March 6th, 2015
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As part of an new cross-curricular effort, St. Marys Area High School students recently completed a project combining mathematics, drafting and metal shop.
The inaugural project entailed a small group of Greg Snelick's Calculus II students as they learned to utilize various mathematical concepts to draft and create a metal funnel.
This real-world application of concepts and coursework will serve as an invaluable lesson to students in the future.
RIDGWAY â€“ Brandon Michael Weidow, 27, of Byrnedale was sentenced to four to nine years of incarceration in state prison for the 2012 DUI crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
In December 2014, a jury found Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while DUI, as well as related offenses, concluding that he was driving the vehicle in which Straub was a passenger.
When given the opportunity to make a statement, Weidow replied, "No thank you, your honor." He also declined the opportunity to offer an apology.
RIDGWAY â€“ Almost a year to the day after his arrest, Ronald Gregory Dill, 59, of St. Marys was sentenced a total of five to 10 years of incarceration in state prison as well as having to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
"I understand that you had no direct physical contact with any children," President Judge Richard A. Masson said during sentencing. "People seem to forget that by viewing these images, you are facilitating this victimization."
Dill replied that he didn't realize that at the time.
The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is beginning another planning investigation in an effort to seek input from the communities they serve.
This year the investigation will deal with two specific groups, youth and senior citizens. These groups have been chosen because of the way changes in Elk County communities have affected both groups.
"Today, compared to a generation ago, fewer and fewer meaningful jobs are available for young people and the growing senior population no longer has the family support system it once enjoyed," said William Conrad, Stackpole-Hall executive director.
KERSEY â€“ The next step in rectifying the Toby Water contamination situation involving the discovery of a parasite found in plant filters in November entails a feasibility study to be conducted on the plant.
Fox Township supervisors unanimously approved authorization to conduct the study during their Wednesday evening meeting. The study will be funded through a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant with no cost to the township.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Violating a protection from abuse order, a St. Marys man allegedly barged into a Johnsonburg apartment and engaged in a physical altercation with a man and woman inside.
Edwin Albert Prechtl, 59, of 739 W. Joseph Rd., is charged with a felony count of criminal trespass, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary counts of harassment for the alleged incident on March 4 around 7 a.m.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An investigation concluded that a fire was intentionally set Oct. 11, 2014 in the basement of a Wilcox Road residence, where a razor knife and blood soaked rags were found.
The investigator, Trooper David Powell of the State Police at Punxsutawney, suspected that Thomas William Prechtl, 47, had set the fire to further harm himself or to hide the fact that he had engaged in self-harm. He faces multiple felony charges, including two counts of arson, and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.
Crystal Fire Department Chief Bill Kraus vehemently appealed to members of St. Marys City Council to not reduce the department's fleet of trucks as recommended in the city's Early Intervention Program (EIP) report.
Kraus emphasized "we certainly hope that this council and future councils realize that this report is all about saving money and not about saving lives.â€ť
Following the fire chief's presentation of the CFD's annual report, he commented on the report recommendations.
RIDGWAY â€“ Without amendments to an outdated state statute used to help fund 911 centers across the state, emergency communications may soon be in dire straits.
Formerly known as the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (Act 78) of 1990, it is now Chapter 53 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, and allows for a monthly fee of $1.50 for a landline and $1 for wireless or internet.
"People are dropping their landlines and itâ€™s becoming more difficult to cover the costs," said Elk County Commissioner June Sorg.