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October 7th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 24 months in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for convictions of possession with intent to manufacture/distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"There was never any sale or intent to sell," Pisani said. "I smoke it."
The charges were filed after a September 2012 search warrant was executed at Pisani's home. Police found approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
While city government officials are in the midst of reviewing contract negotiations with Zito Media, the company's president, Jim Rigas, presented an update of services Monday night to members of St. Marys City Council.
Among the prevalent changes completed since Rigas' last update to council in March 2012 were a bandwidth upgrade, two-way activation, high speed data and voice capability, and high definition and DVR. The regional fiber network was also expanded.
"Over $2.3 million of capital has been invested in the system since Zito Media's acquisition about 5-6 years ago," Rigas said.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.
RIDGWAY â€“ Dayon D. McCracken, 23, of Reading, was scheduled for jury selection on Monday, Oct. 13 for his alleged involvement in an assault and kidnapping that was reported in April.
He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault and harassment.
Georgette Forney, of Pittsburgh, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More awareness campaign, spoke at Sacred Heart Church Sunday night about the negative effects of abortion, including testimony of her own experience.
"I had an abortion when I was 16 years old, and I spent the next 19 years pretending that I hadn't," she said. "My daughter should be 37 years old, but she's not."
This maniacial butcher is sure to get a scare out of those attending the Scare at the Fair haunted house and kids hayride taking place this evening from 8 - 10 p.m. at the Elk County Fairgrounds in Kersey. The event benefits the Elk County Fair and was hosted by the 2014 fair queen and her court.
Samantha Zimmerman was named the 2014 Elk County Catholic High School Homecoming Queen during a ceremony held at halftime of the Crusaders game versus the Ridgway Elkers at Dutch Country Stadium on Friday evening. She was crowned by last year's Homecoming Queen, Emma Daghir. Zimmerman was escorted by Austin Minard. The first runner-up was Kirstie Wehler, who was escorted by John Kaul. The second runner-up was Nicole Florio, who was escorted by Ian Herzing. This year's crown bearer was Adam Beimel, and the flower girl was Penelope MacDonald.
RIDGWAY â€“ Hope.
This was the resounding sentiment expressed at Thursday evening's candlelight vigil for U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native who went missing Friday after wading in heavy surf on the shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands in the Guam region.
The Brookville man who left a profanity-laden phone message for District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon was waived for court on Sept. 17 by Judge George A. "Tony" King.
Christopher Raymond Thomas, 41, was waived for court on felony charges of criminal use of a communication facility and threatening unlawful harm to influence judicial or administrative process, as well as misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and harassment and one summary charge of harassment.
Area residents have organized "A Sacred Assembly," an evening of prayer and worship tonight at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church along North St. Marys Street in St. Marys.
"In light of everything that's going on in the world, we thought people needed to return to God and pray," said Mary Latona. "I recently got together with a couple people and in light of the recent service on drugs and addiction, and everything else that has happened in the world, we thought the community should really come together."