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November 19th, 2010
SMETHPORT -- A hearing on the suppression of evidence against murder defendant Waide Eugene Nolf opened Thursday afternoon in McKean County Court.
Nolf is charged with the March murders of Tonya M. Haight, 24, and her 22-day-old baby, Tamara N. Haight. The defendant and the victims shared the same residence at 56 Pleasant St., Bradford, with five others.
McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn, who is seeking the death penalty, called three witnesses at the 90-minute hearing Thursday before County President Judge John Pavlock.
According to Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling coordinator, an instance of illegal dumping took place in the Jackson Road area on property owned by Bob Troha sometime between the evening of Saturday, Nov.6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.
Troha and his son, Steve, addressed members of the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc. on Wednesday evening regarding the matter. They explained that the material was originally dumped on property belonging to the Trail Association, but was then pushed onto their property by ATV riders.
After a two and a half hour special budget meeting on Monday evening, members of city council voted 6-1 to approve the adoption of the preliminary budget. The budget will have a tax increase of 1.91 mills.
During Monday evening's meeting, council members trimmed $19,543.10 from the budget, reducing it by nine tenths of a mill. Of the $19,543.10, $13,843.10 came from the elimination of a proposed three percent wage increase for management employees. The remainder of the cuts were made to various budget line items.
The Jay Township Supervisors approved a variety of ordinances and other old business items during their Thursday evening meeting.
A motion was approved to display the proposed 2011 budget at the municipal building for a 30-day review period. The 2011 budget shows the township income at $535,053, with expenses totaling $495,250.
The board chose to continue with the current nuisance ordinance, which was enacted within the township in 1992.
RIDGWAY - On Monday, arguments were heard by Judge Richard A. Masson, president Judge of the Elk County Court of Common Pleas, pertaining to a motion to move the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy Jr., 35, outside of Elk County.
Donachyâ€™s defense attorneys, Shawn McMahon and George Daghir, cited pre-trial publicity as their reason for filing the motion.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
The Elk County Commissioners awarded the Recovery Zone Bonds Tuesday to Precision Compacted Components, Inc. [PCC] of Wilcox and Unique Venture Group of St. Marys for the building of a restaurant in downtown St. Marys.
In June 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department announced $25 billion in bonds authority available under the Recovery Zone Bonds program. The effort is geared towards areas "particularly affected by job loss and will help local governments obtain financing for much-needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development."
The final public meeting regarding the master site plan for the West Creek Recreational Trail, a planned Rails-to-Trails corridor between St. Marys and Emporium, was held Wednesday evening at St. Marys City Hall. The final plan will now be sent to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for review.
According to Michelle A. Brummer, environmental planner for Gannett Fleming, Inc., the proposal is for a trail along an abandoned 19-mile segment of railroad that is now owned by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc.
At the request of city councilman Dick Dornisch, members of the St. Marys City Council once again discussed looking into imposing restrictions on Marcellus gas drilling near residential areas and water supplies within the city at their recent meeting.
The timeless story of a poor youngster who becomes a successor to a candy empire is sure to entertain audiences of all ages, as part of this yearâ€™s Elk County Catholic High School Drama Departmentâ€™s production of â€śWilly Wonka.â€ť
â€śThough there has been a movie version since the 70s, the stage adaptation is relatively recent,â€ť said Ted Hanes, drama department director. â€śThis show is a fun show that will not only entertain the children in the audience, but also the adults.â€ť
Several Ridgway residents attended Tuesday morning's Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting and questioned local government officials' diligence in protecting the area's water supply during the recent Marcellus Shale drilling boom.
One resident, Clifford Stump, who resides along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township, expressed his concern about the drilling and its environmental impact.