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May 20th

Juvenile injured in Jones Twp. accident

May 20, 2014

JONES TWP. – An 8-year-old Jones Township boy was injured early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while getting to a school bus stop.
State police at Ridgway said the boy was struck by an SUV driven by Stephanie A. Wykoff, 37, of St. Marys
He suffered moderate injuries and was flown to an area hospital for treatment, and was expected to survive.

Memorial Day plans finalized

May 20, 2014

The Memorial Day Committee has announced completed plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014.
The day's activities will begin at 8 a.m. with graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047 in the Protestant Cemetery on Washington Street at the graveside of World War II veteran Richard L. Young.
Similar services will be conducted at the gravesite of World War II veteran John Dailey in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The public is invited to attend these impressive ceremonies, which emulate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

May 19th

Danz sentenced in federal court

May 19, 2014

ERIE – Judge Maurice Cohill sentenced Richard A. Danz, 49, of Matthews, N.C. and formerly of St. Marys, to 46 months in federal prison for embezzling over $400,000 from the Elk County Humane Society during his tenure as volunteer treasurer.
"I want to express a heartfelt apology," Danz said. "I have a capacity to contribute to society and I want to reconcile."
Veronica Conrad, founder of Elk County Humane Society, testified at Monday's sentencing that Danz effectively undid all the work the Humane Society had to do to build themselves up since its founding in Elk County.

Stormwater ordinance given go-ahead by DEP

May 19, 2014

The City of St. Marys stormwater management ordinance has received the go-ahead by the Department of Environmental Protection after a lengthy back-and-forth process.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner reported after discussing the intentions of a portion of the ordinance with Tim Bruno of the DEP, Bruno stated he was satisfied with the city's ordinance.
Bruno informed Wagner the city will be receiving a letter instructing them to move ahead with the adoption of the ordinance.

Paving, liquid fuels funds approved

May 19, 2014

New Enterprise Stone & Lime of New Enterprise was the overall low bidder for the city's 2014 blacktop patching services.
They submitted a bid of $40,433 for blacktop removal and $166,515 for 19 mm binder.
"We're very pleased with New Enterprise. They always do a good job and have saved us quite a bit of money this year," said city manager Dave Greene.
The following streets and roads are including in the bid: East Arch Street, Maple Street, Walnut Street, Oak Street, East Mill Street, West Mill Street, Beech Road and Locust Road. Streets may be added or removed from this list.

Large quantities of paraphernalia, firearms found

May 19, 2014

ST. MARYS – Multiple drug and firearms charges were filed late Friday against 27-year-old Joshua Ivan Hakes of St. Marys.
According to reports, the St. Marys City Police Department was dispatched at approximately 10:48 a.m. on Monday morning, May 12 to assist with Elk County adult probation officers at 407 Rightmeyer St.
Hakes was taken into custody by Elk County Probation for "violating probation rules."
According to court documents filed in the case, Hakes possessed a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol."

May 18th

Pet photo contest underway at Dairy Queen

May 18, 2014

A year after holding their first pet photo contest to raise funds to benefit the Elk County Humane Society, St. Marys Dairy Queen is once again calling on area pet owners to submit photos of their pets enjoying a Dairy Queen treat.
This year's contest began on May 15 and will continue through June 10. Entries may be submitted at Dairy Queen, through the business' Facebook page, or via email at stmarysdq@gmail.com.

Roof replacement work at schools upcoming

May 18, 2014

A new guidance counselor position, gym renovations, playground work, paving bids and personnel matters were just some of the topics discussed during a recent St. Marys Area School District board of directors meeting.
The district is advertising for a guidance counselor position with K-12 certification with the building to be determined.
"Guidance counselors do a lot more than career counseling anymore," SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney said.

May 16th

PA Wilds awards recognize tourism efforts

May 16, 2014

KERSEY – Ten individuals, businesses and organizations were recently named as 2014 Champions of the PA Wilds for their work in conservation and sustainable tourism development.
More than 130 business and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds gathered Thursday at the Red Fern in Kersey to get an update on the state and local efforts to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy, and to honor the award winners.

Kowalski sentenced in sex assault case

May 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – A Johnsonburg man was sentenced Friday to five to 10 years in prison for his involvement in the statutory sexual assault of two teenage girls that occurred on Oct. 14, 2012.
Andrew Kowalski, 23, appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson at Elk County Court Friday afternoon and said that he was baffled that the co-defendants, Jonathan A. Schmitz, 20, and Justin Phillip Latona, 26, received lighter sentences. Kowalski argued that he had left the room and that he was not the one who had texted the girls to arrange a meeting.

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