September 26th, 2012
This camper fire, deemed arson by investigators, took place at approximately 11:36 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the 333 North St. Marys St. residence of Michael A. Scolari, a former member of the Crystal Fire Department. Scolari has been charged with arson and related offenses, insurance fraud, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the fire and has since resigned from the fire department.
RIDGWAY - The Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a federal warrant on Wednesday morning, Sept. 26 at an East Avenue in Johnsonburg.Police said the joint law enforcement operation occurred as a result of information discovered during the arson investigations surrounding Francis Anthony Milliard.
The investigation continues.
ST. MARYS - The Elk County Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, officially kicked off their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform plastic recycling program on Wednesday, holding an open house to educate residents about PET thermoforms as well as other materials that are able to be recycled through the facility.
According to Community Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, PET thermoform plastic is something that "just about everybody runs into."
RIDGWAY - A small amount of petroleum from a known vehicle created a thin sheen over a portion of the roads in downtown Ridgway late Wednesday afternoon before being contained.
All firefighting units from Ridgway responded to the call at 4:11 p.m., and shortly thereafter the Elk County hazardous materials [hazmat] team responded at 4:30 p.m.
For the second time in 39 years, a federal Farm Bill governing the nation's farm and food aid policy is set to expire at the end of September.
According to Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC], Congress has decided to postpone negotiations over how to reauthorize those programs until after the November elections.
ST. MARYS â Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. is working to bring more attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse during âWake Up to Medicine Abuse Week,â running from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29.
Jennifer Young, prevention supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., in Elk County, said the goal of this initiative is to increase awareness of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and misuse, which has risen dramatically in the last few years.
RIDGWAY - A babysitter convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in his care was sentenced in Elk County Court Monday to no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years in a state penitentiary.
Corey Allen Heatherdale, 26, of Ridgway, was convicted by a jury in a one-day trial on July 20, 2012, in the Elk County Courthouse.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority embarked on its annual tour of Veolia Greentree Landfill in Fox Twp. on Tuesday. Landfill manager Don Henrichs led the tour and gave the group a rundown of current operations and recent changes to the facility.
The landfill currently takes in about 1 million tons a year; it takes approximately 2.5 years to fill a cell, or an area in which waste is deposited and is later filled in. Cells range from six to 10 acres and the current cell being filled is approximately nine acres. About nine acres were capped this year.
ST. MARYS â A rise in the occurrence of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease, dementia and autism has sparked the Elkland Search and Rescue [ESR] team to kick off an initiative designed to better locate individuals who have a tendency to wander.
ESR is taking a proactive stance by asking family members of those affected to also be proactive by filling out a form, "Wanderers Information Sheet," before an incident occurs to act as a tool to help locate the person.
Michael H. Way, 67, of Mountain Laurel Nursing Home and formerly of St. Marys, died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Clearï¬eld Hospital.
He was born Jan. 3, 1945 in Janesville, Wis., a son of the late Thomas H. and Ruth Savage Way.
He was married to the late Judy Way.
Mike was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, where he also played on the football team as the quarterback and then received a full scholarship to Miami University. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was honorably discharged in 1968.Â