February 3rd, 2015
Officials continue to disburse Act 13 Marcellus impact fees funding as commissioners on Tuesday morning announced allocations to the eight county fire departments.
"We decided from the onset of receiving the Act 13 funds that we'd try to help each of the fire companies in the county," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. "We'll be sending out $500 checks to each of the fire departments."
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg said it will be an annual allocation as long as the funds keep coming in.
At Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting, the school board was questioned on several budget related issues, including consolidation talks with the Johnsonburg Area School District and the amount of money that is being spent on the band and chorus.
Bill Seely, former school board member, asked board members and school officials about the possibility of consolidation talks beginning between RASD and JASD in the near future, citing financial troubles for JASD as documented in The Ridgway Record and The Bradford Era.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki and Dale Fox of the Ridgway Heritage Council attended Tuesday's workshop meeting of the Ridgway Area School District board of directors to give a presentation in support of the Main Street Program in Ridgway.
Along with Ridgway Borough, Ridgway Township, Ridgway Heritage Council, Ridgway Industrial Development Corporation, and the Elk County Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgway Area School District has been a supporter of the Main Street Program for the past 10 years.
Two of the four co-defendants charged in August 2014 in a criminal conspiracy for the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts, pleaded guilty Monday to charges at Elk County Court.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 35, of Ridgway, in a negotiated plea, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography at Monday's return day in Elk County Court.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon recited the facts of the case, explaining that approximately 40 images and one movie depicting image of girls between the ages of 13 and 18 were found on Rohr's computer.
Rohr's sentence is pending a completion of an evaluation by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
Ronald L. "Ron" Newell, 84, of 118 Poplar Rd., St. Marys, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1930, a son of the late Alton and Leona Hoffman Newell.
On June 25, 1955 in Queen of the World Church, he married Eleanor Samick Newell, who survives.
Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, appeared in Elk County Court Monday for jury call, but had his case postponed as there were motions in the case that the court had to address.
Stephanic's next court appearance is scheduled for April 6 at 1 p.m. for jury call, which is a defendant's last chance to enter a negotiated plea before proceeding to trial. Jury selection for Stephanic is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 13.
A Ridgway resident entered a guilty plea Monday for his role in a April 2014 assault that occurred while he was working at a St. Marys gas station.
Louis A. Amato, 39, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of simple assault and was sentenced to seven days to 24 months of incarceration with credit for time served and fined $300. As a special condition of parole, he is to have no contact with the victim in the assault, David Gonzales.
Two St. Marys residents pleaded guilty and were sentenced for their involvement in an August 2014 home invasion at 430 N. St. Marys St.
Andrew Krewduk, 25, and Faith Gagliardi, 22, both pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary when they appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson Monday at Elk County Court.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man was arrested Jan. 28 following a domestic situation at a house along Maurus Street.
According to court records, 41-year-old Timothy P. Singer has been charged with indecent assault-forcible compulsion, a first degree misdemeanor; indecent assault without consent and simple assault, second degree misdemeanors; and a summary harassment charge involving unwanted physical contact.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the St. Marys City Police Department was dispatched Jan. 28 at 9:49 p.m. to 559 Maurus St., St. Marys for a "reported domestic situation."