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March 6, 2015

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School board discusses future school trips

March 5, 2015

During Thursday's Ridgway Area School District school board workshop meeting, the school board held discussions on future school trips, including a possible senior class trip for next year's seniors.
Amy Goode, a junior class advisor at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School, made a presentation on behalf of the junior class, informing the board about the preliminary plans for next year's senior class trip.

Weidow sentenced 4-9 years in fatal DUI crash

March 5, 2015

Brandon Michael Weidow, 27, of Byrnedale was sentenced to four to nine years of incarceration in state prison for the 2012 DUI crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
In December 2014, a jury found Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while DUI, as well as related offenses, concluding that he was driving the vehicle in which Straub was a passenger.
When given the opportunity to make a statement, Weidow replied, "No thank you, your honor." He also declined the opportunity to offer an apology.

Council: No plans for skatepark

March 5, 2015

Responding to rumors presented during Thursday's council meeting, the Ridgway Borough council said that it has no plans to remove the skatepark in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman made the statement after several members of the public attended Thursday's meeting to get the facts about the future of the skatepark.
"The facts are that the borough right now hasn't done anything with the skatepark," Zimmerman said. "We're not talking about doing anything with it."

Dill sentenced 5-10 years in child porn case

March 5, 2015

Almost a year to the day after his arrest, Ronald Gregory Dill, 59, of St. Marys was sentenced a total of five to 10 years of incarceration in state prison as well as having to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
"I understand that you had no direct physical contact with any children," President Judge Richard A. Masson said during sentencing. "People seem to forget that by viewing these images, you are facilitating this victimization."
Dill replied that he didn't realize that at the time.

Public input sought on future projects targeting youth, seniors

March 5, 2015

ST. MARYS – The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is beginning another planning investigation in an effort to seek input from the communities they serve.
This year the investigation will deal with two specific groups, youth and senior citizens. These groups have been chosen because of the way changes in Elk County communities have affected both groups.

Toby Water plant found to need significant upgrades

March 4, 2015

KERSEY – The next step in rectifying the Toby Water contamination situation involving the discovery of a parasite found in plant filters in November entails a feasibility study to be conducted on the plant.
Fox Township supervisors unanimously approved authorization to conduct the study during their Wednesday evening meeting. The study will be funded through a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant with no cost to the township.

Drastic job cuts at Penn Highlands Elk

March 4, 2015

ST. MARYS – As an essential first step in a planned, system-wide restructuring intended to help stem financial losses and right-size facilities in the wake of reduced inpatient volumes and decreased revenue, Penn Highlands Healthcare announced Wednesday that it has adjusted its workforce at Penn Highlands Elk.

St. Marys man charged in Johnsonburg assault

March 4, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Violating a protection from abuse order, a St. Marys man allegedly barged into a Johnsonburg apartment and engaged in a physical altercation with a man and woman inside.
Edwin Albert Prechtl, 59, of 739 W. Joseph Rd., is charged with a felony count of criminal trespass, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary counts of harassment for the alleged incident on March 4 around 7 a.m.

Martin to proceed to jury selection March 23

March 4, 2015

President Judge Richard A. Masson denied the prosecution's motion for a continuance of jury selection in the murder trial of Nicholas Martin, which remains scheduled for Monday, March 23.
The trial is set to begin the following day and proceed through April 2.
Martin, 24, is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of Alyssa Forsyth.

Wilcox man faces arson charges

March 4, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – An investigation concluded that a fire was intentionally set Oct. 11, 2014 in the basement of a Wilcox Road residence, where a razor knife and blood soaked rags were found.
The investigator, Trooper David Powell of the State Police at Punxsutawney, suspected that Thomas William Prechtl, 47, had set the fire to further harm himself or to hide the fact that he had engaged in self-harm. He faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of arson, and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Statewide 911 funding in peril

March 4, 2015

Without amendments to an outdated state statute used to help fund 911 centers across the state, emergency communications may soon be in dire straits.
Formerly known as the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (Act 78) of 1990, it is now Chapter 53 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and allows for a monthly fee of $1.50 for a landline and $1 for wireless or internet.
"People are dropping their landlines and it’s becoming more difficult to cover the costs," said Elk County Commissioner June Sorg.

Truck fire at St. Marys auto business

March 4, 2015

ST. MARYS – A vehicle fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Tennant's Auto Outlet in St. Marys, damaging a garage at the rear of the property and destroying a two-door Chevy pickup truck.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 3:49 p.m. for a report of a vehicle fire endangering a structure at 729 South St. Marys St.

Highland supervisors plan to fight suit

March 3, 2015

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to allow The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) to proceed in defending the township in a lawsuit over a township ordinance regulating injection wells.
The decision came after a 30-minute public meeting in which the township supervisors and approximately 25 residents of the township and the county were able to voice their opinion on what should be done with the lawsuit.

Rendezvous wraps up Saturday with auction

March 2, 2015

The weeklong sweet 16th birthday celebration of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous reached its high note Saturday with the annual auction attended by a large crowd.
Auctioneers auctioned off a wide variety of artistic creations throughout Saturday at the annual event on Court Street in downtown Ridgway.

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