GM5: March 2009

Welcome to the March 2009 edition of the GM5. Below you will find the five most popular stories for March 2009, as read by you, our readers.

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DuBois Man Among Five Arrested in Child Predator Investigations

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit have arrested five men during the past week, all accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what they believed were children.

One of the men arrested was a 44-year-old DuBois man.

Corbett said that in one of the cases, a Montgomery County man allegedly took advantage of heavy snow and school cancellations in the Philadelphia area to arrange a meeting with what he believed was a 13-year old girl. The “girl” was actually an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit.

In the other four cases, Corbett said that suspects from Clearfield, Elk and Northumberland counties, along with a New Jersey resident, are accused of using Internet chat rooms and message-sharing programs to send sexually explicit webcam videos to what they believed were young girls.

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Seven Corrections Officers Injured During Fight at SCI-Houtzdale

HOUTZDALE – State police in Clearfield are investigating a large fight that occurred at the State Correctional Institution in Houtzdale on Thursday evening that left seven corrections officers with injuries.

According to the report inmates were gathered for dinner in dining hall 2. One inmate threw his meal ticket at the CO who was collecting them. The inmate was ordered to pick the ticket up but refused. A supervisor was called to help defuse the incident.

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Clearfield County Announces New CYFS Director

CLEARFIELD – On Tuesday the Clearfield County Commissioners announced the appointment of a new Children, Youth and Family Services coordinator.

Jason Hamilton was named to the position, effective March 9. According to a press release from the commissioners Hamilton has over 12 years of experience working in child welfare agencies in Pennsylvania counties. He has served in the position of caseworker, assistant director and as the director of CYS in two counties. It was noted that through those experiences he gained extensive knowledge of the laws, regulations and fiscal responsibilities necessary to properly manage a county-level children and youth services agency.

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‘Sexting’ Incident Reported at Clearfield Middle School

CLEARFIELD – On Tuesday, the Lawrence Township Police Department initiated an investigation into a reported “sexting” incident at the Clearfield Area Middle School.

According to police, the incident occurred toward the end of the school day, when “inappropriate” content went from “phone to phone.” Police said that “young people” were involved in the incident.

Police said that “sexting” is the practice of taking or sending naked or sexually explicit photographs on a cell phone camera. Police said “sexting” occurs when the pictures are sent or displayed

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Death Under Investigation at SCI-Houtzdale

HOUTZDALE – State police in Clearfield are investigating a death that occurred at the State Correctional Institution in Houtzdale.

According to police the death occurred on Saturday between 7:40 a.m. and 8:48 a.m. The victim is a 34-year-old Philadelphia man.

No other information was provided by police other than the investigation into the incident continues.

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Dept. of Health Urges Greater Awareness of, Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
AG Announces 200th Arrest by Child Predator Unit

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