Local News 4-17-14

STUDENTS WIN AWARD

A five-member team of Penn State students captured first-place in the Ag Springboard 2014 student business plan competition. The contest aims to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture. The team, known as “Leafy,” marketed a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves. According to a release, sensors attach directly to plant leaves without damaging them and use technology that makes them more accurate than other devices that measure moisture from parts of plants. The team received $7,500 for its first place finish.


LANE CLOSURE FOR ROADWORK

The left lane in the 800 block of West Beaver Avenue in State College will be closed today and tomorrow. Public works crews are removing a tree in the area. Anyone traveling through the area should use an alternate route as delays are possible.


STATE COLLEGE POLICE SEEK WITNESSES

State College Police are seeking witnesses to an assault that occurred early Sunday morning at the Pi Lamba Phi fraternity. Police say the incident occurred between 12:30-1:00 am near a second floor bathroom. According to witnesses, a man tried to assist a female acquaintance who was being pushed by the male suspect. The suspect responded by punching the man in the face, knocking him unconscious. The suspect was described as 6-foot-2, blonde hair with a collared shirt.

CENTRE COUNTY TASK FORCE DUIS

The Centre County Alcohol Task Force arrested 10 drivers for DUI over the weekend. Officers from Ferguson, Patton and Spring Townships and the State College and Bellefonte Borough participated in enforcement. Also, ten drivers were issued various traffic citations, two people were cited for public drunkenness and one for underage drinking.

TRUSTEE VOTING DOWN

Compared to the last two elections, voter turnout is down in battle for seats on Penn State’s Board of Trustees. According to the Centre Daily Times, the university says 14.170 alumni voted as of 5 pm yesterday. That results in a drop of almost 35% from 2012. A record-number of votes were cast in 2012, after the controversial Sandusky scandal struck Penn State. The report says numbers approached the record last year, but fell just short. The election runs through May 8th