Man Charged With Stalking Tells State College Borough Council He's Being Harassed by Police
The State College Borough Council's regular meeting started in an unorthodox fashion Monday, with Penn State student David Adewumi, who is charged with stalking and harassment, appearing before council.
Adewumi told the council that officers with State College Police have been bullying and harassing him over the past couple months.
"I've felt that certain members of police presented false charges against me," Adewumi said. "I have really serious concerns about integrity of certain members of the State College Police Department."
Adewumi says some officers cornered and harassed him in the lobby at the State College Police station. He also claims he was threatened by an officer's friend while in church.
Adewumi , who ran for Penn State student body president and co-founded the entrepreneurial group Innoblue, was charged with misdemeanor stalking and summary harassment in July. Police say he stalked a student at State College High School.
State College Police Chief Tom King, who was at the meeting, says the charges against Adewumi were filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, and that the allegations against State College Police officers have already been investigated by an outside agency, and that the Centre County District Attorney's office has also been involved.
"I want to make sure the public knows they have been investigated by other agencies," King said. "I need to let the public know all this is not new."
Moving on, the council passed an ordinance allowing door-to-door solicitation up until 9 p.m. The current limit is 7 p.m.
The ordinance also increases the fines for violations of the ordinance. The first offense would cost anywhere between $300 and $1000. A second offense would cost between $600 and $1000. A third offense and subsequent offenses within a 180-day period would be $1000.
State College Solicitor Terry Williams said the move to 9 p.m. is mostly an issue of the free speech of commercial entities.
Council member Peter Morris took a bit of an issue with the limitation of free speech after 9 p.m.
"I don't understand why free speech is up until 9, then the constitution changes," Morris said.
Heister Street Mural Artist Michael Pilato was also granted a waiver to install inscribed brick pavers on the sidewalk of his mural. The pavers would include inscriptions from the donors.
The project is named the "World Mural Walkway."
Some council members were afraid the walkway would be a pedestal for people to complain about the NCAA sanctions and hurl insults at people. Pilato, however, says the walkway was only about love and community.
" I have a board of directors that goes through each brick that we get," Pilato said. "We have gotten some that we have not allowed -- Some that are hateful or attack some individuals."
Council also voted to request a public hearing on the issue of Penn State's application for a Department of Environmental Protection Air Quality plan approval for the construction of the two natural gas boilers at the West Campus Steam Plant.
Council will ask the Department of Environmental Protection to review air quality issues related to the heights of the stacks and other potential environmental hazards.
Council also approved an agreement with the Fraser Centre to provide 106 parking spaces in the Fraser Street garage.