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Daily News Stories for Friday, February 27, 2015:
An attempted luring near a Beaver County elementary school has the district and parents on alert. The attempted luring took place on Madison Street in Rochester Wednesday afternoon. Three boys walking home from Rochester Elementary School say three men in a red van stopped them and tried to lure them inside by offering money. The district immediately contacted the police. School officials and police are asking the public to be extra vigilant and if you see a red van around the area, and it feels suspicious, call police.
The tax collector in Baden has resigned amid an audit and investigation underway into major tax receipt discrepancies both in the borough of Baden and the Ambridge Area School District. The missing money was collected by Cynthia Kristek's office, which has been run by her husband, Keith Kristek. The Baden Borough Council will likely meet next week to accept Kristek's resignation. Then, the Council will appoint a temporary tax collector, until a special election in November, which will be scheduled to fill Kristek's term that expires at the end of 2017. The Beaver County District Attorney's Office has launched an investigation into the financial records.
Beaver County officials want to see people of all races in jobs throughout the private and public sector. The County Commissioners are moving forward with an outreach program that calls for improving training of staff, forming a diversity committee and creating a plan for promoting more opportunities for minorities, among other efforts. Don Sheffield will act as coordinator for the initiative. He will head a group comprised of 10 to 15 county employees to help move forward and direct a diversity agenda.
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