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Fire Destroys Apartment Duplex In Downtown Franklin

The residents of two apartments were left homeless, and damages are estimated at $75,000 following a fire which destroyed a two-story duplex in downtown Franklin on Monday afternoon. The building on the 10-hundred block of Liberty Street near Washington Crossing was declared a total loss.  No injuries were reported. Franklin and Rocky Grove firefighters were…

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Five Fire Companies Respond To Garage Fire On Polk Cutoff

Five Venango County fire companies were called early Monday morning to a fire that roared through a garage in Sandycreek Township. Sandycreek, Franklin, Polk, Rocky Grove and Utica firefighters were all summoned around 4:45 AM to the blaze on the Polk Cutoff.  They battled for much of the early morning to keep the fire from…

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Forest County Newspaper Building Destroyed By Fire

A Monday morning fire that destroyed a Forest County newspaper building was apparently started when a vehicle ran off the road and sheared off a utility pole, causing the sparking of downed electric lines. The fire at The Forest Press on South Elm Street in Tionesta was reported shortly after 6:00 AM.  Five fire companies responded.…

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Police Say Oil City Man Showed Pornography To A Minor

Oil City Police have charged a Graff Street resident after the man was accused of showing pornographic images on a computer to a minor. 26 year-old Shawn McDonald is charged with distributing sexual materials to a minor and with the corruption of a minor. Investigators say a Head Start official noticed the computer images on…

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Franklin Man Injured In Sunday Motorcycle Crash

A Franklin-area man was taken to UPMC Northwest on Sunday evening after he crashed his motorcycle on Route 62 in Cranberry Township. State Police officials say 27 year-old Nicholas Knauf failed to negotiate a curve on Riverside Drive, approaching Oil City.  Knauf’s bike traveled through the curve and through several yards before it slammed into…

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Clarion Man Faces Charges In Police Chase; Teenage Rider Hospitalized In Pittsburgh

A Clarion man faces numerous charges including fleeing police, aggravated assault by vehicle and furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors following a crash during a police chase in Clarion County late Saturday night. Clarion Borough Police say 27 year-old Jesse Solomon was initially held on a probation detainer, and after treatment at Clarion Hospital, he was lodged…

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Pirates’ 5-3 Home Win Grabs NLDS Lead Over St. Louis

Eighth-inning RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 Sunday afternoon home win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and to a 2-games-to-1 lead in their best-of-5 National League Division Series. The victory, before a PNC Park record crowd of 40, 489, means the Pirates need just one win…

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Voter Registration Deadline Looms Monday

County election officials remind us that Monday (Oct. 7) is the final day to register to vote, or to make changes to voter registrations for the November 5 general elections. Forms must be submitted to your county courthouse, or postmarked by Monday for new or revised registrations to be processed for November 5. Pennsylvania’s Department…

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Two Sentenced In Oil City Drug Arrests

A man with New York ties, who was arrested at an Oil City apartment late last winter, was sentenced last week in Venango County Court to 27 months to eight years in state prison on his convictions last month on charges involving the sales and possession of cocaine and the possession of drug paraphernalia. Police had…

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Oil City Man Sentenced To County Jail For Endangering Welfare Of A Child

An Oil City man whom police had accused of physically harming a two year-old girl was sentenced last week to one-to-two years in the Venango County Jail and four years probation. 28 year-old Royez Ludy was sentenced following his guilty plea to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.  In a plea bargain,…

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