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Six State Police Forces To Combine On Three-Day Drug And Weapons Enforcement Effort

Pennsylvania State Police officials have announced that they will combine forces with five other State Police agencies in a three-day enforcement effort targeting illegal narcotics and illegal weapons. The 6-State Trooper Project, will run from Thursday through Saturday (March 5 through March 7) and will also include the Ohio State Highway Patrol and State Police…

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Republicans React To Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Much of the reaction by state Republican lawmakers to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal has been negative or pessimistic. House Majority leader Dave Reed said, “Until we actually see the details of how the money is raised, how the money is spent, we’re left with evaluating what amounts to a five billion dollar spending…

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Flooding, Ice Cause Problems On Area Roads

Ice was not the only problem for area roadways on Tuesday. The rapid rise in the temperature to the mid 30’s by late afternoon, combined with a period of extensive rain, created flooded roads in several areas.  Among the affected areas were Routes 8 and 227 north of Oil City, Cooper Avenue in Oil City…

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Plummer Barn Roof Collapses

For the third straight day, we have a report of a roof collapse brought on by heavy snow. This time the incident was reported in Plummer.  The roof collapse was called in by a neighbor early Tuesday evening, but it is believed the incident could have occurred during the day. No injuries were reported. On…

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Governor Wolf’s Budget Would Raise Income And Sales Taxes, But Promises Lower Property Taxes

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his first budget proposal before a joint session of the state legislature on Tuesday. The Governor proposed raising the state’s personal income tax to 3.7 percent and hiking the sales tax to 6.6 percent, but he says his idea to levy an extraction tax on Marcellus shale drillers would help lower…

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Winter Weather Advisory Posted For Tuesday; Snow And Sleet Expected Along With Some Ice

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the Oil Region, effective from 10:00 AM Tuesday morning (March 3) until 7:00 PM Tuesday night. A Winter Weather Advisory means that snow, sleet and – in some cases – freezing rain could result in icy accumulations and cause travel difficulties. The projected shifts in…

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Roof Collapses At Titusville Plastic Pipe Plant

No injuries were reported when a portion of the roof of a building at a Titusville plastics plant collapsed on Monday  afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:00 PM Monday at a facility that produces plastic pipe and is located on South Perry Street in Titusville.  The affected building is a carpenters’ shop, and normally there…

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Pennsylvania’s Great American Cleanup Of PA Begins

PennDOT and other state officials are looking for volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of PA, which actually began on Sunday (March 1). The cleanup efforts are expected to continue through the end of May.  The event is sponsored each year by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Groups…

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Two Charged Following Courthouse Security Checks In Franklin

Venango County Sheriff’s Department officials say two men are being charged in separate incidents for attempting to carry banned items into Venango County Courthouse properties last Wednesday. Officials say a Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a concealed weapon being carried by one man into the courthouse annex at about 2:00 PM Wednesday.  They say 39 year-old Joseph…

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Chicora Teenager Dies In A-T-V Rollover

A teenager from northern Butler County died late Friday night when he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle which rolled over on a snow-covered road near his home. Police officials say 16 year-old Briggs Buck, from Chicora, was a passenger in the A-T-V.  The 16 year-old male driver, whose name was not released, also was thrown…

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