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THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST THE FORMER ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LUTHERAN HOME AT KANE IS HEADED FOR COURT.  DISTRICT JUDGE DAVE ENGMAN BOUND ALL THE CHARGES OVER TO MCKEAN COUNTY COURT AGAINST 38-YEAR OLD JESSICA SMELKO OF SHIPPENVILLE.  SMELKO IS ACCUSED OF STEALING CASH AND USING BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS FOR PERSONAL USE.  NO COURT DATE HAS BEEN SET AS OF NOW.

 

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A BRADFORD WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH STEALING AND USING HER EX-ROOMMATE’S EBT CARD TO PURCHASE GROCERIES.  49-YEAR OLD MERRY REYNOLDS PURCHASED ABOUT 200 DOLLARS WORTH OF GROCIERIES FROM THE BRADFORD WALMART RECENTLY.  SHE ALSO ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED 100 DOLLARS IN CASH FROM ANOTHER WOMAN IN EXCHANGE FOR THOSE GROCERIES.  REYNOLDS IS CHARGED WITH THEFT, ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD AND FRADULENT TRAFFIC IN FOOD ORDERS.

 

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IN NEW YORK STATE TODAY, THE ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A COUNTY WORKER MONDAY.  ERIE COUNTY’S DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DAN FITZGIBBONS CLOCKED INTO WORK ABOUT 6:40 YESTERDAY MORNING.  HIS BODY WAS FOUND JUST OVER 3 HOURS LATER NEAR THE SCOBY HILL DAM IN CATTARAUGUS CREEK.  THE DEATH IS BEING TREATED AS A SUICIDE, BUT OFFICIALS ARE DOING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION.

 

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THE CITY OF ST. MARYS HAS 2 NEW COMMITTEES TO BETTER IMPROVE EFFICIENCY WITHIN CITY GOVERNMENT.  CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED A STANDING COMMITTEE FOR FINANCE AND BUDGET AND ALSO A NEW AD HOC PARKING COMMITTEE TO DEAL WITH ITEMS RELATED TO BOTH.  PARKING HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF MANY DISCUSSIONS WITHIN COUNCIL THE PAST MONTH.  THE PARKING COMMITTEE WILL LOOK TO CREATE A NEW PARKING PLAN FOR THE CITY.  THE FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL LOOK TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON REVENUE AND EXPENSES. 

 

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AN INDIANA COUNTY MAN IS DEAD AFTER A 1-VEHICLE SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT IN ELK COUNTY.  RIDGWAY STATE POLICE TELL US THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT 1:15 ON ROUTE 66 IN HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP WHEN 65-YEAR OLD ROGER GAMBLE OF SHELOCTA LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK AND SLAMMED INTO A TREE.  GAMBLE SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. 

 

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2 ST. MARYS RESIDENTS ARE RECOVERING FROM INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED IN A 2-VEHICLE, SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT.  EMPORIUM STATE POLICE TELL US THIS ONE HAPPENED ABOUT 12:45 ON QUEHANNA HIGHWAY IN GIBSON TOWNSHIP, CAMERON COUNTY WHEN A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 46-YEAR OLD MELISSA LAUGHLIN REAR-ENDED A VEHICLE THAT WAS SLOWING TO TURN DRIVEN BY 18-YEAR OLD LUKE CASKEY OF ST. MARYS.  AFTER THE COLLISION, THE LAUGHLIN VEHICLE OVERTURNED INTO A DITCH.  LAUGHLIN AND A PASSENGER, 50-YEAR OLD KATHERINE RENAUD WERE TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS FOR TREATMENT. 

 

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THE CAUSE OF A MAJOR CLEARFIELD COUNTY FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL TELLS US THE FIRE WAS CALLED IN SATURDAY MORNING JUST BEFORE 10 AT A WEST LONG AVENUE BUILDING IN DUBOIS THAT HOUSESD MIKE’S LOCK AND HARDWARE AND SOME APARTMENT UNITS.  THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN THE BUSINESS, AND QUICKLY SPREAD TO ALL 3 STORIES OF THE STRUCTURE.  WHILE EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE BUILDING, 2 TENNANTS IN AND 3 FIREFIGHTERS WERE TREATED AT PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS FOR MINOR INJURIES.

 

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ST. MARYS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT IN THEIR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING.  COUNCIL IS SET TO AWARD A COUPLE OF BIDS FOR CITY WORK.  THEY’LL ALSO BE LOOKING AT AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY CODE REGARDING PARKING REGULATIONS AS WELL.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THE MEETING, WHICH STARTS AT 7 AT CITY HALL.

 

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WITH THE FORECAST CALLING FOR RAIN TOMORROW, THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO CANCEL THE 2ND ANNUAL LAUREL MEDIA CAR SHOW.  ANYBODY THAT HAS REGISTERED WILL BE REFUNDED THEIR REGISTRATION FEE.  IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CALL OUR BUSINESS OFFICE AT 772-9700.

 

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A BUCKS COUNTY MAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 6 AND A HALF TO 13 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE OVERDOSE DEATH OF A KANE WOMAN IN 2016.  42-YEAR OLD EDWARD VALERI OF BRISTOL WAS SENTENCED BY JUDGE JOHN PAVLOCK YESTERDAY AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO DELIVERING DRUGS THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 43-YEAR OLD SUZIE WITHERELL. WITHERELL DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE IN FEBRUARY OF 2016. 

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THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE SUSPECT THAT TOOK A FOUNDING DOCUMENT FROM THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES IN KERSEY.  RIDGWAY STATE POLICE TELL US THE DOCUMENT WAS SIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS DATING BACK TO 1903 AND WAS TAKEN FROM A WALL SOMETIME BETWEEN MAY 1ST AND YESTERDAY.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE.

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A ST. MARYS WOMAN IS FACING THEFT CHARGES AFTER SHE TOOK SOME PHOTOGRAPHS FROM WALMART.  RIDGWAY STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED YESTERDCAY AFTERNOON SHORTLY AFTER 3 WHEN KATELYN WALTERS ALLEGEDLY TOOK 170 4X6 PHOTOS FROM THE WALMART PHOTO CENTER.  

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AS OF NOON TODAY, THERE ARE STILL ABOUT 150-200 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER AS A RESULT OF TUESDAY’S STORM THAT RIPPED THROUGH THE AREA.  FIRST ENERGY WORKERS ARE WORKING AT THIS HOUR AND HOPE TO HAVE EVERYONE RESTORED BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.   THE 2 HEAVIEST AREAS AFFECTED ARE BENZETTE TOWNSHIP IN ELK COUNTY AND GIBSON TOWNSHIP IN CAMERON COUNTY. 

 

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ANOTHER DRUG BUST IN NEW YORK STATE TODAY.  THIS ONE HAPPENED WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN THE CITY OF OLEAN WHERE THE SOUTHERN TIER REGIONAL DRUG TASK FORCE RAIDED A BUFFALO STREET APARTMENT.  SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE LED OUT IN HANDCUFFS FROM THE RESIDENCE.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN BY POLICE IN THE REPORT.  A FULL NEWS RELEASE IS EXPECTED LATE TODAY OR TOMORROW. 

 

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RIDGWAY STATE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT THAT TOOK SEVERAL ITEMS FROM A JONES TOWNSHIP HOME YESTERDAY.  POLICE SAY THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPENED BETWEEN NOON AND 2 ON BURNING WELL ROAD AT THE RESIDENCE OF KENNETH HOSACK.  THE ITEMS INCLUDE A DRYWALL SANDER AND DRYWALL STILTS AMONG OTHER THINGS.  TOTAL VALUE IS 560 DOLLARS.

 

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ST. MARYS POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO A COUPLE OF INCIDENTS TODAY.  FIRST A HIT AND RUN THAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY AT PENN HIGHLANDS ELK.  POLICE SAY SOMEBODY DAMAGED A BLACK VOLKSWAGON JETTA THAT WAS PARKED THERE.  THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPNED BETWEEN 8AM AND 3PM. 

 

THE SECOND INCIDENT IS A STOLEN BICYCLE ON MAURUS STREET.  THIS INCIDENT DATES BACK TO MAY 6TH WHEN SOMEBODY TOOK THE BIKE FROM THE 300 BLOCK OF THE STREET.  THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPENED BETWEEN NOON AND 4.  THE BIKE IS A 26 INCH, 21 SPEED BMX TRAIL BIKE. 

 

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WORKERS ARE STILL AT IT TODAY TRYING TO RESTORE POWER AND OTHER SERVICES AFTER YESTERDAY’S STORM LEFT MANY WITHOUT YESTERDAY.  POWER IS SLOWLY RETURNING TO ALL AREAS AFFECTED.  THE DAMAGE CLEANUP WILL TAKE A BIT LONGER HOWEVER.  MANY ARE LOOKING AT TREES DOWN IN THEIR YARDS, AND DAMAGE CAUSED FROM THOSE TREES.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE DAMAGE AND HASN’T CLASSIFIED THE STORM AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A VERY BAD THUNDERSTORM AT THIS TIME. 

 

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WHILE MANY WERE AFFECTED BY NO POWER IN ELK COUNTY, THE POLLS WERE OPERATING ON BATTERY BACKUP FOR VOTERS YESTERDAY.  THAT SAID, THE ELK COUNTY VOTER TURNOUT WAS VERY LOW.  AN ESTIMATED 3 THOUSAND VOTED OUT OF 19 THOUSAND REGISTERED VOTERS.  POLLING WORKERS HAD EVERYTHING DONE BY 9:30 AND SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTY OFFICES. 

 

THE RESULTS OF THOSE LOCAL ELECTIONS WERE NOT ALL THAT SURPRISING.  ON A BROADER SCALE, DEMOCRAT SUSAN BOSER WON NOMINATION TO FACE INCUMBENT GLENN THOMPSON IN THE US REPRESENTATIVE 15TH DISTRICT RACE IN THE FALL.  IN THE RACE FOR ONE OF THE US SENATE SEATS IN PENNSYLVANIA, REPUBLICAN LOU BARLETTA APPEARS TO HAVE WON NOMINATION OVER JAMES CHRISTIANA TO FACE INCUMBENT BOB CASEY.  AND FOR GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA, REPUBLICAN SCOTT WAGNER DEFEATED PAUL MANGO AND LAURA ELLSWORTH TO TAKE ON INCUMBENT TOM WOLF. 

 

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A WEEDVILLE MAN IS FACING OVER 30 CHARGES IN RELATION TO SOME STORAGE UNIT BURGLARIES LAST NOVEMBER.  23-YEAR OLD DYLAN CARNAHAN IS CHARGED WITH THE NOVEMBER 4TH BREAK IN AT THE STORAGE UNITS ON SHAWMUT ROAD IN HORTON TOWNSHIP IN WHICH HE ALLEGEDLY TOOK MULTIPLE ITEMS.  HE THEN SOLD SOME OF THOSE ITEMS SHORTLY AFTER THAT.  HE’S DUE IN COURT MAY 23RD FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING. 

 

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A ST. MARYS WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH STALKING AFTER A 4-YEAR PERIOD OF HARASSING 2 PEOPLE.  ST. MARYS POLICE TELL US 54-YEAR OLD AMY HIGGINS ALLEGEDLY STALKED AND HARASSED 2 UN-IDENTIFIED VICTIMS IN THE ST. MARYS, KERSEY AND DUBOIS AREAS.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN BY POLICE.

 

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