July 10th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ The St. Marys City Police report arresting Joseph White, 19, of Johnsonburg, and Ramon Santiago, 22, of St. Marys, and charging them with two counts each of robbery, four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of theft by unlawful taking and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking or disposition. According to reports taken by the police, White and Santiago robbed Alex Weis, 22, of St. Marys, and David Sette, 25, of St. Marys, at gunpoint and knifepoint in the area of Kaulmont Park sometime between 11 and 11:50 p.m. on July 5.
Ronald J. Salvetto, 56, formerly of 566 Rock St., Ridgway, died Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 15, 1955 in DuBois, son of Pauline A. Salvetto and the late James J. Salvetto.
He had resided in Ridgway for many years and was a former Erie resident. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1973, and had attended Penn State. He had been employed by the Gertrude Barber Center in Erie for 10 years and Hamot Medical Center in Erie for 14 years.
The westbound lane of state Route 120 coming into Ridgway has been paved while the eastbound lane going toward St. Marys remains to be finished which has warranted an uneven pavement sign. Work is expected to continue today.
A fugitive who walked out on his work release approximately 11 months ago has been apprehended in Hartwell, Ga.
According to Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer, William Umstead, who previously was employed as a laborer for a company in Bradford, has been on the loose for nearly a year.
Umstead, serving a 90-day sentence for domestic relations [failure to pay child support], was granted work release but failed to report back to Elk County Prison following his shift nearly a year ago.
The Elk County road improvement project on state Route 120 that began last year and resumed in April is expected to be completed by September.
The work zone on SR 120 stretches east for four miles from Ridgway toward St. Marys.
"Work includes concrete patching, concrete resurfacing, curbing and ramps, manhole adjustments, drainage and guide rail updates," said Marlaine Fannin, PennDOT community relations director.
Crews have begun moving equipment and materials and are working on drainage upgrades, tree trimming, the guide rail replacements and paving.
William Bruce Beck, age 90, of Pleasant Drive, Warren, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie.
Born Oct. 5, 1920 in Renovo, a son of Harold Reed Beck and Ruby Losey Beck, he married Betty Jane Caldwell in Brookville on Aug. 11, 1951; she preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2003.
He was a World War II veteran having served with the Army Air Corps 439th Troop Carrier Group, 93rd Troop Carrier Squadron as a glider pilot and also was a veteran of the Korean Conflict in the 1094th Special Reporting Squadron as an Air Force officer at Manzano Base in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Ridgway softball 13-and 14-year-old All-Stars lost 7-3 to St. Marys in action Thursday at the Ridgway Little League fields located along Grant Road.
St. Marys took the lead in the first inning. The St. Marys All-Stars were designated as the visiting team and Jackie Lenze led off the game with a single. Lenze would eventually score the game's first run on a wild pitch. Rachel Stauffer walked with one out and would score on a Ridgway throwing error to make the lead 2-0 for St. Marys after half an inning.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority adopted a flushing plan at their regular meeting Thursday night as a preventative measure to remove excess chlorine and other byproducts from the water system.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted the plan has been approved by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
E. Tom Wolff, 65, of 4172 Grant Rd., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Thursday morning at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1945 in Ridgway, son of the late Clarence H. (Pug) and Ruby M. (Amacher) Wolff.
He married Judy L. Ecklund on Sept. 30, 1967. She survives.
Kenneth L. (Chunk) Danekas, 33, of 28 Lincoln St., Ridgway, died Thursday morning, July 7, 2011, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 10, 1977, in Sycamore, Ill., son of David D. and Jane M. (Fischer) Danekas. He married Kerri E. Brendel on June 19, 2004.
He had resided in Ridgway for 19 years and was a former Janesville, Wisc. resident. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the U.S. Bowling Congress.