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April 20th, 2015
From the moment a crime is committed through any court proceedings with possible jail time associated with the crime, numerous individuals within Elk County are tasked with respecting and defending victims' rights.
As Sunday marked the beginning of National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, some of the men and women responsible for protecting victims' rights in Elk County discussed their roles in the issue and the challenges they face in fulfilling that role.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 21, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys woman is facing multiple charges after a March 30 hit-and-run incident that occurred at 136 Parade St.
Kelly Jo Marie Friedl, 29, is charged with four counts of DUI and a summary offense of accidental damage to unattended vehicles or property.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, St. Marys City Police were dispatched to the Parade Street location where severe front end damage occurred to a 2004 Ford Ranger that was parked facing westbound with the right side against traffic.
ST. MARYS â€“ A Virginia Road home in St. Marys was fully engulfed in flames early Sunday afternoon as area crews battled the blaze.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 1:41 p.m. to 613 Virginia Rd. in St. Marys along with the St. Marys Ambulance and city police officers.
"141 reported smoke showing on arrival," said Crystal Fire Department spokesman Tom Bauer. "The fire had just burned through the roof at that time. We established a water supply and got the fire outâ€¦ it pretty much burned the whole roof off with water and smoke damage inside."
Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora, seeking one of three available seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, recently made a campaign stop in Ridgway and spoke with local philanthropist Denny Heindl on "Talk of the Town," broadcasted on WDDH-FM The Hound.
The future of Deckerâ€™s Chapel was the main issue addressed at Saturdayâ€™s 51st annual dinner for the Elk County Historical Society, which was held at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
Elk County Historical Society Executive Director Mary Kalinowski spoke briefly about the status of the Deckerâ€™s Chapel during the dinner.
According to Kalinowski, drainage issues at the chapel have caused the foundation to start to crumble, which has caused the historical society to close the chapel to make sure that no one goes inside to make the foundation any worse or to get hurt.
Borough workers addressed a damaged water valve Friday afternoon in Ridgway.
The valve was located underground behind Holiday Financial Services nearly on the riverbank. Borough workers had to dig into the ground to access the valve and had to pump out the excess water with a sump pump.
ST. MARYS â€“ Fifteen-year-old Justin Johnson is paying it forward by helping children through a traumatic experience via a friendly frog-shaped pillow.
The Elk County Catholic High School sophomore recently donated four frog pillows to Penn Highlands Elk's emergency department for staff to distribute them to children who are airlifted from the hospital.
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the 100 most influential people in the world.
Students at the Ridgway Area High School were visited on Thursday by Gary Cuccia, an advocate for increased awareness for dating violence, who spoke about his daughter's murder that occurred eight years ago as a result of dating violence that went unnoticed by his daughter's friends and loved ones.
Cuccia, the executive director of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization, shared the story of his 16-year old daughter who was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend on Aug. 15, 2007, just one day after her 16th birthday.
ST. MARYS â€“ Multiple county fire companies were called out Thursday evening for a brush fire off West Creek Road in St. Marys.
Elk County Emergency Services listed the address at 255 Grunthaner Glen in St. Marys for what was initially reported as a large brush fire at 6:06 p.m.
According to Crystal Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Mike Kraus, a property owner was attempting to burn off the field.