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LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

  AFTER 20 YEARS IN THE BETHLEHEM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SPENDING THE PAST TWO AS ITS CHIEF, JASON SCHIFFER IS RETIRING LATER THIS SUMMER.  THE 43-YEAR-OLD SCHIFFER BECAME CHIEF IN 2011 AFTER STUART BEDICS RETIRED.  THE MAYOR'S OFFICE SAYS DEPUTY CHIEF CRAIG FINNERTY WILL REPLACE SCHIFFER, WHO SAYS HE HASN'T YET DECIDED WHAT HIS NEXT JOB WILL BE.

  POLICE IN BETHLEHEM SAY IAN JUMA WAS SHOT TO DEATH LAST MONTH AFTER MEETING WITH A BLOODS GANG MEMBER FOR A DRUG DEAL.  20-YEAR-0LD DARRELL TURNER IS NOW CHARGED WITH SEETING UP THE DRUG DEAL WITH JUMA, WHO WAS SHOT TO DEATH ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 26 NEAR THE BETHLEHEM ROSE GARDEN.  NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED IN JUMA'S DEATH.

  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS, MAIN STREET IN TATAMY WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC TODAY.  THE MAIN STREET BRIDGE IN TATAMY HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE APRIL 2011 FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ONE.  THE $2.7 MILLION PROJECT ENDED THIS MORNING WITH A 10 O'CLOCK RIBBON CUTTING.

  ACCU-WEATHER'S DEAN DEVORE SAYS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KEEP AN UMBRELLA CLOSE BY TODAY.  HE SAYS THERE'S A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING AND THEY COULD DUMP A LOT OF RAIN IN A HURRY.  "THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING A HALF-INCH TO AN INCH OF RAIN IN VERY QUICK TIMES," DEVORE SAYS.  THAT COULD LEAD TO SOME PONDING ON ROADS AND SOME STREET FLOODING AS WELL.

  IT WILL COST $194 MORE PER YEAR TO ATTEND SCHOOLS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  THAT'S UP 3 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.  THE ANNUAL COST OF TUITION FOR IN-STATE RESIDENTS NOW TOTALS $6,622.  RATES ARE ALSO GOING UP FOR NON-RESIDENT AND GRADUATE STUDENTS.  THE UNIVERSITIES ARE IN BLOOMSBURG, CALIFORNIA, CHEYNEY, CLARION, EAST STROUDSBURG, EDINBORO, INDIANA, KUTZTOWN, LOCK HAVEN, MANSFIELD, MILLERSVILLE, SHIPPENSBURG, SLIPPERY ROCK AND WEST CHESTER.  ABOUT 115,000 STUDENTS ATTEND THE SCHOOLS, AND ABOUT 90 PERCENT ARE FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

  PENNSYLVANIA COURT OFFICIALS ARE SCHEDULING A LONG-DELAYED PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR THREE FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL COVER UP OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT JERRY SANDUSKY.  A THREE-DAY HEARING FOR GRAHAM SPANIER, GARY SCHULTZ AND TIM CURLEY WILL BEGIN IN JUST UNDER THREE WEEKS.  THE PROCEEDING TO DETERMINE IF PROSECUTORS HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SEND THE MATTER TO COUNTY COURT FOR TRIAL WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JULY 29.  THE THREE DENY ACCUSATIONS OF OBSTRUCTION, CONSPIRACY AND OTHER OFFENSES FOR THEIR HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT SANDUSKY, THE UNIVERSITY'S FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH.  SPANIER WAS FORCED OUT AS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT WHEN SANDUSKY WAS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER 2011.  CURLEY IS THE SCHOOL'S FORMER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, AND SCHULTZ IS A RETIRED PENN STATE VICE PRESIDENT.

  WHEN LEGISLATORS RETURN TO HARRISBURG FOR THEIR FALL SESSION, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JIM CAWLEY SAYS THE BIGGEST ISSUE WILL REMAIN SOLVING THE STATE'S PENSION PROBLEMS.  "WE NEED TO TACKLE THIS ISSUE BECAUSE THAT $1.5 BILLION LIABILITY THAT WE HAD THIS YEAR WILL GROW AND GROW AND GROW AND WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, IF WE DO NOTHING, WILL LIKELY QUADRUPLE," THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAYS.  CAWLEY SAYS THERE IS NO WAY THE STATE CAN CONTINUE TO OFFER ITS EMPLOYEES A DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN, BUT MUST SWITCH TO A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION, 401-K STYLE PLAN INSTEAD.

  A SCHUYLKILL COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE TO SIX YEARS IN STATE PRISON IN THE DEATH OF A MAN AUTHORITIES SAID WAS LEFT TIED TO A TREE FOR NEARLY A DAY LAST YEAR.  A SCHUYLKILL COUNTY JUDGE ON TUESDAY APPROVED A PLEA AGREEMENT FOR 26-YEAR-OLD DANIEL DULL OF ORWIGSBURG.  AUTHORITIES ALLEGE THAT DULL AND 49-YEAR-OLD KEITH REBER TOOK 26-YEAR-OLD BRYAN SMITH TO A SECLUDED AREA IN SOUTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP IN MAY 2012 AND BOUND HIM TO A TREE, AND REBER LATER RETURNED AND FOUND HIM DEAD.  PROSECUTORS SAID REBER SUSPECTED SMITH OF STEALING FROM HIS GIRLFRIEND.  HE WAS CONVICTED LAST MONTH OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, KIDNAPPING AND CONSPIRACY.  DULL'S MOTHER, MARGARET GRADWELL, CALLED HER SON "A CARING, LOVING PERSON WHO IS TOO TRUSTING."

  STATE HOUSE LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING STRICTER REGULATIONS ON DEMOLITION PROJECTS IN THE WAKE OF A BUILDING COLLAPSE THAT KILLED SIX PEOPLE IN PHILADELPHIA.  THE LABOR & INDUSTRY AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES HEARD TESTIMONY TUESDAY IN PHILADELPHIA ON THE MEASURE TO INCLUDE NEW MANDATES IN THE STATE'S EXISTING UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE.  ONE PROVISION WOULD REQUIRE ALL APPLICANTS TO OBTAIN $1 MILLION IN LIABILITY INSURANCE.  ANOTHER WOULD REQUIRE THAT LICENSED ARCHITECTS OR BUILDING ENGINEERS PREPARE ALL APPLICATIONS.  REPRESENTATIVES FROM TRADE ORGANIZATIONS AND UNIONS OBJECTED TO SOME OF THE PROPOSALS, SAYING THEY WOULD BE COSTLY AND COULD BE INEFFECTIVE.  SOME ALSO SAID NEW REGULATIONS WON'T HELP IF NO ONE ENFORCES THEM.  AT A CITY COUNCIL HEARING LAST MONTH, OFFICIALS SAID THE CITY ISN'T RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK DONE BY CONTRACTORS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

  A PHILADELPHIA DOCTOR SERVING LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING NEWBORNS AT HIS ABORTION CLINIC HAS ADMITTED HE SOLD PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS OUT OF HIS CLINIC.  DR. KERMIT GOSNELL PLEADED GUILTY TUESDAY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES AFTER TWICE WALKING AWAY FROM SCHEDULED PLEA HEARINGS.  PROSECUTORS SAY HE SOLD PRESCRIPTIONS TO ADDICTS AND DRUG DEALERS AT HIS STREET-CORNER CLINIC, FLOODING PHILADELPHIA STREETS WITH OXYCONTIN, CODEINE-LACED COUGH SYRUP AND THE ANTIDEPRESSANT XANAX.  THE 72-YEAR-OLD GOSNELL IS ALREADY SERVING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN THE DEATHS OF THREE BABIES BORN ALIVE AT HIS WOMEN'S MEDICAL SOCIETY IN WEST PHILADELPHIA.   GOSNELL'S FEDERAL PLEA CALLS FOR A GUIDELINE SENTENCE OF 24 TO 30 YEARS, PLUS $200,000 IN FORFEITED ASSETS.  HE IS SET TO BE SENTENCED OCTOBER 4.

 

 

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