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Oil City Man Charged With Retaliation Against A Witness

An Oil City man was charged this week with retaliation against a witness in a incident responding police officers believed to be a domestic dispute. 34 year-old Micah Reagle is accused of assaulting a woman at an Arbor Circle residence on Thursday, of ransacking the woman’s home and of taking her car.  The alleged victim told…

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Thursday’s Winter Storm Blamed For At Least 80 Accidents; A Dozen Crashes Involved Injuries

The blast of winter that blew through the Oil Region on Thursday is being blamed for more than thirty automobile accidents in Venango County and close to fifty more in Crawford County.  It appears that about a dozen of those crashes involved injuries. Most Venango County communities picked up two-to-three inches of snow.  Titusville received…

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Oil City Man To Be Charged With Threatening Seneca Woman With A Handgun

State Police officials say a 27 year-old Oil City man is to be charged with simple assault and making terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened his estranged wife with a handgun. The man, who was not identified, reportedly showed up at woman’s residence in Seneca, and after talking about suicide, allegedly pointed a handgun at…

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Cranberry Budget Contains No Tax Hike

Final approval was given on Thursday by the Cranberry Township supervisors to a 2015 budget which contains no real estate tax increase. The township’s property tax had last been hiked in 2013, the first such increase in nine years. The 2015 spending plan totals about $4.36 million. The supervisors also moved to trim the township’s street…

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Oil City To Open City Manager Position

Oil City Council decided Thursday to not renew the contract of city manager Eric Strahl. The decision was made at a work session held at City Hall on Thursday morning.  Following the move, Council plans to appoint an interim City Manager by January 15 for a period of not more than six months while they…

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24 Arrests Made In Heroin Operation Sweep Involving Clarion And Armstrong Counties

Twenty-four people face charges in connection with an alleged drug ring that the state Attorney General’s office says was responsible for bringing thousands of dollars worth of heroin into Clarion and Armstrong Counties. In a joint investigation by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office and the Clarion and Armstrong County District Attorney’s offices, officials say some…

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Former Mercer Pastor Denied Appeal On Child Sex Crime Convictions

A former Mercer County pastor has lost his appeal of his sentencing on charges concerning the alleged molestation of a teenage boy. 49 year-old Lee Moore, who pastored a church in Mercer, was convicted last year of five different counts related to accusations that he had molested a teen for four years.  Moore was sentenced last November to nine…

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Forest County Budget Holds No Property Tax Hike

The 2015 budget approved last week by the Forest County Commissioners contains no real estate tax increase. The $2.8 million spending plan would anticipate a little more than $2.7 million in revenues with some $96,000 coming from the county’s reserve fund. Forest County has not enacted a property tax hike since 2008.

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Wreaths Across America Ceremonies Scheduled For Saturday

Veterans across the nation and around Pennsylvania are being honored this week, and the many scheduled events will be capped off Saturday (Dec. 13) by ceremonies conducted by the Wreaths Across America project. Project representatives will place remembrance wreaths on thousands of veterans’ graves, many at national cemeteries here in Pennsylvania.  The state’s events will…

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Pirates Deal With Phillies For Reliever Antonio Bastardo

The Pittsburgh Pirates swapped pitchers with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo for minor league southpaw Joely Rodriguez. In six Major League seasons, Bastardo has a 20-18 record, a 3.72 ERA and 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.  In 2014, he went 5-7 with an ERA of 3.94.  He fanned 81 batters…

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