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Boater Rescued By Neighbor From Crystal Lake In Crawford County

A man who had fallen out of a canoe into Crystal Lake in Crawford County on Tuesday afternoon was rescued by a neighbor who had witnessed the man’s plight. The incident near Hartstown around 1:00 PM Tuesday prompted an emergency call to the Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, but by the time firefighters and the…

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Franklin, Cranberry, Valley Grove School Budgets May Contain Tax Hikes; Oil City Will Utilize Reserve Fund

Unlike the other public school districts in Venango County, the 2014-2015 budget for the Oil City Area School District contains no hike in property taxes. The proposed spending plan, currently slated at a little over $29.8 million, does represent a $1.7 million deficit.  It appears that money would come from the district’s reserve fund.  The…

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Charges Withdrawn Against Franklin Man Accused Of Assaulting Woman

Charges against a Franklin man accused of assaulting a woman were withdrawn this week in Venango County Central Court. 19 year-old Michael Shoffstall had been charged with simple assault, the intimidation of a witness, harassment and disorderly conduct. The charges had stemmed from an early morning incident reported at a residence on Dale Avenue in…

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Utica Man Faces Witness Intimidation Charge

A Utica man faces a preliminary hearing today after having been charged with the intimidation of a witness. Franklin City Police have also charged 18 year-old Tyler Brown with the corruption of a minor. Police say the intimidation charge stems from an incident April 27 at Franklin’s 11th Street Playground.  The alleged victim was identified…

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Maplewood Road Bridge Replacement Plans On Display

PennDOT officials say plans for the replacement of a bridge on Maplewood Road in Randolph Township are now on display. The bridge will span Woodcock Creek not far from an intersection with Turkey Track Road. The plans introducing the project may be seen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 22 from 10:00 AM until 2:00…

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Storms Roll Through Overnight; Effects Are Worst In Eastern Ohio

Overnight storms awoke Oil Region residents with repeated thunder and lightning, and dropped extensive rainfalls on the area Monday night. The hardest-hit communities, though, apparently were in eastern Ohio.  Tornado warnings were posted when funnel clouds were spotted near Medina and Cuyahoga Falls.  No touchdowns were reported. Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport reported 2.64 inches of…

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Union Members Protest Oil City School Board Proposal To Outsource Custodials And Cafeteria Jobs

Current unionized employees presented the Oil City Area School Board on Monday night with a petition containing nearly 1,100 signatures protesting a proposal in which the school district would contract out to a private company the district’s custodial and cafeteria positions. In addition, the union representing teachers asked the school board to reconsider the outsourcing…

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Franklin Woman Charged With Hitting Pedestrian At Oak Hill Early Sunday Morning

A Franklin woman faces charges following an incident in which she is accused of backing into an individual who was reportedly trying to keep her from driving away from an Oak Hill address early Sunday morning. Franklin City Police did not indicate specifically why the pedestrian had stepped in, but they do indicate that the…

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Police Investigate Arrow In Oil City-Area Man’s Roof

State Police officials are trying to find the individual who fired an arrow into the roof of a home in Cornplanter Township just outside of Oil City. The incident occurred early Sunday evening on the 1100-block of Grandview Road. Investigators say damage was minimal, but they are looking for someone who fled the scene of the incident…

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Clarion Resident Accused In Assault On Shippenville Man; Bond Set At $50,000

A Clarion man was jailed Sunday after the alleged assault on a Shippenville man. State Police officials in Clarion County say 20 year-old Brandon Bowser entered a Shippenville man’s residence shortly before 4:00 AM Sunday, and repeatedly struck the man. The 36 year-old victim required hospital treatment.  Police did not immediately specify the nature of…

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