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May 6th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
KERSEY â€“ Pa. State Police Corporal Smith presented a brief annual report to the Fox Township Supervisors during their regular monthly meeting held Wednesday evening.
He began by noting 99 percent of PSP responses in Fox Township are to Walmart along with the four-lane highway, which are their busiest areas.
Among the Walmart related crimes are retail thefts, hit-and-runs in the parking lot, thefts from motor vehicles, and bad checks.
Smith also addressed concern over ATV safety.
Fox and Jay townships are the biggest townships in Elk County that have ATV-approved roads.
As prom approaches on Saturday for both St. Marys high schools, students are reminded of the sobering reality and lifelong consequences of drunk driving as part of the Prom Promise program.
Elk County Catholic High School hosted this year's Prom Promise mock crash and trial, which is rotated between ECC and St. Marys Area High School each year. The program is hosted by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) high school clubs.
On Tuesday afternoon, a mock crash scene was staged in the ECC parking lot followed by a mock trial held Wednesday.
Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.
As the former sales manager and residential development division manager for two different residential/commercial construction companies, materials manager for a large mechanical contractor and owner/general manager of Stanton-Jacobs Homes, Jacobs said his 20 years and 200 homes of construction experience should aid him well in his business endeavor.
A mock crash was held at Elk County Catholic High School on Tuesday afternoon to highlight the dangers of distracted driving ahead of this weekend's prom. The annual program alternates between Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area High School and gives students a firsthand look at what happens during a crash as well as the lasting impact it can have on the lives of those involved. Emergency responders from a variety of area organizations were on scene to assist with the event.
With the primary election less than 30 days away on May 19, political signs dot the landscape found everywhere from front yards, along busy highways and rural roadways.
During St. Marys City Council's recent meeting, regulations and enforcement governing various aspects of political signs sparked a lively conversation.
Councilman Greg Gebauer said two candidates' signs were out of compliance with the city code.
RIDGWAY â€“ With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
RIDGWAY â€“ After months of topping out at well over 70 inmates a day, officials at the Elk County Prison are finally seeing those figures taper off.
â€śThe population has drastically stabilized,â€ť said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. â€śI think thatâ€™s due to the fact that a lot of inmates are being transported to the state penitentiary.â€ť
As cases are being settled in county court, many are being sentenced to the state penitentiary due to crime severity and other factors.
The average daily population at the prison for January was 70; February was 73; March was 63; and April was 58.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning acknowledged local home healthcare agencies for National Visiting Nurse Association Week.
The week, falling on the second week of May, is recognized this year from May 3-8.
â€śIn Elk County, we have a number of providers that care for patients who are homebound or need assistance in their home,â€ť said Rebecca Nelson, President and CEO of Community Nurses, Inc.
St. Marys City Council unanimously voted to acknowledge receipt of the St. Marys Early Intervention Program (EIP) report on Monday evening during their work session.
"We do not necessarily have to do everything in the report," said Councilman Ned Jacob.
Jacob proposed the motion to acknowledge the report stating the caveat is the yet-to-be-named city manager must meet with council and a committee to review the report before passing anything in the report.