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Oil City Woman Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teenager

An Oil City woman was arrested Tuesday after she was accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year-old boy. Oil City Police say they have charged 22 year-old Brittany Fritz with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and the corruption of a minor. Police reports indicate the charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred…

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Bill Introduced To Abolish State Turnpike Commission

About a dozen state lawmakers gathered at a state Capitol press conference on Wednesday morning to announce the introduction of a bill to abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. House Bill 1197, sponsored by state Representative Donna Oberlander from Clarion County, would “cede all operations, maintenance, construction and other responsibilities” to PennDOT.  The state would be required…

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Rain Cancels Bucs-Cards Game After Two Innings

Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Tuesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The contest will be rescheduled for a later date, and will be replayed in its entirety. Tuesday’s game was originally halted after two innings with the Pirates leading 4-2.  Following a delay of…

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Man Arrested Tuesday At Franklin High School

State Police say they arrested a Franklin-area man Tuesday on the grounds of Franklin High School. Troopers say they arrived to discover 50 year-old David Way engaged in a verbal disagreement with school officials about school safety issues. Officials at Sandycreek Elementary School, across the road from the high school complex, say a man fitting…

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Venango County Starts Morning Without Power

Many Venango County residents were left in the dark as they prepared for work and school on Wednesday morning. The lights went out at about 6,000 homes and businesses shortly after 6:30 AM.  By mid-morning, power was restored in most areas. Penelec officials reportedly responded to a report of a small explosion at their substation…

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General Reno To Be Honored With New Historical Marker

A Civil War general who is remembered with a Venango County community that bears his name will now be honored with a new state historical marker recently approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. General Jesse Reno will be recognized on one of a dozen new markers to be erected in the state this…

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Observed

This week (April 15-19) has been designated as “National Work Zone Awareness Week.” Here in Pennsylvania, safety officials and PennDOT administrators are stressing the importance of safety at highway work zones.  According to PennDOT data, there were more than 1,600 crashes in Pennsylvania work zones in 2012.  Twenty-one people died in those crashes, and three…

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North Clarion Students Cancel Trip To Boston

The Junior Historians from North Clarion High School were to have for a trip to historic Boston on Tuesday.  That excursion has been cancelled due to the bombings at the site of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Students had raised money throughout the school year for their long-awaited tour of the History Trail in downtown Boston. C-93…

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Security For May 5th Pittsburgh Marathon Review

Plans for the upcoming Pittsburgh Marathon will include heightened security measures, prompted by the tragedy at the Boston race on Monday. Pittsburgh’s 26.2 mile race, expected to attract about 30,000 runners, is scheduled for Sunday, May 5.  Some 27,000 competitors started Monday’s Boston Marathon. The city of Pittsburgh had already scheduled more than 500 police…

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Bucs Lose 10-6 To Cards In McDonald’s Shortest-Ever Start

The St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) jumped on Pittsburgh starter James McDonald for 8 runs in just one-and-two-thirds innings at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Monday night, and moved on to a 10-6 victory, snapping a three-game winning streak by the Pirates. Granted, only three of the runs were earned.  Still, McDonald left the game after the shortest…

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