Archive - 2014 - News Article
EMPORIUM â€“ Authorities are still investigating the origin of a fire that spread through four apartment units early Tuesday morning in a West 4th Street house in Emporium.
Initial reports indicated smoke and flames showing at 234 W. 4th St. as Cameron County 14 (Emporium Fire Department), Emporium Ambulance, and St. Marys Ambulance were called out shortly before 3 a.m.
Assault charges have been filed against a Ridgway man for a June incident of an argument escalating into a fight that left another man hospitalized.
Jeffrey William Reitz, 26, of 229 Ash St., Ridgway, is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of simple assault for a fight that occurred at his home on June 29.
Following a public comment meeting to allow residents to address concerns in the 2015 budget, the Ridgway Borough Council approved a 2015 budget, which featured a one mill tax increase for the borough's general fund, during a special meeting on Tuesday night.
The budget was approved following a 5-2 vote by the council with council president Ralph Dussia and councilman J.R. Geitner standing out as the two council members who did not vote to approve the budget.
The Ridgway Borough will be responsible, at least in part, for a $314,000 bill associated with the cleanup at the Ridgway Borough Municipal Landfill, according to DEP press aide Amanda Witman.
DEP officials originally started investigating the landfill in 2004, and now that the project is nearing completion, the DEP is looking to receive reimbursement from responsible parties for the costs associated with the project.
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A St. Marys man had multiple cases settled before President Judge Richard A. Masson Monday, including the February theft of multiple parking meters from the Brusselles and Depot Streets parking lots in St. Marys.
David Larry Cribbs, 19, of 155 Washington St., St. Marys, pleaded guilty to a felony count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of burglary for removing items from a storage building owned by Elk County Ammo and Arms.
"I had some problems with drugs, and I was just kind of being a bum," Cribbs said when Judge Masson asked why he hadn't found employment while on parole.
ST. MARYS â€“ This year's Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, held throughout both days of the Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament, raised $1,186.89 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
During halftime of the boys' championship game Saturday evening at the St. Marys Area High School Dutch Oven, SMAHS Activities Director Terry Straub read a brief message on behalf of the American Cancer Society, which expressed appreciation to the "coaches and players for lending their talent and faces to the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer campaign."
Six students at the Ridgway Area High School recently traveled to Fargo, N.D. to compete in the Northern Plains BEST Championship, a competition in which the team finished 26th out of 36 teams.
Dustin Oknefski, the instructor of a robotics class at the high school, went to Fargo along with six of his students: Weston Towne, J.J. Klase, Damian Challingsworth, Arthur Harvey, Chucky Krobot and Allie HIll.
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ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man is facing felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing money from his place of employment.
Jamie Neal Wilson, 35, of 10 Mark St., a store manager at St. Marys AutoZone, is accused of stealing money that he was responsible for depositing at PNC bank and taking cash from registers.
On Nov. 20, the St. Marys Police were contacted by AutoZone's regional loss prevention manager who reported that three deposits were missing from Oct. 17-19.