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Franklin Man Convicted In Murder Of Pittsburgh Drug Dealer

A Franklin man was found guilty in Allegheny County last week in the death of a Pittsburgh man during an alleged drug deal on Pittsburgh’s North Side in August of last year. 31 year-old David Umstead was convicted of third-degree murder in the stabbing death of Delrio Ivy.  Umstead will be sentenced in November. Prosecutors say Umstead…

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Japan Overcomes 10-2 Deficit To Beat Pennsylvania’s Champions 18-11 In Little League World Series Championship

Down 10-2 after the first inning, the Japanese Little League representative stormed back to defeat Pennsylvania’s champs, Red Land (identified by the national media as Lewisberry), 18-11 in Sunday’s championship game in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport. The victory marked the tenth LLWS title for a team from Japan, the eighth for…

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Cranberry Mall Closes Sunday Due To A Fire In An Air Conditioning Unit

A fire in an air conditioning unit forced the closing of much of the Cranberry Mall on Sunday afternoon. The small blaze had been detected and extinguished by mall employees by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, but many of the smaller shops in the interior of the complex remained closed for the remainder…

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Pennsylvania Opens Online Voter Registration

Pennsylvania residents may now register to vote online. Pennsylvania becomes the 23rd state to allow online voter registration.  Supporters say it will make sign-ups easier and more cost-effective for the state and for its counties. The Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pedro Cortes, told Radio PA News the change will mean more Pennsylvanians will exercise their…

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Work Underway On Bridges In Two Venango County Cities; Bridges Reopen In Mercer, Crawford Counties

While early progress has been reported on the rehabilitation work on key bridges in two Venango County cities, PennDOT says two new bridges in neighboring counties opened late last week. A bridge on Route 965 in Worth Township in Mercer County and a span on Riceville Road in Bloomfield Township in Crawford County are now both open to…

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Franklin Man Charged In Reported Burglary Attempt; Police Say Suspect Fought Them

A Franklin man was jailed Friday following a police response to a reported burglary attempt in which officers say the man tried to fight with them. Franklin City Police officials say they arrived at a residence on the 1300-block of Eagle Street shortly after 12:30 AM Friday morning to find a man standing over and…

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Two Injured In Thursday’s Gas Tank Explosion In Texas

Officials have confirmed that two men were burned in the explosion at a gasoline tank at an oil company facility in Barkeyville on Thursday morning. The identities of the two company employees were not released.  The injuries apparently are not life-threatening. The explosion occurred shortly before 7:45 AM Thursday as the two men were working…

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Officials Caution Drivers School Is Resuming

As school classes resume, officials are reminding drivers to watch out for students and for school vehicles. PennDOT reminds us that state law requires a motorist to stop at least ten feet away in any direction when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended.  A violator may face…

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Avian Flu Problem Covered At Ag Progress Days

The threat of avian flu on Pennsylvania poultry was a topic covered last week at Pennsylvania’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. Those in attendance heard from experts in the poultry industry on the status of the outbreak which has devastated bird populations in other states. There have been no outbreaks here in Pennsylvania, but…

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Crawford County Sheriff Nick Hoke Becomes President Of Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association

Crawford County Sheriff Nick Hoke was named recently the president of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association. Hoke becomes the first sheriff from the county to hold the post. Hoke has spent three years on the association’s executive committee.  His term as president will last for one year, and then Hoke is expected to be replaced by Butler…

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