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February 9, 2012

In brief: Shuster joins Paterno tribute

— U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, on Thursday joined other members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation on the floor of the House to recognize the life of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

“Joe Paterno is a legend not just because of what he did on the football field, but for the lasting impact he had on the development of his football players and the community of Penn State,” Shuster said.

“Coach Paterno strived for excellence in education and success with honor in life.”

Metzgar sponsors inheritance tax bill

HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee on Tuesday voted to approve legislation to eliminate the inheritance tax on property passing from a natural parent, adoptive parent or step-parent to or for the use of a child 21 years old or younger.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Berlin, who worked with Sharon Ackerman, register of wills in Somerset County, to develop the bill.

“This is another step toward reforming the inheritance tax in Pennsylvania and I thank the committee for a positive vote, sending it to the House floor for debate,” said Metzgar. “There is no good reason to slap a tax on property going to, or for the use of a child age 21 or younger who just lost his or her parent.

“This is a good step forward, but there is more work to be done to reform the overall inheritance tax issue.”

The bill would change the Tax Reform Code that currently places a 4.5 percent tax on that type of a property transfer. If passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett, this tax would drop to zero.

The bill now goes to the House calendar for consideration.

Somerset resident facing assault charges

SOMERSET – A Somerset man is facing assault charges after borough police said he whacked a woman on the side of the head with a 40-ounce bottle of beer.

Police said Jeff Flowers, 30, came to the apartment of Chelsea Schafer, 23, and Justin Taylor, 28, on the 300 block of South Kimberly Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was asking for crack cocaine but was told to leave.

Police said Flowers began kicking the door and then took the bottle to Schafer’s head.

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