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September 4th, 2014

Upgrade proposed to emergency notification system

September 4, 2014

In the wake of Tuesday's school shooting prank call, St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Brian Toth proposed an upgrade to the district's notification system.
While Toth praised the efforts of emergency personnel, staff and students, he noted the difficulty in communicating at times and the dissemination of misinformation, specifically through social media.
Currently the district utilizes an eAlert system which notifies individuals via e-mail, text or both about school happenings such as emergency situations, cancellations and delays.

Prominent doctor to speak to cancer support group

September 4, 2014

ST. MARYS – A prominent Pittsburgh doctor is scheduled to speak Monday at the Elk County cancer support group's meeting at the CEC Building along Erie Avenue in St. Marys.
The event is to take place in Room G4 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Ellen Beckjord, Ph.D., MPH, is an assistant professor of psychiatry and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. She provides care for people affected by cancer as part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Psycho-Oncology Clinical Service.

Governor write-in campaign using social media

September 4, 2014

One man in Collegeville is trying to impact this year's governor election through a campaign driven solely through social media and the press.
Dave Naples, a 49-year-old resident of Collegeville, has started a write-in campaign for governor of Pennsylvania, which will run without any donated campaign funding.
Naples stated that his campaign started in response to the large amounts of money that are being spent by this year's candidates, incumbent Tom Corbett, and Tom Wolf, towards their campaigns.
"The amount of money that is being hurled at these things is ludicrous," Naples said.

VIDEO: Joan Rivers Has Passed Away

September 4, 2014

VIDEO: Joan Rivers Has Passed Away
The 81-year-old comedy icon has died

VIDEO: Steelers prepare for rival Browns, hope for fast star

September 4, 2014

VIDEO: Steelers prepare for rival Browns, hope for fast star

September 3rd

VIDEO: 2014 NFL preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

September 4, 2014

VIDEO: 2014 NFL preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks gives his reasons to believe and his reasons to worry for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL season.

9-year-old culprit in school shooting hoax

September 3, 2014

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.

Judge upholds police search in 6-fatality crash case

September 3, 2014

SMETHPORT – 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 judge’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 “suppression-of-evidence” hearing is set for next Thursday, Sept. 11.

Road signs, repairs topics in Fox Twp.

September 3, 2014

FOX TWP. – 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.

September 2nd

Prank calls at SMAHS illicit heavy response

September 2, 2014

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.

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