August 22nd, 2012
MARIENVILLE â€“ An early-morning attack Wednesday, Aug. 22, in a prison cell at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County resulted in the death of a 63-year-old inmate.
According to reports, Elwood Braswell, a 26-year-old inmate, assaulted another inmate, 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, beginning at approximately 1:40 a.m. in a cell located at SCI Forest.
EMPORIUM â€“ As the manhunt continues for fugitive Thomas Smith, 58, of Emporium, wanted in connection with the Aug. 8 attempted abduction of an Emporium bank employee at gunpoint, Emporium-based newspaper The Cameron County Echo received what is allegedly a letter written by Smith himself.
According to the Echo, the letter, dated Aug. 17, 2012, was dropped off at the paper's Broad Street office and reportedly contained a different version of the events of Aug. 8 than those put forth in news and police reports.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Elk County was burned with another arson case after an early-morning fire torched a residence owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, age 59, at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg.
The initial call was placed at 12:58 a.m. as a fire destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures, and a vehicle. The residence at 208 Church St. sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated only a few feet away.
Area youth had a chance to spend time in nature and improve their artistic skills with the "Walk, Talk & Print" program offered by ECCOTA over the past few weeks.
Area students from fourth through eighth grade took to the outdoors around the Rails to Trails and Sandy Beach areas in the morning with Lora Zill. Zill teaches writing and critical analysis at Gannon University, and is also a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is also a faculty member in a program for gifted public school students at Allegheny College.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority opened bids during Tuesday night's meeting for engineering services as outlined in a consent order and agreement proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
At the July meeting the Authority signed a consent order agreeing to take correction actions due to past violations to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An additional charge of theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree, has been filed against a Ridgway woman already charged with embezzling insurance monies following a fire at her home.
The affidavit alleges that Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of 45 Fremont Ave. in Ridgway, took into her possession a laptop computer belonging to the WDDH radio station following her resignation from the station on May 29, 2012.
The Borough of Ridgway will work to improve its emergency response plans with the Ridgway Fire Department in response to the brutal storm that swept through the area Thursday afternoon, July 26.
Ridgway Borough Council member Rich Parrish detailed the recommendations of the Fire, Police, Property and Equipment Committee during Monday night's regular council meeting.
According to the report, borough manager Martin Schuller reviewed the past storm damage of the fallen trees on the borough streets and alleys with committee members.
Backed by a 35 from medalist Josh Roselli, Ridgway stretched their early undefeated streak to 2-0 with a 24-stroke victory Monday against visiting DuBois Central Catholic at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Roselli was complemented by a trio of 40s fired by teammates Mitchell Gilmore, Josh Mitchell, and Jesse Reynolds. T.J. Schlimm capped off the scoring with a 41 for a team total 196.
Matt Aiello and Mitchell Stark also were on the course and fired 41, followed by Jake Klawuhn with a 44.
Many Ridgway residents have been taking notice and voicing their concerns over unsightly, light gray, silken webs in many of the trees within the borough.
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea [Drury], got off to an early start building its impressive silk tents on the ends of limbs and sometimes enclosing entire branches.
Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller says despite the recent surge residents need not be concerned for the health of the trees.
At the most recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, Compliance Assistance Specialist Mark F. Harmon of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationâ€™s (OSHA) Erie office gave a presentation on the organizationâ€™s role and recent activities.
"We regulate workplace safety," said Harmon of OSHA's chief role.