Archives for November 2019

Blair Co. DA Announces Retirement

Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio held a news conference where he announced his retirement from the elected position. After more than 15 years of service to the citizens of Blair County, his retirement will take effect on April 1, 2020. He has been the elected District Attorney since 2005.

Patience Required When Traveling this Weekend

Travelers are urged to pack some patience as they use Pennsylvania’s roads, rails and airports over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Pennsylvania Turnpike predicts 3.6 million cars and trucks will use the toll road through Sunday.

Gov. Wolf Appoints New Transportation Secretary

Pennsylvania’s governor is turning to an engineer who’s served most recently as a top PennDOT administrator to be the agency’s next transportation secretary.
Gov. Tom Wolf earlier today announced his choice of Transportation Department Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian to take over from outgoing Secretary Leslie Richards. Richards is leaving to become general manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority public transit agency.

Pennsylvania ends future child sex abuse charges time limits

Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws today more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over the last seven decades.
The central bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf gives future victims of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits and to end time limits for police to file criminal charges.

PA to Change Age for Purchase of Cigarettes & Tobacco Products

Pennsylvania is moving to join 18 other states and ban the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, although it’s maintaining an exception for military veterans or service members who are at least 18. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he’d sign legislation that passed both chambers of the state Legislature on Thursday.

Mitch Albom to Speak at Penn State Altoona

As part of the Penn State Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series, Mitch Albom will speak Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. Free tickets are available now in the Center for Student and Civic Engagement (126 Slep Student Center) on a first come first served basis. While nationally recognized for his sports writing, Albom is perhaps best known for the themes of hope and kindness that weave through his books, plays, and films.

Court Ponders Discpline Against Sandusy Case Ex-Prosecutor

A lawyer for the agency that investigates misconduct by lawyers told Pennsylvania’s highest court Wednesday that a yearlong law license suspension is justified against one of the primary prosecutors in Jerry Sandusky’s 2012 child molestation trial.
Amelia Kittredge with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel argued in favor of the recommended punishment against former state prosecutor Frank Fina because he obtained grand jury testimony by then-Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin about three top university officials.

Former Penn State Football Trainer Files Suit

A former Penn State football trainer filed a lawsuit Monday that accused the university and its athletic director of making his working conditions “so intolerable” that he resigned. Tim Bream, who served as the in-house adviser at the fraternity house where Tim Piazza was fatally injured in February 2017, also accused the university of scapegoating him to distance the university from Piazza’s death.
A university spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, saying the university does not typically comment on pending litigation.

Sunday Hunting on the Way in PA

It was a long time coming as Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation allowing hunting on three Sundays a year in Pennsylvania. The bill permits Sunday hunting one day during rifle deer season, one during statewide archery deer season and a third day the Game Commission selects. It also requires a landowner’s written permission and makes it easier for wardens to enforce the anti-trespassing law. Pennsylvania has banned Sunday hunting since the 19th century, although there are currently exceptions for crows, foxes and coyotes, and for noncommercial private game reserves.

PA Dem Switches to Independent

A moderate Democrat in Pennsylvania’s state Senate from an area that shifted decisively to support Donald Trump in 2016’s presidential election is switching his registration to become an independent and said Tuesday that he will caucus with the Republican majority. In a news conference in his Capitol office, Sen. John Yudichak of Luzerne County said that he had found a growing disconnect with an increasingly liberal Democratic caucus and party, and that some issues that are important to him will find a better home in the Republican caucus.