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November 13th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ A jury found Dayon Deche McCracken, 24, of Reading, guilty on all charges in a kidnapping incident that occurred on April 27.
"He told me that he could kill me and that no one would find my body," the victim, Rachael Imdorf, said in court Thursday. "I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to die that day. He was terrifying."
The 2014 Veterans Day Assembly was held at St. Marys Area High School Wednesday as they paid tribute to area veterans, many of whom were seated onstage as the school's honored guests.
Following the posting of the colors by the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail, SMAHS senior Marlea Winslow, acting as the mistress of ceremonies, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the national anthem by the SMAHS Concert Band.
Fellow seniors Diego Araujo recited a letter "An American Soldier" and Danielle Holthauser read the Presidential Proclamation of Veterans Day.
A box of cards was a simple gesture which encouraged St. Marys Area High School teacher Randy Loudon to share his experience as a gold star parent with those at the school's Veterans Day Assembly held Wednesday afternoon.
The Loudon family experienced the loss of their middle son, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Christopher Loudon, on Oct. 17, 2006 after an IED destroyed his Humvee, killing him and three fellow soldiers along with their Iraqi interpreter.
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Wednesday morning for one felony count of statutory sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Adam Lee Hill, 26, faced a total of 22 charges prior to the plea agreement.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.
Mild temperatures and abundant sunshine greeted area residents on Tuesday, and the nice weather led to a fairly good turnout for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
"With the weather cooperating so beautifully, this is the nicest Nov. 11 I've ever seen here on the Diamond," said Victor Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. who served as the master of ceremonies for the program.
Veterans Day is a day "for more than simply remembering," explained Jim Distler, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the current adjutant and financial officer of American Legion Post 103, during Tuesday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
This weekend the St. Marys Area High School Drama Club is mixing old and new during their production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Their performance takes on a contemporary twist as it is set at the modern Athens High School, rather than ancient Athens, with the actors playing the traditional Shakespearian characters in updated roles.
Members of the St. Marys City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, and St. Marys Ambulance responded Monday night at 6:25 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Million Dollar Highway near the Ford Road intersection.
In an effort to compete with surrounding school districts for substitute teachers St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Brian Toth encouraged the board of directors to increase their substitute teacher pay rate.
"Our neighbors are pricing us out of the market," Toth said.
Last year, St. Marys substitute teachers worked a total of 1,434 days which if multiplied by a $20/day increase is $28,600. This does not include employers' costs which would further raise the figure to over $30,000.