April 20th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ From the moment a crime is committed through any court proceedings with possible jail time associated with the crime, numerous individuals within Elk County are tasked with respecting and defending victims' rights.
As Sunday marked the beginning of National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, some of the men and women responsible for protecting victims' rights in Elk County discussed their roles in the issue and the challenges they face in fulfilling that role.
A St. Marys woman is facing multiple charges after a March 30 hit-and-run incident that occurred at 136 Parade St.
Kelly Jo Marie Friedl, 29, is charged with four counts of DUI and a summary offense of accidental damage to unattended vehicles or property.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, St. Marys City Police were dispatched to the Parade Street location where severe front end damage occurred to a 2004 Ford Ranger that was parked facing westbound with the right side against traffic.
A Virginia Road home in St. Marys was fully engulfed in flames early Sunday afternoon as area crews battled the blaze.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 1:41 p.m. to 613 Virginia Rd. in St. Marys along with the St. Marys Ambulance and city police officers.
"141 reported smoke showing on arrival," said Crystal Fire Department spokesman Tom Bauer. "The fire had just burned through the roof at that time. We established a water supply and got the fire outâ€¦ it pretty much burned the whole roof off with water and smoke damage inside."
RIDGWAY â€“ Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora, seeking one of three available seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, recently made a campaign stop in Ridgway and spoke with local philanthropist Denny Heindl on "Talk of the Town," broadcasted on WDDH-FM The Hound.
RIDGWAY â€“ The future of Deckerâ€™s Chapel was the main issue addressed at Saturdayâ€™s 51st annual dinner for the Elk County Historical Society, which was held at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
Elk County Historical Society Executive Director Mary Kalinowski spoke briefly about the status of the Deckerâ€™s Chapel during the dinner.
According to Kalinowski, drainage issues at the chapel have caused the foundation to start to crumble, which has caused the historical society to close the chapel to make sure that no one goes inside to make the foundation any worse or to get hurt.
Photo by Becky Polaski
Area fire crews were called out to a structure fire on Virginia Road early Sunday afternoon.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader tennis team saw their record slip to 5-2 on the season as they lost to the undefeated Warren Dragons 7-2 Friday afternoon in a match played at Benzinger and Memorial Parks. Both of Elk's losses have been to Warren.
Fifteen-year-old Justin Johnson is paying it forward by helping children through a traumatic experience via a friendly frog-shaped pillow.
The Elk County Catholic High School sophomore recently donated four frog pillows to Penn Highlands Elk's emergency department for staff to distribute them to children who are airlifted from the hospital.
For many, mention of a school library conjures up memories of a quiet space with people occasionally talking in hushed voices as they read books or browse through material while working on a research project. However, the days of a libraries being quiet spaces devoted entirely to books are long gone.
Instead, the space has evolved and taken on a variety of other uses, as evidenced by the libraries at both St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School. At both schools, technology has played a major role in how the libraries have evolved and are utilized today.
Ivan's Men's Wear and Women's Apparel will be closing their doors today at 5 p.m. after 60 years of service to the community. The store is located on the diamond in downtown St. Marys where it has been a well-known establishment and has remained one of the only independently owned men's and ladies department store in Elk County. Owner Mike Faulk, who has run the store for the past 44 years, is shown waiting on customers Friday afternoon.