January 19th, 2015
The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."
With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.
Yvonne B. Oertly, 81, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 133 Hayes Rd., Kersey, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 10, 1934 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Walfred and Henrietta Yarick Holmquist. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 1951.
On Jan. 17, 1953 in the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, she married Clifford R. Oertly, who survives.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders survived a close game with the Kane Wolves on Monday evening in Kane, holding on for a three-point victory, 54-51. It was a big difference from when the two teams met earlier this month. ECC won that contest 72-25.
"I'm happy to escape with a win," said ECC head coach Aaron Straub. "Kane played very well. Matt Gasbarre coached a great game and had his kids well prepared."
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders earned a 20-point victory, 53-33, over the Kane Lady Wolves on Monday evening at the ECCHS gymnasium to remain undefeated.
ECC held a 14-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter, was up 24-13 at the half, and lead 41-25 after three quarters en route to the victory.
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Through a 'Blight to Flight' project by a team from Leadership Elk County, the Knothole Recreational Park in Johnsonburg is expected to receive new playground equipment in the spring of 2015.
The project started after Leadership Elk County assigned Donna Costanzo, Sarah Grunthaner, George Hasselman and Katie Herzing to a group, tasking them with finding a sustainable and beneficial project to do within an Elk County town.
James M. Hoyt, 73, of 39738 State St. in Ridgway, died Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born July 30, 1941 in Jamestown, N.Y., son of the late John J. and Margaret (Taraska) Hoyt Sekelsky.
He married Beverly J. Pontious on June 19, 1965.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 50 years, and he was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church and a past K of C member.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and polka music.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a peacetime veteran.
Kimberly Ann Spicer, 45, of Marienville, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at UPMC Hamot.
She was born July 8, 1969, in Erie. On June 24, 1989, in Kane, Andy Spicer and Kimberly wed. She was the daughter ofÂ Robert and Lavina Curtis Carlson of Kane.
Kimberly was a medical assistant for the Warren Medical Group. She was a member of the Word of Grace Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Tionesta.
BRADFORD â€“ A Bradford businessman is charged with murder in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, is accused of criminal homicide in the death of Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43.
According to the criminal complaint filed with Bradford District Court Judge Dom Cercone, Stidd shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Friday behind Togiâ€™s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford.