September 29th, 2014
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.
Clifford R. Snyder, 78, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born March 11, 1936 in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Caroline Schatz Snyder.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1954. He was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, DePratorâ€™s Beverage, Oak Manor, and the Dickinson Center.
On Sept. 30, 1961 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Catherine A. Simchick, who survives.
Edwin J. Heiberger, 76, of 128 Melody Rd., St. Marys, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 24, 1937, a son of the late Bernard Heiberger and Vera Heliker Heiberger Vollmer.
On June 7, 1958 in the St. Mary's Church, he married Bona Djorevich Heiberger, who survives.
Albert S. "Abie" Iorfida, 85, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 320 Depot St., St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born April 12, 1929, a son of the late Joseph and Gladys Quatroche Iorfida.
On Oct. 1, 1949, he married Kathryn Shadd Iorfida, who preceded him in death April 9, 1987.
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.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team used a strong first half of play on their way to a 7-0 victory over the Smethport Lady Hubbers Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field on Pink Day.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader soccer team notched another big win on Saturday afternoon, this time defeating the Punxsutawney Chucks 2-1 in a match played at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch soccer team improved their record to 4-6 on the season as they defeated the Smethport Hubbers by a 6-0 score Saturday morning at the SMAHS soccer field on Pink Day.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders defeated the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks 2-0 in a match played Saturday morning at Benzinger Park.
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.