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January 12th, 2012
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson County‚Äôs director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.
According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services ‚ÄĒ some of the highest numbers he‚Äôs ever seen.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.
‚ÄúMajor changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.
‚ÄúThis is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to move forward, and we‚Äôre going to move forward in the right direction.
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors warned that the sewer customers with the highest delinquent balances, who have not made payment arrangements, will soon receive notices from the district judge regarding their account.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to take five delinquent customers at a time to the district judge,‚ÄĚ Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ann Redding said Wednesday.
Chairman Andrew Meterko, said other delinquent customers might make arrangements once they see that other customers with delinquent bills are taken to the district judge.
The Punxsutawney Spirit‚Äôs 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you can‚Äôt make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spirit‚Äôs own ‚ÄúPhantastic Phil!‚ÄĚ on the sides. The new boxes are The Spirit‚Äôs first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒJury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOT‚Äôs downtown traffic signal project at Monday‚Äôs Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.
Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Teachers and guidance counselors in local schools are at an important starting point in ending the cycle of child abuse, according to Pat Berger, the executive director and forensic interviewer for the Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
‚ÄúThey can be the first people a child decides to disclose the abuse to,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúHow they get the information can affect the case.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ 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.