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LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

  SPEAKING AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE, EX-PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER SAYS AMERICA HAS BEEN AT WAR EVER SINCE WORLD WAR II.  "I WOULD LIKE FOR OUR COUNTRY, IN THE FUTURE, TO HAVE A REPUTATION AS A CHAMPION OF PEACE," CARTER SAID.  HE SAYS AMERICA NEEDS TO REACH OUT TO NORTH KOREA AND THAT THE NORTH KOREANS WANT A PEACE TREATY AND THE LIFTING OF AN ECONOMIC EMBARGO SO THEY CAN HAVE AN EQUAL CHANCE TO TRADE.  CARTER'S APPEARANCE WAS PART OF A LAFAYETTE LECTURE SERIES ON INTERNATIONAL ISSUES.

  AN ALLENTOWN MAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 20-AND-A-HALF TO 42 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND'S EX-BOYFRIEND.  MANUEL FIGUEROA WAS SENTENCED MONDAY FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING 19-YEAR-OLD DANIEL VELEZ AS VELEZ WAS PARKING A CAR ON SEVENTH STREET IN ALLENTOWN BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2011.  FIGUEROA WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THIRD-DEGREE MURDER IN JANUARY.

  RICK ORLOSKI IS OFFERING A $10,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE CONVICTION OF WHOEVER TRIED TO START TWO FIRES AT HIS SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP LAW OFFICE.  ON MARCH 10, ORLOSKI SAYS SOMEBODY THREW A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL AT A OFFICE WINDOW AND ON MARCH 18 MULCH OUTSIDE THE OFFICE WAS LIT ON FIRE.  ORLOSKI'S OFFICE SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE.

  THE FORMER OWNER OF A NORTHAMPTON MUSIC STORE HAS CAUGHT A BREAK.  A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS SENTENCED ALAN STROPPA TO 18 MONTHS IN JAIL, 10 YEARS' PAROLE AND REGISTRATION UNDER MEGAN'S LAW FOR CONDUCTING AN ONLINE ROMANCE WITH WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A WOMAN WHO WAS LOOKING FOR A MAN TO TEACH HER AND HER 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ABOUT LOVE.  FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2012, STROPPA ASKED THE SUPPOSED WOMAN TO SEND HIM IMAGES AND VIDEO OF THE GIRL TO HIS STORE.  STROPPA COULD HAVE GOTTEN AS MUCH AS 10 YEARS IN JAIL, BUT THE JUDGE GAVE HIM A LIGHTER SENTENCE BASED ON A SPOTLESS CRIMINAL RECORD PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT.

  FORMER NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COUNCILMAN RON ANGLE IS ON THE HOOK FOR A $1.27 MILLION JUDGMENT AGAINST HIM.  SUPERIOR COURT HAS UPHELD THE 2011 RULING AGAINST ANGLE, WHO PREVENTED LAND HE SOLD TO DR. PALMER COTTURO TO BE DEVELOPED.  THE JUDGE SAYS ANGLE BLOCKED DEVELOPMENT OF THE 125 ACRES AND MADE COTTURO'S INVESTMENT VIRTUALLY WORTHLESS.  ANGLE COULD APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT.

  THE DEATH OF AN ALLENTOWN MAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND WRAPPED IN A TARP OUTSIDE A CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HOTEL WHERE AUTHORITIES SAY HE AND HIS SON HAD BEEN LIVING HAS BEEN RULED A HOMICIDE.  THE DAUPHIN COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE SAID MONDAY THAT 65-YEAR-OLD JAMES TOMMOR DIED OF MULTIPLE TRAUMATIC INJURIES.  HIS BODY WAS FOUND BEHIND A UTILITY SHED NEAR THE DAYS INN IN SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP ON SATURDAY.   AUTHORITIES SAY TOMMOR'S SON, 24-YEAR-OLD TRENT TOLENE, WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A POLICE PURSUIT ON INTERSTATE 81.  HE'S BEING HELD ON $250,000 BAIL ON DUI AND OTHER CHARGES.  INVESTIGATORS SAY BLOOD WAS FOUND IN THE ROOM WHERE THE MEN WERE STAYING AND THAT THEY BELIEVE IT CAME FROM TOMMOR.

  A DEFENSE LAWYER HAS FALLEN ILL, CAUSING A DELAY IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER KERMIT GOSNELL.  THE 72-YEAR-OLD GOSNELL IS CHARGED WITH KILLING A PATIENT AND SEVEN BABIES.  THE DEFENSE HAD BEEN EXPECTED TO START PRESENTING ITS CASE MONDAY AFTER FIVE WEEKS OF PROSECUTION TESTIMONY.  THE TRIAL IS NOW SCHEDULED TO RESUME TODAY IF DEFENSE LAWYER JACK MCMAHON IS BACK TO WORK.   MCMAHON HAS ARGUED THAT THERE WERE NO LIVE BIRTHS AT THE CLINIC, AND THAT THE 41-YEAR-OLD PATIENT DIED OF UNFORESEEN COMPLICATIONS IN 2009. 

  A PROPOSAL TO FULLY INCLUDE PENN STATE AND THE OTHER THREE "STATE-RELATED" UNIVERSITIES UNDER THE PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW IS HEADED TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOLLOWING A POSITIVE COMMITTEE VOTE.  THE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE VOTED MONDAY IN FAVOR OF THE BILL, WHICH ALSO WOULD PERTAIN TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AND LINCOLN UNIVERSITY.  THE STATE-RELATED UNIVERSITIES GET SUBSTANTIAL STATE FUNDING BUT AREN'T STATE-OWNED, AS ARE THE 14 SCHOOLS IN THE STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  A COMPLETE REWRITING OF THE RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW THAT TOOK EFFECT IN JANUARY 2009 REQUIRES THE SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE LIMITED DISCLOSURE, INCLUDING THE SALARIES OF THEIR HIGHEST-PAID EMPLOYEES.  THE CURRENT PROPOSAL WOULD TREAT THE FOUR SCHOOLS THE SAME AS THE STATE-OWNED INSTITUTIONS.  ALL REPUBLICANS AND THREE OF NINE DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE VOTED FOR IT.
 

  ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF CHIESA SAYS THE NEW STATE POLICE TRAINING CLASS IS THE MOST RACIALLY DIVERSE THE AGENCY HAS EVER RECRUITED.  CHIESA TOLD A SENATE BUDGET PANEL ON MONDAY THAT THE CLASS OF 132 WOULD-BE TROOPERS IS 17 PERCENT BLACK, 26 PERCENT HISPANIC AND 6 PERCENT ASIAN.  HOWEVER, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE STATE POLICE HAVE TO DO BETTER AT RECRUITING WOMEN TO THE RANKS.  THERE ARE SIX WOMEN IN THE CLASS THAT STARTED MONDAY.  TROOPER CANDIDATES UNDERGO A 24-WEEK RESIDENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE STATE POLICE ACADEMY.  THOSE WHO PASS WILL GET THEIR BADGES IN OCTOBER.  ANOTHER TRAINING CLASS OF 175 IS SET TO BEGIN IN JUNE.

 

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