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October 11th, 2011

Details emerge in cause of murder victim's death

October 11, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, forensic pathologist Dr. Eric Vey, M.D., of the Erie County Coroner's Office, was at the Elk County Courthouse presenting details on the cause of death of Irene Challingsworth during the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy has been charged with rape, murder and other counts in the death of Challingsworth, which took place on April 6, 1999.
Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and defense attorneys George Daghir and Shawn McMahon accepted Vey as an expert witness in forensic pathology as part of the trial.

Police personnel, acquaintance testify in Donachy trial

October 11, 2011

During the second day of the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, testimony was heard from Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Jeff Lee, former St. Marys City Police Sergeant Phil Hoh and Denise Zuchowski, Donachy's former roommate. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician.

SMASD board meeting to approve personnel

October 11, 2011

At the recent meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Support personnel resignations were accepted for Ann Fledderman, of St. Marys, as cafeteria monitor, and Michelle Holsopple, of Wilcox, as classroom aide.

October 10th

Opening remarks in Donachy murder trial

October 10, 2011

The homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, began Monday morning as a 15-member jury heard opening remarks and testimony from four witnesses was heard.

First group of witnesses take stand in Donachy trial

October 10, 2011

Among the first group of witnesses to take the stand Monday on the opening day of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy were Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, the daughter of murder victim Irene Challingsworth; Judith Wendel of St. Marys, a long-time client of Challingsworth; Diane Scutella of St. Marys, a former employee of Consolidated News Agency in 1999; Bill Brem of Tampa, Fla., a retired St. Marys City Police officer; and Cpl. Jeffrey Kunselman of the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police's Forensic Services Unit.

Seismic testing on district property discussed at school board meeting

October 10, 2011

At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors, area residents questioned board members about information contained in a Daily Press article covering last Thursday's work session meeting of the board. At that meeting, SMASD Superintendent Anne Kearney said she had been approached by ELEXCO Land Services Company, with the company requesting permission to conduct seismic testing on the district's property at the Bennetts Valley Elementary School.

Club's 2011 Fall Ride for breast cancer awareness

October 10, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the T-Bones Off Road Club has dedicated its 2011 Fall Ride to promote awareness.
" Let’s face it, we’ve all known someone, whether it be family, friend or relative, that has been touched by this disease," said Kellie Mocik, one of the event organizers. "Some of us have lost loved ones to breast cancer while others know a survivor or someone who is battling this horrible disease today."

October 9th

Burial detail to honor area veterans with monuments

October 9, 2011

The members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail are a familiar sight to anyone who has attended the funeral of an area veteran. Veterans themselves, they are a moving sight as they salute, present the flag and perform other rituals as a sign of respect and an appropriate farewell to someone who has served in a branch of the U.S. military. To further honor deceased veterans, the burial detail is planning to erect monuments at both the St. Mary's Catholic and St. Marys Protestant cemeteries.

School board considers seismic testing on school property

October 9, 2011

At Thursday's work session meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's board of directors, Superintendent Anne Kearney discussed with other board members a proposal to allow ELEXCO Land Service Company to perform seismic testing on district property in Bennetts Valley.
"On Wednesday, I was approached by Elexco Land Services Company, asking if we could give permission for them to do seismic testing on the property at Bennetts Valley [school]," Kearney said.

Outfitter store opens for business

October 9, 2011

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at Country Squirrel Outfitters at 3 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
Owners Steve and Miranda Putt grew up in Bedford County and later moved to Colorado where they owned and operated a similar outfitter store; they ultimately moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and friends.

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