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Sandycreek Township Man Dies From Injuries Sustained When He Was Struck By A Vehicle While Sitting On His Front Porch

The Sandycreek Township man who was knocked off his porch by a vehicle that struck his home earlier this month has died in an Erie hospital. Richard Mong, from Pittsburgh Road, was 83. Mong was airlifted to an Erie hospital on the evening of July 12 after a vehicle left Route 8, hit an industrial business…

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Oil City Man Charged In Alleged Gun Threat Against Woman Who Honked Her Car Horn

Oil City Police have filed charges against an Oil City man in a June 18 incident in which the man allegedly threatened a woman with a gun because she honked her car horn in front of his home. 23 year-old Tyler Hutchinson was arraigned on the charges on Friday. Hutchinson allegedly accosted the woman while…

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Five Pennsylvania Congressmen Ask NCAA To Rescind Two Sanctions Against Penn State

Five Pennsylvania Congressmen have signed a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association asking that two of the sanctions remaining against Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky investigation be rescinded. Among the lawmakers endorsing the letter were two from this area of the state, Congressmen Glenn Thompson and Mike Kelly. The letter seeks to…

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Clarion University Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Self; Injuries Not Thought Life-Threatening

The injuries sustained by a Clarion University public safety officer in an accidental shooting over the weekend are not thought to be life-threatening. The incident occurred around 10:00 PM Friday at the University Police Building in Clarion.  Officials say the officer was about to clean a gun when it accidentally discharged. The officer was treated…

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Police Say Franklin Woman Lied About Break-In And Sexual Assault

Franklin City Police say a Franklin woman lied when she told them a man had broken into her home and sexually assaulted her. 28 year-old Alisha Fischli is charged with making false reports to law enforcement and unsworn falsification. Investigators say Fischli told various versions of a story about what had occurred at her home…

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Franklin Man Now Charged With Retaliation Against A Victim/Witness

A Franklin man who was charged earlier this month with assaulting a man and a woman now faces new charges after he was accused of assaulting a man with connections to the first case. 47 year-old Darnell “Kato” Butler is accused of assaulting a man walking home along Grant Street in Franklin this past Saturday.…

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Heavy Storms Roar Through Oil Region; Most Storm-Related Problems Occurred In The Central Part Of The State

Despite thunderstorms that dumped substantial amounts of rain on the Oil Region late Sunday afternoon and early Sunday night, most of the storm-related damage and power outages seem to have occurred in the central part of the state. In our area, sky watchers were alerted during the mid-afternoon to the possibility of  tornado development through…

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Franklin Traffic Rerouted Much Of Saturday Due To Diesel Rig Rollover At Bottom Of 15th Street Hill

A busy Franklin intersection was closed for more than eight hours Saturday after a tractor-tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned at the bottom of the city’s 15th Street Hill. The fuel had to be drained from the tanker before the rig could be removed from the scene. The driver’s name was not released, but his rig…

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Experimental Aircraft Crashes Near Grove City Airport; Pilot Identified As Grove City Man

The pilot of an experimental aircraft was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital late Friday morning after his plane crashed near Grove City Airport. The pilot has been identified as 83 year-old Robert Winder, from Grove City.  One first-responder ventured that Winder’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The crash occurred shortly after 11:00 AM…

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Oil City’s East End Fountain Dedicated

One of the early events that was scheduled for this year’s Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City was the dedication of the city’s refurbished East End Fountain. Three years after young Aubrey Deemer urged her grandfather to fix the fountain and as the result of  a $140,000 fundraising campaign, the fountain was unveiled and activated.  Aubrey’s…

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