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Diseased deer escapes area farm

November 14, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

A deer linked to the Adams County herd where the first cases of Chronic Wasting Disease were found in Pennsylvania recently escaped from a reportedly unlicensed Huntingdon County deer farm, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported on its website Tuesday night.

The deer escaped several months ago from the Gordon Trimer farm, 4794 Trimers Road, Alexandria, a state agriculture official told the newspaper.

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Mathew A. Meals said the deer came from Freedom Whitetails, 694 Johnstown Road, East Freedom. Freedom Whitetails had bought the deer from the owner of the infected herd in New Oxford, Adams County.

Meals told the newspaper that the Alexandria operation did not have the required license for operating a deer farm from the Agriculture Department and the incident is "under investigation by the department."

Trimer, Freedom Whitetails and a third area operation - Nelson Whitetails of East Freedom - are under quarantine with 27 other Pennsylvania operations, the state said.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose in certain geographic locations in North America, the state Game Commission said. It attacks the brains of infected members of the deer family and produces small lesions that eventually result in death.

There is no evidence that the disease affects humans, according to the Game Commission.

Altoona ices Hempfield

HEMPFIELD - Tom Keating scored two goals to lead Altoona to a 2-1 win over Hempfield in ice hockey on Monday at Kirk Nevin Arena.

Altoona goalie Catcher Cumming faced 18 shots on goal and made 17 saves.

Two NC golfers honored

MARION CENTER - Northern Cambria placed two golfers on the Heritage Conference all-star team for 2012-13.

Tyler Tiesi, a PIAA state qualifier, and Ray McCollough represented the Colts on the first team, along with Homer-Center's Ian Illig, United's Anthony Bono and Blairsville's Chris Sisitki.

Other Northern Cambria athletes to earn Heritage Conference all-star status were C.J. Wiewiora in boys cross country, Allyson Kopera and Adriana Frontino in girls cross country and Lakyn Fornari in volleyball.

Three Red Flash recognized

LORETTO - The St. Francis University football team's John Kelly, Dane Domonkos and Bishop Neal all earned national honors from the College Football Performance Awards Monday.

Kelly threw for a season-high 263 against Monmouth and added a pair of passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Domonkos returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score to break a seven-seven tie in the first quarter and gave SFU a lead it never relinquished. Neal racked up three tackles, a sack and an interception that sealed the win for the Flash.

Kelly went 16-for-21 throwing with a pair of scores to earn national honorable mention quarterback of the week accolades. The senior also rushed for 46 yards on 16 carries and for a second half touchdown to seal the win for SFU. Domonkos earned co-kickoff returner performer of the week with his 97 yard return for touchdown. Neal earned national honorable mention linebacker of the week honors.

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