AP: Gricar buried, and the Blue & White…in the red

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Police are investigating a tip a missing prosecutor connected to former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case was killed and dumped in a mine shaft. Bellefonte police Detective Matthew Rickard says the tip regarding the 2005 disappearance of Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar is being investigated and the FBI is involved.

 

Gricar decided not to charge Sandusky in 1998 after a boy’s mother complained to State College police about abuse. Gricar was declared dead this year at his daughter’s request. The Altoona Mirror newspaper reported Friday that Gricar’s nephew says he takes the new claim with a grain of salt because there have been so many false leads over the years. Sandusky was convicted last year of child sexual abuse but says he’s innocent.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A relatively low-key meeting of Penn State trustees has concluded with approval of a $750 million borrowing plan to help finance capital improvements over the next five years. The trustees also voted Friday to seek $300 million in state aid for the 2014-15 budget year, an increase of about five percent.

 

Outside, about 200 protesters chanted and demanded the trustees’ resignations because of their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The protesters, who included former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, are angry over allegations in a university-commissioned report that the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno helped cover up Sandusky’s crimes. The borrowing package includes $30 million to help the athletic department cover the costs of NCAA sanctions imposed because of the Sandusky scandal.

 

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