February 26th, 2015
JAMES CITY â A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the âinjection wellâ controversy âhas the potential to bankrupt us.â
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.
A fire that erupted in an engine Thursday destroyed a car parked adjacent to a residence at 426 Biddle St. (Route 6) in Kane.
Fire Chief Tim Holt said no injuries were reported in the blaze that destroyed a 1998 Oldsmobile 88 owned by Jessie Mae Bucher. He said there is "not much left" of the fire-damaged vehicle.
The cause of the fire is unknown, Holt said.
The owner of the vehicle resides at 428 Biddle St., but parks her car in a parking space adjacent to the residence of her daughter, Brenda Aponte.
Parents of Kane school students need to be âdiligent and observantâ as they monitor their childrenâs activity on cellphones and the internet.
This is the advice from State Police Trooper Bruce A. Morris, the featured speaker at a public meeting Thursday evening at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Morris is the area State Police Community Services Officer based at the State Police station in Ridgway.
MT. JEWETT â Support is being sought for a proposed 3.9-mile trail from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
The trail would run over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad, which featured a tourist train ride to the park.
Carolyn Stroup and Karen Sees-- neighbors on Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township-- are attempting to form a volunteer organization to develop and maintain the proposed trail.
They presided Wednesday at a 105-minute public meeting at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall.
RIDGWAY â The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
RIDGWAY âÂ Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.
Three Kane area residents have been charged with receiving and possession with intent to deliver 13.78 ounces of "bath salts."
According to the office of McKean County District Attorney (DA) Ray Learn, the estimated "street value" of the illicit drugs is nearly $80,000.
The defendants include:
*James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.
*Roger Allen Akins, 29, of Kane
*Jill Marie Cleer, 55, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.
As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.
BRADFORD â Bradford District Court Judge Dominic A. Cercone has dismissed a criminal homicide charge against a prominent Bradford businessman.
The dismissal came Tuesday following a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing before Cercone.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, was charged with murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of his son-in-law Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togiâs Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford. Togi's Restaurant is operated by Stidd's daughter, Michelle.
A compromise will permit Kane High School football coaches to attend a two-day clinic near Cleveland this weekend.
After voting 4-3 earlier this month to deny the trip, the school board voted 7-0 Tuesday to authorize the coaches to attend the Glazair Football Clinic in Aurora, Ohio.
"We're all on the same team," Head Football Coach Todd Silfies told the board after its vote at a special meeting at the middle school auditorium. "We're not foes."