GANT RELOAD: Week of March 3

The GantDaily.com 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 GantDaily.com 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.

Woman Gets State Prison in Identity Theft/Drug Case

CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield woman will serve time in state prison for stealing another woman’s identity in order to obtain prescription drugs.

Aszure Gail Luzier, 36, 107 N. Fifth St., Clearfield, pleaded guilty during colloquy court in Clearfield County to identity theft, 16 counts of forgery and possession of a controlled substance.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Marijuana

CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville woman accused of selling marijuana, pleaded guilty during plea and sentencing court in Clearfield County.

Connie Nivotney, 53, 433 Pine St., Curwensville, an inmate of the jail, pleaded guilty before Judge Paul Cherry to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to 90 days to one year in jail and two years consecutive probation. She was fined $350 plus costs.

Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Drugs

CLEARFIELD – A Mineral Springs man pleaded guilty to selling drugs in Clearfield County Court.

Mark James Hackett, 26, 215 Post Office Rd., Mineral Springs, pleaded guilty to criminal use of communication facility and delivery of a controlled substance. He was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Cherry to nine months to two years in state prison, according to court documents. He was fined $2 plus costs.

RadioShack Plans to Close 1,100 Stores

RadioShack plans to close 1,100 stores. The company, however, hasn’t released a list of which stores will close.

Company officials said that the stores targeted for closures are being selected based on location, area demographics, lease duration and financial performance.

Man Who Escaped from New Bethlehem Police Station Remains at Large

NEW BETHLEHEM - A Westover man who escaped police custody on Monday evening in New Bethlehem is still at large.

New Bethlehem Police Chief Scott Ryan told exploreClarion.com that the search continues for Michael J. Wholaver Jr., 26, of Westover.

Gabler to Host Concealed Carry Seminar

DUBOIS – State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) will host a concealed carry permit seminar on March 24, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the DuBois VFW, 114 Fuller St., DuBois.

“Whether you are considering applying for a permit or are an existing permit holder, this will be a great opportunity to learn what your rights are, as well as understand your responsibility when interacting with local law enforcement,” Gabler said.

WJAC-TV: Injured Trooper Shares about Road to Recovery
By Deven Clarke, WJAC-TV

ATLANTA, Ga. – He’s a Pennsylvania state trooper who can neither walk nor move his arms on his own after being shot in the neck in September.

Now, he’s hundreds of miles away from home to undergo specialized treatment at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Ga.

New Veterans Designation Available on Driver Licenses and Identification Cards

HARRISBURG – Surrounded by veterans and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday kicked off the new Veterans Designation for Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and identification cards.

The designation, an American flag with the word “Veteran” beneath it, will appear on the front of the license or identification card.

VA Director Warns of Scam

CLEARFIELD – Yesterday, Director of Veterans Affairs Betina Nicklas alerted the Clearfield County Commissioners and local residents about a scam in which individuals pose as military service members from overseas.

Last week, a local resident reported being the victim of such a scam to Nicklas. The victim, she said, received an e-mail from someone posing as a military service member who couldn’t come home on leave from overseas.

LT Supers Award Bids for Sewage Project

CLEARFIELD – At last night’s meeting, the Lawrence Township Supervisors awarded bids as recommended by Township Engineer firm, Stiffler, McGraw & Associates Inc., for upcoming sewer projects.

The Sewer Internal TV Inspection bid was awarded to C&R Directional Boring Inc. of Clearfield for $24,966. The Phase III Sanitary Sewer System Improvements bid was awarded to Diehl Contracting LLC of Glen Hope for $1,963,055.

PA Ranks First in Northeast Region for New, Expanded Corporate Facilities

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that Site Selection magazine, a publication specializing in the corporate real estate and economic development field, has ranked Pennsylvania as the top state in the northeast region for new corporate facilities in 2013. Pennsylvania has more successful projects than all other eight northeast states combined.

Woman Accused of Misappropriating More than $16K from County Agency Waives Hearing

DUBOIS – A DuBois woman accused of misappropriating more than $16,000 from a Clearfield County agency waived her right to a preliminary hearing during Centralized Court.

Colette Renee Hamaker, 41, 35 Mustique Court, 20 Treasure Lake, DuBois, faces felony charges of theft by deception and access device fraud. Her bail is $10,000, unsecured.

Hearings Continued in Drug Cases

CLEARFIELD – Yesterday, the preliminary hearings were continued until March 19 for three New York residents who were found in possession of large amounts of drugs and cash after a traffic stop in Lawrence Township.

Sankey to Host Concealed Carry Seminar

CLEARFIELD – State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) is conducting a concealed carry permit seminar on March 15, at 10 a.m. Grice’s Gun Shop, 216 Reed St., Clearfield, is hosting the event.

“The number of people obtaining concealed carry permits is on the rise,” said Sankey. “This is an opportunity for both current and prospective permit holders to learn the rights and responsibilities associated with concealed carry.”

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