Further evidence unfolded in court yesterday that could change the outcome of the Penn State hazing case entirely. Pennlive.com reports a basement camera inside the fraternity house had been described as not-functioning, but a police detective testified that a member of the fraternity had deleted footage from the camera two days after Tim Piazza died. The revelation came out during questioning of the detective who said one of the 18 frat members already facing charges in connection to Piazza’s death was the person who deleted the video. No name was revealed in court. Prosecutors indicated the police would be filing additional charges. It’s unclear whether the camera was in a position to capture Piazza’s fall down the basement stairs and the aftermath. It is also not sure at this time if any recovery effort of the footage will be successful. The fraternity itself faces criminal charges, including aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter. The hearing is expected to continue today.

A New Bloomfield man has been charged with corruption of minors. Newport state police received a report of suspected child abuse in Perry County. A criminal investigation was conducted and it was determined 63-year-old Theodore Shenk had inappropriate contact with a minor last summer. Shenk’s charges of corruption of minors were filed in the Magistrate’s office.

Six weeks into the 2017-18 fiscal years, Pennsylvania remains in that awkward position of having an enacted $32 billion spending plan in place that lacks the money to fully pay for it. PennLive.com reports House Majority Leader Dave Reed said on Thursday informal discussions among the legislative leaders and Wolf administration have been happening but full-scale negotiations on a finalized revenue plan have yet to get started. Multiple solutions of balancing the budget are being tossed around the table. Reed admitted having an enacted spending plan in place and knowing schools and human service agencies are being paid has taken pressure off the General Assembly to complete the budget work. It’s his hope that the budget can be accomplished by the end of the month. For now, the House has no set plans to call members back to Harrisburg. The Senate remains on recess.

The Juniata County Superintendent is looking for a new job. Keith Yarger is looking to be the new Superintendent of the Hazleton Area School District. The candidates introduced themselves to the public Thursday night through half-hour sessions. Asked about hands-on learning, Yarger said he installed a science program that cut down on lectures and let students do lab experiments. Moreover, teachers can now work with students at their own level in the district. Yarger is one of five candidates running for the position in the Hazleton School District.

The deadline to register for the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata’s 20thannual Day of Caring is today (August 11th). The annual Day of Caring will be September 20th, starting with a Kick-Off Breakfast for volunteer teams at 7AM. The United Way is seeking teams of individuals in Mifflin and Juniata Counties who want to make a difference in their community. Projects from non-profit human service agencies are also needed. To register, call 248-9636 or visit www.mjunitedway.org.



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