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November 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County legislator who has for eight years served as majority leader of the state Senate, is expected to face a challenge for the post, Republican sources said Thursday. State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre), chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, is likely to challenge for the job next week, the sources said. Corman did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview Thursday, Pileggi said he would not comment on hypothetical scenarios, as Corman has not made a formal announcement.
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April 15, 2015 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
BRUCE CASTOR Jr. is a busy guy who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private lawyer and is campaigning to be county district attorney, was sworn in Friday as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County. That's the home of Penn State University, for those of you who don't get out much. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who appointed Castor to the post, has fought allegations since last year of impropriety, including claims that she forged a judge's signature on a bail order and pressured her employees to campaign for her re-election while on county time.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - If there were any lingering doubts about whether a fair jury could be seated in Centre County for Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial, the case's presiding judge quickly put them to rest Tuesday. By the end of the selection's first day, the court had approved five men and four women to serve on the panel, though dozens of prospective jurors reported ties to Pennsylvania State University, Sandusky's charity the Second Mile, or one of the dozens of potential witnesses in the case.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
NEWS
October 7, 1990 | By Laura Mansnerus, Special to The Inquirer
When fall comes to Centre County, so, too, come the hatchbacks and vans packed with Penn State families. They should set aside a few extra days, or at least drive slowly, because beyond the campus charms of State College are sweeter, more haphazard ones. Here are Victorian towns, trout streams and pastel farmland. (And there are reasons these things get put on postcards.) It's as if in some grand divvying- up, State College took the 20th century and the rest of the county took the 19th.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A longtime Delaware County legislator announced Thursday that he will retire. State Rep. William Adolph, the 14-term Republican from the 165th District, said he would not run for reelection this year. Adolph, chairman of the House appropriations committee since January 2010, is a key budget negotiator for the House Republican Caucus. He lives in Springfield Township, where he is a former president of the board of commissioners. Before his appointment to the appropriations committee, Adolph was chairman of the professional licensure and the environmental resources and energy committees.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
  State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican who was ousted as Senate majority leader in November, will run for a seat as a county judge. His announcement Friday marked a potential change in career paths for Pileggi, who spent eight years as Senate majority leader, is a former Chester mayor and a key political figure in Delaware County. He will seek a vacant seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. "I'm proud of my accomplishments representing the residents of of the 9th District, but as an attorney I've always had a strong interest in how our legal system is administered and a great respect for the Delaware County bench," Pileggi said in an announcement.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Raspanti was about to graduate from Pennsylvania State University when, after a long night of partying, a fire swept through the off-campus house he shared with five other students in State College. At least 50 revelers had jammed the three-story brick home that Saturday night in April 2005. Things had just wound down when the blaze was reported about 6:35 the following morning. Everyone escaped - except 21-year-old Raspanti, a 2002 graduate of Pennsbury High School in Bucks County.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
I disagree with your endorsement of State Rep. Scott Conklin of Centre County for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary ("Worthy candidates," Monday). The best choice for Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania is former City Controller Jonathan Saidel. He understands the issues unique to our urban life in a way that Conklin does not. Consider just two reasons, among many, why Conklin does not represent our interests: First, Philadelphia needs a strong advocate in Harrisburg for responsible handgun control.
NEWS
December 5, 2011
No evidence of Centre County bias From one instance of trying a medical practice case in Centre County, and from hearsay information given to him by his fellow Philadelphia lawyers, Michael Smerconish seems to declare Centre County biased toward Penn State ("Sandusky, central Pa. values," Nov. 25). In a sensational distortion of logic, he went from a specific to a generality in one easy step, and without a shred of evidence. Smerconish says central Pennsylvania is "arguably the most conservative venue in the commonwealth," but I don't understand his definition of conservative . Does he mean that the citizens of Centre County are stuck in values that don't meet hip standards and don't meet the test of time, or that there is a problem because its voting trend favors Republicans?
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February 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
A 35-year-old Philadelphia woman who was found dead on Valentine's Day on a central Pennsylvania roadside - with no obvious injuries, or immediately evident cause of death - died of a drug overdose, police said. Corinne Pena was found that Sunday morning by a passerby on Plainfield Road in Ferguson Township, Centre County, just southwest of Pennsylvania State University's main campus. Ferguson police announced Saturday that Pena appeared to have died from a drug overdose. It appears that a friend of Pena found her dead inside his home the night of Feb. 13, then drove her body to Plainfield Road and abandoned it, police said in a news release.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A longtime Delaware County legislator announced Thursday that he will retire. State Rep. William Adolph, the 14-term Republican from the 165th District, said he would not run for reelection this year. Adolph, chairman of the House appropriations committee since January 2010, is a key budget negotiator for the House Republican Caucus. He lives in Springfield Township, where he is a former president of the board of commissioners. Before his appointment to the appropriations committee, Adolph was chairman of the professional licensure and the environmental resources and energy committees.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after explosive corruption allegations brought statewide attention to Centre County's courthouse, the first official fallout has come from the ballot box. Voters in the Pennsylvania county last week ousted the commissioner whose bitter feud with the district attorney resulted in several lawsuits against the county. District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller is suing the commissioners, county staff, and several attorneys, charging defamation after a series of allegations that she forged a judge's signature and violated ethics rules.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - State prosecutors on Friday ended a yearlong investigation that had entangled the Centre County district attorney, and laid bare bitter conflicts and allegations among the county's top elected officials. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said a grand jury probe did not find evidence to charge District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller with forgery or other offenses. Kane launched the inquiry after a former paralegal in Parks Miller's office filed an affidavit saying she witnessed the district attorney's signing a judge's name on a warrant.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
BRUCE CASTOR Jr. is a busy guy who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private lawyer and is campaigning to be county district attorney, was sworn in Friday as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County. That's the home of Penn State University, for those of you who don't get out much. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, who appointed Castor to the post, has fought allegations since last year of impropriety, including claims that she forged a judge's signature on a bail order and pressured her employees to campaign for her re-election while on county time.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
IF WE Philadelphians have a fault, it's that we put our blinders on when it comes to the rest of the state. That's a mistake. We are the state's largest county, but there are 66 more. We are all in the same boat called the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our fate locally is linked to the state's. Gov. Wolf understands this. His budget proposal doesn't target one area over another. He wants to create a rising tide for everyone, regardless of whether they live on Venango Street or in Venango County.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's efforts to fill two vacancies on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court collapsed Monday after one nominee withdrew his name from consideration following a controversy over an e-mail he sent and the other was left in political limbo. Centre County Court Judge Thomas K. Kistler said he was removing his name from consideration after coming under fire last week for an e-mail that some viewed as racially insensitive. With Kistler's withdrawal, Senate Republicans moved swiftly to cancel the confirmation hearing for Wolf's second nominee, Ken Gormley, a dean at the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.
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February 25, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A Centre County judge tapped by Gov. Wolf to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy is withdrawing his nomination after coming under fire last week for an e-mail that some claimed was racially insensitive. Judge Thomas K. Kistler, the president judge in Centre County since 2012, confirmed Monday he is removing his name from consideration. In a statement, Kistler made no mention of the e-mail or the furor surrounding it. Instead, he said that "several circumstances have developed here, at home, in Centre County, which have dramatically altered the legal system and require my full attention.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Samantha, raised in North Wales, met her friend Adam in class at Penn State's Altoona campus. Then, at a 2008 weekend party in State College, she met Adam's older brother, Mike. Samantha and Mike saw each other several more times at similar gatherings that year. Then in 2009, she transferred to the main campus to complete her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. "We started to see each other more often after that," recalled Mike, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in material science and engineering at Penn State.
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