WILLIAMSPORT â€“ Federal public defenders for an Emporium man charged with the August 2012 carjacking of a bank employee at gunpoint have succeeded in once again postponing the trial, this time citing the adverse impacts of federal budget sequestration cuts on their legal practice. Thomas Edward Smith, 58, of Emporium was indicted on Sept. 5, 2012 by a federal grand jury for the Aug. 8, 2012 attempted kidnapping of a female bank executive at gunpoint after an alleged dispute with the bank over a mortgage foreclosure.
Illegal dumping has become an issue of concern yet again as members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) discussed during their recent meeting. Two recent cleanups on Jackson/West Creek Roads in St. Marys and Old State Road, located between Johnsonburg and Wilcox, netted a significant amount of litter and tires.
At 7:15 p.m. Monday night Ridgway resident and author Dale E. Fox will be departing from JFK Airport to begin a new life overseas. Fox will be leaving behind her love of the Pennsylvania Wilds to make a new start in another part of the world she is passionate about-- the Middle East, particularly Istanbul, Turkey.