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Oil City Man Arrested, Charged With Strangulation

An Oil City man was arrested this week after he was accused of physically assaulting a woman during an argument at a residence on Bissell Avenue in the city. Oil City Police say 35 year-old Lucas Donze stands accused of attacking a woman who had asked him to leave her home.  He is alleged to…

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Road Improvement Work To Begin Soon In Oil City And On Route 157

PennDOT has announced three upcoming road improvement projects – two of which will affect motorists on Oil City’s North Side. First, though, beginning Monday (June 19), a milling and repavement job will be undertaken on Route 157 from the border of Cranberry and Pinegrove Townships to the intersection with Coal Hill Road.  No detours are…

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Pair Of Local Stars Drafted By Major League Baseball

A pair of former local high school baseball stars were drafted by Major League Baseball teams on the second day of the annual MLB draft. Left-handed pitchers Dylan Cyphert, from Cranberry, and Adam Bleday, from Titusville, both learned of their respective draft decisions on Tuesday. Cyphert, a two-time Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference MVP, was taken…

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Rockies End Pirates’ Winning Streak At Four Games

Ian Desmond homered on Wednesday night, and Raimel Tapia went 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Colorado defeated the Pirates 5-1 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Rockies’ win ended a four-game Pirates winning streak, and prevented the Bucs from sweeping a three-game series. The only run scored by Pittsburgh (30-36) came on a sixth-inning…

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650,000 Celebrate Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship At Parade And Rally

City officials estimate that some 650,000 people – more than half the population of suburban Pittsburgh – turned out to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fifth NHL Stanley Cup championship win on Wednesday. The Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 4-games-to-2 in the Stanley Cup final, clinching the cup for the second straight season with a 2-0…

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Charges Withdrawn Against Franklin Man In False Imprisonment Case

Multiple charges against a Franklin man were withdrawn this week after prosecutors said the alleged victim who was to be a witness in the case “was unavailable.” 34 year-old Albert Schmidt IV had been charged with four counts of false imprisonment, three counts of endangering the welfare of children, and single counts of strangulation, making…

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McCutchen Homers Twice, Cole Throws Seven Three-Hit Innings; Pirates Beat Rockies 5-2

Andrew McCutchen homered twice on Tuesday night, and Gerrit Cole threw seven innings of three-hit ball as the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. McCutchen, Jordy Mercer and David Freese all recorded a pair of hits for the Pirates, and John Jaso…

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Grove City Man Drowns After Riding Mower Incident

A Grove City man drowned Tuesday morning after he inadvertently drove a riding mower into a pond and could not escape from the vehicle. The incident occurred on the grounds of the American Legion post in Findley Township in Mercer County.  State Police investigators identified the victim as 65 year-old John Walochik. The victim’s body…

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36 Korean War Vets From Venango County Honored

Three dozen Korean War veterans from Venango County were honored Tuesday in a ceremony at the Franklin VFW. The honors for 36 locals originated in the Republic of Korea where the vets fought from 1950 through 1953 on behalf of the South Koreans. 28 Venango County residents were among the 40,000 troops who died in…

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Pennsylvania Again Denied Federal Disaster Aid For March Storms

The Wolf administration said Tuesday that Pennsylvania has, for a second time, been denied federal disaster aid for late-winter snowstorms which affected much of the state, but were harshest on northeastern Pennsylvania. A state official said the acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Robert Fenton,  confirmed on Tuesday the denial of the state’s…

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