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October 20th, 2011

Donachy found guilty of murder in Challingsworth case

October 20, 2011

Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.

Animal cruelty case under investigation

October 20, 2011

LAKE CITY – The Elk County Humane Society reports investigating an act of animal cruelty that occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lake City, Spring Creek Township, Elk County, when a male brindle-colored pit bull dog was discovered shot in the shoulder at close range with a shotgun.
The dog was found on private property in the Lake City area with a large wound in his right shoulder.

Municipal authority increases water sales to drilling operator

October 20, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – As of Tuesday afternoon, the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority began selling 300,000 gallons of water per day to the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
The municipal authority began selling 157,000 gallons of water per day to Hunt on Aug. 22 for $8 per 1,000 gallons.
The sale of 300,000 gallons per day was permitted by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] on Oct. 3.
According to chairman Eric Poague, a 15-million gallon pond situated on top of the hill at the grange location will provide Hunt with a steady supply of water.

Donachy found guilty of murder

October 20, 2011

Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys has been found guilty of second degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A 12-member Butler County jury concluded their deliberations Thursday morning at approximately 10:20 a.m. when Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson announced the a verdict had been reached inside the Elk County Courthouse.

October 19th

Budget revised for county housing program

October 19, 2011

Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget revision for the Elk County Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program and Narrative.
"This is a follow-up revision from one that we did roughly 60 days ago," said Richard Gavazzi, a housing and program specialist for the county's planning department. "As we're nearing the end of the grant program, budget revisions need to be made to allocate the final program dollars through each specific category."

Jury continues deliberations in Donachy trial

October 19, 2011

The 12-member jury in the Lawrence Earl Donachy homicide trial continued their deliberations for eight hours on Wednesday and reported no verdict as the trial recessed for the day at 5 p.m.
Deliberations will continue Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Elk County Courthouse as President Judge Richard Masson presides over the hearing.

October 18th

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.

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