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October 3rd, 2012
JOHNSONBURG - A Highland Township supervisor charged with environmental violations had his preliminary hearing in District Court 59-3-02 continued Wednesday as he has yet to obtain legal representation.
Charges were filed by the Attorney General's Office last week with District Judge George A. "Tony" King against Charles M. Vaughn Jr., 75, who currently serves as chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors and who up until recently served as the state-certified operator of the township's sewage plant in James City.
The St. Marys Soccer Association may soon have a new home in the Kaulmont Park, Tannery/landfill area. On Monday evening, association president Tom Nicklas discussed the group's plan in pursuing a possible new location since leaving its former home at the St. Marys Airport.
The Elk County Salary Board shot down two motions Tuesday afternoon concerning requests from the county's sheriff's department.
Theresa Merritt, chief deputy of the sheriff department, requested the creation of a third full-time deputy position and a name-change for the "first deputy" position to "lieutenant," but both motions died for lack of a second and were denied.
FOX TWP. - In order to continue its mission of service wherever needed, the Fox Township Lioness Club will be holding its longtime annual fundraiser this Saturday at the Fox Township Community Building. Now in its 25th year, the Lioness Club Chinese Auction will be held beginning at noon on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Kersey Community Building.
RIDGWAY - A local man charged with operating a methamphetamine lab out of a Johnsonburg home was sentenced Monday in Elk County Court to serve 5 to 10 years in state prison.
Justin Edward Greene, 26, of Johnsonburg, accepted a plea agreement and in turn pled guilty to a charge of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
ST. MARYS - Area motorists are being asked for their patience as the massive multi-year road project along state Route 255 continues. Although the project is only in its first phase, many items of concern were posed to Dean Ball of the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Ball provided a brief update and answered questions from council, specifically pertaining to traffic backups along the Million Dollar Highway.
RIDGWAY - A Ridgway man incarcerated since July 24 on arson and related charges, as well as charges of attempted murder and assault, was in Elk County Court Monday appealing for a reduction in bail so that he may be released from jail and return home while awaiting trial.
Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of 76 Long Level Rd., Ridgway, waived arraignment and entered not guilty pleas Monday in five separate cases against him, including a 2010 Ridgway arson, a 2008 Johnsonburg arson, the assault of a Ridgway man, firearms possession by a convicted felon, and a drug offense.
BRANDY CAMP - Members of area fire departments gathered at D&T Towing and Recovery in Brandy Camp over the weekend for a technical heavy truck extrication class.
After coursework and discussion on Saturday, members of Crystal, Fox Township, Jay Township and Brockway fire departments got a chance to put into practice what they learned during simulations of passenger vehicles colliding with a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck.
HIGHLAND TWP. - A longtime Highland Township supervisor has been charged with environmental law violations while serving as the certified operator of the James City sewage treatment plant.
Charlie Vaughn, 75, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors, until recently served as the state-certified operator at the sewage plant in James City. He resigned within the past few months.
According to a statement issued Monday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, Vaughn is accused of filing "falsified environmental reports" with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).Â
A Minuteman Environmental Services 18-wheeler hauling brine water wrecked Sunday afternoon after rounding the curve in front of Boot Jack Road and turning on its side.
The large vehicle collided with two vehicles, a burgundy Ford Explorer and a white Ford truck, which were descending down Boot Jack Road. There were no injuries reported.