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March 11th, 2015

St. Marys man jailed on rape charges

March 11, 2015

A St. Marys man was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion as well as a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment.
Donald Craig "Donny" Penfield Jr., 33, of 19 Mertz Ave., St. Marys, is being held at the Elk County Prison with bail set at $25,000 cash.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim arrived at the St. Marys Police Department around 9 a.m. Tuesday with cuts, scrapes and bruises on her head, arms and hands.

Footlighters of Elk County to present "Harvey" at Aiello's Cafe

March 11, 2015

RIDGWAY – A classic play and Hollywood film will be hitting the stage the next two weekends as the Footlighters of Elk County will be presenting "Harvey" from March 13-15 and March 20-21 at Aiello's Cafe.

Revision set for Highland ordinance on injection wells

March 11, 2015

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is considering a revision to a 2013 ordinance that bans injection wells for the disposal of drilling waste fluid.
Township Supervisors Jim Wolfe and Paul Burton Sr. introduced the amended ordinance Wednesday at a meeting at the township building in James City. Supervisor Joe Milstead did not attend the meeting.
Adoption of the revised ordinance could come during a special board meeting March 24 at 7 p.m. at the township building. The supervisors will hear comments on the revisions before acting to adopt them.

March 10th

Arrest after foot pursuit in St. Marys

March 11, 2015

After a foot pursuit along Brusselles Street, police apprehended a suspect in the alley behind Sheetz. One of the officers could be heard admonishing the suspect for running. The officer said he had almost been stuck by a needle that was reportedly found in the suspect's pocket.

East Branch project moving ahead

March 11, 2015

WILCOX – Construction activities on the $132.5 million East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project have begun.
Despite winter weather, the project's contractor, Layne Christensen Company of Texas, has started work including setting up numerous trailers onsite, installing project and traffic signs, placement of erosion and sediment control features and stockpiling rock to be used to construct the project's work platform.

Budget deficit still looms for Johnsonburg school district

March 11, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Area School District continues to look for answers to projected deficits in this school year and the next during a budget workshop held Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.

March 9th

St. Marys Area school board approved nearly $10 million bond

March 9, 2015

St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a bond resolution to borrow $9.995 million along with the refund and restructuring of their 2010 bond in order to finance various capital improvement projects.
The motion was approved by a 6-2 vote with Matt Quesenberry and Pat Rezmerski opposing the motion.
Even with the new bond, the district will continue to make similar payments.
Currently, SMASD's annual debt service payment is $1.635 million and with the new bond would be $1.613 million, a roughly $22,000 decrease.

St. Marys woman charged in bath salts bust

March 9, 2015

A St. Marys woman is charged in multiple felony charges related to the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Chelsea Ann Micale, 27, of 122 Houston Rd., was charged as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's North Central Municipal Drug Task Force.

Kane rape case involving 7-year-old girl heads to court

March 9, 2015

KANE – A criminal case against a Kane man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl is headed to McKean County Court.
The defendant is Joseph Allen Snyder, 42, of 323 Moffit Ave., Kane.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" all charges to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing Monday at the Kane court on Fraley Street.
The defendant remains in the McKean County Jail near Smethport in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

March 8th

Students learning trade skills in metal shop

March 8, 2015

Students enrolled in St. Marys Area High School's metal working occupation (MWO) course of study are entering post-graduate life a step ahead of their counterparts.
SMAHS' metal shop teacher Ben Schneider instills in students the necessary skills manufacturers are looking for in employees. Those lessons, coupled with many of the students' employment at local plants and shops through the school's co-op program, has proven a successful start in many of their careers.

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