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Unemployment Falls In February In Venango And Mercer Counties, Climbs In Surrounding Counties

Unemployment numbers dropped in Venango and Mercer Counties in February, but climbed in surrounding counties, according to numbers released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor and Industry. In Venango County, the seasonally-adjusted jobless figure which had climbed by a half of a percentage point to 5.2 percent in January slipped to five percent even,…

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Bond Set At $150,000 For Oil City Man Charged In Edinboro Shootings

An Erie County judge has set bond at $150,000 for an Oil City man accused of shooting and wounding two other men near Edinboro University. 20 year-old Devin Stevenson has been jailed since his arrest on March 22 in the shootings two nights prior which wounded 24 year-old O’Shae Imes, from Rochester, and 19 year-old Andrew…

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Pittsburgh Man Accused Of Assaulting Police, Resisting Arrest In Clarion Incident

A Pittsburgh man faces numerous charges after he allegedly assaulted several Clarion police officers and attempted to elude arrest in an incident on Main Street in Clarion on Saturday night. Arresting officers say 20 year-old Jermaine Brown punched and kicked at least three lawmen who responded to the scene of a traffic stop initiated after…

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Only Minor Injuries In A Dramatic Southern Venango County Rollover

A Harrisville woman escaped with only minor injuries on Monday afternoon after a rollover accident on Melvin Road in Irwin Township in southern Venango County. State Police officials say a westbound S-U-V operated by 27 year-old Samantha Layman left the road, traveled up an embankment and struck a tree.  The vehicle then rolled onto its roof…

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Goat Stolen In Oakland Township

State Police officials in Venango County have been asked to investigate a unique crime – the theft of a goat. Investigators say the animal has been described as a male Boer show goat, and may be worth some $800. The brown-and-white goat, wearing a green ear tag numbered 497, was taken from a pen at a…

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Three Plead Guilty In December Confrontation At Oil City Residence

Three men who were charged with various counts in a December incident in which police say a man was attacked in his home in Oil City and several vehicles were damaged have entered guilty pleas in Venango County Court. In a plea bargain, 29 year-old Michael Wade, a former Franklin resident now residing in Pittsburgh, pleaded…

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Grove City-Area Man Burned Over 80 Percent Of His Body

A man who barely escaped a burning home between Grove City and Barkeyville over the weekend is listed in critical condition at a hospital in Pittsburgh. Officials in Mercer County say 60 year-old John Kunick suffered burns over eighty percent of his body. The fire broke out at about 7:30 AM Saturday in a mobile…

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Three From Shippenville Arrested In Clarion County Drug Investigation

Three Shippenville residents were arrested last week in a Clarion County investigation into the sales of crack cocaine.  Investigators have revealed that they also have evidence that may include information regarding the sales of heroin and prescription drugs, as well. Charged with fourteen counts including three counts of the manufacture, delivery or possession with the…

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Franklin Woman Charged In Oil City Juvenile Drinking Investigation

Oil City Police say a Franklin woman has been charged after an incident in which she was alleged to have supplied two juveniles with alcohol. Police say one of the juveniles passed out and required treatment at an area hospital. According to reports, 28 year-old Amanda Pugliese has been arraigned on two counts apiece of endangering…

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Oil City Man Charged For Allegedly Trespassing On Elementary School Property

Police in Oil City say an Oil City man  has been charged with trespassing for failing to leave a school playground after he was informed by school district administrators that he was no longer allowed on the property. Oil City Police say 22 year-old Kyle Dolan was charged after an incident last Tuesday.  They did…

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