GANT RELOAD: Week of Dec. 23

PicCollageThe weekly reload gives readers a look back upon the most noteworthy stories of their work week.  It contains the big headlines, as well as a few stories you might have missed. It might even include a story or two of the lighter side.

The reload will be posted each weekend for your perusal. For most part, the reload will be filled with local headlines, but every now and again, a state, world or national story will make the list.

Caldwell Gets State Prison in Aggravated Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – A DuBois man accused of breaking into a Glen Richey residence and assaulting an occupant was sentenced to state prison during plea and sentencing court in Clearfield County.

Ned Carmen Caldwell, III, 49, 351 Captain Kidd Rd., 876 Treasure Lake, DuBois, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, criminal trespass, and two counts each of recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, stalking, and criminal mischief. He was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Cherry to nine months to two years in state prison. He must pay more than $1,000 in restitution and complete anger management counseling.

Woman Accused of Conspiring to Burn Ex-husband’s Home Gets Re-sentenced

CLEARFIELD – A former Winburne woman who conspired to burn her ex-husband’s home was back in Clearfield County Court.

Deanna Marie Nevel, 32, an inmate of state prison pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy/murder in the first degree and criminal conspiracy/arson in October of last year. At that time, she was sentenced to eight to 20 years in state prison.

Dollar General Burglarized in Irvona

RVONA – The Clearfield-based state police have initiated an investigation into a burglary that occurred at approximately 8:16 p.m. Monday at the Dollar General Store in Irvona.

During the incident, a male suspect entered the store and poked a customer who was checking out with an apparent handgun inside of a bag. The suspect, state police said, ordered the customer to get moving.

County Approves Budget Without Tax Increase

CLEARFIELD – Yesterday, the Clearfield County Commissioners voted, 3-0, to adopt its 2014 budget without any property tax increase.

The county’s property taxes will remain at 18.5 mills, reported Commissioner Joan Robinson-McMillen, chair. The millage rate has been 18.5 for the past four years when the commissioners lowered property taxes by 2.5 mills, added Commissioner Mark B. McCracken.

Hearing Continued in Sexual Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – During Centralized Court on Monday, the preliminary hearing was continued until Jan. 15 for a man accused of furnishing alcohol to a group of boys and engaging in sexual activity with one boy.

Man Pleads Guilty to Breaking into Pharmacy

CLEARFIELD – A DuBois man accused of breaking into an area pharmacy has pleaded guilty in Clearfield County Court.

Justin Brett Smith, 31, 2177 Caribbean Rd., 1547 Treasure Lake, DuBois, an inmate of the jail, pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to six months to one year in jail and two years consecutive probation. He was fined $350 plus costs and must pay restitution of more than $19,000.

DuBois City Manager, Solicitor Discuss SPOs at Council Meeting

DUBOIS – At its meeting Monday night, the DuBois City Council heard about the changes to school security within the DuBois Area School District.

Earlier in the day, City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio and Solicitor Toni Cherry attended a hearing in regards to the appointment of school police officers for the DASD. The hearing took place before Clearfield County President Judge Fredric Ammerman.

UPS Customers Furious over Missed Presents, Amazon Offers Refund

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Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – Customers of United Parcel Service (UPS) are furious for missing presents after the world’s largest package-delivery company failed to deliver them on time for Christmas Day.

Morrisdale Man Jailed for Child Endangerment

MORRIS TOWNSHIP – The investigation is continuing into an incident during which a 4-year-old girl was found without any supervision on Wednesday at a Morris Township home, reported the state police at Clearfield.

Classmates Memorialize Friend and Hero through Scholarship

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area High School Class of 1973 has established a scholarship fund in memory of a “friend, classmate and hero,” Jerry Read, who lost his life in a Navy Yard shooting in September in Washington, D.C.

Hearing Continued in Indecent Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – The preliminary hearing was continued until Jan. 15 for a man accused of indecent assault during Centralized Court on Monday at the Clearfield County Jail.

Teacher’s Legacy Continues through Scholarship

CLEARFIELD – An area teacher’s legacy of education will continue through a scholarship program initiated by her daughter.

While Martha “Marty” Clarke of Clearfield was losing her battle with cancer, her daughter, Rachel, wanted to honor her and decided an annual scholarship would be the best way to do that.

CRC to Host Annual Community Gathering

CLEARFIELD – In 2008, the Clearfield Revitalization Corp. (CRC) began rallying residents, government officials, volunteers, business and property owners, key stakeholders and others around a central cause: “Leading the Revitalization of the All-American People, Places and Spirit of Clearfield.”

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