Reload: Week of July 23, 2007

This last week was one of tragedy, with four people losing their lives. One incident was a fire, the other a car accident.

This last week also saw the arrest of man in DuBois on drug charges, the arrest of another man for burglary, and the final report on a plane crash at Mid-State airport.

A man facing charges in relation to a police chase pleaded guilty to burglary charges, a Brisbin man was jailed for attempted homicide, and a LaJose native was honored with a state historical marker.

For these stories and more keep reading this week’s edition of the GantDaily Weekly Reload.

UPDATE: Fire Destroys Curwensville Home Sunday Morning, Claims Two Lives

CURWENSVILLE – New information has been learned concerning fatalities in a Curwensville fire that occurred Sunday morning.

The fire destroyed a Filbert Street home. Originally, Travis Goodman,fire chief of Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder could not release details but stated that there were fatalities.

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Grandmother, Granddaughter Die as Result of Automobile Accident in Mahaffey

MAHAFFEY – A 63-year-old woman and 3-year-old child died as a result of a car accident Wednesday afternoon.

According to Punxsutawney-based state police a vehicle driven by Bobbi Jo Morgan of Patton was traveling south on state Route 36 in Mahaffey Borough. Bertha Kitchen, 63, was walking on the west berm of SR 36 pushing a her 3-year-old granddaughter in a carriage. Morgan traveled off the west side of the road for unknown reasons and her vehicle struck Kitchen and the carriage. Morgan continued to travel through a yard, across an alley and through another yard where she struck a wooden fence before coming to rest.

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Driver in Mahaffey Deaths Has Criminal Record

EBENSBURG – A Patton woman who is reported to have killed a Mahaffey grandmother and granddaughter when her car veered off the road Wednesday previously pled guilty to a felony drug charge.

Bobbi Jo Morgan, 22, entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver drugs for a 2005 incident in Cambria County Court.

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UPDATE: Health Department Confirms Clearfield County Hantavirus Case

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed a diagnosis of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in a 40-year-old man who worked at a Boy Scout camp in Clearfield County. The man was seriously ill but he has recovered and has been discharged from the hospital.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome causes a person’s lungs to fill with fluid, making it difficult to breathe. It is caused by a virus carried by the deer mouse and other types of wild rodents found, primarily, in rural areas. People are infected by inhaling airborne particles of the virus and by direct contact with rodents’ urine, droppings or nests. There are no documented cases of person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States.

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Shad Bloom Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charges

CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville man facing a number of charges for his role in a car chase pleaded guilty to burglary charges on Monday.

Shad Lucas Bloom, 18, was sentenced to two-and-a-half to five years in state prison and probationary periods for the burglaries of Grampian One Stop, Grampian Hardware, Eagle’s Ridge Golf Course and Aletta’s Farm Market.

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Sandy Township Police Department Reports Burglary in Treasure Lake

DUBOIS – Sandy Township Police Department made an arrest in connection to a burglary at Treasure Lake on Friday.

According to police, officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Bay Road around 3:30 p.m. The resident of the house was at home at the time of the burglary. When officers arrived a man had already fled the scene. A description was obtained and a search of the area was conducted by the Sandy Township and DuBois City Police Departments, state police, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Treasure Lake security.

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Brisbin Man Jailed After Alleged Homicide Attempt

GULICH TOWNSHIP – Clearfield-based state police arrested a 66-year-old Brisbin man after he allegedly fired a gun at and threatened the life of a Houtzdale man.

According to the report, the Houtzdale man went to a location along state Route 2009 where he was confronted by Robert Greenaway. Greenaway allegedly shot the Houtzdale man’s vehicle and threatened that he was going to kill him.

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LaJose Native Honored with Historical Marker

LAJOSE – A LaJose native once tabbed as a “Twentieth Century Prophet” by his contemporaries for his evangelical work had a state historical marker dedicated in his honor along state Route 219 next to Mahaffey Camp on Wednesday.

Aiden Wilson Tozer was born in LaJose in 1897, according to a narrative page from the Clearfield Heritage Foundation historical marker application sent to the PA Historical and Museum Commission. In 1919, without a formal theological education he was called to pastor a small church in West Virginia. From there he earned the praise of his contemporaries, became editor of Alliance Life, a monthly publication for the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and also pastored churches in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Toronto, Canada.

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Final Report Issued for 2006 Mid-State Airport Crash

PHILIPSBURG – The pilot of a small plane that went down near Mid-State Airport near Philipsburg last summer passed up an opportunity to land at Pittsburgh. That information comes from the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report, released this week.

Justin Hughes, 18, of Tennessee was a passenger in the front of the plane and also held a rating as a pilot. Hughes said the pilot of the plane, 21-year-old Kaul M. Wilson of Tennessee dismissed Hughes’ suggestion to land at Pittsburgh due to low visibility at Mid-State.

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Council Continues Work on Study, Further Discusses Consolidation

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough Council continued to work though suggestions presented by a recent financial study, including the suggestion that the borough and surrounding Lawrence Township should consider consolidation.

The council met Thursday night to look at some of the suggestions made by Michael Weir of Local Government Solutions LLC of Pittsburgh.

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