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March 5th, 2012
A Johnsonburg man charged with 80 counts of possessing child pornography and 13 counts of sexual abuse of children, among other related offenses, is headed to trial with jury selection in the Commonwealth vs. Robert Gene Fitzgerald, 55, of Johnsonburg, scheduled for June.
In his affidavit, investigating officer David Cuneo of the Johnsonburg Police reports that on Dec. 17, 2011 he was dispatched to 307 Spruce St., the home of Laura Reffitt, in response to a report of identity theft.
At Monday's Return Day at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, Jack Edward Hepler, 24, of Kersey, withdrew his previous plea of guilty to the charge of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.
The incident is alleged to have occurred while Hepler babysat the victim, his first cousin, as her parents were out of town for the evening.
In an interview with Trooper Matthew Higgins of the Ridgway-based state police on July 8, 2011, the alleged victim, with her parents present, related that on the night of the incident she was awoke in her bed with Hepler "on top of her."
FOX TWP. â€“ DuBois Regional's St. Marys Community Medical Building will open officially on Monday, March 12. The 30,000 square-foot building, located in front of the Walmart on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, will house a number of diagnostic services, including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, digital X-ray, ultrasound, breast care and digital mammography, bone density and electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as several specialists and family and women's health practices.
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is in the market for a yard ramp for use at their Community Recycling Center, located at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The purchase of a ramp for under a cost of $10,000 was recently approved by the authority at their most recent meeting.
According to Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, a yard ramp is necessary because there is no room to install a loading dock at the recycling facility.
The 13th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous recently came to a close.
The streets of Ridgway look empty without the surplus of carvers and visitors fulfilling the downtown. This year there were reportedly 195 carvers in attendance representing nine countries including England, Germany, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, the United States, Scotland and Romania.
The new location of the event raised many concerns in citizens and officials, but Liz Boni, coordinator of the Rendezvous, said it ended a success.
Representatives from Metaldyne attended Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting to discuss the installation of two fire hydrants and a sprinkler system at its facility along Rocky Road in Ridgway.
According to Metaldyne's Safety and Environmental Manger Bob Tami, the company's insurance provider will permit up to $1.8 million to spend on the project.
"Basically we need your [municipal authority] help as we start the project," Tami said "Our problem is we have to have it done by the end of this year. We need your help, at least, to make sure it goes well."
The students at Elk County Catholic High School always seem to be involved with something, whether collecting canned food for the Christian Food Bank or traveling to the Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip.
Friday, March 2 will feature March Madness in downtown Ridgway as part of the First Friday initiative established by the Main Street program. First Friday encourages retail shops in downtown to remain open longer on Friday evenings.
â€śWe are encouraging those who do not have extended hours to do so at least one time a month,â€ť Main Street Manager, Michelle Bogacki said. â€śWe hope to get a little bit of a night life in Ridgway.â€ť
While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isnâ€™t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.
ST. MARYS â€“ Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.