CURWENSVILLE — Illegal drug activity remains on the rise in Curwensville Borough.
At Monday’s Curwensville Borough Council meeting, Mayor John Adams reported Curwensville Borough Police Department Chief Mark Kelly noted in his monthly activity account that drug activity has intensified the last five months.
Just as he reported in February, Adams said the number of criminal incidents related to drugs and drug activity continues to climb.
“There is a continuous increase in drug activity in the area and it is only getting worse,” Kelly wrote.
Adams said Kelly compared the first five months of 2019 against the last five months of 2018 and found a nearly 180 percent upward spiral and a 150 percent rise when comparing similar periods of 2019 to 2018.
According to statistics for the borough shared by Kelly, there were 25 incidents of drug activity from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2019 compared to nine for Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.
Kelly’s report for May reported four drug-related calls. Three were for narcotics possession and one was for drug paraphernalia violations.
Adams reported both Kelly and Officer Joe Witherite have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. ARIDE trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.
This course will train other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both and enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.
Kelly wrote the specialized training equips department officers with better knowledge allowing them to recognize signs of motorists under the influence of drugs and to be able to perform more detailed standard field sobriety testing to detect the signs and symptoms of someone being under the influence of certain types of drugs.
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center’s Joint Operating Committee approved spending $69,511 for new computer servers and associated licenses at its meeting Monday night.
The new servers will replace the school’s antiquated servers and will significantly upgrade their capability, according to Information Technology Director Brian Hynds.
“The new servers will really make a difference on how way we do IT (information technology) at the school,” Hynds said.
He said the new servers will have five or six times the performance of the old servers and will allow the school to perform more tasks and offer more services, Hynds said.
CCCTC coordinated the purchase with West Branch School District, which is also upgrading its servers in an effort to obtain a better price. And West Branch will act as CCCTC’s offsite backup servers. CCCTC’s critical data will also be saved on West Branch’s servers in case of a disaster.
“So if something would happen at this building, we could easily migrate that information back over to the school,” Hynds said.
The old servers are obsolete and no longer usable, but some of the network switches were given to the the Moshannon Valley School District. Those switches are still relatively new, about three years old, and are still usable, Hynds said.
The new servers should be up and running by the end of the month, Hynds said.
DUBOIS — The DuBois Volunteer Fire Department has announced the 2019 Community Days Parade lineup.
As in previous years, the parade will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The lineup is as follows:
WEST DECATUR — The Boggs Township Supervisors has a full board seated around the meeting table now that a new supervisor was appointed at Monday night’s brief meeting.
Greg Minarchick was unanimously approved as the newest supervisor, filling the void of Supervisor Bill Dickson, who resigned at the end of April’s meeting. Both Chairman Russell “Butch” Jackson and Supervisor Darryl Lashinsky voted in favor of Minarchick and said he would not be a working supervisor.
While nothing was mentioned during the meeting about Minarchick other than his appointment, Lashinsky told The Progress after the meeting that he is a retired school teacher.
Minarchick will fill Dickson’s term that is up at the end of December.
Also approved at the meeting was new Auditor Dave Abler, who is filling the rest of former Auditor Denise Dobo’s term as her resignation was accepted at the May meeting. The term is scheduled to expire at the end of December.
Like Minarchick’s appointment, nothing was mentioned about Abler. However, Lashinsky told The Progress he is a professor at the Pennsylvania State University.