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Houtzdale man charged with stealing $15K from PA Skills machines

HOUTZDALE — A Houtzdale man is lodged in Clearfield County Jail after being charged by Clearfield-based State Police with burglarizing two bars and a convenience store of almost $15,000 from PA Skills game machines.

Brice William Love, 24, of Houtzdale, is charged with multiple counts of burglary, a felony; criminal trespass, a felony; theft by unlawful taking, both of felony and misdemeanor degrees; and criminal mischief, of both misdemeanor and summary degrees.

According to three criminal complaints filed by State Police, on June 23, Love allegedly used force to enter a window of the Fuel-On/Starr gas station at 710 Elizabeth St., Houtzdale. Once inside the building, police said Love used force to open two Pennsylvania Skills machines and took $7,963 from the machine. Love then fled the scene.

Pennsylvania Skills machines were designed by POM of PA and is solely distributed by Miele Manufacturing. They are not associated with the state Pennsylvania Lottery.

In a second incident, on Sept. 3, Love allegedly used force to pry open a door and gain access to the Remedy Bar, 716 Hannah St. in Houtzdale. Upon gaining access, Love allegedly used a pry bar to open two Pennsylvania Skills Machines, removed $425 and fled the scene.

Also on Sept. 3, the owner of the Scotchman Bar at 133 Curtin St. in Osceola Mills reported to police that sometime overnight, an unknown person pried open his front door and gained access to his bar. While inside, the unknown person pried open several Pennsylvania Skills machines and stole $6,461.

An eye witness who lives in close proximity of the bar told police that he observed a silver Cadillac CTS sedan bearing a Pennsylvania license plate parked in his front yard. The witness said he heard “dumping” coming from the area of the bar. He stated that, as he walked to the door of the bar, he encountered a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy pants, carrying multiple tools, one of which the witness believed to be a black crowbar. Upon seeing the witness, the suspect threw the hood from his black sweatshirt over his head and fled on foot to the silver Cadillac parked in the witness’s front yard.

Upon reaching the vehicle, the suspect threw the tools in the back seat, entered the driver’s seat and fled at a high rate of speed.

On Sept. 6, Love was interviewed by PSP at the barracks in Woodland. Love told police he used a pry bar to force entry into the Scotchman bar and to open the machines. He told police “he took the cash and fled in his Cadillac.”

Love was arraingned on Oct. 9 in all three cases by District Judge James Glass. The the first two cases, Love was assessed $5,000 unsecured bail. In the third case, Love was lodged in Clearfield County Jail on $50,000 monetary bail.

Love is scheduled to appear at preliminary hearings on all three cases on Wednesday at Centralized Court at the CCJ.

CCCTC employees union, administration reach tentative pact

The Joint Operating Committee of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center discussed the proposed new contract with its employees at its meeting last night.

CCCTC administration and the leadership of the employees’ union — Clearfield County Career and Technology Center Education Association — have come to a tentative agreement for a new contract, Superintendent of Record Terry Struble of the Clearfield Area School District said.

The contract was reworked after the school’s support staff such as secretaries and maintenance personnel voted to unionize last May. The Labor Relations Board ruled that all of the school’s employees should be under one contract.

It is a five-year agreement; although for the teachers it keeps their current contact with two years added on. The pact includes the support staff for the first time, Struble said.

Struble said it took a lot of work to get the new contract done and thanked the union for its work

“It’s a well-balanced agreement,” Struble said. “It looks like it is good for everyone involved, employee and employer alike.”

Struble said the superintendents of the five sending schools have reviewed the agreement and approve of it.

JOC Chairman Philip Carr of the Clearfield Area School District said he just received the new contract and asked that it be tabled to give board members a chance to review it.

He said the board hasn’t yet had any input in the agreement and said it would be inappropriate for the board to approve it prior to going over it thoroughly.

“We have had no input whatsoever,” Carr said. “I don’t want to get in a hurry.”

Board member Jeffrey Shaffer agreed and said the board should do its “due diligence” prior to approving the contact.

“I don’t think there will be any problems with it,” Shaffer said. “I just want to read it over first.”

The board voted to hold an executive session after the meeting to discuss the proposed contact.

The employees are scheduled to vote on the proposed contract on Wednesday, according to Jack Rumfola of the CCCTEA.

Boggs Township awarded $50K for new truck

WEST DECATUR — Boggs Township announced at last night’s monthly supervisors meeting that they will receive a grant they did not think they would receive.

Chairman Russell “Butch” Jackson said they had submitted for a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture that would go toward the purchase of a new township truck.

“We unexpectedly received the grant,” Jackson said.

When asked what the amount would be, Jackson said it was for $50,000 — and that it is not a matching grant.

“We’ll get $50,000 from the USDA toward the purchase of a new truck,” Jackson said.

A resident asked a theoretical question that if the township wanted a specific truck and if it cost $70,000, then the township would then be responsible for the remaining amount, to which Jackson confirmed.

“In our previous budget, we had set money aside to purchase the truck in our budget from last year,” Jackson said. “This will go a long way to purchasing another truck.”

Jackson said the truck would have four-wheel drive, a new bed and plow.

“It’s going to replace the International that we have,” Jackson said. “We had previously said that it was on its last leg. Then we also have a green truck that’s out here and that’s pretty well garbage (also).”

Jackson said they will not have the truck this year, but hope to have it by next fall “because of the time frame” in making the truck to the township’s specifications.

“We’re going to try and wing it here with one of these trucks — the green old Ford — as our backup,” Jackson said.

Jackson said for this winter, the township will be running its three small trucks “to try and get us through for this snow season.”

Grassflat woman charged for abandoning baby in vehicle

Ashley Dawn Bowman, 27, of Grassflat, is accused of fleeing from police and abandoning her infant child in her vehicle while she was parked at a motel in Philipsburg/Decatur Township.

Bowman is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a felony of the third degree; intentional possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are ungraded misdemeanors and make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapons.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 28, Clearfield-based state police were dispatched to the Harbor Inn in Decatur Township to check on an infant child who was reportedly in a vehicle with an unconscious woman.

Upon arrival, police found three women and a child in a vehicle. One of the women was Bowman, and when she saw the state police vehicle pull into the parking lot, she exited the vehicle and fled.

Troopers spoke to the two remaining women who were awake. They identified themselves as Jessica Bowman and Shelby Martin. The women said Ashley Bowman drove them to the hotel to meet a male who they did not know. The two women also said the Ashley Bowman was the mother of the child.

Hotel staff said they didn’t see Ashley Bowman recently, but said she often came to the hotel to visit a male.

Police located the male and discovered he had a warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody. The male said Ashley Bowman had left his room hours before and said he didn’t know where she was.

The two females in the vehicle said they didn’t talk with Ashley Bowman about caring for the child, but were willing to do so.

Troopers said Ashley Bowman has a history of drug use and has criminal charges pending against her.

Troopers obtained permission to search the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia in Ashley Bowman’s purse. Inside the vehicle, police seized glass smoking pipes with burned residue. In Ashley Bowman’s belongings, troopers found syringes, caps for storage of needles with white powdery residue, rolling papers, a rubber cap containing a black waxy substance, a metal spoon with burnt residue, a scale with a white powdery substance and a Taser.

Ashley Bowman did not return to check on the status of her child for more than two hours. Children, Youth and Family Services were called to the scene to take custody of the child. Ashley Bowman was arrested and arraigned on Thursday and remains incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.

Ashley Bowman is also currently incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail.

jcorcino / Jeff Corcino  


Sawyer Gilliland, 3, reaches for his sister Laken Gilliland, 5, both of Clearfield, while the two play at the playground at Upper Witmer Park in Clearfield yesterday afternoon.