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Winter Storm Warning For Crawford County; 4-To-8 Inches Of Snow Possible

The National Weather Service on Thursday morning (Dec. 11) posted a Winter Storm Warning for Crawford County, to be in effect until 11:00 PM Thursday night. Although Venango County may see only a fraction of an inch of snow during the day Thursday and a full inch at night, Snow Belt areas of Crawford County…

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Leeper Man Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison For Taking 13 Year-Old Girl Across State Lines

A Leeper man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to ten years in federal prison plus five years probation for taking a 13 year-old girl across state lines. 33 year-old Joshua Baker had entered a guilty plea in August to a charge of the interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of…

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Ohio Woman Reported Missing In Oil City Says She Was Not Kidnapped

An Ohio woman believed to have been abducted from an Oil City residence on Wednesday has contacted police, telling them she was not kidnapped and had returned willingly to Ohio. Police attention had been directed in the case toward the 42 year-old woman’s estranged husband, who has been handed down a Protection from Abuse Order…

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Oil City Man Escapes Injury When Car Hits Block Building In Seneca

An Oil City man escaped injury this week when his car slammed into a block building located off Main Street in Seneca. State Police officials say 53 year-old David Coogan had backed out of a garage, but once outside inadvertently hit the accelerator.  The vehicle shot forward and hit a building damaging  “the outside bricks…

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Slippery Rock’s 125th Anniversary Commencement Set For Saturday

The Slippery Rock University commencement exercises on Saturday (Dec. 13) will be conducted as the finale of the school’s 125th anniversary. More than 500 graduates will take part in the event at the university’s Morrow Fieldhouse. A copy of the commencement program will be included among the many keepsakes to be placed in a time capsule to…

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Diamond Woman Gets 17-And-A-Half To 40 Years In Shooting Death Of Boyfriend

A Diamond woman was sentenced in Venango County Court on Tuesday to seventeen-and-a-half to forty years in prison in the shooting death of her boyfriend during an argument last March. 40 year-old Tina Shaffer was convicted in September of third-degree murder in the death of 49 year-old Lloyd “Buddy” Shontz.  The jury which handed down…

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Final Venango County Budget Plan Passed With No Property Tax Increase

On a unanimous 3-0 final vote on Tuesday, the Venango County commissioners passed a 2015 budget that contains no property tax increase. The general fund budget of over $18.2 million marks a decrease from nearly $18.9 million this year. Total expenditures, including the monies expected to be accrued from sources outside the county, were figured at…

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Two Arrested In Meadville Grocery Store Robbery

Meadville Police arrested two suspects Tuesday afternoon in the Monday morning robbery of a grocery store in downtown Meadville. Police say 20 year-old Dylan Stewart and 18 year-old Christopher Pinkhouse have been charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy and harassment. Stewart and Pinkhouse are charged in the robbery of a store on Washington Street…

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Former School Bus Driver Sentenced To Probation On Corruption Of Minor Charge

A former Hilliards man was sentenced Tuesday in Venango County Court to five years probation on a count of the corruption of a minor after he was caught in a teenage girl’s bedroom last June. 40 year-old Louis Saluga III, who now lives in Ohio, had been a bus driver in the girl’s school district.  Prosecutors say…

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Franklin Council Nixes General Authority Settlement, But Repealed Ordinances That Would Have Disbanded The Authority

It appears that the lawsuit against the city of Franklin regarding City Council’s attempt to disband the Franklin General Authority will proceed following Council’s vote Monday night to reject a court-approved settlement proposal hammered out in a mediation session last week. Council did proceed with Monday’s business by repealing a pair of ordinances that would…

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