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Student Falls Two Stories from Palmerton Balcony

A student fell from the second floor balcony of The Palmerton apartment complex early this morning. The estimated fall was approximately 16 feet, according to the State College Police Department.

Andrew Shearer, 19, was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and later taken to Geisinger Medical Center for trauma injuries. He appears to have sustained a leg fracture in the fall, which occurred at 12:59 a.m. at 316 W. Beaver Ave.

Police will file charges against two individuals for furnishing alcohol to Shearer once an investigation is complete.

Shearer’s fall comes six days after a 20-year-old student died after falling from the ninth floor balcony of Penn Tower. The Centre County coroner determined student Conor MacMannis’s death was accidental.

Police say that psychedelic drugs, including LSD, led to MacMannis’s fatal fall.

“Over the last few days, the State College Police Department has responded to two calls for drug overdoses related to the use of “acid” or a similar type of drug,” police said in a release. “The initial investigation indicates the use of these drugs has resulted in the accidental death of a Penn State student and treatment of six other individuals for suspected drug overdose.”

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Jessica Tully

Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.

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