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LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013

  A LEHIGH VALLEY WOMAN HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES ACCUSING HER OF GIVING BIRTH IN A SPORTS BAR BATHROOM, WRAPPING THE NEWBORN IN A PLASTIC BAG AND HIDING HIM IN A TOILET TANK.  AMANDA HEIN, OF ALLENTOWN, WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON A CRIMINAL HOMICIDE COUNT AFTER A PRELIMINARY HEARING MONDAY.  A CLEANING CREW FOUND THE BABY'S BODY IN THE TOILET ON AUGUST 19 AT STARTERS PUB.  THE CORONER CONCLUDED THE BOY WAS BORN ALIVE.  POLICE SAY THEY TRACED BLOOD FOUND IN A BAR BOOTH TO HEIN.  INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE COULDN'T GIVE THEM A REASON SHE ALLEGEDLY KILLED THE BABY EXCEPT THAT SHE WAS "SCARED."

  PENN STATE SAYS IT IS PAYING $59.7 MILLION TO 26 YOUNG MEN OVER CLAIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JERRY SANDUSKY.  THE UNIVERSITY SAYS IT HAS CONCLUDED NEGOTIATIONS THAT HAVE LASTED ABOUT A YEAR.  THE SCHOOL SAYS 23 DEALS ARE FULLY SIGNED AND THREE ARE AGREEMENTS IN PRINCIPLE.  THE SCHOOL FACES SIX OTHER CLAIMS, AND SAYS SOME DON'T HAVE MERIT BUT OTHERS MAY PRODUCE SETTLEMENTS.  THE UNIVERSITY SAID THE DAY SANDUSKY WAS CONVICTED LAST YEAR OF 45 CRIMINAL COUNTS IT WAS DETERMINED TO COMPENSATE HIS VICTIMS.  SANDUSKY MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE AND IS SEEKING A NEW TRIAL WHILE HE SERVES A 30- TO 60-YEAR STATE PRISON SENTENCE.  THE UNIVERSITY'S DISCLOSURE COMES AFTER SOME OF THE ATTORNEYS INVOLVED HAD CONFIRMED THEY SETTLED.

  A LAWSUIT BY JOE PATERNO'S FAMILY AND OTHERS AGAINST THE NCAA IS HEADING TO COURT, A DAY AFTER PENN STATE ANNOUNCED SETTLEMENTS WITH 26 YOUNG MEN OVER CLAIMS OF ABUSE BY JERRY SANDUSKY.  JUDGE JOHN LEETE SCHEDULED TODAY'S COURT SESSION IN BELLEFONTE TO HEAR LAWYERS ARGUE OVER WHETHER THE BREACH OF CONTRACT, DEFAMATION AND COMMERCIAL DISPARAGEMENT CLAIM SHOULD BE THROWN OUT.  PENN STATE SAID MONDAY IT WAS PAYING 26 YOUNG MEN NEARLY $60 MILLION OVER CLAIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF SANDUSKY, THE SCHOOL'S FORMER LONGTIME DEFENSIVE COACH.  THE SCHOOL SAYS 23 DEALS ARE FULLY SIGNED AND THREE ARE AGREEMENTS IN PRINCIPAL. THERE ARE SIX OTHER CLAIMS, AND IT BELIEVES SOME OF THEM ARE MERITLESS.

  AS EXPECTED, THE EAST PENN SCHOOL BOARD MONDAY NIGHT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED JULIAN STOLZ'S RESIGNATION FROM THE BOARD.  STOLZ RESIGNED AFTER ACKNOWLEDGING PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS WITH TEEN GIRLS, ONE OF WHOM WAS AN EMMAUS HIGH STUDENT, WHILE HE WAS ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.  THE 25-YEAR-OLD STOLZ, WHO DID NOT ATTEND MONDAY NIGHT'S MEETING, SAYS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL FIVE YEARS AGO WASN'T SEXUAL AND HE DID NOTHING WRONG.  THE TWO HAVE RENEWED THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND STOLZ SAYS HE'S RESIGNING TO PROTECT HER FROM POLITICAL ATTACKS.

  A FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUBSTITUTE TEACHER WANTS A JUDGE TO THROW OUT HIS CONFESSION TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A THIRD GRADE STUDENT.  MICHAEL AGRIPPINE SAYS A DETECTIVE BULLIED HIM INTO CONFESSING TO MOLESTING THE UNION TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT.  POLICE SAY AGRIPPINE ASSAULTED THE BOY INSIDE A SCHOOL RESTROOM BACK IN JANUARY.  AGRIPPINE SAYS HE CONFESSED BECAUSE HE WANTED WHAT HE CALLS INTIMIDATING QUESTIONING TO END.  HE ALSO SAYS HE WAS NEVER READ HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS.

  A TATAMY MAN IS DEAD AFTRE BEING HIT BY A CAR MONDAY MORNING.  POLICE SAY 71-YEAR-OLD RICHARD MILLER WAS KILLED AROUND 6 O'CLOCK MONDAY MORNING WHEN HE WALKED ONTO EIGHTH STREET AND WAS STRUCK BY THE CAR DRIVEN BY EMILY FENSTERMAKER.  MILLER'S DEATH HAS BEEN RULED AN ACCIDENT.

  PENNSYLVANIA'S STATE TREASURER SAYS GOV. TOM CORBETT SHOULD ABANDON HIS EFFORTS TO HIRE A PRIVATE MANAGER TO RUN THE PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY NOW THAT HE'S RACKED UP A $3.4 MILLION TAB ON CONSULTANTS.  "WHAT THE CORBETT TEAM HAS BEEN DOING IS TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN DEEMED ILLEGAL, PRIVATIZATION OF THE LOTTERY, AND TURNING AROUND AND WASTING PILES OF MONEY ON PAID CONSULTANTS AND LAWYERS TRYING TO FIGURE HOW TO PURSUE THIS MISGUIDED, IDEOLOGICAL SCHEME," SAYS ROB McCORD, WHO HOPES TO OPPOSE CORBETT IN NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION, SAYS THE MONEY SPENT ON CONSULTANTS COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MEALS OR TRANSIT RIDES FOR SENIORS.  ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE REJECTED THE CONTRACT AS ILLEGAL IN FEBRUARY, AND CORBETT HASN'T RESUBMITTED A REVISED CONTRACT TO KANE.

  POLICE IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA SAID 10 MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTION AFTER A CHAIN-REACTION CRASH INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS, A CAR AND A PICKUP TRUCK.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 3:30 MONDAY AFTERNOON IN STROUDSBURG. POLICE SAID THE TRUCK REAR-ENDED A FORD FOCUS, WHICH CRASHED INTO THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL BUS.  THE FOCUS' DRIVER, THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER AND 10 OF THE 20 STROUDSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ON BOARD WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL TO BE CHECKED OUT.  STROUDSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT JOHN TOLENO SAID THE STUDENTS AND BUS DRIVER DIDN'T APPEAR TO BE SERIOUSLY INJURED.  POLICE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH.

  DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR LISA BOSCOLA HAS BEEN TRYING THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND SHE'S GIVING IT ANOTHER TRY NOW.  "EVER SINCE I WAS IN THE HOUSE IN 1998 I'VE BEEN PUTTING BILLS IN TO FREEZE PROPERTY TAXES FOR SENIORS.  A LOT OF SENIORS HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES SINCE THEN BECAUSE OF THE RISING COST OF SCHOOL PROPERTY TAXES TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION," BOSCOLA SAYS.  GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT LIKES THE IDEA OF EXPANDING SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE AND SENDING THOSE TAX DOLLARS TO THE LOTTERY FUND, WHICH BENEFITS SENIORS.  BOSCOLA HOPES THAT GIVES MOMENTUM TO HER PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD FREEZE PROPERTY TAXES FOR THOSE 65 YEARS OR OLDER WHO HAVE AN ANNUAL INCOME OF LESS THAN $65,000 AND HAVE LIVED IN THEIR CURRENT HOME FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.  SENATE DEMOCRATS SAY EXPANDING SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE WOULD GENERATE $38 MILLION THIS YEAR AND $156 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015.

  NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS WILL MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF SUPERSTORM SANDY IN WAYS BIG AND SMALL.  THEY'LL TAKE PART IN VIGILS, HOLD PRAYER SERVICES AND IN SOME CASES JUST SPEND ANOTHER DAY RIPPING OUT MOLDY WALLBOARD.  IT WAS A YEAR AGO THAT SANDY MADE LANDFALL IN NEW JERSEY, JUST NORTH OF BRIGANTINE.  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE WILL START THE DAY TUESDAY THANKING FIREFIGHTERS IN SEASIDE PARK.  FROM THERE, HE'S OFF FOR A FULL DAY OF SANDY EVENTS.  HE'LL ATTEND A NEWARK PRAYER SERVICE, THANK VOLUNTEERS IN MOONACHIE, JOIN A DAY OF SERVICE IN UNION BEACH AND ATTEND A POT LUCK DINNER IN SEA BRIGHT.  SANDY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED MORE THAN 340,000 NEW JERSEY HOMES AND BUSINESSES, HITTING MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES PARTICULARLY HARD.  IT WAS BLAMED FOR 71 DEATHS IN THE STATE.

  NEW JERSEY IS GETTING $1.46 BILLION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE SECOND ROUND OF SUPERSTORM SANDY RELIEF FUNDING.  U.S. HOUSING SECRETARY SHAUN DONOVAN SAID MONDAY THE AID IS MEANT TO BE FLEXIBLE SO THAT THE STATE CAN USE THE MONEY TO FILL GAPS THAT REMAIN IN THE RECOVERY.  DONOVAN WAS IN LITTLE FERRY TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT. IT BRINGS TO NEARLY $3.3 BILLION THE AMOUNT OF SANDY RELIEF ALLOCATED NEW JERSEY THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.  TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE STORM THAT A YEAR AGO DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ABOUT 340,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN THE STATE.  SOME VICTIMS HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SLOW DISBURSEMENT OF AID.  DONOVAN SAYS THAT WHILE SOME REQUIREMENTS FEEL LIKE RED TAPE, THEY ARE NECESSARY TO ASSURE THE MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED FAIRLY.

  NEW JERSEY ELECTION OFFICIALS HAVE CERTIFIED NEWARK MAYOR CORY BOOKER AS THE WINNER OF THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL ELECTION TO THE U.S. SENATE.  THE CERTIFICATION MEANS THE DEMOCRAT CAN BE SWORN IN TO FILL THE REMAINING 14 MONTHS OF THE TERM PREVIOUSLY HELD BY THE LATE FRANK LAUTENBERG.  BOOKER IS PLANNING A SWEARING-IN FOR THURSDAY.  HE RECEIVED 740,742 VOTES TO REPUBLICAN STEVE LONEGAN'S 593,684, GIVING HIM A MARGIN OF NEARLY 12 PERCENTAGE POINTS.