March 11th, 2015
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is considering a revision to a 2013 ordinance that bans injection wells for the disposal of drilling waste fluid.
Township Supervisors Jim Wolfe and Paul Burton Sr. introduced the amended ordinance Wednesday at a meeting at the township building in James City. Supervisor Joe Milstead did not attend the meeting.
Adoption of the revised ordinance could come during a special board meeting March 24 at 7 p.m. at the township building. The supervisors will hear comments on the revisions before acting to adopt them.
A classic play and Hollywood film will be hitting the stage the next two weekends as the Footlighters of Elk County will be presenting "Harvey" from March 13-15 and March 20-21 at Aiello's Cafe.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion as well as a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment.
Donald Craig "Donny" Penfield Jr., 33, of 19 Mertz Ave., St. Marys, is being held at the Elk County Prison with bail set at $25,000 cash.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim arrived at the St. Marys Police Department around 9 a.m. Tuesday with cuts, scrapes and bruises on her head, arms and hands.
WILCOX â€“ Construction activities on the $132.5 million East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project have begun.
Despite winter weather, the project's contractor, Layne Christensen Company of Texas, has started work including setting up numerous trailers onsite, installing project and traffic signs, placement of erosion and sediment control features and stockpiling rock to be used to construct the project's work platform.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District continues to look for answers to projected deficits in this school year and the next during a budget workshop held Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Following a month-long fundraiser, the Ridgway Area High-Middle School was able to donate $1,025 to the Ridgway YMCA in support of the organization's recent pool and fitness center renovations.
Coined "Have a heart month," students, faculty and staff at the Ridgway Area High-Middle School teamed up to raise money for women's heart health throughout the month of February, deciding that the YMCA would be an appropriate beneficiary for the cause.
CLARION â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusaders saw their season come to an end with a 79-49 loss to Farrell on Tuesday night at Clarion University in the PIAA Class A second round.
The Steelers led all the way. They held a 15-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and were up 34-25 at halftime. A strong third quarter gave them a 62-33 lead, and they went on to win 79-49.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â With a new code enforcement officer on staff, the Johnsonburg Borough Council is looking into the condemnation process to help fight the borough's blight problem.
At Monday's council meeting, a property at 208 Church St. was briefly discussed as a starting point for the borough's efforts.
"208 Church St. had burned a couple of years ago," said Mary Polaski, Johnsonburg Borough manager. "Maybe it is time to start on that one to find out what we can do and what we can't do."
KANE â€“ A criminal case against a Kane man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl is headed to McKean County Court.
The defendant is Joseph Allen Snyder, 42, of 323 Moffit Ave., Kane.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" all charges to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing Monday at the Kane court on Fraley Street.
The defendant remains in the McKean County Jail near Smethport in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys woman is charged in multiple felony charges related to the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Chelsea Ann Micale, 27, of 122 Houston Rd., was charged as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's North Central Municipal Drug Task Force.