News for 6-27-14


Governor Corbett “never condemned” Joe Paterno for his actions regarding Jerry Sandusky, and “never will” That’s what Corbett to the Associated Press in an interview yesterday. He also told the AP that he regrets that Penn State’s Board of Trustees fired Paterno over the phone rather than in person. Corbett also says that he doesn’t believe his response to the Sandusky scandal has hurt him politically. 

Penn State Hershey Partner

Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System have signed a letter of intent to form a new Health Enterprise in central Pennsylvania. According to a press release from Penn State, the enterprise will combine a university medical center with a community health system and provide increased access to a wider range of services and full spectrum of care to patients over a broader geographic base. The enterprise would be governed by a new board with equal representation from both organizations. Both health systems will continue to operate independently until the deal is finalized and necessary approvals are obtained. 

Ross Retrial

A date has been set for the appeal case in Blair County of convicted murderer Paul Ross. According to WTAJ-TV, jury selection will begin in October. Ross was convicted of killing Tina Miller in 2005 and has been serving a life sentence. He was granted a new trial by the Pennsylvania State Superior Court because the defense didn’t have enough time to prepare and testimony should not have been admissible. 

Search Committee

Penn State President Eric Barron announced the names on the search committee yesterday that will help find the university’s next athletic director. Members of the 6 person committee include distinguished professor Linda Caldwell, who is also Penn State’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA; Julie Del Giorno, athletics integrity officer; Charmelle Green, associate athletics director and senior female administrator; Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for undergraduate education; Tom Poole, vice president for administration; and Lady Lions head coach Coquese Washington.   

ATM Thief

The man identified by State College police on Wednesday as a potential ATM thief is not a criminal. Police released images of a man who they initially believed may have used an elderly woman’s ATM card that was left behind to withdraw $100 from the woman’s account on June 13 at First National Bank in the 1400 block of East College Avenue. However, police confirmed yesterday that there was no theft of money at the ATM and the man did not intentionally withdraw funds from the victim’s account. It’s not yet clear how the ATM was able to accept the man’s card and release money from the victims account at the same time. 

Pa Turnpike

In preparation for heavy traffic over the July 4 holiday, Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance crews will open all available lanes to traffic on the Turnpike beginning at 3pm today. Barring an emergency, the lanes will remain open until July 7 at 6am. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission expects more than 2 point 7 million vehicles to be traveling the Turnpike over the holiday, up from 2 point 5 million last year.