News for 7/10/13

Arts Fest

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts gets underway with kids day today. Arts fest goes until Sunday and is expected to draw 125,000 people to Happy Valley. CATA will offer expanded Blue Loop service throughout the festival.

United Way

The former director of finance for the Centre County United Way is facing charges. Ferguson Township Police allege that Doris Conner, of Bellefonte, used the nonprofit organizations corporate credit card to pay for $17,000 in personal expenses over a 10 year span.Conner faces felony charges of access device fraud, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property for purchases dating back to 2002.

She was arraigned Monday and released on $20,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 17 in Centre County Court.

Accident

 An unidentified 45 year old man was injured after accidently shooting himself in the North Atherton Street Wal-Mart parking lot on Monday afternoon.

 According to Patton Township Police, the firearm fell out of its holster and onto the ground as the male was crossing the parking lot. When the man attempted to retrieve the gun while carrying several bags, it accidently discharged.

The person sustained an injury to his right hand. No one else was injured in the incident. The man had a valid firearm carry permit. No charges will be filed.

 Hearing

Three former Penn State administrators now have a court date for their preliminary hearing. Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz will appear in the Dauphin County Courthouse at 9am on July 29 and 30 and August 1 if needed.A preliminary hearing for the former administrators was originally scheduled doe December, but was postponed indefinitely.

All three men are facing charges of perjury, failure to report suspected abuse, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.

CATA

CATARIDE cash fare and fare coupons for senior citizens will in crease on August 1. Fare will increase from $2.50 per one way trip to $3.00.According to a press release, General Public fare will increase from $16.65-$20.00. There will be no change to the current one way fare for passengers eligible for paratransit service under the Americans with disabilities Act.CATA will hold a community involvement meeting on July 23 at their main offices.

Delaware Loophole

Legislation to close the Delaware Loophole and enact comprehensive tax reforms for Pennsylvania job creators is awaiting the governor’s signature.Representative David Redd, who sponsors the bill, believes the reform will provide a competitive business climate in Pennsylvania, help spur economic growth and boost employment. 

Corbett

Governor Corbett will not appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against the NCAA, his General Council confirmed on Tuesday. Corbett filed the antitrust lawsuit against the association in January, seeking to overturn the sanctions levied against Penn State.