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Thief Steals $3,200 In Computer Hard Drives From Cranberry WalMart

State Police at the Franklin station in Cranberry Township are looking for the individual who stole more than $3,200 worth of computer hard drives from the Cranberry Walmart. It appears that the incident occurred Tuesday night. Investigators say someone apparently used a clothes hamper to remove 29 external hard drives that the thief had cut…

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Leeper Man Sought After Fleeing Clarion County Police Chase

Police officials were searching Tuesday for a Leeper man who allegedly crashed a car in which three children were passengers, and then fled the scene, all following a police chase in Clarion County. State Police in Clarion say the suspect, 24 year-old Robert Myers, is already facing charges in connection with multiple assaults on a…

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Knox Man Charged After 90-Minute Police Standoff

A Knox man was jailed Monday night after he allegedly barricaded himself inside a Shippenville home for about 90 minutes after police responded to a report of shots being fired. Police officials say 30 year-old William Strohmyer was charged with making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and disorderly conduct.  After his…

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Tractor-Trailer Hits Tree; Harrisburg Trucker Injured In I-80 Crash Near Barkeyville

A Harrisburg man was injured early Tuesday morning when his tractor-trailer left Interstate 80 near Barkeyville and slammed into a large tree. Police officials believe 37 year-old Charles Putt had fallen asleep at the wheel while traveling on the westbound lanes of the highway.  The impact of the crash forced part of his cab to…

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Rep. James Introduces Resolution Urging Congress To Expand Agent Orange Benefits

A resolution introduced in Harrisburg by state Representative Lee James, from Oil City, and passed by the state House of Representatives, urges the United States Congress to build upon its program that provides Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange with access to disability compensation and medical care. James says the policy currently applies…

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Traffic Deaths In Pennsylvania In 2013 Reach New Low

PennDOT announced Tuesday that the number of traffic deaths recorded in Pennsylvania last year marked the lowest total since recordkeeping began in 1928. Statistics show 1,208 people died on Pennsylvania highways in 2013.  The total number of fatalities in alcohol-related crashes dropped from 377 in 2012 to 342 last year.  The numbers of deaths due…

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Governor Signs Three Child Abuse Laws

Governor Tom Corbett has signed three bills expanding programs designed to help prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. Radio PA News reports that the central bill will provide new funding for the state’s child advocacy centers, and allow the expansion of a program that fosters the use of multidisciplinary investigative teams.  That bill also doubles the…

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One Of Two Men Charged With Robbing Pennsylvania Churches Is Sentenced To State Prison

One of two men charged in the burglaries of at least 23 western Pennsylvania churches last fall has been sentenced to state prison, and will not be eligible for parole until the summer of 2021. 32 year-old Steven Kostenbauder, from Meadville, was sentenced in Venango County Court to 90 to 360 months in prison and to…

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Franklin Man Charged After Standoff With Police

A Franklin man is facing charges after city police officials say he barricaded himself inside a garage during their investigation into a hit-and-run incident. Charges against James Miller include driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Franklin Police say they responded shortly after 3:00 AM Monday to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the…

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Fertigs Road (Route 2004) Closed Until May 23 for Drainage Work

PennDOT officials say a road in Cranberry Township is closed while a private company corrects water and drainage issues that have caused problems. State Route 2004, known alternatively as Fertigs Road and Mapleshade Road, was closed Monday and is expected to remain closed to traffic until May 23 from its intersection with George Hill Road…

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