Local News 7-25-14

Last Cruise

The annual “Last Cruise” will be held on Sunday in downtown State College from 4:30-6pm. Although the borough “Cruising Ordinance” will not be enforced during this time, officers will continue to enforce vehicle code violations, such as speeding, red light and stop sign violations, and driving too fast for conditions. Officers will also take appropriate action for drivers doing “burn outs.”

Equality Rally

Equality advocates, and community and business leaders joined together on campus yesterday to support a bill that would ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are treated fairly. The rally, which was in front of the HUB-Robeson Center was organized by Equality PA, a group that is touring the state to inform people about legal discrimination in the LBGT community. 

Road Work

Beginning Monday, a contractor for the State College Borough will continue work on the 100 block of Pugh Street. Work will be moving to the east side of Pugh between College Avenue and Calder Way. The construction will require Pugh Street to be closed between College Avenue and Calder Way

Obamacare Refunds

Some Pennsylvania residents could get Obamacare Refunds. Under the 80/20 provision in the Affordable Care Act, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars and quality improvement. If insurers don’t do this, they owe consumers a refund check, reduction, reimbursement or an improvement in health coverage. Federal officials say about 90,000 state residents could receive reimbursement from health insurance companies. 

Crader

A Centre County man reached a plea deal yesterday, pleading guilty to 213 counts of child rape. Eric Crader of Pleasant Gap was charged with 1278 counts in connection with the case. He also entered a guilty plea to 2 separate drug-related charges. Crader could face up too 100 years in prison. He will be sentenced on October 21. 

Fraud

A Spring Mills man is in the Centre County Correctional Facility on fraud and theft by deception charges after he allegedly was hired to remodel a man’s home in February and wrote blank checks to himself. According to police, Terry Lee Stahl received 26 blank checks from victim for materials. Stahl made out the checks to himself, totaling $28,920, but the amount of work done and materials purchased totaled just $1500. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.