January 27th, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An aggressive nature to Johnsonburg's matches led to a team victory in a way not often used.
Johnsonburg used Criteria H, most first takedowns, to earn the winning team points in a 19-18 victory over Bradford Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
After the matches were concluded and the score was tied at 18-18, the two coaches and official stood at the scorer's table to determine tiebreaking criteria. It was determined Johnsonburg had scored takedowns first in four of the five matches to give them the team win.
Headed into the final bout of the night, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim three-point lead over county rival Ridgway Elkers, 31-28. At one point in the match, the Dutchmen had held a 22-point lead, but Ridgway had rallied and looked poised to steal the victory. Faced with a must-win scenario, St. Marys Area's Cameron Resch came through with a 4-1 decision over Ridgway's Drew Baumgratz to give the Dutch the 34-28 match victory.
A St. Marys man charged in the September 2013 shooting death of June Talmadge is scheduled for jury call Monday, Feb. 2 at Elk County Court.
Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, faces charges of criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and a felony charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure for the incident that occurred at Eastern Sintered Alloys.
Monday's court session will be Stephanic's last opportunity to enter a plea before proceeding to jury selection, which is currently scheduled for Feb. 9.
BRADFORD â€“ A Bradford businessman who allegedly shot and killed his son-in-law earlier this month has been placed in the McKean County Jail.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, is accused of criminal homicide in the death of Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togiâ€™s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford.
When Stidd appeared for his arraignment Jan. 16 before Bradford District Court Judge Dom Cercone, bail was set at $100,000. Stidd was free after posting $10,000 cash-- 10 percent of the bond.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority made the first official contribution towards a proposed $2 million recycling center to be built in St. Marys.
During the monthly Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting Tuesday, the authority's board approved a motion to create a new bank account for the St. Marys recycling center project, which included a $100,000 contribution by the solid waste authority.
The Elk County Conservation District held its first meeting of 2015 on Monday which included some review of 2014 as well as discussions looking towards the future for the district.
District manager Steve Putt reviewed the yearly program summary for 2014, which was an ongoing tally of all the permit requests that have come through the Elk County Conservation District since 2011.
Putt said the conservation district had seen a significant increase in erosion sediment control plans and general permits throughout the 2014 year.
Two St. Marys men have been arrested and charged in connection to a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 7 at 119 Sunrise Rd.
Kyle Lee Sarginger, 25, and Spencer Gene Rudolph, 19, both of St. Marys, are facing multiple felony charges related to armed robbery for allegedly going to a home and robbing a woman for prescription pills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Rudolph kicked in the door and said, "Give me all your drugs and money" and threatened to kill the victim while brandishing a handgun.
Dolores E. Alpaugh, 75, of 434 East Main St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at St. Johns Specialty Center in Mars.
She was born Oct. 26, 1939 in Sayre, daughter of the late Harlen W. and Stella M. Earle Wolfe.
She attended St. John's Lutheran Church. She had been a Ridgway resident for five years. She was a graduate of Waverly High School. She was a Girl Scout and a majorette.
Edward "Skip" Ciroli, 102, native of Ridgway, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Sarah Reed Retirement Center.Â This had been his home for the past two years.
Skip was born Jan. 12, 1913 in Ridgway, son of the late Battista and Agnes Plaster Ciroli. He had four siblings, Regina Piccirillo, Eva McGonigle, Evelyn Blick and Henry Ciroli, all deceased.
Skip married Clare "Tootie" Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1936 and they celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary in 2012.
The Johnsonburg Rams improved to 9-9 on the season with a 55-35 win over the Kane Wolves Monday night in the Wolvesâ€™ Den. The Rams led 11-5 after one quarter. The Wolves rallied to go ahead 13-11 with three minutes left in the half but the Rams closed out the second quarter on a 10-0 run and pulled away in the fourth to get the victory.