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Burglar Robs Pleasantville Pizza Shop Of 100 Candy Bars

State Police officials in Venango County are looking for the burglar or burglars who broke into a pizza shop in Pleasantville over the weekend. Investigators say a shop on South Main Street was entered sometime between 9:30 PM Friday and 8:00 AM Saturday.  Removed were about one hundred candy bars and numerous cookies. As of…

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Emlenton Teen Hurt In Friday Morning Crash

An Emlenton-area teenager was injured Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash near Knox. State Police officials say a vehicle driven by 17 year-old Sarah Hunsberger left Route 338, hit an embankment and came to rest on its side. Hunsberger was treated at Clarion Hospital for what troopers deemed were “moderate” injuries.  No other vehicles were…

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Work Begins Wednesday On Route 322 Bridge Over I-80 In Clarion

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane, beginning Wednesday, April 1 on a bridge on Route 322 crossing Interstate 80 in Clarion Township. The $2.6 million rehabilitation project will include painting, replacement of the superstructure, barriers, expansion dams, substructure repairs and approach work.  The job should be finished by the end of October. PennDOT…

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Lots Of Pothole Patching Listed On Venango County Road Maintenance Schedule

The PennDOT road maintenance schedule for Venango County for the week of March 30 includes ditch work along Route 62 between Franklin and Oil City and numerous pothole patching projects. The patching jobs are scheduled for Route 62 in Frenchcreek Township, Congress Hill Road in Sandycreek Township, Route 8 and Big Bend Road in Barkeyville…

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Oil City Man Charged In Intimidation Of A Witness Investigation Linked To Probe Into Missing VFW Money

An Oil City man was charged Thursday with the intimidation of a witness, harassment, stalking and other counts that are reportedly in connection with individuals involved in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of nearly $100,000 from the VFW post in Oil City. Oil City Police say 52 year-old Randy Carlson is also charged with…

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Mother, Grandparents Sentenced To Prison In Greenville Boy’s Starvation

The mother and two grandparents of a seven year-old Greenville boy who weighted only twenty-eight pounds when Mercer County officials came to his aid were sentenced to state prison terms on Thursday. Saying he could not bear to view photographs of the emaciated boy, Mercer County Judge Christopher St. John sentenced the mother, 28 year-old Mary…

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DEP Defends Need For More Drilling Site Inspectors

The acting secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection defended a proposed increase in funding and manpower for his agency to members of the state Senate this week. Radio PA News reports that John Quigley said the DEP is asking for fifty additional inspectors. Pennsylvania’s Auditor General announced last year that the DEP was…

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Colonel Drake’s Birthday To Be Observed Saturday At Drake Well Museum

Drake Well Museum and Park will observe Colonel Edwin Drake’s 196th birthday this Saturday, March 28. The party for the pioneer in the oil production business in northwestern Pennsylvania will include a special visitor, a scavenger hunt and, of course, birthday cake. The event makes up the third installment of the monthly “Something More Saturdays”…

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Poll Shows Support For Many Of Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposals, But Not So Much For The Governor Himself

A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster shows support for the key elements of Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposals, but the numbers are not as strong for the Governor himself. 59 percent of voters polled support Wolf’s budget plan with 27 percent of them having ranked education funding as their top priority.…

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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty In Polk Harassment Case And To Making Claims Against Law Enforcement Officer

An Ohio man has entered guilty pleas in Venango County Court in a case which began when a Polk woman complained that he was stalking her. 39 year-old Anthony Mezerkor, from Andover, will be sentenced on April 28 on two counts of harassment and a charge of unsworn falsification to law enforcement.  In his plea bargain, numerous…

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