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December 25th

Local man charged with theft from employer

December 25, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man is facing felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing money from his place of employment.
Jamie Neal Wilson, 35, of 10 Mark St., a store manager at St. Marys AutoZone, is accused of stealing money that he was responsible for depositing at PNC bank and taking cash from registers.
On Nov. 20, the St. Marys Police were contacted by AutoZone's regional loss prevention manager who reported that three deposits were missing from Oct. 17-19.

December 23rd

No tax hike budget approved for county

December 24, 2014

County commissioners unanimously approved a $12.35 million county operational budget plan Tuesday morning for 2015.
The spending plan reflects no tax increase while maintaining “full continuation of all vital county services, programs and departments, including a 3 percent cost of living increase for bargaining and non-bargaining employees,” according to the county’s board of commissioners.

Close waived for court in domestic dispute

December 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man was waived for court on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a violent dispute over child custody which resulted in the injury of a 2-year-old girl.

Michele "Michael" Costanzo

December 24, 2014

Michele "Michael" Costanzo, 91, of 314 First Ave., Johnsonburg, died Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born July 2, 1923 in Platina, Italy, son of the late Francisco and Maria Rosa Visconti Costanzo.
On Feb. 27, 1947, he married Emanuela Perri in Italy. She died Aug. 13, 2013.
He resided in Johnsonburg since 1950 and had graduated from high school in Italy.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church where he was very active and was an usher for many years. He was an avid gardener.
He served in the army in Italy.

Jeanette T. "Janet" Yonker

December 24, 2014

Jeanette T. "Janet" Yonker, 89, of 155 W. Mill St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at her home.
She was born Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1925, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Clara Young Neubert.
On July 30, 1960 in St. Benedict's in Daguscahonda, she married Paul Yonker, who survives.

Elk County Catholic remains undefeated with win at Ridgway

December 24, 2014

A win for Elk County Catholic boys basketball over a state-ranked rival gave ECC the No. 1 seed in the Elk County Holiday Tournament this weekend. Perhaps early Christmas presents for ECC and their supporters, perhaps a figurative lump of coal for the Elkers and their fans.
Elk County Catholic remained undefeated with a 57-43 win at Ridgway Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.

Rams overpower Wolves for 69-36 win

December 24, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg junior Kevin Benson (24 points) and senior Zane Hodgdon (15 points) combined Tuesday night to outscore the Kane Wolves basketball team (1-3) in a 69-36 win in the Paper City.
"I don't know what our shooting percentage was but it must be one of the highest that we've had all year, and that has to do with taking the proper shots," Johnsonburg head varsity boys basketball coach Bill Shuey.
The Rams (5-3) dominated on the boards Tuesday night as they built a commanding lead and never looked back.

December 22nd

Benezette man charged in jewelry theft

December 23, 2014

JAY TWP. – A Benezette resident has been charged with the theft of various pieces of jewelry, including items of sentimental value to Denise Lorraine Bahl, 55, of Force.
Robert Joseph Wehner, 46, of Benezette was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property when another acquaintance, Earnest Caldarelli, searched Wehner's belongings and found him to be in possession of Bahl's jewelry as well as jewelry belonging to Caldarelli. Wehner reportedly told police that he wasn't present when they went through his suitcase and doesn't know where the jewelry came from.

Margaret H. Casolo

December 23, 2014

Margaret H. Casolo, 95, of 410 N. Broad St. in Ridgway, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Oct. 6, 1919 in Bordell, daughter of the late John and Louis Abbott Hooper.
She married Michael Casolo on Jan. 9, 1960, he survives.
Margaret Casolo was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, and she had been employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Bradford, and as a sales clerk for G.C. Murphy's in Ridgway. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Rams edge North Clarion, 60-53

December 23, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – While some passes slipped away from Johnsonburg boys basketball Monday night, the Rams made sure the game didn't.
Johnsonburg closed out the game on a 12-5 run to take a 60-53 victory over North Clarion at Johnsonburg Area High School.
The Rams outscored North Clarion 23-12 in the fourth quarter.

A win for Elk County Catholic boys basketball over a state-ranked rival gave ECC the No. 1 seed in...
JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg junior Kevin Benson (24 points) and senior Zane Hodgdon (15 points)...
JOHNSONBURG – While some passes slipped away from Johnsonburg boys basketball Monday night, the...