Ridgway man sentenced to state prison for marijuana grow

RIDGWAY – A jury of 12 Elk County residents, ready to hear the case of a Ridgway man charged with growing marijuana at his home, were sent home after an 11th hour plea bargain and sentence were entered behind closed doors in Elk County Court Tuesday. The jury trial of Scott M. Lovell, 44, of Ridgway, was set to begin Tuesday but the defendant opted to accept a last minute plea bargain in which he pled guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to manufacture marijuana and was sentenced to serve 18 months to five years in a state prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.