Monthly Archives: March 2011

DA SHAW ANNOUNCES CHILD MOLESTER SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a Clearfield County man has been sentenced to state prison for Aggravated Indecent Assault, Incest, and Statutory Sexual Assault.

Shaw identified the defendant as Russell D. Cowfer, age 35, of Curwensville. Currently, Cowfer is housed in the Clearfield County Jail pending transfer to the State Prison System.

A Criminal Complaint filed by Trooper Terry Jordan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, charged Cowfer with: 1) Statutory Sexual Assault, F2, 2 Counts; 2) Aggravated Indecent Assault, F2, 4 Counts; 4) Incest, F2, 2 Counts; and 4) Indecent Assault, M2, 4 Counts.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Jordan provides that in March 2010, the Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into a report of Statutory Sexual Assault and related crimes.  State Troopers interviewed the victim who reported that Cowfer had been having inappropriate sexual contact with her for nearly 6 years. The victim also reported that the frequency and severity of the sexual contact had escalated as the years progressed, eventually occurring at least twice a month. 

On December 6, 2010, Cowfer tendered a plea of guilt to the charges. The Honorable Paul E. Cherry issued an Order on December 7, 2010, directing that Cowfer undergo a Megan's Law assessment by the State Sexual Offender's Assessment Board prior to sentencing. A Megan's Law Hearing was scheduled for March 28, 2011.

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CAPTURED – CHARLES ENGLISH

March 30, 2011

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

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Charles English, age 27, of West Street, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.

English was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on March 28, 2011.

On September 7, 2010, Trooper Robert Straw of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging English with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; 2) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; 3) Careless Driving, S; and 4) Restraint Systems, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Straw states that on August 7, 2010, while on routine patrol, troopers observed a vehicle cross over both the center line and fog line multiple times. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Straw detected signs of  impairment and requested that English perform field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, English was taken into custody and transported to the Clearfield Hospital for blood testing.

 

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FUGITIVE- CHARLES ENGLISH- CAPTURED

March 30, 2011

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

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Charles English, age 27, of West Street, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.

English was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on March 28, 2011.

On September 7, 2010, Trooper Robert Straw of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging English with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; 2) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; 3) Careless Driving, S; and 4) Restraint Systems, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Straw states that on August 7, 2010, while on routine patrol, troopers observed a vehicle cross over both the center line and fog line multiple times. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Straw detected signs of  impairment and requested that English perform field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, English was taken into custody and transported to the Clearfield Hospital for blood.

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WANTED FOR DUBOIS BURGLARY

DUBOIS - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the Clearfield County Crimestoppers are seeking information to identify the person or persons responsible for two recent DuBois City burglaries.

Shaw reported that on January 25, 2011 the DuBois City Police Department was dispatched to a Love Street residence for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. Shaw stated that the victim reported that she arrived at her residence and found that the rear door was ajar. Upon entering her residence the victim found that an unknown male was inside her home, and that the male asked her if she had found his dog. The male then ran from the residence, heading towards Patterson Avenue.

Upon investigation it was found that jewelry was missing from the victim's home. The victim also relayed that the male had an "olive" complexion and was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt or jacket and blue jeans.

Shaw stated that on February 17, 2011, the DuBois City Police Department received a report of a burglary at a residence on Patterson Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene, Officers reported that there was forced entry to the front door of the residence. Officers secured the residence and did not locate anyone inside. The victim relayed that a bottle of prescription medicine and a coin collection were missing from his home.

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DA SHAW ANNOUNCES DUBOIS MAN SENTENCED FOR THEFT OF GAS RIGHTS

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a DuBois man has been sentenced for the theft of gas rights.

Shaw identified the defendant as John S. Walker, age 59, of West Long Avenue, DuBois.

On August 6, 2010, Trooper Kimberly Ronan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Walker with: 1) Theft By Deception, F3, 33 Counts; and 2) Tampering with Public Records of Information, F3, 2 Counts.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Ronan provides that in March 2010, the Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into the theft of 40% of the gas and oil interests underlying multiple parcels within a 2,765 acre tract of land in Morris Township. Upon investigation it was found that Walker had recorded two fraudulent deeds in Clearfield County, establishing the ownership of 40% interest of gas and oil rights underlying the 2,765 acre tract of land in Morris Township. Walker's fraudulent recording of the two deeds effected the ownership interests of property owners in Morris Township.

On January 27, 2011, Walker tendered a plea of guilt to the charges of: 1) Theft By Unlawful Taking, F3, 33 Counts; 2) Tampering with Public Records of Information, F3, 2 Counts; and 3) Criminal Attempt/Theft By Unlawful Taking, F3. Continue reading

FUGITIVE- WAYNE CLIFTON- CAPTURED

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

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Wayne Clifton, age 53, of E. Walnut Street, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Clifton was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on March 21, 2011.

On March 15, 2011, Trooper Terry Jordan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Clifton with: 1) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, F3, 8 Counts; 2) Theft By Deception, F3, 8 Counts; 3) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M1, 73 Counts; 4) Theft By Deception, M1, 73 Counts; 5) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M2, 55 Counts; 6) Theft By Deception, M2, 55 Counts; 7) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M3, 7 Counts; and 8) Theft By Deception, M3, 7 Counts. Upon filing the charges, Trooper Jordan also obtained a warrant for Clifton's arrest.

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CAPTURED – WAYNE CLIFTON

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

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Wayne Clifton, age 53, of E. Walnut Street, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Clifton was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on March 21, 2011.

On March 15, 2011, Trooper Terry Jordan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Clifton with: 1) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, F3, 8 Counts; 2) Theft By Deception, F3, 8 Counts; 3) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M1, 73 Counts; 4) Theft By Deception, M1, 73 Counts; 5) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M2, 55 Counts; 6) Theft By Deception, M2, 55 Counts; 7) Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition, M3, 7 Counts; and 8) Theft By Deception, M3, 7 Counts. Upon filing the charges, Trooper Jordan also obtained a warrant for Clifton's arrest

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DA SHAW SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT PENN STATE LAW SCHOOL

  CLEARFIELD - On March 24, 2011, Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., spoke to students at the Penn State Law School.

Shaw was a guest lecturer for Professor Katherene Conner's Externship Placement Course. Shaw spoke to the students about the role of a prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice system. Shaw explained how a prosecutor is not merely an advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but must also be a minister of justice and must ensure that an accused is afforded all of their constitutional rights. Shaw outlined the duties of a prosecutor from the filing of criminal charges to the completion of a jury trial. Shaw also answered various questions from the students about practicing criminal law in Pennsylvania.

Shaw has been working closely with Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law for the past several years, speaking to students about various legal issues as well as annually hiring a legal intern from Penn State's University Park location. Shaw stated that giving a law student the opportunity to complete an internship with the Clearfield County District Attorney's Office provides the student with an invaluable experience in a hands-on environment while also allowing the student to earn credits towards their law degree.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – March 28, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of March 28, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Charles English, age 27, of West Street, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that English is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on March 24, 2011.

On September 7, 2010, Trooper Robert Straw of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging English with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; 2) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; 3) Careless Driving, S; and 4) Restraint Systems, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper Straw states that on August 7, 2010, while on routine patrol, troopers observed a vehicle cross over both the center line and fog line multiple times. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Straw detected signs of  impairment and requested that English perform field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, English was taken into custody and transported to the Clearfield Hospital for blood testing.

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CAPTURED – WILLIAM J, MATTHEWS

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

Shaw identified the Fugitive as William J. Matthews, age 25, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Williams was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on March 7, 2011.

On September 22, 2009, Officer Peter Largey of the Sandy Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Williams with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; and 2) Reckless Driving, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Officer Largey states that on August 30, 2009, the Sandy Township Police Department responded to the scene of a one vehicle accident on Coral Reef Road. Upon arrival at the scene of the crash, it was found that the vehicle had traveled off the roadway and two passengers had suffered injuries as a result of the accident. The driver of the vehicle was identified as William J. Matthews. Upon speaking with Matthews, Officer Largey detected signs of  impairment and requested that Williams perform standard field sobriety tests. After administering the field sobriety tests, Williams was transported to the DuBois Regional Medical Center for blood testing.

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