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Emergency Response Drill Set For Monday At Venango County Courthouse In Franklin

Venango County officials are reminding citizens that an emergency response drill will be conducted in and around the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin late Monday afternoon (10/27). The exercise will also involve closing the 1100-block of Elk Street in Franklin for about ninety minutes from approximately 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM. Venango County Sheriff’s Department…

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Townville Man Charged With Striking A Woman With His Car In The Parking Lot Of A Meadville Ice Cream Shop

A Townville man was arraigned Friday on numerous charges in connection with a July incident in which police say his car hit a woman in the parking lot of a Meadville-area ice cream shop. Vernon Township Police have charged 27 year-old Kevin Francisco with driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under…

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MegaMillions Jackpot Climbs To Estimated $252 Million

Lottery officials are now estimating the annuity value of the Tuesday jackpot in the MegaMillions Lottery at $252 million. No one matched all the numbers needed to win the $224 million grand prize in Friday’s drawing. The one-time cash value of a Tuesday jackpot is estimated at $153.5 million. One player who purchased a ticket…

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Parker Man Charged With Murder In Death Of St. Petersburg Man In September Rollover Crash

A Parker man has been charged with third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the death of a St. Petersburg man in a rollover crash last month. The list of charges against 22 year-old Kyle Bailey contains twelve other counts, including involuntary manslaughter. Police investigators say Bailey was the operator…

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Skunk Bites President Township Woman; Animal Tests Positive For Rabies

The state Department of Agriculture says a skunk that was killed after it bit a President Township woman has tested positive for rabies. The Stewart Run Road resident who was bitten is undergoing treatment, as is a family dog that had been involved in a fight with the skunk.  The woman was apparently bitten when…

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Franklin To Upgrade Traffic Signals With Automated Red Light Enforcement Money From Philadelphia

The city of Franklin will share in some $6.6 million in funding through the Automated Red Light Enforcement effort in the Philadelphia area, and is expected to use its share for upgrading traffic signal timers in the city. Under state law, fines from red light violations detected through automation devices at 28 Philadelphia intersections are…

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Emlenton Hill Reopens Following Nearly Two-Year Road Improvement Project

PennDOT reopened Route 38 in the Emlenton Hill area with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon. The event marked the completion of an $18.9 million project that began in January, 2013. The job included the reconstruction of a mile-and-a-half section of Route 38 in Emlenton Borough and Scrubgrass Township, the construction of a half-dozen reinforced…

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Fire Destroys Titusville-Area Home

A fire that broke out on Wednesday night has destroyed a Titusville-area home and left a family homeless. Officials believe the blaze broke out in the kitchen of the residence on Spring Creek Road.  The home has been declared a total loss. Six fire companies responded.  No injuries were reported.

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Rape, Related Charges Against Clarion University Student Are Dropped

Charges of rape and seven other counts filed nearly a year ago against a Clarion University student from Philadelphia have been dropped due to insufficient evidence. 23 year-old Tafari Haynes had also been charged with sexual assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, harassment and three counts of indecent assault. Haynes was accused of raping a 19…

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Titusville Man Charged For Alleged Attempt To Take Taser From Police Officer

A Titusville man has been charged in a case in which he is accused of trying to remove a taser from a city police officer’s holster. Police say the incident occurred when 21 year-old Michael Buck was being jailed in a holding cell after his arrest for an unrelated offense. Charges against Buck include a felony count…

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