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Wednesday Evening Storms Bring Tornado Watch And Thursday Flash Flood Watch

Officials were spending Thursday morning assessing whether any damage occurred in the area during storms which rolled through the Oil Region early Wednesday evening. While the more severe storms seemed to have occurred to the south and the east of Venango County, brief heavy rainfalls have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash…

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State Senate Bill Would Allow Suspension Of Driver’s Licenses For Unpaid Fines And Court Costs

A state Senate committee has approved a measure that would require PennDOT to suspend the driver’s licenses of anyone who does not pay fines or court costs within fifteen days of their notification. The penalties owed would not need to be related to driving.  Current state law does allow license suspensions if individuals have not paid…

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Kentucky Man Seriously Injured In I-80 Tractor-Trailer Crash; Traffic Snarled For Hours

Details released concerning that tractor-trailer crash that closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Knox on Wednesday morning indicate that a Kentucky man who was a passenger in the rig was seriously injured. Accident investigators say 53 year-old Gary Russell, from Greensburg, Kentucky, was airlifted to a Pittsburgh-area hospital following his extrication from the…

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Tionesta Man Receives Only Minor Injuries In Multiple Rollover Incident On Route 36

A Tionesta man sustained only minor injuries Wednesday morning although his S-U-V rolled over multiple times during a crash on Route 36 in northern Venango County. State Police troopers tell KQW that 45 year-old Craig Verkonski says he was traveling south through Allegheny Township when he swerved to avoid a chipmunk.  His vehicle crossed the…

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$257 Million PowerBall Jackpot Winner Sold In Tennessee; Pennsylvania Player To Win $1 Million

Game officials say one ticket sold for Wednesday night’s PowerBall Lottery drawing contains all of the numbers drawn, including the PowerBall number, and qualifies as the lone winning ticket for a jackpot prize with an estimated annuity value of at least $257 million. The ticket was sold somewhere in Tennessee. One ticket sold in Pennsylvania…

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Police Probe Burglary And Vandalism At Miller-Sibley Recreation Complex

Police in Sugarcreek Borough and Franklin have begun an investigation into a break-in that occurred at the Miller-Sibley recreation complex. Police officials say someone forced their way into the pool area at Miller-Sibley sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning.  The burglar or burglars vandalized some areas around the pool and at a concession stand.  They then stole…

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Rabid Bat Found In Franklin Area

State officials have confirmed that a bat found recently in the Franklin area has tested positive for rabies. Tests results from the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory show a bat captured at a residence along Route 62 between Franklin and Polk did have rabies.  The man who brought the animal to the attention of the proper authorities…

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I-80 West Between Knox, Emlenton Closed Wednesday Morning For Tractor-Trailer Crash

The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between Knox and Emlenton were closed to traffic for nearly an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday morning following a crash involving a tractor-trailer. The incident, reportedly occurring at about 8:30 AM, also resulted in traffic tie-ups on Route 338 and other roads in the Knox area due to the detour of…

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State Senate Committee Votes To Cut Size Of Penn State’s Trustees Board

A state senate committee voted Tuesday to cut the number of members on the Penn State University board of trustees. The vote by the Senate State Government Committee was 11-to-0.  Under the legislation, the numbers of seats would be trimmed from 30 to 23. The bill’s sponsor, Senator John Yudichak from Luzerne County, says the…

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Vandals Tear Through Titusville Park Activities Building

Officials in Titusville say vandals caused extensive damage to the interior of the city’s Burgess Park activities building on Monday. Police are investigating the damage to counters, plumbing and toilet facilities and much of the rest of the inside of the building. It is not expected that the building will be open for quite some time.…

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