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August 29th, 2014
SMETHPORT â€“ A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed sixâ€”including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.
Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will launch its 'Within Your Reach' program at the St. Marys Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.
The program will feature demonstrations as well as a permanent display of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
Charlie Williamson, assistive technology coordinator for LIFT, said that in rural areas access to new equipment can be costly due to lack of funding or lack of awareness.
Recently the St. Marys Area High School Marching Band conducted a fundraising drive benefitting two local organizations as part of community outreach project.
The group succeed in collecting over 100 items for both CAPSEA (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) and the Elk County Humane Society organizations during their two week band camp held at the beginning of August.
The St. Marys City Police reported Thursday that Dustin Allen Courteau, 26, of St. Marys, wanted for a home invasion and strong arm robbery, has been apprehended.
According to a police report, police responded to a reported sighting of Courteau on East Joseph Road just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Courteau was apprehended without incident on West Oilwell Street by State Police Troopers, who assisted in the search.
Police wish to recognize the public for their tips and acknowledge that the public's assistance was instrumental in the apprehension.
Tasty creations of home brewers and vintners will be highlighted during Brewfest in Kersey with proceeds benefitting the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department building project.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample at least 60 beers and wines at the event taking place Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the Fox Township Community Building on Main Street in Kersey.
Each ticket allows for unlimited tastings, snacks, food items, and desserts. Many food items have beer and wine incorporated into them such as beer bratwurst and a beef sandwich marinated in beer.
JAY TWP. â€“ The Bennetts Valley community is ramping up for it's 63rd annual Labor Day Homecoming Celebration, which will include rides, food, the crowning of Miss Bennetts Valley and a parade.
Charlie Liptak, who is organizing the festivities for the sixth year in a row, encourages everyone to come and support local nonprofits and enjoy the games and food.
"It's all nonprofit organizations," Liptak said. "The money that we raise all goes back into the community in some form."
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission met Wednesday morning and the quality of the area's workforce was a main point of discussion for the attending committee members.
The discussion centered around a growing problem in the area, employers are looking for employees, but many available employees are not able to pass a drug test to gain employment.
"This issue is a cultural and societal issue," Executive Director Eric Bridges said during the meeting. "There is a potential demonization of people that suffer from these diseases."
The East Branch Dam Safety Initiative took a step forward Wednesday as a multi-million bid was awarded for the construction of the East Branch cutoff wall rehabilitation project.
Layne Christensen Co. of Ruther Glen, Va. was awarded the $132,504,348 contract by the Department of the Army. The company specializes in water management, construction and drilling.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex building in Ridgway to further discuss plans for a new recycling facility, as well as new recycling options in the county.
The authority discussed options for several types of recyclable items that have been frequently asked about by residents. Many residents asked about recycling tires, which the authority does in the spring.
With the prominence of drug use throughout the area, City of St. Marys Police officers are working with youngsters as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in helping students learn to make better life choices.
D.A.R.E. is conducted in sixth grade classes at St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools. Last year the program reached a total of 243 students.
Weekly classes start in January after Christmas break and continue until March for a 10-week time period.
In recent years funding has been sporadic for the program.