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June 3rd, 2014

Rape case against Mt. Jewett man goes to jury

June 3, 2014

SMETHPORT – It's now up to the jury to decide the fate of a Mt. Jewett man charged with rape.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, is accusing a raping a former Mt. Jewett woman. She was 26 years old at the time of the alleged rape on Nov. 2, 2012 at a secluded area near Hutchins.
The Kane Republican does not publish the names of alleged sexual assault victims.
Two days of testimony in the trial at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport wound up Tuesday afternoon.

Ecklund trial scheduled for Thursday

June 3, 2014

A Ridgway man is set to go to trial at Elk County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5 on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault on a person less that 16 years of age.
Charges were filed in September 2013 against Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of 4236 Grant Rd., Ridgway. Police report that on Aug. 20, 2013, the victim's mother came into the Ridgway Borough Police station with her daughter, 14, to report that her daughter had had sex with Ecklund, who was 22 at the time.

Security team switch at courthouse

June 3, 2014

County commissioners on Tuesday morning voted to swap security companies for the Elk County Courthouse's single point of entry.
Allied Barton had been providing security for the courthouse at $17.10 an hour. Kellington Protection Services has now taken over security responsibilities at the courthouse at $16.50 an hour.

June 2nd

Chamber gearing up for Talented Town

June 2, 2014

The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for another one of their First Friday Events in order to promote their goal of "Shop Local" as well as offer area residents a chance to get together in downtown Ridgway on a Friday evening.
June's event is "Talented Town," an open mic night to be held at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Act 13 Shale disbursement figures released

June 2, 2014

Elk County and its 12 municipalities will benefit from over $1 million in funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fees and greenways funding.
At the county level, the impact fees distributed totals $350,665.54 along with greenways funding totaling $30,233.25.
The county commissioners in early May announced the establishment of a grant program designed for the redistribution of a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.

Trial begins for Mt. Jewett man charged with rape

June 2, 2014

SMETHPORT – A trial for a Mt. Jewett man charged with rape began Monday in McKean County Court, featuring the testimony of the alleged victim.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, is accused of raping a former Mt. Jewett woman who was 26 years old when the alleged incident took place on Nov. 2, 2012. The Kane Republican does not publish the names of victims involved in alleged sexual assaults.

June 1st

Crash near visitor center in Benezette

June 1, 2014

BENEZETTE TWP. – Two Bradford residents suffered major injuries Saturday evening on Homestead Drive near the Elk Country Visitor Center.
The crash occurred on at 7:28 p.m. as a 2013 BMW K1500 GTL motorcycle, operated by Daniel S. Hushon, 40, of Bradford, was traveling south on Homestead Drive. Hushon reportedly passed another vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle. It exited the roadway and both Hushon and a passenger, Ashley J. Beckwith, 30, also of Bradford, were thrown from the motorcycle.

RHS celebrates Class of 2014

June 1, 2014

The Ridgway Area High School Class of 2014 graduated Friday night in a ceremony held at Memorial Field in Ridgway.
A total of 55 students are a part of this year's high school graduating class.
The students walked across the football field to "Pomp and Circumstance" which was performed by the Ridgway High School band.
Anna Hoyt, Katy Mazur and Abby Fullem performed the national anthem before the RHS band performed the alma mater.
The band then performed "To Challenge the Skies and Heavens Above" by Robert W. Smith.

Thomas reflects on high school journey

June 1, 2014

Ridgway Area High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Jenni Kathleen Thomas reflected on her high school journey during her speech Friday night as part of the RHS graduation ceremony held at Memorial Field.
"Good evening, fellow students, parents, friends, relatives and faculty members," Thomas said. "I'd like to start off by saying that I'm honored to have the privilege of speaking to all of you tonight for I am no more credible than any other student here to give advice on the future."

Johnson gives salutatorian speech

June 1, 2014

Ridgway Area High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Caitlin Victoria Johnson spoke at the class's graduation ceremony which was held Friday night at Memorial Field.
"I'd like to thank everyone for attending the Class of 2014's graduation ceremony," Johnson said. "I'd like to thank my fellow graduates, my parents, my teachers, my administrators and everyone else who made this day possible not only for me but for all of us graduating. Congratulations to the Class of 2014."

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