Archives for August 2017

PA FRAT CASE CONTINUES TODAY

A district judge may decide by the weekend whether prosecutors have presented enough evidence to hold a trial for former members of a now-closed Penn State fraternity charged in connection with a pledge’s death. Before a preliminary hearing resumed for a seventh day on Thursday, District Judge Allen Sinclair told reporters he expected the arguments to wrap up later in the day, and he could rule on Friday whether charges should be forwarded to county court for trial. Attorneys for 10 of the 17 defendants are still waiting to make their final arguments. Early Thursday, defense attorney Michael Engle argued that “the voluntariness of the drinking” is an important factor when considering the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza.

PA frat advisor says he saw nothing.

A live-in adviser to a Penn State fraternity has testified he didn’t see the alcohol hazing ritual or other events leading to a pledge’s death. Tim Bream took the stand earlier today, the sixth day of a hearing on whether 16 former frat brothers should stand trial on charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to hazing. Two other defendants waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Bream said he went to his room after watching the February pledge ceremony at Beta Theta Pi and left for work the next morning without seeing Tim Piazza. Bream is also the football team’s head athletic trainer. Piazza consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual and fell repeatedly, suffering fatal injuries. An ambulance was called the next morning.

City of Roswell Holding Public Forum on Animal Issues

THE CITY OF ROSWELL IS HOLDING A PUBLIC FORUM TUESDAY NIGHT TO TALK ABOUT ANIMAL ISSUES. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

CITY MANAGER JOE NEEB TELLS ME THEY WANT THE COMMUNITY’S INPUT ON HOW TO MAKE THE ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND RELEIVE OVERCROWDING AT THE CITY’S SHELTER…
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THE MEETING IS TUESDAY NIGHT AT 6 O’CLOCK AT THE ROSWELL MUSEUM AND ART CENTER.

NEW PA AREA CODE

A new area code is bringing 10-digit dialing to residents of 16 southcentral Pennsylvania counties. The new 223 area code is being added Saturday to the area covered by the 717 area code. That’s because the amount of numbers available under the 717 area code is almost exhausted. The 717 area, which includes the state capital of Harrisburg, is one of the last in the state to make the switch. Residents in the Philadelphia area, which used to be served only by the 215 area code, have been dialing 10 digits since the 610 area code was added in that area 18 years ago. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says people should update medical alert systems, burglar alarms and other devices that use the old seven-digit local phone numbers.

BILL COSBY’S RETRIAL DELAYED

Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges will be delayed as his new legal team gets up to speed on the case. Judge Steven O’Neill on today granted a defense request to postpone the retrial, which had been scheduled to start in November, saying there’s no way the 80-year-old comedian’s lawyers would be ready by then. Cosby’s new lawyers made their first court appearance on behalf of “The Cosby Show” star, who’s charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. His first trial in June ended in a hung jury, setting the stage for a retrial. The attorneys who represented Cosby at the first trial, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, had asked to be let off the case. O’Neill approved the request, praising them for their “extraordinary advocacy.” As they left the courtroom, the departing lawyers shook hands with Cosby and his new legal team, which includes Tom Mesereau, the high-profile attorney who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s child molestation case. Mesereau told TMZ last month that the case against Cosby was “weak” and that retrying him was “a waste of time.”

COMMUTER TRAIN CRASH

A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early this morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator. None of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board officials were at the scene. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating the cause.

PA KIDNAPPING & ROBBERY

Two men accused of leading police on a high-speed chase following a kidnapping and robbery are in custody, according to a York Daily Record report. Derron Terrance Burston and Jason Beau Moody face numerous charges for Saturday’s incident, including possession to intent to deliver drugs, persons not to possess a firearm and recklessly endangering another person, according to the report. Burston and Moody are being held on $250,000 and $200,000 bail respectively, for their roles in an incident that began in Harrisburg in ended in York County.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint in Harrisburg and thenĀ dropped off underneath an overpass in Fairview Township, York County. The report of the robbery came in at around 3 p.m., after the vicim called 911 at a local gas station. The victim was uninjured. Police put out a description of the red Honda Accord and a Newberry Township officer later spotted the vehicle traveling south on Interstate 83. Burston is accused of being the driver during the incident and Moody was a passenger and accomplice, according to the report.
During the chase that reached speeds close to 100 mph, Burston weaved through traffic and nearly rear-ended several vehicles.

GOVERNOR WOLF APPOINTS TERESA MILLER

Gov. Tom Wolf will nominate his insurance commissioner, Teresa Miller, to lead Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services while he waits to see whether lawmakers will approve its merger with the Department of Health. Wolf made the announcement Thursday, and said the change in duties takes effect Monday. Wolf’s current human services secretary, Ted Dallas, is on medical leave. Wolf’s office says Dallas will take an advisory role to the governor when he returns to work.

PA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained unchanged for a second straight month in July, even as payrolls hit a record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said today that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5 percent last month, the same as in May and June. The national rate was 4.3 percent in July. The gap between Pennsylvania’s rate and the national rate is among the widest since 1985. The household survey found that Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force, employment and unemployment all shrank last month. A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rising by 29,000 in July, to above 5.95 million and a record high for the second time this year. Manufacturing scored the biggest one-month increase of any sector, adding 8,300 jobs.

PA SCHOOL DISTRICT STARTS LATE BECAUSE OF ECLIPSE

A Pennsylvania school district is pushing back the start of the school year over the solar eclipse and concerns about kids damaging their eyes. The South Fayette Township School District Board voted Tuesday night to push back the start of the school year by one day after reviewing information about the upcoming eclipse. Monday will instead be a service day for faculty and staff. This is a growing trend with other school districts starting later or not allowing student outside during the eclipse which will be visible from about 1pm to 4pm.