The Elk County Courthouse

The Elk County Courthouse

ELK COUNTY--Another Monday, another Return Day for the 59th Judicial District which encompasses both Elk and Cameron Counties. With the yearlong backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these weekly sessions are necessary to clear out the avalanche of cases that backed up during the Judicial Emergency that was declared in March of 2020.
As is the situation all over the United States, and the world, there was a dramatic uptick in the use of illegal substances during the pandemic, and many of those arrests and charges are only making their way to be heard now, a year later. Along with substance abuse, other crimes, especially domestic violence, and assault also increased during the lockdowns, and the resultant court cases are also only now being resolved. Notable cases for local court watchers include:
Craig S. Holterback, 34, of St. Marys is scheduled to take plea deals on numerous drug offenses, child endangerment charges and must answer for his attempt to intimidate or harm a witness on Monday at a 1 p.m. scheduled hearing.
Seth James Badeau, 24, of St. Marys is set to plea to a variety of infractions, the majority of which involve substance abuse and DAI (Driving After Imbibing, PA's term for DUI). Unlike many defendants his criminal history, though now lengthy, all began just two years ago. His hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. He is currently incarcerated in the Elk County Prison so there is no chance he will miss his court date. 
Mariah Elizabeth Lytle, 24, of Weedville, is scheduled to plea at 2 p.m. on the endangerment of children charges as well as drug and theft charges. 
The full Return Day article will appear in Tuesday's Ridgway Record/

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