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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Schweiker Presents Citizen Crime-Prevention Awards.

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker today awarded 24 Pennsylvanians with the prestigious Governor's Award for outstanding achievement in community crime prevention.

The awards ceremony in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, concluded the 1999 Statewide Crime Prevention Conference. For the past three days, 250 law- enforcement officers from across the state have been learning about crime trends and prevention strategies. The conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

"These spirited citizens have put words into action -- working to fight street-level crime and starting new economic, educational and mentoring opportunities across this great Commonwealth," Lt. Gov. Schweiker said. "Gov. Ridge and I are proud to recognize these great Pennsylvanians for their unwavering commitment to creating safer communities."

The award recipients were honored for their dedication to crime prevention in the communities where they live. Their accomplishments include overseeing Crime Watch and child-identification programs; volunteering their time to teach prevention education in schools, churches and senior centers; and organizing community events that educate their neighbors about the importance of prevention.

Lt. Gov. Schweiker oversees Pennsylvania's Weed and Seed Initiative, a program that seeks to improve the quality of life in high-crime communities. Violent offenders are "weeded" from a neighborhood through intensive law- enforcement and prosecution efforts, then the neighborhood is "seeded" with revitalization, prevention, intervention and treatment.

The recipients of the 1999 Governor's Award for Outstanding Citizen Crime Prevention Volunteers are:

Adams County:

Clyde Baumgardner, Gettysburg

Allegheny County:

Charles LoPresti, Jefferson Hills

Diane M. Perry, Findlay Township

Berks County:

Dr. Robert L. Batdorf, Reading

Bucks County:

Marla K. Chaet, Yardley

Doris Ennis, Bristol

Caroline Williams, Bensalem

Butler County:

Rose H. Hawk, Butler

Centre County:

Cynthia A. Powant-Hampton, State College

Delaware County:

Ethel T. Smolin, Springfield

Jefferson County:

Steven E. McPherson, Brookville

Lackawanna County:

Thomas A. Preambo, Scranton

Robert F. Tuffy, Dunmore

Lancaster County:

Doris H. Johnson, Lancaster

Lebanon County:

Marcella A. Lesher, Lebanon

Luzerne County:

Gaetano Izzo, Wilkes-Barre

Montgomery County:

Diane B. Misko, Abington

Philadelphia County:

Katherine A. Clyde, Philadelphia

Stefanos Kotridis, Philadelphia

Cathy L. Russell, Philadelphia

Venango County:

Arlene R. Cook, Franklin

Westmoreland County:

John A. Scozio, North Huntingdon Township

John L. Patterson, Lower Burrell

York County:

Joanne Borders, York

For more information, contact Alison Delsite, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 717-705-0888, Ext. 3002.
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