March 5th, 2015
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is beginning another planning investigation in an effort to seek input from the communities they serve.
This year the investigation will deal with two specific groups, youth and senior citizens. These groups have been chosen because of the way changes in Elk County communities have affected both groups.
Ridgway 195-pounderÂ Ryan Geyer still has a shot at a state medal.
TheÂ Elker senior went 2-1 on the first day of the Class AA PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Giant Center in Hershey Thursday morning to continue on to Friday in the three-day tournament.
Geyer will wrestle inÂ the second round of consolations against Toby Cahill of Berlin-Brothersvalley, the third-place finisher from the Southwest Regional Championships.
Geyer opened the day with a quick victory as he pinned Robert Scherer of Burrell in just 24 seconds in the preliminary round to advance to the round of 16.
KERSEY â€“ The next step in rectifying the Toby Water contamination situation involving the discovery of a parasite found in plant filters in November entails a feasibility study to be conducted on the plant.
Fox Township supervisors unanimously approved authorization to conduct the study during their Wednesday evening meeting. The study will be funded through a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant with no cost to the township.
ST. MARYS â€“ As an essential first step in a planned, system-wide restructuring intended to help stem financial losses and right-size facilities in the wake of reduced inpatient volumes and decreased revenue, Penn Highlands Healthcare announced Wednesday that it has adjusted its workforce at Penn Highlands Elk.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Violating a protection from abuse order, a St. Marys man allegedly barged into a Johnsonburg apartment and engaged in a physical altercation with a man and woman inside.
Edwin Albert Prechtl, 59, of 739 W. Joseph Rd., is charged with a felony count of criminal trespass, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary counts of harassment for the alleged incident on March 4 around 7 a.m.
President Judge Richard A. Masson denied the prosecution's motion for a continuance of jury selection in the murder trial of Nicholas Martin, which remains scheduled for Monday, March 23.
The trial is set to begin the following day and proceed through April 2.
Martin, 24, is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of Alyssa Forsyth.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An investigation concluded that a fire was intentionally set Oct. 11, 2014 in the basement of a Wilcox Road residence, where a razor knife and blood soaked rags were found.
The investigator, Trooper David Powell of the State Police at Punxsutawney, suspected that Thomas William Prechtl, 47, had set the fire to further harm himself or to hide the fact that he had engaged in self-harm. He faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of arson, and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.
Without amendments to an outdated state statute used to help fund 911 centers across the state, emergency communications may soon be in dire straits.
Formerly known as the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (Act 78) of 1990, it is now Chapter 53 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and allows for a monthly fee of $1.50 for a landline and $1 for wireless or internet.
"People are dropping their landlines and itâ€™s becoming more difficult to cover the costs," said Elk County Commissioner June Sorg.
ST. MARYS â€“ A vehicle fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Tennant's Auto Outlet in St. Marys, damaging a garage at the rear of the property and destroying a two-door Chevy pickup truck.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 3:49 p.m. for a report of a vehicle fire endangering a structure at 729 South St. Marys St.
The Ridgway junior high basketball teams were honored with a banquet Monday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Seventh-grade coach Ed Thorwart introduced the players and spoke about getting the players to adapt to the Elker style of basketball.