News for 5-5-14


State College Police are investigating an act of vandalism at the Boalsburg Cemetery. Police received a report late Sunday morning that more than 50 headstones were pulled out of the ground, knocked over or otherwise damaged at the Cemetery. Police said the vandalism appears to be a random act. The State College Police Department is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Gas Prices

The price of a regular gallon of gas rose 3 cents nationally over the past 2 weeks but the latest Lundberg survey believes prices will start to slightly fall. According to the survey, the national average price rose to 3.72 per gallon marking 12 straight weeks of price hikes at the pump. Statewide, the average price for a regular gallon is around $3.80. As of this morning in happy valley, a gallon of gas will cost you around $3.85.

Trespassing Arrest

Two men were arrested over the weekend after trespassing and threatening a police officer. Police said Sean W Parker and Travis D Weaver were walking down Route 26 while intoxicated with a dog in Marion Township when they interfered with cars and intruded into a fenced area of the Hanson Quarry. Parker and Weaver attempted to flee into the woods when police arrived, but were taken into custody after Weaver made threats to the trooper and Parker tried to have his dog attack the officer. Both men are facing four charges including disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. 

Borough Council

The State College Borough Council will meet tonight in the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness Month and Douglas Meyer Day, Zoning Regulations regarding the College Heights School Property, the installation of sidewalk along the University Drive Extension at 1630 South Atherton Street and the 2015-2019 Capital Improvements Plan. The meeting will begin at 7:30. The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors will also meet tonight at 7pm  

Impact Fee Law

A state senate democrat wants to change Pennsylvania’s two year old impact fee law. Senator Jim Ferlo is looking to amend parts of the law to strengthen environmental and public health protections as well as protect the restoration of local zoning powers. Ferlo believes the current law falls short of covering the actual impacts of drilling. 

Indecent Assault

Penn State Police are investigating a report of indecent assault. The incident allegedly occurred between 1:45 and 2am on Saturday morning in the South Residence Halls. The victim, a student, reported that they were inappropriately touched by an unknown male in the south loading dock area outside of McElwain Hall. The suspect is described as a college aged white male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with dark hair and thick eyebrows. Anyone with information is asked to contact university police.