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September 3rd, 2014
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Events that sent St. Marys into a panic Tuesday afternoon with reports of a shooting at St. Marys Area High School were the actions of a nine-year-old juvenile, whose age prohibits criminal prosecution, according to police who are unable to release any identifying information such as name, gender and school.
As a result of a joint investigation between the St. Marys City Police and Pennsylvania State Police, it was discovered that the juvenile placed the 911 calls from a cell phone while he/she was riding on a school bus on their way home.
SMETHPORT â€“ A judge has upheld a police search involving the defendant in a criminal case linked with a 6-fatality crash on Route 219 near Lantz Corners just over a year ago.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren issued his ruling Wednesday during a 40-minute hearing at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport.
The judgeâ€™s decision comes less than two weeks before the scheduled Sept. 15 start of a jury trial for Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane. Another pre-trial â€śsuppression-of-evidenceâ€ť hearing is set for next Thursday, Sept. 11.
FOX TWP. â€“ Fox Township Supervisors discussed several issues during their Wednesday meeting among which pertained to water quality in roadside springs and details of a park storage shed.
In addition, a conditional use application was unanimously approved for EQT for a proposed gas well in Toby.
The conditional use hearing took place Aug. 6 with the township.
After a massive response by emergency personnel followed by a thorough investigation, law enforcement officials have determined unconfirmed reports of gunshots fired at St. Marys Area High School on Tuesday afternoon were a hoax as a result of prank phone calls.
No one is in custody as the investigation is ongoing.
Upon arriving on scene police conducted an immediate search of school buildings and property, set up a perimeter as units arrived and staged for ambulances and fire department.
RIDGWAY â€“ Tammy Jean Zawatski, 38, of Ridgway pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges resulting from the July 17 drug sting involving multiple law enforcement agencies that yielded almost $60,000 in cash and approximately 80 grams of bath salts.
Zawatski appeared before Judge Paul H. Millin (filling in for Judge Masson) and pleaded guilty to felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver controlled substances, dealings in proceeds of unlawful activities and corrupt organizations.
Plans for the new downtown St. Marys hotel are moving forward with plans to start construction the week of September 8, according to local project developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of Creekside Hospitality.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
Recently Creekside Hospitality LLC was approved for a dimensional variance by the St. Marys Zoning Hearing Board.
SMETHPORT â€“ A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed sixâ€”including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.
Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will launch its 'Within Your Reach' program at the St. Marys Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.
The program will feature demonstrations as well as a permanent display of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
Charlie Williamson, assistive technology coordinator for LIFT, said that in rural areas access to new equipment can be costly due to lack of funding or lack of awareness.
Recently the St. Marys Area High School Marching Band conducted a fundraising drive benefitting two local organizations as part of community outreach project.
The group succeed in collecting over 100 items for both CAPSEA (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) and the Elk County Humane Society organizations during their two week band camp held at the beginning of August.