Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
It was like staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.
Thatâs what our brave volunteer firefighters must have thought Wednesday during an 11-hour emergency at the scene of a chemical tanker truck rollover in the heart of Kane.
âWe never know what weâre getting into,â Tim Holt, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, said in commenting on the harrowing experience. âVolunteer firefighters put their lives on the line for the community. Theyâre always âright thereâ when theyâre needed even though they know there are risks.â
The evacuation of 1,000 Kane residents Wednesday following a tanker truck rollover is believed to be the largest ever in McKean County.
âIt was probably the largest evacuation,â County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bruce Manning said Thursday. âI canât remember anything bigger.â
Manning, who was on the scene Wednesday and returned Thursday to Kane to confer with Kane fire chief Tim Holt, said he believes the evacuation exceeded a movement of residents in 1972 due to flooding from Hurricane Agnes.
RIDGWAY - New charges, including multiple drug offenses and illegal possession of firearms, have been filed against Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway, currently incarcerated on arson and related charges in connection with two residential fires in Elk County, as well as charges of attempted murder and assault stemming from Milliard's alleged beating of a Ridgway man.
An estimated 1,000 Kane residents were evacuated Wednesday after a tanker truck loaded with butane rolled on its side near Greeves and Fraley streets.
Bruce Manning, director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), said the tanker from the Elkhorn Propane Company of Warren carried 8,400 gallons of "liquid butane under pressure."
He said the evacuation was necessary as a safety precaution before tedious work began to transfer the butane to a Crossett tanker.
RIDGWAY - The preliminary hearing for Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway, charged in connection with two area arsons as well as the attempted murder of a Ridgway man, resulted in those charges being upheld by District Judge George A. "Tony" King in Elk County Court on Wednesday.
One person was killed and another was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday on Route 6, just west of the former Lobo Inn.
Bernice A. Pierson, age 57, of 511 Barden Brook Rd., Eldred, died in the crash. The injured passenger, Meghan C. Pierson, age 24, of the same address, was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie with moderate injuries.
An overturned tanker truck hauling butane has overturned in a Kane, PA where residents within a half-mile radius of the accident are being evacuated Wednesday morning.
SMETHPORT â With the Presidential Election only 10 weeks away, Kane area residents are reminded that photo identification is needed to cast ballots Nov. 6.
Judy Ordiway, director of the McKean County Board of Elections, has prepared informational flyers on the new state photo ID requirement for voters.
Copies of the flyers are available at the Board of Elections office in Smethport. Call the office at 814-887-3203.
According to the flyers, the acceptable IDs at the polls include:
Wetmore Township has helped the Kane Area School District develop a new parking lot off the traffic circle in front of the high school.
The new lot is ready for use today-- the start for classes in the school district.
The township helped with the project by "loaning" its street roller.
"This piece of equipment enabled the school district to complete the work on creating additional parking in the front lot of the Kane Senior High School," the district said in a letter of appreciation to the township.
Parents who pick up their children after class at the Kane Elementary School must have school-issued student name tags.
Linda Lorenzo, the principal at the elementary school, said Thursday that parents without student name tags won't be able to pick up their children.
Classes resume Tuesday in the Kane Area School District.
School-issued name tags were issued Thursday during orientation for students in first through fifth grades at the elementary school. Kindergarten orientation was held Wednesday.
Here are steps to follow under the "parent pick-up procedures:"