Local News 3-7-14


Penn State’s Board of Trustees will meet in Hershey today. At yesterday’s committee meetings, the trustees advanced a proposal to add a permanent student seat to the universities governing body. Today, they could also approve a suggested increase to room and board rates for the 2014-2015 school year. Under the proposal, student housing and meal plans would increase by $200 per semester which would increase the price of a standard double-bed dorm room and student meal plan to $4,885 per semester. The meeting will be held at Penn State Hershey at 1:30. It is open to the public. 

University Ranking

The Times Higher Education magazine’s World Reputation Rankings were released on Wednesday and for the first time, Penn State is in the top 50.The magazine ranked Penn State 39th among universities worldwide. Institutions from over 130 countries were surveyed to help determine the list of universities. Penn State is one of 4 big 10 schools ranked in the top 50.

Local Man Sentenced

A Coalport man who went on a drunken rampage last spring was sentenced yesterday. According to WTAJ-TV, Craig Thompson will spend 8-20 years in prison and pay restitution and fines after pleading guilty to more than 40 separate charges which included 11 felonies, 15 misdemeanors and 15 summary offenses.

According to court documents, Thompson stole a 1997 Dodge Ram from a man camping with his friends and family in the Philips burg area and in the process rammed a woman’s vehicle and ran over another woman. Police said after fleeing the scene, he later broke into the Royal Oak bar and destroyed a fish tank with a cigar roller at his sister’s house.

Pedestrians Killed

Two pedestrians were struck and killed by a tractor trailer on interstate 80 in Clinton County yesterday. According to state police at Lamar, David Gallegos Flores and Jesus Chavez, both of Baltimore were struck and killed near the Lamar exit on interstate 80 westbound around 2:55 yesterday morning. Police said the tractor trailer driver, Carlos Freitas Diaz, of Arlington NJ, was not injured and the crash is under investigation

Road Work

State College Borough Public Works Crews will make repairs to a sanitary sewer line on the 1200 block of South Garner Street today. The work will require closing South Garner Street between Easterly Parkway and Nimitz Avenue and will take place between the hours of 7:30 and 5.

Spring Break Trips

As spring break is hours away for many students, The State College Police Department would like to remind both students and non students to secure your residents, vehicles and valuable items. Those leaving town are advised to take valuable items and electronics with them if possible and to have your mail held and newspaper delivery postponed. Police also remind you not to hide spare keys outside of your apartment or residence and ensure sufficient lighting.