Former longtime fencing coach Emmanuil Kaidanov officially filed a federal lawsuit against Penn State yesterday. Kaidanov filed the lawsuit against the university, athletic director Dave Joyner and athletics integrity officer Julie Del Giorno for wrongful termination and breach of contract among other things. The lawsuit is seeking his job back and more than 3 million dollars in damages. According to his lawyer, the defendants conspired to fire his client and the coach was not given due process. Kaidanov coached the fencing team for 31 years and won 12 national championships before he was fired last summer.
NCAA Fine Trial
A lawsuit brought forth by Senator Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord over how Penn State’s NCAA fine should be spent could be heading to trial. Judge Anne Covey scheduled a trial date for January 6 if the case isn’t resolved at the conclusion of the discovery process for the case which Judge Covey has ordered to be finished by early September. At issue is the $60 million fine being paid by Penn State to the NCAA that will be used on prevention and awareness of child sex abuse. The lawsuit sees to enforce a law passed earlier this year that requires the NCAA to spend the money in Pennsylvania. The NCAA has argued that the law is unconstitutional.
A fire broke out yesterday in a former sewing factory in Philipsburg. According to the Centre Daily Times, Firefighters from several area companies used aerial trucks to control the flames in the building at the corner of Pine and 11th streets. The building, that once employed people from all over the area as part of the Charles Navasky and Co. Clothing manufacture group was not being used and is now owned by Derek Hart of Aaronsburg. Philipsburg Fire Chief told the CDT that the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
A Penn State University branch campus was on lockdown yesterday after police received calls about someone possibly having a gun. According to the AP, Abington Township Police Chief William Kelly says the weapon turned out to be a pellet or BB Gun and there was never any danger to anyone on the Penn State Abington campus, the campus that was put on lockdown around 3:30pm. Kelly says the man, who was showing the gun to a friend, contacted police when he heard the news and was taken into custody with his friend.
State police are investigating a crash that injured 2 people yesterday at the intersection of Route 22 and Route 305 in Alexandria. State police say Haley Myers was making a left turn onto Route 305 when she turned into the path of another car driven by Debra Cooley. Cooley and a passenger in her car, Thelma Cooley, were both injured in the crash and taken to UPMC Altoona. Myers was not injured in the crash.
State College Borough Public Works Crews will begin concrete curb and sidewalk repairs in the 200 and 300 blocks of Fry Drive between East Whitehall Road and Norma Street next week. Work will take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 and 5. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution when traveling through the “Work Area.”
Penns Valley and Philipsburg Osecola will hold their commencement ceremonies tonight. Penns Valley’s ceremony will begin at 6:30 while PO’s graduation ceremony will start at 7pm. State High will hold their graduation ceremony tomorrow at the Pegula Ice Arena.