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September 3rd, 2014

Judge upholds police search in 6-fatality crash case

September 4, 2014

SMETHPORT – A judge has upheld a police search involving the defendant in a criminal case linked with a 6-fatality crash on Route 219 near Lantz Corners just over a year ago.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren issued his ruling Wednesday during a 40-minute hearing at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport.
The judge’s decision comes less than two weeks before the scheduled Sept. 15 start of a jury trial for Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane. Another pre-trial “suppression-of-evidence” hearing is set for next Thursday, Sept. 11.

Jacqueline Anne “Jackie” Weinstein

September 4, 2014

Jacqueline Anne “Jackie” Weinstein, 51, of Emporium, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 after battling a lifelong illness that she finally succumbed to in her Emporium home.
She was born Jan. 18, 1963, beloved daughter of Rose M. and Martin E. Koch of Ridgway, and the oldest of three children.
Jackie was the heart-bound companion and wife of 27 years to Larry Weinstein of Chicago, Ill. with whom she raised her crown jewels of her life, sons Robert “Cody” Mathis and Justin Weinstein.

Raymond P. Fields

September 4, 2014

Raymond P. Fields, 61, Kriner Road, DuBois, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Born Sept. 8, 1952 in Ridgway, he was the son of Horace and Norma (Britton) Fields. His mother survives and lives in Brockport.
On Sept. 22, 1973, he married Judy M. (Utzinger) Fields. She survives.
He retired from the Reynoldsville Casket Company. Previous to that, he worked at Chapman Auto Parts.

Gail J. Gerg

September 4, 2014

Gail J. Gerg, 79, of 509 West Main St., Ridgway, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born Feb. 15, 1935 in St. Marys, son of the late Harry and Margaret Cunningham Gerg.
He married Roselyn Schilk, she survives him.
He was a commercial electrician by trade, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was also a member of the Ridgway Legion and Elks.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael and Daniel Gerg; step-children Timothy, Christine, Stephanie, Mary and Charles; and several grandsons, granddaughters and many great-grandchildren.

September 2nd

Ridgway girls soccer wins season opener

September 3, 2014

Ridgway girls soccer ended the season last year with a loss against DCC in the playoffs.
Tuesday afternoon, a new season equaled a new result for the Lady Elkers.
Caitlyn Viglione scored a hat trick while Julie Alford and Rachel Smith added goals for Ridgway in a 5-0 win over DuBois Central Catholic at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.

Wayne C. Brechtel

September 3, 2014

Wayne C. Brechtel, 65, of 159 Terra Cotta, Johnsonburg, died Aug. 31, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born March 14, 1949 in Ridgway, son of Eugene R. "Gene" and Catherine J. Rezmerski Brechtel.
He resided in Johnsonburg for the past 14 years and formerly resided in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Frostburg, Md. He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1967. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Central Hose Co., and served in the Pa. National Guard. He had played AAA baseball in the Houston Astros Farm System. He loved to play cards.

Rose Marie Szymanski

September 3, 2014

Rose Marie Szymanski, 73, of Jarrett Street, Wilcox died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 1, 1940 in Glen Hazel, daughter of the late Andrew & Helen (Bodistow) Zimmerman. On May 16, 1964, she married Walter F. Szymanski, who preceded her death on June 11, 2003.

James A. Glatt

September 3, 2014

James A. Glatt, 57, of Little Ave., Ridgway, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, 2014 at home after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 24, 1957 in St. Marys, son of Andrew G. and Rosalie Mae (Dorio) Glatt.
He married Shirley (Fink) on Nov. 9, 2001, she survives.

Robert A. Frey

September 3, 2014

Robert A. Frey, 86, of 9596 Route 219, Brockport, and a former Kersey resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born Oct. 16, 1927 in St. Marys, son of the late Leo and Veronica Smithbauer Frey.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. He retired from Airco Speer in 1989 after 45 years of service.
Mr. Frey was a member of the St. Boniface Church, an avid hunter and fisherman and loved bowling, woodworking and airplanes.

St. Marys shooting situation a hoax

September 2, 2014

During a media briefing Pa. State Police Public Information Officer Bruce Morris stated at 5:10 p.m. the incident at the St. Marys Area High School was a hoax and no one has been injured or killed.

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