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Mansfield Gazette, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 2005, Mansfield, Pennsylvania The Mansfield Support our Troops an edition of The Wellsboro Gazette per copy year No 41 The Marketplace 10 pages one section Mansfield PA Wednesday July 20 2005 The Gazette 18 pages two sections USPS Alleged pharmacy robber charged for more crimes photo by GAVLE MORROW WILLIAMS LEFT VICE president of Human Resources at Ward and Pete Guidi chief executive officer and president of Ward Manufacturing show off their pedometers The two are participating in he Ten Thousand Step Program one of Ward's new wellness programs offered to salaried employees Ward hopes to slash costs by improving employees health by Chris McGann Police have formally charged man they believe robbed the Mansfield Coles Pharmacy and burglarized a Covington ship residence The same is also facing charges related to a robbery at the Weis Market pharmacy James William Spencer -17 of 1 was charged with two counts of robbery and single counts of carrying a concealed without a license sion of a firearm by a felon session of a controlled substance with intent to deliver possession uf a controlled substance theft and receiving stolen property Those charges filed with District Judge James Carlson in Mansfield were filed in connection with the June 10 pharmacy robbery Spencer was also charged with burglary theft and receiving property in connection with the burglary Hail was set at on the first set of charges and on the second set The charges re- lated to the Weis robbery were tiled with Magisterial District Judge Phill Sweet in Wellsboro who set bail at Mansfield Borough Police al- lege that Spencer entered Coles June 10 and proceeded to the pharmacy area Once there he allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded prescription OxyContin pills He allegedly got away with 746 pills in and 80 ligram doses OxyContin which also goes by the street name hillbilly is a brand name for hydrochloride It is a powerful and tially addictive painkiller In re- cent years abuse of the drug has been reported in many areas particularly rural areas of the East Coast The gun used in the robbery was allegedly one of several taken from the Covington ship residence of John McCaffrey in March According to criminal plaint forms police obtained a warrant and searched Spencer's home after his arrest In the rage police found seven firearms and ammunition valued at about The guns were allegedly taken from McCaffrey's home sometime between March 1 and March 22 Spencer was first arrested July 8 after allegedly committing a bery at the Charleston Township Weis Market According to information vided by state police at Mansfield Spencer entered Weis Market around Friday and went to the pharmacy He allegedly displayed a gun that was tucked into the band of his pants and demanded OxyContin and morphine from the clerk After receiving the medication Spencer left the store and fled in a black Pontiac Sunfire with ao cense plates according to criminal complaint forms Several ees were able to see the car and contacted state police About 15 minutes after the bery state police trooper David Thierwechter saw the Sunfire on Cherry Flats Road near the inter- section with Gas Company Road in Charleston Township The trooper pulled the car over and arrested Spencer by Gayle Morrow Through the implementation of a new wellness program the county's largest employer has taken the first steps toward im- proving employee health and re- their health care costs July 11 was the official first day of the Link Wellness Program for the approximately 260 salaried employees of Ward ing and ACP Manufacturing The program is one of several health care cost reduction products of- by which is in turn a component of the rel Health System Ward has worked closely with Laurel Health Services Occupational Health and the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health as ners in the development of the program said Williams vice president of Ward's Human Re- sources Our goal is to improve the health of our employees while con- trolling he said We hope to see real cost savings and help people take a proactive stance re- garding their health care Williams said escalating health care costs have decreased the company's ability to compete bally The employee health care plan alone costs the company over million a year and that does not include workers tion claims or lost productivity due to poor health The crisis over medical ance resulted in our first work stoppage in ten Williams said referring to the strike in 2004 A main sticking point in negotiations last year was em- ployee costs for health care age Due to some changes and help over the past two years Ward is celebrating its first single digit percentage increase in health care costs not an inconsequential achievement If our health care costs con- to rise as double digits we won't be here in 10 iams predicted Please see WARD page Mansfield other host towns denied state appropriation Halstead reflects on his years at the helm of Mansfield University by Chris McGann After seven years at the helm of Mansfield University Dr John R Halstead has accepted the presidency of the State University of New York at Brockport This career move will be a homecoming of sorts since he is a native of Cortland New York Brockport is a few miles west of Rochester SUNY Brockport enrolls students compared to Mansfield's students The college traces its roots to the 1867 founding of the Brockport State Normal School one of New York's first four Normal Schools Halstead took some time day afternoon July 18 to discuss his time at Mansfield The week he attended a state Board of Governors meeting in Harrisburg Thursday and met with SUNY officials Friday in Al- bany I will forever be grateful to have served as the president at he commented On his desk were a few items that represented the previous few hectic days and the past seven years of his presidency Those items the president's DR JOHN HALSTEAD medallion worn at every cation and graduation a copy of Life at written by retired professor Dr Gale Largey and soon to be updated and ments for his transition to Brockport's president When discussing his Halstead uses we rather than noting that many people contributed to those He pointed out that a university is greater than one and acknowledged the contributions of faculty staff trustees alumni and especially students Under Halstead Mansfield University has increased ment by about 23 percent At the same time SAT scores of ing freshmen went up by an age of 62 points Mansfield also extensively revised its general education requirements The physical appearance of the campus continues to change as well Renovations to several demic buildings have been in the past seven years and more are scheduled Several years ago Alumni Hall was transformed into a student center and rial Hall became a community education center Plans are now under wav to re- place both South Hall and Allen Hall More important than the bricks and mortar is the students who will use those buildings Halstead said one regret will be that he will not get to meet field students Please see HALSTEAD page by Chris McGann A proposal that would have Sivea Mansfield Borough a needed infusion of cash has been struck down by the state Senate Borough council learned that proposal to appropriate state funds to municipalities hosting state-owned universities has been eliminated I just got an e-mail on borough manager Kd Grala told council at its July 13 meeting It was taken out of the budget The measure by state Rep Matt Baker would have appropriated about to Mansfield Since a small part of the sity property is in Richmond Township that municipality may have been in line for some money as well Grala explained that the sure was included in the state budget when it passed the House of Representatives However it was taken out by the Senate Council president Dr Robert Swinsick pointed out that field being one of the smaller of the 14 college towns would have received one of the smallest pots of money Indiana Pn would have seen much more Swinsick also said that if the state appropriated money to uni- versity towns other ties would be asking for money for state parks or state hospitals in their borders It will be a rare day when we get that Swinsick said For many years host have asked for the money to offset additional costs related to students living in town That includes the need for additional police officers as well as the ad- wear on local streets In other Grala informed council that the building codes office will de- a questionnaire for ing code applicants as well as the municipalities served Mansfield offers building codes services re- quired by the universal tion code to six other ties The questionnaires will vide some feedback on how well the program is operating and any changes that can be made Also under building codes administration council voted to renew the contract with Roseville Borough ever Rutland Township which surrounds gave 60 days notice to cancel its contract Council approved an nance giving the tax collector the ability to collect fees for various services as well as the maximum allowable fee for returned checks Council adopted the Tioga County all hazard mitigation plan By adopting the plan the borough will not have to draft its own Council member Steve Gee in- quired whether the borough has a multi-year plan for street repairs Grala responded by explaining that paving project are usually tied to water and sewer repairs He pointed out that it does not make sense to pave a street only to have to rip it up again to do sewer line work fi a few years Grala and Gee both mentioned some work that needs to be done on East Main Street We will do some planning for next year and it will focus on East Grala said By unanimous vote council proved a resolution recognizing ough solicitor Rudy van der Hiel who is retiring He has served as the legal representative for 36 years Please see MANSFIELD page Pine Creek Watershed plan aims to provide communities environmental financial benefits by David Pope Municipalities in four counties Tiaga Lycoming and Clinton could benefit financially while also helping to improve the quality of Pine Creek and its tributaries According to Jim Weaver a member of the steering committee for the Pine Creek Watershed river conservation plan involvement is essential to the plan's success The steering committee con- ducted a public hearing Thursday evening July 14 at the Galeton Community Building to help date citizens on the plan's progress During the hearing Weaver explained that the plan has 120 management options thus ing each municipality to ment the plan according to its own needs A municipality could also revise a given option if essary He further noted that less of the management option implemented by a municipality the plan is made up strictly of suggestions Enforcement and regulations are not involved he Written public comments will he accepted until Aug 26 The deadline for the plan's tion is Dec 31 The plan is available for public review at community libraries One of parts of the plan is it doesn't cost the to adopt said Weaver In fact we tell them that it might cost them not to implement it be- cause if they don't they could lose out on some government funding for infrastructure and other needs Galeton resident Jiram Leach slated that public pressure needs to be put on politicians in order for municipalities to implement the plan He added however pressure would probably not occur Please see PINE CREEK page Inside the Gazette Sports Wellsboro boys District 15 champs The Wellsboro Boys Junior Little League Team won the Dis- 15 title with two straight wins in a best of three series with Sayre Page the Gazette Marketplace Bark Peeler's coverage If you think a Bark Peeler's Convention is a seminar on berjack form and function think again The annual Bark Peeler's Convention in Galeton is a val to celebrate all manner of things woodsy old and Page I the Marketplace Accu Weather The area's seven day weather forecast Page 7 the Marketplace THURSDAY Mostly lama FRIDAY
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