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Church Vandalized Just Before Easter

The congregation of a church in Sandycreek Township learned on Easter morning that their place of worship had been vandalized. The State Police say someone drove through the parking lot of the Congress Hill Church of God and fired a B-B gun at a church window.  It is believed the incident occurred sometime Friday or early…

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Cooperstown Man Pleads Guilty To Child Endangerment In New Trial

A Cooperstown man who was granted a new trial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct has entered a guilty plea to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, and has been sentenced to fourteen months to five years in state prison. 33 year-old Ryan Culver had originally been sentenced to five-to-ten years on…

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Harrisville Man Arrested On Corruption Of Minor Charge

A Harrisville man was charged last week with the corruption of a minor for allegedly engaging in sex with a 16 year-old girl. 30 year-old Samuel Grossman reportedly claims the sex was consensual. Charges were filed in Venango County because the four alleged incidents reportedly occurred in February in Irwin Township near Barkeyville. Grossman was…

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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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