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Council rehires Brian Andrekovich

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After almost two-and-a-half years of investigations and legal action, Det. Brian Andrekovich, a Punxsutawney Borough Police officer fired in November 2009, was approved to return to work next week.

During Monday’s council meeting, the motion for Andrekovich to return to work was approved 7-0.

Council fired Andrekovich Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009, in the back of a police cruiser after Andrekovich arrested him for public drunkenness at the Goodwill store in the Punxy Plaza.

Board: Be mindful of speaking publicly about contract talks

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.

Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.

County’s homelessness prevention program sees cut in funding

January 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.

HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.

According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.

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