protection from Abuse order against her estranged husband.

Bath Salts

 A State College business owner entered a guilty plea yesterday to three felony counts of possession with intent to distribute the drug “Bath Salts” out of his downtown shop.John O’Keefe, who owned Dragon Chasers Emporium, was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in the Schuylkill County prison in Pottsville.

 The three charges are for separate counts against O’Keefe in 3 different counties, one for his State College store, his Pottsville store and another store in Berks County.

Issah

 A key Penn State football recruit is facing criminal charges. PennLive reports that police in Susquehanna Townshiup have filed multiple charges against former Central Dauphin linebacker Zayd Issah and 2 others for an alleged scheme to pass counterfeit money at a local McDonalds Restaurant.

 Issah was charged March 10 with two felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to forgery along with four misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.

 According to the website, police said Facebook messages between Issah and another suspect were intercepted and proved that he knew the money was fake and that he solicited a plan to “clean” it. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for May 9  

Conklin

 According to the Centre Daily Times, State Representative Scott Conklin is strongly considering the idea of running for governor.Spokesman Tor Michaels said Conklin’s office has been flooded with social media requests asking him to think about the prospect.

 Conklin’s potential platform would focus on restoring education funding at the university level and getting early childhood education funding back up to the numbers of the former Governor Ed Rendell administration.Michaels told the CDT that there is no timetable for his decision.   

Paterno

 The Paterno family will be keynote speakers at the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) Child Abuse Prevention Month Breakfast on April 10 in Harrisburg. Each April, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) observes Child Abuse Prevention Month with a variety of events across the state aimed at raising awareness and educating individuals about its prevention.The breakfast will run from 8-9:30, at the Hilton Harrisburg in Market Square. Tickets for the event are $35 and complete information is available at pa-fsa.org.

Sinkhole

A sinkhole forced the closure of part of Bristol Avenue yesterday. The road was closed between Research Drive and Stonebridge Drive around10am, before reopening for a short time only to be closed again. Public works employees repaired the hole which was on the side of the road and caused no property damage.