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February 3rd, 2015
Two of the four co-defendants charged in August 2014 in a criminal conspiracy for the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts, pleaded guilty Monday to charges at Elk County Court.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 35, of Ridgway, in a negotiated plea, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography at Monday's return day in Elk County Court.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon recited the facts of the case, explaining that approximately 40 images and one movie depicting image of girls between the ages of 13 and 18 were found on Rohr's computer.
Rohr's sentence is pending a completion of an evaluation by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, appeared in Elk County Court Monday for jury call, but had his case postponed as there were motions in the case that the court had to address.
Stephanic's next court appearance is scheduled for April 6 at 1 p.m. for jury call, which is a defendant's last chance to enter a negotiated plea before proceeding to trial. Jury selection for Stephanic is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 13.
A Ridgway resident entered a guilty plea Monday for his role in a April 2014 assault that occurred while he was working at a St. Marys gas station.
Louis A. Amato, 39, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of simple assault and was sentenced to seven days to 24 months of incarceration with credit for time served and fined $300. As a special condition of parole, he is to have no contact with the victim in the assault, David Gonzales.
Two St. Marys residents pleaded guilty and were sentenced for their involvement in an August 2014 home invasion at 430 N. St. Marys St.
Andrew Krewduk, 25, and Faith Gagliardi, 22, both pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary when they appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson Monday at Elk County Court.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man was arrested Jan. 28 following a domestic situation at a house along Maurus Street.
According to court records, 41-year-old Timothy P. Singer has been charged with indecent assault-forcible compulsion, a first degree misdemeanor; indecent assault without consent and simple assault, second degree misdemeanors; and a summary harassment charge involving unwanted physical contact.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the St. Marys City Police Department was dispatched Jan. 28 at 9:49 p.m. to 559 Maurus St., St. Marys for a "reported domestic situation."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the frigid weather creeped up on the Weather Capital of the World in the hours leading up to Punxsutawney Phil's official prognostication, a decent-sized crowd would prevail to see the Seer of Seers predict what almost no one wanted to hear: Six more weeks of winter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club said that Punxsutawney Phil, the world's only true weather-forecasting groundhog, isn't afraid to take on the Super Bowl again this year.
Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club president, said all they can do is do their thing.
"Luckily, we don't have a Pennsylvania team in it, so we won't have to compete with them, although I wish that we did," Deeley said, adding that the banquet was on Saturday night, mainly because they can't use the school on Sunday.
DAGUS MINES â€“ Although she is five-years-old Fiona Jane O'Dell is still referred to as an 'O' baby, having been born with a rare birth defect known as a giant omphalocele which only occurs in one in every 10,000 pregnancies.
An omphalocele is a birth defect in which an infant's intestine or other abdominal organs are outside of the body due to a hole in their belly button area. The organs are covered only by a thin layer of tissue and can easily be seen.
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