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Shoplifting call leads to meth arrest

DuBOIS — A 45-year-old Brockway woman has been charged with having 155 grams of methamphetamine after DuBois City Police responded to a call for shoplifting at the downtown Goodwill store on North Main Street.

Melissa Reitz, 257 Egypt Road, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Patrick Ford, DuBois, according to police Chief Blaine Clark. She was charged with possession with the intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, retail theft and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

On Jan. 7, the police responded to a reported shoplifting incident in progress at the Goodwill store, Clark said.

“After speaking with her and after being investigated, she admitted to shoplifting and gave the items that she had taken to the officer,” Clark said.

“Due to her actions during questioning and for the officer’s safety, a search of her and her belongings was conducted and uncovered 155 grams of meth, with an approximate street value of $30,000. She had over $7,300 in cash on her,” Clark said.

Reitz was immediately placed under arrest and later arraigned before being sent to the Clearfield County Jail, Clearfield. Her bail was set at $75,000.

Following Friday’s hearing, she was released on $50,000 bail.

Monday, city Manager John “Herm” Suplizio tipped his hat to the police department for making the arrest.

“This is a large amount of drugs to get off the street and a huge dealer,” Suplizio said. “This is just one little piece of the pie, but it’s a start and we are going to keep getting them. We don’t welcome this in our community and we are going to do whatever we can legally to keep it out. Once again, this is a fine job by our police department. This is on the top of our list and we are going to keep going after it.”

My kind of town: DuBois native to return and perform Sinatra songs

DuBOIS — When John Noble returns to sing at Treasure Lake next month, it might come as something of a surprise. Most people, he said, remember him for playing football, running track and wrestling while he was attending the DuBois Area School District.

“As a young kid, he said, “it wasn’t cool to be musical and an athlete.”

But there was one person who Noble said he listened to growing up that made it cool: Frank Sinatra. And for the past several years, the Greensburg lawyer has been singing his songs with a full band in tow.

Next month, Noble and the Murphy’s Music Center Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the Lakeview Lodge to the benefit of Penn Highlands of DuBois. It will be the first time, Noble said, that he will have performed here since starting with the band three years ago.

“It’s just a real thrill for me to be able to come back and perform,” he said.

Noble performs around Pennsylvania and in Greensburg, where he has lived since the early 1980s and owns his own law firm. Growing up in DuBois, he said he sang in the school choir and listened to big band music, but that he didn’t start performing seriously until later in his life.

A relative who acted in local stage productions, he said, convinced him to audition for one in 1991. He wound up being offered the role of Captain Von Trapp in a production of “The Sound of Music,” and said he has since performed in over 100 stage shows.

Three years ago, he said he was introduced to the members of the jazz orchestra through a mutual friend.

“I fell in love with those guys,” he said. “I’ve been singing with them ever since.”

Noble jokes that his favorite Sinatra song changes depending on which one he’s listening to or singing. Every performance, he said, still gives him a thrill, and it gives his audience one too.

“When I sing ‘Strangers in the Night’, people can’t help but sing. And when I sing ‘New York, New York,’ they can’t help but get up and do the kickline,” he said.

Noble and the Murphy’s Music Center Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Lakeview Lodge at Treasure Lake on Feb. 3, 2018. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the DuBois Area YMCA at 25 Parkway Drive, DuBois PA 15801 or at the Lakeview Lodge at 3871 Bay Road, DuBois PA 15801. For more information or to reserve a table, call (814)-590-1116.

Community panel talks to DASD faculty about preparing students for success beyond high school

DuBOIS — Community panel members talked to DuBois Area School District faculty Monday about preparing students for success beyond high school.

“As we move forward with making a lot of these great curricular changes at the middle school and high school, I’m really excited for the opportunity about making connections with our community leaders so that we can offer more opportunities for our students that align to the careers in our area,” Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Director Anne Young said.

Panel members were as follows:

  • Dick Pfingstler of Atlas Pressed Metals, DuBois: Goal Setting, Leadership, Careers
  • Pam Streitch, director of Strategic Planning and Project Management for Workforce Solutions: Local Career Opportunities and Employable Skills. Workforce Solutions is the workforce development board serving the North Central PA region covering the counties of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter.
  • Janice Bart, DASD School Police Officer and retired state police: Growing Community Leaders and Importance of Community Service
  • Anna A. Akintunde: Opportunties at Penn State DuBois
  • Jarred Hetrick: Triangle Tech Opportunities and Skills Students Need For Success
  • Karen Michael: PennDOT Career Opportunities and Opportunities For High School Students
  • DuBois Walmart Manager Howie Allen

Streitch said the top careers with the most number of openings per year are: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and home help aids.

“You can pick up the newspaper and that’s not rocket science that you’re going to find those in there every time,” Streitch said. “There’s also a huge need for just general laborers. Maintenance and repair workers has been increasing in number over the past few years. Machinists have increased over the past four years by quite a few. Although you won’t see in the labor market information, die setters, die setters are very much in demand and Penn State DuBois has a training program for that.”

She also said supervisors in the retail industry are on the list, as well as automotive service technicians, mechanics, accountants and auditors.

Monday was a teacher in-service day.

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

Brockway's Leah Lindemuth (10) scores on a fastbreak ahead of Clarion's Ali Troese, back, and Kait Constantino (2) during second-half action Monday. Lindemuth scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to help lead the Lady Rovers past the Lady Cats, 49-29.

Man injured in alleged stabbing is in stable condition

DuBOIS — A DuBois man who was seriously injured in an alleged stabbing Friday night is in stable condition, according to DuBois City Police.

“The victim is stable with a chest tube still inserted, but is alert and conscious,” police Chief Blaine Clark said Monday.

Clark said the police planned to get a statement from the 35-year old man Monday afternoon at Altoona Hospital, where he was taken following the incident at about 6 p.m. Friday at 633 Chestnut Ave., DuBois.

According to a previously published Courier-Express article, the injured man ran next door to a neighbor and said he had been stabbed by his girlfriend. The neighbor then called the police and reported the incident.

The suspect, who was not identified, is a 50-year-old woman, the police said. She was located at the home and taken into custody. Charges were filed against her and she was taken to the Clearfield County Jail to be arraigned.

The police reported that the man had been stabbed multiple times. More information will be released as it becomes available.