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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Newest Baseball Hall-Of-Famers

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas were elected Wednesday to the baseball Hall-of-Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. It was the first time since 1999 that the writers had voted in three players in the same year.  They will be inducted on July 27 in Cooperstown, New…

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New Years Holiday Crashes Increase By More Than 450 In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Police say they investigated 459 more automobile crashes this year over the three-day New Years holiday period than they did one year ago. In 836 crashes to which troopers responded between December 31 and January 2, one death was reported and 146 people were injured.  Last year at the same time, the…

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Plea Accepted Before Trial Of Teen Accused Of Killing Grandparents; Gets 35-80 Years

A plea deal has been completed that will preempt the trial of an Oil City boy accused of shooting and killing his grandparents.  The trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Venango County Court in Franklin. 14 year-old Zachary Proper has agreed to enter guilty pleas to two counts of third-degree murder.  The pleas will result in…

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Charges Filed In Alleged Fryburg Chainsaw Assault

One of two men suspected in an assault against a Shippenville man which allegedly included threats with a chainsaw was arraigned this week in Clarion County Court.  As of Wednesday, a second man still faced arraignment. 37 year-old Shawn Jay, from New Bethlehem,  was arraigned Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct. …

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Home In Emlenton Damaged By Fire; Flames Confined To The Basement

No one was hurt in a fire that swept through the basement of a home in Emlenton on Wednesday morning. Four fire companies responded to a Hill Street residence just before 8:30 AM, and were on the scene for about two hours.  They were able to contain the fire so that the structure of the…

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Cold Snap Affects Power Grid And Motor Vehicles

This week’s cold snap was challenging for both the electric power grid that serves the mid-Atlantic and for the operators of motor vehicles. On Tuesday night, the electric grid known as the PJM Interconnection broke its old winter record set in 2006 by over 4,600 megawatts.  The grid operator for the mid-Atlantic called for conservation…

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Venango County’s Chief Public Defender Resigns

In another shakeup at the Venango County Courthouse, the county’s chief public defender has resigned. Amy Johnston has held the position since 2006.  She joined the public defender’s office in 2005. The county commissioners will have the responsibility of posting the vacant position. Johnston reportedly announced her resignation on Monday, the same day that new…

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Scarnati To Continue As State Senate President Pro Tempore

Jefferson County lawmaker Joe Scarnati was re-elected Tuesday to the post of state Senate President Pro Tempore. Scarnati will serve his eighth year in the high capacity.  Tuesday’s vote was declared unanimous. Scarnati would preside over the State Senate in the absence of Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, and would be the designated successor to Cawley if…

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St. Petersburg Man Charged In New Years Eve Police Chase

A 20 year-old St. Petersburg man has been charged in a police chase that occurred in the Emlenton area on New Years Eve. Brendan Golden is charged with fleeing or eluding police, as well as three traffic violations. Emlenton Police say they attempted to stop a car that passed a stopped vehicle at a stop sign…

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Titusville Woman Reappointed As City Mayor

Titusville City Council on Tuesday reappointed Esther Smith as Titusville mayor. The vote was 4-1.  Smith will be serving a second term. Council followed the move with a unanimous vote to reappoint Bill Adelman as deputy mayor. Don Frazier and Jeff Thomas were sworn in as new Council members.   Keith Bromley also serves on…

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