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City police investigating two-vehicle collision

December 19, 2013

The St. Marys City Police Department reports investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at approximately 10:10 p.m. on SR 255/S. St. Marys Street near Jeep Road.

Elk County Catholic School System announces new president

December 19, 2013

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of the Diocese of Erie, the Board of Members, and the Board of Directors of the Elk County Catholic School System are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sam MacDonald to the position of president for ECCSS.
MacDonald is the second president of the school system, having replaced Fr. Michael P. Ferrick who was transferred to St. Peter Cathedral in Erie by Bishop Persico in June of this year. Mary Agnes Marshall served as interim president until the position was filled.

Terms of office may be extended

December 19, 2013

A new proposed ordinance would amend the city code to establish the terms of office for the Recreation Board to be five years. This would be in line with all of the city boards who also have five-year terms.
In a 5-2 vote council approved only the publication of the ordinance. Mayor Sally Geyer and Councilman Dick Dornisch voted in opposition of the ordinance. Dornisch stated he is in favor of term limits on council, the mayor and all boards.

Crash on SR 255

December 19, 2013

Emergency dispatchers reported a vehicle over an embankment late Wednesday night in St. Marys on state Route 255 off the northbound lane. Initial reports indicated there was entrapment with open wounds, and a STAT MedEvac helicopter responded to the scene as the highway was closed down. A second chopper was reportedly ordered to be on standby at the hospital and a PennDOT supervisor was called to the crash scene. Elk Company 1 and 3, along with St. Marys Ambulance and Elkland Search and Rescue responded to the crash. No further information was available.

City's involvement with hotel project questioned

December 19, 2013

A current St. Marys hotel owner expressed his concern about the city's involvement with the new downtown hotel project.
Sam Shaw, owner of Best Western Hotel in St. Marys was joined by Damion Bevacqua, his attorney from Pontzer and Pontzer based in Ridgway, who stated their main concern is about the city entering into the private market and what council believes is the economic benefit to subsidize competition for existing businesses noting the current three hotels in the city being Best Western, Comfort Inn and Gunners.

Nativity scene returns to courthouse

December 19, 2013

On Monday afternoon, the office of President Judge Richard A. Masson removed a Nativity scene located under the Christmas tree outside the sheriff's office inside the Elk County Courthouse.
According to Masson, the removal was a "precursory" measure in order to avoid complaints stemming from religious symbolism being displayed in a government building.

Driver in 6-fatality wreck in jail

December 19, 2013

"It was time."
This terse comment from Kane District Court Judge David Engman came Wednesday after his action that transfers Kathleen S. Douglas to the McKean County Jail.
Douglas, 37, of Kane is charged with manslaughter as an alleged drug-influenced driver in a horrific six-fatality traffic accident Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.

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