October 12th, 2011
RIDGWAY - Two expert witnesses from the Pennsylvania State Police crime labs testified on Wednesday during Lawrence Earl Donachyâ€™s trial being held in the Elk County Courthouse. Donachy, 36, is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician.
Forensic Lab Manager Bruce Tackett of the PSP Crime Lab in Erie, along with Forensic DNA Manager Beth Ann Marne of PSP Crime Lab in Greensburg, were both accepted as expert witnesses as part of the trial.
RIDGWAY - Inside the Elk County Courthouse on day three of the homicide trial of a man accused of the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth, jurors listened to testimony from Pennsylvania State Police scientists and Challingsworth's former boyfriend. Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is charged with one count each of homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at arson and unlawful restraint.
Forget about going green: Elk County is going pink. This Friday will mark the third annual county-wide Pink Day to support breast cancer awareness.
The annual event began in 2008 and has grown each year to involve all of the schools within the county.
"It would be wonderful for the tradition to become community-wide throughout Elk County on one designated day each October," said Roben Daghir, elementary guidance counselor for the Ridgway Area School District. "We tell our younger students that if a plane were flying overhead on Pink Day, there would be a sea of pink over Elk County."
The Ridgway Rotary will be hosting its first annual Quilt Show fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Udarbe Complex along South Street in Ridgway.
The Quilt Show is free and open to the public, and coincides with the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce Flavors of Fall festival. During the festival residents are encouraged to stop in at the Quilt Show, which features over 75 quilts created by residents throughout the county.
DuBOIS - Elk County Catholicâ€™s Abby Meyer and Loreal Housler captured the District 9 tennis doubles championship on Tuesday by defeating their teammates, Laira Reuscher and Maria Gismondi, in the finals. The tournament was played at the DuBois Area High School courts.
Housler and Meyer reached the finals by defeating St. Marys Areaâ€™s Chelsea Agosti and Aubrey Wiesner 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals they beat Brockwayâ€™s Abigail Larson and Cassandra Foradori 6-1, 6-3.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team defeated the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 3-1 score in a match played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-21. The Lady Dutch took the second set 25-17 to even the match at 1-all.
The Lady Crusaders beat St. Marys 25-16 and took the final set 25-10 to win the match 3-1.
â€śI think we were worried about coming out flat after last Thursdayâ€™s win over Bradford,â€ť said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
The St. Marys Area boys and girls cross country squads both picked up wins over Brookville on Tuesday afternoon in a meet at the St. Marys Area High School.
The boys won 18-43 while the girls won 18-45.
In the boys' race, St. Marys Area's Alec Foster finished in first place with a time of 17:57. He was followed across the line by his teammate Dylan Shields in 18:21. Brookville's Shane Hummel was third in 18:34, while St. Marys runners Austin Frey and Nate McFadden were fourth and fifth with times of 19:02 and 19:27, respectively.
The St. Marys Area High School boys soccer squad picked up a 1-0 win over the Kane Wolves on Tuesday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field in a game that was not without some controversy.
KERSEY â€“Â The Elk County Catholic boys soccer team was edged 2-1 by the visiting Punxsutawney Chucks on Tuesday evening in a game played at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township.
"I think it was a great game. I think the fans got exactly what they were looking for. It's nice to see an improvement for our kids. I wish Punxsy luck and we'll build on the game and move forward," said ECC coach Adam Bailey.
On Tuesday afternoon, forensic pathologist Dr. Eric Vey, M.D., of the Erie County Coroner's Office, was at the Elk County Courthouse presenting details on the cause of death of Irene Challingsworth during the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy has been charged with rape, murder and other counts in the death of Challingsworth, which took place on April 6, 1999.
Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and defense attorneys George Daghir and Shawn McMahon accepted Vey as an expert witness in forensic pathology as part of the trial.