September 5th, 2013
Roger P. Griech, age 58, of 31361 Portland Mills Rd., Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 14, 1954 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Paul J. and Helen A. (Neely) Griech. He had resided in Portland Mills for most of his life and was a 1972 graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a Catholic by faith. Roger was a past member of the American Legion and the Moose Club in Ridgway. He had been employed by Motion Control Industries for many years.
FOX TWP. â€“ The Kersey Motor Company, an auto body repair shop located at 108 Zola Rd. in the Coal Hollow section of Fox Township, sustained significant damage during a Tuesday evening fire. The large steel-frame commercial building measuring 40-foot by 80-foot, is owned by Leo (Dave) Surra of Kersey. The fire was ruled accidental in nature and the business was closed and unoccupied at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated at $350,000.
ST. MARYS â€“ A 48-year-old woman is dead after reportedly being gunned down early Tuesday morning at Eastern Sintered Alloys in St. Marys. An affidavit of probable cause filed Tuesday shed more light on the case.
FOX TWP. â€“ A fire broke out Tuesday evening at roughly 5:36 p.m. Tuesday at Kersey Motor Company located at 108 Zola Street in Fox Township, damaging the large commercial building owned by Leo (Dave) Surra of Kersey.
Michael Anthony Scolari, age 25, pleaded guilty to one felony count of arson as part of a plea bargain with the District Attorney's office stemming from a July 9, 2012 camper fire that occurred at his residence.
Ridgway boys soccer lost 5-2 to Port Allegany in the season opener for both teams on a brisk Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
FOX TWP. â€“ A 50-year-old St. Marys man died late Monday night after being hit by an SUV on state Route 255, according to police reports.
Edward Joshnik reported walked onto SR 255 near Laurel Run Road shortly after 11 p.m. Monday and was struck by a Ford Escape.
He was later pronounced dead at Elk Regional Health center.
Police said the driver of the SUV will not be charged.
ST. MARYS â€“ St. Marys City Police report arresting 44-year-old Michael J. Stephanic following the death of 48-year-old June Talmadge, also known as June Andrus.
Stephanic, of St. Marys, has reportedly been arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault, and has been remanded to the Elk County Prison.
The incident reportedly took place early Tuesday morning at 2:40 a.m. at Eastern Sintered Alloys at 126 Access Rd.
The investigation is continuing.
HAMLIN TWP. â€“ Six-year-old Jarrett Costanzo idolized his older brothers Angelo and Jacob and looked forward to the day that he, too, could play youth football.
Meanwhile, he was happy to be on the sidelines as the spirited "water boy."
His 12-year-old cousin Olivia Douglas, a Kane native who lived with her father in Eldred, was a vibrant young girl who was a cheerleader with the Little Nippers youth football program for Otto-Eldred.Â
Hazel A. (Peachie) King, 87, of Monterey Avenue, Ridgway, died Friday evening, Aug. 30, 2013.
She was born in Ridgway on Nov. 3, 1925, daughter of the late Leo and Martha (Zurcher) Allinger.
She was married to Jack W. King who preceded her in death in July of 1973.
Mrs. King graduated from Ridgway High School in 1943, attended West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse in 1946. She was employed as a private duty nurse for several years and worked at the Elk County General Hospital for many years, retiring in 1980.