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September 29th, 2014
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy surf on the northwestern shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands.
Donovan is the son of Kevin and Tina Clancy of Ridgway and a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. While at ECC he was involved with the marching band and chose to pursue a career in the military following graduation.
RIDGWAY â€“ After a full day of trial proceedings, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the case of Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of Ridgway, who is charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
The motion for a mistrial was made by attorney Michael S. Marshall on the grounds that the Commonwealth's witnesses differed in their testimonies as to the dates on which the alleged incident occurred. The defense was prepared with an alibi witness, but differing accounts of what night the incident occurred would render the alibi defense meaningless.
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.
Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
A group of over 40 people, most consisting of South St. Marys Street residents, were on hand Sunday evening for a brief meeting about efforts to restore the roadway to its former appearance, complete with a tree lined entrance to the city prior to the removal of a majority of the roadway's trees due to the massive state Route 255 re-construction project.
While the overall cost of the project may cost between $20,000-$50,000, the estimated amount is about $25,000.
Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.
During the comments portion of a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, several topics were touched upon by council members.
Earlier in the meeting, councilman Greg Gebauer inquired about a expenditure of just over $11,000 for landscaping.
The cost was for new shrubs planted throughout downtown including in front of City Hall, on the island across from the movie theatre, at the 'Welcome to St. Marys' sign on the boulevard and around the diamond.
Gebauer asked if this cost was budgeted for, to which City Manager Dave Greene replied it is not.
On Friday evening the Trout Run Road area was aglow as part of the Let Your Bow Glow 5K race/walk. Nearly 500 participants donned a variety of glow in the dark items from hair pieces and headbands, scarves necklaces and bracelets to leg warmers and shoelaces.
Shown are participants taking off at the starting line of the Let Your Bow Glow race/walk, dubbed "the moonlight fight against cancer".