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South Connellsville adds to reward for stolen trench box

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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

South Connellsville Councilman Guy Napolillo said on Tuesday the Municipal Authority of South Connellsville is going to offer a reward of $500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the theft of a trench box during the summer.

“That box is worth over $7,000,” Napolillo said. “They want to offer $500 and wanted to know if council would be interested in putting up a similar amount.”

Council agreed to add $500, bringing the total to $1,000, pending approval of the borough solicitor.

Council is looking into the possible purchase of a 2008 Crown Victoria police vehicle located through the state surplus program.

The vehicle has low mileage and lists for about half the cost of a new automobile.

“This is state surplus and not something that we have to bid,” Napolillo said. “It's perfectly OK for us to do this.”

Council also hired Curtis Benko as a part-time police officer.

Napolillo said the long search for an officer would have been shorter if officers were paid better.

“We have to try to be more competitive,” Napolillo said. “We need to pay our police officers more.”

John Peterson of East Gibson Avenue asked council to consider placing police cars on Cedar Avenue in an effort to deter speeding.

“It is posted as a 25 mph (zone) on Gibson Avenue,” Peterson said. He said there are only two speed limit signs in the area. “My concern is the people that are going 45 to 50 mph.”

Peterson asked whether additional signs could be posted and whether police could park on the west side of Cedar.

“If they see the car, then it could possibly deter them from speeding,” Peterson said. “I don't expect one to be there all the time, but I would like to see a cruiser sitting there periodically.”

Councilwoman Karen Holbrook brought a sample of an American flag for consideration for purchase.

Council agreed to purchase 100 of the 3-by-5-inch flags, which will be used to line the streets during holidays.

The remaining flags will be available for purchase for $5 in the borough offices.

Council set trick or treat for 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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