DuBOIS — The 4th annual Tour de Varacallo Bike Race brought 66 cyclists out to ride for a good cause on Sunday.
The race and memory walk is held in honor of Dr. Albert Varacallo Jr., a DuBois doctor who was killed in a head-on accident while riding his bicycle in 2010.
Sunday marked the eighth Dr. Albert Varacallo Memorial Event — a series of fundraisers held by his family to benefit the Dr. Albert Varacallo Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to students studying healthcare.
Luanne Varacallo, the late doctor’s wife, said Sunday was a great success.
“We had beautiful weather and community support,” she said. “We had a great turnout, from the cyclists and their families, to the people who did the memory walk, and family and friends who stopped by to visit.”
The men’s overall winners were Ryan Johnson, Mike Reed and Scott Olosky, and the women’s were Shelley McCune, Rebecca Arturo and Diana Wolfe.
Members of the AmServ DuSAN Community Ambulance and DuBois EMS first responders bike team also participated to ensure the safety of other riders. DuBois City and Sandy Township police officers, the DuBois and Sandy Township fire departments and Union Township Fire Department also helped to keep the route safe.
Luanne said Dr. Varacallo’s family, friends and the cyclist community helped raise $19,500 for the foundation. The tour usually raises almost $20,000 each year.
The race also helps bring awareness to the importance of bicycle safety, while bringing the community together to honor a man who was dedicated to helping others. Cyclists participating are challenged by the 18-mile scenic route.
“We want to keep his legacy alive, because he was a wonderful husband, father, physician and friend, who was taken from us much too early,” Luanne said in a previous Courier Express article. “We thought having a bicycle race in his name would be a great way to honor him.”
Since his death, Dr. Varacallo’s family members have carried on the tradition of giving back to the people around him, including his son, Albert Varacallo III, who is owner of the DuBois Dream basketball team.
For more information, visit www.docvfoundation.com.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — A man has been arrested in connection with a number of reports of theft from vehicles in Punxsutawney.
According to Punxsutawney Police Chief Matt Conrad, a number of residents reported items were stolen from their vehicles during night hours. The thefts occurred throughout several wards and neighborhoods over a several-week time period, Conrad said.
A debit card taken from a vehicle and then presented at a local bank led to the arrest of 20-year-old Shawn Marche, who reportedly has previous retail theft and theft from motor vehicle convictions.
An arrest warrant was issued for Marche, Conrad said, and he is being charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.
Officers apprehended Marche on Foundry Street in Punxsutawney Tuesday. Marche reportedly confessed to stealing from vehicles and attempting to use the stolen debit card. During the arrest, police are reported to have discovered he also was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Marche reportedly admitted to previously providing a false statement to police as well. He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
The suspect has additional charges pending for possession of drug paraphernalia and false reports to law enforcement, Conrad said.
FALLS CREEK — The body of a known 43-year-old man was found at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sandy Lick Creek, according to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police are not identifying the man until the next of kin have been notified.
The man was found in the area of Route 830 and Tannery Road (near Falls Creek) in Sandy Township, Clearfield County.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Police said further details will be released once notification had been made to the man’s next of kin. The investigation is continuing.