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Montgomery County Official Ordered To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A Commonwealth Court judge has ordered a Montgomery County official to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The judge said in his ruling that Register of Wills Bruce Hanes was not acting within his authority to issue the licenses.  More than 170 had been approved by Hanes before Thursday’s ruling.  Hanes says he will abide by…

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Rocky Grove Man Pleads Out In April Police Chase Case

A Rocky Grove man entered guilty pleas to three charges in Venango County Court on Thursday in connection with an early morning police chase in a vehicle police said had been stolen. In a court plea bargain, 22 year-old Sean Reed pleaded guilty to counts of fleeing police, the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle…

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Pennsylvanians Must Register On Job Search Website To Receive Unemployment Pay

The state Department of Labor and Industry is reminding us that unemployed Pennsylvanians must now register on a job search website to qualify to receive unemployment compensation. The requirement took effect last month, and applies only to new applicants who have filed for jobless benefits since August 19.  It states that those who have applied for…

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Teen Dies In Forklift Accident Near Cochranton

A teenager from the Saegertown area died Wednesday when a forklift he was operating rolled over onto him. Investigators say 17 year-old Jacob Byler was backing the forklift at an industrial company in the Cochranton area when a rear wheel caught itself in something on a loading dock.  When Byler freed the machine, it toppled…

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Oil City Man Gets County Jail Time, Probation In Indecent Assault And Crossbow Injury

An Oil City man was sentenced this week to up to two years in the county jail and a total of four years probation in two separate cases, occurring some three years apart, that included the indecent assault of a child and a hunting incident in which he shot another man with a crossbow. 24 year-old…

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Oil City Man Faces Charges After Rollover And Truck Fire

An Oil City man faces a number of charges after police say he left the scene of a rollover and vehicle fire in Frenchcreek Township on Wednesday afternoon. State Police troopers say Steven Mendez did not have a driver’s license. Reports indicate a dump truck loaded with used shingles and other construction debris, which police say…

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Man Gets 10-20 Years In Prison, Probation For Home Invasion And Shooting

A Youngstown man was sentenced Wednesday to 10-to-20 years in state prison and seven years probation for breaking into a home and shooting a woman in the back near Transfer last February. Jessi Hudson, in a plea bargain in Mercer County Court, entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and possession of an unlicensed…

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Pittsburgh Man Charged In Leeper Bar Assault Now Faces Attempted Homicide Charge

A Pittsburgh man, who already had been charged with seven counts in an assault with a car jack lever outside a Leeper-area bar, now faces the additional charge of attempted homicide. 31 year-old Sean Smith is accused of attacking and beating a 38 year-old Leeper man outside a bar in Farmington Township on August 17. …

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Seneca Man Charged After Mall Incidents

Investigators say a Seneca man was charged late Wednesday after a pair of incidents at the Cranberry Mall. State Police troopers say 59 year-old Larry Harkless knocked over display case items, used profanity and removed an item from a bed and bath shop, and journeyed to another part of the mall where he was accused of taking…

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs Again — To An Estimated $317 Million

With no grand prize winner in Wednesday’s drawing, game officials have estimated the jackpot for the Saturday night drawing of the Powerball Lottery at $317 million. The cash value of the jackpot prize is estimated at $176.3 million. The top prize to be paid from the Wednesday drawing to the holder of a ticket purchased…

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