Monthly Archives: December 2009


December 16, 2009For Immediate Release.

DUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that Clearfield County has qualified for the  Recovery Act - Justice Assistance Grant.

Shaw stated that his office administers the JAG grant for Clearfield County.  In the spring of this year, the JAG grant was applied for in an effort to obtain funding for qualified municipalities to purchase police vehicles.  In August 2009, Shaw was notified that Clearfield County was awarded $60,224.00 in Recovery Act funds.

Shaw presented DuBois City Mayor John "Herm" Suplizio with a check in the amount of $15,036.00 to enable the DuBois City Police Department to purchase a new police vehicle.

Shaw said the grant award will help municipalities maintain the size of their current police forces without the need to downsize.  Police protection is extremely important and we all need to work together to recognize and maximize opportunities for obtaining funding, Shaw said.  Shaw further noted that the purchase of police vehicles will assist local auto dealers and suppliers of police equipment, as well as the auto industry in general.  

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December 16, 2009.  For Immediate Release.

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr. announced today that a man charged with Rape of a Child has been sentenced.

Shaw identified the defendant as 27 year old  Jason Paul Erskine of Schoonover Road, Morrisdale, Pennsylvania.  Erskine is currently housed in the Clearfield County Jail pending transfer to the State Prison System.

A criminal complaint filed by Trp. Thomas R. Granville of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, charged Erskine with: 1) Rape of a Child, F1; 2) Statutory Sexual Assault, F2; 3) Indecent Assault, M1; 4) Indecent Exposure M1, 2 Counts; and 5) Corruption of Minors, M1, 2 Counts.

An affidavit of probable cause filed with the complaint provides that Granville was dispatched to the Clearfield Hospital Emergency Room on December 21, 2008, at approximately 4:00 in the morning where a five year old female was being treated for sexual assault.  Erskine had been staying at the victim’s home when the assault occurred.  During the night, the victim’s mother heard the victim yelling "he’s hurting me".  The mother ran to the victim and discovered the victim without any pants or underwear.  Erskine was standing nearby.  Also present was the victim’s three year old younger sister.  Erskine fled from the residence.  Within a short period of time, the State Police located Erskine who was taken into custody.

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