Local News 11-14-13

Spanier Suit Headed to Court

The defamation lawsuit filed by former Penn State President Graham Spanier against Louis Freeh is heading to court. According to Statecollege.com, a hearing for both parties is scheduled for January 9th at the Centre County Courthouse. Last month, Spanier’s attorney asked the court for a stay in the lawsuit until criminal trials against former Penn State administrators, including Spanier concluded.

Sloane Disbarred

A former Centre County Assistant District Attorney is no longer permitted to practice within the state.  According to Statecollege.com, Steve Sloane is being disbarred after being found guilty for selling marijuana in July. Sloane was sentenced to seven years probation on the drug charges.


House Ruined by Fire

A fire destroyed a Spring Mills home yesterday afternoon, leaving a family of nine homeless. The fire began just after 2 pm at Ayva Lane near the football of Brush Mountain. According to the Centre Daily Times, Nate and Sarah Haupt lived in the house with their seven children. A pet dog did not survive the blaze.

Gambling in PA Bars

A bill permitting gambling in thousands of bars across Pennsylvania cleared the House yesterday. The bill is on its way to the senate, where final approval is expected next week. According to the AP, Governor Tom Corbett has also signed on to the concept. The bill could allow roughly 4,500 bars and taverns to seek licenses for pull-tab games, daily drawings and tavern raffles with individual prize limits at 2,000 dollars for a single game. The state expects to approve roughly 2,000 licenses.