Today's News

Friday, October 19, 2012

 

The number of suspected sex offenders in Western Pennsylvania has doubled with the release of a second lot of files.  The so-called Perversion Files of the Boy Scouts date back to 1960 and were compiled by Scouting officials.  The list identifies men no longer allowed to have anything to do with the Boy Scouts organization.   According to Trib Total Media, the files show a concerted effort by local leaders to preserve the Boy Scouts' wholesome reputation by covering for suspected pedophiles.  Six News is reporting the list contains names of individuals from Johnstown, Cresson, Indiana, Windber, Altoona, Roaring Spring and State College.  In one Johnstown case from 1962, a married 25 year old steel mill worker plead guilty to serious morals violations involving boy scouts.  The mayor at the time and a panel of three judges went out of their way to never mention the situation involved the boy scouts organization in an effort to protect the organization.

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Jerry Sandusky is appealing his child sex abuse conviction.  Lawyers for the former assistant Penn State football coach asked a judge yesterday to overturn the ruling, claiming there was not have enough time to prepare for the trial.  The appeal also calls into question the timing of charges in regards to the statute of limitations.  Sandusky was sentenced earlier this month to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing ten boys over a 15-year period.

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In Elk County, a woman has been arrested for stealing about $20,000 from a Wal-Mart Super Center.  WTAJ – TV is reporting that 35 year old Bridget Huff is accused of taking the money over a two year period from the Wal-Mart in Fox Township, where she was employed.

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According to a recent audit, the Fayette County Airport is in need of financial oversight.  A Uniontown accounting firm said the airport authority could be at risk because just one person handles its bank accounts and financial statements.  Airport Authority members voted to accept the findings and agreed to get more involved with the financial operation of the authority.

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If you had trouble accessing your PNC bank account online in late September, there's a good reason for it.  The Pittsburgh-based financial institution was the victim of 38 consecutive hours of attacks.  Hackers deluged PNC's website with traffic in order to prevent customers from logging on.  Appearing on CNBC yesterday morning, Chief Executive Officer James Rohr said the attack was likely organized from somewhere in Iran.

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The fight to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania is not over.  State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai vows to reintroduce the issue next year.  He sees Governor Corbett's Liquor Control Board nominee as a positive sign, saying the confirmation of the Philadelphia Democrat would aid privatization efforts.

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