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April 25th

Driver in 6-fatality crash to stand trial on 35 charges

April 25, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will stand trial on 35 charges as the alleged prescription drug-impaired driver in a Route 219 traffic accident last Aug. 31 that claimed the lives of six people.
Kathleen S. Douglas, 37, appeared Friday morning in McKean County Court on her scheduled “last day to plea” in the case.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren took the bench at 10:12 a.m. in the small courtroom to face the defendant and her court-appointed lawyer—Smethport attorney James P. Miller. County District Attorney Ray Learn appeared for the prosecution.

Elk County Historical Society celebrates 50 years

April 25, 2014

On Friday evening, the Elk County Historical Society celebrated 50 years in existence with a dinner at The Royal Inn. Elk County residents joined together to look back on the past 50 years of the society and the many strides the society has taken since its inception in 1964.
Historical Society executive director Mary Kalinowski, who has been with the organization for seven years, offered some of the history of the society as well as her thanks for the support from the county.

April 24th

Former Hamlin Twp. treasurer is sentenced to jail

April 24, 2014

SMETHPORT – Julie Sue Graham-Olson, 54, has been sentenced to McKean County Jail for using Hamlin Township money as her own while serving as the township’s secretary-treasurer for nearly four years.
In a ruling Thursday in McKean County Court, President Judge John Pavlock sentenced the defendant to spend between nine months and 23.5 months in the county jail near Smethport.

Ridgway triathlon this Saturday

April 24, 2014

Officials at the Ridgway YMCA are preparing for the 33rd Annual Ridgway Triathlon scheduled for Saturday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m.
As of Thursday evening, 124 participants had signed up, including 14 ironwomen and 27 ironmen
"I have never seen that many individuals entered ever," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "I've been doing this for over 10 years and the event is in its 33rd year. We will keep doing this as long as there is interest."

Man charged in Sheetz knife-wielding incident

April 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A Brookville resident is charged with removing items from Sheetz and then threatening a witness with a 5 3/4 inch bladed knife.

April 23rd

Rural community college gains traction

April 23, 2014

Educational needs of an underserved populace in rural Pennsylvania may finally be addressed by legislators this year.
House Bill 1701, now in the House Education committee, aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.

Officials to keep sharp eye on loan program

April 23, 2014

With mandates set down from the state Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED], officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharper eye on their extensive loan program.
The active loan portfolio boasts 266 loans representing roughly $26.3 million in financing from all funds.

Rohr waived for court on child pornography charges

April 23, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A Ridgway man was waived for court Wednesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge George King on over 30 felony charges of child pornography.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 34, of Ridgway, was charged as a result of a search warrant served in November 2013 by the State Police Computer Crime Unit.

St. Marys couple charged in vehicle theft

April 23, 2014

ST. MARYS – Two St. Marys residents are facing felony charges in the theft of a vehicle that occurred Thursday night.
According to affidavits of probable cause, David John Krise, 31, of St. Marys, conspired with Alanna Nicole Lilja, 22, of St. Marys, to steal a white 2004 GMC Sonoma truck, which belonged to Frank Bauer, Lilja's stepfather. Lilja reportedly told officers that it was Krise's idea to take the truck to go to Philipsburg to buy drugs and try to sell the truck.

April 22nd

DEP proposing landfill cover and excavation

April 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] has recently proposed cleanup of a Ridgway Borough-owned landfill site, located on Jakes Hollow Road off of state Route 948 in Ridgway Township.

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