October 9th, 2012
BELLEFONTE â€“ "It's a story of betrayal."
This is how presiding Senior Trial Court Judge John Cleland of Kane labels the child sexual abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Cleland, speaking Tuesday before sentencing at a packed Centre County courtroom in Bellefonte, told the defendant "you abused trust in those who trusted you."
BELLEFONTE â€“ The "Tickle Monster" will be going to prison, most likely for the remainder of his life.
Jerry Sandusky, 68, convicted in June of molesting 10 young boys over a 15-year period, was sentenced Tuesday to spend a minimum of 30 years in prison.Â
Senior Trial Judge John Cleland of Kane handed down the sentence at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys man charged with arson and related offenses after allegedly setting fire to his father's home waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday before District Judge Mark Jacob.
Steven Ray Hulings, 25, of St. Marys, was in District Court Tuesday after being charged on Oct. 4 for a July 14 arson at the 137 Lynch Rd. home of his father and stepmother, who were away on an out-of-town camping trip at the time of the incident.
The Ridgway Area School district held a Act 130 tax discussion during Tuesday night's regular school board meeting to further prepare voters for the November general election.
In attendance were several members of the general public and members of the Ridgway Area Teacher's Association [RATA].
The discussion, led by RASD Finance Manager Brent Rhoads, focused on a board approved referendum that is designed to repeal its existing earned income tax and replace the lost revenue by increasing the existing earned income tax by .4 percent.
RIDGWAY - The Salvation Army in Ridgway will continue to shoot for the sky as Lieutenant Esther Wilson, Core Officer, takes the reins at the church and community center.
A third-generation Salvationist, Wilson went into the training school in Suffern, N.Y., roughly 45 minutes away from New York City, and her first appointment in Ridgway started back in July.
"As an ordained minister, the Salvation Army is a church, first and foremost," Wilson said. "Everything that we do is based on the love of God and the love that He has for us, and we extend that to the community.
Ronald L. Holmberg, age 74, of 322 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 at UPMC Hamot in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 17, 1938 in Ridgway, son of the late Clarence J. and Hazel B. (Dunkle) Holmberg.
He married Nancy H. Peterson on Nov. 7, 1959; she survives.
Jeanette D. Hughes, 73, of Cuba, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at home.
Born on March 17, 1939 in Lackawanna, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Kelsey Colley. On Sept. 5, 1959, in St. Jude's Episcopal Church, South Buffalo, N.Y., she married Arthur G. Hughes who passed away Nov. 18, 2009.
Jeanette was a graduate of Frontier High School Class of 1956. Mrs. Hughes worked a short time for Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo but most was a happy homemaker and loving wife for her family.
DuBOIS â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader doubles duo of Laira Reuscher and Sophie Herzing, both seniors, defeated their cross-town rivals of Aubrey Wiesner and Chelsea Agosti from St. Marys Area 6-2, 6-1 to claim the District 9 Class AA doubles title on Tuesday afternoon at DuBois Area High School.
Tough scoring conditions met both Ridgway and Elk County Catholic but the Elkers were able to defeat the Crusaders 212-220 in action Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Josh Roselli of Ridgway was the medalist for the day with his score of 36.
â€śThe scores were high for the two top teams in District 9 as Laurel Mill Golf Course played tough,â€ť Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said. â€śGive Josh Roselli credit for being that guy that we have been searching for and going low to make the difference.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council declared the residence at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg a public nuisance during Monday afternoon's regular meeting.
On Aug. 22, a fire at the residence destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures and a vehicle. The residence of 208 Church St., owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated several feet away.