Return Day held Friday at Elk County Courthouse

Staff Writer

The last Return Day of August was held on Friday at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. It was presided over by Elk County Senior Judge, the Honorable Richard A. Masson.
Thomas G. Gregory Coppolo, Elk County Assistant District Attorney brought a full docket of 80 cases to the court on a beautiful summer day in Ridgway. The vast majority of defendants scheduled for preliminary arraignments waived the reading of the charges at the outset, bringing down the total cases to 40.
Keara Sydney Krause of Morrisdale was to appear on numerous charges relating to the drug bust at Gunner's Hotel in St. Marys last September. On Wednesday, September 26, an officer with the City of St. Marys Police Department and Elk County Detective Gregg McManus reportedly received information from a confidential source related to drug activity occurring in the St. Marys area. Specifically, the source alleged that methamphetamine was being sold from a hotel room at Gunners Hotel. Krause was among the five people that were arrested and charged for the criminal activity. In court on Friday, her attorney, Michael S. Marshall, detailed several attempts to contact her at her most recent address and phone numbers. The Court also sent out a registered letter and did not have any returned as undeliverable. Coppolo requested that Krause’s bail be revoked and a bench warrant issued for her arrest. Judge Masson granted the request. Krause is the only remaining member of the drug ring whose case has not yet been heard in Elk County Court.