Local News 7-9-13

Arts Fest

Preparations for the 2013 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will continue today. The festival gets underway tomorrow and will run through Sunday. CATA will offer expanded Blue Loop service throughout the festival.

Law enforcement is committed to keeping the estimates 125,000 visitors safe for the event. The Centre County Task Force and the State College Police Department will conduct DUI roving patrols throughout the event.

South Allen Street will be closed to traffic until Sunday.

Testing

Authorities at the University Park Airport will finalize installation and begin testing of a replacement emergency siren system near the middle of this month. According to the university, residents who live in the immediate vicinity of the airport may notice a change in the siren’s tone or volume as testing begins. The siren system is designed to alert on-sire Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighters in the event of an aircraft emergency at the airport. 

Conklin

State Representative Scott Conklin is trying to make sure the circumstances surrounding the murder-suicide outside Philipsburg during the spring isn’t ignored.Conklin announced a bill yesterday that would allow courts to use an electronic GPS to monitor an alleged abuser in certain domestic violence cases.

According to the Centre Daily Tines, under the bill, courts would have the option of granting monitoring in certain cases while a protection from abuse order is in effect.

Traci Raymond Miscavish was shot and killed by her husband Mark Miscavish, a former State Trooper, inside the County Market grocery store in March. In a statement yesterday, Conklin said that he believes “Traci would be alive today if we would have had this device.” 

Funding

Penn State says its fundraising efforts are doing better this year after a drop off in donations last year. Total alumni giving reached nearly $88 million in the year that ended in June, up from nearly $71 million.The total number of donors reached rose to an all-time high and the university is 92% of the way toward meeting a $2 billion goal for a campaign that began in 2007. 

Spikes

The State College Spikes will be having a donation drive at tonight’s game for the more than 40 families affected by the large fire at the Waupelani Heights apartment complex last week.All non-perishable items will be accepted. Gift cards, monetary donations and baby items, such as clothing and diapers, are also especially helpful.The blaze, which tore through 19 units remains under investigation. 

Litz

A commissioner from Lebanon County says she’s running for governor in 2014 in part because of how Governor Corbett handled the Jerry Sandusky scandal while he was the Attorney General.

Democrat Jo Ellen Litz, who announced her candidacy, last Tuesday, told the Centre Daily Times that Corbett was in a position “probably better than anyone else to handle the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, and our children were let down.”

Corbett was criticized for the pace of the Sandusky investigation by current Attorney General Kathleen Kane during her election campaign last year.

Issah

Former Penn State football recruit Zayd Issah’s status with the Nittany Lions remains unclear, but he will likely have a chance to avoid a criminal record.

According to the Patriot News, Issah was admitted into a probationary program that should enable him to avoid a criminal record. The paper states that Issah was admitted into the Administrative Rehabilitative Disposition program on the call of District Attorney Ed Marsico, a program open to non- violent  first time criminal offenders who must serve probation terms and perform community service.The former Central Dauphin standout was charged with passing counterfeit cash at fast food restaurants in March.