Archive - Jul 9, 2011
A fugitive who walked out on his work release approximately 11 months ago has been apprehended in Hartwell, Ga.
According to Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer, William Umstead, who previously was employed as a laborer for a company in Bradford, has been on the loose for nearly a year.
Umstead, serving a 90-day sentence for domestic relations [failure to pay child support], was granted work release but failed to report back to Elk County Prison following his shift nearly a year ago.
The Elk County road improvement project on state Route 120 that began last year and resumed in April is expected to be completed by September.
The work zone on SR 120 stretches east for four miles from Ridgway toward St. Marys.
"Work includes concrete patching, concrete resurfacing, curbing and ramps, manhole adjustments, drainage and guide rail updates," said Marlaine Fannin, PennDOT community relations director.
Crews have begun moving equipment and materials and are working on drainage upgrades, tree trimming, the guide rail replacements and paving.
William Bruce Beck, age 90, of Pleasant Drive, Warren, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie.
Born Oct. 5, 1920 in Renovo, a son of Harold Reed Beck and Ruby Losey Beck, he married Betty Jane Caldwell in Brookville on Aug. 11, 1951; she preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2003.
He was a World War II veteran having served with the Army Air Corps 439th Troop Carrier Group, 93rd Troop Carrier Squadron as a glider pilot and also was a veteran of the Korean Conflict in the 1094th Special Reporting Squadron as an Air Force officer at Manzano Base in Albuquerque, N.M.