January 15th, 2015
VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards on February 22 and the list of who
will be nominated for an Oscar has been announced. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman
lead the nominations list with nine each. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination,
and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod. Four Brits were
nominated this year in the Best Acting categories, Felicity Jones has been nominated
along with fellow British actress Rosamund Pike and Eddie Redmayne and Benedict
ST. MARYS â€“Â A Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a Taft Road residence in St. Marys has been ruled accidental with no suspicious circumstances suspected.
The Crystal Fire Department was dispatched around 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported chimney fire at 162 Taft Rd., however upon arriving at the scene they encountered a fully engulfed two-story wood frame structure. In addition, heavy smoke could be seen from the road.
CFD Chief Bill Kraus said the home is a total loss with damage estimated at $250,000.
BRADFORD â€“ A former McKean County sheriff has been cited for corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to a 17-year-old juvenile.
In a report filed Wednesday, Bradley Allen Mason, 52, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of corruption of minors (a first degree misdemeanor) and one count of selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors (a third degree misdemeanor).
The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police when an unrelated civil dispute involving the victim was brought to the attention of law enforcement.
Cloy O. Rhines, 84, of 110 Lecker Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at his home.
He was born June 12, 1930 in Hallton, a son of the late Ralph and Frances Simmerline Rhines.
He married Beverly Bankovic Rhines at Queen of the World Church, she survives.
Ardith Pauline (Trumbull) Johnson, 89, of Toby, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Greensburg where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug following a debilitating illness.
Ardith was born May 26, 1925 in Brandy Camp, daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth (Jefferson) Trumbull.
Ridgway girls basketball were at the brink of overcoming the Eisenhower Lady Knights.
A last-second shot to tie the game was wide of the mark as Eisenhower defeated Ridgway 42-39 Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Kane Lady Wolves basketball team outscored the Johnsonburg Ramettes 27-1 over the second and third quarters of Wednesday nightâ€™s game in the Wolvesâ€™ Den on their way to a 41-18 win.
The Lady Wolves used a balanced scoring attack to get out to an early lead when Johnsonburgâ€™s shooters went ice cold.
ST. MARYS - A structure fire broke out Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. at 162 Taft Rd. in St. Marys. Multiple units from St. Marys and Johnsonburg responded to the fire. Preliminary reports list Fox Township and Ridgway on standby as well.
Overcrowding issues at the Elk County Prison in Ridgway have continued into the new year.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the total number of individuals incarcerated at the correctional facility was 76 inmates.
"We're currently housing 12 females but there are 16 on the books as four are being housed out-of-county due to overcrowding," said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. "Ten males also are housed out-of-county due to overcrowding and other circumstances, but weâ€™re only paying for seven of those currently."
Amid questions presented by the public, the Ridgway Area School District school board defended its budget process and monetary allocations during Tuesday's school board meeting.
Julie Marzella, a resident concerned about potential increases in taxes from the school board, has attended several RASD school board meetings, questioning the board about money that she claims is incorrectly allocated to allow for the school board to raise taxes.