News for 4/19/13

Blue White

 Blue-White weekend kicks off today in Happy Valley. In addition to the annual Penn State spring football game at Beaver Stadium tomorrow, the 3 day weekend will feature, food, music, fireworks a carnival and the annual Special Olympics of PA 5k run.

 Like previous years, there will be no admission or parking for the Blue-White football game but extra security measures are in place for the game and all other venues on campus that are hosting events through Sunday.

 Except for authorized personnel, no bags, purses, backpacks umbrellas, footballs, strollers or diaper bags are permitted.Anyone with a medical need to carry a bag should place their medical supplies in a clear one gallon zip-close style plastic bag. Parents with a need to carry diapers and wipes may also place their supplies in the same type of bag so the contents are visible.    

Arsonist Sentenced

 A Bellefonte man could spend up to 30 years in state prison for setting fire to a facility in the borough in September

 Jeffrey E Karg was sentenced yesterday to four and a half to 30 years in prison for setting fire to the storage facility behind Mattress World on south Spring Street.The arson resulted in $135,000 in damages to the storage facility. Karg must also pay $130,000 in restitution. 

Lion Shrine

 Renovations on the Lion Shrine will begin on May 13 and the area has been closed to the public the last few days, but according to Penn State’s Office of Physical plant, the shrine will reopen tomorrow and remain open until May 12.The Shrine will close again on the 13th and remain closed until summer commencement on August 5.  The target completion date for the renovation is September 6. 

Retirement Age

 As per the state constitution, Pennsylvania judges must retire at the age of 70, but two proposed bills may influence lawmakers to change that.

 Citing demographic changes, representative Kate Harpster’s proposed legislation that would change the retirement age from 70-75, while another bill that is currently in the senate would completely eliminate a required age.

 The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts had a public hearing on the issue yesterday.The state’s limit was imposed in 1968. Pa is one of 33 states that enforce a retirement limit.

Boston

 As people look for ways to help the victims of the Boston Marathon attack, they need to be reminded to watch for online scams.According to Radio Pa’s Cathy Clark, more than 125 domain names have been registered related to tragedy as well as a number of Twitter accounts according to online industry sites.

 Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele (HL) says any organization, excluding religious organizations, soliciting donations in PA is required to register with the Department of State. Aichele emphasizes to be extra cautious if you’re asked to donate funds and her office can help verify the charities even if they are based in another state.