Commodore Perry board names new member

HADLEY — Commodore Perry School Board has a new member.

Shirley Myers was appointed Monday to fill the seat vacated by long-time board president Jeffrey Landfried’s resignation.

Ms. Myers, 64, runs a notary public business from her home on Methodist Road and previously worked at UPMC Horizon, Greenville. She represents Otter Creek and Salem townships.

Ms. Myers said she decided to apply for the seat because she wanted to do something to help the community. Her daughter is a teacher at Commodore Perry and graduated from there, she said.

The position is up for election next year and Ms. Myers said she plans to run for it.

Landfried resigned in September and the board had trouble filling the position last month. Then Ms. Myers and Sharon Wrobleski each applied for the job.

Charges held for alleged theft and near break-in

MERCER AREA — An East Lackawannock Township man had charges held to Common Pleas court last week for two incidents where police said he tried to break into a garage and smuggle steaks under his shirt out of a grocery store.

Brian Lee McNamee, 33, of 726 Pulaski-Mercer Road, had charges of retail theft, attempted burglary, possession of instruments of crime, criminal mischief and trespassing held by District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer.

State police said McNamee shoved six packs of steaks under his shirt Oct. 30 and tried to walk out of Walt’s Golden Dawn, Coolspring Township. A witness followed him to the parking lot and ordered him to unzip his jacket. He saw the steaks poking out of McNamee’s shirt, police said.

McNamee drove off, police said, and they tracked his license plate to a car rental agency in Hermitage, which identified him. Grocery store surveillance video also showed McNamee taking the steaks, police said.

About six days later, Mercer police said a woman reported she pulled into her home on Shenango Street and saw McNamee using a pry bar on her garage. Police said the lock on her garage was damaged and they found McNamee and a car matching the woman’s description at McNamee’s home.

Police said he admitted to having been at the garage, but said he stopped because he saw an unknown man at the garage and, upon investigating, saw the door was damaged and decided to try fixing it with a tire iron in his trunk.

Board re-approves private company to run cafeteria

MERCER — Mercer School Board re-approved a five-year contract Monday with a private food service company to run the district’s cafeterias.

The contract approved in June had to be re-bid due to new requirements from the state. On Monday, AVI Food Systems, Warren, Ohio, was once again chosen.

The school board will continue to employ cafeteria workers the first year, said Superintendant Dr. William D. Gathers. AVI will run everything else. After the first year, AVI also controls employment for the next four years of the contract.

Gathers said the cost of having their cafeterias privately run is about the same. The big difference will be improved food selection and services, he said.

Herald reports

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