News for 2-07-14

Heroin Ring

Ten people were charged with drug possession and other distribution offenses in the second phase of an investigation that is dismantling a heroin ring operating in Centre and Lycoming Counties. According to the Attorney General’s Office, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, along with several local police departments and the Lycoming County Drug Task Force began an investigation focused on trafficking large amounts of heroin through Centre County in March 2012. The investigation led to the arrest of 9 suspected dealers last March. Two other suspects from Philadelphia are still on the loose. The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 

Altoona Bomb suspect

A Penn State Altoona student who was facing state charges for possessing a bomb is now in bigger trouble. According to the AP and a Pittsburgh federal prosecutor, Vladislav Miftakhov is having federal charges filed against him for “making and possessing a destructive device.” Miftakhov was arrested on January 24 after investigators found a bomb and bomb making materials inside his apartment after police responded to a request by his landlord to investigate a marijuana growing operation inside the residence.

State Patty’s Day

Some downtown State College taverns want to remain open for State Patty’s Day, but are willing to implement restrictions. According to the Centre Daily Times, borough manager Tom Fountaine will meet with Mike Desmond of Hotel State College and Pat Daugherty, the owner of The Tavern, to see how they can work together on the initiative. The owner of the Rathskeller and the director of operations for Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife also expressed interest in remaining open for the student created holiday. Bill Zimmerman, a spokesman with Penn State and member of a task force aimed at lessening the appeal of the event, told the CDT that some of the potential restrictions could include higher cover charges, a potential ban on drink specials and barring any drinks from being served to those wearing State Patty’s Day green and white attire.

Eisenhower Parking

A crane lift will take place over the Eisenhower Parking Deck tomorrow morning. According to the Penn State Office of Physical Plant, the work will require all vehicles to be removed from the visitor lot between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium beginning at 5pm today. Levels 5 and 6 of the Eisenhower Deck will be closed beginning at 7am tomorrow. The affected areas are expected to reopen tomorrow at 11am.


State College Police released more details about the assault that occurred in the 200 block of South Pugh Street early Sunday morning. According to police, the suspect was walking with a loose group of approximately 15-20 people when he separated from the group, crossed South Pugh Street and punched the victim. There was no interaction between the victim and the suspect who returned to the group after the assault and continued north on South Pugh Street. The suspect is described as a college-aged black male with medium complexion who is about six feet tall. A reward of $1000 is being offered formation leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in the case.