January 2nd, 2015
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ A preliminary hearing was held before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King of Johnsonburg Wednesday in the case of Robert William Duck, 36, of Kane.
"He said he was going to kill himself and that he wanted to cut my head off and put it on a stake," said the victim, Annette Peterson of James City during her testimony.
Duck was held for county court on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief for a Dec. 23, 2014 incident, in which he allegedly followed Peterson around the house with a knife and prevented her from leaving.
Marshall C. "Cecil" O'Rourke, 93, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, and formerly of Mefferts Run Road, Wilcox, Chicago, Ill. and Cleveland, Ohio, died early Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 7, 1921 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Marshall Q. and Lila Grace Beck O'Rourke.
He married Marge Bodnar and she died in 2001.
He resided in Wilcox since 2004, and had lived in Chicago, Ill. for 40 years and Cleveland, Ohio for 18 years.
December 30th, 2014
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.
ST. MARYS â€“ Ridgway girls basketball won the 2014 girls junior varsity tournament, defeating Elk County Catholic 25-21 Tuesday night at Elk County Catholic High School.
"It feels awesome to win this tournament," Ridgway junior varsity coach Dina Fullem said. "I am really proud of the girls. They really wanted to win tonight and their efforts on the court proved it. The smiles on their faces at the end of the game said it all."
Emily Fullem led Ridgway with a game-high 14 points while Cassidy Cunningham had 13 points for the Lady Crusaders.
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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.