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May 7th, 2013
RIDGWAY â€“ Three St. Marys residents, David Keith Aul, 19, Rebecca Elaine Aul, 23, Thomas Peter Yanak, 20, and Ben Samick, 19, charged with killing four whitetail deer outside of hunting season and processing the animals in a St. Marys garage, pled guilty in Elk County Court Monday to various counts of unlawful killing of big game.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Johnsonburg man, Timothy Richard Jones, 20, charged with sexually assaulting a female neighbor on two separate occasions, within days of each other, accepted a plea bargain in Elk County Court that saw felony charges of rape, sexual assault, burglary, and aggravated indecent assault dropped in exchange for his pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor indecent assault.
RIDGWAY â€“ The man charged with the Jan. 8 gunpoint robbery of a Johnsonburg bank was sentenced Monday in Elk County Court to serve five to 10 years in state prison. Corey Joseph Feronti, 37, of Johnsonburg, was initially charged with three counts of felony robbery and a misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition following the midday robbery at the CNB Bank branch on Market Street in Johnsonburg. As the result of a plea bargain presented to the court Monday, Feronti pled guilty to a single charge of felony, first degree robbery.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway man charged with setting fire to his father's Johnsonburg rental property pleaded guilty in Elk County Court Monday to a felony charge of arson and related offenses. Anthony Karl Milliard, 29, of Ridgway, was sentenced to serve no less than 12 months and no more than 24 months in Elk County Prison where he has been housed since July of last year, charged in the Dec. 4, 2008 fire at 115 First Ave. in Johnsonburg.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved several resolutions during its Monday evening meeting.
Among them were permitting Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, to apply for a $200,000 grant on behalf of the St. Marys Recreation Board for phase one of a multi-park project.
Solid Waste Authority (SWA) enforcement officer Dave Stubber reported on two active investigations during the latest SWA meeting. The first is in regard to illegal dumping along Old State Road in Ridgway Township. The second entails illegal burning of municipal waste, specifically furniture by Benezette Township officials following their annual cleanup day.
The Elk County Veterinary Clinic (ECVC) is now offering a full-service large animal division along with emergency services after bringing Dr. Megan Cassels-Conway on board just over two weeks ago.
ST. MARYS â€“ The steady rise in gold prices has seen a jump in the number of buyers for the precious metal, but one traveling antique and collectibles roadshow, scheduled to hit town this week, is also looking for those not so run-of-the-mill items owners may think to be worthless.
WILLIAMSPORT â€“ Federal public defenders for an Emporium man charged with the August 2012 carjacking of a bank employee at gunpoint have succeeded in once again postponing the trial, this time citing the adverse impacts of federal budget sequestration cuts on their legal practice. Thomas Edward Smith, 58, of Emporium was indicted on Sept. 5, 2012 by a federal grand jury for the Aug. 8, 2012 attempted kidnapping of a female bank executive at gunpoint after an alleged dispute with the bank over a mortgage foreclosure.
Illegal dumping has become an issue of concern yet again as members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) discussed during their recent meeting. Two recent cleanups on Jackson/West Creek Roads in St. Marys and Old State Road, located between Johnsonburg and Wilcox, netted a significant amount of litter and tires.