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Two Erie Residents Charged In Mulitiple Burglaries In Crawford County; Pair Are Also Suspects In Warren County Burglaries

Two residents of Erie County were charged this week in Titusville in connection with a number of burglaries in Crawford County. Law enforcement officials in Crawford County say 22 year-old Raymond Hicks and 28 year-old Heather Morningstar are also suspects in burglaries committed in neighboring Warren County. The burglaries in Crawford County, including incidents in Oil…

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Indiana County Man Jailed In Franklin; Is Accused Of Violating Served PFA Order Within 15 Minutes

An Indiana County man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly violating a Protection From Abuse court order. Venango County Sheriff’s Department officials say Dennis Shank, from Blairsville, was reported to have violated the PFA within fifteen minutes of the time their deputies had served it on him. Shank was arrested in Cranberry, was arraigned on a…

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Wolf Signs Bill To Exempt Military Personnel From State’s Earned Income Taxes

Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill that exempts all active military pay from the state’s Earned Income Taxes, no matter where that pay is earned. The bill was signed on Tuesday. Wolf also signed a bill which would combine the state’s horse racing and harness racing commissions into one body.  The legislation…

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Former Oil City Pharmacy Manager Pleads Guilty To One Count Of Theft

The former long-time manager of a pharmacy in Oil City has entered a guilty plea to one count of theft by unlawful taking in a case in which she was accused of using more than $132,000 in store funds to pay off personal expenses. In exchange for the plea by 46 year-old Ronda Duncan, two…

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Tuesday’s High School Basketball Playoff Results – February 23

High School Basketball Playoff Results  –  Tuesday, February 23   District 9 Boys’ “AA” Semifinals Brockway 53, Cranberry 42 Kane 52, Keystone 32   District 9 Girls’ “AA” Semifinals Moniteau 40, Redbank Valley 33 Karns City 53, Kane 38   District 10 Boys’ “A” Semifinals Kennedy Catholic 81, Rocky Grove 46 Farrell 56, Erie First Christian 34   District…

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Franklin Man Found Unconscious Accused Of Taking Heroin While Caring For Children

A Franklin man whose wife says she found unconscious in their Third Ward home has been charged with endangering the welfare of children after he was accused of taking heroin while caring for two youngsters. 30 year-old Kenneth Ritchey was also charged with two drug-related charges. Franklin City Police say Ritchey’s wife discovered him passed…

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Faculty Attempt To Save School Draws Large Crowd At Venango Catholic

The faculty of Venango Catholic High School in Oil City have publicly presented their intentions to attempt to keep the school open. The proposals were put forth on Monday night before a crowd of more than 300 people, and representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Erie which had announced the school’s closing just last week.  The…

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Cherrytree Township Home Destroyed By Fire

A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a home in Cherrytree Township in northern Venango County. The blaze, at an intersection on Ridgeview Road near the Crawford County border, leveled a wooden residence and drew firefighters from five different companies at around 2:00 PM Monday.  It was reported by two distant neighbors who saw smoke, called in…

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Fire Strikes Oil City Transformer Monday Evening; Power Lost On City’s North Side

A fire in an electrical transformer along Bissell Avenue in Oil City early Monday evening resulted in a power outage to several homes and businesses. Some residents were without electricity for more than four hours. While electric crews repaired the transformer and replaced a downed power line, traffic was rerouted from Bissell Avenue between Harriott…

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Oil City Hires Dan York As Head Football Coach

The Oil City Area School Board named former Lakeview football coach Dan York as the head football coach at Oil City High School. York replaces Matt LaVerde, who resigned from the post following the 2015 season. York is an Oil City native, a 1975 graduate of Oil City High School and still resides in Oil…

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