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April 7th

Local author publishes novel

April 8, 2014

Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.

April 6th

Municipal authority preparing for manhole project

April 7, 2014

The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority is preparing to begin a manhole rehabilitation project for several manholes with damage to the interior in the Montmorenci area.
According to Carl Gosnell, Works Superintendent for the authority, the project consists of repairs to 11 manholes that "require attention," spanning from the area between Rich's Farm Market and Fairmont Road.

April 4th

Fire in Byrnedale

April 5, 2014

BYRNEDALE – Emergency responders battled a house fire late Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday at a house just off Log Cabin Lane in the area of 19850 Bennetts Valley Highway in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township) were dispatched to the fire at 11:18 p.m. along with Bennetts Valley Ambulance.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) responded shortly after 11:50 p.m.

Charges against doctor 'bound' to county court

April 5, 2014

BRADFORD – Charges against a Bradford doctor for the alleged inappropriate touching of two young married women in his medical office have been "bound over" to McKean County Court.
Bradford District Judge Dominic Cercone sent the two separate cases to county court Friday following back-to-back preliminary hearings. Combined, the two hearings lasted more than two hours.

April 3rd

Stephanic in court on homicide charges

April 4, 2014

Elk County President Judge Richard Masson listened to several omnibus pretrial motions on Thursday during a hearing for Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, who is currently incarcerated in the Elk County Prison on charges he allegedly shot and killed June Talmadge, 48, during a Sept. 3 incident in the parking lot of Eastern Sintered Metals.

Ridgway man charged in child pornography case

April 4, 2014

A Ridgway man was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge King Thursday morning with multiple felony counts of possession and dissemination of child pornography.
Police say Theodore Robert Rohr, 34, of Ridgway was found to be in possession of approximately 40 images of child pornography and one movie depicting child pornography. According to the police affidavit, Rohr's computer was seized during the execution of a search warrant at Rohr's apartment on Nov. 21, 2013.

Borough to update water policy

April 4, 2014

The Ridgway Borough Council discussed several new updates to the borough water policy during a council work session held Thursday afternoon. The new updates will come into effect May 1 and include the elimination of shutoff notices from the billing process.
Billing dates will be changed to the 21st of each month, or the following Monday should the 21st fall on a weekend, approximately one week later in the month than the current water and refuse due date.

April 2nd

Two arrested on drug, conspiracy charges

April 3, 2014

BENEZETTE – A Wilcox woman and a St. Marys man were arrested Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges, including felony charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police found approximately 1.5 ounces of marijuana, several glass smoking pipes, a scale and several glass pipes in a priority mail envelope during a search of a room at the Benezette Hotel that was occupied by Jeremiah Adam Dilley, 34, of St. Marys and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 29, of Wilcox.

Fire reported in Jones Township

April 3, 2014

JONES TWP. – A structure fire was reported Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m. at 97 Camp Rd., just off Rasselas Road in Jones Township.
Elk Company 6 (Wilcox Fire Department), Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg Fire Department) and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) responded to the call, and the Kane Fire Department was on standby at the Wilcox Fire Department.
Heavy smoke was initially reported according to scanner reports.

Dance company hosts community showcase

April 3, 2014

ST. MARYS – On Sunday the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) is hosting a showcase featuring their 2014 season routines. There is free admission to the event being held at Elk County Catholic High School with a 2 p.m. curtain call.
This season's 22 dancers encompass the largest group in company history which is based out of April School of Dance in St. Marys.
"This competition season has gone very smooth," said Jennifer Blankenship, DDCC founder and artistic director. "Every time we start a new season it's a challenge for me and my dancers. It was an intense season."

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