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January 16th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council did its bit to support recycling in the borough by approving the site sponsor agreement with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority at Monday's meeting.
Donna Cooper, Solid Waste/Recycling coordinator, said in a letter addressed to Punxsutawney Borough Council that, "she appreciated the continued partnership between the Borough and the authority in providing this beneficial public service program to borough residents, as well as throughout the county."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â District Judge Douglas Chambers has reported that a suspect has been arrested in the break-in at Ragley's True Value Hardware early Saturday morning.
Ryan P. Gerber, 18, of Sycamore Street in Punxsutawney, has been arrested on charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property in relation to incidents at both Ragley's and his mother's residence.
For the full report, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the hiring of a part-time Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer to full-time at Monday's Borough Council meeting.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan presented the Civil Service Vacancy eligibility list to council.
"I respectfully ask that council vote to approve an additional full-time officer to the department," Fedigan said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Who was your mentor growing up, and what did you learn from that mentor?
Those were the questions asked at the Big Brothers Big Sisters event held Monday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
With January being National Mentor Month, the program was aimed at raising awareness by joining together members of the community, as well as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, "Littles" and children on the waiting list.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is designed for kids five and older who reside in either Jefferson, Elk or McKean counties.
CLARION COUNTY â Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police have reported that a 19-year-old woman reported missing over the weekend was found deceased inside her vehicle Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.
PSP report that the victim, Devan C. Knapp of Brookville, was discovered in the vehicle along Summerville Drive in Millcreek Township, Clarion County, by a passerby. Members of PSP-Clarion and PSP-Punxsy reported to the scene.
This Suburu driven by Curt Mertz of Punxsutawney was heading south on Elk Run Avenue when he entered the intersection of Graffius Avenue on a red light, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.
A Nissan pickup truck driven by Larry Depp of Punxsutawney was traveling east on Graffius Avenue and entered the intersection legally on a green light, striking the right rear quarter panel of Mertz's vehicle.
There were no injuries, and police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.
BROOKVILLE â Nearly two years after its debut, swackett, the popular weather app produced by the Brookville-based company AGLogic, has been made available to Android users.
"If you google 'swackett,' the first word that comes up in the auto-suggest is 'swackett Android,' which means a lot of people were looking for it," said C. Scott Gilbert, the founder and director of AGLogic.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you enjoy a challenge when you drive, you might be looking forward to the detours that are coming, as two bridges will be replaced in Punxsutawney Borough this coming summer.
Those two bridges are the Saw Mill Run Bridge and the Route 119 Bridge and Route 310 Intersection improvement project in Elk Run.
Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager said at Mondayâs Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that he is waiting for information from the contractor, Palo Construction Inc., to make some changes to the sanitary sewer line and manhole as requested by them.
BROOKVILLE â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the case of a 19-year-old Brookville woman who has been missing since Friday.
Police reported that Devan Cathlene Knapp purchased a new, white 2013 Toyota Scion on Jan. 11, and told her mother at 6 p.m. that she was going to show her the new car.
However, police said Knapp has not been seen or heard from since.
Knapp is described as approximately 5'02" and 120 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeve shirt, black leggings and black, Ugg-style boots.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In response to the widespread outbreak and severity of this yearâs seasonal flu, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) has implemented restrictions on visitors to all clinical areas of the hospital, effective immediately.
âWe are asking that visitors be free of a fever for at least 24 hours prior to visiting a patient, and that visitors who have respiratory issues or who are under the age of 18 not come to the hospital at all,â said PAH Infection Preventionist and Specialist Abby Kengersky. âIf you are visiting, we ask that you wash your hands frequently and