Wednesday April 25 2012

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

79TH DISTRICT PRIMARY SURPRISE

MITT ROMNEY SWEPT ALL 5 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES YESTERDAY WITH VICTORIES IN PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK, DELAWARE, CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND.

ACCORDING TO THE UNOFFICIAL PENNSYLVANIA RESULTS, ROMNEY GOT 464-THOUSAND-184 VOTES COMPARED TO 146-THOUSAND-892 FOR RICK SANTORUM WHO SUSPENDED HIS CAMPAIGN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. RON PAUL WAS 3RD WITH 105-THOUSAND-392 VOTES AND NEWT GINGRICH RECEIVED 83-THOUSAND-834.

IN A SURPRISE, PENN STATE ALTOONA FINANCE PROFESSOR JOHN MCGINNIS UN-SEATED REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE RICK GEIST IN THE 79TH DISTRICT, WINNING BY JUST 196 VOTES. GEIST HAS BEEN IN THE HOUSE FOR 34 YEARS. IT’S STILL UNSURE WHETHER MCGINNIS WILL HAVE A CHALLENGER IN THE FALL. BOTH GEIST AND DEMOCRAT RICHARD FLAREND WERE HOPING FOR WRITE-IN VOTES IN THE PRIMARY.

REPUBLICAN TOM SMITH WON THE 5-WAY RACE FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR THE U-S SENATE. HE WILL CHALLENGE DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT BOB CASEY IN NOVEMBER.

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN MARK CRITZ OF JOHNSTOWN HELD OFF A CHALLENGE FROM INCUMBENT JASON ALTMIRE IN THE NEWLY-DRAWN 12TH DISTRICT.

KATHLEEN KANE WON THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

AND JOHN MAHER IS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR STATE AUDITOR GENERAL.

A NUMBER OF OTHER CANDIDATES WERE UNOPPOSED.

PITT BOMB THREATS

SEAMUS JOHNSTON OF JOHNSTOWN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY PLEA TO INDECENT EXPOSURE. THE TRANSGENDER MAN WAS CHARGED AFTER USING THE MEN’S ROOM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH IN JOHNSTOWN. HE AND HIS PARTNER, 55-YEAR-OLD KATHERINE ANNE MCCLOSKEY, WERE QUESTIONED LAST WEEK BY A GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING BOMB THREATS AT PITT.THE COUPLE CLAIMS THEY ARE BEING TARGETED BECAUSE OF JOHNSTON'S EXPULSION AND SUBSEQUENT LAWSUIT OVER THE INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE.

HEARING FOR STABBING SUSPECT

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY IN CENTRE COUNTY FOR 36 YEAR OLD CHANCIL STITZER OF CENTRE HALL. HE’S CHARGED WITH STABBING HIS GIRLFRIEND WITH A 10-INCH KITCHEN KNIFE DURING AN ARGUMENT EARLIER THIS MONTH IN GREGG TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY STITZER ALSO KNOCKED THE WOMAN TO THE GROUND, SAT ON TOP OF HER AND TRIED TO CHOKE HER...THEN HE REFUSED TO ALLOW HER TO CALL 911. STITZER IS JAILED ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

ROBBERY SUSPECT DUE IN COURT

A 75 YEAR OLD ALTOONA MAN WAS IN INTENSIVE CARE AFTER BEING BEATEN AND ROBBED LAST WEEK AND SANDRA KAY MILLER OF ALTOONA IS DUE FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY. POLICE SAY SHE WENT TO HER FRIEND’S HOME…STRUCK HIM 6 OR 7 TIMES WITH A CANE OR WOODEN STICK…THEN TOOK 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH. MILLER SAYS SHE IS INNOCENT. SHE REMAINS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

MESSAGES FOR VICTIMS

A NEW GROUP CALLED “THE VOICES FOR VICTIMS INITIATIVE” HAS SET UP DROP-BOXES AT SEVERAL PENN STATE LOCATIONS SO CARDS AND LETTERS CAN BE SENT TO THE 8 KNOWN ALLEGED VICTIMS OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ORGANIZERS SAY MESSAGES CAN BE WRITTEN ANONYMOUSLY, AND THEY WILL BE SCREENED BY SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS BEFORE THEY ARE HANDED OVER TO THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THE MEN. THE DROPBOX CAMPAIGN ENDS THIS FRIDAY, BUT YOU CAN ALSO MAIL CARDS TO VICTIMS FOR VOICES, 1637-B NORTH ATHERTON STREET, PO BOX 181, STATE COLLEGE PA, 16803. DIGITAL MESSAGES CAN BE EMAILED TO: voices4victimsproject@gmail.com OR POSTED AT: facebook.com/voices4victims

ENROLLMENT STEADY AT UNIVERSITY PARK

PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON IS SUGGESTING THAT THE FACULTY SENATE TAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ STRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD. ERICKSON ALSO TOLD THE FACULTY SENATE THAT 67-HUNDRED-29 FUTURE STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY MADE DEPOSITS, 11 MORE THAN LAST YEAR, — BEFORE THE MAY 1ST DEADLINE AT UNIVERSITY PARK. ERICKSON HAS BEEN SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE, BUT HE HAS NOT DONE SO YET.