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Oil City Man Charged In Thrift Store Break-In And With Resisting Arrest

An Oil City man has been arraigned on seven charges following a break-in at an Oil City thrift store. Oil City Police say they responded early Monday morning to a report of someone breaking windows in the Emerald Street area and discovered 18 year-old Preston Rice hiding behind a clothing rack. Officers say Rice resisted…

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Final Court Submissions In Franklin General Authority Lawsuit Due Monday

Venango County President Judge William White has given the two sides in the Franklin General Authority lawsuit until Monday, December 22 to submit to his bench the last of their paperwork supporting their arguments in the case. White’s order was handed down following a two-day trial in Venango County Court that proceeded even though Franklin…

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Legislation To Be Reintroduced To Reduce Size Of Pennsylvania Senate And House

A state lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania legislature. The proposed Constitutional amendment would reduce the number of state Senate seats from fifty to forty, while the House would shrink from 203 seats to 121. State Senator Judy Schwank, from Berks County, tells Radio PA News a…

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Titusville’s City Budget Contains A 4-Mill Tax Increase

Titusville City Council on Tuesday passed a $3.9 million budget for 2015 which will contain a four-mill real estate tax increase. The spending plan provides for $400,000 more in expenditures than the most-recent budget.  City officials estimate the property tax hike should bring in about $270,000 to $290,000 in extra levies next year. The tax…

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Environmental Groups Warn Of Pitfalls From Pennsylvania Pipeline Plan

Energy companies have announced plans for hundreds of miles of gas pipelines to crisscross Pennsylvania, but environmental groups are expressing their concerns about what it could all mean. The pipelines are being constructed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus shale region of the western half of Pennsylvania to transit points in the east, but…

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Franklin Man Rolls Car, But Escapes Injury

A Franklin man walked away from a Clarion County rollover accident without injuries Tuesday. State Police officials say the incident happened shortly after 6:00 AM Tuesday on Route 322 just west of downtown Clarion. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 53 year-old David Christian had just passed another vehicle on a hill when it left…

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Oil City Council To Take Final Vote On 2015 Budget On Thursday

Oil City Council plans to take its final vote on the city’s 2015 budget at their meeting on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 18). Council gave their preliminary approval to the $16.6 million spending plan in a meeting held December 4.  They had previously shot down a proposal that would have raised property taxes by nearly two…

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Lawsuit Regarding Franklin’s General Authority Continues Tuesday; City Council Repeals Dissolution Ordinance, But Again Rejects Mediation Settlement Agreement

The second of two days of testimony in a lawsuit brought against the city of Franklin by the city’s General Authority and the Borough of Sugarcreek was unfolding Tuesday (Dec. 16) in Venango County Court in Franklin. The proceedings began Monday after the rejection by Franklin City Council last week of a settlement agreement resulting…

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Update: Three Suspects Break Into Plummer Street Home; One Rams House With S-U-V

Charges have been filed against three men following an incident on Saturday night in which the three are accused of forcing their way into a home, and during which one of the suspects then allegedly ran an S-U-V into the porch of the residence. The incidents occurred shortly before midnight Saturday.  Police say 29 year-old Michael Wade from Franklin, 22 year-old Montelle…

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Tionesta Woman Taken To Hospital After Two-Vehicle Crash On Route 157

A Tionesta woman was taken to the hospital on Monday morning following a two-vehicle crash which police say occurred when she tried to pass a vehicle that was making a left turn. State Police officials say the incident happened just before 9:30 AM Monday at the intersection of Route 157 and Sawtown Road in Pinegrove…

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