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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review



Sandusky: I’m a victim

He gets 30-60 years

Oct. 10. Bellefonte. In what sounded at times like a locker-room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie “Seabiscuit.”

With his accusers seated behind him in the courtroom, he denied committing “disgusting acts” against children and instead painted himself as the victim.

And then, after he had said his piece, a judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday, all but ensuring that the 68-year-old Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the child sexual abuse scandal that brought disgrace to Penn State and triggered the downfall of his former boss, football coach Joe Paterno.

He leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years for the university to clear away.

Juniors rank No. 1 in PSSA science

Lewisburg superintendent lauds teachers for efforts

Oct. 12. Lewisburg. Lewisburg Area High School juniors ranked No. 1 in the 2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test in science, Superintendent Mark DiRocco announced during the school board meeting Thursday night.

Science in general saw the highest-ever academic performance levels in the school district, DiRocco said, crediting the district’s science teachers for their work.

Daughter, hounded by publicity, turns self in

She is jailed on 40 forgery, theft counts in $42G scam

Oct. 22. Watsontown. A local woman wanted on 40 felony counts of fraud and theft turned herself in due to relentless publicity about her crimes, a detective said.

Emily E. Fitzgerald, 30, of Watsontown, and her boyfriend, Douglas M. Humphries, 33, fled the borough with their 2-year-old child in August after Fitzgerald’s parents discovered that she allegedly had stolen their identities to open nine credit card accounts. Fitzgerald racked up more than $42,000 in debt over 904 transactions between January and August, Watsontown police said.

Charges were filed against Fitzgerald on Oct. 11 while she, Humphries and their child were in the Lancaster area, according to detective Greg Drollinger, of the Watsontown Police Department.

The two turned themselves in to state police at Lancaster on Thursday.

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