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October 3rd, 2012
JOHNSONBURG - A Highland Township supervisor charged with environmental violations had his preliminary hearing in District Court 59-3-02 continued Wednesday as he has yet to obtain legal representation.
Charges were filed by the Attorney General's Office last week with District Judge George A. "Tony" King against Charles M. Vaughn Jr., 75, who currently serves as chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors and who up until recently served as the state-certified operator of the township's sewage plant in James City.
The Elk County Salary Board shot down two motions Tuesday afternoon concerning requests from the county's sheriff's department.
Theresa Merritt, chief deputy of the sheriff department, requested the creation of a third full-time deputy position and a name-change for the "first deputy" position to "lieutenant," but both motions died for lack of a second and were denied.
A local man charged with operating a methamphetamine lab out of a Johnsonburg home was sentenced Monday in Elk County Court to serve 5 to 10 years in state prison.
Justin Edward Greene, 26, of Johnsonburg, accepted a plea agreement and in turn pled guilty to a charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
A Ridgway man incarcerated since July 24 on arson and related charges, as well as charges of attempted murder and assault, was in Elk County Court Monday appealing for a reduction in bail so that he may be released from jail and return home while awaiting trial.
Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of 76 Long Level Rd., Ridgway, waived arraignment and entered not guilty pleas Monday in five separate cases against him, including a 2010 Ridgway arson, a 2008 Johnsonburg arson, the assault of a Ridgway man, firearms possession by a convicted felon, and a drug offense.
BRANDY CAMP - Members of area fire departments gathered at D&T Towing and Recovery in Brandy Camp over the weekend for a technical heavy truck extrication class.
After coursework and discussion on Saturday, members of Crystal, Fox Township, Jay Township and Brockway fire departments got a chance to put into practice what they learned during simulations of passenger vehicles colliding with a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck.
This Saturday's spaghetti dinner for the "Schutz Family Benefit: Remembering Taylor," is being put on by the Ridgway Elks and the Elk County Sheriff's Department headed up by Sheriff Jeff Krieg and J.R. Geitner, manager of the Ridgway Elks.
The event is being held at the St. Marys Moose Club on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. until the food is sold out. Patrons may eat-in or carryout. Delivery to businesses and takeouts are available by calling 594-3688.
A Minuteman Environmental Services 18-wheeler hauling brine water wrecked Sunday afternoon after rounding the curve in front of Boot Jack Road and turning on its side.
The large vehicle collided with two vehicles, a burgundy Ford Explorer and a white Ford truck, which were descending down Boot Jack Road. There were no injuries reported.
A St. Marys man charged in connection with a July 28 hit-and-run that left 21-year-old Natasha Schmitz in critical condition entered a not guilty plea in waiving his arraignment on charges related to the incident.
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, additional focus has been placed on the stateâ€™s Child Protective Services law and mandated reporting requirements for suspected child abuse under that law.
According to the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW), any professional who engages with children in their employment, occupation or professional practice is known as a â€śmandated reporterâ€ť and is obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.
JOHNSONBURG - Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Group, along with members of the Pennsylvania State Police, executed a federal search warrant on Wednesday morning at the residence of a Johnsonburg man in connection with an investigation of Francis Anthony Milliard, currently incarcerated on arson, attempted murder, and other charges.