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February 12th, 2015
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys woman dug her heels in, literally, when police asked her to exit a vehicle.
Deanna Rae Wortman, 35, of 1551 Bucktail Rd., is charged with resisting arrest or other law enforcement, a misdemeanor offense, for allegedly digging her feet into the floorboard and clinging to the seat as St. Marys Police officers removed her from the vehicle.
WILCOX â€“ Two Wilcox residents died early Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of state Routes 219 and 321 in Wilcox, Jones Township.
According to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police, 81-year-old Vera Johnson of Wilcox was operating a 2004 Ford Escape along with a passenger, 92-year-old Rose Swanson, also from Wilcox.
Reports indicate Johnson was traveling south on SR 219 and failed to stop for a stop sign at the roadway's intersection with SR 321.
HORTON TWP. â€“ Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials have reportedly received multiple complaints from residents regarding septic tanks leaking and running into a nearby stream in the Elbon area according to the Horton Township supervisors.
Russ Braun, the sewage enforcement officer for Horton Township, completed a field investigation report that was given to the supervisors and discussed at Wednesday's meeting.
Ridgway Township supervisors continue to address the oil and gas industry through a zoning ordinance.
Officials held a public meeting with Jim Trant Jr., a consultant who is working with the township to help work through their curative amendment that was adopted during a Jan. 5 supervisors meeting.
The supervisors approved a resolution to adopt the curative amendment during the Jan. 5 meeting so that the oil and gas industry could be addressed in the township's zoning ordinance, which it currently is not.
The Ridgway Area High-Middle School is reviewing curriculum for the upcoming school years, particularly addressing issues in the science, math and technical areas, according to Ridgway High-Middle School principal Heather McMahon-Vargas.
McMahon-Vargas updated the school board on the process that has been made in curriculum review throughout the school during Tuesday's regular monthly school board meeting.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man faces a felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and related lesser charges for a Dec. 26, 2014 one-vehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries to two passengers.
As emotions continue to run high and allegations brought to light involving an alleged sexual assault which reportedly occurred last spring at St. Marys Area Middle School, Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon discussed general information regarding the juvenile justice system.
While McMahon emphasized he could not discuss the specifics of the case, he noted such allegations are handled with the utmost seriousness, respect and are investigated thoroughly by all parties involved.
All criminal charges against Richard Alan Prow, 60, of 346 N. Michael St., involving the theft of an antique rifle from the property of Lynch-Green Funeral Home have been withdrawn.
According to court documents, the victim's family didn't desire any further prosecution given that the firearm has been returned.
Prow was initially arrested and confined to Elk County Prison on Jan. 27 and released on Feb. 3.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The total fire loss for the Johnsonburg Borough in 2014 was $281,100, according to Johnsonburg Fire Department Fire Chief Robert Dickey.
Dickey made the announcement as part of his 2014 annual fire report that he presented Monday to the Johnsonburg Borough Council during the council's regular monthly meeting.
The $281,000 in fire loss damages for 2014 were associated with 10 different properties that were damaged throughout the year.
The individual damages for properties ranged from $100 to $70,000.
ST. MARYS â€“ A heated discussion about St. Marys Area School District officials' response to an alleged juvenile sexual assault garnered criticism from parents in attendance at Monday's Board of Directors meeting.
School board members found themselves defending their actions as required by law and school district procedures.