GANT RELOAD: Week of May 12

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.

Man Pleads Guilty in Sexual Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – A 19-year-old Reynoldsville man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl pleaded guilty recently in Clearfield County Court.

Andrew Ray Deible, 325 Ann St., Reynoldsville pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault. He was sentenced to 11 months to two years less one day in jail and two years consecutive probation.

He had originally been charged with 15 counts of rape of a child, 15 counts of statutory sexual assault, 30 counts of aggravated indecent assault and 30 counts of indecent assault. He was fined $200 plus costs. He was also ordered to complete the Project Point of Light program.

The charges stem from incidents occurring over a two-year period.

Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $24K of Metal Items

CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville man accused of stealing more than $24,000 of metal items from various coal company sites and hunting camps pleaded guilty recently during plea and sentencing court  in Clearfield County.

Brian D. Demi, 44, 39 Lash Court Rd., Curwensville, pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal conspiracy in two cases; theft in four cases; criminal conspiracy and theft in two cases and receiving stolen property in a ninth case. These occurred in five, different Clearfield County townships.

He was sentenced to 11 months plus 15 days to two years less one day in jail and two years consecutive probation. He was fined $1,520 and must pay more than $38,000 in restitution.

Gabler Addresses Continued Threats to Toll Interstate 80

HARRISBURG – Amid rumors out of Washington, D.C., concerning possible efforts to place tolls on Interstate 80, state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) is preparing legislation that would change the process by which tolling efforts on all Pennsylvania roads would be considered.

“When I ran for office, I made a promise to do all I could to prevent tolling of I-80 that would penalize residents and businesses in the 75th District in so many ways,” said Gabler.

“Since the passage of Act 44, three attempts to toll the roadway were denied by the federal government. This bill is intended to make sure any future discussions about tolling run a transparent course through state government to avoid surprises and give citizens a strong voice.”

VCC Opens Fourth Leg of Geocache Trail

CLEARFIELD – Visit Clearfield County (VCC) would like to announce the opening of the fourth leg of the Clearfield County Geocache Trail.

The 2014 leg is themed Home Town Heroes, which allows participants to learn about and honor Clearfield County heroes and veterans. This year’s cache joins three existing legs: cemeteries, parks and recreation and wet and wild waterways, all of which are still active.

Maney: CASD Won’t Raise Taxes

CLEARFIELD – Despite the projected budget deficit, the Clearfield Area School District will not raise real estate taxes next year, announced Business Administrator Sam Maney at last night’s budget work session.

Maney has projected the district’s revenues will be $33,249,807. He’s projected its expenditures to be $36,560,438, resulting in a deficit of $3,310,631 for 2014-15. However, Maney stressed he’s used very conservative figures and painted the gloomiest picture for the district.

According to Maney, he initially projected a $2,548,425 budget deficit for the current-year. The district, he said, has already trimmed that budget deficit to $1,170,331, or by approximately $1.4 million.

Police Investigating Clearfield Man’s Death

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Borough police have initiated an investigation into the death of a 19-year-old Clearfield man, Cody Cantolina.

DA: Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest in Shankel’s Robbery

DUBOIS – Clearfield County Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a 2011 armed robbery at Shankel’s Pharmacy, located on West Long Avenue, in DuBois, according to District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr.

Shaw stated that at approximately 9:35 a.m. Oct. 17, 2011, the DuBois City and Sandy Township police responded to an armed robbery at Shankel’s Pharmacy. The suspect was described as a Caucasian male who stood 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall.

29 Additional National Organizations Support Thompson Bill to Improve Military Mental Health Evaluations

TITUSVILLE – On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, announced that 29 additional national organizations have formally endorsed the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R. 4305 / S. 2231), Thompson-sponsored legislation designed to improve the way the military identifies and assesses mental health issues.

Library Encourages Community to “Fizz, Boom, Read!” this Summer

CLEARFIELD – The Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library would like to invite the community to join the annual collaborative summer reading program.

This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!,” explores a variety of science topics from robots to experiments to geology and much, much more.

DuBois Center Selected for “Bright Star” Award

DUBOIS – DuBois Child and Family Center, a Keystone STARS Star 4 childcare and pre-school in Clearfield County operated by Cen-Clear Child Services Inc., has been selected as a recipient of the “Bright Star” Award for 2013-14, co-sponsored by the Northwest Institute of Research and Clarion University.

Under the daily supervision of Kylie Jones, and supported by a team of center staff, supervisors and administrators, the facility was nominated for having safe places to live and learn, with access to health care, adequate clothing and nutritious food.  DuBois Child and Family Center is a full-day, full-year Head Start site that provides wrap around child care.

Nature Abounds Receives Growing Greener Grant

DUBOIS – Nature Abounds, a national non-profit organization based in DuBois, has been awarded a $356,884 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grant Program.

The grant funds will be dedicated to the statewide Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps Program (PaSEC) that operates under Nature Abounds.

Postal Worker Accused of Stealing from Greeting Cards

DUBOIS – A DuBois woman accused of stealing money from greeting cards while working at an area post office is now facing additional charges.

Several victims who were missing greeting cards and money from them contacted police after reading about the charges against Jody Lynne Cavazza, 56, 382 DuBois Rockton Rd., DuBois, in a Courier-Express article on April 13.

Cavazza is charged with two counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property in the original case. In a new case filed recently, she is charged with 11 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing during centralized court.

Robert M. Kurtz Jr. Receives Honorary Degree at LHU Commencement

LOCK HAVEN – At the 137thcommencement of Lock Haven University, Robert M. Kurtz Jr. was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Service.

“There is no one that I know of who deserves this recognition today more that Mr. Robert M. Kurtz Jr.”  These words, spoken my Lock Haven University Trustee, Guy Graham, were spoken of a man whose legacy is well known within the Clearfield community, as well as the community of Lock Haven University.

Local Leaders and DCED Reps Discuss “Reinventing” Clearfield

CLEARFIELD – More than 100 community leaders attended a luncheon panel discussion about “reinventing” Clearfield with representatives from the state Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) on Wednesday at the Florian Banquet Hall.

DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker opened his remarks with a quote from Charles Darwin. “It’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who are most adaptable to change.” Community leaders, he said, must develop a strategic plan to “reinvent” Clearfield, which has been the task of Vision 2020.

Buck’s Pizza Plans Presented to Clearfield Borough

CLEARFIELD – Josh Benton, Buck’s Pizza owner, DuBois, and K.C. Lezzer, owner of the property that previously housed CVS Pharmacy, Clearfield, presented plans last night to Clearfield Borough Council for a proposed Buck’s Pizza restaurant.

Lezzer said he’d approached Clearfield businesses about opening a restaurant, but none were interested and he expanded his search to DuBois. Benton presented plans for the proposed Buck’s Pizza. He said the Clearfield location will be similar to Dubois with seating for 189 people.

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