Kersey, PACourier-Express

Kersey woman jailed on rape, sexual assault charges

KERSEY — A Kersey woman has been jailed on several felony charges, including rape and sexual assault, following an incident that allegedly occurred with minors earlier this year. Sheena Ann Walker, 33, of Kersey, is charged with rape by forcible compulsion and statutory sexual assault by a person 11 years...
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No Charges in Olean Police Shooting

No charges will be filed against an Olean Police officer who fired shots during a high-speed chase back in March. Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman announced the results of Special Prosecutor Lawrence Friedman’s investigation Wednesday afternoon. Friedman said that he had concluded no criminal charges were warranted against the...
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Johnsonburg, PACourier-Express

Two in Johnsonburg jailed for allegedly trespassing, possession

JOHNSONBURG — Two Johnsonburg individuals have been jailed on drug and criminal trespassing charges after they were allegedly found with paraphernalia in a vacant building. William Donald Port III, 35, of Johnsonburg, is charged with criminal trespassing – breaking into structure, possession of a controlled substance and the use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail is set at $25,000, according to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge James Martin’s office June 7.
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Elk County,

PennDOT worker killed in crash involving work truck

ELK COUNTY, PA — A PennDOT worker was killed after an accident Monday afternoon involving his work truck. Timothy Fitch, 51, was killed after getting out of his tractor-trailer around 12:30 p.m. on the 33000 block of Portland Mills Road in Ridgway, according to state police. After exiting his truck,...

ALDI Reopens Renovated Store in Warren

ALDI reopened its renovated Warren store Wednesday, the company announced. The store at 3917 Market St. was remodeled as part of a nationwide initiative. The improvements include a new layout and refrigeration for its expanded fresh food selection. ALDI said its goal is to offer customers high-quality products at affordable,...
Salamanca, NYSalamanca Press

Morton set for final goodbye at Salamanca

SALAMANCA — After 41 years in the same place, Rich Morton isn’t sure what’s next, but it’s time for a change. Morton is retiring this month after four decades from the Salamanca City Central School District, a career of teaching, coaching and — for the last decade — helping run the Warriors’s athletic department.

Franklinville Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

A Franklinville woman has pled guilty to a Federal Drug Charge. 35 year old Heidi Jankowiak was the passenger in a car during a traffic stop in Salamanca on January 23rd. During a search, a digital scale, two Suboxone strips, two hypodermic needle, cocaine, and a large amount of methamphetamine were found in Jankowiak’s purse.
Saint Marys, PACourier-Express

Administration transfers, retirees approved by SMASD board

ST. MARYS — Upcoming transfers, hires and resignations of St. Marys Area School District positions were a topic of Monday evening’s board of administrators meeting. Noel Petrosky will resign as St. Marys Area Middle School principal as of June 30, 2021. Julie Boyer, South St. Marys Street Elementary School assistant...

BRMC, OGH Ease Visitor Restrictions

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital will ease its visitor restrictions starting Wednesday, June 16. Mask requirements remain in effect in all hospital facilities, regardless of vaccination status. “While we’re pleased the vaccination rate in Pennsylvania and New York has reached a level where Gov. Wolf and Gov. Cuomo felt restrictions could safely be lifted, as a hospital system, we will continue to practice safety measures to protect our patients and the community,” said Jeff Zewe, RN, president, CEO, BRMC, OGH.
Warren, PAWarren Times Observer

Mother charged with child endangerment in assault case

Less than a week after the father of a 2-month-old was charged and jailed for allegedly assaulting that child, the child’s mother is also under arrest. Jade I. Lord, 20, of 15 Elm St., Warren is charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children. Jarred D. Blauser, 19, of 15 Elm St., was charged on Wednesday with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children.
Great Valley, NYSalamanca Press

Solar law amended in Great Valley for municipal properties

GREAT VALLEY — Commercial solar farms on private property are still not allowed in the town of Great Valley, but a new local law has made solar projects a possibility under one condition. The town board Monday approved a local law permitting solar farms to be installed on private property...
Saint Marys, PACourier-Express

St. Marys magistrate roundup

ST. MARYS — Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob presided over three preliminary hearings June 8. Hearings waivedThe following defendants waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and will be formally arraigned at the Elk County Court of Common Pleas July 2. Thomas Patrick Struble, 61, of Kersey, who is charged...

Franklinville Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charge

A Cattaraugus County woman has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge stemming from a traffic stop that took place in Salamanca in January. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo announced Monday that 35-year-old Heidi Jankowiak of Franklinville entered her plea to one count of possessing with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. An investigation by the DEA and the Salamanca Police Department found that Jankowiak was a passenger in a vehicle that got pulled over for an obstructed license plate and failure to use its turn signal on January 23rd. Officers believed the driver was impaired by drugs, and the driver advised them that there was methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered a purse belonging to Jankowiak. A digital scale, two suboxone strips, two hypodermic needles, a large quantity of meth, and cocaine were found inside the purse. Jankowiak faces 5-40 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for October.
Johnsonburg, PACourier-Express

Johnsonburg magistrate roundup

JOHNSONBURG — Magisterial District Judge James Martin presided over several preliminary hearings June 9. The following defendants waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and will be formally arraigned at the Elk County Court of Common Pleas July 2. William Frederick Wickwire, 48, of Ridgway, who is charged with resisting...
Cattaraugus County,

Cattaraugus County Reports One New COVID-19 Case and Three Remaining Active Cases

The Cattaraugus County Health Department on Wednesday reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case, which brings the county's total case number to 5,721 since the start of the pandemic. The latest case is located in the southwest part of the county. Meanwhile, the number of active cases of the virus in the county is three, a decrease of four from Tuesday. Also, the number of virus-related hospitalizations is down to one, and the county's seven-day average infection rate is unchanged at 0.2%. Along with the county's three active cases, 5,611 have recovered and 107 have died. As of Wednesday, there are 16 county residents in quarantine.
Wilcox, PACourier-Express

GIBSTOCK: Event held in memory of St. Marys EMT set for June 26

WILCOX — An annual event held to celebrate the memory of St. Marys EMT Gibby Buerk is set for Saturday, June 26. “Gibstock” will be held at 149 Markert Road in Wilcox, with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. that day and concluding at 2 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Gibby Buerk Scholarship Fund.
Warren, PAWarren Times Observer

On her way to big things

Jenna Kophazy is going places. Literally, the Beaty middle-schooler is currently in Tulsa, Oklahoma, representing Pennsylvania Girls National 14U Wrestling program at the Junior National Duals. Figuratively, just try to slow her down. It’s an impossible task. “Jenna has always been active, even at 3 or 4 we could see...