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April 27th

Carpin continues mission work in Nicaragua

April 27, 2014

In November 2013, St. Marys native Dakota Carpin, a nursing student at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, had the opportunity to take part in an optional medical mission trip to Nicaragua. The trips are traditionally well attended by students in RMU's nursing program, he explained, because they provide a chance for students to improve their assessment skills while also allowing them to see firsthand the differences between healthcare in Nicaragua and the United States. For Carpin, the trip ended up serving a greater purpose—it helped him find what he believes to be his life's calling.

April 25th

St. Marys home destroyed in blaze, sparks brush fire

April 25, 2014

A St. Marys home was destroyed in a Friday afternoon blaze at 105 Challingsworth Rd., located off of Taft Road.
Fire companies from St. Marys, Fox Township and Johnsonburg responded to the call.
The garage area of the residence was fully engulfed upon arrival at approximately 2:03 p.m. and quickly spread to the two-story structure which was a complete loss. Heavy smoke was also initially reported.

Driver in 6-fatality crash to stand trial on 35 charges

April 25, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will stand trial on 35 charges as the alleged prescription drug-impaired driver in a Route 219 traffic accident last Aug. 31 that claimed the lives of six people.
Kathleen S. Douglas, 37, appeared Friday morning in McKean County Court on her scheduled “last day to plea” in the case.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren took the bench at 10:12 a.m. in the small courtroom to face the defendant and her court-appointed lawyer—Smethport attorney James P. Miller. County District Attorney Ray Learn appeared for the prosecution.

St. Marys home destroyed in blaze

April 25, 2014

Fire companies from St. Marys, Fox Township, and Johnsonburg responded to a Friday afternoon blaze at 105 Challingsworth Rd, located off of Taft Road in St. Marys. The two-story structure was fully engulfed upon arrival causing a small brush fire in the back of the residence. Crews were still on scene late Friday afternoon. Ridgway Fire Dept. was on standby at Station 11 in St. Marys.

April 24th

SMAMS students pay it forward to community

April 24, 2014

A war of pennies has resulted in a positive outcome at St. Marys Area Middle School in which three local organizations have benefitted from the students donations.
During the school's annual Penny Wars students collected $1,265 which was distributed between the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Elk County Humane Society.

Man charged in Sheetz knife-wielding incident

April 24, 2014

A Brookville resident is charged with removing items from Sheetz and then threatening a witness with a 5 3/4 inch bladed knife.

April 23rd

Amphenol pairs with humane society in hosting adoption event

April 23, 2014

The Elk County Humane Society and Amphenol Advanced Sensors, formerly GE Sensing, have teamed up to host an Adopt A Friend event on Saturday at the Fox Township Community Park.
The springtime event for company employees and their families has progressed with a portion of it being open to the community.
From 1-3 p.m. residents can stop by the stage area of the park to meet several dogs available for adoption.

Rural community college gains traction

April 23, 2014

RIDGWAY – Educational needs of an underserved populace in rural Pennsylvania may finally be addressed by legislators this year.
House Bill 1701, now in the House Education committee, aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.

Rohr waived for court on child pornography charges

April 23, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A Ridgway man was waived for court Wednesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge George King on over 30 felony charges of child pornography.
Theodore Robert Rohr, 34, of Ridgway, was charged as a result of a search warrant served in November 2013 by the State Police Computer Crime Unit.
Prior to meeting with King, David Hopkins, the defense attorney for Rohr, asked some questions to the arresting officer, Corporal Robert Pearson. Most questions concerned the nature of peer-to-peer file sharing networks and the circumstances under which Rohr's computer was seized.

April 22nd

Mayor, council office space debated

April 22, 2014

A new office space in City Hall for use by the mayor and City Council members spurred a lively discussion between a few members of council.
Following Mayor Bob Howard's activity report, he stated "the mayor and council have established an office" at City Hall which includes an extension in the city's phone system and voicemail.
Councilman Ned Jacob stated council had no part in this project.

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