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October 18th

Closing remarks presented in Donachy trial; jury continues to deliberate verdict

October 19, 2011

A 12-member jury did not reach a verdict on Tuesday following nearly 5.5 hours of deliberation in the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Deliberations will continue this morning beginning at 9 a.m., where the jury will decide the fate of Donachy, who is charged with one count each of criminal homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint in the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.

County finds relief from inmate medical bills

October 19, 2011

Elk County officials will soon catch a break in their budget, as commissioners yesterday discussed Act 22, an initiative that went into effect July 1, which provides help with payments of inmate medical health care bills for eligible inmates.

October 17th

Testimony concludes in Donachy trial

October 18, 2011

As the second week of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy commenced Monday morning, testimony concluded and jurors began the day with a field trip to St. Marys, where they were shown various sites of interest pertaining to the trial. Donachy, 36, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of 56-year-old St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth at her home on 213 Walnut St.

Area residents unhappy with proposed parking changes

October 18, 2011

At Monday evening's City Council meeting, approximately 11 area residents, including some employees and owners of downtown businesses, appeared before council to express their displeasure with proposed parking changes for the city.

October 16th

Sylvania embraces new energy regulations

October 16, 2011

On December 19, 2007, then-President George W. Bush signed into federal law the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

The love of a sister

October 16, 2011

RIDGWAY – Always sisters, now a part of each other.
Maria Savino, sister of Frances DiIulio (aka Chickie), donated her kidney to save her sister’s life in April 2011. Savino was an absolute perfect match for her sister. 
In quoting Helen Keller, Savino says, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.”

First week of Donachy murder trial closes

October 16, 2011

RIDGWAY - In the fifth day of testimony in the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy on Friday, the defense called upon witnesses that included a sexual assault forensic examiner, former City of St. Marys Police officers and pedestrians who had seen lights on in Irene Challingsworth's residence the night of the murder. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Challingsworth. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway before a jury from Butler County and is presided over by President Judge Richard Masson.

Johnsonburg native now a published author

October 16, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Born and raised in Johnsonburg, Bob Ford is now a published author. His work, titled "Beagle Tales," is a collection of his humor columns about beagles, life and the outdoors.
Ford is a 1990 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School. He is the son of the late Harold and Paula Ford. His sister is Diane Del Rio of Johnsonburg. Ford has traveled from his town of State College for a book signing at the Johnsonburg Community Center Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 13th

Law enforcement personnel recollect murder investigation

October 14, 2011

RIDGWAY - Former St. Marys City Police Sergeant John Lovett and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dave Ray recollected the details of the Irene Challingsworth homicide on Thursday during the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy is charged in the April 5- 6, 1999 rape and murder of the 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A jury of Butler County residents listened to the officers' testimony during the fourth day of the 10-day trial being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.

DNA profiling expert connects Donachy to crime scene

October 14, 2011

RIDGWAY - An expert forensic DNA scientist testified on Thursday, during day four of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, who is charged in the April 5 or 6, 1999 death of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
Pennsylvania State Police Forensic DNA Scientist Alex Glessner, employed for the past 10 years at the PSP Greensburg lab, provided extensive information on DNA profiling pertinent in the case.

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