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Grampian Teen Charged w/ Speeding After Rollover

In Clearfield County on Saturday morning at shortly before 1030.  The Dubois State Police report a small car driven by a 16 year old unidentified male from Grampian was proceeding along (U.S. 219) Chestnut Grove Highway just west of Irishtown Road in Bloom Township when he lost control of the care while engaging a left hand curve.  Police say the teen over corrected causing the car to cross the oncoming lane of traffic while spinning 180 degrees.  The car went off the south side of the roadway and crashed into an embankment with its right side and overturned coming to a stop facing north in the southbound lane.

 

Police say the driver was wearing a seatbelt and no airbags deployed.  The car was towed from the scene by Simbeck Towing.  Assisting at the scene were volunteers from the Brady Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.  Police filed a speeding citation against the boy.  

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Man Hurt in Clearfield Co Rollover

A 23 year old Reynoldsville man was hurt when his full size pickup truck rolled over in Clearfield County Saturday afternoon shortly after 1 pm along Kriner Road in Brady Township a quarter mile west of Harvey Lane.  The Dubois state police report  John Wingert was east bound on Kriner Road and crossed a section of icy roadway causing him to lose control of his truck.  Police the truck rotated about 90 degrees to the left and went off the north side of roadway and crashed into a ditch.  The pickup truck traveled along the ditch and overturned coming to a stop on the road way on its roof facing west. 

 

Wingert was wearing a seatbelt and no airbags were deployed.  Brady Volunteer Fire  Department and Zimmerman Towing assisted at the scene.  No citations were issued due to icy road conditions.  

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Bell Twp. Chimney Fire Damages Home

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal out of Ridgway and personnel of the Mahaffey Volunteer Fire Department investigated a structure fire at 9468 Burnside-McGee Highway in Bell Township, Clearfield County.  Officials reports on Friday about 9:20 am the fire started inside the chimney flue of the structure.  There was no one home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.  The estimated total damage is $35,000.

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Multi-Vehicle I-80 Crash Claims One

A fatal crash on Interstate 80 in Clearfield County Monday afternoon remains under investigation by the Dubois State Police.  The troopers report the crash which closed the super highway, happened at shortly after 2:30 pm at mile marker 104 west bound in Union Township.  It is reported a tractor trailer jack knifed  and was blocking both west bound lanes of the interstate.  Police say four other vehicles: a Ford Freestar SUV, a Dodge Ram Pickup Truck, a Toyota Sienna Minivan and a Honda Element SUV then crashed into the tractor trailer.  The male driver of the Ford Freestar began to get out of his vehicle and was struck by a second tractor trailer and killed.  Police a female passenger in the minivan sustained minor injuries.
The names of those involved and any further details will be released upon completion of the investigation and notifications. 

 

PennDOT reports the roadway was reopened about three hours later.  A detour utilized the Penfield/111 interchange and followed Routes 153 and 322 West, with traffic re-entering I-80 west at either the 101/Dubois interchange or the 87/DuBois /Falls Creek interchange.  

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DuBois Man Hurt in Accidental House Fire Cause by Extension Cord

The Dubois State Police are reporting an accident fire in Clearfield County Saturday afternoon in which the homeowner sustained injury.  The troopers report the Dubois fire department was dispatched to fire at 121 Robinson Street in Dubois, the home James Young, at shortly after 2:15 pm.  When they arrived they found fire on the first floor and quickly extinguished it.  Young had to be taken to an emergency room for treatment of his injuries. 

The Dubois fire fighters called in the state police fire marshal to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  An examination of the scene showed an inordinate number of extension cords and electrical appliances within the living room of the home.  The source of the fire was traced to an extension cord draped over the footboard of a bed located in the living room which caused severe damage to the cord which led to  its failure.  The fire was ruled accident, electrical in nature as a result of improper installation, use and maintenance of an extension cord.   The failure of the extension cord was not the result of the use of space heater.  During the scene examination it could not be determined whether or not any electrical circuits were over loaded or not. 

the fire marshal says damage to the home is estimated at about $65,000.  It was unknown if the home had working smoke detectors. 

The public is reminded to only use extension cords as a temporary measure only.  Take care in ensuring that they are not kinked, pinched or placed under heavy objects or sharp objects when in use. 

 

although not a factor in this fire, the fire Marshal Unit would like to remind the public when using space heaters in a residence, care must be taken to provide them ample space so the heat they produce can dissipate into the room's interior and not radiate to nearby combustible materials.  It is also advised  to install, maintain and test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors within your home as well.  

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SUV Drags Driver, Sustains Serious Injury

The Dubois state police report a driver suffered serious injury shortly after 8:39 on the night of Saturday November 26 in Union Township, Clearfield County.  The troopers say the driver of an SUV, Michael A. Snyder, 48, was stopped along U.S. Route 322 at Rockton Mountain on the east bound side.  Police say he was attempting to exit his vehicle to check the guard rail for damage from a previous crash and forgot to put the vehicle in park.  The SUV began to roll backwards dragging the man  across the highway and into an embankment.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.  Snyder was airlifted to UPMC Altoona for treatment of his injuries.  

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DuBois PSP locates missing 17 yr old boy

UPDATE:  You may remember we reported to you this morning the DuBois state police were on the lookout for a missing 17 year old Sykesville boy.  The boy was located and returned to his guardian.  The boy had been reported missing late Wednesday.  Police say he had been seen exiting his school bus  and walking on South Brady Street in DuBois toward a Subway restaurant.  He was seen again at about 8 pm at a skate park.  

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Sex Crimes Investigated in Clearfield, Jefferson Counties

In Clearfield County, the DuBois state troopers are investigating a reported indecent assault that happened in December of 2012 to boy aged 13 at the time.  Police say the alleged assault took place at Brady Township residence in Clearfield County.  The suspect is reported to be another 13 year old boy. 

Also under investigation by the DuBois state police is a sexting case in Jefferson county.  The troopers report they are investigating the transmission of sexually explicit images of a minor.  The incident is said to have taken place in August at a residence in Fall Creek Borough.

 

Victim one is listed as 14 year old girl.  Victims two and three are also listed as suspects in the case:  a known 16 year old girl and an unknown female.  

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Authorities working to ID drug 'mule' found over guardrail

(AP) — The Clearfield County coroner and other authorities are trying to identify a suspected drug "mule" found dead over a highway guard rail.

WJAC-TV, Johnstown, reports the man's body was found by a motorist along Route 153 on Friday afternoon. The body was found near the Penfield and Route 219 exits in Clearfield County.

County Coroner Mike Morris says an autopsy Sunday suggests the unidentified man died of a drug overdose. Authorities believe the man was a "mule," that is, someone employed to be a drug courier. Such people sometimes even hide the drugs in their body cavities or swallow them in balloons, which can be retrieved later.

 

The coroner's office is working with federal law enforcement agencies trying to identify the man using his fingerprints.

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