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Man Who Said Robbery Attempt Was A Joke Pleads Guilty To Reckless Endangerment

A Franklin man who claimed that a reported robbery attempt at a Reno convenience store was simply part of a joke has entered a guilty plea in Venango County Court to a charge of reckless endangerment. 48 year-old Leroy Foreman was sentenced to two years probation. In his plea bargain, charges of robbery and making…

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Fireworks Convention May Cause Traffic Problems In Butler County

Police and safety officials in Butler County are reminding motorists traveling through certain parts of the county beginning this weekend to expect delays because of the fireworks convention which begins Saturday in Worth Township south of Slippery Rock. The extra traffic created by the thousands of people visiting the area, combined with construction zones already…

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Franklin Man Sentenced In Nearly $450,000 In Thefts From Latrobe Steel

A Franklin man who once worked for a local steel company has been sentenced to Venango County Jail time following his guilty plea in June to a charge of theft by unlawful taking. 26 year-old Michael Morrison was sentenced to 11-and-a-half months to two years, less one day, and was ordered to serve five years probation and…

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Harrison’s Walkoff Homer Gives Bucs A 4-3 Win Over Miami

Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison slammed a walkoff home run at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates their 12th victory in 17 games, a 4-3 win over the visiting Miami Marlins. Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, Harrison’s first career walkoff homer was hit off the Marlins’ Mike Dunn (2-2;…

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Oil City Man Seriously Hurt In Truck Crash On Route 157

An Oil City-area man was seriously hurt in an accident involving his pickup early Wednesday morning in Pinegrove Township. State Police at the Franklin station say 20 year-old Eric Schumacher lost control of his truck while traveling on Route 157 shortly before 1:30 AM.  The vehicle went through a yard, struck a utility pole, and…

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Hartstown Woman Sentenced In Thefts From Elderly Oil City-Area Woman

A Hartstown woman has been sentenced to nearly two years in the Venango County Jail, twelve years of probation and 500 hours of community service time after her guilty pleas in a case in which she was accused of swindling an elderly Oil City-area woman out of nearly $24,000. 48 year-old Sheila Haist was sentenced…

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Defendant Found Fit To Stand Trial In Murder Of Ohio Woman Near Cochranton

One of two Cochranton-area women charged in the murder of an Ohio woman has been found mentally competent to stand trial in a hearing in which her attorneys sought to prove she suffers from several disorders. 20 year-old Ashley Barber, from Wayne Township, was ruled to be fit for trial on Tuesday by Crawford County…

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DuBois Junior Leaguers Drop To 2-1 At Eastern Region Tourney

The DuBois Junior League baseball all-stars dropped a 9-4 decision to Massapequa, New York on Tuesday night in the winners’ bracket final of the double-elimination Junior League Eastern Region Tournament in Freehold Township, New Jersey. The loss by a DuBois team, which is now 2-1 in New Jersey and 13-1 overall, drops the Pennsylvania champion…

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Powerball Jackpot Soars To $425 Million

The estimated annuity value of Wednesday’s Powerball Lottery jackpot is now posted at $425 million.  No one hit the more than $307 million dollar prize available in Saturday’s drawing. $425 million would mark the third-largest jackpot in the Powerball game and the fourth-largest overall jackpot in United States lottery history. Powerball officials estimate the value…

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Wednesday Events At The Venango County Fair

Wednesday marks the midpoint of the 2013 Venango County Fair. Early events include the 4-H Pleasure Horse Show and the 4-H and Open Beef Shows. During the afternoon, you’ll find an animal seminar, a workshop on good production practices for livestock, and a pedal tractor pull. On Wednesday night, 4-by-4 truck pulls will be featured,…

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