Local News 4-16-14

YOUNG ARTISTS HONORED

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s latest campaign to reduce underage drinking will utilize student-created designs and slogans. 50 winners of the board’s 22nd annual Alcohol Education Poster Contest were honored yesterday in Harrisburg. The P-L-C-B will use designs to create posters, bookmarks and coloring sheets to share with students throughout the state. Officials say a survey indicates almost 7 out of every 10 high school seniors had already taken their first alcoholic drink, a figure they hope to decrease.

CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS EVENT

Penn State’s work to reduce child abuse continues. Next Wednesday night, the university will host the discussion “Making a Difference, Every Day … Preventing Child Abuse Begins with You.” The event features Prevent Abuse America President and CEO James Hmurovich and leaders from the local community and campus leaders. It’s scheduled for 7:30 pm in the HUB Robeson Center auditorium.

CORBETT SIGNS MORE BILLS

Pennsylvania’s laws aiming to prevent child abuse continue to strengthen. Governor Tom Corbett signed four additional bills into law, attempting to expand and further define mandatory reporters and the reporting process. Additionally, these laws will increase penalties for those mandated to report suspected abuse who fail to do so and provide protections from employment discrimination after filing a report.

OFFICER USES DISGUISE TO FIND FLASHER

A western Pennsylvania police officer went to extreme measures trying to stop a serial flasher from exposing himself to Amish children. According to the Associated Press, Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams says police weren’t able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence. Still, Adams went above and beyond through much of December and January, dressing as an Amish woman hoping to scare the man away. According to the report, the Amish didn’t want their children to testify in court and provided police with traditional women’s bonnets, aprons and dresses to catch or scare the suspect.

LIONETTES WIN TITLE 

For the third consecutive year, the Penn State Lionettes were crowned national champions. The dance team captured the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Dance Championship over the weekend in Daytona, Florida. According to Statecollege.com, it’s the first time a team has won three-straight titles at the championships. The 27-member team received scores on three different dance styles – pom, hip-hop and jazz.