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Oil City Man Arrested For Theft – At The Venango County Courthouse

An Oil City man was arrested last week for allegedly stealing a cell phone – at the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin – just minutes before he was to enter a plea to a charge of the possession of contraband by a prison inmate. Venango County Sheriff’s Department officials say the theft was captured on video.…

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Kennerdell Home Destroyed By Wednesday Night Fire

A Kennerdell couple was left homeless, but uninjured, in a fire that swept through their home on Witherup Road on Wednesday night. Officials say the couple was home, but escaped safely.  The fire was believed to have been caused by an electrical problem.  The home was being remodeled. Four fire companies responded to the blaze…

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Oil City Man Gets 3-10 Years In Sexual Assault Case

An Oil City man was sentenced this week to 3-to-10 years in state prison and five years probation in the sexual assault of a woman in her mobile home in Seneca last year. 27 year-old Akeem Robinson has entered guilty pleas in November to charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent and trespassing. Robinson was accused of…

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Oil City Public Works Director Accepts South Fayette Position

The director of Oil City’s public works department, who recently served as interim city manager, is leaving the area, and will accept the position of director of parks and recreation in South Fayette Township, near Pittsburgh. Butch Truitt reportedly learned of the job opening through the South Fayette township manager, Ryan Eggleston, who served as…

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Grove City High School Hit By Bomb Threat

Grove City High School was evacuated on Thursday afternoon after someone discovered the word “bomb” scrawled on a bathroom wall. Students were sent home after the incident at about 2:00 PM, and a search utilizing bomb-sniffing dogs ensued. No threats were discovered.  An investigation continues.

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Meadville Knife Fight Results In Arrest, Hospitalization

Police responding to a report of a knife fight in Meadville late Thursday afternoon discovered two injured men, and arrested one of the fighters on assault charges. Meadville Police say the incident happened at a Liberty Street residence.  Investigators arrested and charged 53 year-old Richard Kolcun, and said that 42 year-old William Bonus was taken…

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Meadville Runaway Found, Transient Male Companion Arrested

Police in  Mercer County say a 15 year-old girl who had run away from a group home in Meadville was found this week in Greenville — in bed with a 22 year-old transient who now faces sex charges and other counts in the incident. Police in the Greenville area say the man’s identity was revealed…

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Another Penguins Shutout Lifts Pittsburgh To 14th Straight Win

Tomas Vokoun and the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday night for the team’s 14th consecutive victory, and the points lead in the entire National Hockey League. The Pens have allowed only nine goals in their last ten games.  Vokoun (9-3) earned the shutout, the 50th…

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Pirates Edge Yanks In Grapefruit League Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates managed just four hits in their Grapefruit League preseason finale on Thursday afternoon, but they managed to post a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees in a game played in Tampa. The Bucs compiled a 13-18-1 record in Florida.  They will face the Curve, their “AA” affiliate, in Altoona on Saturday…

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State Police To Step Up DUI Enforcement In April

Troop “E” of the Pennsylvania State Police, headquartered in northwestern Pennsylvania, has announced that D-U-I enforcement by their troopers will be stepped up in Venango County in the month of April. Troopers from the Franklin station and others from throughout Troop “E” will concentrate efforts on apprehending intoxicated and impaired drivers in Venango County.  Roving D-U-I…

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