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October 5, 2012

IN BRIEF | Portage man charged with assaulting girls

PORTAGE – A Portage man, who authorities said sexually assaulted two underage girls, faces criminal charges in Cambria County Court.

Andrew David Maul, 19, of the 700 block of East Knox Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

County detectives said Maul allegedly had sex with a

14-year-old at his home had sex with a 15-year-old girl in the back seat of his vehicle.

The incidents took place beginning in July 2011.

Maul was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

He is free on bond.

PennDOT auctioning used equipment

HARRISBURG – PennDOT is auctioning its used equipment in an online sale ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

 There are 161 items up for bid, including snowplows, anti-icing trucks, motor graders, excavators, wheel and backhoe loaders, asphalt equipment, dump trucks, spreaders, skid steers and generators.

More information is available on the website: by typing “47434A – PennDOT.”

Registration is required to bid.

Lunch focuses on bullying, suicide

The Windber Research Institute will host a community lunch and learn from

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will focus on bullying and suicide and will include panel discussion on current bullying-prevention topics.   

James Bozigar will present information about the topic.  WRI trainers will be on hand to discuss the recent cost benefit analysis of bullying prevention programs and the implementation done in partnership with the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Safe Schools.

Reservations are not necessary. For information, email:

LCB member quits amid investigation

HARRISBURG – A 15-year member of the state Liquor Control Board is resigning as state ethics investigators probe whether he improperly took gifts from agency vendors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that P.J. Stapleton, an Indiana native, wrote Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday that his last day would be Friday.

A liquor board spokeswoman said Stapleton is referring questions to his attorney, Hank Hockeimer. Hockeimer’s office said he is out until Monday.

Stapleton’s term expired in May, but he continued serving in the $72,000-a-year post on an interim basis.

Corbett has nominated Philadelphia attorney Ken Trujillo to replace Stapleton on the three-person board.

The Inquirer said Stapleton and other liquor board officials were named in a March report by the state inspector general about gifts that included wine and tickets to sporting events.

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