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Amanda Knutsen (left) of Barstow, California and her aunt, Becky Miller of Clearfield, took the dogs Miss (left), Hooch (center) and Sweet June (right) out for a walk in downtown Clearfield yesterday afternoon before storms hit the area.

Bigler Township hears police update

MADERA — Residents have been given monthly updates about its new Bigler Township Regional Police Department during the last couple of Bigler Township Supervisors meetings, and Monday’s meeting was no exception.

Police Chief Tim O’Leary told the supervisors and those in attendance that for the month of June, there were 17 incidents he responded to. Of that number, there were six traffic citations, one non-traffic citation and seven summary offenses that were violated.

Chairman R. Philbert Myers said he’s been asked by residents numerous times about a certain item with the police department, which would be if O’Leary has been making any ground on drug-related cases.

“I know you can’t say much and I don’t expect you to,” Myers said, referencing information with cases. “But is there any process in the drug trade?”

“Yes, we have a couple active cases right now,” O’Leary responded.

O’Leary said drug cases typically take time, but they are making ground on a subject that was one of the big — if not the biggest — reason the police department was formed earlier this year.

“You have to establish cases and that’s what we’re doing,” O’Leary said.

P-O middle school students earn top average in stock market challenge

PHILIPSBURG — In Pennsylvania and around the country, students represent their schools in special local and state-wide competitive investment competitions.

Jason Rishel’s 7th and 8th grade “Stock Market/Current Events” elective class at Philipsburg-Osceola Middle School excelled during the spring semester and were the top average earning class in Centre County.

“The students really enjoy the competitive nature of the game,” Rishel said. “They are self-motivated to research their stock choices and to think through the possible scenarios that might affect their portfolios and the stock market as a whole. In the end, it is an awesome way to have fun learning about the stock market and the economy.”

This spring, P-O Middle School also had two students who were extremely successful in two different state-wide online stock market simulations. Each of these students made simulated investments that earned thousands of dollars in just a few months. Students also earned real certificates and prizes — including Amazon gift cards.

For the “How the Market Works” simulation, Gracie Cowfer finished first in the region and earned $6,873 in simulated money in just three months. In the second simulation “Stock Market Game,” Owen Burns finished second in the state and earned $10,975 in a three month period.


‘Be Kind to Animals’ t-shirt contest winners announced

The Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic held its annual “Be Kind to Animals” t-shirt contest. There were over 300 entries. The winners and their designs from left are Makenzie Thompson, 12, Carter Gormont, 9, Aurianna Swatsworth, 10 and Zoey Rosenbaum, 7.

Grassflat juvenile missing

On July 3 at 3:58 p.m., it was reported to Clearfield-based state police that Ashley Maria Pierson, 15, of Grassflat, was reported as a runaway by Clearfield County Children and Youth Services — who had legal custody of her.

Pierson was last seen by her mother on July 2 at 6 p.m. just before she left for work. Pierson is believed to be in the Osceola Mills area.

Anyone with any information for the whereabouts of Pierson is asked to contact police at 857-3800.

Huston Township teen missing

DuBois-based state police are looking for a runaway Huston Township teen. The 17-year old male juvenile reportedly ran away from his home on Woodward, Road sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday.

He was last known to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and red shoes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 814-371-4652.

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Traffic accidents down in Lawrence Township

Chief Douglas Clark presented the police department’s statistics for the month of June at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

There were a total of 946 incidents, 161 traffic stops, 50 warrants were served, 80 criminal arrests, out of which 12 DUI arrests, eight were drug arrests, and 18 summary criminal arrests, 77 adults and three juveniles were arrested and 170 traffic citations were issued, according to Clark.

He also reported accidents were down significantly from last year. In June of 2018 there were 20 crashes, last month there were 10.

Clark attributed the decrease to police officers being visible and diligent.

“They are doing a great job reducing these accidents,” Clark said.

Zachary Cowan was named Officer of the Month for June, Clark said.

Also, the supervisors set conditional use hearings for Seneca Resources to place cell towers. The hearings will be held on Aug. 6 before the regular supervisors meeting at the township building on George Street. The hearings are as follows: 252 Dixon Draft Road — 6:30 p.m.; 6398 McGeorge Road — 6:40 p.m.; and 274 North Branch Road — 6:50 p.m.