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November 12th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Wednesday morning for one felony count of statutory sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Adam Lee Hill, 26, faced a total of 22 charges prior to the plea agreement.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.
Mild temperatures and abundant sunshine greeted area residents on Tuesday, and the nice weather led to a fairly good turnout for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
"With the weather cooperating so beautifully, this is the nicest Nov. 11 I've ever seen here on the Diamond," said Victor Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. who served as the master of ceremonies for the program.
Veterans Day is a day "for more than simply remembering," explained Jim Distler, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the current adjutant and financial officer of American Legion Post 103, during Tuesday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
This weekend the St. Marys Area High School Drama Club is mixing old and new during their production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Their performance takes on a contemporary twist as it is set at the modern Athens High School, rather than ancient Athens, with the actors playing the traditional Shakespearian characters in updated roles.
Members of the St. Marys City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, and St. Marys Ambulance responded Monday night at 6:25 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Million Dollar Highway near the Ford Road intersection.
In an effort to compete with surrounding school districts for substitute teachers St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Brian Toth encouraged the board of directors to increase their substitute teacher pay rate.
"Our neighbors are pricing us out of the market," Toth said.
Last year, St. Marys substitute teachers worked a total of 1,434 days which if multiplied by a $20/day increase is $28,600. This does not include employers' costs which would further raise the figure to over $30,000.
Ensuring every student has an adequate lunch is now possible in the St. Marys Area School District.
In cases where parents forget to pay their child's lunch bill or if they have a negative balance, students will now receive a regular meal rather than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
"I think every kid coming here should get a regular lunch," said SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth.
A St. Marys woman is charged with felony counts of identity theft and access device fraud for use of a PNC bank account belonging to someone else.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Darlene I. Fuenffinger, 61, of 1325 Glen Hazel Rd., is alleged to have made a total of nine payments to her Capital One account, using the PNC account belonging to Jacqueline Rhines of St. Marys. Transactions totaled to $1,278.64.
St. Marys Area School District's budget has shown improvements in multiple areas as reported at a recent school board of directors workshop.
Earned Income Tax (EIT) alone brought in $484,000 more this year than anticipated. The report shows figures until the end of the fiscal year ending on June 30 and is an annual submission to the state.