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Bear Hits Car On Route 322

A 22 year-old Cranberry man escaped injury in a crash involving the vehicle he was driving and a bear on Wednesday night. Actually, a State Police report says the bear “entered the highway and struck the vehicle…..” The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 PM Wednesday on Route 322 near the top of Victory Heights Hill…

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Oil City Man Accused Of Firing Gun In House During Domestic Dispute

An Oil City man was charged early Wednesday after he was accused of firing a gun inside a home on Hoffman Avenue in the city during an incident reported as a domestic dispute. 33 year-old Gary Dahle is accused of first pointing the weapon at a woman and then firing it inside a residence shortly…

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Gubernatorial Candidates Agree To Three Debates

The candidates for Pennsylvania Governor have agreed to three debates in the closing weeks leading up to the November 4 election. Incumbent Republican Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will square off on September 22 in Hershey, on October 1 in Philadelphia and on October 8 in Wilkinsburg, outside Pittsburgh. Sources say the dates…

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Crawford County Unveils Courthouse Expansion Project

The Crawford County Commissioners have unveiled a $30-million expansion project for the Crawford County Courthouse. The plans include a new county administrative center and the demolition of the county’s former jail and sheriff’s department headquarters. The proposal has already come under extensive criticism during a pair of back-to-back town hall meetings held on Tuesday and…

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Oil City Man Who Robbed Churches, Fled Area, Sentenced To Up To 50 Years In State Prison

An Oil City man who pleaded guilty to five burglary charges in connection with numerous church burglaries in three counties last fall and then fled the area before he could be sentenced last spring was sentenced this week to 14-and-a-half to 50 years in state prison. In Venango County Court, 32 year-old John Biddle was given…

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Venango County Commissioners Approve Land Bank Ordinance

The Venango County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a new land bank ordinance that would pave the way for the use of abandoned and tax-delinquent properties. The move authorizes the acquisition of such property by purchase or by transfer from the tax claim bureau. The next steps will be to determine who will be the first…

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Leeper Man Pleads Guilty To Taking A 13 Year-Old Girl Across State Lines For Sex

A Leeper man is to be sentenced in early December after he entered a guilty plea in Clarion County Court to a charge involving transporting a minor child across state lines for the purpose of sex. 33 year-old Joshua Baker was arrested in April, 2013 in South Dakota and was originally charged with kidnapping in…

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Former Titusville Police Officer Charged In Indecent Assault At Local Smoke Shop

A Titusville City Police officer who resigned eight days after accusations were levied claiming he had molested a female store clerk, has been charged by State Police with indecent assault and harassment. Officials claim that 55 year-old Clarence Peterson slipped up behind a woman who was stocking shelves at an Oil Creek Township tobacco shop and grabbed her…

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Franklin Man, Three Others Injured In Weekend ATV-Motorbike Crash In Forest County

A Franklin man and three Allegheny County residents were injured over the weekend in a collision between an all-terrain vehicle and a motorbike in Forest County. State Police officials from Marienville have just released the information regarding the accident which occurred on Pierson Hill Road in Kingsley Township shortly before 8:00 PM Saturday.  Troopers say…

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Helicopter Project To Identify Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells On State Land From The Air

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that, starting Friday (8/15), helicopter surveillance will be used to identify long-abandoned oil and gas wells on certain state-owned public properties. Oil Creek State Park will be included in the project. The survey is sponsored by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, and it is being conducted…

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