February 3rd, 2015
Every winter complaints are received at City Hall regarding snow-covered sidewalks which hinder the way for pedestrians often going to work, school or completing errands.
During Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting an inquiry was made if the cityâ€™s ordinance could be changed to state snow must be removed after accumulation of three inches rather than the current timeframe of 12 hours after the last snowfall.
During their workshop meeting Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors heard a lengthy presentation from Infradapt regarding issues with the school system's phone system and network, and how those could be fixed through a partnership with the company.
Nate Kline, an account executive for Infradapt, was the primary individual to address the board, and he explained that the study his team conducted came about following a conversation with assistant superintendent Josh Williams regarding the school's phone system.
RIDGWAY â€“ Two of the four co-defendants charged in August 2014 in a criminal conspiracy for the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts, pleaded guilty Monday to charges at Elk County Court.
RIDGWAY â€“ Theodore Robert Rohr, 35, of Ridgway, in a negotiated plea, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of child pornography at Monday's return day in Elk County Court.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon recited the facts of the case, explaining that approximately 40 images and one movie depicting image of girls between the ages of 13 and 18 were found on Rohr's computer.
Rohr's sentence is pending a completion of an evaluation by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
Ronald L. "Ron" Newell, 84, of 118 Poplar Rd., St. Marys, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1930, a son of the late Alton and Leona Hoffman Newell.
On June 25, 1955 in Queen of the World Church, he married Eleanor Samick Newell, who survives.
Numerous committee reports were presented during Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting. They pertained to updates about downtown economic development, emergency management and the proposed oil and gas ordinance.
Also discussed at the meeting were using City Hall as the ninth ward voting location, specifically pertaining to complaints received from voters about the site. In addition, a brief update was presented by solicitor Tom Wagner pertaining to suggestions from Seneca Resources on the city's proposed oil and gas ordinance.
RIDGWAY â€“ Two St. Marys residents pleaded guilty and were sentenced for their involvement in an August 2014 home invasion at 430 N. St. Marys St.
Andrew Krewduk, 25, and Faith Gagliardi, 22, both pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary when they appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson Monday at Elk County Court.
A St. Marys man was arrested Jan. 28 following a domestic situation at a house along Maurus Street.
According to court records, 41-year-old Timothy P. Singer has been charged with indecent assault-forcible compulsion, a first degree misdemeanor; indecent assault without consent and simple assault, second degree misdemeanors; and a summary harassment charge involving unwanted physical contact.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the St. Marys City Police Department was dispatched Jan. 28 at 9:49 p.m. to 559 Maurus St., St. Marys for a "reported domestic situation."
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Toth announced during Monday evening's workshop of the Board of School Directors that he is one step closer to permanently moving to St. Marys.
"Our house in Tyrone sold, so that means we'll be able to close up here by March 31," Toth said, adding that he has been staying at a house in the area.
He also remarked that they are "a step closer" to having a proposal for a fair school funding formula for new Pa. Governor Tom Wolf.
Vittoria I. Aiello, 89, of 301 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died peacefully Saturday evening, Jan. 31, 2015 surrounded by her family at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 11, 1926 in Motta Santa Lucia, Italy, daughter of the late Carmello and Felicia Colacino Bevacqua.
On Oct. 18, 1952 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, she married Victor C. Aiello. He died Jan. 12, 2012.
She resided in Johnsonburg since 1952. She graduated from high school in Italy.