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A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.
Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The new Common Core standards that have been adopted by the state are changing the way schools are being evaluated, and at a local level, the Johnsonburg Area High School received lower scores than anticipated, according to JAHS principal Brock Benson.
Benson presented the high school's performance scores from the 2013-2014 school year to the Johnsonburg Area School District school board on Thursday, presenting scores that he called "disappointing."
Members of the Ridgway Area School District's Board of Directors and administration discussed the most recent performance results for the district, which were the first results to be given under the new Pa. Common Core rules.
Under the new Pa. Common Core standards that are being fully implemented this year, new evaluative metrics are being put into place to measure the success of students, teachers and schools as a whole.
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ST. MARYS â€“ The flow of people into the Farmers National Bank in downtown St. Marys was fairly steady at times throughout the day on Friday. Instead of making deposits or withdrawals though, many were there to give out money to a worthy cause. The bank hosted the annual Make-A-Wish Day, which was also broadcast on area radio station The River 98.9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Elk County Historical Societyâ€™s Annual Toy Exhibit is a two-day event with the adult visitation day Friday night, coinciding with the Ridgway Holiday Cheer Tour.
Adults were treated to hors d'oeuvres from crackers, cheese and pepperoni to pastries and meatballs. Drinks included water, soft drinks, plain and spiked eggnog.
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Talented musicians and singers are taking center stage this holiday season throughout Elk County.
In Ridgway Thursday night, members of the fifth grade, middle school, and high school bands performed for a large crowd at the Ira S. Nippes Auditorium in the Ridgway Area High-Middle School. The fifth-grade band presented a variety of holiday tunes before the middle school took the stage, presenting such favorites as "Let it Snow!" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."