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January 20th, 2015
County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough council held a brief workshop meeting Tuesday to discuss ongoing projects within the borough, mainly the projects to repair Harrison Avenue and the Johnsonburg Community Center.
The Johnsonburg Community Center was discussed as borough officials are trying to decide what to do with the walking track in the building, which has been cracked and closed since late 2014.
The crack was a result of water damage that occurred after a water line broke at the building, according to councilman Louis Imbrogno.
Over 20 residents of Ridgway Borough attended Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting to discuss the discontinued curbside recycling program that the council voted to cut starting on Jan. 1.
Some citizens argued that borough officials did not explore all options when they decided to ax the program.
The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."
With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Through a 'Blight to Flight' project by a team from Leadership Elk County, the Knothole Recreational Park in Johnsonburg is expected to receive new playground equipment in the spring of 2015.
The project started after Leadership Elk County assigned Donna Costanzo, Sarah Grunthaner, George Hasselman and Katie Herzing to a group, tasking them with finding a sustainable and beneficial project to do within an Elk County town.
BRADFORD â€“ A Bradford businessman is charged with murder in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, is accused of criminal homicide in the death of Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43.
According to the criminal complaint filed with Bradford District Court Judge Dom Cercone, Stidd shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Friday behind Togiâ€™s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford.
BENEZETTE â€“ A Bradford man faces criminal charges in a May 31, 2014 one-vehicle motorcycle crash, which resulted in major injuries to Ashley J. Beckwith of Bradford.
Daniel S. Hushon, 41, is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person, as well as summary offenses of driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed and reckless driving.
A makeshift memorial shrine may soon be removed according to initial plans by Ridgway Borough officials.
The memorial-- a handmade wooden cross and artificial flowers-- rests in front of a fence at a small park located at the corner of North Broad Street and Eagle street in Ridgway. The tribute is for Brian Holterback who died July 13.
At press time, television reports indicated borough officials were allowing the shrine to stay although those reports could not be confirmed at press time.
"They feel so blessed to receive the things that we take for granted every day."
That's one of the key points for Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer, who along with other members of the local community are preparing for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.