News for 12/12/12

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 Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney’s who missed a deadline last month to file an appeal in the case will have some extra time.

 The state Superior Court granted an extension on Monday to defense attorney Karl Rominger who now has until December 26 to file a brief explaining his appeal of a protective order Judge Cleland imposed in June.

 According to court documents, Rominger appealed the order to the state Superior Court, but apparently missed the deadline to file a brief which prompted the state Attorney General’s Office to ask the court earlier this month to dismiss the appeal because Rominger missed the deadline.  

Conklin                 

 In response to Auditor General Jack Wagner’s suggestions to change Penn State’s Board of Trustees, State Representative Scott Conklin is proposing some of his own.

 Conklin would reduce the members of the board by 10 seats from 32 to 22. Under the legislation proposed, the university president would not have a spot on the board and the three alumni seats would also be gone. The governor would remain on the board, but not have the power to be a voting member.

 Conklin said the bill’s purpose is to make trustees more accountable and transparent. He also said that Penn State should no longer be exempt to the state’s Right to Know law.   

McGarvey

 Retired Bellefonte Police Officer Maurice (Nick) McGarvey is announcing that he will be seeking the office of Magisterial District Judge.

 Committee Chairperson Janine McGarvey says he will be seeking the office for the district (49-3-02) which is being vacated by Judge Daniel Hoffman who has retired but is filling in until the election in 2013.

 Maurice McGarvey is a long time resident of Bellefonte and served with the Bellefonte Borough Police Department for almost 26 years, before retiring in December of 2009.   

Bulk Collection

 The holidays will be changing the bulk item collection schedule. Due to the Christmas and New Year Holidays, there will be no bulk item collections in the State College Borough during the weeks of December 24 and December 31.

 If residents have bulk items ready for pickup, they can call the Public Works Department at 234-7135 to schedule pickup for this week or next week. 

Flu Increase

 With the winter approaching the number of people getting the flu in the Keystone State is on the rise.

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported yesterday that there has been a significant increase in influenza activity across Pennsylvania since Thanksgiving.

 The DOH is reporting flu activity has increased from sporadic to widespread throughout the state meaning at least half the state’s regions are experiencing outbreaks of influenza or influenza-like illness. The number of cases reported to the department more than doubled in the past week. 

County Commissioners

 According to State College dot com, Centre County could be the next to do away with the jury commissioner role by 2013, something that many other Pennsylvania counties are already doing. The issue was discussed at yesterdays County Commissioners meeting.

 Court Administrator Maxine Ishler said the loss of the jury commissioner would not affect jury selection and the Centre County office could “maintain impartiality” in choosing jurors without them.

 The commissioners would have to vote on the issue by the end of the year.