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NEWS from the Elk County Sheriff's Office














** NEWS
From the Elk County Sheriff's Office **



Please be advised that the Elk County Sheriff's Office and all Courthouse Offices

will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday.


June 30, 2017

  

       
This morning, The Elk County Sheriff's Office participated in the Children's Miracle Network event being held at the Leaning Pines Golf Course in St. Marys.  Chief Deputy Borza from the Sheriff's Office along with Officer Lehman of the St. Marys Police Department talked about gun safety with the NRA's Eddie Eagle Program.



June 27, 2017

This year Independence Day begins on a weekend thereby extending celebrations that will likely include sparklers, and other class “C” combustibles. The Elk County Sheriff’s Office encourages adults to supervise children and follow instructions when using legal fireworks. An adult should always supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for several injuries that result in visits to the emergency room. Never attempt to relight a firework if it fails the first time. Soak it in water and then discard the device. Also celebrations of this kind often involve the use of alcoholic beverages, so please do not use or employ any type of fireworks when consuming alcoholic beverages.   This only increases the chance of unintentional consequences that can result in injuries to the person or innocent bystanders.

The Elk County Sheriff’s Office hopes that everyone enjoys this year’s Independence celebrations and wishes all a good time.

For additional safety tips this year please visit www.usfa.fema.gov.




June 13, 2017


PROJECT LIFESAVER

By Sheila Mazzaferro

What do people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and down syndrome all have in common?....... The tendency to wander.

Over 5 million people in this country suffer from Alzheimer’s disease; 1 in 45 Americans have autism. Of those, 60% of Alzheimer’s patients and 49% of autistic persons will wander at some point. Because many are unable to communicate and become confused, these individuals cannot seek help to return home. The longer they are missing, the more increased the risk of serious injury or even death.

A typical search for these individuals takes approximately 9 hours. At a cost of $1,500 per hour, the average search comes to a total of $13,500. With Project Lifesaver, the average search is 30 minutes and to date they have a 100% success rate with 3,269 rescues.

Started in 1999, Project Lifesaver is an award winning program consisting of police, sheriff, fire, public safety departments and other emergency responders. The individual with tendencies to wander wears a small transmitter on their wrist or ankle that emits a tracking signal. It looks similar to a watch, but sends out one of three transmissions: radio frequency, global positioning system (GPS) or assisted global positioning system. When the individual is missing, a call is made to Project Lifesaver to explain the situation. They, in turn, will contact local responders with coordinates of the individual based on the tracking signal being sent. The responder now knows exactly where to look, saving crucial time.

The Project Lifesaver program currently has over 1,500 member agencies in 50 states, but there is some work involved to become a participant. Each participating agency receives a 2 day on-site training for up to 7 people and a 1 day training up to 7 people to become instructors for the program with re-certification every 2 years. Certified Project Lifesaver first responders are also trained to understand the behavior of adults and children that could be at risk. They also give instruction to families and caregivers for maintenance and for reporting if their loved one goes missing.

Bringing this issue to the forefront is imperative. Not only do we need to get the word out about this huge issue, but knowing there is a product out there that can help these families and give them peace of mind, gives us, as a community, enough of a reason to help raise the funds necessary. The funding can be helped with various grants but bringing awareness is the main way to help cover costs. 

For more information about Project Lifesaver, please visit their webpage at www.projectlifesaver.org or call (757)546-5502.                                                        


LIFT staff, Sheila Mazzaferro and Hope Weichman recently met with Elk County Sheriff, Todd Caltagarone and 9-1-1 Coordinator, Sherri Lovett in an effort to collaborate to bring Project Lifesaver and its technology to Elk County. After researching and reviewing the benefits and value of this program, we are pleased to announce the partnership between these three agencies. 

A letter of intent will be written to Project Lifesaver as the beginning stage of the process. This can only become a reality with community support and involvement. LIFT will work to secure funding through local foundations and community sponsorships and as always, would welcome all contributions.

If you would like more information, please contact Sheila or Hope at 814-781-3050. To make a contribution to our local efforts for Project Lifesaver, send checks payable to LIFT (Project Lifesaver), 503 E. Arch St., St. Marys, PA 15857.

We cannot do this alone; we need you, the members of our community, to GET THE WORD OUT in order to make Project Lifesaver a SUCCESS!




June 9, 2017

        NEWS RELEASE

 

The Elk County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to use the Drug Collection Boxes that are available at several locations throughout the County to dispose of unused medications. They are located at the Elk County Sheriff’s Office, the City of St. Marys Police Department, the Ridgway Borough Police Department, and the Johnsonburg Police Department. Any personal information on the medicine containers such as patient names should be blacked or lined out. This collaborative program is a joint effort in addressing the drug epidemic by minimizing the availability and abuse of unused medications, and to safely destroy them in a way that is not hazardous to the environment. Any questions concerning the program can be addressed to Elk County Sheriff Todd Caltagarone at 776-5353 or by email – ..  

 ITEMS ACCEPTED

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over the counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Sample medications
  • Pet Medications





May 31, 2017

On Thursday May 25, the Elk County Commissioners and Sheriff Todd Caltagarone visited the Jones Township Senior Center and had lunch with several Jones Township seniors. Sheriff Caltagarone presented on the current opioid epidemic that Pennsylvania is currently confronted with. He framed the current crisis to bring a clearer perspective and laid out the Commonwealth and Elk County’s response.  A significant part of that plan involves a “Drug Take Back” of unused medications to help minimize the possibility of illicit use and to destroy the product in an environmentally safe way.  The visit to the Jones Twp Senior Center did include a “Drug Take Back”, where 8.5 pounds of unused medications were collected.  Any organization interested in conducting a “Drug Take Back” for their employees or members please contact the Elk County Sheriff’s Office at 776-5353 or by emailing the Sheriff at .">..


Pictured from left to right front row are: Shirley Stanley, Beverly Cook, and Jean Swanson.

Back row: Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg, Elk County Sheriff Todd Caltagarone, Elk County Commissioner Matt Quesenberry, Daisy Sutter, and Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.



May 2, 2017

The Office of the Elk County Sheriff and Elk County District Attorney in collaboration with area local law enforcement agencies have collected 232.6 pounds of unused medicines for destruction over the last two months.  On May 2, 2017, the collection was transferred to Agents from the PA Attorney General’s Office and soldiers from the PA National Guard.  Total collected for 2017 thusfar has been 525.9 pounds.  This medicine collection program is designed to minimize the availability of unused medications that can be abused and to destroy them in an environmentally safe way.  Med collection boxes are available at the Elk County Sheriff’s Office, the Ridgway Police Department, the St. Marys Police Department, and the Johnsonburg Police Department.  The collection boxes allow medications to be disposed of in a manner whereby they are not retrievable by the general public and the contents remain confidential.  Pictured below from left to right are Sheriff Todd Caltagarone, Deputy Jason McDermott, and Chief Deputy James Borza.  Also pictured are soldiers from Fort Indiantown Gap.

    



May 2, 2017


Our License to Carry technical issues have been resolved.  We are now able to issue permits again.  Thank you.




April 24, 2017



PROM PROMISE EVENT TO BE HELD
AT ECCHS on MAY 9th...

The public should be aware that this event will involve a simulated crash with injuries and entail the movement of emergency vehicles utilizing sirens and other emergency warning signals. Messages will be broadcast over emergency frequencies that will make this seem like an active incident. We emphasize that this is a student led pre-prom program that has been planned and carefully coordinated by ECCHS student leaders, so please do not be alarmed.

The program will begin on or about 12:30 P.M. on May 9, 2017.  

Motorists are asked to use caution while traveling in the area of

Maurus Street in St. Marys during this event.   More information will follow.


(Photos above are from the 2015 ECCHS Prom Promise Event.)







April 18, 2017

Adopt-a-Highway Program in Benezette... 
 
Earlier today, the Elk County Sheriff's Office assisted Benezette Township with their Adopt-a-Highway Trash pickup program along Route 555 by providing a marked patrol unit in the area to help with the safety of the volunteers. Thank you to all who volunteered their time this morning to help keep our County looking its best.
 
 

April 4, 2017


D.A.R.E. Program Graduation held at St. Marys Area Middle School...



On Friday, March 31, 2017, one hundred sixty-one sixth grade students from the St. Marys Area Middle School graduated from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.    


                             2017 Essay Winners                               


Essay Winner Robert "Clay" Smith


D.A.R.E. Graduation Program  






March 14, 2017

THE ELK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE 
ST. MARYS EAGLES CLUB FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATION TO
THE WOMEN ON TARGET PROGRAM.





February 28, 2017

NEARLY 294 POUNDS OF UNUSED MEDICINE COLLECTED
 

The Office of the Elk County Sheriff and Elk County District Attorney in collaboration with area local law enforcement agencies have collected 293.3 pounds of unused medicines for destruction.   The collection was transferred to Agents from the PA Attorney General’s Office and soldiers from the PA National Guard on February 28th.  This medical collection program is designed to minimize the availability of unused medications that can be abused and to destroy them in an environmentally safe way.  Medical collection boxes are available at the Elk County Sheriff’s Office, the Ridgway Police Department, the St. Marys Police Department, and the Johnsonburg Police Department.  The collection boxes allow medications to be disposed of in a manner whereby they are not retrievable by the general public and the contents remain confidential.  Pictured above from left to right are Chief Deputy James Borza, Lt. William Gerg, and Sheriff Todd Caltagarone.

 

The Elk County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the addition of a MedReturn Drug Collection Unit in our office. Items can be dropped off during our office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  CLICK HERE for the MedReturn flyer and information.

 

ITEMS ACCEPTED:

  •  Samples
  •  Over-the-counter medications
  •  Prescription medications
  •  Prescriptions
  •  Prescription patches
  •  Prescription ointments
  •  Vitamins
  •  Medications for pets

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED:

  •  Aerosol cans
  •  Medications from businesses/clinics
  •  Thermometers
  •  Hydrogen peroxide
  •  Needles (Sharps)
  •  Inhalers
  •  Ointments, lotions or liquids


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If you are planning to visit the Elk County Courthouse, please CLICK HERE to review items that cannot be brought into the Courthouse.





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