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State College Police Prepared for WhiteOut vs. Ohio State

by on October 22, 2012 3:57 PM

State College Police Lieutenant Chris Fishel said the department is prepared for any type of event this weekend when Ohio State comes to Happy Valley – as they are for every home football game – but he doesn't expect to see anything 'too bad.' 

"I don't think that anybody wants to give the university any more attention other than the good attention that's been earned by the school and the football team," Fishel said. 

"People have been having a good time."

Prior to a football game being played in Beaver Stadium, police have contingency plans in place, each adjusted for start time. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and there will be no shortage of law enforcement officials on duty. 

When Penn State beat Ohio State, 13-6 at Ohio Stadium in 2008, a riot broke out in Beaver Canyon and resulted in more than 20 people being charged. 

In November, a riot that broke out downtown after former football coach Joe Paterno was fired resulted in police naming 32 persons of interest and levying charges against at least two dozen. 

From the police scanner: 

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault called in to the department at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday. Police could not confirm the gender of either the assaulted individual or the assailant and could not provide further details at this time. 

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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