News for 2/14/13


 Senator Jake Corman’s bill to keep the 60 million dollar fine the NCAA levied on Penn State in the Commonwealth passed the state’s House yesterday.

 The bill would require that the fine money be paid into the State Treasury where it would then be dispersed to programs preventing child sexual abuse and assisting the victims of child abuse.

 The NCAA has previously said that it would be willing to reserve up to 25 percent of the proceeds for Pennsylvania based programs with the rest of the money being distributed nationally.

 The bill now heads to the Governor where he is expected to sign it. 


 Weather permitting; The State College Borough Public Works Department will make repairs to a sanitary sewer line on the 100 block of West Prospect Avenue today.

 The work will require the closure of West Prospect Avenue between Frazier Street and Walnut Street between 7:30AM, and 5PM.

 Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Department at 234-7135 or 234-7140. 

Lady Gaga

 Due to injury, Lady Gaga has cancelled the rest of her tour including a stop at the Bryce Jordan Center on March 2.

 Live Nation confirmed that the singer suffered a tear in her right hip that will require surgery.

 Refunds for the tour are available at the point of purchase.


 Police are still seeking leads in the fatal hit-and-run crash on Interstate 99 early Tuesday morning.

 Sherry R Houtz was apparently walking on I-99 when she was killed after being struck by a car or small pick up truck which continued southbound after the collision between 3:45 and 4:03am.

 According to the Centre Daily Times, police are still trying to determine whether Houtz was crossing or walking the highway in the moments before she was struck. State police at Rockview said yesterday that they have no suspects in the case. 

Credit Card Fraud

 State College Police are investigating 2 instances of credit card fraud at the two Wal-Mart locations in the borough.

 The first incident occurred around 8:15 last Saturday night at the Benner Pike Walmart and then second incident happened later that night at the Wal-Mart on North Atherton Street.

 The suspect is a black female, wearing a tan overcoat, dark sweatpants, white sneakers with orange laces, and a hat. She left the store in a dark sedan.

 Images of the suspect are available on the State College Police Department’s website. Anyone with information can contact the police at 234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip through the web.  


 State College Police are reminding the public to beware of money scams. In a recent incident, a male who claimed to be from the FBI called an elderly female to confirm a two million dollar prize she supposedly won was legitimate.

 The male caller asked the woman to meet him at the Rite Aid on Westerly Parkway with $2500 in Wal-Mart gift cards as a “fee” for the prize.

 The FBI does not call or email people to award prizes. If you suspect you are the victim of a scam please contact State College Police.   

Snow Emergency

A Snow Emergency remains in effect for Ferguson Township. Residents must remove their parked vehicles from all township streets or they will be ticketed and towed.Residents and businesses must also clear sidewalks of snow and ice, but may not blow snow into the street.