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December 31, 2012

In brief: Friedens resident accused of sex assault

— A Friedens man faces a half-dozen charges in connection with what police said was an attack on a 12-year-old girl.

Police say Lloyd H. Martin Jr., 31, was arrested after the girl reported she was sexually assaulted by Martin early Saturday in his home in the 500 block of Listie Road.

The girl told police Martin came into the room where she was sleeping and assaulted her.

Martin was arrested on charges of rape, rape of a person under 13, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children.

He was arraigned by District Judge Kenneth Johnson in Somerset and released on $50,000 unsecured bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the girl or her parents and to refrain from using alcohol.

Spanier gets OK to travel in U.S.

HARRISBURG – A judge is allowing former Penn State President Graham Spanier to travel outside state lines but won’t permit any foreign trips.

Spanier’s attorney, Ed Spreha, says he was notified of the order Monday. It requires Spanier to provide five days’ notice of any travel outside Pennsylvania.

Spanier is facing charges that include obstruction and perjury for allegedly covering up complaints in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Spanier was also ordered not to have any contact with current or past members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or with any witnesses in the case against him.

Spanier wanted permission to travel to Europe for work and family matters.

Talks to privatize lottery extended

HARRISBURG – A potential deal to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery was put off for an additional 10 days on Monday after Gov. Tom Corbett and a British company agreed to extend negotiations.

Hours before the $34 billion bid by Camelot Global Services PA LLC was set to expire, Corbett’s Revenue Department announced the bid was extended until Jan. 10.

The Revenue Department said the additional period would provide sufficient time for the lottery workers’ union to submit a proposal of its own.

The state also is waiting for a risk mitigation consultant’s report about whether Camelot is a suitable manager, and state lawmakers have raised questions about the proposal.

Camelot, which runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom and is a consultant to the California Lottery, is pledging to generate at least $34 billion in profits over a 20-year contract. The company released a statement Monday that said it hoped to retain “as many current lottery employees as possible” and that it intended to incorporate and locate all operations in Pennsylvania.

Some Democratic lawmakers and anti-gambling Republicans have raised opposition to the idea, while Auditor General Jack Wagner, a Democrat, has questioned the wisdom of awarding such a large contract to a sole bidder.

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