News for 5/17/13

Vandalized Church

 Patton Township Police are asking who may have vandalized a local church. Police say anti religious slogans were spray painted on all four walls of the Park Forest Baptist Church sometime overnight Wednesday into early Thursday. A church bus was also damaged in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Patton Township Police at 1-800-479-0050.


State Police in Philipsburg are investigating the theft of 13 exotic snakes valued at $30,000 that were stolen from a mobile home in Union TownshipPolice said the ball python morph snakes were stolen from the mobile home of Christopher Lynn and Dawn Robinson sometime between 11pm Wednesday and 5am Thursday. 

Police are asking anyone with information on the theft to contact them at 342-3370. The couple is offering a $1500 reward for information leading to an arrest. 


 Governor Corbett, along with former Governor's Ed Rendell, Tom Ridge, Dick Thornburg, Mark Schweiker and several other dignitaries gathered at the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey yesterday at the funeral for former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader.Leader died last Thursday at the age of 95.  


The HBO series "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" will feature an interview with Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday night. The episode, which is slated to air at 10pm, will focus on O'Brien's first year as coach at Penn State and his son Jack who suffers from a debilitating brain disorder. 

Farm Bill

 Senator Bob Casey is urging swift action as congress is inching closer to a new  5 year Farm Bill.

 Emphasizing that Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s biggest industry, Casey says the planned bill would expand crop insurance for underserved crops and is necessary to help ease the risks farmers face.Congress authorized a nine-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill when they previously couldn't reach agreement.


 Several residents statewide are scrambling to buy their Powerball ticket for tomorrow nights drawing.The 550 million dollar drawing will be the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall. 


 Traffic on Atherton Street was disrupted momentarily yesterday after a large tree fell in front of the Nittany Lion Inn near Park Avenue. Northbound lanes of Atherton Street were closed between Park Avenue and Curtain Road between 8:30 and 11am, while southbound lanes closed intermittently during that time.