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Johnsonburg Fire Department called to Domtar

May 23, 2015

The Johnsonburg Fire Department was called out for a structure fire at Domtar tonight at 8:45 p.m. Upon answering the call, the department responded with an engine, an engine-rescue and a utility vehicle for a problem located in the recovery boiler building. The St. Marys Ambulance was also on scene, being called out at 8:45 p.m. along with the fire department. Emergency personnel left the scene at 9:20 p.m. No more information was immediately available on the scene.

Charges filed from April Windfall crash

May 23, 2015

ST. MARYS – Charges have been filed against a St. Marys woman stemming from an April 15 crash which resulted in extensive property damage including a broken utility pole along Windfall Road.

Tonia Joyce Rio, 43, of 461 Washington St., St. Marys, faces multiple DUI charges in addition to accidents invoking damage to unattended property and careless driving.

Rio was transported to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw. The samples were sent to NMS Labs and a report was received earlier this month by the St. Marys City Police Department, indicated her BAC at 12:39 a.m. April 16 was 0.156.


St. Marys man ditches rig, holds up traffic

May 23, 2015

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man is facing multiple charges in court after it was reported that he abandoned his tractor-trailer on North Michael Street near the diamond before laying on the road and resisting arrest when police showed up, all while possibly under the influence of bath salts.

On Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m., the St. Marys City Police Department received a call reporting a man banging on windows and laying in the roadway on North Michael Street near the Diamond.


Controlled burn spreads to unoccupied structure

May 23, 2015

DAGUSCAHONDA – A controlled burn in Daguscahonda apparently spread out of control late Thursday night and destroyed an unoccupied house scheduled for demolition.
According to Corporal Greg Agosti, a fire marshal with the State Police at Ridgway, Robert J. Lilley, 43, of Ridgway, was burning brush at 617 E. Mill St. in Daguscahonda.

Drama class performs Thursday

May 22, 2015

The Ridgway Area High School drama class presented "The Bold, The Young And The Murdered" Thursday evening at the Ira S. Nippes Auditorium. A long-running soap opera faces cancellation and must complete an episode overnight to avoid getting cancelled. Various cast members and staff get murdered and an investigation follows to see who did it.

First conviction for exotic animal ordinance

May 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The first guilty verdict has been handed down in relation to the Johnsonburg Borough's wild and exotic animal ordinance as Floyd Walters was found guilty Thursday of breaking the ordinance for posting an online advertisement for venomous reptiles being sold in Johnsonburg.
Walters' case was heard before Senior Judge George A. "Tony" King in Magisterial District Court on Thursday. The hearing was the first time the ordinance has been tested in the court system since being adopted Oct. 13, 2014.

Items stolen from skatepark

May 22, 2015

The Ridgway Borough Police Department is reporting that plywood and lumber have been stolen from the Ridgway skatepark located on North Broad Street.
According to a police report from the department, Gary Gerber reported to police that several items that were purchased to refurbish the skatepark went missing sometime between Friday evening and Monday morning.

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"
Letterman has a star-studded finale

DePasquale discusses audit findings

May 21, 2015

Eugene DePasquale, current auditor general of Pennsylvania, visited the area Wednesday to discuss his office's recent findings.
"We're lucky enough to have good stories about what we do and how some of the things we do can help the state budget as well as all over the state, and the kids as well," he said. "Many of the things that we find, I have to come and tell the story because the leverage of the auditor general is the soapbox; we do the audits but they're not mandated so we have get our work out to the public."

CAPSEA to host Incredible Years workshop

May 21, 2015

CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse), through funding provided by the Elk County Children and Youth Services, will be hosting a free 12-week Incredible Years workshop series that will be open to parents in Elk and Cameron counties.
This particular workshop series provided by CAPSEA will focus on parents with children between ages 2 and 8, but Billie Jo Weyant, CAPSEA executive director, said that CAPSEA plans to expand the program in the future to cover kids of all ages.

Incumbent GOP commissioners earn nominations

May 20, 2015

Incumbent Republican Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg and Jan Kemmer won the nomination in Tuesday's primary election.
They will be on the ballot in November alongside Democrats Matt Quesenberry and Ron Beimel.
Quesenberry, director of the county's planning department and a member of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors, had a strong showing from his fellow Democrats with 1,494 votes. He garnered the most votes in the commissioners race overall.

Stolburg officially sworn in to borough council

May 19, 2015

Nina Stolburg, who was nominated by the Ridgway Borough Council to replace Rich Parrish after he resigned at the beginning of April, was sworn in as a council member during Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting.
Ridgway Borough Mayor Guillermo Udarbe lead the swearing in ceremony for Stolburg as the newest member of council by having Stolburg affirm her commitment to the Constitution of the United States of America and to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Stolburg will serve on the council until this year's elections determine a permanent replacement for Parrish.

30-year EMS vet serves as ambulance manager

May 19, 2015

Since Jan. 1, Bob Marnatti, a Ridgway native, has been managing almost 25 men and women through his position as the manager of the Ridgway Ambulance Corporation.
Through this position, Marnatti is responsible for managing operations, personnel, finance, billing and day-to-day operation for the Ridgway Ambulance Corporation.
Marnatti's career in the emergency medical services field started early as he volunteered with the Ridgway Ambulance Corporation before turning 18.

Authority looking at abutting property

May 19, 2015

The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is looking at the possibility of purchasing property that abuts their current piece of land in St. Marys that will be used for a new recycling center.
They previously purchased roughly 1.3 acres from North Central Enterprise for $11,000. St. Marys Holdings reportedly owns land abutting the property and is in the process of developing the site. There is a 1.879 acre parcel of land that will not be used in the development that is being offered to the authority.

May is National Mental Health Month celebrated

May 19, 2015

May was proclaimed National Mental Health Month in 2013 by President Barack Obama in an effort to bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the country's thoughts.
Kathy Kroeger, administrator for Cameron and Elk Counties Behavioral and Developmental Programs, highlighted various mental health issues Monday morning during a presentation.

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