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Weather Service Posts Both A Wind Chill Advisory And A Lake Effect Snow Watch

The National Weather Service has posted both a Wind Chill Advisory and a Lake Effect Snow Watch for the Oil Region in advance of the next blast of winter expected to affect us for most of the weekend. The Lake Effect Snow Watch will be in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, while the…

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Oil City Woman Jailed In Investigation Into Injured Children

An Oil City woman has been jailed following her arrest on charges brought in an investigation into injuries sustained by two children and discovered by police who responded to an incident at the woman’s home on Harriott Avenue last weekend. 26 year-old Ashley Himes is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of…

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Charges Re-Filed Against Cochranton Man In New Years Eve Vehicular Assault

Charges have been re-filed against a Cochranton-area man who is accused of striking a Sugarcreek man with his vehicle in the victim’s driveway last month. The original charges against 62 year-old Lawrence Melvin were withdrawn in Venango County Central Court on Wednesday.  On Thursday night, Melvin was arraigned on the same charges of aggravated assault,…

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State Budget Talks To Continue – After Lawmakers’ Winter Break; House Votes To Restore Some Funding

Now that they have taken their vote regarding the status of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, several state Senators insist they are ready to return their attention to the lack of a budget for a fiscal year which is now about seven-and-a-half months old, and Governor Wolf’s proposal for a budget for next fiscal year. Budget hearings…

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Crash Involving Three Tractor-Trailers Halts Westbound Traffic On I-80 On Thursday Morning

A crash involving three tractor-trailers stopped westbound traffic on Interstate 80 in southern Venango County on Thursday morning. State Police officials tell KQW that the incident occurred near the site of an earlier accident and began when the operator of one rig failed to slow in time for slow-moving traffic and struck a tractor-trailer ahead…

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PennDOT Unveils License Plate Reader As New Traffic Enforcement Tool

PennDOT officials have given state lawmakers and law enforcement officers a look at new technology that should give the police a better tool to verify motor vehicle registrations. The Automated License Plate Reader will allow a law enforcement officer to check the status of license plates using information from PennDOT’s database to determine if registrations…

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Charges Withdrawn Against Cochranton Man Accused Of Striking Sugarcreek Resident With Vehicle; Charges May Be Refiled

In lieu of a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, all charges against a Cochranton man accused of striking a Sugarcreek resident with his vehicle on New Years Eve were withdrawn in Venango County Central Court. Court officials, however, indicated they may re-file similar charges. 62 year-old Lawrence Melvin had been accused of intentionally striking 68 year-old Jim…

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State Senate Vote To Remove AG Kane Fails; House Approves Resolution To Investigate Kane

A measure to remove Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office failed to pass the state Senate on Wednesday. The 29-to-19 vote fell four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance the measure.  It followed an investigation and series of hearings by a special Senate committee. Those defending Kane point out that her law…

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Dozen Vehicles Involved In Interstate 80 Crash And Traffic Tie-Up

A snowstorm and the subsequent decline in visibility are blamed on a chain-reaction traffic tie-up which occurred on Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon. The subsequent logjam caused westbound traffic to be restricted to one lane for about three-and-a-half hours. State Police officials say the tie-up began when a tractor-trailer jackknifed and was struck from behind…

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Crawford County Officials To Manage Venango County Transportation

The Venango County commissioners have approved an agreement that would turn the management of the county’s public transportation program over to the Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA).  The new merger would be operated from Meadville. In Venango County, the program oversees the Venango “GO” Bus which services Franklin, Oil City, Cranberry, Rocky Grove and parts…

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