News for 11/30/12

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 Governor Corbett says he would likely cooperate with Attorney General Elect Kathleen Kane’s review of the Jerry Sandusky investigation unless he feels her review would be politically aimed.

 In an interview with state capitol reporters yesterday Corbett made it clear that he had nothing to hide on the topic and he did “what a prosecutor is supposed to do.”

 Corbett was Attorney General when the state took over the investigation of Sandusky in early 2009.His critics have argued that the probe took an unnaturally long time to complete. 

Spanier

 Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has filed a motion in Dauphin County Court seeking some leniency on the travel restrictions that were imposed during his arraignment on November 1.

 At the arraignment, he was asked to surrender his passport and told he would be restricted from traveling outside the state, but according to the Patriot News, though Spanier’s motion on the issue was not immediately available, a response from Attorney General Linda Kelly’s office shows that he is seeking some latitude to travel both out-of state and internationally.  

 The paper reports that prosecutors, in their response, said they do not oppose domestic travel by Spanier as long as he gives advance notice of where he is going and the length of stay, adding that they oppose a blanket return of Spanier’s passport at this time.  

Jury Tampering

 The father of Randall Brooks, a Howard man who is currently serving 36 years in state prison for attempted homicide, pleaded no contest yesterday for his role in a plan to influence a juror in his son’s trial.

 The Centre County District Attorney’s office said yesterday that Daniel Brooks will serve one year of probation on a misdemeanor charge of criminal attempt to tamper with jurors.

 Randall Brooks was found guilty in April on charges that he attempted to kill his ex girlfriend’s new boyfriend in a drive by shooting in 2009. He was sentenced in July.

Fire

 No injuries were reported in a house fire in Boalsburg yesterday.

 According to the Centre Daily Times, Firefighters said the owner of the West Drive Residence was home at the time, but was able to escape safely.

 According to scanner communications, the fire appeared to have started in the bathroom, but firefighters could not confirm additional details.  

Healthcare Infections

 The number and rate of healthcare-associated infections in Pennsylvania continues to show improvement.

 According to an annual report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health the overall number and rate of healthcare-associated infections obtained while receiving medical care decreased by more than 3 percent.

 In addition to the decrease, the three benchmark categories that the report uses, catheter associated urinary tract infections, central-line blood stream infections and six types of surgical site infections, showed decreases between 4 and 10 percent.   

Powerball

 Pennsylvania Lottery officials said yesterday that three million dollar Powerball tickets were sold in the Keystone State including one in Altoona.

 The three winners in Altoona, Cabot and Wynnewood matched all 5 white balls on their ticket but not the red Powerball.

 Two lucky ticket holders, one in Arizona and one in Missouri matched all 6 numbers to claim their share of the 587 point 5 million dollar jackpot which has a cash value of 384 point 7 million dollars.