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Stretch Of Interstate 80 To Become A 70-MPH Highway

On Wednesday, the day when Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials boosted a 97-mile stretch of the Turnpike to a 70 mile per hour zone, PennDOT announced they will be doing the same thing on portions of Interstates 80 and 380. The first increase from 65 to 70 MPH came Wednesday and affects the Turnpike from the…

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State Auditor General Blasts DEP For Monitoring Efforts Regarding Gas And Oil Drilling

In releasing a report of an audit of the Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s Auditor General has blasted the agency for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens who are concerned about their water. Eugene DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure…

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Rocky Grove Man Dies From Sunday Evening Motorcycle Crash On Bradleytown Road

The man who died following a motorcycle crash in Jackson Township, north of Cooperstown, on Sunday evening has been identified as 49 year-old Joseph Slater, from Rocky Grove. That confirmation was made by medical officials in Erie. Police reports indicate that the motorcycle hit a deer along Bradleytown Road just before 8:00 PM Sunday.  Slater was airlifted to an…

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Titusville Man Faces 21 Charges For Allegedly Running Meth Lab Inside City Limits

A Titusville man was arrested early Tuesday evening after a search warrant was served on him in an investigation into an alleged methamphetamine lab operation at his home. 24 year-old Christopher Goodwill reportedly faces 21 charges.  He was awaiting arraignment Tuesday night in the Crawford County Jail. Goodwill is accused of manufacturing meth at his residence…

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Two-County Phone Outage Traced To Mistake By Meadville City Worker

The telephone outage experienced by many residents of Crawford and Mercer Counties on Tuesday is being blamed on a mistake by a city services worker in Meadville. The employee apparently damaged a fiber optic line during a curb repair project at a Meadville intersection.  Officials say landlines and some cellular phone service were affected in…

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Sandy Creek Township Man Charged In Child Pornography Investigation

The state Attorney General’s office has announced information regarding charges filed against a Sandycreek Township man in a child pornography investigation. 49 year-old Kevin Donnell is charged with ten counts of the possession of child pornography, and one count each of the distribution of the material and the criminal use of a communication facility. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says…

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Union Members And The Public Rally At Oil City School Board Meeting To Maintain Local Cafeteria And Custodial Workers

Nearly every member of the union representing cafeteria and custodial workers in the Oil City Area School District showed up at the district’s school board meeting Monday night to once again protest a proposal by the board to outsource the workers’ jobs. Despite the presence of numerous signs, T-shirts and buttons showing their opinions that…

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Polk Man Hurt When Motorcycle Hits Deer

In yet another incident involving motorcycle versus deer, a Polk man was injured early Tuesday morning when his bike hit a deer on Route 308 near Clintonville. State Police troopers say the incident occurred around 12:30 AM. 56 year-old Robert Foster sustained moderate injuries in the crash.  Police say Foster was wearing a helmet.  few…

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Oil City Woman Jailed After Allegedly Kicking Police Officers, Breaking Cruiser Window

An Oil City woman was taken to the Venango County Jail over the weekend after she allegedly kicked an Oil City Police officer and broke out a window on a police cruiser. Police officials say 38 year-old Bobbie Jo Crose is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and…

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Grove City Woman Seriously Injured In Crash On Route 208

A Grove City-area woman was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital early Sunday morning following a two-vehicle crash on Route 208 between Grove City and Barkeyville. State Police officials say 33 year-old Jessica Benhaida was a passenger in a truck that left the highway shortly before 6:00 AM Sunday and then struck several trees.  Her injuries…

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