Local News 8-8-14

Assault

A State College woman was sentenced to jail yesterday for assaulting her 93 year old mother. Paula Zuchowski was sentenced to 60 days to 23 ½ months in the Centre County Correctional Facility and ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The charges stem from 2 separate incidents in 2013

CATA

CATA Buses are some of the most used in the country. According to the website fivethirtyeight dot com, State College ranks 8th in the nation for per capita usage. The list included cities in the U.S. with populations over 65,000. New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. ate the top 3 cities.

HUB Deck

The HUB Parking Deck will be closed for maintenance this weekend. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the deck beginning at 4pm today and all vehicles will be required to exit at 5pm.According to University Transportation Services, access to the parking lot will reopen before the start of business on Monday morning. 

Police Radar

A bill is being considered by the state Senate that would allow local police departments in Pennsylvania to use Radar to monitor speed. Supporters of the bill say Radar would be a less expensive option. PA is the only state in the nation that limits the use of Radar locally and limits it to State Police. 

Endowment

An Alabama couple has created a $25,000 endowment for the Penn State Center for the Performing Arts in honor of their daughter. According to the Centre Daily Times and the university, John and Michelle Mason began the Meghan R. Mason Program because of the center’s influence on their daughter while the family lived in State College. Michelle Mason previously worked as a biology teacher at State College Area High School and a general science teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School. She is currently a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and an assistant professor at St. Catherine University.

PA Sex Crimes

Pennsylvania is second in the nation in the number of sexual abuse cases involving teachers. The state Department of Education reports that 450 complaints have been lodged against teachers since January. Last year Pennsylvania saw a total of 482 cases all year. Increased awareness and new laws in place, mainly in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal have helped increase the number of cases.