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Early Morning Burglary Reported In Utica; Safe Stolen From Rocky Grove Home

Investigators say a Utica woman was robbed while she slept on her couch early Thursday morning. State Police officials say two pieces of electronics equipment were stolen from a Second Street resident by someone who entered the house through an unlocked front door at around 4:00 AM. Meanwhile, in Sugarcreek Borough, police officials are urging…

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Bethel Park Residents Injured When Car Hits Tractor-Trailer In Barkeyville

Two Pittsburgh-area residents were injured on Saturday afternoon when their car failed to stop at the stop sign at the Interstate 80 eastbound off-ramp in Barkeyville and slammed into the side of a tractor-trailer. State Police officials did not release the identities of the five teenagers in the car, but they did say that the seventeen year-old…

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Venango County Road Maintenance Schedule For Week Of May 18

The Venango County road maintenance schedule for the week of May 18, released over the weekend by PennDOT, includes bridge repairs on a stretch of Dempseytown-Gresham Road in Cherrytree Township and paving on Nickleville-Kahle Lake Road in Richland Township. Shoulder repair work is scheduled for Routes 62 and 322 west of Franklin.  Pothole patching is planned…

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“Click It Or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement Begins May 18

The Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies around the state will again be conducting a “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement effort, beginning Monday, May 18. The program will continue through the end of the month, and will include regulatory checkpoints and child safety seat checkpoints. Police officials will be enforcing Pennsylvania’s…

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Kennerdell Man Arrested In Grove City Theft Case

A Kennerdell man was arrested last week for alleged burglary attempts in Grove City. Police in Grove City allege that 26 year-old Ryan Brain broke into one apartment and was trying to enter a second when they arrested him at around 5:00 AM Thursday. Officials say charges include burglary, trespassing and criminal mischief.

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City Of Franklin Ordered To Pay $653,000 To General Authority And Sugarcreek Borough

In the settlement of a 2014 lawsuit which followed an attempt by Franklin City Council to do away with the Franklin General Authority, a Venango County judge ruled Thursday that the city must pay the General Authority and Sugarcreek Borough more than $653,000. The suit had claimed that the two bodies were owed repayments for…

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Three Arrested In Pleasantville Bank Robbery

Three people were arrested Thursday morning following a bank robbery in Pleasantville. The robbery took place at about 9:15 AM at a bank on East State Street.  State Police officials tell KQW that a man in a disguise handed a teller a note which said he had a weapon and demanded money. The man fled…

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E-Mail Scam Mimics PennDOT Communication, Demands Fine Money

An e-mail received by a Sugarcreek Borough resident and appearing to be from PennDOT is being termed a scam attempt by local police. Sugarcreek Borough Police officials say the e-mail claims that the recipient had been spotted running a red light and owes a fine.  They add that the communication appears to be on PennDOT…

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Utica Man Sentenced To State Prison On Corruption Of Minors, OtherCharges

A Utica man was sentenced this week to thirty months to twelve years in state prison in four different cases which prosecutors say started with a corruption of minors investigation and moved on to where he had at one time been accused of the intimidation of a witness. 19 year-old Tyler Brown had entered guilty pleas…

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Oil Region Alliance Joins Coalition To Connect Trails In Five States

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism has joined more than twenty other agencies in the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition in an effort to connect biking and hiking trails in fifty-three counties in five states. The coalition’s goal is to complete the trails network by 2030, connecting some 1,600 miles of shared use…

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