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September 26th, 2014

Probation revocations before Judge Masson Friday

September 26, 2014

RIDGWAY – President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.

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September 26, 2014

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September 25th

Possible strike looming for West Penn workers

September 26, 2014

ST. MARYS – Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.

Funding re-allocated for Charles Street project

September 25, 2014

The final selection of the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project were presented to St. Marys City Council and entails a multi-year sewer reconstruction project on Charles Street.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi notified council the city's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program award is slightly less than anticipated.
Typically as an entitlement city St. Marys is awarded $300,000 in funding, however this year it was cut to $288,311.

September 24th

Education a hot topic for North Central

September 24, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.

New businesses, franchise agreement topics of council

September 24, 2014

The St. Marys Airport Industrial Park may soon have new tenants.
Four sales agreements have been signed, according to St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene, who recently met with another individual interested in purchasing a lot at the airport.
In addition, Greene has met with Nick Suplizio from GAI Consultants to discuss various funding sources for building a multi-tenant building at the park.
GAI constructed a similar building at the Bradford airport with hopes of undertaking the same thing project in St. Marys.

Probation visit takes wrong turn

September 24, 2014

A visit from the probation officers didn't go well for two St. Marys men as Garrett A. Frederoski, 20, and Benedict Earl Asti, 22, now face multiple drug charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when a probation officer asked Frederoski why he didn't get a legitimate job, his response was, "Why should I? I make anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 a week selling drugs."

Library to be closed for carpet installation

September 24, 2014

Avid readers may want to check an extra book or two out from the St. Marys Public Library before the end of the week as the facility will be shut down all next week so that new carpeting can be installed.
"We're going to be closed starting Monday, Sept. 29," said Director Leslie Swope.
The entire building will be closed to the public for that entire week, and the upstairs section of the library is expected to reopen the following Monday, Oct. 6.

Local firefighter assists with California wildfires

September 24, 2014

In early August, five firefighting crews met in Harrisburg in preparation to fly to Redding, Calif. to assist with western fires caused by lighting strikes. Among them was Don Weis of St. Marys who works for the Elk State Forest Bureau of Forestry.
Weis was the assigned crew boss for a Central Appalachian area crew whose primary assignment was "mop-up," extinguishing burning or smoldering material after a fire has come through an area.

Johnsonburg man fights Calif. wildfire

September 24, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Bill Maiers, a game commissioner and current resident of Johnsonburg, was one of many east coast firefighters that was asked to help with the recent outbreak of wildfires on the west coast.
Maiers was selected among a pool of firefighters that spanned Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other eastern states.
"I've been pretty lucky to go out," Maiers said.

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