Local News 11/23/22

News for Wednesday November 23, 2022

In Somerset County, trial dates have been set in the 2018 case of a prison inmate accused of beating a guard to death.  Investigators say that prisoner Paul Kendrick, serving time for murder, brutally beat corrections officer Mark Baserman inside a housing unit at Somerset State Correctional Institution.  Baserman died of his injuries 11 days later.  Prosecutors yesterday reported that Kendrick’s trial will take place in May of 2023.

A Clearfield County man likely will be spending the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting two girls.

The Altoona Mirror reports back in September, 78 year old Moses Norris, of Westover, was found guilty of 24 of the 28 counts against him for molesting the girls over a period of time.

On Tuesday a judge sentenced Norris to a total of 27 to 54 years in state prison for two counts of rape of a child, three counts of attempted rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

Prior to sentencing, it was noted that Norris had been evaluated by a member of the state sexual offender’s board,, who determined Norris was a sexually violent predator.

Norris will have to register as a sexually violent predator with authorities under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life and pay over $7,000 in restitution for the victims’ counseling.

All Pennsylvania lawmakers will be making six-figure salaries after a pay increase takes effect December 1st.  The nearly eight-percent raise is the largest in more than 25 years.  Some lawmakers expressed concern over public perception of state legislators receiving such a pay increase.  The lawmakers’ pay raise is four percentage points higher than that of Pennsylvania private-sector workers since 2021.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and Grubhub have reached a settlement on complaints about pricing.  Grubhub will pay 125-thousand-dollars and will provide more pricing information in its app.  Grubhub agreed to disclose that its in-app prices may be higher than what’s listed on the restaurant menu.  The money from the settlement will be distributed to food banks and other non-profits throughout the state.

The D.U.I. Task Force will be conducting  events this holiday week.

Sobriety checkpoints are planned and will be well lit and manned by uniformed officers.

Roving Patrols will also utilize uniformed officers in marked police vehicles.  Motorists are reminded to always be alert while in the vicinity of emergency personnel and vehicles.  Remember Pennsylvania’s “Move Over Law”.