October 20th, 2011
Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys has been found guilty of second degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A 12-member Butler County jury concluded their deliberations Thursday morning at approximately 10:20 a.m. when Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson announced the a verdict had been reached inside the Elk County Courthouse.
Smethport scored the only goal in Wednesday afternoon's girls' soccer match at the SMAHS soccer field; however, it was the Lady Dutch who came away with the 1-0 win.
"We lost to them the first time, so getting a little revenge was nice," said SMA coach Dr. Bob Schmidt. "[They were] some pretty well-matched teams and we've continued to improve. We had a lot of good action up front with Aspyn Wolff, Holly Shields, and Caley Keister, and then in the back with Mia Keener and Shannon Bridges, as well as Haley McGowan. It was a good team effort and a nice way to finish the season."
The Ridgway Lady Elkers volleyball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch a 3-0 setback last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Elkers won the first set 25-22. They took the second set 25-18 and won the match by taking the third set 25-23.
â€śI canâ€™t complain about how we played, but we just could not get anything going,â€ť said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt. â€śI know we can play solid when we play. We have to get it together for Districts. I know what they are capable of.
â€śThe game ball went to Kiana Hoohuli tonight, who played well coming off an injury.â€ť
Ridgway cross country hosted Brockway, St. Marys and Kane in action Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
In the varsity girls' race, Adair Gennocro of St. Marys was the top finisher with a time of 19:07. Sloan Foster was third with a time of 22:03. Alexis Hanes had a time of 25:00 and Casey Kline had a mark of 27:29. Rachel Schreiber finished at 29:00, Cassie Wonderling had a time of 30:42 and Ashley Mertz had a time of 34:15.
For Kane, Christine Boyer was the top finisher and fourth in the girls' race with a time of 22:14.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team successfully defended their District 9-AA tennis team championship on Monday by defeating the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 4-1 score in a match played at Memorial Park.
â€śOur girls were ready to play today,â€ť said ECCHS coach Pete Meier. â€śIt was a great season.
â€śThis was the best that Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler have played in four years. They were outstanding. Loreal battled against a tough opponent.
It was a sunny, muddy and extremely windy afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field; however, the conditions were perfect for the Lady Dutch as they picked up their first home victory of the season in a 2-1 contest against the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks.
"Conditions made it an ugly game and Punxsy was scrappy. They moved to the ball well and I think we just had more team speed in the end and that's what allowed us to prevail. We dominated most of the game but the mud was the equalizer in the win," said SMA coach Dr. Bob Schmidt.
The 12-member jury in the Lawrence Earl Donachy homicide trial continued their deliberations for eight hours on Wednesday and reported no verdict as the trial recessed for the day at 5 p.m.
Deliberations will continue Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Elk County Courthouse as President Judge Richard Masson presides over the hearing.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget revision for the Elk County Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program and Narrative.
"This is a follow-up revision from one that we did roughly 60 days ago," said Richard Gavazzi, a housing and program specialist for the county's planning department. "As we're nearing the end of the grant program, budget revisions need to be made to allocate the final program dollars through each specific category."
A 12-member jury did not reach a verdict on Tuesday following nearly 5.5 hours of deliberation in the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Deliberations will continue this morning beginning at 9 a.m., where the jury will decide the fate of Donachy, who is charged with one count each of criminal homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint in the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Elk County officials will soon catch a break in their budget, as commissioners yesterday discussed Act 22, an initiative that went into effect July 1, which provides help with payments of inmate medical health care bills for eligible inmates.