Local News 1-9-13

Penn State Reaching Fundraiser Goals

Penn State is close to achieving its $100-million goal for the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program, established in 2002. Texas couple Jeff and Kellie Hepper pushed the University to close to the mark, committing a $5-million endowment for students with financial need. The gift is the largest in the 10-year history of the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program. According to a Penn State press release, in recognition of the gift, the Fitness Center at Rec Hall will be named in honor of Jeff’s parents, who were Penn State graduates and longtime supporters.

Spruce Creek Burglary

Huntingdon state police are investigating a reported burglary that occurred late Sunday afternoon near Spruce Creek. Police say thieves took cash and jewelry from a home on Wigton Lane near Route 45. According to the Centre Daily Times, an estimated value on the stolen goods was not available.

Bike Accident

State College Police are investigating a single-bicycle accident early Tuesday morning that sent a man to a local trauma center due to severe cuts on his face. The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Pugh Street. The man crashed through the rear window of a parked car, but was able to get home before needing assistance. He was later flown to Altoona Regional Health System. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Man enters State College Apartments

A 21-year-old California man is facing charges of burglary, criminal trespass, indecent exposure and open lewdness. Chase Carmody allegedly entered two separate apartments at the Palmerton building, located at 316 West Beaver Avenue in downtown State College early Tuesday morning. Carmody was naked and fled when police officers arrived at the scene. Officers were able to catch Carmody, who was later identified by the victims.