March 5th, 2015
Brandon Michael Weidow, 27, of Byrnedale was sentenced to four to nine years of incarceration in state prison for the 2012 DUI crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
In December 2014, a jury found Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while DUI, as well as related offenses, concluding that he was driving the vehicle in which Straub was a passenger.
When given the opportunity to make a statement, Weidow replied, "No thank you, your honor." He also declined the opportunity to offer an apology.
Responding to rumors presented during Thursday's council meeting, the Ridgway Borough council said that it has no plans to remove the skatepark in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman made the statement after several members of the public attended Thursday's meeting to get the facts about the future of the skatepark.
"The facts are that the borough right now hasn't done anything with the skatepark," Zimmerman said. "We're not talking about doing anything with it."
Almost a year to the day after his arrest, Ronald Gregory Dill, 59, of St. Marys was sentenced a total of five to 10 years of incarceration in state prison as well as having to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
"I understand that you had no direct physical contact with any children," President Judge Richard A. Masson said during sentencing. "People seem to forget that by viewing these images, you are facilitating this victimization."
Dill replied that he didn't realize that at the time.
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is beginning another planning investigation in an effort to seek input from the communities they serve.
This year the investigation will deal with two specific groups, youth and senior citizens. These groups have been chosen because of the way changes in Elk County communities have affected both groups.
Ridgway 195-pounderÂ Ryan Geyer still has a shot at a state medal.
TheÂ Elker senior went 2-1 on the first day of the Class AA PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Giant Center in Hershey Thursday morning to continue on to Friday in the three-day tournament.
Geyer will wrestle inÂ the second round of consolations against Toby Cahill of Berlin-Brothersvalley, the third-place finisher from the Southwest Regional Championships.
Geyer opened the day with a quick victory as he pinned Robert Scherer of Burrell in just 24 seconds in the preliminary round to advance to the round of 16.
KERSEY â€“ The next step in rectifying the Toby Water contamination situation involving the discovery of a parasite found in plant filters in November entails a feasibility study to be conducted on the plant.
Fox Township supervisors unanimously approved authorization to conduct the study during their Wednesday evening meeting. The study will be funded through a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant with no cost to the township.
ST. MARYS â€“ As an essential first step in a planned, system-wide restructuring intended to help stem financial losses and right-size facilities in the wake of reduced inpatient volumes and decreased revenue, Penn Highlands Healthcare announced Wednesday that it has adjusted its workforce at Penn Highlands Elk.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Violating a protection from abuse order, a St. Marys man allegedly barged into a Johnsonburg apartment and engaged in a physical altercation with a man and woman inside.
Edwin Albert Prechtl, 59, of 739 W. Joseph Rd., is charged with a felony count of criminal trespass, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary counts of harassment for the alleged incident on March 4 around 7 a.m.
President Judge Richard A. Masson denied the prosecution's motion for a continuance of jury selection in the murder trial of Nicholas Martin, which remains scheduled for Monday, March 23.
The trial is set to begin the following day and proceed through April 2.
Martin, 24, is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of Alyssa Forsyth.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An investigation concluded that a fire was intentionally set Oct. 11, 2014 in the basement of a Wilcox Road residence, where a razor knife and blood soaked rags were found.
The investigator, Trooper David Powell of the State Police at Punxsutawney, suspected that Thomas William Prechtl, 47, had set the fire to further harm himself or to hide the fact that he had engaged in self-harm. He faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of arson, and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.