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September 3rd

Judge upholds police search in 6-fatality crash case

September 3, 2014

SMETHPORT – A judge has upheld a police search involving the defendant in a criminal case linked with a 6-fatality crash on Route 219 near Lantz Corners just over a year ago.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren issued his ruling Wednesday during a 40-minute hearing at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport.
The judge’s decision comes less than two weeks before the scheduled Sept. 15 start of a jury trial for Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane. Another pre-trial “suppression-of-evidence” hearing is set for next Thursday, Sept. 11.

9-year-old culprit in school shooting hoax

September 3, 2014

Events that sent St. Marys into a panic Tuesday afternoon with reports of a shooting at St. Marys Area High School were the actions of a nine-year-old juvenile, whose age prohibits criminal prosecution, according to police who are unable to release any identifying information such as name, gender and school.
As a result of a joint investigation between the St. Marys City Police and Pennsylvania State Police, it was discovered that the juvenile placed the 911 calls from a cell phone while he/she was riding on a school bus on their way home.

BFF after-school program pre-registration set

September 3, 2014

The popular after school program BFF (Being Faith-Full Friends) is in the preparation mode: getting ready to launch season 2.
An outreach program of the Presbyterian Church in Kane, BFF develops intergenerational relationships around activities, Bible stories, music, crafts, and dinner. Last year more than 50 elementary students K-5 from various local congregations as well as the community at large participated in the Wednesday afternoon after school program at the Presbyterian Church.

September 2nd

Motorists are failing to stop at Mt. Jewett crosswalks

September 2, 2014

MT. JEWETT -- Under state law, motorists are required to stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross the street at designated crosswalks.
Mt. Jewett has seven pedestrian crosswalks on Main Street (Route 6). But these crossings are most often are ignored by passing motorists, according to Mt. Jewett Borough Councilman John Keesee.
Speaking Tuesday at a meeting of the borough council, Keesee said he recently saw eight vehicles "pass by" a crosswalk while a person stood hopelessly waiting to cross the street.
According to Keesee, half of the motorists are local residents.

Mt. Jewett to upgrade computer for police department

September 2, 2014

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to spend about $4,400 to upgrade the computer system for the police department.
Council President Chuck Paar agreed with the expenditure along with Councilmen Wil Antrim, John Keesee and Don Martyna. 
Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Brett Morgan and Rod Danielson did not attend the meeting.

2 of 3 charges are dismissed against Kane woman

September 2, 2014

SMETHPORT – The two most serious charges have been dismissed in a court case involving a Kane woman whose vehicle struck and heavily damaged a street lighting-control device at Fraley and Field streets in uptown Kane.
Brenda Bobich, 46, of 7 Laurel Ave., Kane, accepted the plea agreement last month in McKean County Court, records show.
Kane Borough Police Officer Bill Nichols charged Bobich with careless driving, failure to report a traffic accident to police and failure to obey a traffic control device. The alleged incident took place Nov. 30.

2 of 3 charges are dismissed against Kane woman

September 2, 2014

SMETHPORT – The two most serious charges have been dismissed in a court case involving a Kane woman whose vehicle struck and heavily damaged a street lighting-control device at Fraley and Field streets in uptown Kane.
Brenda Bobich, 46, of 7 Laurel Ave., Kane, accepted the plea agreement last month in McKean County Court, records show.
Kane Borough Police Officer Bill Nichols charged Bobich with careless driving, failure to report a traffic accident to police and failure to obey a traffic control device. The alleged incident took place Nov. 30.

September 1st

Flag gift is tribute for Veterans Day program in Kane

September 1, 2014

For several years, Coleen Lundeen of Wetmore Township has organized a special Veterans Day program at the First United Methodist Church in Kane.
As the director of the Children’s Choir at the church, Lundeen started the program to give the children an opportunity to sing patriotic songs.
The program has grown to become one of the area’s most popular Veterans Day events. More than 400 attend the annual event—always on the second Sunday of November, which is on or near Veterans Day.

August 29th

Evidence suppression hearing held in 6-fatality court case

August 30, 2014

SMETHPORT – A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed six—including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.

August 28th

James City residents upset with cut in post office hours

August 29, 2014

JAMES CITY – It was very evident Thursday that James City residents are not happy with a plan to reduce the weekday “window hours” at their post office to just two hours.
They expressed their displeasure with the proposal during an informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Under the plan, the “window” at the post office on Delaware Avenue would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday “window” hours would remain the same—9 a.m. to noon.
The “window” now is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Kane Lady Wolves hosted the St. Marys Lady Dutch on Monday afternoon in soccer action. The...
The young Lady Wolves volleyball team started their home tournament off with a sweep of Johnsonburg...
The Kane Wolves football team led Sheffield 32-6 early in the third quarter but the Wolverines...

 

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