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Seneca Man Arrested In Saturday Fight; Police Say Brass Knuckles Were Involved

A Seneca man was arrested in a fight that police say occurred early Saturday afternoon, and in which a pair of brass knuckles was reportedly used. State Police officials from the Franklin station say 39 year-old Todd Schull struck an Oil City man in the head with the weapon before also being injured himself.  Both men were…

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Ohio Man Arrested In Barkeyville Motel Assault Investigation

State Police officials say they arrested an Ohio man over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted four other Ohio residents at a motel in Barkeyville. Troopers tell KQW that 41 year-old Raynell Jones, from Maple Heights, was charged with simple assault and was lodged in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Investigators…

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Oil Heritage “Pre-Festival Events” Begin This Weekend

The annual Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City officially begins next Thursday, July 23, but a number of “pre-festival events” are also scheduled. Those events include the annual Homan-Cunningham Memorial Softball Tournament, beginning Friday (July 17) and continuing through late Sunday at softball fields in Hasson Heights and on Mitchell Avenue. The Oil Heritage Arts Show…

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State Rep. Lee James Says A Good Governor Should Compromise

In a statement released this week, state Representative Lee James, from Oil City, said “Government that works requires a Governor who compromises.” Amid all the reports from Harrisburg that no progress is being made on state budget talks nearly three weeks into the new fiscal year, Republican James was referring to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s veto…

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PA Turnpike Near Butler To Be Closed Late Sunday Night

State officials are cautioning weekend travelers that one section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Butler will be closed for about five hours late Sunday night for a bridge project. The Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley interchanges, basically between Route 8 and Route 28, beginning at midnight…

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State Budget Debate Extends To Media Ads

As the state budget stalemate continues, the debate has extended to radio and television. In the third week of the new fiscal year and with no progress to report on budget talks, the debate has moved to the airwaves where partisan radio and TV ads are slamming one side or the other. Ads run by…

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Police Organization Opposes Pennsylvania Plan To Phase Out Vehicle Registration Stickers

A national organization representing police officers has come out in opposition to Pennsylvania’s plan to phase out the registration stickers on motor vehicle license plates by the end of next year. The federal Fraternal Order of Police says the stickers are a valuable tool to help law enforcement officials identify suspicious vehicles. The move to…

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Governor Wolf Signs Law Enforcement Training Bill

The new bill requiring additional training for police officers and district magisterial judges has been signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. The law will require the police and magistrates to receive training on how to recognize and deal with people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and autism. The bill’s sponsor, state Senator Tom Caltagirone, told…

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PLCB Imposes Handling Fee On Liquor And Wine Bottles

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board this week unanimously approved what they are terming a “handling fee” on the bottles of new products that will be stocked at state wine and spirits stores. The fees will become effective on August 1, and apparently they do not cover existing products. The fees per bottle of new spirits…

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Tractor-Trailer Fire Shuts Down Interstate 80 For Nearly Four Hours

A tractor-trailer fire east of Clarion on Interstate 80 late Tuesday night resulted in the closing of the westbound lanes of the highway for nearly four hours. The incident occurred in Clarion Township shortly after 11:00 PM.  State Police troopers say the driver of the rig, 37 year-old Mamourou Kamissoko from Harrisburg, stopped and disconnected…

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