July 17th, 2014
Four individuals were taken into custody on Thursday as a result of a dual drug bust in St. Marys and Ridgway.
Approximately 80 grams of bath salts and in excess of $30,000 in cash were seized in Ridgway with approximately 50 grams of bath salts and $6,000 in cash seized in St. Marys.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together in executing the search warrants served at 312 Chestnut Ave. in Ridgway Borough shortly after 9:30 a.m. and at 325 Kaul Ave. in St. Marys shortly before noon due to coordination efforts.
RIDGWAY â€“ After approximately three hours of deliberation Thursday, the jury returned a verdict in the trial of Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg.
Pisani was found guilty of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the charges, approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of paraphernalia were found at Pisani's house during the execution of a search warrant on Sept. 6, 2012.
Those looking to enjoy a night of wings and entertainment can still purchase tickets for the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's 13th annual Wing Fling slated for Friday, Aug. 8 on Market Street.
Vendor space is also still available for the event taking place from 6-10 p.m.
Ticket price includes a dozen wings, a T-shirt, which must be worn to gain admittance to the event, and a plastic beverage stein provided by event sponsor Farmers National Bank.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was "not an accident" and described the Malaysia Airlines plane as having been "blown out of the sky."
The new Benedictine Gift Shop celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The shop is located at the St. Mary's Parish annex building at the bottom of Church Street.
"From the Sisters beginning in town was to teach and spread prayer and devotion in the church, and that applies not only to the Catholic church, but to all Christians in the area. With that important role that they started, we at St. Mary's Parish, consider that important enough to make sure it stays here and is carried on," said Fr. Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B., St. Mary's Parish pastor.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man faces multiple charges in a burglary incident that occurred on July 7 around 8:31 p.m.
Theodore Carlson, 18, of 136 Sherman Ave., Ridgway, was questioned by police when Carlson, William Gnan and three juveniles were observed near Buehler Lumber along 260 W. Main St. in Ridgway. Carlson was asked to empty his pockets and was found to be in possession of a folding type ruler. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Carlson made incriminating statements about being in the Buehler Lumber building and removing the ruler from the building.
James "Jim" Wolff, 66, died Thursday, July 11, 2014 at his home in Erie.
He was born in St. Marys on Dec. 17, 1947, son of David L. Wolff and Eleanor Miles Wolff.
Jim attended the St. Marys Area Schools but lived in Erie most of his adult life.
He is survived by one brother, Luther Wolff of St. Marys; and three sisters, Anna Mae Wolff Haag of Greenville, Mona Lee Wolff Krolczyk of Ridgway and Christine Wolff Gerber of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Elmer Wolff and Stephen Wolff.
Leon F. 'Squeaky' Bauer, 90, of Frenchville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his home.
He was born on April 4, 1924 in St. Marys, a son of the late Norman and Hilda (Pontzer) Bauer.
He served with the U.S. Army in Germany during WWII.
He was employed with Pure Carbon Co. of St. Marys for 30 years, retiring in 1984.
He is survived by his longtime friend and companion, Leona (Beauseigneur) Davis of Frenchville; a sister, Malene Wegemer of Casper, Wyo.; a brother, George Bauer of St. Marys; several nieces and nephews; and his trusted dog, Brady.
RIDGWAY â€“ Initial plans by a local drilling company to establish a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling pad in Spring Creek Township have already been met with extreme opposition.
The land in question, located along Spring Creek Road, involves parcels reportedly owned by Shirley Melego and land in the national forest system.
Storytime at Fox Township Park will make its debut in Kersey on Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Families with children from birth to kindergarten may stop by the park anytime between those hours for the free event consisting of games, crafts, live pets and snacks.
The event is sponsored by Parents as Teachers (PAT), a program of Dickinson Center, Inc.
Pre-registration is not required however participants are required to sign in. In addition all children must be accompanied by an adult.