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FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.  SHAWN MCMAHON IS CELEBRATING A BIG VICTORY IN THE RACE FOR THE 59TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT RACE TODAY.  MCMAHON WON BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN NOMINATIONS IN ELK AND CAMERON COUNTIES, DEFEATING BRAD KRAUS BY A NEAR 2-1 MARGIN. 

 

FOR ELK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, THERE WILL BE SOME NEW NAMES ON THE BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.  REPUBLICAN’S JOE DAGHIR AND FRITZ LECKER WERE THE TOP 2 VOTE GETTERS, WHICH MEANS CURRENT COMMISSIONER JAN KEMMER WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER.  ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE, INCUMBENT MATT QUESENBERRY GARNERED THE MOST VOTES, FOLLOWED BY RAY KRISE, WHO WILL JOIN QUESENBERRY ON THE BALLOT THIS FALL. 

 

IN THE RACE FOR MCKEAN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, INCUMBENT STEPHANIE VETTENBERG-SHAFFER HAD A BIG NIGHT AS SHE DEFEATED CHALLENGER PHIL CLABAUGH BY ABOUT 600 VOTES. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A TUESDAY ST. MARYS FIRE CONTINUES TODAY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL TELLS US THE CALL CAME IN AROUND 11 YESTERDAY MORNING ON BRAUN ROAD AT A HOME OWNED BY KENNETH AND JANET WOLFE.  THE BUILDING SUSTAINED ABOUT 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE.  NOBODY WAS HURT IN THE INCIDENT.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE ISN’T KNOWN AS OF NOW.

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A BROOKVILLE MAN IS DEAD AS THE RESULT OF A 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN CLARION COUNTY.  STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ABOUT 3:35 ON ROUTE 66, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH TYLERSBURG ROAD, IN FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP WHEN A TRUCK DRIVEN BY 22-YEAR OLD JORDAN SLEPPY OF TYLERSBURG STRUCK A MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY 35-YEAR OLD JOHN ROSS OF BROOKVILLE.  THE ACCIDENT CAUSED FATAL INJURIES TO ROSS, WHO WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  SLEPPY WAS NOT HURT. 

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EVERYONE IS OK AFTER A PLANE MISHAP SATURDAY AT THE BRADFORD REGIONAL AIRPORT.  OFFICIALS SAY IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 10 WHEN A SMALL BOEING AIRCRAFT HAD IT’S TIRES LOCK UP WHEN IT WAS LANDING, CAUSING THE PLANE TO FLIP OVER.  THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE AIDED QUICKLY, AND HAD NO INJURIES.  THE AIRCRAFT WAS TOWED TO THE HANGER WHERE THE FAA WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INVESTIGAITON. 

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A LOCAL PRIEST IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR.  MSGR. CHARLES KAZA, THE PASTOR AT ST. TOBIAS PARISH IN BROCKWAY AND PRESIDENT OF THE DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD, WAS REMOVED FROM ACTIVE DUTY BY THE DIOCESE OF ERIE.  THE ALLEGATIONS IN QUESTION DATE BACK TO WHEN HE SERVED IN ERIE IN THE 1980S.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN REGARDING THE CASE. 

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A ST. MARYS WOMAN IS FACING RETAIL THEFT CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY TAKING OVER 400 DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE OVER A 2-WEEK PERIOD.  POLICE SAY 32-YEAR OLD CHASTITY NICKLAS TOOK THE ITEMS BETWEEN MAY 1ST AND 13TH FROM THE FOX TOWNSHIP WALMART. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A CASE OF ARSON IN JEFFERSON COUNTY CONTINUES TODAY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL REPORTS THE INCIDENT HAPPENING MONDAY AFTERNOON, JUST BEFORE 3:00 AT A HOME ON ROUTE 322 IN WINSLOW TOWNSHIP JEFFERSON COUNTY.  30-YEAR OLD SAMUEL JERRELL OF SYKESVILLE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH INTENTIONALLY SETTING THE FIRE IN THE BASEMENT USING GASOLINE AND OTHER BURNABLE MATERIALS.  TOTAL DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 220 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.

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STATE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING WOMAN.  POLICE SAY 62-YEAR OLD MAXINE HARRIS WAS LAST SEEN ON MAY 1ST WHEN SHE WAS LEAVING THE JUST FOR JESUS HOME ON ROUTE 28 IN SNYDER TOWNSHIP.  SHE HASN’T BEEN HEARD FROM SINCE.  POLICE SAY SHE MAY HAVE BEEN HEADED FOR PITTSBURGH.  HARRIS IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE FEMALE, ABOUT 4 FEET 11 INCHES TALL, 130 POUNDS AND HAS BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES. 

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A BRADFORD WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES TODAY STEMMING FROM A POLICE CHASE EARLIER THIS WEEK.  POLICE REPORT THE INCIDENT HAPPENING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WHEN 29-YEAR OLD TEAGAN GROVE LED POLICE ON A CHASE IN THE CITY, EVENTUALLY BEING STOPPED ON OWENS WAY.  GROVE’S PASSENGER, JESSICK WEIKEL, WAS WANTED BY POLICE.  SHE WAS CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AT THE TIME OF HER ARREST.  GROVE IS CHARGED WITH AIDING A WANTED FUGITIVE. 

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TUNE IN SUNDAY TO THE AWARD-WINNING TALK OF THE TOWN WITH DENNY HEINDL.  IT’S A VERY SPECIAL EDITION THAT BEGINS AT 11AM AND WILL FEATURE INTERVIEWS WITH VARIOUS CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR ELK COUNTY COMMISSIONER.  IT’LL ALSO FEATURE THE 2 CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT JUDGE OF ELK AND CAMERON COUNTIES.  AGAIN, NOTE THE START TIME OF 11:00 SUNDAY MORNING. 

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AN APALACHIN, NEW YORK MAN IS DEAD AS THE RESULT OF A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MCKEAN COUNTY YESTERDAY MORNING.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 8:20 ON BURNING WELL ROAD IN SERGEANT TOWNSHIP WHEN 60-YEAR OLD JOHN MORGAN TRIED TO CROSS A NARROW BRIDGE WITH HIS PICKUP TRUCK AND IT OVERTURNED INTO A STREAM. MORGAN SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. 

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TWO BRADFORD RESIDENTS ARE FACING CHARGES AFTER USING FAKE MONEY AT 3 CITY BUSINESSES.  POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED APRIL 16TH WHEN 20-YEAR OLD JAMES COBB AND 19-YEAR OLD TRINITY POLAND USED FAKE 20 DOLLAR BILLS AT THE COUNTRY FAIR, DOLLAR GENERAL AND FAMILY DOLLAR STORES.  POLICE SAY THE 2 BOUGHT THE FAKE MONEY ONLINE.  COBB IS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSING MARIJUANA WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED. 

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A PUNXSUTAWNEY MAN IS BEHIND BARS, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHERE HE WANTED TO BE WHEN HE SET HIS CAR ON FIRE.  ACCORDING TO STATE POLICE, 21-YEAR OLD JOSHUA BLYSTONE SET FIRE TO HIS CAR MONDAY NIGHT ABOUT 8:10 BECAUSE, ACCORDING TO HIS OWN WORDS, HE WAS TIRED OF BEING HOMELESS AND WANTED TO BE PLACED IN JAIL. 

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IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, NEW YORK, A JAMESTOWN MAN IS FACING STALKING AND HARASSMENT CHARGES AFTER HE SENT A 70-YEAR OLD WOMAN REPEADED MESSAGES AND PHONED HER OVER 30 TIMES RECENTLY.  THE CITY POLICE TOLD 26-YEAR OLD TYLER PELLERINO TO STOP.  HE DIDN’T.  HE WAS ARRESTED. 

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SEVERAL ST. MARYS RESIDENTS ARE FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING A BUST LAST WEEK.  POLICE EXECUTED THE SEARCH WARRANT AT 317 WALNUT STREET LAST WEDNESDAY SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND FOUND HEROIN AND RELATED PARAPHERNALIA.  AS A RESULT OF THE SEARCH, TRAVIS CAUVEL, SAMANTHA STAHR AND PAIGE FRIEDL WERE ALL ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DIFFERENT COUNTS. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A TUESDAY TRESPASSING INCIDENT IN FOX TOWNSHIP, ELK COUNTY CONTINUES TODAY.  STATE POLICE TELL US SOMEBODY ENTERED THE RESIDENCE OF A KERSEY WOMAN ON MAIN STREET AND APPARENTLY RELIEVED THEMSELVES ON THE VICTIM’S BED.  THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPENED BETWEEN 7AM AND 3:45 PM. 

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UPKEEP OF THE RIDGWAY AMBULANCE CORPORATION’S OFF-ROAD ATV UNIT WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONE THANKS TO A GRANT FROM THE ELK COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.  MEMBERS OF THE AMBULANCE CREW RECENTLY RECEIVED A 4 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE ROSE E. HEINDL FAMILY.  ROSE’S HUSBAND DENNY MADE THE PRESENTATION TO THE ORGANIZATION LAST WEEK. 

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POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE STANDOFF IN BROOKVILLE THAT ENDED YESTERDAY MORNING.  49-YEAR OLD JOHN KUNSELMAN HELD POLICE AT BAY FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY MORNING, CLAIMING HE WAS GOING TO HARM HIMSELF, THEN WAS GOING TO HARM ANY POLICE OFFICERS THAT WERE COMING TO THE SCENE.  KUNSELMAN WAS FINALLY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ABOUT 7:30.  HE’S BEHIND BARS IN THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

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THE ST. MARYS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS WARNING RESIDENTS ABOUT A LOCAL SCAM THAT IS HAPPENING.  POLICE RECENTLY RECEIVED A CALL FROM A LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING THAT THEY WERE CONTACTED VIA TEXT MESSAGE BY SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE A LOCAL CHURCH LEADER.  THE SUSPECT WAS REQUESTING THE PURCHASE OF EBAY GIFT CARDS AND TRIED TO GET THE RESIDENT TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION TOWARD THE PURCHASE.  POLICE REMIND YOU THAT LOCAL CHURCHES WILL NEVER ASK FOR DONATIONS IN THAT MANNER.   

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A CLARION COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL TODAY, CHARGED WITH SELLING METHAMPHETMAINE TO AN UNDERCOVER INFORMANT.  POLICE SAY THE CONTROLLED BUY WENT DOWN BACK ON MARCH 19TH WHEN THE CLARION COUNTY NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM MADE THE BUY WITH 24-YEAR OLD JEFFREY ALAN DOLBY, OF FRANKLIN, IN THE WALMART PARKING LOT IN CLARION.  DOLBY IS EXPECTED IN COURT AT THE END OF THE MONTH. 

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