News for 5/24/13

Raque

 Five of the eight Penn State students charged with supplying alcohol to minors at a party where Penn State Cheerleader Paige Raque was injured accepted plea deals yesterday.Alexandria Hipple, Madeline Miller, Alyssa Duffy and Brook Piccione each pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors, while the other charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Each individual was fined, sentenced to one year probation, and will perform community service. According to the Centre Daily Times, Julie Hannan also, pleaded guilty, but details of her sentence were not immediately available.  Raque was seriously injured when she fell 39 feet from the window of a fifth floor downtown apartment last fall.

Settlement

The owners of the Hilltop Mobile Home Park in College Township have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General last month to recover relocation expenses for the tenants when the park closed.

 According to the settlement, Kenneth Mayes and his sister Sharon Mayes will pay a total of $26,700. A spokesman for Kathleen Kane said that eight tenants will each receive $2500 and one other tenant will get $1700. The Attorney General said $10,000 will be set aside incase other residents make claims in the next 30 days. The agreement also calls for $5000 from the Mayes siblings to go toward the tenants legal cost.

Boalsburg Memorial Day

 The Annual Boalsburg Fire Company’s Memorial Day Carnival continues today. The Carnival, which began last night and will wrap up on Monday, is expected to draw thousands and features amusement park rides and several food choices.

 The Carnival is one of several events in Boalsburg this Memorial Day weekend. Other events include the annual fire company parade which will be held tomorrow and the 33rd annual Memorial Day Run. The race will be on Monday morning. 

Hunting

 A new report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission shows that hunting is becoming safer in the Keystone State.The report on hunter-related shooting incidents in the state shows no firearms fatalities last year. This marks the first time the number stood at zero since the Game Commission starting tracking these incidents in 1915.A Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman told Radio Pa’s Matt Paul that there were 33 non fatal incidents, also a decline from the previous year.

Student Loans

 The U.S, house passed legislation yesterday that hopes to help and not hurt college students once they graduate.

 Local Representative Glenn Thompson voted to support the Smarter Solutions for Students Act, a bill aimed at preventing the student loan interest rate increase that is scheduled for July 1.

 The proposed bill would set all student loans, excluding Perkins loans, to a market based system. According to a press release, loans would be calculated using the 10 year Treasury note plus 2 and a half percent, reset once a year, and be capped during higher rate environments.If a bill is not passed, student loan rates will double. 

Student Charged

 A Penn State student faces felony charges after attempting to take a campus police officer’s handgun after cops were called to the University Park Airport for an emotional crisis.

 Campus police say the incident happened around 3:30 on the afternoon of April 13 when they arrived on the scene to help and Benty tried to fight with officers and pull one of the officer’s handguns from his holster.Benty was released on $25,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.