A Pennsylvania police chief said the latest reported tip about the whereabouts of a missing prosecutor connected to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case has turned out to be unfounded.
Bellefonte police Chief Shawn Weaver said the FBI took an inmate to a location where he claimed Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar was buried and nothing was found.
Gricar disappeared in 2005, seven years after he decided against charging Sandusky after a boy’s mother complained to State College police about abuse.
Weaver said the inmate claimed that Gricar was in debt to a Hells Angel’s group and that one of its members – a man Gricar prosecuted for beating a man with a baseball bat – also killed Gricar.
Pgh. Parking Authority snapping license pics
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is using automated mobile surveillance cameras to snap pictures of up to 200,000 license plates a month so it can find scofflaws who repeatedly flout parking laws.
Those cars can be “booted” – that is, fit with a metal locking device that attaches to a wheel that cannot be removed until overdue fines are paid.
But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a small fraction of 1 percent of the cars being photographed are ever booted, raising privacy concerns among some residents and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The technology was used to make more than 144,000 license photograph scans in August, finding 162 cars with enough overdue fines to require a boot.
The authority said nearly 3,900 vehicles are targeted for boots – provided they can be found.
Homeless feeders banned from courthouse lot
HARRISBURG – Groups that volunteer to feed homeless people in Pennsylvania’s state capital are being banned from lots near the county courthouse and administration building because of complaints about public urination, defecation and other problems.
Dauphin County officials have told the volunteers to move on, Pennlive.com reported Sunday.
Deputy Chief Clerk Scott Burford said Citizens Bank, which rents space from the county, has complained about its ATM kiosk being turned into a “Porta-John” and said bank workers have been harassed and heckled by homeless people.
Burford said the county isn’t looking to lock up or entrap the homeless, and said the “no loitering” signs being posted won’t just target the homeless. The signs are also meant to deter patrons of nearby bars who park in the lots, or stop there to relieve themselves before heading home.