Archive - 2014 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ Two men have been charged in separate incidents with sale or transfer of firearms, unsworn falsification to authorities and disorderly conduct for attempting to purchase firearms at Elk County Ammo and Arms in St. Marys.
With the number of criminal cases filed in Elk County on pace for a record high, changes within the county judicial system are imminent.
Commissioners and county salary board members on Tuesday voted to eliminate two county intermediate punishment program [IPP] positions and create two additional adult probation officer positions.
Restoration work and exterior repairs are still underway on the courthouse clock tower in downtown Ridgway.
Commissioners recently approved a change order for $18,000 to replace damaged artificial slate.
Seneca Resources, who notified Ridgway residents of their intentions to conduct seismic testing in late spring, has recently brought a team to Ridgway in order to conduct the tests.
Seismic Equipment Solutions in conjunction with Blueline Geo out of Fort Worth, Texas, have set up shop off of Front Street in Ridgway and are reportedly testing areas in the Boot Jack and state Route 120 areas.
With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.
ST. MARYS â€“ After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.
After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.
The Concert Choir of Elk County will be performing the national anthem at the Pirates game this Sunday, June 29. The Pirates will be taking on the New York Mets with the game set to begin at 1:35 p.m.
The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.
A waterline replacement project is underway at the borough-township line in Ridgway in an effort to better serve water customers. The new lines will stretch all the way to Laurel Mill Reservoir.
Paul McCurdy, environmental manager for Ridgway borough, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake placed new 12 inch waterlines near the intersection of Oak Street and West Main Street.