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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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Oil Region Rebounds From Tuesday’s Quick Freeze

As projected, the polar vortex system which dropped Oil Region temperatures to their lowest marks in twenty years, was short-lived. After lows that reached down to -17 on Tuesday, temperatures Wednesday are expected to climb into the upper teens, and the mercury should peak in the mid-forties over the weekend. After the past mild weekend, the temperature…

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Power Outages Brought On By Frigid Weather; Lamartine Residents Without Heat Provided Shelter At Fire Hall

The St. Petersburg Fire Hall was opened up Tuesday morning to accommodate Lamartine-area residents who were without electrical power, and thus in many cases without heat. Officials estimated that upwards of 170 customers lost power Monday night when the temperature in Clarion County dropped to as low as -17.   Most electric service was restored…

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Franklin Man Gets Jail Time In Police Chase And Georgetown Road Assault Incident

A Franklin man has been sentenced to serve from thirteen months to two years in the Venango County Jail in connection with charges stemming from both a police chase in June and an assault incident the following month. 21 year-old Nathan McAninch had entered guilty pleas in Venango County Court.  In exchange for his pleas, several…

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