News for November 27

Hammer Attack

 A State College man is facing charges after police say he hit his ex-girlfriends boyfriend in the head with a hammer. Dustin Emel was charges with 2 felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said Emel, who was wearing a ski mask, hit a man who was getting out of his car around 11pm on Sunday in a parking lot at 800 Stratford Drive. Emel fled the area after the alleged victim grabbed at the ski mask and he was later arrested.He is in jail and awaiting a preliminary hearing next week. 


Due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, refuse and recycling collection normally collected tomorrow will be collected on Friday. All refuse and recycling must be at the curb no later than 7am. There will also be no bulk or brush collection on Monday December 2 due to the first day of deer season. The next bulk item and brush collection will be on December 9.

Winter Weather

Centre County saw its first dose of winter weather yesterday. The Wintry mix which caused a few power outages and made roads slick is expected to continue today and will impact holiday travel. State College remains under a winter weather advisory until this afternoon.

Gas Prices

As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, gas prices are going up slightly, but still lower than they were a year ago.According to, the national average price of gas will be around $3.27 a gallon, down 16 cents from last Thanksgiving. The Pennsylvania average price is around $3.39.As of this morning in Happy Valley, gas prices are right around the state average.


The Garman Theatre redevelopment isn’t going as planned just yet. According to the Centre Daily Times, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s acting Director of the Bureau of Historic Preservation sent a letter to Ara Kervandjian informing him that his application is incomplete and the federal funding he is requesting from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency could be at risk.

The CDT obtained a letter that director Andrea McDonald wrote to the Kervandjian’s Progress Development Group. The letter stated that the group should include alternative designs, alternative locations for the project, and alternative means of addressing it without the demolition of historic buildings if he plans to see select funding for the project.The demolition is set to go before a judge on December 4.