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Former Allegheny College Professor Pleads Not Guilty In FBI Child Pornography Case

The former Allegheny College professor who faces child pornography charges in an FBI investigation entered not guilty pleas in federal court in Erie on Wednesday. 57 year-old Kirk Nessett is charged with distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.  No trial date has yet been scheduled. Nessett was charged by the FBI on October 1 and…

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New Phone Scam Involves Phony IRS Agents

State Police officials say a new telephone scam cropping up in the Oil Region involves callers who identify themselves as agents from the Internal Revenue Service and demand immediate payment of back taxes. Some of the recipients of such calls are told there are warrants out for their arrest.  Others are threatened with the shutoff…

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Wednesday’s Votes In The State Senate Delayed; House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Lawmakers in the state Senate butted heads Tuesday night over an attempt to conduct late night votes on the next-to-last day of this year’s legislative session. Nearly a decade ago, the state legislature made changes to its standard procedures, adding a prohibition on voting after 11:00 PM.  That move was a direct result of the controversial 2005…

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Senate Committee Hearing Examines Health Complaints Related To Fracking

A hearing held by the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee examined the possible health effects of extracting Marcellus shale natural gas. The hearing was held partly in response to a 2011 report from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee which recommended a registry to collect health data from people living near where Marcellus shale fracking is…

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Environmental Group Says Methane Mitigation Industry Could Bring Jobs To Pennsylvania

An environmental group says the emerging methane mitigation industry could bring more jobs to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas fields. The idea is to prevent as much of the methane as possible from oil and gas well operations from escaping into the environment. It is estimated that the state’s oil and gas operators leaked the equivalent of…

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Accident Closes Route 8 Between Cherrytree And Rouseville Early Tuesday Afternoon

Route 8 in northern Venango County was closed to traffic early Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 14) due to a traffic accident. PennDOT reported shortly before 1:00 PM that the highway was closed between the intersection with Route 417 in Cherrytree Township and Route 227 in Rouseville. No information on the accident was immediately available other than…

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Former Allegheny College Professor Indicted By Grand Jury In Child Pornography Case

A former professor at Allegheny College in Meadville was indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on Tuesday on charges of the distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. FBI accusations against 57 year-old Kirk Nesset, from Meadville, go back as far as nine years.  Nesset resigned his job at Allegheny one day after he…

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Disaster Drill Completed At Venango Regional Airport

Numerous area response agencies and employees of UPMC Northwest participated Monday evening in a disaster drill that simulated an airplane crash at Venango Regional Airport in Franklin. The incident marked the first of its kind in eleven years, and was touted as the largest of its kind for the Franklin air facility. Organizers went as…

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Names Released Of Pedestrians Struck By Vehicles In Two Clarion Incidents

Police in Clarion Borough have released the names of two pedestrians who were injured when struck by vehicles in two separate incidents last week at intersections in Clarion. KQW reported Monday that a woman was taken to Clarion Hospital after she was hit by a vehicle at South Street and South Fifth Avenue on Saturday…

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Woman Hurt In Two-Vehicle Crash In Oil City

A woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Oil City’s South Side on Monday afternoon. Initial reports indicate that one vehicle failed to stop at the bottom of Innis Street and slammed into a car traveling on West First Street.  The injured party was apparently a passenger in the car that was run into.…

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