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October 18th, 2011

Closing remarks presented in Donachy trial

October 18, 2011

A 12-member jury did not reach a verdict on Tuesday following nearly 5.5 hours of deliberation in the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Deliberations will continue this morning beginning at 9 a.m., where the jury will decide the fate of Donachy, who is charged with one count each of criminal homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint in the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.

Borough postpones hearing

October 18, 2011

The Ridgway Borough Council voted in favor of postponing their civil complaint hearing against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad for building code violations to the Pennsy Railroad Station.
The hearing that was scheduled for Thursday with District Magistrate Judge George A. King will now be postponed until after Nov. 21.
Council reported receiving a letter from B&P Railroad property manager William Gentilman requesting the postponement to allow time for the railroad to reach a final resolution.

Wastewater plant finished

October 18, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Uni-Tec engineer Dan Guss reported that the wastewater treatment plant is complete and in operation during Tuesday night's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting.
"The plant is complete, is in operation, and is producing high quality effluent and biosolids," Guss said.
According to Guss, the plant has been in full operation since May 31.
A number of contractor punch list items remain to be completed.
"The punch list items remaining do not inhibit plant operation and are, on a relative basis, minor items," Guss said.

Roadwork continues on Long Level Road

October 18, 2011

Ridgway Township Supervisor chairman John Gardner said roadwork on Long Level Road [Route 4003] from Johnsonburg to Montmorenci is expected to continue until mid-November.
"They will be doing pipe replacements and a lot of adjustments," Gardner said. "Expect delays and watch for flaggers."
Repairs will be made to the shoulder and guard rails will be updated.
Paving will continue along the 4.5 miles.
"That is a lot of work to do by mid-November," said supervisor Sarah Dickinson.
In other business, building plans for the Montmorenci property will be available in the office.

October 17th

EPA reviews brine treatment at wastewater plant

October 17, 2011

During Monday's night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting environmental manager Paul McCurdy reported receiving a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] demanding information relative to brine treatment at the wastewater plant.
According to McCurdy, EPA officials gave the the borough officials five days to respond and 15 days for a more detailed response.

Ridgway student gives back to FSG Elementary School

October 17, 2011

During her senior year, Bryton Dybowski received her Girl Scouts Gold Award for creating an outdoor haven for the students at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Dybowski is the daughter of Steve and Luann Dybowski of Ridgway and the granddaughter of Alan and Gloria Chileski of Ridgway.
Earning her Gold Award, Dybowski has followed in the footsteps of her mother, who also received her Gold Award.
"My mom got her Gold Award when she was younger," Dybowski said. "She pushed me to do these things and I wanted to follow what she did."

Testimony concludes in Donachy trial

October 17, 2011

As the second week of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy commenced Monday morning, testimony concluded and jurors began the day with a field trip to St. Marys, where they were shown various sites of interest pertaining to the trial. Donachy, 36, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of 56-year-old St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth at her home on 213 Walnut St.

October 16th

The love of a sister

October 16, 2011

Always sisters, now a part of each other.
Maria Savino, sister of Frances DiIulio (aka Chickie), donated her kidney to save her sister’s life in April 2011. Savino was an absolute perfect match for her sister. 
In quoting Helen Keller, Savino says, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.”

October 13th

DNA profiling expert connects Donachy to crime scene

October 14, 2011

An expert forensic DNA scientist testified on Thursday, during day four of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, who is charged in the April 5 or 6, 1999 death of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
Pennsylvania State Police Forensic DNA Scientist Alex Glessner, employed for the past 10 years at the PSP Greensburg lab, provided extensive information on DNA profiling pertinent in the case.

Law enforcement personnel recollect murder investigation

October 14, 2011

Former St. Marys City Police Sergeant John Lovett and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dave Ray recollected the details of the Irene Challingsworth homicide on Thursday during the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy is charged in the April 5- 6, 1999 rape and murder of the 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A jury of Butler County residents listened to the officers' testimony during the fourth day of the 10-day trial being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.

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