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Sharon Man Charged In Thursday Morning Shootings In Hermitage

A Sharon man was charged Thursday in the early morning shootings in Hermitage which sent two people to the hospital, one with serious injuries. Police in Mercer County say 28 year-old Justin Hepfl has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other counts. Investigators say the shootings took place around 6:30 AM Thursday in…

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Pens Win 5-1 In Florida, Remain Tied For First Place

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three times in the first period on Thursday night en route to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers (12-12-4) in NHL action in Sunrise, Florida. Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Tom Kuhnhackl scored the Pens’ initial goals, and Matt Cullen and Carl Hagelin added scores in the third period.  Florida’s…

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PennDOT Offers Winter Driving Tips

With the first real onslaught of winter, PennDOT is offering seasonal driving tips to the state’s motorists. Snowstorms not only bring with them road hazards and visibility problems, but added dangers such as plow trucks and other drivers, as well. PennDOT says, when you encounter snow: > Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that…

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UPDATE: Winter Weather Arriving

Northwestern Pennsylvania residents are being told to look for a blast of winter for the second half of this week. The National Weather Service says colder air arriving Thursday will generate lake-effect snow showers through the early part of the weekend, dumping several inches of snow in Snow Belt communities and leaving some lesser accumulations in…

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Police In Mercer County Look For Shooter Who Left Two People Wounded

In Mercer County, police were searching on Thursday morning for a shooting suspect who left two people wounded, one seriously, in an incident just before daybreak. Investigators say the shootings took place around 6:30 AM in the parking lot of an apartment building in Hermitage. As of late morning, police had not been able to…

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Sugarcreek Borough Budget Would Include Tax Hike And Keep Police Department At Current Level

A proposed 2017 budget for Sugarcreek Borough would include a one-mill real estate tax increase, intended to keep the Borough’s police department at its current level. Borough Council gave approval to the spending plan at their meeting on Wednesday night. Some residents who showed up for the meeting were insisting that council should give the…

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Autonomous Vehicle Task Force Releases Recommendations

A state task force which has worked since June has released recommendations for the testing of autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania. The report focuses on the testing – not the use – of the vehicles which is probably a few years away. Those who test the “highly-automated vehicles” (HAV’s) must submit testing proposals to PennDOT, and…

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State Auditor General Cites Problems With Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Law

Pennsylvania’s auditor general says he has uncovered major flaws in the state law governing the use of impact fees from Marcellus shale drilling. The fees are intended to compensate local and county governments for the inconveniences caused by shale drilling.  A state law known as Act 13 covers their distribution and, supposedly, how the money must be…

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Franklin’s $5 Million Budget Contains No Real Estate Tax Increase

The 2017 budget passed Monday night by Franklin City Council totals just over five million dollars ($5.04 million), and contains no real estate tax increase. The spending plan, slightly lower than this year’s, will keep the property tax millage rate at 11.3 mills. The other communities in Venango County are preparing to take their own…

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Clarion Borough Council Elects New Mayor

In a tie-breaker vote between two candidates for the position, Clarion Borough Council on Tuesday night elected Dan Parker as the Borough’s new mayor. The panel’s vote to decide between Parker and Clarion University professor Dr. Jamie Phillips ended in a 3-3 deadlock.  The tie was broken through a vote that was then granted to…

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