January 4th, 2015
James A. Hoffman, 90, formerly of 1935 Bear Creek Rd., Ridgway, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor where he resided for the past three years.
He was born April 18, 1924 in Ridgway, son of the late Charles A. and Estella E. (Cousins) Hoffman.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant with the 310th Signal Operations Battalion in the European Theatre.
He was self-employed for 42 years until his retirement in 1989 from Hoffman Roofing.
ST. MARYS â€“ Investigators have located multiple points of origin in an early morning blaze which heavily damaged a commercial building Friday in St. Marys.
Fire companies from across Elk County responded to 590 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys throughout the morning.
The fire has been determined to be incendiary in nature according to the Ridgway-based state police. St. Marys City Police are assisting with the investigation which is currently ongoing.
The structure sustained damages estimated in excess of $500,000. It is currently owned by Chris W. Pistner, 47, of St. Marys.
Paul Albert Mitchell, 84, of Hyde Avenue, Ridgway, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Highland View Health Care Center in Brockway.
He was born March 8, 1930 in Cloe, son of the late Paul W. and Hazel M. Johnson Mitchell.
He was married on June 25 to Doris Virginia Cook who preceded him in death Nov. 26, 2011.
Retired, he was a self-employed lumberman/logger. Paul was one of two last surviving founding members of the Church of the Nazarene in Ridgway. His greatest enjoyment came from being in the outdoors spending time with his grandchildren. Paul will be greatly missed by all.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team remained unbeaten on the year as they handed the Sheffield Lady Wolverines a 68-19 Allegheny Mountain League North Division loss Friday night at the ECCHS gym.
Elk Catholic opened a 22-4 lead after the first eight minutes and never looked back.
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ A preliminary hearing was held before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King of Johnsonburg Wednesday in the case of Robert William Duck, 36, of Kane.
"He said he was going to kill himself and that he wanted to cut my head off and put it on a stake," said the victim, Annette Peterson of James City during her testimony.
Duck was held for county court on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief for a Dec. 23, 2014 incident, in which he allegedly followed Peterson around the house with a knife and prevented her from leaving.
Marshall C. "Cecil" O'Rourke, 93, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, and formerly of Mefferts Run Road, Wilcox, Chicago, Ill. and Cleveland, Ohio, died early Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 7, 1921 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Marshall Q. and Lila Grace Beck O'Rourke.
He married Marge Bodnar and she died in 2001.
He resided in Wilcox since 2004, and had lived in Chicago, Ill. for 40 years and Cleveland, Ohio for 18 years.
December 30th, 2014
EMPORIUM â€“ Authorities are still investigating the origin of a fire that spread through four apartment units early Tuesday morning in a West 4th Street house in Emporium.
Initial reports indicated smoke and flames showing at 234 W. 4th St. as Cameron County 14 (Emporium Fire Department), Emporium Ambulance, and St. Marys Ambulance were called out shortly before 3 a.m.
Assault charges have been filed against a Ridgway man for a June incident of an argument escalating into a fight that left another man hospitalized.
Jeffrey William Reitz, 26, of 229 Ash St., Ridgway, is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of simple assault for a fight that occurred at his home on June 29.
Following a public comment meeting to allow residents to address concerns in the 2015 budget, the Ridgway Borough Council approved a 2015 budget, which featured a one mill tax increase for the borough's general fund, during a special meeting on Tuesday night.
The budget was approved following a 5-2 vote by the council with council president Ralph Dussia and councilman J.R. Geitner standing out as the two council members who did not vote to approve the budget.