Local News 1-29-14

POLICE INVESTIGATE KIDNAPPING

Penn State police are investigating a reported kidnapping that occurred early Saturday morning. According to police, the victim was able to escape after being forced from the vehicle at an off campus location. The woman reported to the incident to police Tuesday afternoon. She alleges the incident took place at 1 am on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall on the University Park campus. The suspects are described as college-aged men wearing hooded sweatshirts and scarves and driving a dark colored sedan. 

 

FRANKLIN ATTENDS ADDRESS 

New Penn State football head coach James Franklin attended last night’s State of the Union address as a guest of local U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson. Last week, Thompson announced plans to run for re-election representing Pennsylvania’s 5th District. Franklin was named Penn State’s 16th head football coach on January 11th.


MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT

A man responsible for starting a brawl during last summer’s Foruth Fest celebration in State College is facing up to nearly two years in county prison. According to Statecollege.com, Christopher Paul Stout was sentenced by Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler yesterday. Stout was found guilty on September 13th of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Stout, his brother and another man were all charged in the incident. The attack left a man with a broken wrist, bruises and abrasions to the body and neck.

PENN STATE CHILD CARE CENTER UPDATE

Penn State President Rodney Erickson plans to collect more information prior to taking on the future of the on-campus Bennett Family Center. As we reported yesterday, a task force encouraged Erickson to delay a decision on the potential outsourcing of the center. According to the Centre Daily Times, Erickson says he will receive input from committees and the president’s council before making a choice.