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February 5th, 2015
Dayon McCracken was sentenced to six to 12 years of incarceration in the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh after being found guilty of one felony and four misdemeanors stemming from an April 27, 2014 kidnapping incident.
Rides 4 Vets, a local volunteer based organization, aims to help area veterans make it to medical appointments by providing transportation services.
The organization has provided services for six years after starting in 2008; they began transporting veterans in 2009.
Throughout those six years, Rides 4 Vets has provided over 1,000 rides for veterans, according to secretary, office manager and and driver Jake Himes.
He added the organization has been offering about 20 rides per month over the past few months.
The planning for the fifth annual housing expo continues as Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) workers are working to add more vendors to the event, which is set to take place March 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church parish center in St. Marys.
The expo is set up to allow local vendors to showcase their particular crafts in an attempt to help renters, buyers, landlords and current homeowners learn about housing topics such as building, renovating and maintaining their homes.
KERSEY â€“ Contaminated water issues which plagued Fox Township in November appear to be under control for the time being.
Rob Singer, Toby Water Treatment Plant system operator, said there are no problems at this time.
According to Singer, they must circulate the water once a week to keep chlorine residuals up.
"All of that seems to be working pretty well for the past month now," Singer said.
The Fox Township Supervisors will meet with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. in Knox.
Two St. Marys men charged with robbing a home at gunpoint on Sunrise Road now face criminal conspiracy charges for allegedly concocting a story about stolen prescription pills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Kyle Lee Sarginger, 25, of St. Marys allowed Spencer Gene Rudolph, 19, of St. Marys, to punch him in the face and then reported to police that an unknown suspect had struck him and stolen his Oxycodone tablets.
Officials continue to disburse Act 13 Marcellus impact fees funding as commissioners on Tuesday morning announced allocations to the eight county fire departments.
"We decided from the onset of receiving the Act 13 funds that we'd try to help each of the fire companies in the county," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. "We'll be sending out $500 checks to each of the fire departments."
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg said it will be an annual allocation as long as the funds keep coming in.
At Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting, the school board was questioned on several budget related issues, including consolidation talks with the Johnsonburg Area School District and the amount of money that is being spent on the band and chorus.
Bill Seely, former school board member, asked board members and school officials about the possibility of consolidation talks beginning between RASD and JASD in the near future, citing financial troubles for JASD as documented in The Ridgway Record and The Bradford Era.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki and Dale Fox of the Ridgway Heritage Council attended Tuesday's workshop meeting of the Ridgway Area School District board of directors to give a presentation in support of the Main Street Program in Ridgway.
Along with Ridgway Borough, Ridgway Township, Ridgway Heritage Council, Ridgway Industrial Development Corporation, and the Elk County Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgway Area School District has been a supporter of the Main Street Program for the past 10 years.
Two of the four co-defendants charged in August 2014 in a criminal conspiracy for the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts, pleaded guilty Monday to charges at Elk County Court.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 35, of Ridgway, in a negotiated plea, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography at Monday's return day in Elk County Court.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon recited the facts of the case, explaining that approximately 40 images and one movie depicting image of girls between the ages of 13 and 18 were found on Rohr's computer.
Rohr's sentence is pending a completion of an evaluation by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.