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Church Burglar Who Fled Area Pleads Guilty In Flight And In Megan’s Law Violation

One of two men who entered guilty pleas in the burglaries of more than twenty churches in a three-county area last fall has now pleaded guilty to additional charges after he fled the area in April, just before he was to be sentenced. 32 year-old John Biddle, from Oil City, entered guilty pleas Thursday in Venango County…

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Oil City Man Pleads Guilty To Second Molestation Charge

An Oil City man who is already in state prison on charges that included the sexual assault on a young boy entered a guilty plea in Venango County Court yesterday in a case in which he was accused of the indecent assault on a twelve year-old girl. 25 year-old William Hack entered a plea of…

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PLCB Lowers Application Fee For Tavern Small Games Of Chance Licenses To $500

Ever since Pennsylvania allowed bars and taverns to apply for licenses to run small “games of chance,” the response has been much lower than expected. Although many point out the problem of the cumbersome application itself, state officials think the application fee may have been much too hefty.  So, they are lowering the fee from…

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National Fuel Adjusts Gas Supply Charges; Average Monthly Bill Should Drop By $4.61

National Fuel Gas has announced their annual adjustment to their gas supply charges, and it represents a 5.66 percent decrease. The company says the “typical” residential customer should see a drop in his monthly natural gas bill of about $4.61. The new rate takes effect Friday, August 1. National Fuel projects their annual gas supply charges…

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Taste Of Franklin And Venango County Fair Make For A Busy Weekend

The Franklin area will be bustling over the weekend with “Taste of Franklin” weekend downtown and the start of the Venango County Fair at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 62 west of the city. “Taste of Franklin” begins Friday (8/1) with Franklin’s 54th annual Old-Fashioned Bargain Days and other events and entertainment at many downtown…

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Clarion, Edinboro, Three Other State Universities May Face Faculty Layoffs

Five state universities have reportedly notified union leaders that they may be facing layoffs involving faculty members at the end of the upcoming academic year. Clarion University is one of the schools which may be affected.  Clarion is currently continuing a realignment of faculty positions and university departments that began last year. Edinboro, East Stroudsburg,…

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State Police To Fight Federal Lawsuit Over Physical Testing For New Recruits

The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police says his agency will fight the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department that accuses the PSP of discriminating against females in its hiring practices. Commissioner Frank Noonan told Radio PA News the lawsuit is an attempt to force the State Police to lower the standards of their…

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Four Fire Companies Respond To Early Morning Fire At Clarion Industries

Four fire companies were called out early Thursday morning to a fire at Clarion Industries near Shippenville. Crews responded shortly before 12:30 AM to the plant on Fiberboard Road, just off Route 322 in Paint Township.  Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly three-and-a-half hours. There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of…

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New Bethlehem Man Accused In Venango County Of Attempting To Pay A Minor For Sex Acts

A New Bethlehem man has been charged in Venango County in a State Police investigation in which he is accused of attempting to pay a minor to perform sexual acts. Investigators tell KQW that Douglas Greenawalt was charged Wednesday with prostitution, the corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, the criminal use of…

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Oil City Man Sentenced To County Jail Time For Stalking, Threatening Another Motorists

An Oil City man has been sentenced to three months to two years, less one day, in the Venango County Jail for tailing and then threatening another motorist during “morning drive” on a Monday morning just before Christmas. He also faces a two-year probationary term. 23 year-old Luke Smith had entered guilty pleas in May…

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