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BURGLARY IN FOREST COUNTY

STATE POLICE IN FOREST COUNTY ARE LOOKING INTO THE THEFT OF SOME FIREWORKS TODAY.  THEY TELL US IT HAPPENED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WHEN A WHITE MALE FORCED HIS WAY INTO THE RIZER’S FIREWORKS BUILDING ON ROUTE 66 IN JENKS TOWNSHIP, CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE FACILITY.  THE SUSPECT MADE OFF WITH ABOUT 800 BUCKS WORTH OF FIRECRACKERS DURING THE INCIDENT.  NO WORD ON A DAMAGE ESTIMATE TO THE FACILITY. 



GOV. SHAPIRO PUSHES FOR A RETURN FROM REMOTE WORK

Many PA State employees switched to remote work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and now, as David Payne, some will soon have to come back to the office.

 

 


PATH TO PENNIE AIMS TO HELP UNINSURED PENNSYLVANIANS

The Department of Revenue and Pennsylvania's state-based health insurance exchange "Pennie"are teaming up in an effort to help uninsured tax filers to enroll in a health plan.  Mark Sims reports.

 

 


JAMES CITY MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES

A JAMES CITY MAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO PURCHASE CRACK EARLY MONDAY MORNING.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, 36-YEAR-OLD DANIEL GILLESPIE ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT HE WAS KNOCKING HEAVILY ON THE DOOR OF AN APARTMENT IN KIWANIS COURT, LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY GETTING CRACK FOR HIM.  GILLESPIE HAD A GUN ON HIM AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.  HE WAS TAKEN TO THE MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL.


NO MORE HOME GAMES FOR RIDGWAY BASKETBALL THIS SEASON

AFTER DAMAGE TO THE PLAYING FLOOR AT THE AC NELSON GYMNASIUM AT RIDGWAY AREA HIGH SCHOOL LAST FRIDAY, THE GYM IS NO LONGER FIT TO HOST BASKETBALL GAMES THIS SEASON.  READ MORE IN A STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT HEATHER MCMAHON-VARGAS.

 

"During the late evening of Friday, February 3, 2023, the newly installed rooftop hvac unit above the Ridgway Middle-High School gymnasium failed. This failure caused a substantial flood and significant damage in the gymnasium.  The Ridgway Area School District (RASD) is extremely grateful for the presence and responsiveness of our middle-high custodial team of Brenda Dietrick, Vivian Colson and Destiny Peters.  Their quick action served to mitigate more severe damage. RASD is also extremely grateful to Tom Hibbert, RASD Interim Buildings and Grounds Supervisor and Mark Caruso, RMHS maintenance worker for their quick responses.

"McClure sent a restoration team into the gym on Saturday. After an evaluation of the gym floor conditions this morning, it was determined that the damage to the gym floor made it unsafe for our athletes and visitors to play.  The St. Mary’s Area School District has provided the Elkers with a home court to continue practicing and playing for the remainder of their basketball schedules and to prepare for playoffs.  Coach Schreiber and Coach Herzing have been incredibly flexible, cooperative, and patient with these unfortunate circumstances and we appreciate their support.  Shawn Hofmann, RASD Athletic Director is working diligently to reschedule and notify players and opponents of the changes in venue.  In addition, RASD would also like to thank the Elker Boys’ Basketball Boosters for their assistance on Friday night.

"Representatives from McClure provided phone support on Friday evening during the emergency.  McClure site superintendent reported to the middle-high school on Saturday morning and worked directly with Tom Hibbert to assess and mediate the situation.  McClure sent a restoration team into the gym on Saturday.  Today, RASD Administration met with McClure representatives to review the causation of the failure.  McClure has developed a response plan to remedy the failure and replace all damaged property that resulted. 

"The District apologizes to our varsity basketball teams, jh basketball teams, jh volleyball teams, coaches and parents for these unfortunate circumstances and the inconvenience that this has caused.  We appreciate everyone’s continued support of our student athletes as they make a temporary home court at SMASD.  A revised schedule will be released through the RASD Athletic Director for this week, as soon as it is finalized. Further questions, comments or concerns should be directed to the RASD superintendent at mcmahonheather@rasd.us."

 


RIDGWAY MAN REJECTS PLEA DEAL

A RIDGWAY MAN IS HEADED FOR TRIAL ON CHARGES HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A MINOR.  25-YEAR-OLD DADE BULLERS REJECTED A PLEA DEAL MONDAY IN ELK COUNTY COURT.  HE’S ACCUSED OF EXCHANGING INAPPROPRIATE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK MESSENGER WITH A 15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE MINOR BACK IN 2020.  IN ALL, HE’S CHARGED WITH 54 COUNTS IN THE CASE.  A TRIAL DATE WILL BE SET IN THE COMING WEEKS.


GAS PRICES DROP A PENNY THIS WEEK

GAS PRICES ARE A PENNY LOWER THIS WEEK IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  TRIPLE A REPORTS A 3.85 PRICE ON AVERAGE.  THE LOWEST IN OUR REGION COMES IN RIDGWAY, WHERE, AS OF MONDAY, IT’S 3.49 A GALLON AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. 


CAR WASH DAMAGED IN BROCKWAY

A WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN IS CHARGED WITH DAMAGING A CAR WASH IN BROCKWAY.  POLICE SAY 36-YEAR-OLD BRAD YASEK, OF ELLSWORTH, TRIED TO REMOVE MONEY FROM SOME BILL MACHINES AT THE MR. QUICK CAR WASH WITH SEVERAL TOOLS.  IN ALL, HE CAUSED ABOUT 46 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.  HE’S DUE IN COURT MARCH 28TH


WORKER SHORTAGE SUBJECT OF HARRISBURG HEARING

A shortage of qualified workers in Pennsylvania was the focus of a recent hearing by the House Republican Policy Committee. Mark Sims reports.

 

 

 


JOHNSONBURG WOMAN FACING DRUG CHARGES

A JOHNSONBURG WOMAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.  STATE POLICE SAY 33-YEAR-OLD ABIGAIL PFINGSTLER WAS STOPPED ON WILCOX ROAD IN RIDGWAY TOWNSHIP AND POLICE FOUND SOME MARIJUANA INSIDE THE VEHICLE. 


WARREN COUNTY MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

A WARREN COUNTY MAN IS RECEIVING CARE FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST THURSDAY IN ELDRED TOWNSHIP, WARREN COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY 53-YEAR-OLD JERRY JOHNSON, OF GRAND VALLEY, HAD A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND LOST CONTROL OF HIS ATV ON CHURCH HILL ROAD, CAUSING IT TO STRIKE A DITCH AND OVERTURN.  JOHNSON WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE, CAUSING SEVERE INJURY.  HE WAS FLOWN TO UPMC HAMOT FOR TREATMENT. 


PENNIE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS

Officials have tallied the numbers from the recently completed open enrollment period for health insurance coverage through Pennsylvania's state-based exchange known as "Pennie."  Mark Sims reports.

 

 


LOCAL DOMINO'S PIZZA FRANCHISE SUED BY FEDS

A federal equal opportunity agency has accused a local Domino’s Pizza franchise of illegally allowing race-based harassment against employees.

Read the story HERE from the Bradford Era.



UPDATE ON EARLY TUESDAY ACCIDENT IN KEATING TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY

MORE DETAILS ARE KNOWN TODAY ABOUT THE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT THAT SERIOUSLY HURT A KANE WOMAN.  POLICE SAY IT WAS SHORTLY BEFORE 12:30 WHEN 19-YEAR-OLD ANGEL WILLIAMS WAS TRAVELING TOO FAST AND WENT OUT OF CONTROL, STRIKING A UTILITY POLE AND A TREE ALONG ROUTE 6, EAST OF IRONS HOLLOW, IN KEATING TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY.  WILLIAMS WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE.  SHE WAS TAKEN TO BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT. 


3 ELK COUNTY RESIDENTS CITED OVER MCKEAN COUNTY SCUFFLE

3 ELK COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE FACING HARASSMENT CHARGES AFTER A SCUFFLE LAST FRIDAY EVENING.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AT A HOME ON ROUTE 6 IN HAMLIN TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY. 18-YEAR-OLD BEAU AZZATO, OF RIDGWAY, 18-YEAR-OLD LAYTON RYAN AND 41-YEAR-OLD JASON RYAN, BOTH OF KERSEY, WERE ALL CITED IN THE INCIDENT, WHICH WAS OVER SOME TEXT MESSAGES THAT WERE SENT. 




MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL INMATE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF A CORRECTIONS OFFICER

A MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL INMATE IS NOW FACING NEW ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STRUCK A CORRECTIONS OFFICER.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY MORNING WHEN 29-YEAR-OLD JONATHAN KRAMER, OF BRADFORD, ASSAULTED THE OFFICER FROM BEHIND.  KRAMER WAS SUBDUED WITH THE HELP OF OTHER OFFICERS.  HE IS DUE IN COURT NEXT WEEK ON THE NEW CHARGES.


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