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A RIDGWAY BOROUGH WOMAN IS DEAD AS THE RESULT OF A HOUSE FIRE ON GROVE AVENUE MONDAY NIGHT.  ACCORDING TO ELK COUNTY CORONER MICHELLE MUCCIO, 59-YEAR OLD MICHELLE COUNSELLER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  MUCCIO SAYS THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS DUE TO SMOKE INHALATION.  FIRE AND EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO THE FIRE SHORTLY BEFORE 8:00.  NO OTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. 

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VOTING CONTINUES IN THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON.  THE 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION, IN PERSON VOTING, CONTINUES TILL POLLS CLOSE TONIGHT AT 8:00.  THE BIGGEST RACES IN THE AREA INVOLVE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR BOTH THE STATE SENATE, 25TH DISTRICT AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 75TH DISTRICT.  FROM ALL REPORTS, ALL IN PERSON VOTING IS GOING SMOOTHLY. 

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THE PASTOR OF ST. TOBIAS PARISH IN BROCKWAY IS BACK TO ACTIVE MINISTRY TODAY.  YESTERDAY, ERIE BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO REINSTATED MSGR. CHARLES KAZA AFTER A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE CASE.  KAZA WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN MAY OF 2019.  PERSICO SAID THAT THE ALLEGATION, SPECIFICALLY THE IDENTITY OF THE PERPETRATOR, COULD NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY SUBSTANTIATED. 

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3 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ARE A PART OF THE 612 ALLEGED NEW CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES IN THE COMMONWEALTH AT 72 THOUSAND, 9 HUNDRED.  THERE ARE ALSO ANOTHER 100 DEATHS ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY THE VIRUS TODAY AS WELL, BRINGING THAT TOTAL TO OVER 56 HUNDRED. 

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Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Johnsonburg Fire Department investigated a structure fire at a home on Harrison Avenue in Johnsonburg. Upon completion of the investigation it was determined the fire incendiary in nature. As a result, Benjamin Johnson, 25, of Johnsonburg, was charged and arraigned with intentionally setting his residence eon fire. Estimate damage is $50,000.

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A DUBOIS MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SATURDAY EVENING.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 7:30 ON KRINER ROAD WHEN 32-YEAR OLD THEODORE WELLS LOST CONTROL OF HIS MOTORCYCLE AND STRUCK A CULVERT.  THE IMPACT CAUSED THE BIKE TO BE AIRBORNE, EJECTING WELLS FROM HIS SEAT.  WELLS SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. 

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A SMETHPORT MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER HE WAS HURT IN AN ELK COUNTY ACCIDENT SUNDAY AFTERNON ON GLEN HAZEL ROAD IN JONES TOWNSHIP, ELK COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, 55-YEAR OLD MARSHALL SHUNK STRUCK A DEER WITH HIS MOTORCYCLE THAT ENTERED THE ROADWAY.  THE IMPACT CAUSED SERIOUS INJURIES AND SHUNK WAS FLOWN TO UPMC HAMOT IN ERIE FOR TREATMENT. 

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A MOUNT JEWETT MAN IS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY TODAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING ANOTHER MAN’S DOG AT CLOSE RANGE.  POLICE SAY 46-YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER JULIAN SHOT THE PET ON ANDERSON STREET WITH A HANDGUN, CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES TO THE DOG.  THE PET BELONGS TO 52-YEAR OLD THOMAS HABERBERGER, ALSO OF MOUNT JEWETT.  JULIAN WAS REMANDED TO THE MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL AFTER ARRAIGNMENT.

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CANDIDATES ARE MAKING THEIR FINAL PUSHES TODAY AS VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA HEAD TO THE POLLS FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION TOMORROW.  LOCALLY, THE BIGGEST RACES ARE FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR THE STATE SENATE SEAT IN THE 25TH DISTRICT AND ALSO THE GOP NOD FOR 75TH DISTRICT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.  MANY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF MAIL-IN VOTING ALREADY. 

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THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE COMMONWEALTH ARE UNDER 400.  356 TO BE EXACT, PUSHING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ALLEGED CASES IN THE STATE TO OVER 72 THOUSAND.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS REPORTING A TOTAL OF 55 HUNDRED AND 67 DEATHS ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY THE VIRUS AS WELL. 

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BE SURE TO TUNE IN FOR A SPECIAL EDITION OF TALK OF THE TOWN WITH DENNY HEINDL ON SUNDAY, MAY 31ST.  DENNY WILL VISIT WITH THE CANDIDATES FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATE, 25TH DISTRICT AND PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 75TH DISTRICT.  AIRTIME IS NOON ON 97.5 THE HOUND AND B94, WKBI.  

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GREEN IS THE WORD OF THE DAY IN THE REGION.  TODAY MARKS THE MOVEMENT OF MOST OF THE COUNTIES IN OUR AREA FROM YELLOW TO GREEN, WHICH LIFTS SEVERAL MORE OF THE RESTRICTIONS THAT WERE IN PLACE TO COMBAT COVID-19.  WHILE IT IS A MOVE FORWARD, FOLKS ARE REMINDED THAT THERE ARE MANY RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE THAT NEED TO BE FOLLOWED.

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NEWS IS OUT TODAY THAT US SENATOR BOB CASEY, OF PENNSYLVANIA, HAD COVID-19.  IN A STATEMENT, CASEY SAYS THAT HE EXPERIENCED MILD FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS BACK IN EARLY APRIL, BUT THEY SUBSIDED AFTER A FEW DAYS.  HE WAS RECENTLY TESTED FOR ANTIBODIES, AND TESTED POSITIVE.  CASEY PLANS TO DONATE HIS PLASMA AND ENCOURAGES ANYBODY WHO HAS HAD THE VIRUS TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING THE SAME. 

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THE CASE INVOLVING 2 JEFFERSON COUNTY TEENS ABUSING A DEER LAST NOVEMBER IS NOW COMPLETED.  NEWS IS OUT TODAY THAT THERE HAS BEEN A RESOLUTION IN THE JUVENILE CASE AGAINST THE 17-YEAR OLD MALE INVOLVED IN THE VIDEOTAPE.  HIS RECORDS ARE SEALED DUE TO HIM BEING A JUVENILE.  THE OTHER PERSON INVOLVED, 18-YEAR OLD ALEXANDER SMITH, PLEADED GUILTY TO HIS PART IN THE INCIDENT BACK ON MAY 6TH

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IT’S GRADUATION DAY FOR SOME AREA SENIORS.  SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL BE HOLDING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES TODAY.  LAUREL MEDIA HAS BEEN ASKED TO CARRY THE EXERCISES AT JOHNSONBURG HIGH SCHOOL THIS EVENING.  WE’LL HAVE COVERAGE STARTING AT 6:00. 

 

MEANWHILE, ST. MARYS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS POST-PONED IT’S CEREMONY A DAY DUE TO THE THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER TONIGHT.  THE GRADUATION WILL NOW HAPPEN TOMORROW EVENING AT 7 AT DUTCH COUNTRY STADIUM.    

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ANOTHER DAY WITH NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN OUR AREA.  STATE-WIDE, HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS REPORTING ANOTHER 625 ALLEGED NEW CASES OF THE VIRUS, PUSHING THE COMMONWEALTH’S TOTAL OVER 70 THOUSAND.  THERE ARE ALSO 108 DEATHS REPORTED TODAY ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY THE VIRUS, PUSHING THE FATALITY TOTAL OVER 53 HUNDRED. 

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NEWS IS OUT THIS AFTERNOON THAT SEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED THE BODY OF A MISSING CLEARFIELD COUNTY MAN.  THE BODY OF 42-YEAR OLD KENNETH MCFARLAND WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA JUST EAST OF BROWN HOLLOW ROAD IN GOSHEN TOWNSHIP YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  MCFARLAND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE MAY 17TH, WHEN HE WAS LAST SEEN NEAR LICK RUN ROAD.  THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS ONGOING. 

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A JEFFERSON COUNTY COUPLE IS FACING CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES AFTER FAILURE TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THEIR 4 CHILDREN.  ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, 28-YEAR OLD SHELISHA STEWART AND 28-YEAR OLD JOHN BOWLEY, BOTH OF REYNOLDSVILLE, FAILED TO GIVE PROPER NUTRITION TO THEIR CHILDREN, FAILING TO GIVE PROPER DENTAL CARE, WHICH REQUIRED SURGERY IN AT LEAST ONE OF THE CHILDREN, AND FAILURE TO KEEP DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS.  THE COUPLE WILL BE IN COURT IN JULY. 

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A RIDGWAY WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH TAKING SEVERAL ITEMS FROM THE FOX TOWNSHIP WALMART YESTERDAY MORNING.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 11:45 WHEN 24-YEAR OLD VIRGINIA WEAVER TRIED TO SMUGGLE THE 9 ITEMS OUT OF THE STORE IN A BAG.  SHE WAS CHARGED WITH RETAIL THEFT. 

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State Police investigated an accident on Twin Lakes Road In Jones Township. According to police, Zachary Ginther, 19, of Kersey, was traveling west when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck an embankment.

 

State Police determined that Ginther was in possession of a junior driver's licnese and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Also, a passenger, also with a junior driver's license was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

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