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17 Year-Old Charged With Statutory Sexual Assault

The Oil City Police have arrested a seventeen year-old boy on a charge of statutory sexual assault after an incident alleged to have happened in December. Police identified the alleged victim only as a juvenile female. Investigators say their probe into the incident took three months.  The case continues to move through the Venango County…

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Stoneboro Man Charged In Ten Mercer County Burglaries

A Stoneboro man was charged this week in different burglaries which took place in a period of about ten days in June in eight different communities in Mercer County. 30 year-old Daniel Hartman was charged by both Sharon Police and by State Police officials at the Mercer station in Jackson Center.  Officials say one of…

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$89 Tuition Increase For State Universities The Lowest In More Than Ten Years

The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has approved an $89-per-semester increase for the new academic year for the fourteen state-owned universities, the smallest hike levied in more than ten years – a little less than two-and-a-half percent. Most resident full-time students at schools like Clarion, Slippery Rock and Edinboro…

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Mercer Man Dies In One-Car Crash On Route 58

A Mercer man died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Route 58 in Mercer County. Police officials say 40 year-old Gerald Murray died at about 1:00 AM when his car left the highway on a curve, hit a guardrail and a number of mailboxes, flipped over and came to rest among some trees.  In…

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State Police Issue Warnings Concerning The “Pokémon Go” Craze

The State Police have joined others who have been issuing warnings to those who play the wildly popular “Pokémon Go” game. The smart phone app draws players outdoors to virtually capture Pokémon characters who often “show up” at specific landmarks in a local community. In addition to dangers involving distracted players, such as the incident in…

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Federal Marshals Warn Of Jury Duty Scam In Western Pennsylvania

The United States Marshals Service is warning residents of western Pennsylvania of a scam involving callers who claim to represent law enforcement and attempt to collect “fine” money from call recipients they say skipped jury duty. The callers try to have the potential scam victims call another telephone number to give a credit card number…

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Revenue Package Passed, Signed To Complete State Budget

A $1.3 billion revenue package was approved in both the state House and the Senate on Wednesday, finalizing the state budget for the new fiscal year. Governor Tom Wolf signed the package late in the day. The measure was needed to balance the $31.6 billion budget passed in the legislature late last month just before…

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Franklin Man Seriously Injured In Emlenton Crash

A Franklin-area man was hospitalized with what accident investigators believe may have been serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Emlenton. State Police troopers say a pickup operated by 33 year-old Charles McVay left Kerr Avenue on a curve.  The truck jumped a curb, traveled along a sidewalk, slammed into a utility pole and then…

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Powerball Lottery Jackpot Now At $333 Million

The estimated annuity value of the Powerball Lottery jackpot is now posted at $333 million after no one matched all of the numbers drawn in a $311 million game on Wednesday night. The one-time cash value of Saturday night’s jackpot was estimated Thursday morning at $237 million. One player who purchased a ticket for Wednesday’s…

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Pennsylvania Drug Overdose Deaths Climb By 23 Percent In 2015

A federal report shows that drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania rose by 23 percent last year. More than half of the state’s overdose deaths were due to heroin. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recorded 3,383 deaths by overdose in Pennsylvania in 2015, up 641 from the previous year.  Zane Memeger, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told Radio…

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