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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

  ACCU-WEATHER'S DEAN DEVORE SAYS WE'LL BE EXPERIENCING SEVERAL HOURS OF SNOW TODAY.  NOT VERY HEAVY SNOW, BUT SNOW NEVER THE LESS.  "ONE TO THREE INCHES IN THE POCONOS, AROUND THREE IN THE VALLEY CITIES AND THREE TO FIVE INCHES IN AREAS TO THE SOUTH," DEVORE SAYS.  DEVORE SAYS SOME PARTS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA COULD GET UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW.


  JERRY SANDUSKY SAYS A KEY WITNESS AGAINST HIM MISINTERPRETED HIM SHOWERING WITH A YOUNG BOY IN THE PENN STATE TEAM SHOWERS MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.  SANDUSKY SAID IN BRIEF EXCERPTS BROADCAST MONDAY ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW THAT HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW MIKE MCQUEARY CONCLUDED "THAT SEX WAS GOING ON" WHEN HE WITNESSED SANDUSKY SHOWERING WITH A BOY IN 2001.  DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER JOHN ZIEGLER SAYS HE CONDUCTED 3-AND-A-HALF HOURS OF INTERVIEWS WITH THE FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH, NOW SERVING A DECADES-LONG SENTENCE FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.  SANDUSKY MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.  SANDUSKY SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHETHER JOE PATERNO WOULD HAVE LET HIM KEEP COACHING IF HE SUSPECTED SANDUSKY WAS A PEDOPHILE.  A PATERNO FAMILY LAWYER SAYS "SANDUSKY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL BUT CHOSE NOT TO DO SO."


  PARKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT RICK SNISCAK SAYS TWO STUDENTS FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AFTER AN INCIDENT LAST MONDAY.  "THERE WAS NO THREAT TO ANY MEMBER OF THE STUDENT BODY.  A CHILD PURCHASED THIS TASER ON LINE AND GAVE IT TO ANOTHER STUDENT AND THAT'S HOW WE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT.  THE ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWED UP ON IT, CONFISCATED IT AND TURNED IT OVER TO THE POLICE," SNISCAK SAYS.  PARENTS WERE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE INCIDENT ON SUNDAY.  SNISCAK DOESN'T CONSIDER THE INCIDENT A MAJOR ISSUE AND SAYS THE ONLY REASON PARENTS WERE EVENTUALLY NOTIFIED IS BECAUSE OF LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE.


  A SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT LEFT THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF ROUTE 378 CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO-AND-A-HALF HOURS.  THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 2 O'CLOCK AND FORCED 378 TO BE CLOSED UNTIL AFTER 4:30.  TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.  THEIR CONDITIONS AREN'T KNOWN.


  THE MAYOR OF ALLENTOWN SAYS THE SEQUESTER IN WASHINGTON NEVER HAD TO HAPPEN.  ED PAWLOWSKI SAYS A BIG SOLUTION TO THE BUDGETARY WOES WOULD BE CLOSING CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES.  "I HAVE READY NUMEROUS REPORTS AND PREDICTIONS THAT THEY COULD SAVE UP TO $1 TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.  WHILE TEACHERS ARE BEING LAID OFF IN OUR CITIES, THERE ARE MANY COMPANIES THAT ARE PAYING ZERO FEDERAL INCOME TAX.  THAT'S CRAZINESS.  ACTUALLY THAT'S INSANITY," PAWLOWSKI SAYS.  PAWLOWSKI SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE A TAX SYSTEM "WHERE EVERYBODY PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE."  HE SAYS THE SEQUESTER CERTAINLY AFFECTS WASHINGTON, BUT EVENTUALLY THOSE CUTS END UP AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.


  IT'S NOW BEEN A YEAR SINCE PENNSYLVANIA'S LAW AGAINST TEXTING WHILE DRIVING TOOK EFFECT.  TRIPLE-A'S THERESA PODGUSKI SAYS THE LEHIGH VALLEY HAD THE FOURTH-MOST CITATIONS WRITTEN UP DURING THOSE 12 MONTHS.  "THE POLICE IN OUR THREE COUNTY AREA OF CARBON, LEHIGH AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTIES ISSUED A TOTAL OF 59 CITATIONS FOR TEXTING WHILE DRIVING," PODGUSKI SAYS.  THAT'S BEHIND ONLY PHILADELPHIA, PITTSBURGH AND YORK.  PODGUSKI HOPES GREATER AWARENESS SHRINKS THOSE NUMBERS IN YEAR TWO OF THE LAW.


  A STRING OF FORMER EMPLOYEES COULD SOON TESTIFY AT THE MURDER TRIAL OF A PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER.  DR. KERMIT GOSNELL IS CHARGED WITH KILLING A PATIENT AND SEVEN VIABLE BABIES, AND VIOLATING STATE ABORTION LAWS. THE SECOND WEEK OF TESTIMONY STARTS MONDAY.  IN OPENING STATEMENTS, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOANNE PESCATORE CALLED THE WORKERS NEARLY AS "DESPERATE" AS THE WOMEN SEEKING LATE-STAGE ABORTIONS.  NINE HAVE FACED CRIMINAL CHARGES OF THEIR OWN, AND THREE HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO THIRD-DEGREE MURDER.  EMPLOYEE ADRIENNE MOTON TOLD JURORS SHE WORKED FOR $8 OR $10 AN HOUR, WHILE ADMINISTERING DRUGS AND HELPING PERFORM ABORTIONS.  ALL BUT ONE OF THE CO-DEFENDANTS HAS PLEADED GUILTY. 


  NEW JERSEY LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'LL RELEASE INFORMATION ON THE LONE WINNING TICKET SOLD IN THE STATE FOR THE $338.3 MILLION POWERBALL DRAWING.  A NEWS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT THE LOTTERY'S HEADQUARTERS IN LAWRENCEVILLE.  DETAILS ON WHERE AND WHEN SATURDAY'S WINNING TICKET WAS PURCHASED AND OTHER RELATED INFORMATION WERE NOT DISCLOSED SUNDAY BY OFFICIALS.  THEY ALSO WOULD NOT SAY IF ANYONE CLAIMING TO HOLD THE TICKET HAD CONTACTED THEM.  LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS THE FOURTH-LARGEST JACKPOT IN POWERBALL HISTORY.  THE NUMBERS DRAWN WERE 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 AND POWERBALL 31.  A LUMP SUM PAYOUT WOULD BE $221 MILLION.

 

 

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