Archive - News Article
October 1st, 2012
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.
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, additional focus has been placed on the stateâ€™s Child Protective Services law and mandated reporting requirements for suspected child abuse under that law.
According to the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW), any professional who engages with children in their employment, occupation or professional practice is known as a â€śmandated reporterâ€ť and is obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.
Planning is well under way for a weekend-long agenda of events as part of the Fox Township Bicentennial taking place June 28-30, 2013.
Community members are pitching in and lending a hand with various events by attending monthly organizational meetings headed up by Bicentennial Committee Chairpersons Kathy and Jamie Dowie, Lee Neureiter and Cheryl and Don Ruffner.
RIDGWAY - A St. Marys man charged in connection with a July 28 hit-and-run that left 21-year-old Natasha Schmitz in critical condition entered a not guilty plea in waiving his arraignment on charges related to the incident.
A historic ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dickinson Center, Inc.'s new behavioral health facility was held Friday afternoon at 43 Servidea Dr. in Ridgway.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting, a formal presentation was led by Dickinson CEO Jack Goga to acknowledge those who were instrumental in the development of the 28,200-square-foot facility.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] has halted the hiring of a resource conservation technician following a decision by the Elk County Board of Commissioners to revisit the issue.
As discussed at August's ECCD board meeting, the district was unable to secure all of the funding for the new position and sought out assistance from the commissioners to fund half of the position for a period of one year with the other half being funded by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
JOHNSONBURG - Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and members of the Pennsylvania State Police executed a federal search warrant on Wednesday at the 112 East Ave., Johnsonburg, home of David A. Blashaw, 55, in a joint operation that was the result of leads arrived at through ongoing investigations into the activities of Milliard, 54, of Ridgway.
Blashaw was charged before District Judge George A. "Tony" King with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors of the first degree.