Elk County News

Separate, Related Kersey Alleged Robbery, Attempted Auto Theft Probed

The Kane State Police are investigating an apparent  robbery that occurred Monday April 24th at 18 minutes past midnight in Fox Township, Elk County.  Police say the incident occurred as an unknown person made entry into the residents of a 69 year old Kersey man and pointed a handgun at him demanded what guns and money the man had.  The suspect , who is reported to have taken approximately $1500  from the man, then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as being a white male in his early twenties with a thin approximately six feet in height.  The suspect was further said to have been wearing a black pair of pants with a white design on the back of the pants, a black hoodie or jacket and a dark bandanna wrapped around his neck.  Police say at about 6:15, the morning of that same day, an unknown person matching this description attempted to rob a 28 year old resident of Kersey of his truck while he was driving to work.  Anyone with information relating to this investigation is encouraged to contact the State Police at 814-776 -6136 and ask for Trooper Reiner.  


Elk Co. Firm gets PIDA Loan for Equipment, Retains 32 Positions

Governor Tom Wolf is out with an announcement  new statewide investments through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program helping to  spur development in the commonwealth and will create and retain 78 jobs.  One of those investments  is located in Elk County. 

“It is critical that we continue to provide capital to our small businesses, and the loans approved today will do just that,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s loans not only invest in those businesses, they invest in the communities in which they are located in helping to support the vitality and overall well-being.”

In 2017, PIDA has approved $14.3 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $23.8 million in private investment and supported 425 created and retained full-time jobs.

Over the last month, PIDA approved more than $1.1 million in low-interest loans for four projects in Elk, Lebanon, Monroe, and Westmoreland counties that will generate more than $3.2 million in additional private investments.

In Elk County The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is getting an award of a $63,500, 10-year loan at 4 percent on behalf of J.I.T. Tool & Die, Inc., a manufacturer of compaction tooling and precision machine components for the powdered metal, carbon/graphite, carbide and plastics industries, to assist with the purchase of equipment for its manufacturing facility at 7294 Route 219, Brockport. The total project cost is estimated at $127,000, and will retain 32 existing positions.

Other awards were made in Lebanon, Monroe and Westmoreland Counties. 

PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The Authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery and equipment loans along with working capital line of credit loans, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Qualified applicants are eligible to select either a reset rate of 4.00 percent for the first seven years or a fixed rate of 2.25 percent for real estate financing, 4.00 percent fixed rate for equipment loans, 4 percent fixed rate loans for a 12-month period for working capital and accounts receivable lines of credit, and 2 percent fixed rate for pollution prevention and energy efficient loans. Rates will be in effect for loan applications received through June 30, 2017.


For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, and other DCED initiatives, visit


Elk Co Woman Phone Scammed

An Elk County woman was recently contacted by phone from a Voice Over Internet Protocol  phone number previously flagged for scam or fraud and offering loans by several reverse look up services based out the Los Angeles, California area.  The Ridgeway state police report  Saturday 57 year old Dawn Holt of Horton Township, near Brockport was recently contacted by phone.  The person on the other end of the phone call allegedly told Holt if she were to send them ITunes gift cards he would send $10,000 to her bank account.  When she gave the cards they would say they were having a problem and needed more.  Holt gave them $550 in iTunes cards to the caller.  


Kane PSP Investigate Jones Twp Woman's Death

The Kane State Police are investigating the death of a 24 year old Elk County woman that is listed as having occurred sometime Thursday between just after midnight and 3 pm.  .  Details are few, but the troopers say they were dispatched to a death investigation of Kaittlyn Marie Beurk, residing in Jones Township, near Wilcox.  Police say when they arrived they determined the Buerk had passed away either Wednesday night or in the early morning hours of Thursday,  The incident is still under investigation.  


Elderly Couple Ok After Jay Twp Rollover

An incident of indecent assault is under investigation by the Marienville State Police in Forest County.  The troopers report a 13 year old girl reported being indecently assaulted by a known 60 year old man.  Police say the incident happened in a home in Harmony Township, Forest County sometime between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016.  The investigation continues.  


DEP Approves Permits for Underground Injection Wells in Elk and Indiana Counties

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is giving the green light to  permits for two underground injection control (UIC) wells for disposal of wastewater associated with oil and natural gas production.   The announcement came Monday.

The wells are located in Highland Township, Elk County; and Grant Township, Indiana County. 

“After a thorough review, DEP determined that both applications meet all regulations, are sufficient to protect surface water and water supplies, and would abate pollution,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  

The wells will be operated by two separate operators, Seneca Resources Corp. in Elk County; and Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) in Indiana County.

In addition to the permit applications, DEP reviewed Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Post Construction Stormwater Management Plans, Control and Disposal Plans, and the applications submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as the permits issued by the EPA for the wells.

Due to concerns about seismic activity related to UIC wells that has occurred in other states DEP has applied special conditions to the permit to ensure early detection if even minor seismic events occur. These conditions include:

•          Installation of a seismometer and continuous recorder with operating, calibration, service, and maintenance information at the disposal well site; and the contact information for the responsible person in charge of conducting seismic monitoring activities.

•          Verification that data is captured at the disposal well site and provided to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Network in real time.

•          Description of installation to allow for optimal seismic event identification and location.

•          Submission of a tectonic seismic event contingency plan that includes monitoring, reporting and mitigation provisions.

•          Provision for updating the seismic monitoring and mitigation plan, retaining seismic event data and equipment records, and submitting reports on the use of monitoring equipment.


In addition, these wells are permitted at much lower pressures, and in formations farther from the “basement” rock that is more prone to activity, than the wells in other states that have been linked to seismic activity.


More information on the permits is available on DEP’s website:


Unauthorized Use of Weedville SUV Probed

A Ridgeway state police investigation is ongoing into the alleged unauthorized use of a vehicle in Elk County a week and a half ago.  The Ridgway state police report they are looking into the incident which happened sometime between noon on Saturday March 18th and 9 pm Saturday the 25th.  The troopers say Janet Beck of Weedville loaned her Chevy Suburban to a known white non-Hispanic female of Ridgway.  At an agreed upon date and time the vehicle was to be returned, but the suspect failed to do so.  


St. Marys Man Charged w Felony 3 Retail Theft

A St. Marys man is accused of retail theft in Elk County after attempting shop lift the Wal-Mart along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys on Sunday.  The Ridgway state police report Ryan Joseph Michuck, 23 entered the store and tried to remove multiple retail items worth a little over $115.  Michuck is now charged with Felony Three Retail Theft through district court in Fox Township and awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mark S. Jacob on Tuesday, April 11th.  Michuck was also charged with Misdemeanor 3 Defiant Trespass.  He is not yet represented by an attorney.  


Woman Injured, Cited in Jones Twp Car Fire

A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating an Elk County car fire.  The Ridgway state police report Monday night about 10:30 pm they were notified by a passerby indicating a vehicle ablaze on Glenn Hazel Road in Jones Township just south of Pumkin Hill Road.  The Wilcox Volunteer Department  responded and put the fire out.  After some further investigation, the driver of the Ford Escape that was on fire was found and related she had lost control of the SUV while attempting to engage a left hand curve in the roadway.  When 53 year old Candace Schwartz lost control of her SUV, it went off the road and crashed into a culvert and came to a stop on the right side of the road.  That's when the vehicle caught fire. 


Police say Schwartz was transported to Kane Community Hospital for unknown injuries.  She will be cited with Drivers Required to be Licensed.  Wally's towing removed the SUV from the scene.  The troopers assisted by the Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department,  Fire Police and Ambulance.  


St Mary's Wal-Mart Nabs Two Alleged Shop Lifters

In Elk County The Ridgeway state police investigated a retail theft t the Million Dollar Highway Wal-Mart  in Saint Mary's early Sataurday night.  Police Say Jeannie Hoffower of Emporium, 58, years of age, took several items and tried to leave the store without paying.  The total amount of the items taken is reported to have been $83 .  Charges were filed in district court.   



From the same store on Saturday February 4th, Mathew Taylor Reeves , 21 of Johnsonburg is reported to have entered the St. Mary's Wal Mart and removed various merchandise including a Verizon Smart Hone.  The case is under investigation by the Ridgway State Police.  Charges are pending in district court.  

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