Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man facing drug charges.
PSP-Punxsutawney said between Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, the Troop C Vice Unit made multiple purchases of heroin from Timothy R. Shepler, 28, DeLancey.
Feb. 4, troopers executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street residence, where two of the purchases were conducted.
Police said they seized numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence, but Shepler was not there.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County.
The proclamation came at the request of Punxsutawney Area High School senior Lisa Tinker, who, for her senior project, raised funds to increase awareness of teen violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) will begin a point-of-service collections program Monday which will require patients to pay a portion of their bill prior to leaving the hospital.
PITTSBURGH â€” A Punxsy native who had formerly served as a police officer with three different municipalities will see jail time in a state correctional institution after he pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday.
Allegheny County Judge Joseph K. Williams III sentenced Charles "Chuck" Lindy Edwards III, 30, to four to eight years in state prison for a heroin delivery charge after a plea arrangement Monday.
BROOKVILLE â€” Most people in the region are probably aware of a Public Utility Commission (PUC) plan to change area codes from 814 to 582, but one group is trying to alter the way that the change in enforced.
In December 2010, the PUC announced plans to divide the 814 area code, and the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean, as well as parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will switch to area code 582.
The changes are scheduled to take place Feb. 1, 2012, but there is growing opposition to the plan.
BROOKVILLE â€” In a plea bargain negotiated by her attorney and the district attorney, a former Brookville Junior-Senior High School math teacher and coach pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault Monday.
Karin Hetrick, Summerville, submitted her resignation to the school board after the mother of the then-15-year-old girl Hetrick was allegedly molesting went to police March 25, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s forecast of an early spring has brought hope that winter is almost over. Another sign is the discussion of which roads should to be paved when spring does arrive.
Tuesday, Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsy Borough Councilâ€™s Public Works Committee, said until the snow and ice is gone, it will be difficult to determine the condition of many borough streets.
Visitors may have departed until next Groundhog Day, but everyone will continue to be reminded that Punxsutawney remains the Weather Capital of the World, thanks to Punxsy Phil and the post office.
As Groundhog Day arrived this year, so did a new groundhog postmark. In a contest seeking submissions last year, the winner is Sandy Zambory, who submitted two drawings to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, which were then forwarded to the post office.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During Tuesdayâ€™s Public Safety meeting, Borough Manager Ben White reminded residents and property owners of an ordinance about clearing sidewalks.
The ordinance says that within 24 hours of a snow event, people are required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks. If the ice is too thick to break, residents and business owners must put something down for traction.
White said Code Enforcement Officer Mary McHenry will be looking for safety hazards throughout winter.
Indiana DPW director: Snow can be â€˜budget busterâ€™
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
INDIANA â€” The Borough of Punxsutawney isn't the only municipality that struggles with downtown snow removal.
The director of Public Works for the Borough of Indiana, Dave Fairman, said the borough typically doesn't remove snow from the downtown district on a regular basis.
Due to a snow emergency last winter, Indiana's eight-man Public Works crew did remove snow from the downtown district with the assistance from sub-contractors and a large snow blower from PennDOT.