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Charles Street project in city's scope

July 21, 2014

Within the next year the city is anticipating to embark on the Charles Street sewer line and road replacement project.
The project entails replacing sewer lines, curbing, sidewalk and resurfacing of the street at an estimated cost of $800,000 - $1 million. It will be a similar scope of work as the recent George Street project which ran from July 2013 until November at a cost of nearly $900,000.

Events remembering Proudfit set for Aug. 3-4

July 21, 2014

The third annual Michael B. Proudfit 5K Walk/Run will be held at Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, followed by the third annual Mike Proudfit Night at the St. Marys Community Pool the following day.
Proudfit, a former swimming instructor and swim team member at the St. Marys Community Pool, was killed in an automobile accident three years ago. Following his death, the pool staff renamed the race that was previously held in conjunction with Picnic In The Park in his honor.

Bath salts found during traffic stop

July 21, 2014

St. Marys City Police found numerous controlled substances and several items of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Taft Road on June 24.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police searched the car belonging to Nicole A. Chubbuck, 42, of 182 Sara Rd., and found a small amount of A-PVP (bath salts), five different prescription pills and a glass smoking pipe. Recovered from Chubbuck's purse were a digital scale, hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more bath salts.

Corbett responds to widespread drug abuse

July 20, 2014

RIDGWAY – During his weekend visit to Elk County, Governor Tom Corbett discussed the adverse impacts of drug abuse throughout the Commonwealth as well as a poor precedent being set by state leaders in Colorado.
"For the recreational use of marijuana, I'm against it as it's a gateway drug and it's been proven that way," he said. "They're having an increase of driving under the influence of marijuana [in Colorado] and in California I understand that elected officials think it's hurting the workforce."

Sewer system smoke testing starting today

July 20, 2014

For the next seven weeks the City of St. Marys will be conducting smoke testing to identify locations as the source of storm water infiltration problems where there are defects or improper connection into the sanitary sewer system.
Testing starts today in the northern end of the city. It will be performed on all residential structures connected to the city's sewer system.
As part of the testing, crews will blow smoke through sanitary sewers to locate deficiencies. Residents may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes in the ground.

Corbett touts accomplishments during visit

July 20, 2014

RIDGWAY – Governor Tom Corbett toured the region Saturday before arriving in Ridgway for several speaking engagements.
After visiting the Jefferson County Fair in the afternoon, Corbett arrived at The Hound radio station in Ridgway at roughly 4:45 p.m. to meet with local philanthropist Denny Heindl for an interview for "Talk of the Town" which aired Sunday at noon.
Corbett, with a State Police escort, arrived at the station in a black Chevrolet Suburban. There he met briefly with Elk County Republican Chairperson Grace Jesberger before entering the station building with Heindl.

St. Marys Giant Eagle closing its doors

July 18, 2014

ST. MARYS – The Giant Eagle store located along South St. Marys Street will be closing its doors for good on Aug. 23 of this year.
The store celebrated its grand opening in 2010 and the close will affect 59 employees who could be considered for open positions at other store locations.

Months of investigation pay off

July 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – At approximately 10 a.m. on July 17, Ridgway Borough Police executed a search warrant at 312 Chestnut St., Ridgway, the residence of Rachel Shrefler and Tammy J. Zawatski.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the North Central Regional Drug Task Force had accumulated substantial information about the sale and distribution of A-PVP (bath salts) at the above address.

SR 120 intersection open

July 18, 2014

The intersection at state Route 120 and South St. Marys Street was recently reopened. The intersection at Vine Road has since been re-closed as construction crews are working on the northbound lane.

Drug busts yield 4 suspects, bath salts, currency

July 17, 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.

Jury: Pisani guilty on all counts

July 17, 2014

RIDGWAY – 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.

Wing Fling tickets on sale

July 17, 2014

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.

AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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."

Benedictine Gift Shop celebrates grand opening

July 16, 2014

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.

Ridgway man jailed on burglary charges

July 16, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – 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.

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