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June 25th, 2014
The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.
A waterline replacement project is underway at the borough-township line in Ridgway in an effort to better serve water customers. The new lines will stretch all the way to Laurel Mill Reservoir.
Paul McCurdy, environmental manager for Ridgway borough, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake placed new 12 inch waterlines near the intersection of Oak Street and West Main Street.
A jury trial began Tuesday for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, who is charged in a 2012 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Savannah Straub.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as several DUI and traffic offenses, according to court records.
Glenwood Beer Distributors, a wholesale distributor out of Erie, will soon be opening their doors in Ridgway. Construction of the facility is still in the early stages however.
"It's going well, all the rain down there is kind of slowing things down at times," said Mike Green, one of Glenwood's owners. "We've run into a couple hiccups, but everything is on point."
A Brookville man is charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and "threats and other improper influence in official and political matters" for allegedly contacting Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon by telephone and making homicidal threats.
The Summer Parks Program sponsored by the Ridgway Area School District, Ridgway Borough and Ridgway Township is set to begin today.
The program was started in 1999 and Stephanie O'Connell has been involved with it since its inception.
"It gives the kids the freedom to do what they want to do for a few hours, and try new and different things," she said. "They enjoy it and like to get outdoors."
KERSEY â€“ A large crowd came out to support the Smoke on the Mountain BBQ cook-off held over the weekend at the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department in Kersey.
The cook-off began at 11 a.m. and Saturday afternoon featured a talent show featuring local youth.
The Jolly Wranglers 4WD group is planning a dice run for Saturday, June 28 to benefit the Ridgway YMCA and their pool renovation project.
"This ride will take in many back country roads as well as a scenic ride by the river," said group member Kellie Mocik. "We plan to be all over and are hoping for nice weather."
Registration will be at Sandy Beach Recreational Park starting at 9 a.m. where the first roll will take place. The group plans to leave Sandy Beach by 10 a.m.
WJAC-TV's feature segment "Your Town," will be coming to Ridgway on Friday, June 27 where they will be doing a live broadcast on the courthouse lawn beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Ridgway will be the fifth town featured in the 10-part series as WJAC has already visited Johnstown, Altoona, DuBois and Brookville.
State Route 120 between state Route 255 (South St. Marys Street) and Rock Street was scheduled to close Thursday night.
Officials at PennDOT said the closure would remain in effect for 24 hours a day until construction of this portion of the highway is complete. It is anticipated that it will be closed for four weeks.
The detour should have an impact on tractor-trailers coming into St. Marys. Signs erected indicate large truck traffic will only be able to access St. Marys Carbon, Keystone Powdered Metal, Gasbarre Sinterite Furnace, West Penn Power, Product Assurance and Custom Industrial.