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Police Hunting Down Penn State Rioters Responsible for Destroying WTAJ News Van

The State College police department is working with the public to identify the protestors that destroyed a WTAJ news van during last month’s riot at Penn State.

On November 9th, thousands of Penn State students gathered in downtown State College to protest the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.  The demonstration quickly escalated into a riot with angry students targeting the media for their presumed role in Paterno’s dismissal.

State College police have so far identified 33 people who caused havoc during the riot, according to WTAJ.  There is now a photo gallery on the State College city website with images of unruly protestors, including students who were responsible for tipping the WTAJ news van over.  The department is urging the public to come forward with tips and information about those involved.

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Gas From Overturned WTAJ News Van Could Have Set State College Ablaze

Last night’s riot at Penn State could have erupted into a massive bonfire after demonstrators overturned a WTAJ news van.

According to WTAE sports anchor John Meyer, who covered the riot last night, a stream of gasoline leaked from the overturned van into the streets of State College, where thousands of students had gathered.

“This unsafe situation could have been a whole lot worse,” Meyer told viewers this morning, referring to the riot, “as gasoline started to spill from that live truck and go all the way down the street for about half a block.  If anyone had struck a match all of a sudden, you know what would’ve happened after that.  So thankfully that did not happen.”

Penn State Rioters Destroy WTAJ News Van

Penn State students unleashed their anger over the firing of Joe Paterno on a WTAJ news van Wednesday night, at the edge of the university’s campus.

The van was parked at an intersection where students had congregated to protest Paterno’s dismissal, while a WTAJ news crew covered the upheaval.  Amid chants of “flip it, flip it,” a group of protestors tipped the van on its side, breaking windows and equipment. Read more

Because of His Name, WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky Treads Carefully With Penn State Story

For WBAL sports director Gerry Sandusky, the current news cycle is a challenge for an unusual reason — his name.

Sandusky, who does the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Baltimore’s NBC-affiliate, shares a name — although not a spelling — with Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State who is accused of 40 counts of sexual abuse over a 15-year span.

“It’s a very delicate thing because first and foremost, this is a horrific story,” Gerry Sandusky told the Baltimore Sun. “If he is guilty of doing what he is alleged of having done, there are real victims that my heart goes out to.” Read more