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St. Marys shooting situation a hoax

September 2, 2014

During a media briefing Pa. State Police Public Information Officer Bruce Morris stated at 5:10 p.m. the incident at the St. Marys Area High School was a hoax and no one has been injured or killed.

Evidence suppression hearing held in 6-fatality court case

August 30, 2014

SMETHPORT – A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.

Groundbreaking held at new housing project

August 29, 2014

The groundbreaking for the Village at Ridgmont, a new 20 home affordable housing neighborhood for the elderly to be constructed in Ridgway, was held on Thursday.
The neighborhood will be constructed directly behind Ridgmont personal care community on Ridgmont Drive.

Robbery suspect apprehended by police

August 29, 2014

The St. Marys City Police reported Thursday that Dustin Allen Courteau, 26, of St. Marys, wanted for a home invasion and strong arm robbery, has been apprehended.
According to a police report, police responded to a reported sighting of Courteau on East Joseph Road just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Courteau was apprehended without incident on West Oilwell Street by State Police Troopers, who assisted in the search.

Quality of work force is topic of discussion for North Central

August 28, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission met Wednesday morning and the quality of the area's workforce was a main point of discussion for the attending committee members.
The discussion centered around a growing problem in the area, employers are looking for employees, but many available employees are not able to pass a drug test to gain employment.
"This issue is a cultural and societal issue," Executive Director Eric Bridges said during the meeting. "There is a potential demonization of people that suffer from these diseases."

Elk Co. Solid Waste Authority discusses new recycling options

August 27, 2014

The Elk County Solid Waste Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex building in Ridgway to further discuss plans for a new recycling facility, as well as new recycling options in the county.

Three charged, one wanted in robbery

August 26, 2014

Three St. Marys residents are charged in a robbery and theft that allegedly occurred on Friday, Aug. 22 at around 9 p.m. at 430 N. St. Marys St.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim reported that four individuals wearing black clothing with their faces covered entered his apartment through the back door that was open. An investigation led to the arrests of Andrew Krewduk, 24, Faith Gagliardi, 21 and Savannah Satterwhite, 47.

Elk County Conservation District to hire two new employees

August 26, 2014

The Elk County Conservation District met Monday afternoon in the conference room at the Elk County Courthouse Annex to discuss the hiring of two new employees, and a few events put on by the district.
The district approved the hiring of one new employee and agreed to create a new position to accommodate a second new hire during Monday's meeting.

Sheriff's Department takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 26, 2014

The Elk County Sheriff's Department cooled off on a hot summer afternoon for a good cause.
The department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday afternoon at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds to help support the ALS Association.

ECCSS adopts Scent-Free Environment Policy

August 25, 2014

The 2014-2015 school year begins on Tuesday, and as part of a new endeavor to make faculty, staff, students, and visitors more cognizant of the fragrances of products they use and how those odors impact those around them, the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) has adopted a new Scent-Free Environment Policy.

Local fallen hero remembered

August 23, 2014

Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.

Elk County Farm Bureau addresses pension reform

August 21, 2014

ST. MARYS – As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.

Ridgway skatepark set for improvements

August 21, 2014

The Ridgway Borough, in partnership with the Ridgway YMCA, has been granted $5,000 by the Ridgway Heritage Council to pay for repairs and cosmetic work for the Ridgway skatepark.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki said that in the spring, the equipment would be resurfaced and repainted, but the immediate focus for this year will be on safety.

Commissioners respond to comments

August 21, 2014

The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:

VIDEO:Steelers Facing Charges for Marijuana Possession

August 21, 2014

Pittsburgh's Action News 4's Amber Nicotra has the latest on the charges expected to file possession of marijuana charges against Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Bell will also be charged with driving under the influence by Ross Police.

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