Local News 7-2-14

PENN STATE SEX OFFENSES

Penn State’s University Park campus reported more sexual offenses from 2010-2012 than any other major American university. According to the Washington Post, the data was compiled through Clery Act requirements. Reported assaults at Penn State climbed from 4 in 2010 to 56 in 2012. While alarming, Statecollege.com reports officials also view these numbers as a positive that more victims are willing to provide information.

CENTRE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Centre County’s unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in six years. According to the Centre Daily Times, just 4.1% of county residents were jobless in May. It’s Centre County’s lowest rate since May 2008 and the lowest current rate across Pennsylvania.

MAN ABUSES MENTALLY CHALLENGED CHILD

A 56-year-old Osceola Mills man is headed to prison for sexually abusing a mentally challenged child. According to the Centre Daily Times, Phillip Colton was found guilty on multiple felony crimes, including three counts of rape of a mentally disabled person and three counts of rape of a child. The report says the young victim did testify in the trial.

CIVIL WAR PRESERVATION

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett is helping launch a campaign to preserve one of Gettysburg’s most important sites. The Civil War Trust has already amassed more than $4 million in funds to save General Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters, however, $1.1 million is needed by the end of 2014 to protect the landmark. A museum currently operates out of the house and modern buildings were constructed around the site. The project will work to return the land to its original form.

BLUE-WHITE JERSEY AUCTION

Fans can win a game-worn Penn State Blue-White Game jersey at Uplifting Athletes 12th annual “Lift For Life” next week. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th from 11 am – 2 pm at the Penn State Lacrosse Field. 20 authentic jerseys are available in the auction. All proceeds from the event go towards the fight against kidney cancer. Uplifting Athletes hope to break the all-time $1 million fundraising total this year after raising record totals of more than $100,000 the last three years.