Local News 4-1-14


Folks are being asked to use extreme caution while traveling through the 200 block of South Buckhout Street in State College. Public works crews are completing curb and sidewalk repairs between West Beaver Avenue and West Foster Avenue for the remainder of the week. Short delays are possible. Anyone with questions should contact the department at 234-7135.


With one event already sold out, slots for Penn State’s annual Coaches Caravan are quickly filling up. The tour begins on Thursday Mary 1st with an evening reception at the new Pegula Ice Arena on the University Park campus. Several Penn State head coaches, including wrestling’s Cael Sanderson and women’s volleyball’s Russ Rose are slated to join new head football coach James Franklin and his assistants at select events. Registration is now open to the general public at alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan and GoPSUsports.com. The May 6th lunch at Penn State York is already sold out.


Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a judge to halt the criminal prosecution on charges relating to the Sandusky scandal. According to Statecollege.com, Spanier filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday, hoping to ultimately have the charges tossed. Spanier is awaiting trial on perjury, child endangerment and conspiracy charges. However, attorneys are contending the controversial role of former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin in the grand jury proceedings.


A 20-year-old female Penn State student who told police she was kidnapped now faces charges for filing a false report and fabrication. According to the Centre Daily Times, Landing, NJ-native Samantha Sernekos first stood by her story about a late-January kidnapping from a campus sidewalk. However, after investigators confronted her with video footage and other evidence, Sernekos revealed the fib. Police say she never provided a reason for the alleged false report.