Area/Region News In Brief…

Hospice

receives donations

Hospice of Warren County, a non-profit affiliate of Warren General Hospital, received contributions during June in memory of Norman and Viola Abbott, Ray Berdine, Raymond Blum, Millie Brindis, Betty Campbell, Sidney Card, Jack Donovan, Ross Fisher, Charles Robert Frantz, Nancy Gerbec, Joan Hamel, Clyde Harman, Harlan Hill, Kathy Jacobs, Blaine Jones, David Martin, Betty Morrison, Lloyd Paul, Helen Perry, Kathy Rhodes, Geoffrey “Jody” Rossman, Richard Sedon, Doris See, Geraldine Stoddard, Glen Valentine, Richard “Kobe” Webb, Jeanne Williams, Conrad and Myrtle Youngberg.

Donations can be sent to Hospice of Warren County at P.O. Box 68, Warren, PA 16365 or online at www.hospiceofwarrencounty.com/donations. Donations support the comprehensive Hospice Program, including the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence, Palliative Care Service, DeFrees Support Program, and the Bereavement Services.

Pleads guilty,

but no remorse

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – The former business manager of a Catholic school in northwestern Pennsylvania will spend seven years on probation after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $170,000 from it.

But the sentencing judge and prosecutor didn’t get what they wanted most: a show of remorse.

Although he was ordered to pay restitution to St. Peter Cathedral School in Erie, David Earls told the judge he wouldn’t promise to get a job to repay the money and claimed he was entitled to most of it, the Erie Times-News reported.

Investigators determined Earls stole most of the money between 2001 and 2012 by giving himself unapproved raises. At his sentencing Tuesday, Earls told Erie County Judge Daniel Brabender that the raises were approved, only to be “disapproved” later.

Earls, 63, also pleaded guilty to making more than $14,000 in unauthorized purchases using school credit cards.

The judge seemed to acknowledge the money won’t be entirely repaid, telling Earls, “Most likely you will go to your grave on the plus side, compared to St. Peter School.”

FirstEnergy

seeks rate hikes

READING, Pa. (AP) – The four Pennsylvania subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corp. are seeking rate increases to help pay for infrastructure enhancements.

The utilities filed rate plans with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday.

Under the proposals, residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours a month would see their bills increase by 11.8 percent for Penn Power, 14.7 percent for West Penn Power, 16.3 percent for Penelec and 17.8 percent for Met-Ed.

FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Operations President Dave Karafa says the new rates would allow the company to use technology to reduce the number of outages and the number of customers affected when outages occur.

The utilities want to put the rates into effect Oct. 3.

Mine closing

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Virginia coal company plans to close a longwall mine in southwestern Pennsylvania, citing a depressed coal market and the fact that the mine is nearing the end of its coal reserves.

Alpha Natural Resources, of Bristol, Virginia, says about 500 workers will lose their jobs when the Emerald Mine near Waynesburg closes by the end of next year. The company hopes to transfer some of those workers to another nearby mine.

Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield announced the closure as the company reported a $512 million loss in its second quarter which ended June 30.

The company cited increasing coal imports, low natural gas prices, and low prices for metallurgical coal, which is primarily used to make coke, a fuel used to make steel.