News Live 365: July 1st, 2021

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children believes that a missing teen may be somewhere in our region. 16 year old Leah Purcell of Henryville Pennsylvania has been missing since April 7th. She is 16 years old, a white female with blond hair and blue eyes and stands about 5’3” inches tall, her last known weight was about 160 pounds. Anyone who thinks they may have encountered Leah Purcell should call (1-800)843-5678 (1-800-The-Lost) or the Pocono Township PA Police Department at (1-570)629-7200.

 

Bill Cosby is free. After hearing Mr. Cosby’s appeal to his case in December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided yesterday that the sexual assault conviction of Bill Cosby was tainted by allowing past alleged assaults from the 1980’s to be submitted as evidence, and those five other accusers’ testimony be given as part of the trial. The decision bars any retrial of the Cosby case.
Cosby friends, fans, and family celebrated the decision. Gloria Allred, who represented many of Cosby’s accusers as their attorney said she is not done pursuing justice for her clients. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape called the decision outragious, disheartening, and hurtful. The Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association worries it may make future sexual assault victimes afraid to come forward.

 

As promised, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the Republican Party’s election reform bill. In his veto message Governor Wolf said the bill would infringe on people’s freedom to vote by imposing voter ID requirements, limiting mail-in voting, and cutting the number of days to register to vote.

 

Jason Plues of Cooperstown was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police based in Franklin after the alleged beating and strangling of an Oil City woman. Plues is accused of slamming the woman against a lawn trailer in his garage before dragging her outside by her legs and then punching and strangling her until she fell unconscious. The victim’s injuries require surgery and Plues was arraigned yesterday after being denied bail.

 

Edinboro University Student Alexander Roberts was named as one of two students to become a full voting board member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Directors. The 28 year old is a political science major, a Dean’s List Student, president of the university’s model UN and NATO, and Parliamentarian of the student government.

 

With a vote of 49 for and one against, the Pennsylvania State Senate approved a bill which aims to allow municipal police forces to use RADAR to enforce speed limits within their jurisdictions. Similar legislation has been presented before, but never passed, and Pennsylvania is the only State in the nation that does not provide for local police to use RADAR. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.