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October 12th, 2011

Expert witnesses testify in Donachy murder case

October 13, 2011

Two expert witnesses from the Pennsylvania State Police crime labs testified on Wednesday during Lawrence Earl Donachy's trial being held in the Elk County Courthouse. Donachy, 36, is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician.
Forensic Lab Manager Bruce Tackett of the PSP Crime Lab in Erie, along with Forensic DNA Manager Beth Ann Marne of PSP Crime Lab in Greensburg, were both accepted as expert witnesses as part of the trial.

Former boyfriend of victim takes stand in Donachy murder trial

October 13, 2011

Inside the Elk County Courthouse on day three of the homicide trial of a man accused of the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth, jurors listened to testimony from Pennsylvania State Police scientists and Challingsworth's former boyfriend. Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is charged with one count each of homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint.
The first witness to take the stand Wednesday morning was Tom Feldbauer of St. Marys, Challingsworth's former boyfriend of over 16 years.

Rotary prepares for first quilt show

October 13, 2011

The Ridgway Rotary will be hosting its first annual Quilt Show fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Udarbe Complex along South Street in Ridgway.
The Quilt Show is free and open to the public, and coincides with the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce Flavors of Fall festival. During the festival residents are encouraged to stop in at the Quilt Show which features over 75 quilts created by residents throughout the county.

Lady Elkers fall to Brockway

October 13, 2011

Ridgway girls soccer lost 6-2 to Brockway in action Wednesday afternoon on a cold, windy and rainy day at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Lady Elkers as Julianna Esposito scored as she broke through the right side of Ridgway’s defense to give the Lady Rovers a 1-0 lead.

October 11th

Ridgway holds off Johnsonburg volleyball

October 12, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Ridgway volleyball was pushed to the brink by Johnsonburg but pushed through for a 3-2 (25-12, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 15-9) victory over the Ramettes Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.

ECC duo wins district doubles

October 12, 2011

DuBOIS – Elk County Catholic’s Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler captured the District 9 tennis doubles championship on Tuesday by defeating their teammates, Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi, in the finals. The tournament was played at the DuBois Area High School courts.
Housler and Meyer reached the finals by defeating St. Marys Area’s Chelsea Agosti and Aubrey Wiesner 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals they beat Brockway’s Abigail Larson and Cassandra Foradori 6-1, 6-3.

Elkers fall to Smethport

October 12, 2011

Ridgway boys soccer lost 3-2 to Smethport Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The Elkers couldn’t have started any better as Tad Pierce exploited a hole in the left side of the Smethport defense and scored just 20 seconds into the game to put Ridgway in the lead.
In the 11th minute, Pierce looped a pass from the right wing to the head of Josh Braley and he buried it perfectly into the left corner of the net as Ridgway took a 2-0 lead early in the game.

Details emerge in cause of murder victim's death

October 11, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, forensic pathologist Dr. Eric Vey, M.D., of the Erie County Coroner's Office, was at the Elk County Courthouse presenting details on the cause of death of Irene Challingsworth during the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy has been charged with rape, murder and other counts in the death of Challingsworth, which took place on April 6, 1999.
Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and defense attorneys George Daghir and Shawn McMahon accepted Vey as an expert witness in forensic pathology as part of the trial.

Police personnel, acquaintance testify in Donachy trial

October 11, 2011

During the second day of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, testimony was heard from Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Jeff Lee, former St. Marys City Police Sergeant Phil Hoh and Denise Zuchowski, Donachy's former roommate. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician.

Facebook users asked to vote for Elk Regional's 'Pink Glove Dance' video

October 11, 2011

ST. MARYS – In order to promote breast cancer awareness and honor those who have had the disease, Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) produced a video featuring employees from throughout the Elk Regional Health System performing the "Pink Glove Dance." The video, which was unveiled at ERHC's "Pink Palooza" event held on Sept. 22, is eligible to win $10,000 to be used for promoting breast cancer awareness in Elk County and surrounding communities.

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