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New Council sworn in Monday

It was a frigid night in Ellwood City as members of the Ellwood Borough Council met for the first time in 2014.

As with every new year, there were changes.  Anthony Court was sworn in as the reelected Mayor by Judge Jerry Cartwright.  The Mayor, in turn, swore in the four new members to council: David DeCaria, Michele Lamenza, Connie MacDonald, and Brad Ovial.

Once the new members took their oath, the reorganization of council commenced with nominations and voting.  Brad Ovial received the most council votes for President, while John Todorich was elected as vice president.

While the meeting was mostly about the reorganization of the council, they did take a vote on some issues.  They unanimously voted to increase Borough Manager Bob Villella’s pay by $3,000.   Also, they set the 3rd Monday of every month as the night council would meet.

In closing President Ovial made a statement pertaining to the goals of the new council.

“We are going to work together for more transparency…everyone is here for the right reason because of their love for the borough,” Ovial said.

He also stressed that with this new council, members will “vote on the issue not the personality,” ensuring residents that no matter who brings an issue before council, they would vote on what is best for Ellwood City.

– Submitted by Dani Morabito

 

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EllwoodCity.org Baby Show

In 2013, some very fortunate Ellwood City families and former residents brought new life into the world.  These new parents watched their children grow and change from week to week.  The babies discover objects, develop expressions, and voice their concerns all in very unique ways.

Unfortunately, babies grow up fast.  Too fast, in fact.  Many parents would take those nights of lost sleep back in a heartbeat, simply to get a little more cuddle time.  Time cruelly flies by as your baby’s first bottle seems to almost instantly turn into his/her first steps.

In an attempt to stop the baby train, if only for a moment, EllwoodCity.org wants to take the time to commemorate the births in 2013.  So, take a few moments and enjoy the Baby Show.

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Jacob O JACOB CHRISTOPHER OTLOWSKI
January 26, 2013
Ellwood City, PA

Jacob was born on Jan. 26, 2013 to Audrey Rousseau and Chris Otlowski.  He currently lives in Ellwood City with his parents, and near his grandparents: Helen and Ken Otlowski.  He also has ties to Massachusetts as his other grandparents, Pierette and Rick Champany, live in Boston.

 

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Aiden Ferrigno - 8 month Photo Submission (2)AIDEN HENRY FERRIGNO
March 8, 2013
Chippewa, PA

Aiden was born at Heritage Valley Hospital on March 8, 2013, at 6:18PM.  At birth, he weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and measured in at 20 inches.  His parents, Ellwood City natives Beth (McClymonds) and Tony Ferrigno, happily welcomed their little boy into the family.  His daddy currently works as the Sales Manager at McElwain Motors.

Aiden’s grandparents – Anna Mae and (the late) Henry McClymonds & Jo and Joseph Ferrigno – are all lifelong Ellwood City residents.  Currently, Aiden lives in Chippewa with his parents, and their family dog (also his best buddy), Baylee.

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Alivea2ALIVEA MARIE SHUTTLEWORTH
April 11, 2013
Ellwood City, PA

Alivea was born at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital on April 11, 2013, at 1:48AM.  At birth, she weighed 6 lbs 12 oz, and measured in at 20.5 inches.  Her parents, Ellwood City residents Mike Shuttleworth and Shanna Hathaway, proudly brought their little girl into the world.  Her daddy, an Army veteran, works at Alaron Nuclear in Wampum, and her mommy works in Wexford as an Ophthalmic Technician.

One set of Alivea’s grandparents – Joseph and Kandy Shuttleworth – live in Ellwood City, while the other set – Rich and Alecia Hathaway – reside in Martins Ferry, OH.  Also, Alivea has give great grandparents: Roger and Virginia Johnston of Ellwood City, William and Cathy Shuttleworth of Wampum, and Mary Stanek of Wheeling, WV.

Alivea currently lives in Ellwood City with her parents.

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DeaganDEEGAN JAMES DESTEFANO
April 16, 2013
Altoona, PA

Deegan was born at Altoona Regional Hospital on April 16, 2013.  He arrived three weeks early, weighing 6 lbs 12.5 oz, and measuring in at 19 inches.  His parents, Joshua DeStefano and Jennifer (Shuttleworth) DeStefano, brought their little boy into the family one day after tax season.  His daddy, an accountant, asked him not to arrive before April 15 (closing day of tax season).  He obliged, and came into the world the next morning.  His mommy is originally from Ellwood City.

One set of Deegan’s grandparents – Joseph and Kandy Shuttleworth – live in Ellwood City, while he other set – Ralph and Karen DeStefano – live in Altoona.  He was featured on the Today Show’s Baby of the Week in May 2013.

Deegan currently lives in Altoona with his parents.

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eddie5EDWARD OLIVER MARKET
April 17, 2013
Ellwood City, PA

Edward was born at Beaver Medical Center on April 17, 2013, at 2:53PM.  At birth, he weighed 7 lbs even, and measured in at 20.5 inches.  His parents, Edward and Tana Market, lovingly welcomed Edward into their lives.  The family moved to Ellwood City when Edward was three-months-old so they could have a bigger house, and so he could have his own room.  They celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in their new home.

Edward faced several trying obstacles this year, but, in turn, his family become stronger.

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JosephineASA JOSEPHINE KING
April 18, 2013
Wampum, PA

Asa was born on April 18, 2013, at 11:12AM.  At birth, she weighed 9 lbs 6 oz, and measured in at 21.25 inches.  Her parents, Ellwood City natives Jessica Ritter and Jamie King, welcomed their little girl into their home with open arms.

Asa currently lives in Wampum with her parents.

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SamSAMUEL DEAN WILSON
May 9, 2013
Ellwood City, PA

Samuel was born on May 9, 2013, at 12:46PM.  At birth, he weighed 7 lbs 2 oz, and measured in at 20 inches.  His proud parents, Derek Wilson and Carrie Statti, brought their little boy into the family to join his awesome 12-year-old brother, Dominic.  His mommy was born and raised in Ellwood City, while his daddy lived in town until he was five, moved to Modesto, CA, and came back at age 17.  His parents met in 1999, and have been together ever since.

Samuel currently lives in Ellwood City with his family.

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solomanSOLOMON ARTHUR WALTERS
May 24, 2013

Solomon was born at Jameson Hospital on May 24, 2013, at 10:11PM.  At birth, he weighed 8 lbs 4 oz, and measured in at 20.5 pounds.  His parents, Beth and Ben Walters, excitedly welcomed their boy into the world.

One set of Solomon’s grandparents – Jonica and Doug Walters – reside in Perry Township, while the other set – Melanie and Jim Reuss – live in Greensburg, PA.

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RosalieROSALIE CARMELIA MAZZANT
June 7, 2013

Rosalie was born in Houston, TX, on June 7, 2013.  At birth, she weighed 6 lbs 4 oz.  Her parents, Jared Mazzant and Emily (Fury) Mazzant, both originally from Ellwood City, happily brought their little girl into their lives.

 

 

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dexterDEXTER JOHN SHAFFER
September 3, 2013
Ellwood City, PA

Dexter was born at Heritage Valley Hospital on September 3, 2013, at 11:26PM.  At birth, he weighed 7 lbs 10 oz, and measured in at 19 inches.  His parents, Ryan Shaffer and Kari (Kline) Shaffer, lovingly welcomed their baby boy into the family.

Dexter has three sets of grandparents: John and Marianne Kline of Ellwood City, Sean and Lori Hannon of Fombell, and Randy and Alison Shaffer of New Castle.  Also, he has two great grandparents: Judy Shaffer of Princeton, and Delores Valentine of Ellwood City.

Dexter currently lives in Ellwood City with his parents, his dog/pal Rooney, and his fish Kunitz.

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Closely contested game ends in Shenango’s favor

Zach Gould seemed unstoppable Saturday night, putting up a game-high 28 points, but a late 3-pointer by Shenango’s Ryan Smith put the game out of reach as Riverside fell, 65-61, at home.

Gould nailed three from outside the arc, and shot with deadly accuracy all game for the Panthers (1-3, 4-7) who lost for the fourth time in five games.  Logan Sheridan added 20 for Riverside.  The victory gave Shenango (1-3, 3-6) its first conference win, which moved the Panthers to the basement of the standings.

The teams combined for 47 first quarter points, then slowed the game down significantly in the second and third quarters by putting up only 38 total.  The Wildcats’ James Micco finished with 24 points – 15 of which came in the first half – while Smith contributed 12.  Micco also owned the boards with 10 rebounds.

The Panthers next host Aliquippa (4-0, 6-3) on Tuesday for game two of their three-game home stand.

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LHS wrestler earns gold medal in MAC Championships

Mike Sinclair at MAC Championships

Mike Sinclair at MAC Championships

Ellwood City’s Mike Sinclair reeled off four consecutive pins en

route to a top finish at the MAC Wrestling

Championships on Jan. 3 and 4 in Montour.

Sinclair, who wrestles in the 200 weight class, took Ambridge’s Calvin Sittig down in 3:51 to earn the gold medal.  The wrestler’s stellar showing last week at the Southmoreland Tournament certainly carried over.

Four LHS wrestlers earned rights to wrestle in the finals: Brad Grinnen, Donnie Kerr, Mike Sinclair, and Tyler Alberts.  Sinclair took top-spot honors, while the others offered gutsy efforts.

Overall, the team placed fourth in the championships.

Pictured left to right: Brad Grinnen, Donnie Kerr, Mike Sinclair, Tyler Alberts

Pictured left to right: Brad Grinnen, Donnie Kerr, Mike Sinclair, Tyler Alberts

LHS @ MAC Championships Results

Tyler Alberts (2-1) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

 

  • 106: Tyler Alberts (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Austin Alberts (FREEDOM AREA HS) 1:56.
  • 106: Tyler Alberts (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Noah Bandish (CENTRAL VALLEY HS) 0:26.
  • 106: Mason Schaefer (WEST ALLEGHENY HS) won by decision over Tyler Alberts (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 7-0.

Zach Power (0-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 113: Jesse Chen (MARS AREA HS) won by pin over Zach Power (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 1:59.
  • 113: Josh Yost (SOUTHSIDE HS) won by pin over Zach Power (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 4:49.

Carter MacMurdo (3-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 120: Carter MacMurdo (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Michael Chambers (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 4:47.
  • 120: Joe Sheedy (MONTOUR HS) won by pin over Carter MacMurdo (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 4:42.
  • 120: Carter MacMurdo (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Jacob Ramsey (CENTRAL VALLEY HS) 5-0.
  • 120: Justin Mayberry (LAUREL HS) won by decision over Carter MacMurdo (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 2-1.
  • 120: Carter MacMurdo (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Michael Chambers (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 4-0.

Jordan Lemanski (0-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 126: Pasqualino Mastrangelo (CENTRAL VALLEY HS) won by pin over Jordan Lemanski (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:52.
  • 126: Matthew Pavlick (FREEDOM AREA HS) won by major decision over Jordan Lemanski (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 15-2.

Bryan McCarthy (2-3) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 132: Bryan McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Kevin Ball (MONTOUR HS) 2:57.
  • 132: Dean Ward (FREEDOM AREA HS) won by pin over Bryan McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:22.
  • 132: Bryan McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Matt Beatty (BLACKHAWK HS) 3:20.
  • 132: Kyle Davis (HOPEWELL HS) won by pin over Bryan McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITYHS) 0:49.
  • 132: Matthew Makarczyk (MOON AREA HS) won by pin over Bryan McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 2:40.

Christian Kerr (2-3) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 138: Cameron Williams (WEST ALLEGHENY HS) won by decision over Christian Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 10-4.
  • 138: Christian Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Tristan McGrosky (SOUTHSIDE HS) 4:07.
  • 138: Christian Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Justin Petrilena (MARS AREA HS) 10-8.
  • 138: Levi Bonzo (FREEDOM AREA HS) won by major decision over Christian Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 8-0.
  • 138: J Wegley (MONTOUR HS) won by pin over Christian Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 2:59.

Donnie Kerr (2-1) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 145: Donnie Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Aaron Tripp (SOUTHSIDE HS) 7-1.
  • 145: Donnie Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Brandon Smart (FREEDOM AREA HS) 5:34.
  • 145: Kyle Scott (WEST ALLEGHENY HS) won by pin over Donnie Kerr (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:08.

David McCarthy (1-3) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 152: Jacob Bombardier (MONTOUR HS) won by decision over David McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 2-1.
  • 152: David McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Cain Hopkins (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 2:11.
  • 152: Dan Wiesen (SOUTHSIDE HS) won by major decision over David McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 9-0.
  • 152: steve Flannary (HOPEWELL HS) won by decision over David McCarthy (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 4-2.

Zach Pounds (2-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 160: Zach Pounds (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by tech fall over Ben Ayers (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 0:00 15-0.
  • 160: David Rubis (WEST ALLEGHENY HS) won by pin over Zach Pounds (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:24.
  • 160: Kyler Burris (SOUTHSIDE HS) won by pin over Zach Pounds (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:15.
  • 160: Zach Pounds (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Ryan Barnes (MARS AREA HS) 7-1.

JT Baldelli (2-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 170: Dimantae Bronaugh (HOPEWELL HS) won by pin over JT Baldelli (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:53.
  • 170: JT Baldelli (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Reese McHaffie (SOUTHSIDE HS) 5-4.
  • 170: Collin Funkhouser (MONTOUR HS) won by pin over JT Baldelli (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:58.
  • 170: JT Baldelli (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Javon Tarver (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 3:46.

Jacob Mayle (2-2) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 182: David Lyons (MONTOUR HS) won by pin over Jacob Mayle (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3:11.
  • 182: Jacob Mayle (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Randy Ramsey (CENTRAL VALLEY HS) 2:36.
  • 182: James Kimbrough (HOPEWELL HS) won by pin over Jacob Mayle (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 1:35.
  • 182: Jacob Mayle (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Tyus Airhart (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 3:26.

Brad Grinnen (2-1) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 195: Brad Grinnen (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Peterson William (LAUREL HS) 0:12.
  • 195: Brad Grinnen (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Alex Grosso (MARS AREA HS) 8-2.
  • 195: Cole Macek (MONTOUR HS) won by decision over Brad Grinnen (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 3-2.

Mike Sinclair (4-0) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 220: Mike Sinclair (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Eric Kley (MOON AREA HS) 3:36.
  • 220: Mike Sinclair (ELLWOODCITY HS) won by pin over Evan Sweesy (FREEDOM AREA HS) 1:10.
  • 220: Mike Sinclair (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Lamar Taft (BLACKHAWK HS) 5:26.
  • 220: Mike Sinclair (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Calvin Sittig (AMBRIDGE AREA HS) 3:51.

Adam Foreman (3-1) – DNP – Team Points: 0.0

  • 285: Adam Foreman (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over Dylan Redzanic (MOON AREA HS) 0:33.
  • 285: Luke Seifert (WEST ALLEGHENY HS) won by decision over Adam Foreman (ELLWOOD CITY HS) 4-0.
  • 285: Adam Foreman (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by pin over RJ Halfhill (CENTRAL VALLEY HS) 0:30.
  • 285: Adam Foreman (ELLWOOD CITY HS) won by decision over Trey Turnblacer (MARS AREA HS) 3-2.
LHS wrestling team at MAC Championships.

LHS wrestling team at MAC Championships.

Place – Name –  Weight Class

1st Mike Sinclair  220

2nd Tyler Alberts  106

2nd Donnie Kerr  132

2nd Brad Grinnen  195

3rd Adam Forman HWT

5th Zach Pounds  160

5th JT Baldelli  170

6th Brian McCarthy  132

6th  Chris Kerr 138

7th Zach Power 113

7th Carter MacMurdo 120

7th Jake Mayle 182

8th David McCarthy  152

Team Finishes

  1. West Alleghany
  2. Hopewell
  3. Montour
  4. Ellwood City
  5. Mars
  6. Freedom
  7. Moon
  8. South Side
  9. Central Valley
  10. Ambridge
  11. Blackhawk
  12. Laurel
  13. Beaver

 

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PHOTOS: Lady Panthers obtain first conference win

The Riverside Lady Panthers basketball team caught fire on Thursday as they used a solid balance of offense and defense to defeat Beaver Falls (0-3, 1-9), 49-27.

Katie Stang, Morgan Bailey, and Abbey Matiko led the Riverside (1-2, 3-6) offense by all finished in double figures.  Defensively, the Lady Panthers shut down the Lady Tigers with smothering defense provided by Natalie Pritts, Jordan Annarumo, and Maddie Campese.

Coach John Wolf explained that, as a whole, the team performed at a high level.

“As I told the girls last night, it was a team effort.  [We] showed a balanced attack…we will try to continue to improve,” Wolf said.

After holding serve at home, Riverside travels to Laurel on Monday to take on the Lady Spartans at 7:30PM.

 

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Nativity scene returns in mobile fashion

Nativity scene outside of Ellwood City Borough Municipal Building on Lawrence Ave.

Nativity scene outside of Ellwood City Borough Municipal Building on Lawrence Ave.

Two years ago, Ellwood City came under fire from a Wisconsin-based group known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation for displaying a nativity scene in front the the municipal building.

The group wanted to post a Winter Solstice banner on the scene to renounce the endorsement of Christianity, though Mayor Anthony Court decided against using it.

Last year, the nativity scene arrived once again, this time on a trailer attached to a truck parked in front of the municipal building.  Again, the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action, claiming that the truck and trailer received special parking accommodations.  Court explained that he followed ordinances properly, and that the trailer rested completely within legal guidelines.

nativity 2Now, a white trucked with an attached trailer is parked in front the building displaying the nativity scene yet again.  The display arrived back on the street on Sunday, and the mayor discussed his reasoning behind bringing it back for a second consecutive year.

“My biggest concern is that people will forget about tradition,” Court said.  “It is a lovable display, and I want to keep it alive.  It keeps the community together and strong.  As long as I am mayor, it will always be a part of Ellwood City.  There are things in this world worth fighting for, and this definitely one of them in my eyes.”

Court ensured that the vehicle and trailer follow city parking guidelines.

“There is 2-hour free parking, and people will be out to move it accordingly,” Court added.  “I have it outside my window so I can keep an eye on it.”

Court plans to keep the nativity scene up through the holiday season.

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Mary Evans Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center to open

Patients who suffer from chronic wounds no longer need to find treatment outside of Ellwood City.

In August 2013, the Ellwood City Hospital signed an agreement with Healogics, a company that specializes in wound healing and prevention.  Healogics set up 600 centers countrywide, and maintains a solid reputation as a leader in the chronic wound industry.  As one door closed at ECH–the obstetrics department–another opened, in the location formerly known as the Mary Evans Extended Care Center.

Healogics Program Director, Susan DeMeio, who spent the last four years maintaining the wounded care program, explained how the newly installed hyperbaric chambers operate.

“It’s like deep sea diving,” DeMeio said.  “The patient goes into a clear tube, and is taken down into a 2.0 atmosphere for 90 minutes.  One-hundred percent pressure is applied during the process.  Then, they come back to the surface.  It heals the wounds from the inside out.”

Typically, when people think about wounds, they visualize gun shots and cuts.  Hyperbaric treatment, instead, handles chronic internal wounds such as ulcers caused by diabetes.  The pressurized chambers cause the blood to take oxygen to the area of the wound, which aids in quick healing.  Patients go through hyperbaric therapy on a Monday through Friday schedule for approximately six weeks with Healogics, which equates to anywhere from 10-20 total treatments.

“About 10 percent of patients have a diagnoses that requires this treatment,” DeMeio discussed.  “The first time people really understood it was in the movie ET, because they put him into a hyperbaric chamber at the end.  Though, I like to explain to people that Hines Ward actually uses one.”

Athletes and physicians alike utilize this technology for personal use, but they use a different type of machine.  Machines used by the likes of Hines Ward, who used the chamber in his house frequently for rehabilitation, simply release oxygen instead of using pressurized systems.  Also, Tiger Woods takes the route of many physicians, and has oxygen pumped directly into his house.

“The reason people use them in their homes is because a lot of diagnoses still are not approved, such as autism or strokes…there is not enough research to prove that it works for those,” DeMeio added.  “Though, pressure gets the oxygen deeper into the system, whereas non-pressure is more for breathing rather than forcing oxygen.”

The chambers should bring new business to the hospital, as the closest Healogics center rests in the Ohio Valley.  After a four-month process full of long work days, the Mary Evans Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center opens on Dec. 30.

 

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Market family searching for answers in child abuse case

eddie5When Ed and Tana Market invited Ed’s older sister, Darlington-native Amy Market, to live with them earlier this year, they never pictured a nightmare scenario.

Tana decided to go back to work full-time five months after giving birth to the couple’s son, Eddie.  Her sister-in-law, a certified nursing assistant, moved in to help them take care of the infant.  All seemed fine until Oct. 13, when Eddie suffered a seizure and Tana frantically rushed him to Ellwood City Hospital.

A CT scan showed a collection of blood outside of the boy’s brain caused by abusive head trauma, or Shaken Baby Syndrome.  Hospital officials called for an immediate life flight to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh where Eddie underwent treatment for his injuries.

eddie6Ellwood City police began investigating the incident due to the severity of the child’s injuries, and gave polygraph tests to Ed and Tana, who both passed.  Then, they turned their sights to Amy.  The 29-year-old admitted to shaking the baby out of frustration after failing the polygraph, which left her family members both angry and in disbelief.

“I feel betrayed that a family member could do such a thing to an innocent little baby,” Tana Market said about the incident.  “She put our family through hell and back.”

Two months later, Amy Market continues to walk free while awaiting her trial, while Eddie’s problems seemingly worsen by the day.  After several more trips to Children’s Hospital, on Dec. 18, another CT scan showed little resolve.  The next day, he required surgical removal of blood from his head.

eddie 8“He’s currently sedated and in the PICU recovering,” Tana continued.  “I feel it’s horribly unfair that my son is still suffering and had to get head surgery because of the injuries this woman caused him.”

The family now awaits word on impending charges filed against Amy, and they continue to agonize over their son’s struggle.

“She should have known better, and there’s no excuse for her actions,” Tana added.  “She should be in jail…it’s unjust that she isn’t.”

Ed and Tana expect eddie 7Eddie to make a full recovery, which is not entirely common in the case of Shaken Baby Syndrome.  According to KidsHealth.org, some children never recover, and deal with issues such as: Development delays, blindness, impaired intellect, and, in the most severe cases, death.

“My husband and I thank God everyday that our son will be alright, but I want the world to know,” Tana explained.  “I hope every parent is extremely cautious with who they let around their children, because you never know who is capable of this sort of thing when you’re not around.  If you can’t trust family, who can you trust?”

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PHOTOS: Riverside holds on to defeat Ellwood City

The Riverside Panthers Boys basketball team stormed out of the gates against Ellwood City at Riverside High School on Wednesday night.

The Panthers (1-1, 3-3) took a 17-5 lead into the second quarter, but the Wolverines (0-2, 1-6) seemed determined to keep the non-section game close.  Frederick Roth put the team on his shoulders, and scored a team-high 22 points.  But, Riverside’s Ross Maietta answered the bell with 22 points of his own as the Panthers held on to defeat Ellwood City, 61-60.  Riverside coach John Rorick kept his cool the entire game, which helped his squad maintain the lead.

“We just tried to stay positive and keep coaching,” Rorick explained.

The cross-town rivals played tight right down to the final buzzer, when Roth narrowly missed a 3-pointer that Brady Kozior tipped in for two as time expired.  Rorick explained that defense caused Roth to miss his target.

“We had good pressure on the ball and forced the missed shot,” Rorick said.

Riverside next heads to Beaver Falls to face the Tigers on Friday, while Ellwood City hosts West Allegheny at Lincoln High School, also on Friday.

Both games begin at 7:30PM

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PHOTOS: LHS wrestling team takes down South Side

The Lincoln High School wrestling team officially started a winning streak Wednesday night.

The team sealed its second straight victory heading into the Southmoreland Classic by defeating South Side, 51-24.  Coach Craig Alberts talked about his team’s work ethic, and how it translated into consecutive wins.

“Our kids are really working hard, and they are wrestling to their potential. Section wins are huge, and they are hard to get.  Even the kids who lose are saving us team points,” Albert said.  ” We have a few guys like Donnie Kerr, Brad Grinnen, and Mike Sinclair that are delivering big wins for us on a regular basis.  Christian Kerr stepped up with a big pin.  The match of the night was probably JT Baldelli`s.  He had an 8-7 come from behind win that was really exciting.  It`s fun to watch because our guys leave everything on the mat. ”

After a tremendous 5-3 start, the team gets some much needed rest before the two-day tournament on Dec. 27 & 28, which begins at 9:30AM.

RESULTS

106: Zach Power, ECH, pinned Landon Burris, SOHS, 4:33
113: Austin Seik, SOHS, dec. Tyler Alberts, ECH, 8-1. 120: Carter MacMurdo, ECH, forfeit
126: Ryan Lewis, ECH, forfeit
132: Michael McCool, SOHS, pinned Cameron McCowin, ECH, 0:58
138: Shane Gentry, SOHS, pinned Bryan McCarthy, ECH, 0:54
145: Christian Kerr, ECH, pinned Tristan McGrosky, SOHS, 3:18
152: Donnie Kerr, ECH, pinned Aaron Tripp, SOHS, 4:55
160: Hunter Cox, SOHS, dec. David McCarthy, ECH, 6-1
170: JT Baldelli, ECH, dec. Kyler Burris, SOHS, 8-7
182: Austin Boone, SOHS, pinned Jacob Mayle, ECH, 1:55
195: Brad Grinnen, ECH, pinned Colin McCoy, SOHS, 1:38
220: Mike Sinclair, ECH, pinned Dan Morrow, SOHS, 3:01
285: Adam Foreman, ECH, forfeit

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