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Police Expect to File Charges in Connection with Student's Fall

by on January 20, 2014 3:06 PM

State College police expect to file charges against multiple Penn State students in connection with the two-story fall of a 19-year-old student.

The victim fell roughly 16-feet from a balcony at The Palmerton apartment building early Sunday morning.

Police said Monday authorities expect to charge multiple students with furnishing alcohol to minors, including the victim.

The incident occurred at a party hosted by students, police say.

Police say alcohol and marijuana played a role in the fall.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The investigation is ongoing and police are in the process of consulting with the Centre County District Attorney's office.

Sadly, falls from apartment balconies have been happening in State College with some frequency. On Nov. 22, 19-year-old Andrew Shearer fell from a second story balcony. That incident also happened at the Palmerton. Shearer, a Penn State student, was treated for a broken leg.

Just a week earlier, Conor MacMannis, 20, died when he fell from a ninth story balcony at Penn Tower in the 200 block of East Beaver Avenue.

Investigators say drugs and alcohol were a factor in that case. Police said at the time that MacMannis was under the influence of alcohol and LSD.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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