April 8th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ A Homestead man pleaded guilty before Judge Richard A. Masson Monday afternoon for charges related to a September 2014 heroin trafficking bust.
Justin Westin, 26, of Homestead, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to one to five years of incarceration in state prison. As Westin had no prior record score, he is eligible for the recidivism risk reduction incentive, which means he could be paroled after nine months.
The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their home meet season by playing host to the Brookville squads Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Raiders 117.5-28.5. The Raiders edged the Crusaders 76-74.
Forming a fully operational parking authority for 2016 was proposed by councilman Ned Jacob during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council work session.
The new parking authority would be different from past parking authorities as it would allocate revenue received from metered parking, permits and parking violations, which is currently placed into the city's general fund.
RIDGWAY â€“Â After reaching out to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the well-documented foundation issues with Decker's Chapel in St. Marys, progress appears to have been made after a followup afternoon meeting at the site.
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg met with Charlie Steger, a contractor who runs a local masonry company with extensive expertise in historical masonry.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed out another round of Act 13 grants to local municipalities, county offices, and area groups.
The commissioners last year established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
RIDGWAY â€“ The battle against the lack of fair taxes on state-owned forest and game lands continues to gain traction as the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition pushes the issues to the forefront.
Elk County government officials last month pledged their support and unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax-exempt land within the county.
Reports indicate just 23 percent of the land in Elk County is generating local taxes at market value.
On Tuesday, officials reiterated their support pledge and discussed recent headway regarding the issues.
FOX TWP. â€“ Two St. Marys women have been charged in an alleged robbery that occurred March 28 around 10 p.m. in the Fox Township Walmart parking lot.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Debra Ann Penfield, 52, and Phoebe Ann King, 37, are charged with taking items from Megan Kathleen Emerick as she sat in her vehicle outside the store.
Emerick reportedly told police that Penfield entered the vehicle and demanded $245 that Emerick owed her. When Emerick said she didn't have any money, Penfield allegedly took a cellphone and was attempting to take Emerick's purse.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke's Fantastic Freshmen Lead the Blue Devils to the National Title
Duke's freshmen lead them to the national title.
Not only was Monday opening day for Major League Baseball, locally it also finally ended up being opening day for the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team. The Lady Crusaders were originally scheduled to begin their 2015 campaign on Wednesday, March 25 against DCC, but the lingering winter weather resulted in that game only happening Monday. It ended up being worth the wait for Elk Catholic as the Lady Crusaders rallied for a 6-3 victory at Benzinger Park.