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October 7th, 2014
Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 24 months in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for convictions of possession with intent to manufacture/distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"There was never any sale or intent to sell," Pisani said. "I smoke it."
The charges were filed after a September 2012 search warrant was executed at Pisani's home. Police found approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
Ridgway Borough is benefitting from the disbursement of Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fees to offset costs associated with the May 21 flooding disaster that ravaged the town.
Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman on Tuesday morning accepted a check from the Elk County Board of Commissioners for $28,721.84 to cover the costs of rolloff dumpsters provided for the residents by the borough.
"This is probably the biggest test that the borough manager has faced as this flood covered the north and west ends of town with water," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
Two Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects are still in the works as bids were opened Tuesday for two projects within Elk County. One project will improve water service while another will remove a blighted eyesore.
A project to replace water lines in Jones Township will use CDBG funds from fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The multiyear CDBG funding project will improve water service in the area of Oak and Marvin Streets, Kane Street, Jarrett Street, and Lawrence Street, according to Tracy Gerber, the CDBG coordinator for the county's planning department.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.
JONES TWP. â€“Â Several signs that are worth a total of $550 are missing or misplaced from the Twin Lakes Bridge in Jones Township.
The missing signs include a bridge sign, a weight limit sign and several 500 feet ahead signs.
"It is about $550 for all the signs that we need, and we have one week to get those in," Laurie Storrar, Jones Township Supervisor, told the other supervisors during Monday's Jones Township Supervisors meeting.
Dayon D. McCracken, 23, of Reading, was scheduled for jury selection on Monday, Oct. 13 for his alleged involvement in an assault and kidnapping that was reported in April.
He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault and harassment.
Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty on Monday's return day to seven counts of sexual abuse of children, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony charges.
Sentencing is pending the completion of a sexual offender assessment for which Dill has the right to request a hearing and contest the findings.
Ridgway resident Reshawn Shipe, the Administrator of Ridgmont personal care home, is now a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
To become a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Shipe had to complete extensive training in the key aspects of Alzheimerâ€™s Disease and dementia care.
ST. MARYS â€“ Georgette Forney, of Pittsburgh, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More awareness campaign, spoke at Sacred Heart Church Sunday night about the negative effects of abortion, including testimony of her own experience.
"I had an abortion when I was 16 years old, and I spent the next 19 years pretending that I hadn't," she said. "My daughter should be 37 years old, but she's not."
Samantha Zimmerman was named the 2014 Elk County Catholic High School Homecoming Queen during a ceremony held at halftime of the Crusaders game versus the Ridgway Elkers at Dutch Country Stadium on Friday evening. She was crowned by last year's Homecoming Queen, Emma Daghir. Zimmerman was escorted by Austin Minard. The first runner-up was Kirstie Wehler, who was escorted by John Kaul. The second runner-up was Nicole Florio, who was escorted by Ian Herzing. This year's crown bearer was Adam Beimel, and the flower girl was Penelope MacDonald.