Local News 7-30-14

FATAL CRASH

A Curwensville man was killed yesterday in a four vehicle crash on Route 879 in Clearfield County. According to police, 68 year old Dennis Yatta was killed in the accident that injured 4 other people, including a 10 year old girl. The morning crash closed Route 879 in both directions until the afternoon hours. 

GEISINGER AND AETNA

Geisinger Health System has signed a contract with AETNA. The 5 year contract with the major insurance company means that all Geisinger hospitals, physician clinics, surgical centers and nursing home facilities will now be part of AETNA’s network. 

PRO WELLNESS CENTER

The Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center has received nearly 2 million dollars from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. According to a release from the university the money will be used to facilitate programs focused on healthy eating and exercise in 15 school districts across the commonwealth. The funding will be used over a five year period in the development, coordination and administration of the grant program in schools. 

BEAVER STADIUM

Beaver Stadium is one of the best college football stadiums in the country, according to an Athlon Sports Poll involving 15 national college football experts. Beaver Stadium was ranked 10th in the poll. The lone other big ten stadium on the list, Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium, was 2nd on the list. LSU’s Tiger Stadium topped the list. 

SHIRK

A man, formerly of Bellefonte, who was convicted of vehicular homicide and DUI charges in May, wants a new trial. According to the Centre Daily Times, the attorney for Matthew Shirk argues that Shirk was prejudiced by the prosecutions expert witness, Mount Nittany Medical Center pathologist Dr. Harry Kamerow.

The CDT says Kamerow testified to Shirk’s blood alcohol, which measured .196 two hours after the crash and was backtracked to .226 at the time of the crash that killed Kelly Rider and injured Shirk and two other passengers. Shirk’s attorney also objected that Kamerow testified in place of a doctor who was not present in the courtroom. 

CRASH

A single vehicle crash on Route 322 in Rush Township yesterday injured two people and restricted the area for several hours. State police said a tractor trailer went off the roadway and crashed into a tree around 6am yesterday between Philipsburg and Port Matilda injuring the driver and a passenger. Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, rupture its oil and gas tanks and spill contents of the tanks on the road. 

TRUSTEES LAWSUIT HEARING

A former state representative who ran for Penn State’s Board of Trustees, narrowly lost, and then sued the school and two members of the trustees claiming the election was flawed delivered arguments in Centre County court yesterday. Arguments between Rep. Jesse Stairs and Penn State were heard before Judge Ruest.

According to WJAC-TV, Penn State claimed the lawsuit has been filed in the wrong court and can’t proceed. Stairs believes the claim by the university is a tactic only being used to delay the case. Stairs was a candidate earlier this year to represent the state’s agricultural societies on the board, but lost to Betsy Huber by one vote.