Local News 8-2-13

Transcripts

Transcripts from this week’s preliminary hearing for Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley were released yesterday. Transcripts were released on the Dauphin County website and copies can be obtained by contacting the courthouse.District Judge William Wenner bound over all charges for trial at the conclusion of the 2 day hearing on Tuesday. The trial for the former Penn State administrators isn’t expected to start until spring at the earliest.

Robbery

Police continue to investigate an armed robbery in the Woodycrest area of Patton Township and are asking for help on identifying the suspect.Police said a man entered a home in the Fredericksburg Court complex around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, pulled a gun and demanded money from the woman living there, then took a significant amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark colored pants.

The victim was not injured in the robbery. It is not yet clear if the woman knew the robber. Anyone with information is asked to contact Patton Township police. 

Benninghoff

A local legislator wants a state investigation into last week’s sexual assault of a female staff member by an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview.

According to the Centre Daily Times, State Representative Kerry Benninghoff said in a letter to Governor Corbett that an investigation is necessary to “protect prison workers in the future.”

State police at Rockview are conducting a formal criminal investigation into the attack. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton said yesterday that the DOC is conducting its own investigation of the incident.  Benninghoff said it was the fifth assault on staff in the past few months at the prison. He is calling for a review of staffing procedures at the prison.

State Revenue

Numbers are in for Pennsylvania’s first revenue collection of the new fiscal year. The state collected $1.9 million in General Fund revenue in July. Sales tax and personal income tax both totaled $809 million, while corporate taxes came in at $76 million. Sales tax collection numbers are slightly higher than last year while income tax collections jumped significantly increasing by $117 million. Corporate taxes decreased.

Voter ID

After more than 2 weeks of testimony, closing arguments in the Pennsylvania Voter ID case took place yesterday. Attorneys arguing against the law believe that the law, if fully enforced, would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. Many of them low income or elderly voters.

Those in favor of the law believe they have done enough to accommodate all voters, including offering a free ID from the Department of State for any registered voter without a driver’s license or other form of acceptable ID.If the law goes into effect, all voters in the Commonwealth will be required to show a valid photo ID in order to vote in November’s election.