October 13th, 2011
An expert forensic DNA scientist testified on Thursday, during day four of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, who is charged in the April 5 or 6, 1999 death of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
Pennsylvania State Police Forensic DNA Scientist Alex Glessner, employed for the past 10 years at the PSP Greensburg lab, provided extensive information on DNA profiling pertinent in the case.
Former St. Marys City Police Sergeant John Lovett and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dave Ray recollected the details of the Irene Challingsworth homicide on Thursday during the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy is charged in the April 5- 6, 1999 rape and murder of the 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A jury of Butler County residents listened to the officers' testimony during the fourth day of the 10-day trial being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
WILCOX â€“ The Art on the Edge first ever Artisan Trail Open House will be held this weekend. The event kicks off Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at The Winery at Wilcox. The event runs through Sunday, Oct. 16.
Ridgway volleyball lost 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23) to Bradford Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The changes to the bus route schedule at the Johnsonburg Area School District continue to frustrate parents, following a Transportation Committee meeting held on Oct. 4 board members voted against making any changes to the bus route despite a large number of concerned parents.
Concerned parent Rocco DeFranco attended Thursday night's school board meeting for an update on the matter.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams golfers edged the team from Elk County Catholic High School 232-233 to win this year's Elk County Golf Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course. The Ridgway Elkers came in third with a score of 244 and St. Marys Area was fourth with 250.
Six members of each school participated in the tournament, except for Johnsonburg, which had only five players. The tournament consisted of six holes of scramble, six holes of alternating shots and six holes of best ball.
The Elk County Catholic boys soccer team took control early and were dominant in a 9-0 victory over Ridgway Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The game was delayed for a hour because only one referee showed up for the game and the delay was done until a second referee could get to the site. The game started at 5 p.m. and a full 40-minute first half was played but there was only a 3-minute halftime and a 30-minute second half before the game was called due to darkness.
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.
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.
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.