Archive - Oct 1, 2012
ST. MARYS - Area motorists are being asked for their patience as the massive multi-year road project along state Route 255 continues. Although the project is only in its first phase, many items of concern were posed to Dean Ball of the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Ball provided a brief update and answered questions from council, specifically pertaining to traffic backups along the Million Dollar Highway.
RIDGWAY - A Ridgway man incarcerated since July 24 on arson and related charges, as well as charges of attempted murder and assault, was in Elk County Court Monday appealing for a reduction in bail so that he may be released from jail and return home while awaiting trial.
Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of 76 Long Level Rd., Ridgway, waived arraignment and entered not guilty pleas Monday in five separate cases against him, including a 2010 Ridgway arson, a 2008 Johnsonburg arson, the assault of a Ridgway man, firearms possession by a convicted felon, and a drug offense.
BRANDY CAMP - Members of area fire departments gathered at D&T Towing and Recovery in Brandy Camp over the weekend for a technical heavy truck extrication class.
After coursework and discussion on Saturday, members of Crystal, Fox Township, Jay Township and Brockway fire departments got a chance to put into practice what they learned during simulations of passenger vehicles colliding with a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck.
HIGHLAND TWP. - A longtime Highland Township supervisor has been charged with environmental law violations while serving as the certified operator of the James City sewage treatment plant.
Charlie Vaughn, 75, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors, until recently served as the state-certified operator at the sewage plant in James City. He resigned within the past few months.
According to a statement issued Monday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, Vaughn is accused of filing "falsified environmental reports" with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).Â
Gertrude â€śGertyâ€ť Fitch, age 85, of Terra Cotta Road, Johnsonburg, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the Lutheran Home at Kane after an illness of the past six months.
She was born Oct. 9, 1926 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late John and Julia (Bedner) Raubenstrauch
On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Fred D. Fitch; he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2006.
BROOKVILLE â€“Â For the second year in a row, Elk County Catholic High School's Kristy Hanes finished in the runner-up spot among the Class AA golfers in the District 9 Girls' Golf Championship, three strokes behind the leader.
The scenario was unfortunately a familiar one for Hanes, who tied for second last year with Union's Larissa Roberts while coming in three strokes behind Redbank Valley's Samantha Dinger.
In this year's event, which was held at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville, Hanes carded an 88 on the day, while Keystone's Amber Hess shot an 85 to take the title.