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McAdoo teen is placed in detention center for fatal crash

Published January 19. 2010 05:00PM

An 18-year-old McAdoo youth, who had been ruled to be delinquent by a Columbia County judge, was sentenced Monday by a Schuylkill County judge to be confined in a detention home until he reaches his 21st birthday for causing the death of two teenagers in an automobile accident in September, 2008.

A huge crowd filled the courtroom and heard tearful testimony from the parents of the deceased youths and heard Joseph Puglio apologize. Judge Jacqueline Russell called attention to the grieving the people suffered before imposing the sentence.

The accident happened on Sept. 3 off Scotch Valley Drive in Beaver Township, Columbia County, near Bloomsburg. Since the accident happened in Columbia County Puglio, who was 17 at the time, first appeared before a judge in that county. Senior Judge Scott W. Naus ruled him delinquent. Under Pennsylvania law, because Puglio was a Schuylkill County resident, his case was transferred to his home county for final disposition.

Puglio will be confined to the Alternative Rehabilitation Community in York until he reaches 21.

State police said Puglio was driving at speeds reaching 100 miles-per-hour when his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt left the road and crashed into a concrete building. Five persons were in the vehicle. Killed in the crash were Paul J. Penkala and Steven Geraci, both 17, and both of West Hazleton. The others were all injured but have since recovered.

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