News for 7-4-14

4th Fest

The annual Central PA 4th fest Celebration is today. The day begins with the Firecracker 4k Race at 9am. The 3rd annual Parade of Heroes will begin at 2pm and travel through downtown State College and across campus, before ending at the PSU Law school building. The day also features “lumberjack shows and camps” as well as a BMX stunt show. The 4th fest fireworks spectacular will get underway around 9:15. Your soundtrack to the fireworks is on 93-7 the Bus. 

Student Struck by Car

A Penn State student is in the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of North Atherton Street and Park Avenue yesterday morning. According to police, Eva O’Brian was jogging east along Park Avenue when she ran into the path of a Ford F250 pickup truck which was traveling south on Atherton Street around 9:45.   O’Brian was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center and then flown to UPMC Altoona. The Penn State Office of Student Affairs is providing assistance to her family. 

Rocco

Governor Corbett signed “Rocco’s Law yesterday. The law is named after a police dog that was killed earlier this year while apprehending a suspect. The law makes the penalties stiffer for anyone who seriously injures or killed a police dog or horse. The penalty is now a second degree felony that comes with up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Road Work

The State College Borough Public Works Department will begin street maintenance on Waupelani Drive between South Atherton Street and O”Bryan Lane on Monday. Work will continue through Friday July 18 and traffic will be restricted to limited lane use and controlled by channeling devices and flaggers. Motorists are asked to use an alternative route or expect delays. 

Task Force

Penn State President Erick Barron appointed two new task forces for the university aimed to help two major campus issues. Barron appointed more than a dozen administrators to a Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force. The Penn State President wants the university to go beyond Title IX compliance and becomes a leader in the prevention of sexual assault investigations. Barron also appointed a Health Care Task force which will work to improve employee health and better communication changes.  

DUI Enforcement

PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to make your holiday weekend safer through enforcement targeted at motorists who are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Enforcement will include checkpoints and roving patrols. Last year, there were 256 crashes during the July 4th holiday period resulting in 11 fatalities. 

Fish for Free

Today is the second and final Fish for Free Day this year in Pennsylvania. Fish-for-Free days allow anyone to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations still apply.