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October 11, 2012

Morning Briefing | Man honored for perfect Rotary attendance

BRADFORD — Robert Kirk has spent 52½ of his 85 years doing one thing exceptionally well: attending Rotary Club meetings.

The northwestern Pennsylvania man is being honored by the service organization's international magazine, The Rotarian, for never missing a monthly meeting in those 52-plus years.

Kirk lives in Bradford, about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, but has taken advantage of a rule that allows members to attend meetings in other states and countries.

A world traveler who enjoyed free trips because of his son's employment with a major airline, Kirk has attended Rotary meetings in all 50 states and 33 foreign countries. He estimates he's kept his perfect attendance streak alive by attending 400 to 500 meetings in other locations.

The Bradford Era reports Kirk also braved a blizzard in Denver, and checked out of a hospital to attend meetings.

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Police: Dad left daughter, 1, to go rob homes

BROOKHAVEN — Police say a man left his 1-year-old daughter home alone while he tried to break into neighbors' houses in a Philadelphia suburb.

Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning in Brookhaven. They say 20-year-old Arthur Langley was arrested after a resident called 911 to report a suspicious person.

The Delaware County Times reports Langley allegedly told police he had been looking for places people sometimes leave keys, and then mentioned he'd left his daughter home alone.

Police went to his house and found the girl in a child seat watching television. Police called the girl's mother to come pick her up.

Langley is being held on $100,000 bail on charges including attempted burglary and endangering the welfare of a child. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Chopper in fatal crash was nearing airport

TOBYHANNA — A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter involved in a crash that killed two people and injured a third in northeastern Pennsylvania had hit trees as it approached an airport.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says the helicopter crashed after striking the trees. Authorities say the site of Tuesday night's crash site in Coolbaugh Township is about a mile from the airport.

The NTSB says it will be conducting an investigation on the crash throughout the week.

Authorities have identified the victims as 52-year-old William Ellsworth, of Califon N.J., and 51-year-old Tighe Sullivan, of Darien, Conn. A third man, Stephen Barral, of Bernardsville, N.J., was seriously hurt.

Officials say the men were on their way back from a golf outing in New York and hit bad weather.

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