News for 4/5/13

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 The Penn State Alumni Association launched its “Three Questions for Candidates” website yesterday. The website, which was also used last year, includes responses from alumni trustee candidates to key issues facing Penn State

 The site is aimed at helping alumni voters during the process of electing the next members to the Board of Trustees. The website, pennstatermag dotcom slash bot2013 will remain available through the end of the trustee election. 

CBICC Property

 Though the sale is being termed a win-win-win by the chamber president, questions are being raised about the Chamber of Business and Industry in Centre County’s sale of the Benner Business Park to private developers.

 Though the financial details of the deal are still being worked out, the CBICC says expanding the land has become a burden on their day to day operations.

 According to WJAC-TV, the sale has been in the works for a while after the area business chamber apparently ran into financial problems and has been unable to develop most of the industrial park property which was designed to attract new businesses to Centre County.

Portrait Studios

 The company that owns and operates Sears Portrait Studios has closed its doors. Due to declining business, the St Louis Based CPI Corporation closed all retail locations yesterday.Affected by the move are all Sears Portrait Studio’s, including the Nittany Mall and Logan Valley Mall location as well as Wal-Mart based Picture Me Portrait Studios nationwide.

 A statement on company’s website confirmed the closing. According to sears portrait dot com, if you have an album or have had a recent portrait session, you can order products at sears photos dot com through April 18.

Penn State Hershey Doctor

 A former cardiologist with the Penn State Hershey Medical group is one of several people who face charges in a prescription forgery ring involving Oxycodone pills.According to the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Dr Claude Fanelli, and 10 other people face charges for filing these prescriptions.

 According to a grand jury investigation, Fanelli sold blank pre-signed prescriptions to Donna Essis-Donfora for $1000 each. The Attorney Generals office said Essis Danfora told Fanelli the names she filled in on the prescriptions so he would be able to verify them despite never treating the individuals.Essis-Danfora is accused of recruiting other people to fill the prescriptions in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties and then selling the drugs for $20-$30 per tablet.

Health Insurance

 As the Affordable Healthcare Act draws near, more people may be looking to purchase health insurance and the State Insurance Department has launched a website to help people through the process.

 The website PA health options dot com is designed to not only help those without insurance who have questions but also to aid people who are covered, but have issues involving claims.The site will also eventually include information on the federal healthcare law.  


 Penn State police are investigating two burglaries reported over the past month in Wolf Hall in the Pollock Halls complex.According to police, someone entered an unsecured room and took approximately $1500   in personal property. The first burglary happened some time between March 19 and March 21 and the second incident between Monday and Wednesday.Anyone with information can contact Penn State Police or Centre County Crime Stoppers.