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Progress (Newspaper) - September 24, 2009, Clearfield, Pennsylvania Vol. 103 - No. 224 Our 96th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, September 24, 2009 50 Cents 18 PAGES Clearfield lays out plans for trapping feral cats (Editor's note; The following article was submitted by Clearfield Borough.) Due to the severity of the feral cat problem in Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township, the municipalities have nired a professional mass trapper to capture the animals. The animal control officers have designated three areas for immediate concentration for trapping. These areas are, but not limited to, Park Avenue, Williams Street and Kerr Addition. These areas have been selected because it has been determined they have concentrations of 50 or more feral cats. Feral cats are domesticat- Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 The Progress News Dept. Clearfield: 206 E. Locust St., 765-7813 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Philipsburg: 109 N. Front St., 342-4763 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Curwensville: 460 State St., 236-3468 Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Check us out online at www.theprogressnews.com Inside today: Birthdays 15 Classifieds 12-15 Comics 17 DearAbby 18 Editorials, columns 4 Heloise 18 Hospitals 5 Lottery 16 News in brief 3 Obituaries 16 Police log 16 Sports 9-11 Weather 3 Sports: --- r-VJ West Branch tops Mo Valley - Page 9 Week 4 High School Football Previews - Page 9 Kids9 Corner By Emily Miller Philipsburg Elementary DA, police detail capture of jail escapee By Liza Matia Staff Writer An inmate who escaped from the Clearfield County Jail Tuesday afternoon was captured yesterday morning. Michael Rodriguez Jr., 32, formerly of New York, escaped Tuesday by destroying a portion of fencing in the east yard and then climbing over a second fence. A multi-department manhunt ensued. At a press conference yesterday, Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said a pickup truck was reported stolen from the Co-Go's service station near the Wolf Run Industrial Park at approximately 9:34 a.m. Approximately 20 minutes later, Deputy Sheriffs Jerry Nevling and Mark Coudriet observed Rodriguez in the stolen vehicle near LeContes Mills in Girard Township. A high-speed pursuit followed. State police and the sheriff's office set up a roadblock with spike strips to stop Rodriguez. According to Shaw, Rodriguez lost control of the stolen vehicle at approximately 10:04 a.m. and crashed along a curve on state Route 879 near Progress Camp Road in Goshen Township. "We got him within 24 hours," Shaw said. "I think that's pretty darn good." The defendant was taken into custody and flown by medical helicopter to the Altoona Regional Health System for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash. While the extent of Rodriguez's injuries is unknown, Lawrence Township Police Chief Jeffrey Fink said he was coherent at the scene. Despite rumors that Rodriguez could be armed, Shaw said no firearms were recovered when he was taken into custody. However, during the search, local nursing homes had been placed on lockdown for the safety of their residents. Fink said the homes remained on lockdown until Rodriguez was captured. Rodriguez had been in jail since August after he stole a vehicle from New York, broke into a DuBois woman's residence and assaulted her. Shaw said the victim in that case assisted authorities during Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Westover man charged for domestic incident By Liza Matia Staff Writer Charges of aggravated assault were dropped for a Westover man yesterday at centralized court. Kenneth Brink, 52, waived charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment. According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a domestic disturbance at Westover Road residence on Sept. 1. The victim reported that Brink had been drinking and threw a beer can at her and then spit in her face. She said he picked up a Mossberg 835 12-gauge shotgun, stuck the barrel into her neck, and threatened to "blow her head off." Police later recovered the weapon in the bedroom. Brink is free on unsecured bail. Leslie Billotte submitted this photo of the single-vehicle accident that happened yesterday on state Route 879 in Goshen Township involving escaped inmate Michael Rodriguez Jr. According to the state police, Rodriguez stole a gray 2005 Ford F250 Supercab pickup truck from the parking lot of a gas station in Lawrence Township. The vehicle was located a short time later by the sheriff's department. A pursuit ensued and stop strips were deployed in an effort to stop the vehicle. Both front tires of Rodriguez's vehicle were deflated, but the defendant continued traveling southbound on SR 879 until he lost control of the vehicle on a curve. The undercarriage of the vehicle struck an embankment and the front struck a road sign and a tree. Rodriguez was taken into custody immediately after the crash. (Submitted photo) Curwensville Lake... Authority pursues timber harvesting Two brothers accused of corrupting minors and indecently assaulting three girls had their day in court yesterday. Kenneth Reams of Clearfield and Christopher Reams of Houtzdale both face charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault, and furnishing alcohol to minors. Kenneth Reams waived his right to a preliminary hearing while Christopher Reams had his hearing continued for two weeks. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Reams brothers met three girls in Houtzdale. Christopher Reams offered to take the girls "mud-ding" in his brother's truck. Kenneth Reams drove to a wooded area behind Caprio's Beverages and offered the girls beer on the way. All three girls consumed alcohol. The track is one of the busiest places at Harmony Grange Fair taking place this week. Sam Pry, assistant fair manager, and Janet Whited, who chairs the track events, stand in the new announcer stand built this year. The track was widened to make the pulling area safer. Tomorrow there will be a 4x4 truck pull at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, the closing day of the fair, a big truck pull will be held at 7 p.m. On the stage tonight, White Shadow will perform at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow the Moore Brothers Band will be on stage, and on Saturday Smokin'Joe and the Wild Horse Band will perform. Tomorrow's dinner is pit cooked pork, and on Saturday after the parade that begins at 2 p.m., the world famous pit cooked beef dinner will be served at 5 p.m. (Photo by Jane Elling) By Dianne Byers Staff Writer CURWENSVILLE - At yesterday's meeting, Curwensville Lake Authority reviewed a copy of a letter that will be sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking its lease with the county be revised. Charles Guarino, authority treasurer, presented a letter he drafted, requesting the lease be amended to add timber management to the list of permitted activities at Curwensville Lake Recreation Area. Currently Clearfield County holds a contract with USAGE for use of the lake area for recreation purposes. Earlier in September, Guarino and Jim Kling, authority chairman, met with Lacy Evans of USACE who said the agency would not be opposed to selective timber harvesting on the property with proceeds earmarked for infrastructure and facilities upgrades and rehabilitation. Guarino's communication noted prior to any timber removal taking place, the authority would contract for a forest management plan and an environmental and cultural study that would be given to USACE for approval. CLA's strategy is to have the forest management proposal done in conjunction with a master site plan for the lake. CLA and Clearfield County have submitted an application to DCNR for a portion of the funds needed to prepare a master site plan to aid in developing the lake property and improving the facilities. Yesterday, Susan Reed, authority member, said she had spoken with Rich Johnson, service forester for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, who said DCNR would prepare a five-year plan at no cost because CLA is a government entity. The board also made plans for Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 Parent appalled by DASD policy decision Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 By Josh Woods Staff Writer DUBOIS - President Barack Obama's back-to-school speech made news across the country on Sept. 8 when he directly addressed students. The speech also made quite a stir in DuBois. At last night's DuBois Area School Board meeting, resident Molly Guthrie said she was appalled when she found out her child had brought home a slip that allowed her to exclude her 6-year-old son from watching Obama's speech. "I'm concerned about the message a permission slip of that kind sends to children," said Guthrie. "I really think this plants a seed that the president maybe isn't one of us and that we don't need to hsten to him if we don't want to. "I was a student in this school district for all of my education, from kindergarten to graduation, and I've had children here for the past 11 years. I don't recall a time ever that a permission slip was sent home that if you wanted to be excluded from a presidential address that a parent could choose to do so." Board President Thomas Repine said Superintendent Timothy Deluccia consulted with other local school districts and chose to follow the district's "opt out" policy. He noted the district was notified about the speech on short notice and had received calls from parents asking it not to show the speech to students. Guthrie asked why the exception was Weekend Events is a weekly feature of The Progress published to alert readers about events planned by nonprofit organizations or events that benefit the community. All events are open to the public. To have an event included, submit the information in writing to any office of The Progress by noon Tuesday. Late submissions will not be published, nor will submissions that do not include a contact person and daytime telephone number. The Progress does not include bingo, club events that are limited to members and guests only, or yard sales or flea markets by private individuals in the Weekend Events section. The following events are planned this weekend in Progressland. __Thursday_ Art show A new art show "The Season of Fall" is being held at Clearfield Hospital on the first floor. The paintings are the work of local artists. The art show is under the direction of Anna Marie Toto and Dottie Evans, assisted by Gloria Rowles. For more information, call 765-5621 or 765-5975. CAST play The comedy "Breaking Legs" will be held at the Weekend Events Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre building Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Curtain is at 8 p.m. and admission price is $8.50. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for each performance. Museums open The Clearfield County Historical Society Museum and Carriage House are open Thursday and Sunday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the historic structures at 104 E. Pine St. in Clearfield. They will be open through Oct. 25. Admission is free to the three floors of the museum, the grounds where the 2004 raft shanty is located and the carriage house with many additional displays. The Bloody Knox Log House at Kellytown is also available for visits. Call the museum at 765-6125 to make arrangements for a tour of the Civil War site, the museum and carriage house. made to carry out the opt out policy for President Obama when, in the past, students were permitted to watch presidential speeches without parents' permission. She questioned whether the opt out policy would be offered every time that a president speaks in the future. Allowing students to watch the president without their parents' permission is a matter of respect, she said. Assistant Superintendent J. Mark Heckman said the policy is public record and noted the district believed it would be better if a student missed a half hour of a school clay rather than staying home and missing a whole day. Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 1 ��""��N;;- ./:.:-^v,-V:'^^f�fe^-*Sf' Friday Grice Clearfield Community Museum, located at Fourth and Pine streets, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 30. More than 70 antique and classic cars and more than 400 trophy game animal mounts are featured. Price is $5 for adults, and children younger than 12 are admitted free with an adult. A gift shop and free parking are available. Call 768-7332 for more information. ATV, dirt bike rally Rally at the Rock 2009 will be held Friday through Sunday at Rock Run Recreation Area, just north of Patton. ATVs, dirt bikes and side by sides are invited to the family weekend filled with contests, riding and food. Primitive camping is available. Saturday will be the grand opening of the Yamaha Trails. For more information, go to www.rockrunrecre-ation.com. Auction An auction will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Karthaus firehall. Jerry will be there with frozen food, snacks, collectibles, meats and cheeses. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. Indoor yard sale The Women of the Moose of Curwensville are having an indoor yard sale Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Curwensville Moose Family Center in Curwensville. All proceeds benefit the Moose charities. Saturday Benefit dinner A benefit dinner for Leonard "Hoagie" Guilier will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Curwensville Moose Family Turn to Page 6, Col. 1
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