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MISTRIAL DECLARED IN CASE AGAINST DUBOIS MAN

CLEARFIELD COUNTY DA, RYAN SAYERS, SAYS HE IS CERTAIN THAT HE WILL RE-TRY THE CASE AGAINST 39-YEAR-OLD SEAN LECHIARA FOLLOWING A MISTRIAL EARLIER THIS WEEK.  LECHIARA IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A FEMALE VICTIM DATING BACK A FEW YEARS TO WHEN SHE WAS 11.  AT THE TIME, HE WAS DATING THE ALLEGED VICTIM’S MOTHER.  THE JURY WAS DEADLOCKED ON ALL CHARGES IN THE CASE.  LECHIARA REMAINS BEHIND BARS IN THE CLEARFIELD COUNTY JAIL.


RASD HEARS TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

DISTANCES BETWEEN BUS STOPS AND DISTRICT COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS.  THOSE ARE THE TWO MAJOR ISSUES DISCUSSED AS ITEMS THAT COULD BE IMPROVED IN THE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM FOR THE RIDGWAY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT.  AT TUESDAY’S BOARD MEETING, GREGORY COY, A COORDINATOR FROM OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT, DISCUSSED THOSE ITEMS AND GAVE SOME PRAISE TO POLICIES THAT ARE IN PLACE.  COY ALSO PRAISED MUCCIO TRANSPORTATION AND THE IU9 FOR EARLY INTERVENTION STUDENTS FOR THEIR WORK.  MORE CAN BE FOUND IN THURSDAY’S EDITION OF THE RIDGWAY RECORD. 


FORMER WARREN COUNTY TREASURER WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING

FORMER WARREN COUNTY TREASURER DENNIS MUNKSGARD HAS WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING ON CHARGES THAT INCLUDE INDECENT ASSAULT. HE WAS CHARGED IN FEBRUARY BY WARREN POLICE FOR ALLEGEDLY HARRASSING A COUNTY EMPLOYEE. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED ON DECEMBER 13TH WHEN THE ALLEGED VICTIM CLAIMED MUNKSGARD WALKED BEHIND HER AND SAID HE LIKED THE VIEW WHEN SHE BENT OVER. SHE ALSO STATED THAT HE ALSO ASKED HER IF THEY COULD HAVE SEX IN THE ELEVATOR. MUNKSGARD
CLAIMS THAT THE VICTIM MADE A SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE COMMENT BEFORE ENTERING THE ELEVATOR. THE CASE IS BEING PROSECUTED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE.


ATV ACCIDENT SERIOUSLY INJURES WARREN COUNTY MAN

STATE POLICE SAY THAT A 27-YEAR-OLD MAN SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER AN ATV ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY IN WARREN COUNTY. THE ATV OVERTURNED ON THE ROADWAY ON ABRAHAM HOLLOW ROAD, SOUTH OF SMITH HILL IN PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP AT AROUND 6:30PM. THE MAN WAS FLOWN TO UMPC HAMOT FOR TREATMENT.


PORT ALLEGANY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP

A PORT ALLEGANY WOMAN HAS PLEAD GUILTY TO HAVING AN INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A MINOR.  ACCORDING TO MCKEAN COUNTY DA, STEPHANIE VETTENBERG-SHAFFER, WHILE VOLUNTEERING AT PORT ALLEGANY HIGH SCHOOL, DENISE EVENS ENGAGED IN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH A MALE STUDENT IN 2022.  SHE MUST NOW UNDERGO A SEX OFFENDER ASSESSMENT AS PART OF THE SENTENCING PROCESS. 


DUBOIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ADMITS TO STEALING MONEY

A DUBOIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IS FACING CHARGES THAT HE TOOK OVER 2 GRAND FROM 2 CLUBS WITHIN THE SCHOOL.  18-YEAR-OLD COLTON BARNETT ADMITTED TO POLICE AND ADMINISTRATION THAT HE TOOK THE MONEY FROM THE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND ART CLUB FUNDS TO “SEE WHAT I CAN GET AWAY WITH.”  THE ALLEGED CRIME HAPPENED BACK ON MARCH 28TH


GEORGIA WOMAN JAILED IN ELK COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

41-YEAR-OLD SKYE KEYES OF GEORGIA IS BEHIND BARS AT THE ELK COUNTY PRISON AFTER POLICE SAY THEY FOUND DRUGS IN HER RENTED VEHICLE ON APRIL 6TH . OFFICERS NOTICED TWO PEOPLE SLEEPING IN A GRAY CADILLAC SEDAN AT AROUND 7AM AND SAW A TORCH BETWEEN THE MALE PASSENGERS LEGS THAT THEY BELIEVED WAS BEING USED FOR DRUGS. THEY ALSO NOTICED THE SMELL OF MARIJUANA. AFTER RECEIVING A SEARCH WARRANT, OFFICERS AND K-9 NANDO SEARCHED THE VEHICLE AND FOUND FENTANYL, METHAMPHETAMINE, MARIJUANA AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. KEYS REMAINS IN JAIL AFTER BAIL WAS
DENIED.


MAN WANTED BY BRADFORD POLICE

THE CITY OF BRADFORD POLICE HAVE ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR 48-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER SALONIS. HE IS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT A GAS STATION IN CARROLTON, NEW YORK ON APRIL 2ND . ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON SALONIS’ WHEREABOUTS ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE CITY BRADFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT OR THE CATTARAUGUS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.


SHEFFIELD/WARREN GIRLS' BASKETBALL CO-OP TO REMAIN IN PLACE

A CO-OP AGREEMENT BETWEEN WARREN AND SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOLS FOR GIRLS’ BASKETBALL WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AFTER A VOTE AT MONDAY’S WARREN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.  THE 5-4 DECISION CAME AFTER EMOTIONAL DISCUSSION AT LAST MONTH’S MEETING.  THE TWO SCHOOLS HAVE HAD THE CO-OP IN PLACE FOR THE PAST 3 SEASONS AFTER SHEFFIELD WAS UNABLE TO FIELD A TEAM.   


MAIL-IN BALLOT REGISTRATION DEADLINE LOOMING

IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON VOTING BY MAIL IN THE UPCOMING PRIMARY ELECTION IN PENNSYLVANIA, YOU’RE DOWN TO ONE WEEK TO APPLY FOR YOUR BALLOT.  THE DEADLINE IS NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH.  THE PRIMARY IS ONE WEEK AFTER THAT ON APRIL 23RD.  TO DATE, MORE THAN 835 THOUSAND IN THE COMMONWEALTH HAVE APPLIED FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT. 


GAS PRICES UP SIGNIFICANTLY THIS WEEK

GAS PRICES ARE UP SIGNIFICANTLY THIS WEEK IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  TRIPLE A’S FUEL REPORT SHOWS A 10-CENT JUMP TO MAKE THE AVERAGE PRICE 3.83 A GALLON ON AVERAGE.  THE LOWEST PRICE IN OUR AREA COMES IN CLARION, WHERE IT AVERAGES 3.71 A GALLON. 


DUBOIS POLICE CHIEF OFFICIALLY TERMINATED

CITY OF DUBOIS POLICE CHIEF BLAINE CLARK WAS TERMINATED FROM HIS POSITION FOLLOWING THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY. CLARK WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN EARLY MARCH AFTER A COMPLAINT AND THE INVESTIGATION WAS REFERRED TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. THE INTERIM SOLICITOR SAID THAT THERE IS A LOT THAT CAN’T BE DISCLOSED BECAUSE IT WAS A PERSONAL MATTER. THE VOTE WAS 3-2 IN FAVOR OF THE TERMINATION.


SHIPPENVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE FILED YESTERDAY AGAINST 37-YEAR-OLD DEREK DUFFEE OF SHIPPENVILLE. HE IS FACING COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND DRUG DELIVERY RESULTING IN DEATH FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING FENTANYL THAT LED TO THE OVERDOSE OF GARY BROSIUS OF KNOX ON FEBRUARY 8TH . AN AUTOPSY WAS CONDUCTED AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE OVERDOSE WAS THE CAUSE OF DEATH. DUFFEE WAS RELEASED ON $200,000 UNSECURED BAIL AND HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR APRIL 16TH .


ONE HURT IN BRADFORD ACCIDENT

ONE PERSON IS RECOVERING FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST FRIDAY EVENING IN BRADFORD.  AUTHORITIES SAY IT HAPPENED ON INTERSTATE PARKWAY IN FOSTER TOWNSHIP, NEAR THE NEW YORK STATE LINE WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS DISCOVERED OVER AN EMBANKMENT.  THE DRIVER WAS TRAPPED AND HAD TO BE EXTRACATED AND WAS THEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.  


ST. MARYS DRAG RACES CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR

SOME SAD NEWS FOR FANS OF THE ANNUAL DRAG RACES AT THE ST. MARYS AREA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.  ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE RACE COMMITTEE, THEY ARE CANCELLING THE RACES FOR THIS SUMMER AFTER THEIR REQUEST TO CLOSE THE RUNWAY AT THE AIRPORT WAS DENIED.  THE FAA REJECTED THE REQUEST BASED ON THE RELEASE OF NATION-WIDE GUIDELINES REGARDING NON-AVAIATION EVENTS ON AIRPORT RUNWAYS. 


WARREN COUNTY MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT

27-YEAR-OLD JACOB LAUFFENBURGER WAS INJURED IN A MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY EVENING. STATE POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 6:30 PM ON ABRAHAM HOLLOW ROAD IN PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP. TROOPERS DID NOT SPECIFY THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT BUT SAY THAT THE VEHICLE HAD OVERTURNED. LAUFFENBURGER WAS FLOWN BY HELICOPTER TO UPMC HAMOT IN ERIE.


FALSE REPORTS TO POLICE IN VENANGO COUNTY

46-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL NOLLNER OF FRANKLIN HAS BEEN CHARGED FOR FALSLY CALLING A IN A REPORT OF A FIRE AT HIS NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE ON MARCH 15TH . COURT RECORDS SHOW THAT NOLLNER HAD CALLED VENANGO COUNTY 9-1-1 TO REPORT A FIRE AT A NEIGHBOR’S APARTMENT ON CRESTVIEW DRIVE. WHEN FIRE CREWS ARRIVED, THERE WERE NO SIGNES OF SMOKE OR FIRE. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, NOLLNER HADS MADE SEVERAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIS NEIGHBER AND IT WAS DETERMINED TO BE A FALSE INVESTIGATION. NOLLNER ALSO
FACES HARASSMENT CHARGES.


BRADFORD MAN SENTENCED ON SEX CRIME CHARGES

ROGER TRASTER, SR. OF BRADFORD WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO 9-18 YEARS IN STATE PRISON AND 3 YEARS OF CONSECUTIVE PROBATION FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN. THE SENTENCE COMES AFTER HE WAS CONVICTED OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST TWO MINOR FEMALES BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015. TRASTER WAS ALSO ORDERED TO REGISTER AS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.


WARREN COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE

31-YEAR-OLD ARTHUR JOHNSON THE THIRD IS IN THE WARREN COUNTY JAIL AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A CHASE WITH A TODDLER AND OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE CAR. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON APRIL 1ST AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP ON SELKIRK ROAD IN SOUTHWEST TOWNSHIP. JOHNSON FLED THE SCENE AND AFTER A SHORT PURSUIT HE WAS STOPPED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HE REMAINS BEHIND BARS UNABLE TO POST $25,000 MONETARY BAIL.


PA TROUT SEASON OPENS SATURDAY

OPENING DAY FOR TROUT SEASON STARTS TOMORROW AT 8AM AND HIGH WATER WILL HAVE AN IMPACT. THE PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION REPORTS THAT MOST WATERS HAVE BEEN STOCKED WITH TROUT, BUT SOME STOCKINGS FOR THIS WEEK HAVE BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE CONDITIONS.


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