July 13th, 2012
The investigation into a local doctor in response to the death of a patient due to complications caused by medications prescribed her is being led by the Pa. Department of State following her father's continued appeals to state officials for an investigation.
Jim Buehler of Ridgway has spent the last four years pursuing legal action in the July 7, 2008 death of his daughter, Heather Buehler Armanini, whom he claims was prescribed excessive amounts of powerful, habit-forming drugs by a local doctor, including a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen.
ST. MARYS â When you talk to people about Michael B. Proudfit, one thing becomes apparent quickly: The young man touched many lives during his brief 19 years. Now, his many friends and family members plan to show their joy at having known him with a special night and a 5K walk/run in his memory.
Works Superintendent Carl Gosnell reported on an inspection conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
According to Gosnell, the inspection was conducted for a construction permit that was issued for the Boot Jack Pump Station.
"Basically, although the improvements are not completed and won't be completed until the end of September," Gosnell said, "it is the department's [DEP] opinion that we should be conducting the testing as outlined in the draft conditions.
ST. MARYS â The days of old-fashioned concerts in the park are being revived, as the Elk-Cameron Community Band plans to host two events in local parks in July.
Area residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy an array of musical numbers, lemonade and cookies.
JOHNSONBURG â Johnsonburg school district board members denied a cooperative contract for boys' varsity soccer during last nightâs regular board meeting due to the vote not being in favor of the program. Regarding other sports, Shane Launer expressed his concern about transportation costs.
âTransportation (cost) seems to be escalating in other sports,â Launer said. âWe are spreading ourselves too thin and need to utilize the students in the sports we have.â
WILCOX â The Wilcox American Legion baseball team advanced to the championship round of the Elk County American Legion Baseball Tournament with a 10-0, 6-inning victory over St. Marys Thursday night at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox used a trio of 3-run innings along with a run in the fourth to take care of St. Marys.
Concerned residents of Daguscahonda, Elk County officials, state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and members of the Elk County Tea Party crowded the Ridgway Township Municipal Building Wednesday night for a public meeting hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to discuss instituting a public water supply in Daguscahonda.
The meeting was held to discuss the Daguscahonda public water system in Ridgway Township and the steps necessary to comply with the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act and its regulations.
KANE âÂ Four Kane residents have been arrested on felony charges for allegedly selling drugs.
According to a press release issued Wednesday by McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn, those arrested include:
*Travis A. Whipple, 27, of 16 Field St., Kane.
He is charged with two felony counts of drug delivery and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.
On Jan. 23, Whipple allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant.
On Feb. 15, Whipple allegedly sold morphine pills to a confidential informant.
*Virginia Mae Milner, 45, of 312 1/2 Welsh St., Kane.
ST. MARYS â The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, St. Marys City Police Department and the Crystal Fire Department report investigating the origin and cause of a fire that occurred at 11:32 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the residence of Michael Scolari, 333 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys. The fire destroyed a 1999 Coleman camping trailer parked in the driveway of the residence. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson and remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $6,000. There were no injuries.
FOX TWP. - "It turned out to be a fiasco," said Charles Bloam III, tax collector for the City of St. Marys, in describing the realization of Pennsylvania's Act 32 requiring counties to consolidate the collection of earned income tax (EIT) to a single collector.
The recent breakdown of the county's contract with CENTAX, the firm contracted to collect and disburse earned income tax to local municipalities and school districts, has highlighted difficulties associated with the state's Act 32 legislation.