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Suspect In Fatal Shooting In New Castle Is Guard At Mercer State Prison

The suspect in a fatal shooting at a housing complex in New Castle on Tuesday night has been identified as a prison guard at the State Correctional Institution in Mercer County. 46 year-old Joseph Cohen is accused in the shooting death of 25 year-old Demon Higgins.  He has been suspended from his state prison job.…

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Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning For Combination Of Strong Winds And Low Humidity

The National Weather Service on Thursday (March 17) issued a Red Flag Warning for a combination of strong winds and low humidity for a dozen counties in western Pennsylvania, a dozen others in eastern Ohio and two counties in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Included in the Warning, which extends until 8:00 PM Thursday,…

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Pirates Bullpen Fails After Starter Nicasio Strikes Out Ten

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen surrendered nine runs in four innings on Wednesday afternoon in a 9-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Florida. The meltdown by the Pittsburgh relievers came after Pirates starter Juan Nicasio had been spotted a 3-0 lead and had struck out ten batters and allowed only one hit over…

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Oil City Man Convicted In Shooting Death Of His Wife

An Oil City man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife early last year. After deliberating for under an hour, a Venango County Court jury convicted 50 year-old Jeffrey Goodman, Sr. in the February, 2015 death of 49 year-old Cathy Goodman at the couple’s home on Charlton Street in…

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State House Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana; Governor Wolf Expected To Sign Bill

The state House of Representatives voted 149-to-43 on Wednesday in favor of legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The bill now goes to the Senate, which passed a similar bill last spring.  If it passes the second chamber, Governor Wolf is expected to sign the measure. The legislation would not allow the smoking of…

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Governor Wolf Says He Will Veto Latest State Budget Bill

Governor Tom Wolf says he will veto the latest general fund budget approved in both state Houses in Harrisburg. Radio PA News reports the bill passed by healthy margins on Wednesday, first in the Senate and then just a few hours later in the House of Representatives. Supporters say a spending plan is more than…

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Mercer County Man Charged With Theft By Deception In Venango County Lumber Business Case

A Mercer County man has been charged with theft by deception in a Venango County case in which he stands accused of accepting nearly $20,000 for a construction project contracted by a Cranberry lumber business. 30 year-old Jonathan Mast, from Jamestown, is accused of accepting the money to buy materials for the construction of what…

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Speed Limit Hiked To 70 MPH On Most Of The Pennsylvania Turnpike

Following a study based on the hike of the speed limit on certain parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to 70 miles per hour which was begun in 2014, the Turnpike Commission voted this week to increase the limit to seventy on most of the rest of the highway, as well. Commission spokesman Carl DeFebo said…

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Pennsylvania Deer Harvest Up Four Percent In 2015

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the number of deer taken by hunters in the state in the 2015-2016 deer seasons which ended in January was about four percent higher than the total from the previous year. An estimated 315,813 deer were harvested, up from just under 304,000.  The number of antlered deer taken was up about…

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Oil City Man’s Erie County Attempted Homicide Trial Delayed A Third Time

The attempted homicide trial for an Oil City man, scheduled in Erie County Court, has been delayed for a third time. The case involving 21 year-old Devin Stevenson is now scheduled to be heard beginning on May 9. Stevenson is accused of shooting two people near Edinboro University last March while he was a student…

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