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Early Morning Fire Destroys Riverside Drive Monuments Business And Adjacent Apartment

A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a monuments business and an adjacent apartment on Riverside Drive in Cranberry Township, neighboring Oil City’s East End. Both structures were declared total losses.  Preliminary indications point to a wood stove as the apparent cause of the blaze. Reports indicate the proprietor of the monument business, identified as Josh…

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Murder Trial For Franklin-Area Man Set For March 10

A Mercer County judge has ordered a Franklin-area man who is charged with killing his brother-in-law to face trial beginning March 10. 45 year-old Ralph Young is charged with first and third-degree murder, arson and the abuse of a corpse in the death of 58 year-old David Dignall, from the Cochranton area.  Dignall’s partially-burned body was…

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Mercer County Man Pleads Guilty In Assault On High School Football Coach

A Mercer County man who was accused of assaulting his former high school football coach at the victim’s home last summer entered guilty pleas Friday to two charges, and under the terms of his plea bargain will be sentenced to a term in the Mercer County Jail instead of in state prison. 38 year-old Joseph Koscinski…

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November Unemployment Numbers Were Mixed, But Most Local Counties Saw Slightly Higher Figures

Unemployment numbers dropped slightly in November in Clarion and Warren Counties, but in other areas of the Oil Region, jobless figures climbed somewhat. Figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry show Venango County’s unemployment rate in November climbed from 7.7 percent to 7.8 percent.  About 2,000 Venango County residents were listed as being…

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State Agency Lawyers Want Review Of Supreme Court Drilling Jurisdiction Ruling

Attorneys for the state Public Utility Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider its decision that struck down part of the state law that regulates the drilling for natural gas in the state. The state’s highest court last month threw out portions of the law which limited…

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Number Of Law Enforcement Officials Killed In The Line Of Duty Drops In 2013; Four Die In Pennsylvania

An annual report says 111 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty around the country last year. That number represents an eight percent decline from the previous year, and it marks the second straight year in which the number of fatalities has dropped. Craig Floyd, representing the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund…

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Second Man Arrested In Fraudulent Land Sales Case

A Titusville man who was wanted in connection with a case in which two men are accused of fraudulently selling land they do not own was arrested Tuesday in Crawford County by United States Marshals and the Pennsylvania State Police. 49 year-old Steven Marchand was apprehended in Oil Creek Township.  He was arraigned on twenty…

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98th Pennsylvania Farm Show Opens Saturday

Despite the wintry weather, the showplace of Pennsylvania agriculture, the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show, opens Saturday (Jan. 4) at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Patrick Kerwin, the executive director of the Farm Show Complex, tells Radio PA News that crews are ready to move snow when necessary, and the indoor event will begin despite…

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No Injuries In Barkeyville-Area Fire; Heat Lamps Blamed For Blaze

No injuries were reported in that fire that raged through a barn in the Barkeyville area on New Years night. Firefighters from five companies reported to the Al Henry farm on Mill Road in Irwin Township shortly before 10:00 PM Wednesday.  They were on the scene for about three hours, and were able to keep…

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Information Released On Pennsylvania’s Higher Gasoline Tax

The state Department of Revenue announced Thursday that the first hikes in fuel prices under Pennsylvania’s new transportation funding law amount to 9.5 cents per gallon for gasoline and nearly 13 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. Those taxes and the state’s drivers licensing and motor vehicle fees are to be increased in increments, mostly…

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