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Venus Man Charged With Making Murder Threats During Domestic Dispute

A Venus man was placed in the Venango County Jail this week after a domestic dispute incident in which he is accused of assaulting and threatening to kill a woman. State Police officials say 52 year-old Rick Ritchey is accused of shoving a 52 year-old woman against a piece of furniture and threatening to kill…

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Franklin Man Accused In Sexual Relationship With 15 Year-Old Boy

A Franklin man was jailed Tuesday on $150,000 bail after his arraignment on 48 charges stemming from his alleged sexual relationship with an underage boy. State Police investigators say the charges against 27 year-old Terrance Smith include multiple counts of sex with a person under 16, statutory sexual assault and the corruption of a minor.…

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Oil City Warns Of Contamination Contained In Floodwaters

Oil City’s engineering department is warning residents to assume that “raw sewage could be present” in any floodwaters that may enter the buildings in which we live and work. Other contaminants may include oil, gasoline and other discarded or spilled fluids. It is possible in many cases that a drainage system that allows water and…

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Fire Destroys Automotive Garage Near Cochranton

A fire early Wednesday morning destroyed an automotive garage near Cochranton. No one was in the establishment, and no injuries were reported.  A passer-by spotted the fire shortly before 2:30 AM. A State Police fire marshal is already investigating the cause of the blaze.  The building was declared a total loss.

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Clarion Man Injured In Knox-Area Rollover

A Clarion man was injured Tuesday morning in a rollover accident on Interstate 80 near Knox. State Police say 31 year-old Frederick Christensen was traveling west on I-80 at about 7:00 AM when his S-U-V left the highway, hit an embankment and rolled over. Troopers say Christensen was not wearing a seat belt and suffered…

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MegaMillions Lottery Jackpot Reaches $216 Million

Another lottery jackpot has climbed above $200 million. Officials say the estimated annuity value of the Friday jackpot in the MegaMillions Lottery is currently at $216 million after no one matched all numbers needed to win Tuesday’s $195 million prize. The one-time cash prize for the next drawing is estimated at $119.6 million. One player…

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Tuesday’s High School Basketball Playoff Results – February 25

High School Basketball Playoff Results – Tuesday, February 25 –   District 10 “AAA” Boys Semifinals Erie East 53, Oil City 41 Farrell 71, Strong Vincent 69   District 10 “AAAA” Boys Championship McDowell 66, Cathedral Prep 52   District 10 “AA” Boys Semifinals Fairview 64, Reynolds 28 West Middlesex 58, Mercyhurst Prep 42  …

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VC-Keystone Game Moved To Cranberry High School

District 9 basketball tournament officials have acquiesced to followers of both Venango Catholic and Keystone High School basketball, and have moved Wednesday night’s girls class “A” semifinal game between the Lady Vikings (19-4) and the Lady Panthers (17-7) to Cranberry High School. The game will start at 7:00 PM. The contest had originally been slated…

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Franklin Home Destroyed By Monday Morning Fire

A fire that broke out around 9:30 AM Monday morning destroyed a home in Franklin’s Third Ward. The resident of the home on the 300-block of Grant Street, identified as Robert Laing, Jr., was able to safely escape the flames. Franklin firefighters were on the scene until early afternoon.  The cause of the fire was…

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Former Chapmanville VFD Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Theft Charges

A former treasurer for the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department will serve seven years probation following her guilty pleas entered Monday in a case in which she was accused of misappropriating about $33,000 in department funds. 42 year-old Kimberly Keener entered guilty pleas in Venango County Court to charges of theft by deception and theft by failure to…

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