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July 20th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“Â During his weekend visit to Elk County, Governor Tom Corbett discussed the adverse impacts of drug abuse throughout the Commonwealth as well as a poor precedent being set by state leaders in Colorado.
"For the recreational use of marijuana, I'm against it as it's a gateway drug and it's been proven that way," he said. "They're having an increase of driving under the influence of marijuana [in Colorado] and in California I understand that elected officials think it's hurting the workforce."
For the next seven weeks the City of St. Marys will be conducting smoke testing to identify locations as the source of storm water infiltration problems where there are defects or improper connection into the sanitary sewer system.
Testing starts today in the northern end of the city. It will be performed on all residential structures connected to the city's sewer system.
As part of the testing, crews will blow smoke through sanitary sewers to locate deficiencies. Residents may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes in the ground.
RIDGWAY â€“ Governor Tom Corbett toured the region Saturday before arriving in Ridgway for several speaking engagements.
After visiting the Jefferson County Fair in the afternoon, Corbett arrived at The Hound radio station in Ridgway at roughly 4:45 p.m. to meet with local philanthropist Denny Heindl for an interview for "Talk of the Town" which aired Sunday at noon.
Corbett, with a State Police escort, arrived at the station in a black Chevrolet Suburban. There he met briefly with Elk County Republican Chairperson Grace Jesberger before entering the station building with Heindl.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Giant Eagle store located along South St. Marys Street will be closing its doors for good on Aug. 23 of this year.
The store celebrated its grand opening in 2010 and the close will affect 59 employees who could be considered for open positions at other store locations.
RIDGWAY â€“ At approximately 10 a.m. on July 17, Ridgway Borough Police executed a search warrant at 312 Chestnut St., Ridgway, the residence of Rachel Shrefler and Tammy J. Zawatski.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the North Central Regional Drug Task Force had accumulated substantial information about the sale and distribution of A-PVP (bath salts) at the above address.
The intersection at state Route 120 and South St. Marys Street was recently reopened. The intersection at Vine Road has since been re-closed as construction crews are working on the northbound lane.
Four individuals were taken into custody on Thursday as a result of a dual drug bust in St. Marys and Ridgway.
Approximately 80 grams of bath salts and in excess of $30,000 in cash were seized in Ridgway with approximately 50 grams of bath salts and $6,000 in cash seized in St. Marys.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together in executing the search warrants served at 312 Chestnut Ave. in Ridgway Borough shortly after 9:30 a.m. and at 325 Kaul Ave. in St. Marys shortly before noon due to coordination efforts.
RIDGWAY â€“ After approximately three hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury returned a verdict in the trial of Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg.
Pisani was found guilty of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the charges, approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of paraphernalia were found at Pisani's house during the execution of a search warrant on Sept. 6, 2012.
Those looking to enjoy a night of wings and entertainment can still purchase tickets for the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's 13th annual Wing Fling slated for Friday, Aug. 8 on Market Street.
Vendor space is also still available for the event taking place from 6-10 p.m.
Ticket price includes a dozen wings, a T-shirt, which must be worn to gain admittance to the event, and a plastic beverage stein provided by event sponsor Farmers National Bank.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was "not an accident" and described the Malaysia Airlines plane as having been "blown out of the sky."