June 13th, 2013
RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway woman, Hope Ann Soldano, 48, charged with removing her daughter from the father's custody and taking the child some 1,000 miles from home was in Elk County Court Thursday where she called for the charges against her to be dropped, arguing that their prosecution would constitute "double jeopardy" following guilty verdicts on related offenses in Mercer County.
Natasha R. Schmitz, 22, of 205 Walnut Street, St. Marys, died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
She was born October 23, 1990 in St. Marys, a daughter of Michael Schloder of St. Marys and Barbara Schmitz Plants of Emporium.
She graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 2010.Â She enjoyed crafts, dancing and 4-wheelers. She was known for her ability to walk into a room and capture your attention, and she was full of life and charm.Â She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her son, Calvyn.
A newly installed fountain is now helping aerate and improve the quality of the water in a pond near the 13th hole at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course. According to Leroy Whitaker, President of the Board at Bavarian Hills, the water filling that pond, along with other ponds near it, forms the headwaters of West Creek, which runs into the Driftwood Branch.
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man, Dean Schatz, 42, paroled after serving 90 days in prison for striking 21-year-old Natasha Schmitz while driving drunk, has asked a judge to modify conditions of his release that restrict him from imbibing alcohol or setting foot in a bar. Schatz was in Elk County Court Thursday seeking to challenge a court order prohibiting him from consuming alcoholic beverages or patronizing a bar or tavern while on parole and probation.
RIDGWAY - A Ridgway woman charged with removing her daughter from the father's custody and driving the child some 1,000 miles from home, was in Elk County Court Thursday calling for the charges against her to be dismissed claiming a previous sentence handed down in connection with the case constituted double jeopardy which states that a defendant, once found guilty, cannot be tried for the same crime twice.
The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 squad got down early and were unable to rally as they dropped a 6-1 contest to the Fox Township American Legion Post 511 team on Wednesday evening in a game played in Fox Township.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Two teens, charged in a string of vandalism, car theft, and burglary, were in District Court Wednesday where they waived hearings on charges stemming from a crime spree that took place throughout Ridgway Borough over the June 1 weekend.
Carmela Ann "Melly"Â Napolitan, 83, of Bradford, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center Pavilion in Bradford.
Born May 25, 1930, in Hazel Hurst,Â she was a daughter of the late Michael and Antoinette Santaniello Napolitan.
Ms. Napolitan was a graduate of Mansfield University and began her teaching career in Savona, N.Y., in 1952. Later she served as an elementary teacher for 42 in the Bradford Area School District, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the Retired Teachers' Association and the St. Joseph's Rosary Society.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors approved at Monday's meeting the $80,000 purchase of property adjacent to the South St. Marys Street Elementary School, to be used in the creation of a new playground area for students and parking lot for employees.
FOX TWP. â€“ Six individuals have been arrested and charged in a spate of retail thefts at the Walmart Supercenter in Fox Township that police say totaled over $1,000 in stolen goods.
Walmart Loss Prevention Specialists informed state police that on two separate occasions in May, a total of six individuals, in two groups of three, were captured on video shoplifting a combined $1,016.63 in sundry items.