Reload: Week of Dec. 15, 2008

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Gantdaily Weekly Reload!

This week we brought you coverage from Curwensville Borough, news regarding progress in Clearfield County and a reported assault at Phililpsburg-Osceola High School.

For these stories and more keep reading the GantDaily Weekly Reload.

Curwensville Approves Budget, Furloughs Police Officer

CURWENSVILLE – Curwensville Borough will now have the services of one police officer.

After council approved the 2009 budget on Monday night council also approved furloughing their police officer with the least seniority, Mike Rowles.

This leaves Curwensville Borough with one policeman, Chief Dave Johnston.

Prior to the vote Council President Mark Curulla noted that council needed an additional $75,000 to balance the budget. He stated that if council furloughed a member of the road crew they would still have to pay that person’s insurance.

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P-O High School Student Accused of Assaulting Assistant Principal 

PHILIPSBURG – State police in Philipsburg reported a student from the Philipsburg-Osceola High School is in custody for an aggravated assault that occurred on Tuesday.

According to police they responded to the school for a 15-year-old boy who was possibly intoxicated. Troopers found that the boy had assaulted the assistant principal and attempted to kick other other staff, notably a Centre County Juvenile Probation school-based officer.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that the student was under the influence of alcohol and in possession of a controlled substance, Tylonol with codeine).
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Curwensville Borough Council Looks at PEG Channel

CURWENSVILLE – Curwensville Borough Council is looking at an option that might give them control of a spot on local television.

During Monday night’s council meeting Mike Papasergi of Atlantic Broadband was on hand to discuss a cable franchise agreement.

Council member Sam Ettaro questioned Papasergi about the possibility of the borough getting an option for a Public, Educational and Governmental access channel.

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Marcellus Shale Discussed at CCEDC Annual Meeting 

DUBOIS – On Wednesday those attending the Clearfield County Economic Development Authority’s annual meeting heard about Marcellus Shale drilling.

Z. Hunter Hill, chief financial officer of Little Pine Resources was the CCEDC’s featured speaker for the day. He began with an overview of the Marcellus Shale. According to Hill the Marcellus Shale is an organic-rich shale in a blanket formation that takes up about 30,000 acres. It has low permeability and is tough to get gas from. Hill also estimated that Clearfield County has the capacity for about 750-800 gas wells, with a low-estimate life of 20 years.

Hill said the reason for drilling now is that the ability to drill horizontally now exists. He also pointed to the recent domestic energy crisis as a reason.

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Incident Involving Drugs and Guns Under Investigation in Decatur Township

DECATUR TOWNSHIP – The Decatur Township Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred in the township on Monday afternoon.

According to police officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of the resident. Police were unable to get a response from the resident. Once entry into the residence was made police found the resident unresponsive and in need of immediate medical attention. The resident was transported to Clearfield Hospital.

Upon finding the person unresponsive police noted a large amount of drugs and guns were present in the home. Some drugs were pre scri ption pills loosely laying about and there were also several empty pre scri ption pill bottles with the labels removed. Officers also noted baggies of a powdery substance with a glass straw in the baggie. Police took possession of drugs and firearms in the interest of safety and until further investigation can identify the drugs.

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Trythall Encourages SPCA Donations with Ornament Gift Tree

CLEARFIELD – Shari Trythall of Waggin Trains has realized the needs of the Clearfield County SPCA and presented her community with the opportunity to give back this holiday season.

Trythall said that she spoke with a representative from the shelter about its needs and placed a Christmas tree, which is complete with ornaments, that lists gift items for the shelter.

“I just couldn’t bare the thought that those animals would not have what they need,” she said, adding that it was the first year for the tree.

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