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September 29th, 2014
After a full day of trial proceedings, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the case of Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of Ridgway, who is charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
The motion for a mistrial was made by attorney Michael S. Marshall on the grounds that the Commonwealth's witnesses differed in their testimonies as to the dates on which the alleged incident occurred. The defense was prepared with an alibi witness, but differing accounts of what night the incident occurred would render the alibi defense meaningless.
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.
In conjunction with the design committee from the Ridgway Heritage Council, Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki is planning a wide range of projects aimed at enhancing the North Broad Street corridor from the Main Street intersection to the Pennsy train depot.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
ST. MARYS â€“ Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
ST. MARYS â€“ Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
Sierra Kos was crowned as the 2014 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the varsity football game between the Ridgway Elkers and the Kane Wolves. Kos was escorted by Michael Sorge.
Three high-ranking administrators at the Johnsonburg Area and Ridgway Area School Districts took time out of their schedules to discuss a hot topic within the region, Common Core.
Ridgway Area School District's incoming superintendent, Robert Rocco, Johnsonburg Area School District superintendent Dennis Crotzer, and Johnsonburg Area High School principal Brock Benson discussed what exactly Common Core is, the misconceptions that surround it and the impacts that it has on their respective districts.
President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.