October 19th, 2011
The 12-member jury in the Lawrence Earl Donachy homicide trial continued their deliberations for eight hours on Wednesday and reported no verdict as the trial recessed for the day at 5 p.m.
Deliberations will continue Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Elk County Courthouse as President Judge Richard Masson presides over the hearing.
A 12-member jury did not reach a verdict on Tuesday following nearly 5.5 hours of deliberation in the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Deliberations will continue this morning beginning at 9 a.m., where the jury will decide the fate of Donachy, who is charged with one count each of criminal homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint in the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
The Ridgway Borough Council voted in favor of postponing their civil complaint hearing against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad for building code violations to the Pennsy Railroad Station.
The hearing that was scheduled for Thursday with District Magistrate Judge George A. King will now be postponed until after Nov. 21.
Council reported receiving a letter from B&P Railroad property manager William Gentilman requesting the postponement to allow time for the railroad to reach a final resolution.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Uni-Tec engineer Dan Guss reported that the wastewater treatment plant is complete and in operation during Tuesday night's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting.
"The plant is complete, is in operation, and is producing high quality effluent and biosolids," Guss said.
According to Guss, the plant has been in full operation since May 31.
A number of contractor punch list items remain to be completed.
"The punch list items remaining do not inhibit plant operation and are, on a relative basis, minor items," Guss said.
Ridgway Township Supervisor chairman John Gardner said roadwork on Long Level Road [Route 4003] from Johnsonburg to Montmorenci is expected to continue until mid-November.
"They will be doing pipe replacements and a lot of adjustments," Gardner said. "Expect delays and watch for flaggers."
Repairs will be made to the shoulder and guard rails will be updated.
Paving will continue along the 4.5 miles.
"That is a lot of work to do by mid-November," said supervisor Sarah Dickinson.
In other business, building plans for the Montmorenci property will be available in the office.
Ridgway cross country hosted Brockway, St. Marys and Kane in action Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
In the varsity girlsâ€™ race, Adair Gennocro of St. Marys was the top finisher with a time of 19:07. Sloan Foster was third with a time of 22:03. Alexis Hanes had a time of 25:00 and Casey Kline had a mark of 27:29. Rachel Schreiber finished at 29:00, Cassie Wonderling had a time of 30:42 and Ashley Mertz had a time of 34:15.
Ridgway's Rachel Guyer had a time of 25:54.
During Monday's night's Ridgway Borough Council meeting environmental manager Paul McCurdy reported receiving a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] demanding information relative to brine treatment at the wastewater plant.
According to McCurdy, EPA officials gave the the borough officials five days to respond and 15 days for a more detailed response.
During her senior year, Bryton Dybowski received her Girl Scouts Gold Award for creating an outdoor haven for the students at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Dybowski is the daughter of Steve and Luann Dybowski of Ridgway and the granddaughter of Alan and Gloria Chileski of Ridgway.
Earning her Gold Award, Dybowski has followed in the footsteps of her mother, who also received her Gold Award.
"My mom got her Gold Award when she was younger," Dybowski said. "She pushed me to do these things and I wanted to follow what she did."
As the second week of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy commenced Monday morning, testimony concluded and jurors began the day with a field trip to St. Marys, where they were shown various sites of interest pertaining to the trial. Donachy, 36, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of 56-year-old St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth at her home on 213 Walnut St.
Marina T. Agens, 86, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died Sunday, October 16, 2011, in the home of her sister, Beverly MacDonald, at 1533 Front St.
She was born January 30, 1925, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late R. Joseph and Lavina M. Ross Tettis. She married Donald J. Agens, who predeceased her on Februaury 16, 2001.
Mrs. Agens had resided most of her life in Ridgway. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, the C.D. of A., and the Ridgway Senior Center.