July 26th, 2011
BIG RUN â Area firefighters battled another structure fire in Big Run early Tuesday morning along Caroline Street, but this time, there was someone home when the blaze broke out.
Firefighters were called at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to the home of Jim Stellabuto Sr. at 204 Caroline St., Big Run, which had flames coming from the garage and heavy smoke showing from the rest of the house when crews arrived.
BROOKVILLE â Due to the recent heat wave and lack of rain, the county has decided to take some preventative measures against fires.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted a resolution imposing a 30-day ban on outdoor burning in the county, effective at noon Thursday.
The ban is in accordance with Act 1995-52 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the recommendation of Gary Frank, the district forester.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â A 17-year-old girl was transported to the hospital for injuries she suffered in a one-vehicle accident on Young Road Tuesday.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, witnesses saw the female juvenile driving a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer around 5 p.m. west on Young Road at a high rate of speed.
Police said her vehicle struck the embankment on the west side of the road, which caused the vehicle to spin clockwise and roll onto the driverâs side.
John Ray Curry, 59, Mahaffey, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011.
He was born April 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Wilma Curry, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Ray S. Curry.
June 16, 1973, he married his loving wife, Debra K. (Bennett) Curry, who survives, of Mahaffey.
Mr. Curry was Protestant by faith and a member of the Mahaffey Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in November 1977.
Bethany âBethâ Sue Peterson, 29, Clymer, died Monday, July 25, 2011, in Grant Township, Indiana County.
She was born Oct. 2, 1981, in Indiana, the daughter of Larry G. and Glenda S. (Edwards) Peterson, who survive, of Clymer.
Miss Peterson was a member of the Marion Center First United Methodist Church in Marion Center, where she was active with the churchâs music ministry. She served as the choir accompanist; played piano for Sunday services; and was a member of both the bell choir and the brass ensemble.
Kathleen "Kathie" Shepherd, 67, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at her residence.
She was born April 20, 1944, in Dayton, a daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy (Icher) McKain.
Aug. 7, 1987, she married Wes K. Shepherd, who survives.
Mrs. Shepherd was the regional commissioner for the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York Scottish Highland Clan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two aunts, Mildred and Ethel Icher.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, in the Rural Valley Cemetery.
John âAndyâ Todd, 90, passed from this life Sunday, July 24, 2011.Â
He was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Jefferson County, a son of the late John H. and Edna Lingenfelter Todd.
Mr. Todd served in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in various stateside locations and on the island of Tinian until December 1945.
While in Great Bend, Kan., Mr. Todd met Arlene Notestine.Â After the war, he returned to Burdett, Kan., and they wed Jan. 25, 1946. She preceded him in death.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â Monday, police identified a Reynoldsville man as the victim in Sundayâs fatal crash at the intersection of Route 536 and Route 36 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Gary Brian Travis, 48, Reynoldsville, was operating a 2006 Toyota Tacoma when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign on Route 536 and pulled out in front of a 2007 International tractor-trailer driven by Fredrick Rose, 55, Fort Wayne, Ind., which was traveling south on Route 36.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Senior Center isnât gone; itâs just moved somewhere else nearby.
The building that housed the center was demolished last week to accommodate the construction of Grace Place, and the center is now located in the basement of the former Grube Hospital boiler room.
The centerâs director, Tracy Miller, said she loves the new space, which has been open for two weeks and offers advantages over the former center.
BROOKVILLE â At the Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel asked the board to review some policies that must be updated.
According to Elbel, via a union contract, a committee meets several times a year to review polices to see where the jail is lacking and where it is not.
The committee met last week. Elbel believes that many revisions need to be made.
But because there are so many, he is asking the board to review them by next monthâs meeting date, with the hope of voting on them Aug. 22.