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Carfentanil – An Elephant Tranquilizer – Is Pennsylvania’s Newest Drug Problem

The battle against opioids in Pennsylvania has taken a new twist – a deadly one – in the form of fatal overdoses. Two recent deaths in Beaver County have been linked to Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid described as much more powerful than other substances linked with heroin. Amazingly, Carfentanil is a product used as an…

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Pitt, Penn State Both Suffer Lopsided Losses

The Pitt Panthers sustained their second-worst defeat ever on Tuesday night, losing 106-51 to Louisville in an Atlantic Coast Conference home game for the Panthers (12-8; 1-6 ACC). The 55-point loss was the worst for Pitt since a 106-13 thumping by Westminster in 1905 – the first year of the Panthers’ basketball program. Pitt shot 25…

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Rep. James Named To Four State House Commitees

State Representative Lee James has been named to four committees in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session in Harrisburg. A House spokesman said this will ensure residents in the 64th Legislative District a strong voice on issues related to taxes, energy development, municipal governments and veterans concerns.  The 64th District covers Venango…

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State Prison Closings To Be Announced Thursday

Thursday is the day in which the Wolf administration is scheduled to announce which two state prisons will be closing. The Mercer State Correctional Institution is on a list of five prisons under consideration for the moves. The process has sparked debate over how the prison staffs will be affected. When the state closed two…

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Oil City Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill Woman In Domestic Dispute

An Oil City man was remanded to the Venango County Jail after police say he threatened to kill a woman during a domestic dispute on Monday afternoon. Oil City Police say 25 year-old Shannon Hager was arrested after he threatened to kill a woman they identified as his girlfriend. The incident allegedly occurred at Hager’s…

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Oil City Man Charged With Assault; Police Say He Punched A Male Nurse

An Oil City man faces several charges after he allegedly assaulted a male nurse at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry early Sunday morning. Oil City Police say they were called to a report of an intoxicated individual in the neighborhood of Seeley and Linden Avenues at shortly after 5:00 AM Sunday.  Officers say they discovered 20…

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Oil City Man Charged For Stealing Gift Cards From Employer

An Oil City man has been charged after having been accused of stealing gift cards from his employer. State Police officials say 19 year-old David Campbell took the “prepaid” cards over a period of five days earlier this month while he worked for a department store in Cranberry, and loaded them with a total value…

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Severance Tax On Marcellus Shale Drilling Introduced Again In Harrisburg

Legislation to be introduced in the new session in Harrisburg would place a tax on the drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale region. Currently, shale drillers pay a fee based on the number of wells they are operating. The newest proposal, from state Representative Kate Harper, would impose a three-and-a-half percent severance tax…

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Duncomb Street Latest Closure For Oil City Parking Ramp Demolition

As the demolition of the parking ramp on Oil City’s North Side continues, the next step to involve traffic changes includes the closing of Duncomb Street, effective at 6:00 AM on Monday, January 23. A PennDOT release, issued Friday, had stated that Elm Street would reopen at the start of this past weekend.  Lane restrictions on…

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Kennerdell Woman Seriously Injured In Clintonville Rollover Incident

A Kennerdell woman was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital on Saturday following a crash which involved numerous rollovers in Clintonville. State Police officials tell 96.3 KQW that a car driven by 37 year-old Tammy Toth left the right side of Emlenton Street (Route 208) on Saturday afternoon, became airborne and struck a tree.  The vehicle…

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