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September 26th, 2014

Probation revocations before Judge Masson Friday

September 26, 2014

President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.

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September 26, 2014

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September 25th

Project has adverse effects on traffic flow

September 25, 2014

Work on sections of state Route 219 in downtown Ridgway caused several traffic issues throughout Thursday afternoon.
Crews were milling SR 219 (Main Street) from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley, and from Central Fire Station (North Broad Street) to Erie Avenue.

Possible strike looming for West Penn workers

September 25, 2014

ST. MARYS – Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.

September 24th

Education a hot topic for North Central

September 24, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.
Susan Snelick, the Workforce Investment Board director, spoke of several programs that North Central is looking into that would help to bridge the gap between the two separate entities.

Probation visit takes wrong turn

September 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A visit from the probation officers didn't go well for two St. Marys men as Garrett A. Frederoski, 20, and Benedict Earl Asti, 22, now face multiple drug charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when a probation officer asked Frederoski why he didn't get a legitimate job, his response was, "Why should I? I make anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 a week selling drugs."

RMEF grants impact Elk County

September 24, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $148,800 in grants to acquire and enhance elk habitat in Pennsylvania as well as help fund more than 20 youth hunting heritage and other projects around the state. 
The grants directly affect Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Bucks, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lycoming, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Three other projects have statewide benefits.

Johnsonburg man fights Calif. wildfire

September 24, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Bill Maiers, a game commissioner and current resident of Johnsonburg, was one of many east coast firefighters that was asked to help with the recent outbreak of wildfires on the west coast.
Maiers was selected among a pool of firefighters that spanned Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other eastern states.
"I've been pretty lucky to go out," Maiers said.
This recent trip was Maiers' ninth that he has made to the west coast to assist with firefighting efforts.

Local firefighter assists with California wildfires

September 24, 2014

In early August, five firefighting crews met in Harrisburg in preparation to fly to Redding, Calif. to assist with western fires caused by lighting strikes. Among them was Don Weis of St. Marys who works for the Elk State Forest Bureau of Forestry.
Weis was the assigned crew boss for a Central Appalachian area crew whose primary assignment was "mop-up," extinguishing burning or smoldering material after a fire has come through an area.

September 23rd

RATA refuses board's contract offer

September 23, 2014

The Ridgway Area School District's school board held a special meeting Tuesday, and going into the meeting, the only item on the agenda was the Ridgway Area Teachers Association's contract.
The teachers association has voted not to accept the recent offer from the school board, stating that the proposal "contained information [they] had never seen or discussed," according to a statement released by RATA.

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