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Former Crawford County Jail Warden Pleads Guilty In Disappearance Of $123,000 From Cochranton-Area Social Club

The former warden of the Crawford County Jail entered a guilty plea in Crawford County Court on Wednesday in a case involving the disappearance of more than $123,000 from a social club in the Cochranton area. 53 year-old Timothy Lewis had served as the lodge administrator of the organization.  Lewis and his wife, 50 year-old…

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Astros Score Five On Gerrit Cole, Beat Pirates 5-4

The Houston Astros scored five runs in five innings against Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole on Wednesday afternoon, winning the rubber game of a three-game series at PNC Park 5-4 over the Pirates. The Astros (66-61) jumped to a 5-1 lead on a two-run, first-inning home run by Evan Gattis and later RBI base hits by…

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State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Begins

Two years after it was passed into law, Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program will finally launch on Thursday. While doctors are hopeful this tool will help curb Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction problem, there are still many issues to be sorted out. The new program will require doctors to check their patients’ prescription histories and look for…

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Knox Man Scammed Of $4,800 In Sweepstakes Come-On

A Knox man has been scammed of a reported $4,800 through a sweepstakes scam in which a mailing informed him he had won $785,000. The mailing was allegedly from a firm known as American Family Sweepstakes and Promotions.  The scam victim was instructed to send a $4,800 fee to receive the prize. Of course, no money…

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Big Bend Road To Close For Highway Project

PennDOT has announced that a section of Big Bend Road in southern Venango County will be closed to traffic beginning next week due to the installation of a new culvert. The highway, officially named Route 3016, will be closed beginning Monday (Aug. 29) from the intersection of Routes 38 and 208 to the intersection of…

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Franklin Couple Dies From Gunshot Wounds; Murder-Suicide Suspected

The sad case of the deaths of a Franklin-area couple is suspected to involve a murder-suicide. Autopsies performed in Erie on Tuesday have shown that John and Barbara Heckathorne, both age 63, died of gunshot wounds.  The couple were found early Saturday evening at their home on Route 62 in Frenchcreek Township, west of Franklin. State Police…

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Oil City Man Accused Of Leaving Sons In The Middle Of The Street

An Oil City man has been jailed after he allegedly stranded his two sons in the middle of an Oil City street. Police say two neighbors took temporary custody of the boys, ages five and six, after they were left standing, holding their car seats, on Manning Street. The police report states the children have been…

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Nova Throws Complete Game, Polanco Homers Twice In Bucs’ 7-1 Home Win Over Houston

Ivan Nova pitched a complete game in his fourth start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Gregory Polanco homered twice and drove in three runs as the Bucs downed the Houston Astros 7-1 on Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Nova (10-6; 3-0 Pirates) threw 98 pitches, allowed one run and six hits, struck out six…

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Clarion County’s Outdoor Burning Ban Lifted

An outdoor burning ban that had been in effect for Clarion County was lifted Tuesday. The Clarion County commissioners made the decision following communication with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  State officials are still cautioning residents to be careful with their fires. The burning ban had been issued while much of the state…

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Pirates Lose Fourth Straight; Drop 3-1 Decision To Houston

Home runs by Teoscar Hernandez and rookie Alex Bregman lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Monday night. The loss by the Pirates (62-60) was their fourth straight, and dropped them three-and-a-half games behind St. Louis in the race for the…

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