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MT. ALTONâWhen she began work in the office at the Bradford Regional Airport nearly 10 years ago, Alicia Dankesreiter never dreamed she would someday lead the airportâs day-to-day operation.
But, due to a sudden decision by the airport authority, Dankesreiter now is the âinterimâ administrative leader at the airfield on Route 59 in Mt. Alton.
The nine-member airport authority decided Wednesday to immediately terminate Tom Frungillo of Olean, N.Y. as the airport manager. He has held the position since 1998.
SMETHPORT â A Bradford doctor who pleaded guilty to groping two young married women in his medical office has been sentenced to probation for 23 1/2 months.
McKean County Court President Judge John Pavlock handed down the sentence Thursday for Dr. Abaz Sosic, 51.
Because of the nature of the charges, Sosic will be registered on the stateâs Meganâs Law list of sexual offenders. He will remain on the list for 15 years, according to an agreement finalized Thursday.
LANTZ CORNERS â The Kane-based State Police barracks on Route 219 near Lantz Corners has posted "wanted" flyers for the alleged cop-killer in the town of Blooming Grove.
Police are seeking Eric Matthew Frein, a 31-year-old man wanted in slaying of State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson during a shift change last Friday night.
Frein is described as a white male who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 165 pounds. The suspect has brown hair and blue eyes.
State Police said Frein is considered "armed and dangerous."
Persons with information should call 1-866-326-7256.
Two more local residents have been charged in connection with the heroin trafficking bust that occurred Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd.
Aaron Christopher Johnson, 27, of 160 Country Ln., Kersey, and Kayla Ann Gillen, 24, of 122 Bennett Rd., St. Marys, were incarcerated at Elk County Prison Wednesday. They each face felony charges related to the sale and distribution of heroin.
SMETHPORT â Work is underway to update the McKean County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan.
The 11-member county Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) held its first meeting Wednesday evening at the county 911 Emergency Communications Center on Route 6 near Smethport.
Rumors and conspiracy theorists ideas have run rampant over the school shooting hoax which took place at St. Marys Area High School on Sept. 2.
When contacted Wednesday for follow-up details on the hoax, which prompted a massive police response from Elk, Clearfield and McKean counties, St. Marys Chief of Police Todd Caltagarone said no new information was available.
Caltagarone reconfirmed the identity of the caller as a nine-year-old juvenile who will not face criminal charges.
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SMETHPORT â A Kane woman will spend more than 11 years in state prison as the admitted at-fault driver in a head-on collision that killed six persons last year on Route 219 near Lantz Corners.
Speaking Tuesday morning prior to her sentencing in McKean County Court in Smethport, Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane said âI take responsibility for my actionsâ in the crash that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a close-knit St. Marys family.
Four suspects have been arrested in connection with heroin trafficking and placed in Elk County Prison as a result of an investigation conducted by the City Police and the Attorney General's office.
Officers, agents and members of the North Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant shortly after 6 p.m. Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd. where a large amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia was seized.
The following individuals were arrested and charged:
Rose Campbell, president of Penn Highlands Elk, provided a progress update to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the expansion of the healthcare facility.
"We've had some very good things happening recently and through our recruitment team we've added several physicians to our staff," she said. "Things have been very well received thus far. Both Dr. Gorlowski and Dr. Ali have connected so they'll have good pediatric support for our area.
"We're looking for opportunities to position them in other communities as well, so once we get Dr. Tosh here, we'll figure that out."