August 1st, 2012
A 12-member jury delivered mostly guilty verdicts Wednesday in well over 100 individual charges against Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, stemming from a succession of camp burglaries committed in Elk, McKean, and Cameron counties between late 2010 and 2011.
The verdicts came following hours of deliberation, with the charges and jury's decision delivered individually, designated by county and camp. Some charges were listed twice on the verdict slip as Aiello was charged with burglarizing a number of camps on two separate occasions.
Like so many in Ridgway, Mary Lynne Bellottiâ€™s YMCA experiences stretch back to her early childhood. Although her home was considered to be part of Ridgway, she actually lived about 9 miles out of town. She recalls it was a treat to walk to the YMCA after school; it was a great place to swim, play games or just hang out with friends.
"You go through many stages in your life," Bellotti said, "and each stage holds its own memories."
Edward R. Flacinski, 88, of 103 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Stanley and Catherine Brzostek Flacinski. He married Shirley Nyquist, who survives, on Oct. 1, 1949 in St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Ridgway. He had resided in Johnsonburg all of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1942.
BOYERTOWN â€“ Wednesday's game seemed to mirror Tuesday's through the first few innings.
Only this time, Wilcox was the team to score late runs for the victory.
Wilcox scratched out runs in the sixth and eighth innings for a 2-0 win over host team Boyertown Wednesday afternoon at Bear Stadium in Boyertown at the Pennsyvlania American Legion Baseball Tournament.
The second day in the jury trial of Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, charged with 134 counts of felony burglary and charges related to camp burglaries that occurred across Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties between 2010 and 2011, saw testimony from investigators as well as the defendant's half-brother, who is also charged in the crimes.
Mark Paul Kimes Aiello, 20, of Kane, testified Tuesday that his half-brother Daniel Aiello burglarized over 100 camps in Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties beginning in Benezette Township in November 2010.
ST. MARYS â€“ From aircraft displays and a classic car show to an array of vendors, the St. Marys Municipal Airport's annual American Spirit Aviation Festival is hoping to attract a large crowd on Saturday, Aug. 25.
"We've been struggling in the past, but we are doing a lot better. Our nose is above water and we expect it to get better. This festival is part of all that, changing the image of the airport," said Alan McPherson, airport manager. "This has been an annual event and has been getting bigger every year. This year is more about seeing if we can make this go."
Due to a lack of funding and community support The River, a faith-based community teen center, at 20 Gillis Ave. in Ridgway will be closing its doors after four years of service to the community.
Teen Center Director Bill Braley and his wife Kristen have been with The River since its inception.
BOYERTOWN â€“ The Wilcox American Legion baseball team lost 5-2 to Ephrata in the opening game of the Pennsylvania American Legion baseball tournament held Tuesday afternoon at Boyertown.
Both teams were wrapped up in a pitcher's duel for most of the game. Cole Peterson started for Wilcox and threw five shutout innings. He gave up three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Brandon Miller threw a complete game for Ephrata and shut out Wilcox for the first eight innings before allowing a 2-run home run in the ninth. He allowed just four Wilcox hits and struck out six.
The Main Courtroom at the Elk County Courthouse was near capacity Monday, with members of the public and witnesses arriving for the first day in the jury trial of Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, charged with over 100 counts of felony burglary in a spree that spanned 13 months and three counties.
For his alleged role in the crimes, Daniel Aiello is charged with the following: felony burglary; felony and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking of moveable property; criminal conspiracy; and criminal mischief with damage to property through reckless, negligence, or intention.
ST. MARYS â€“ When Janet Wolfe received an email earlier this years from an acquaintance who was trying to raise funds to host an orphaned child from Eastern Europe through New Horizons For Children, Inc., she was less interested in helping them fundraise than she was in also potentially hosting one of the children during the five-week-long summer program.