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State in brief 6/12/2013

PSU scandal costs near $46M

STATE COLLEGE – The legal bills related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal keep piling up for Penn State.

A university website updated this week showed the total bill for the scandal as of the end of March at more than $45.8 million, covering legal fees along with consulting work and other associated costs.

The total is up roughly $1.4 million from the previous month. Most of that increase, about $1.1 million, is attributed to legal defense fees for the university, or employees or former employees entitled to representation.

The school said it had spent about $15.5 million on such fees as of the end of March. Firms covered under the fees include the attorneys for three ex-school officials fighting charges that they covered up allegations against Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted a year ago, in June 2012, on dozens of criminal counts covering allegations on and off campus. He was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

House puts off vote budget vote

HARRISBURG – A vote on whether to approve a $28.3 billion state budget plan by Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives will have to wait until at least today.

Representatives were scheduled to vote Tuesday to send the GOP-crafted bill to the Senate, but the House adjourned without taking it up.

House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin said leaders decided to postpone the vote until today so lawmakers can get “a fresh start” on the expected debate.

Woman digs up 2-headed piglet

MEADVILLE – A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has donated an unusual body to science: The carcass of a two-headed piglet she found preserved in a jar dug up outside her mother’s home.

Sharon Reagle told the Meadville Tribune she unearthed the jar while planting shrubs at her mother’s home in Saegertown on Sunday.

Reagle called the find “unique, pretty neat really.” But she felt it was better to donate it to the biology department at nearby Allegheny College in Meadville.

Reagle said her parents didn’t raise pigs in the 56 years they lived on the property, so she has no idea how it got there.

Police: No crimes in jail flashing

WASHINGTON – Police have determined no crimes were committed when a female inmate reportedly “flashed” and “performed” for employees at a southwestern county jail.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reported Tuesday that city police have closed their investigation, which began after guards recently found sexually explicit material in the woman’s cell that seemed to suggest some employees might have been engaged in sexual activity.

County commissioner and prison board chairman Larry Maggi said, “I’m trying to put it as gentle and sensitive as I can, but there are problems that occur while working in a correction facility that have to do with aberrant behavior of an inmate.”

But police say they found no evidence of sexual contact after interviewing the women and guards.

Authorities: Man had stolen snakes

HAMBURG – Authorities say a man has been arrested after trying to sell five pythons stolen from a home in central Pennsylvania.

Police said Bellefonte resident Nathan Flick was arrested at a weekend reptile expo in Hamburg, trying to sell the stolen snakes for $7,100.

Officer Robert Mengle said the pythons were among 13 stolen last month from the Centre County home of Christopher Robinson, a licensed reptile dealer.

 

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