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April 3rd, 2014
Elk County President Judge Richard Masson listened to several omnibus pretrial motions on Thursday during a hearing for Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, who is currently incarcerated in the Elk County Prison on charges he allegedly shot and killed June Talmadge, 48, during a Sept. 3 incident in the parking lot of Eastern Sintered Metals.
A Ridgway man was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge King Thursday morning with multiple felony counts of possession and dissemination of child pornography.
Police say Theodore Robert Rohr, 34, of Ridgway was found to be in possession of approximately 40 images of child pornography and one movie depicting child pornography. According to the police affidavit, Rohr's computer was seized during the execution of a search warrant at Rohr's apartment on Nov. 21, 2013.
The Ridgway Borough Council discussed several new updates to the borough water policy during a council work session held Thursday afternoon. The new updates will come into effect May 1 and include the elimination of shutoff notices from the billing process.
Billing dates will be changed to the 21st of each month, or the following Monday should the 21st fall on a weekend, approximately one week later in the month than the current water and refuse due date.
BENEZETTE â€“ A Wilcox woman and a St. Marys man were arrested Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges, including felony charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police found approximately 1.5 ounces of marijuana, several glass smoking pipes, a scale and several glass pipes in a priority mail envelope during a search of a room at the Benezette Hotel that was occupied by Jeremiah Adam Dilley, 34, of St. Marys and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 29, of Wilcox.
JONES TWP. â€“ A structure fire was reported Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m. at 97 Camp Rd., just off Rasselas Road in Jones Township.
Elk Company 6 (Wilcox Fire Department), Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg Fire Department) and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) responded to the call, and the Kane Fire Department was on standby at the Wilcox Fire Department.
Heavy smoke was initially reported according to scanner reports.
ST. MARYS â€“Â On Sunday the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) is hosting a showcase featuring their 2014 season routines. There is free admission to the event being held at Elk County Catholic High School with a 2 p.m. curtain call.
This season's 22 dancers encompass the largest group in company history which is based out of April School of Dance in St. Marys.
"This competition season has gone very smooth," said Jennifer Blankenship, DDCC founder and artistic director. "Every time we start a new season it's a challenge for me and my dancers. It was an intense season."
ST. MARYS â€“ Due to several challenges being encountered by crews working on the state Route 255 project, the anticipated completion date of early September could be pushed back slightly later into the fall.
Among the road blocks being encountered are weather, hitting rock while installing utility lines and discovering numerous drains from homeowners which were unknown prior to construction.
April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to acknowledging the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
These points were stressed Tuesday morning as Nancy Baker, director of Elk County's Children and Youth Services (CYS) department reviewed the importance of spreading the awareness.
Recent renovations to the former assessment office in the Elk County Courthouse have uncovered glimpses of the county's long forgotten past.
The courthouse, reportedly completed in 1880, had a very different look inside the facility versus today's building.
During a work session of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors held Tuesday evening, the board addressed some concerns that were contained in a letter presented by Mark Paladino that was reportedly written on behalf of "a group of 400 concerned residents and taxpayers."
The board addressed the letter's comments regarding the special commission meeting that was held on Feb. 11 concerning the renewal of Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract.