The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 23, 2012

State in brief 11/24/2012


Charity set up for boy who died at Pgh. zoo

PITTSBURGH – The family and friends of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled by wild African dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo have set up a Christmas charity to honor his memory.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that organizers of the Trucks for Maddox charity hope to make it an annual event.

The parents of Maddox Derkosh originally requested the trucks instead of flowers because the boy loved to play with trucks and share them with his friends.

More than 4,000 trucks have been donated already. They’ll be given to Christmas charities for needy children.

In Cambria County, a Trucks for Maddox collection will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at The Galleria in Richland Township. Items can be dropped off in the lower level parking lot nearest the Sears entrance or inside near the information booth and Boscov’s. The local effort is being coordinated by volunteers from Bedford Speedway, Thunder Valley Raceway, Cruisin’ for Courtney Charities and Hea­ther’s Haven, a camp for children battling cancer.

More information is available online: https://www.facebook.com/TrucksForMaddox

Parents sue district for not protecting girl

KITTANNING – The parents of an Armstrong County student claim in a federal civil rights lawsuit that school officials failed to protect her from a former girls’ tennis coach convicted of groping her during practice when she was 15 years old.

The Tribune-Review reported the parents and daughter are identified only by initials in the lawsuit filed Wednesday. They are suing the Armstrong County School District and 64-year-old Dennis Lee Zellefrow, the Kittanning High School coach who pleaded guilty in September 2011 to corruption of minors and indecent assault.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge William Shaffer sentenced Zellefrow in October 2011 to up to three months in jail and nearly five years of probation, according to court records.

 

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