Monthly Archives: November 2010

DA BILL SHAW PARTICIPATES IN MOCK TRIAL WITH DUBOIS STUDENTS

CLEARFIELD- On November 19, 2010, Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., participated in a mock criminal trial with 8th grade students and teachers from the DuBois Area Middle School. The event was held at the Clearfield County Courthouse.


The mock criminal trial, State of Pennsylvania v. Julie Ann Baun,  was for the charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault, and included opening statements, the presentation of evidence, and closing arguments. During the trial, evidence was offered related to fingerprint analysis, DNA analysis, and expert testimony.


Shaw acted as the defense counsel in the simulated criminal trial, with teachers Jeffrey Bellerillo and Robert Anderson acting as the lead prosecution attorney and assistant prosecution attorney. The Honorable Judge Paul E. Cherry presided over the mock trial, with students from the DuBois Area Middle School participating as the witnesses and jury.   


Shaw commended both the students and teachers on their hard work and preparation for the event. 

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CAPTURED – TRAVIS HEICHEL

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced the capture of a wanted fugitive.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Travis L. Heichel, age 34, of North 3rd Street, Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania.

Heichel was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on November 8, 2010.

On August 7, 2010, Patrolman Charles Marshall of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Heichel with: 1) Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, M; 2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, M; 3) Driving Under the Influence, M1; 4) Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, M1; 5) Resisting Arrest or Other Law Enforcement, M2; 6) Registration and Certificate of Title Required, S; 7) Driving on Right Side of Roadway, S; 8) Driving on Divided Highways, S; 9) Careless Driving, S; 10)Reckless Driving, S; 11) Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle or Property, S; and 12) Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Marshall states that on August 6, 2010, the Lawrence Township Police received a report of a possible driving under the influence on SR 879. Witnesses observed a Chevrolet Impala traveling in the median of the opposite lane, and also observed the vehicle strike a street sign. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver initially refused to exit the vehicle. When the driver did comply and exit the vehicle Marshall detected signs of impairment as well as other signs of intoxication. Police also located a chrome pipe commonly used for inhaling marijuana and a small bag of suspected marijuana. Thereafter, Marshall took Heichel into custody and transported him for blood testing. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2010

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 FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Tanya Marie Catalina

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County’s Fugitive of the Week for the week of November 22, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Tanya Marie Catalina, age 26, of Krenshaw Road, DuBois, Pennsylvania.               

Shaw stated that Catalina has two pending cases and is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on November 18, 2010.

On April 8, 2010, Corporal Shawn A. McCleary of the DuBois City Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Catalina with: 1) Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, M; 2) Endangering Welfare of Children, M1; 3) Required Financial Responsibility, S; 4) Reckless Driving; and 5) Careless Driving.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by McCleary states that on December 29, 2009, the DuBois City Police were dispatched to the intersection of South Brady St. and Olive Ave. for the report of a two vehicle crash. Upon arrival McCleary observed two vehicles, a tan 2001 Chrysler sedan and a blue 1999 Ford station wagon, both of which sustained damage.
 

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CAPTURED – BENJAMIN KNIGHT

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced the capture of a wanted fugitive.

Shaw identified the fugitive as Benjamin Christopher Knight,  age 25, of Rt 208, Knox, Pennsylvania.

Knight was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on October 25, 2010.

Shaw stated that Rangers from the United States Park Service in Roanoke, Virginia took Knight into custody after charging him with Driving Under the Influence in a Federal Park.

Knight was extradited to Clearfield County on November 18, 2010, to face charges of: 1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, M1; 2) Registration Card to be Exhibited, S; 3) Obedience to Traffic Control Devices, S; 4) Flashing Signals, S; and 4) Driving on Divided Highways, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Michael Fletcher, of the Pennsylvania State Police, DuBois Barracks, states that while on routine patrol, officers observed a Subaru Baja fail to stop for a flashing red light at the intersection of SR 219 and SR 830.  The vehicle then turned left heading north in the southbound lane of SR 219.  Upon stopping the vehicle, Fletcher detected signs of  impairment and requested Knight to perform field sobriety tests.  Knight was then transported to DRMC for blood testing.

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DA BILL SHAW ATTENDS CENTRE ELEMENTARY ANTI BULLYING PROGRAM

CLEARFIELD- On October 14, 2010, Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., joined the Centre Elementary School in celebrating its Olweus Bullying Prevention ProgramKick-Off Event. At the event community members, bus drivers, parents, faculty, staff and students joined together to support the school-wide anti-bullying plan.


Shaw congratulated the administration of Centre Elementary School for providing such an important program.  Shaw told the teachers, students, parents, and staff how proud he was of them for their efforts to educate young people on the need to identify, address, and stop bullying.  Shaw told the students how important it was not to bully others and encouraged the students to treat each other the way they wanted to be treated.


The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), created by the Clemson University Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States. For more information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program go to http://www.clemson.edu/olweus.


Also present at the event were the Honorable Judge Paul E. Cherry, State Representative Camille “Bud” George, Officer Mike Morris (Lawrence Twp. Police Department), Shawny Bennett (CASD Transportation Coordinator), and Barbara Mumford (Fullington Bus Company).   

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DA SHAW SPEAKS AT ROTARY CLUB OF DUBOIS MEETING

DUBOIS - On November 16, 2010, Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., was the guest speaker at a meeting for the Rotary Club of Dubois.

Shaw spoke to the Rotary Club members about the Clearfield County District Attorney's Office Crimestoppers- Fugitive of the Week initiative. DA Shaw explained the benefits of the program, focusing on the ability of community  members to anonymously provide useful information to law enforcement. Shaw also discussed the success of the program thus far, highlighting the number of successful captures made of fugitives who had been listed as the Fugitive of the Week.  

Additionally, Shaw spoke about the increase in the number of white-collar crimes in the area, noting that the victims of several of these particular crimes are nonprofit organizations. Shaw also answered questions from the Rotary Club members and outlined procedures of the Clearfield County District Attorney's Office.

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DA SHAW ANNOUNCES VICTIM/WITNESS OFFICE REACHES MILESTONE

 CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the Clearfield County Victim/Witness Office has reached a milestone for crime victims compensation claims, surpassing the $50,000.00 mark for the year 2009.

Shaw stated that Clearfield County Victim/Witness advocates work extremely hard to assist crime victims navigate through the criminal justice system.  Shaw noted that each Victim/Witness advocate works diligently to aid crime victims in addressing the financial consequences placed upon them as the victim of a crime.

Shaw reported that the Victims Compensation Assistance Program is designed to help victims with their financial difficulties.  Crime victims may be eligible to receive financial help from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program for a variety of expenses, such as, medical and counseling expenses, loss of earnings, loss of support, stolen cash, relocation, funeral, or crime scene cleanup.

Judy Shirey, Director of the Clearfield County Victim/Witness Office, stated that the Victims Compensation Assistance Program is a great resource for crime victims to recover their financial loss.  Shirey stated that the program is funded through fines paid by convicted criminals at no cost to taxpayers.

Shaw stated that Judy Shirey and her team of advocates work very hard to secure compensation for crime victims and make every effort to get claims paid in a timely manner. Shaw reported that in 2009, the Compensation Program paid $53,287.00 to victims and providers in Clearfield County, and through October of 2010, the amount paid has totaled $27,893.00.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Melissa Palmer

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County’s Fugitive of the Week for the week of November 15, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Melissa M. Palmer, age 30, of Chapman Trailer Court, Dubois, Pennsylvania.               

Shaw stated that Palmer is wanted for failure to appear at Sentencing Court and Motions Court on November 9, 2010.

On March 16, 2010, Officer Brian Lockwood of the Dubois City Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Palmer with: 1) Access Device Fraud, M1; and 2) Receiving Stolen Property, M2.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Lockwood states that on September 28, 2009, the Dubois City Police received a report that Palmer had left a DuBois City business without paying for services. An employee of the business reported that Palmer and a known male presented a debit card in order to secure services.  The employee later discovered the debit card had been cancelled. Palmer and the male individual left the business without paying for the services received.

A Preliminary Hearing was held on April 23, 2010, at which time the charges were held for Court, and Palmer was released on bail upon condition that Palmer commit no further crime. 

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – November 8, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK -Travis Heichel

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County’s Fugitive of the Week for the week of November 8, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Travis L. Heichel, age 34, of North 3rd Street, Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania.               

Shaw stated that Heichel is wanted for failure to appear at Arraignment Court on September 29, 2010.

On August 7, 2010, Patrolman Charles Marshall of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Heichel with: 1) Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, M; 2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, M; 3) Driving Under the Influence, M1; 4) Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, M1; 5) Resisting Arrest or Other Law Enforcement, M2; 6) Registration and Certificate of Title Required, S; 7) Driving on Right Side of Roadway, S; 8) Driving on Divided Highways, S; 9) Careless Driving, S; 10)Reckless Driving, S; 11) Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle or Property, S; and 12) Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages, S.

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DA BILL SHAW SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT SAFETY DAY

CLEARFIELD- On September 15, 2010, Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., participated in Clearfield County’s 4th Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. This one-day event teaches children safety and health lessons that can keep them and those around them safe and healthy in school and at home.


Present at the event were nearly 300 second grade students and teachers from eight (8) Clearfield County schools including: Bradford Elementary, Centre Elementary, Clearfield Alliance Christian, Clearfield Elementary, Curwensville Elementary, Girard-Goshen Elementary, Penn-Grampian Elementary, & St. Francis. There were fourteen (14) safety-related stations on the topics of: Gun Safety, Bullying, Crime Stoppers, Hand Washing, Lyme Disease, Tobacco Prevention, First Aid, Disability Awareness, Poison Look-a-Likes, Seatbelt/Car Seat Safety, Amusement Park Safety, Bicycle/Helmet Safety, PA One Call, and Electric Safety.

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