Reload: Week of March 31, 2008

This last week the News Team went to State College to cover a presidential hopeful, a fatal fire in Brockway,  and a celebration at Lock Haven Clearfield.

We also brought you news on an Amber Alert, a fire in Beccaria Townhip, and a symposium on underage drinking.

For these stories and more read this week’s GantDaily Weekly Reload.

Update on Fatal Brockway Fire

BROCKWAY – More information has been released abou the investigation into a fire that claimed the lives of 10 Brockway residents early Thursday morning.

According to state police, fire marshals are focusing their investigation on the first floor living room near the front of the home. A determination on the cause or point of origin has yet to be made.

Earlier police released the names of those who died as a result of the fire that occurred at a Brockway home early Thursday morning.

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Multiple Fatalities Reported in Brockway Fire

BROCKWAY – State police in DuBois, in concunction with the Brockway Borough Police Department are investigating a fatal house fire that occurred on Pershing Avenue in Brockway.

According to state police the fire was reported tot he Jefferson County 911 Center at 2:42 a.m. Thursday morning. Police report that a single family home was destroyed and that there are multiple fatalities associated with the incident.

A press conference will be held later this afternoon at Brockwayville Depot in regard to this incident.

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State Police Issue Amber Alert in Bedford County

WEST PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP – The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Pennsylvania State Police – Bedford Station in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State Police – Bedford Station is searching for Crystal Ann Beck a 16 year old white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall,110 lbs, with straight brown hair and brown eyes. She may be wearing blue jeans, a white sleeveless shirt, a yellow Southpole hooded sweatshirt and white tennis shoes. She was last seen in the area of West 6th Avenue in West Providence Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania on Thursday 04/03/08 at 7:45 PM.

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CASD Looking for Representatives to Serve on Feasibility Study Committee

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area School Board of Directors is seeking three representatives from the community as well as three from the school district staff to serve on the Feasibility Study Committee.

The purpose of this committe is to analyze the feasibility study currently being updated by Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, to have input in discussions and to make recommendations to the Board of School Directors. The committee will meet in the evenings, but at this time the meeting schedule is yet to be determined.

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Symposium on Underage Drinking Problem Held at Penn State DuBois

DUBOIS – Members of the public and community leaders came together Thursday night at a symposium aimed at combating the problem of underage drinking.

The event took place at Penn State DuBois Hiller Auditorium and was sponsored by the Clearfield-Jefferson Communities Drug Free Coalition.

Speakers included Magisterial District Judge Pat Ford; Paramedic Training Coordinator for AmServ-DuSan Ambulance Leo T. Pernesky; mother, wife, parent and student Jody Lucas Kulakowski, Deputy Director of the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission Susan Ford and DuBois City Police Chief Steve Davis. Students from DuBois Area High School also addressed the crowd.

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LHU Celebrates Construction of Academic Building

CLEARFIELD – “This building will represent the core of our academic potential in this field,” said Dr. Keith Miller, President of Lock Haven University.

The building described is the upcoming, yet unnamed, academic building being constructed at Lock Haven University’s Clearfield branch. The new building will have 32,000 square feet of usable space on three floors. Some of the things that will call the academic building home will be the new physicians assistance program, two science labs and class rooms, among other things. Guests and media representatives were invited for a celebration of the progress made towards the building becoming reality.

Present for the get together were Dr. Keith Miller, Provost Dr. Roger Johnson, Deans Dr. Tom Ormond and Dr. David White, Director of Facilities Dave Proctor, Director of Clearfield Campus Dawn Datt and Board of Trustee member Jim Swistock for the school. Among those there for DGS and the contractor were Construction Manager Tony Petulla, Supervisor Richard Zimmerman, inspector Bryan Rooster and Richard Fiore, Jr., vice president of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, d-74 Houtzdale, was also present.

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Accident Fire Reported in Beccaria Township

COALPORT – A Clearfield-based state police fire marshall assisted the Glendale Fire Department in the investigation of a fire that occurred at a residenc ein Coalport Thursday morning.

The home was owned by Joseph Ponist of Coalport. Living there was Tyler Holes of Coalport.

According to police the investigation revealed that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in a rear bedroom when a portable electric heater ignited nearby combustibles

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LT River Access Waiting for Fish and Boat Commission Approval

CLEARFIELD – A proposed river access in Lawrence Township near the Hyde Bridge is still awaiting the approval of one state agency.

Lawrence Township Supervisor Chairman Bill Lawhead said the township is still waiting for approval from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The township has already received approval from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development.

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Obama Stumps in State College

UNIVERSITY PARK – Illinois State Sen. and presidential hopeful Barack Obama stumped before a massive crowd in front of Old Main at Penn State University on Sunday.

Obama touched on the war, the economy, education, Bush politics and his opponent in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton.

“Despite the slogans, we have millions of children are being left behind,” said Obama.

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Boalsburg Author Signs Book at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub
GM5 for March 2008

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