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February 27th, 2015

Pair charged with torching stolen car

February 27, 2015

A St. Marys man and a Wilcox woman are charged in a April 2014 incident involving a car being stolen and then left along the old railroad grade on state Route 555 after being set on fire.
Chris Deon McMillen, 24, and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 30, face felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and arson, and lesser related offenses.
According to the affidavits of probable cause, State Police at Ridgway were notified of a stolen vehicle on April 1, 2014 around 7:44 a.m. The vehicle was found about a mile east of Benezette on fire.

Harassment charges against Ridgway man

February 27, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – A Ridgway man is charged with the misdemeanor offense of harassment for multiple violent threats against his estranged wife's boyfriend.
John Paul Raubenstrauch, 45, of Ridgway allegedly threatened Robert John Lillie via text messages and phone calls, at times threatening to shoot him.
"I will [expletive] shoot him in the head," Raubenstrauch allegedly told his estranged wife Brandy Lynne Buehler over the phone. "If I have to do it in front of the kids, I'll do it."

Straub Brewery building on fire

February 27, 2015

A building on the Straub Brewery went up in flames Friday morning.

February 26th

St. Marys man charged with choking wife

February 27, 2015

St. Marys Police were dispatched to Gunners early Saturday for a 911 hangup that was later identified as a domestic disturbance in Room 221.
Richard Michael Gausman, 39, faces charges of simple assault and harassment for allegedly choking his wife Elaine, who was transported to Penn Highlands Elk by St. Marys Ambulance.
Richard reportedly told Patrolman Peter Largey that they had had an argument and that Elaine had punched him in the face prior to him choking her. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Largey observed no injuries to Richard.

Highland supervisor says: lawsuit could ‘bankrupt us’

February 27, 2015

JAMES CITY – A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the “injection well’ controversy “has the potential to bankrupt us.”
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.

Potential Ridgway Twp. ordinance concerns gas industry rep

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY TWP. – Jeff Wilhelm, a land use litigator with Reed Smith, was one attendee at Thursday's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting, and he was the only oil and gas representative to speak during the nearly 90-minute meeting.
Wilhelm, representing Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, informed the supervisors that he has "deep concerns" with the curative amendment process, and that the supervisors should expect a written response from the company.
"You will be getting a response from us," Wilhelm said. "There are some things I have deep concerns with."

Cpl. Clancy remembered with Marine bench

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – A bench marked USMC for the United States Marine Corps has been donated by Douglas Ryan of Altoona on behalf of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to the Clancy family in memory of their son, Corporal Donovan E. Clancy.
Born July 27, 1988 to Tina and Kevin Clancy of Ridgway, Donovan went to Saint Leo’s for grade school and did his high school years in Elk County Catholic. He attended Penn State College for pre-med dentistry.

Bosworth seminar explains bringing carvings to life

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – Mark Bosworth attended his first Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous last year and had on display a fantastic memorial piece of a girl, Amanda Putney, who had died in a tragic car accident in 2012. The piece was a bit larger than life of her with wings raised lying on the neck of her horse and with other, smaller carvings, brought real attention to Bosworth for their realism.

February 25th

Clarion-Limestone beat Crusaders 49-40 in OT

February 26, 2015

The Clarion-Limestone Lions advanced to the District 9 Class A boys championship game by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 49-40 score in overtime Wednesday night at Clarion University's Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.

3 counties offer support of regional rail authority

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.

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