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May 14th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Magisterial District Judge George "Tony" King presided over a preliminary hearing Wednesday for a Reading man charged in a Ridgway kidnapping and false imprisonment.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Members of the Johnsonburg Police Department apprehended a runaway alligator around noontime in the 100 block of Grove Street.
According to police chief Bryan Parana, a call came in at 11:23 a.m. as a motorist observed a 2-foot alligator scampering across the roadway in the vicinity of 130 Grove St.
Members of the Jolly Wranglers 4WD club, formerly the T-Bones Off Road Club, will celebrate their annual "Go Topless Day" for litter pickup this Saturday.
"Last year we had one full trailer of nothing but tires," said Kellie Mocik. "All the scrap metal was collected and taken to GAP Enterprises and the money from the scrap along with our regular donation was made to Elkland Search and Rescue."
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors approved the resignation of district superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien on Tuesday evening. It was moved by Dave Parsons and seconded by Kathy Lampman that the board accept the resignation of O'Brien, effective Aug. 8, with regret. The motion was carried unanimously, aside from Gloria Almquist-Shull and Cindy Allegretto who were not present at the meeting.
Following the acceptance of the resignation, the district announced a schedule for their superintendent search which, according to district finance manager Brent Rhoads, is "tentative."
Bryant Mitchell, seismic permit manager for Blueline Geo, was on hand Tuesday night to discuss upcoming seismic testing to be conducted throughout Elk County.
"The majority of the testing will be conducted on game lands and there are 1,600 private landowners who also received letters, with over 1,000 of those landowners having one acre," Mitchell said. "This is for the whole project itself and I don't know exactly for how many in the township."
Residents throughout Elk County recently received letters from Blueline Geo regarding future seismic testing throughout the area.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a proposed budget for 2014-15, which was passed by a 5-2 vote.
Board members Aimee Kemick, Kathy Lampman, Karen Lundin, Andy Thompson and board president Lisa Connelly voted in favor of the budget while Johna Holtz and Dave Parsons opposed.
Cindy Allegretto and Gloria Almquist-Shull were not present at the time of the vote.
ST. MARYS â€“ Local property owners residing in the Taft Road area had the opportunity to pose questions about upcoming seismic testing taking place within a 150-square-mile area of a portion of St. Marys.
Seneca Resources hosted a public meeting on Tuesday evening at the Red Fern where representatives explained the testing process.
Currently surveying is taking place with testing starting in the North Fork area.
Felony charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors have been filed against a Ridgway man for an alleged sexual assault on a known female, 13.
On May 1, the teenager's mother brought her daughter into the Ridgway Police Department to report that Theodore Michael Carlson, 18, of 133 VanBuren Ave., Ridgway, allegedly had sexual intercourse with her daughter. The girl reportedly said that she knew Carlson well and that the two had dated approximately two years ago.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Johnsonburg man is charged with endangering welfare of children for allegedly leaving his two children, ages 8 and 6, home alone while he was at work.
On May 5, Johnsonburg police learned through an anonymous phone call that children were left unattended at the home of Michael Lee Wileman, 30, of 407 1/2 First Ave., Johnsonburg. Police arrived at the residence at approximately 3:45 p.m. Two children answered the door after the officer knocked and informed the officer that no one was home with them and that their dad was at work.
In an effort to assist families with children suffering from cleft and craniofacial anomalies, proceeds from the 'An Afternoon of Smiles' luncheon taking place Sunday, May 18 at The Red Fern will benefit the Adam's Smile Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
In addition to a luncheon the event will feature a fashion show and silent auction from 11 a.m. â€“ 2:30 p.m.