Local News 2-7-13

Kranich’s Jewelers

 The State College Police Department in conjunction with the Philadelphia office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have identified a person of interest in the January 9 robbery of Kranich’s Jewelers in downtown State College.

 According to a press release, police said the person is in custody after being arrested for a jewelry store robbery in another state and more details will be released when appropriate.

 Three men entered Kranich’s Jewelers the morning of January 9 and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry from the store as well as a ring, watch and wallet of one employee while one of the men held a gun to an employees head. 

State College

 State College remains one of the safest cities in America. According to new statistics from the Congressional Quarterly Press, Happy Valley is the fifth safest city behind Logan, UT, Provo-Orem, UT, Appleton, WI, and Sheboygan, WI.

 The report is based on statistics relating to violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and arson. 

Road work

 Weather permitting; the State College Borough Public Works Department will make repairs to a sanitary sewer line on the 400 block of East Prospect Avenue. The work will require the closure of East Prospect Avenue between Hetzel Street and Garner Street between 7:30 and 5.

 Anyone who may have questions or concerns can contact the Department at 234-7135. 

Benninghoff

 The state House approved a Bill introduced by Representative Kerry Benninghoff that would eliminate a state mandate that can drive up costs for some county governments.

 Under a current state law adopted in 1955, counties that reach a certain population threshold are required to separate the position of prothonotary and clerk of courts into two positions. Benninghoff’s bill would allow counties, like Centre County to choose whether or not to separate the one job into two elected positions, forcing them to create a whole new position.

 The bill now heads to the Senate.   

Planning Department

 The State College Planning Department will host its first monthly Lunch and Learn event today at noon in the Municipal Building Lobby on South Allen Street.

 The event will give local residents the chance to share their own planning-related questions and discussion topics with staff.