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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The second teenager to testify in Ryan L. Blazier’s jury trial accused the former wrestling coach of sexually assaulting him several times before January 2020, when he ended the assaults by intentionally injuring his wrist during a wrestling match.

“I knew I could break something,” the youth, now 15, told the jury Wednesday as he demonstrated how he extended his arm and spread his fingers to sustain the injury. “I wanted to get away from wrestling.”

A few weeks before the injury, the youth said Blazier sexually assaulted him by pushing his face and the front of his body against the wall of the small wrestling room, then inserting something hard in his butt that generated sharp pain for a couple of days.

The youth also said that he was assaulted several times in that room, where Blazier would regularly grab and squeeze his genitals when they were wrestling.

The youth’s mother told the jury on Wednesday that in December 2020, her son came home from a wrestling practice with half his face swollen and bruised.

The youth said he lied to his mother and told her the injuries were sustained while wrestling with another student.

It was Blazier, the youth told the jurors on Wednesday, who punched him in the face while warning him to keep quiet.

“He told me not to tell anyone or he would come after me,” the youth said.

Blazier, who has maintained his innocence since his arrest, is on trial this week in Blair County Court where he is challenging the sexual assault and related charges state police at Hollidaysburg filed in February 2020.

In court today, defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey will have a chance to call witnesses in Blazier’s defense, after District Attorney Pete Weeks and First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith present their remaining witnesses.

Closing arguments are expected to be scheduled for Friday, when the case will be turned over to the jury for deliberations on charges that include institutional sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and witness intimidation.

State police at Hollidaysburg filed those charges based on an investigation of allegations from the youth who testified Wednesday and by a youth, now 16 years old, who testified Tuesday.

The 16-year-old youth said in spring 2019 when he was 13 years old, Blazier sexually assaulted him, also in the small wrestling room, by putting his fingers into his body while they were wrestling. The youth said he yelled in response, which drew the attention of a school janitor who came to the room.

“I thought somebody got hurt,” janitor Thomas Gority told the jury while testifying Wednesday. Gority said he went directly to the wrestling room and used his keys to unlock the door and gain access.

Upon entering, he saw Blazier and the youth, with the youth on his knees and forearms and his face toward the wall.

“I said: ‘What the hell is going on?’” Gority recalled.

He said Blazier responded: “I’m trying to man him up.”

Gority said he approached the youth to ask him if he was OK and recalled the youth answering with a whimper. He also remembered the boy making a quick exit.

“He was gone,” Gority said. “I went out and looked for him and he was gone.”

Gority said he told his fellow custodians what happened and he advised three school administrators too.

Timothy Andrekovich, a longtime wrestling coach for the school district, said he didn’t recall Gority coming to him with a complaint about Blazier.

Gority said that when he complained to Andrekovich, he dismissed his complaint telling him: “Good coaches are hard to find.”

“I’ve said that to a lot of people,” Andrekovich said.

Dickey also asked Andrekovich about wrestling techniques and maneuvers leading to unintentional grabbing in the groin and between the legs.

“It happens,” Andrekovich testified.

“To get grabbed between the legs?” Dickey asked.

“Yes, I’ve been grabbed and it hurts,” Andrekovich said.

Weeks later asked Andrekovich for his reaction if he were to see an adult wrestling coach grabbing the genitals of a student wrestler.

“It’s definitely inappropriate,” Andrekovich said.

Andrekovich also told the jury that wrestling can generate facial injuries that would include black eyes, brush burns, bloody noses and busted lips.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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Covid India news Live: Covid vaccine doses administered in India cross 197cr




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ED arrested director of Bangalore based real estate entity Mantri Developers in a case of money laundering

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Norwegian security service raises terror alert level after mass shooting, reports AP.

Obtain valid pollution under control certificate or face action: Delhi govt to vehicle owners

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UP LS bypolls: Counting of votes to begin 8 am on Sunday

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Mehbooba urges youth of J&K to shun militancy

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Gujarat team seeks Mumbai police aid for probe into Teesta Setalvad’s connection to Gujarat riots case

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Suspected terror-linked shooting in Oslo kills 2, wounds 10

A gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo. While the motive was unclear, organisers of Oslo Pride canceled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival.

Migrant Kashmiri pandit employees continue to protest for their relocation outside of Valley

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Government extends GST compensation cess levy till March 2026

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NTC Group unveils two new businesses – Boxory Logistics, Cargonix Xpress

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Army holds seminar on Agnipath for youth in J-K’s Poonch

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Ukraine says Russia aiming to drag Belarus into war

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Security situation in Kashmir under control: Senior Army officer

The overall security situation in the Kashmir valley is better and “very much under control”, and attacks on soft targets are taking place as terrorists are under pressure and have been pushed to the wall, a senior Army officer said on Saturday. “The situation is better. There is nothing to worry,” the officer, who did not wish to be identified, said.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country’s longest ‘Padma Bridge’, earlier today

Maharashtra: Thane records 978 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 5,634

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EU top diplomat visits Iran in bid to revive nuclear talks

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday after arriving in Tehran for talks on efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The surprise visit by Borrell, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday night, is aimed at getting the talks back on track three months after they stalled amid differences between Iran and the United States.

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UK’s Johnson says he fears Ukraine will be coerced to make a ‘bad peace’

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Assam flood situation grim, Silchar submerged for sixth day

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday with the death count rising to 118 and Silchar town in Cachar district submerged for the sixth straight day, officials said. Ten more people have died in the past 24 hours — two each from Barpeta, Dhubri, Karimganj and Udalguri districts and one death each from Cachar and Morigaon — due to floods and landslides.

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Gujarat anti-terror activist Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai, and 9 other top stories




A look at the top headlines of the day:

  1. Gujarat Police take Mumbai activist Teesta Setalvad into custody for alleged forgery: She had pursued cases against Prime Minister Narendra Modi related to the 2002 riots.
  2. Toll rises to 118 in Assam floods, situation still grim in Silchar: The town was submerged for the sixth straight day, officials said.
  3. Eknath Shinde-led rebel MLAs name their faction ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’: Meanwhile, sixteen rebel Shiv Sena MLAs got disqualification notices and were asked to reply by Monday.
  4. Arrested IAS officer’s son dies of bullet wounds, family alleges foul play: The incident took place when a team of the Punjab vigilance bureau had arrived at Sanjay Popli’s home to conduct a search in a corruption case against him.
  5. Nupur Sharma again skips Kolkata Police summons for her remarks about Prophet Muhammad: The suspended BJP leader cited apprehensions that she will be assaulted if she visits the city.
  6. Shanta Gokhale, Kumar Nawathe among winners of Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2021: Twenty-two works in as many languages were chosen by the executive committee of literary organisation for the awards.
  7. Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by bullets fired by Israeli soldiers, says UN: Several ‘seemingly well-aimed bullets’ were fired at her even after Akleh made efforts to show that she was a member of the press, an investigation showed.
  8. Covovax gets expert panel nod for use among children aged between 7 and 11 in India against Covid-19: The recommendation has been sent to Drugs Controller General of India for final approval.
  9. Do not extend free ration scheme launched during pandemic, Department of Expenditure advises Centre: The department of the finance ministry cited financial and food security concerns to warn against extending the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
  10. Seven aborted foetuses found in a canister in Karnataka’s Belagavi district: The state health department has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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State House arrests 12 officials for causing Gov’t a financial loss




The State House Anti-Corruption (SHACU), working in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force Friday arrested 12 officials of Busia Municipality, including the Town Clerk, who were accused of neglection of duty and causing financial loss to the government. 

It is alleged that the officials mismanaged the sh26bn Busia Main Market project, which was donated by President Yoweri Museveni, causing a financial loss amounting to sh850m. 

In December 2020, Museveni commissioned the 25.4bn Busia market, which was funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) as part of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program phase II (MATIP-2).

The project, which proceeded with the commissioning of two others in Tororo and Soroti, which were commissioned in November 2020, was in line with the government’s effort to boost trade in the border district. 

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At least 2,400 vendors were supposed to benefit and get stalls, but according to investigations conducted by the SHACU team, the municipal officials, among other things, allocated themselves most of the stalls but still failed to utilize them yet they denied a chance to the vendors, making the market a white elephant. 

On Friday afternoon, June 24, 2022, the SHACU team arrested the Town Clerk, Ronald Baganzi, and his deputy Johnson Wafuba, the Municipal Production Officer Dr. Joakim Serunkuuma, the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Wycliffe Chimulwa, the Commercial Officer John Ekwaru, and the Engineering Officer Fred Wafula. 

Others arrested included the Western Division Town Clerk Pascal Moya, the Division Treasurer, Alfred Okuku, the Procurement Officer Nabwiire Maliza, the Acting Municipal Engineer Wabwiire Paul, and the Principal Health Supervisor Moses Okurut. 

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The team however failed to get Okurut’s assistant, one James Mulimba and he was still at large by Saturday morning. 

All the officials wrote statements at Busia Police Station but after hours of interrogation, they were released on police bond and were asked to report back on Monday, June 27, 2022. 

Their arrest followed the visit in the area of the state minister for economic monitoring, Peter Ogwang who was accompanied by the head of the SHACU, Brig. Gen. Henry Isoke who were shocked by the state of the market structures. 

It was revealed that the market has no power, it floods when it rains and a majority of the stalls were empty for one -and -half years since it was commissioned by the President, turning it into a white elephant. 

The market, according to the design, was supposed to have 1,261 facilities including stalls, lockups, pitches, cooking lockups, restaurants, a fish marketing zone, fresh fish stalls with ice boxes, a bulk fresh fishing auctioning center, banking facilities, daycare center, butchery, clinic, chicken cages, chicken preparation area, and the main hall.

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