March 4th, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An investigation concluded that a fire was intentionally set Oct. 11, 2014 in the basement of a Wilcox Road residence, where a razor knife and blood soaked rags were found.
The investigator, Trooper David Powell of the State Police at Punxsutawney, suspected that Thomas William Prechtl, 47, had set the fire to further harm himself or to hide the fact that he had engaged in self-harm. He faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of arson, and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.
Without amendments to an outdated state statute used to help fund 911 centers across the state, emergency communications may soon be in dire straits.
Formerly known as the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (Act 78) of 1990, it is now Chapter 53 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and allows for a monthly fee of $1.50 for a landline and $1 for wireless or internet.
"People are dropping their landlines and itâ€™s becoming more difficult to cover the costs," said Elk County Commissioner June Sorg.
ST. MARYS â€“ A vehicle fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Tennant's Auto Outlet in St. Marys, damaging a garage at the rear of the property and destroying a two-door Chevy pickup truck.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 3:49 p.m. for a report of a vehicle fire endangering a structure at 729 South St. Marys St.
The Ridgway junior high basketball teams were honored with a banquet Monday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Seventh-grade coach Ed Thorwart introduced the players and spoke about getting the players to adapt to the Elker style of basketball.
JAMES CITY â€“Â The Highland Township supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to allow The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) to proceed in defending the township in a lawsuit over a township ordinance regulating injection wells.
The decision came after a 30-minute public meeting in which the township supervisors and approximately 25 residents of the township and the county were able to voice their opinion on what should be done with the lawsuit.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg girls basketball honored their 2014-2015 team with a banquet held Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School.
Varsity head coach Ellie Kocjancic introduced the four seniors and gave each one of them plaques referencing a game which stood out in her mind from the past season. Taylor Wolfe was the first senior mentioned and Kocjancic remembered the Ramettes win at Curwensville in which she scored 15 points and held Ciara Strickland to 14 points. Wolfe was also the Defensive MVP award winner.
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The weeklong sweet 16th birthday celebration of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous reached its high note Saturday with the annual auction attended by a large crowd.
Auctioneers auctioned off a wide variety of artistic creations throughout Saturday at the annual event on Court Street in downtown Ridgway.
Robert F. McCabe Sr., 82, of High Street, Johnsonburg, died early Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a short illness.
He was born July 7, 1932 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Francis and Maude (Fellows) McCabe.
On May 9, 1961, he married Patricia Klink and she survives.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and had retired from the Johnsonburg Paper Mill after 43 years of service.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the American Legion and the K of C. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He lived all his life in Johnsonburg.
ST. MARYS â€“ A fire Friday morning broke out on the Straub Brewery property in St. Marys and destroyed a structure utilized as a maintenance and storage building.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were dispatched at 9:16 a.m. for a report of a structure fire at a commercial industry site at 303 Sorg St. in St. Marys.
"Upon arrival we found that the maintenance storage building was fully involved so at that time we called for mutual aid from Fox Township, Ridgway and Johnsonburg," said Tom Bauer, public relations representative for Crystal Fire Department.