Reload: Week of Aug. 27, 2007

This week leading up to the holiday weekend kept the News Team and Friends busy. An ethanol producer and a state agency held an air quality meeting, that same company announced the receipt of funding and 10 illegal aliens were detained.

A Falls Creek man died in Iraq, DuBois was approved for a downtown project, and mistrial was announced during a trial.

A state trooper from Bellefonte found himself in trouble with the law, four people faced endangerment charges and ATVs were stolen in the Coalport area.

To recap these stories and more keep reading the GantDaily Weekly Reload.

Falls Creek Man Dies in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Defense announced the death a Jefferson County soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt 1st Class Michael J. Tully, 33, of Falls Creek died Aug. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Wash.

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BioEnergy and DEP Host Public Meeting/Hearing on Air Quality Permit

CLEARFIELD – A handful of people turned out Tuesday night to learn the specifics of a construction air quality permit applied for by Bionol Clearfield, a subsidiary of Bioenergy International LLC, Tuesday night at St. Francis School.

The application in question is for the construction of the proposed 108-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant scheduled to be built on the site of the Clearfield Technology Park in Clearfield Borough. The operation of the facility is not included in the current permit application and will require a separate permit but not a separate public hearing.

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DuBois gets Funding for Main Street Program

DUBOIS – The Downtown DuBois Revitilization Group announced that the City of DuBois has been approved for Year One funding for the implementation of a Main Street Program. That announcement was made a Monday night’s meeting of DuBois City Council.

Jim Papp, president of the DRG, said that they received enough money to set up an administrative office and will begin to look for a Main Street Manager. The group is looking to set up shop above 109 North Brady Street.

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Mistrial Declared in DuBois Bar Assault

CLEARFIELD – After a morning filled with delays, a three-day trial scheduled for two men charged with playing a role in the assault of a 60-year-old man ended in a mistrial.

The case stems from an Aug. 20, 2006, incident that involved three men at Coyote Joe’s on West Long Avenue in DuBois.

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Ten Illegal Aliens Detained in Brookville

BROOKVILLE – DuBois-based state police took 10 people into custody in Brookville on Monday after it was determined they were illegal aliens.

The 10 were encountered during a traffic stop. Police stated that they failed to provide acceptable evidence of their right to be in the United States. Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were contacted and determined that all 10 were unlawfully in the United States. ICE took the 10 into custody.

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Clearfield Man Waives Hearings on Camp Burglaries

CLEARFIELD – A 19-year-old Clearfield man accused of burglarizing four camps waived his right to preliminary hearings on Wednesday.

Brian Allen Kline is charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of theft by unlawful taking, four counts of criminal conspiracy and related charges.

According to court records a state trooper executed a search warrant on Kline’s residence on June 23. Kline was found sleeping in a bedroom. He was Mirandized and agreed to cooperate with police. The report states that Kline pointed to some items and that he related they were stolen. These items included a mounted pheasant, a mounted trout, a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, a scope, several propane fuel packs, Coleman lanterns and a DVD/VCR. He told the trooper that the items had been stolen from camps in the New Millport area.

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BioEnergy International Secures $61.6 Million in Funding

Norwell, Mass. – BioEnergy International LLC, a science and technology company committed to developing biorefineries to produce fuels and specialty chemicals from renewable resources, announced Monday the closing of a major investment that will provide funding for the company’s three strategic initiatives: generating secure cash flow from its conventional ethanol platform, product diversification through the introduction of novel biocatalysts for the manufacture of green chemicals and biopolymers and the integration of its cellulose technology.

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Frenchville Man Enters Guilty Plea for Sexual Assault of Two Young Girls

CLEARFIELD – A Frenchville man entered a guilty plea Wednesday to the sexual assault of two young girls.

According to Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., Lester Middlesworth Jr. will now have to be evaluated to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator.

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Lamar-Based State Trooper Arrested on Rape, Other Charges

HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania state trooper who was stationed at the Lamar-based state police barracks in Clinton County, has been charged with rape and sexual assault.

Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as Richard S. Keener, 39, Bellefonte, Centre County.

Corbett said that the attorney general’s investigation was launched based on a conflict of interest referral by the Clinton County district attorney’s office.

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Four Appear for Preliminary Hearings for Endangering Children

CLEARFIELD – Four people appeared for preliminary hearings at the Clearfield County Jail this week in regard to an argument that allegedly placed two children in harm’s way.

The June 23 incident started when Tiffany Wilt agreed to lend money to the father of her children, Jason Stiles.

Wilt and her mother, Debra Wilt, along with Wanita Nixon went to Stiles’ home in Lawrence Township and gave him the money. In return, the Wilts requested to take the children to McDonald’s and to the park.

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