Sandusky Trial Update
For 16 minutes the tape rolled, apparently unknown to two state police officers investigating Sandusky and the defense attorney of Victim No. 4 during an April 2011 meeting. It's turned into the strongest evidence yet that could create reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors about the guilt of Sandusky, who is facing 51 counts of child molestation. And it all played out Tuesday morning at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. During the 2011 interview with police, Victim No. 4 was on a break and not in the room. The tape was left on and recorded a candid conversation between police and Victim No. 4's attorney. Sandusky's defense attorneys, and even Judge John Cleland, suggested Tuesday that it may call into question whether police led witnesses in their lengthy investigation. From the start, the Sandusky defense has alleged the former Penn State defensive coordinator was subjected to an overaggressive investigation that targeted him for years.
Unit 1 Shut Down
Operators at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station... north of Berwick in Salem Township... performed a planned and controlled shutdown of the Unit 1 reactor Tuesday morning. They wanted to investigate the source of a minor water leak inside the containment structure that surrounds the reactor. A PPL spokesman says the leak is not affecting the safety of the plant or the public. While Unit 1 was shut down.... it's companion... Unit 2 is operating at full power. The two units at the Susquehanna plant have a generating capacity of about 2,500 megawatts of power.
Central / Bloomsburg Consolidation
The wraps were taken off last night of a feasibility study dealing with possible consolidation of the Central and Bloomsburg School Districts. The detailed 100 – plus page study took a look at remaining status quo... or consolidating at Central's Old Berwick Road campus. The biggest issue is building an estimated $43 – million school to take in 3,500 – hundred students from a combined district.
A Danville man could spend the next 40 – years in prison... after pleading guilty in Montour County Court of sexually assaulting a 6 – year old girl. 26 – year old Brandon Mowrer now will be registered as a sex offender for life under Megan's Law. He was accused of assaulting the child for a year starting in July of 2007. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... says he'll be sentenced at a later date.
The next phase of work on Route 11 resurfacing in Berwick gets underway Tuesday morning. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says the right lane of Route 11 southbound at Market Street will be closed. Barletta Materials will work into the night... and the road is expected to reopen to traffic by noon time Wednesday. Mason says Market Street traffic will be detoured using Mulberry and Third Streets.
Safety improvements could be on the way for the Airport Beltway near Hazleton. The project... involving Route 309 and Hazle Township Boulevard... will be put out to bid this week by PennDOT. An agency spokesperson says the project involves installing turning lanes and the installation of traffic signals. Cost of the project is pegged at $12.4 - million... and will take two years to complete.
Hazleton PD / MinSec
It's something they always wanted to do... but never asked. Hazleton police now have the opportunity to look at the computer data base of MinSec residents... a half – way house for offenders out of prison... but not yet completely free to be on their own. The request for the data base was prompted by Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea. The data base shows what time MinSec residents check out... their destination... and expected time back at the facility.
Church Break - In's
We're finding out about two more Snyder County church break-in's over past week. Police say someone broke into the Grace Reformed Church near Middleburg... making off with chips and drinks. In addition... Old Shreiners Church near Shamokin Dam was broken into, but nothing was taken. Over the past couple of months... 18 churches have been the target of either vandals or thieves in Snyder and Union Counties.
George Curry was not planning to return to coaching high school football... and Gary Campbell was not planning to leave his position as head coach at Berwick. But, both of those occurrences were set in motion recently when Campbell got an offer to return to his home area of Dalton, Massachusetts to be the football coach and Athletic Director at Waconah Regional where he had coached for ten years prior to taking over for Curry at Berwick. Campbell says it's an opportunity to move his family back to his hometown... in essence was an offer he couldn't refuse. When Campbell decided he was returning to Massachusetts, he reached out to George Curry hoping he would return to coach the Bulldogs.
Tuesday night in Miami it's game four of the NBA finals. The Miami Heat lead the Oklahoma City Thunder two games to one.
The Philadelphia Phillies had last night off... but tonight they begin a three game series with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.