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PUC Recognizes National Moving Month, Offers Tips on Household Movers

HARRISBURG – In recognition of May as National Moving Month, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today offered tips to consumers looking to relocate, including what to look for before hiring a moving company.

 “May marks the start of the busiest season for moving, as spring and summer are prime moving times for those relocating to new homes and students moving home from college,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown.  “To better ensure a seamless move, we encourage consumers to remain diligent in choosing a moving company, including the all-important verification that their chosen company holds a license from the PUC.”

Chairman Brown noted that the PUC regulates household movers that operate between points within the state. These movers are required to have a certificate of public convenience issued by the PUC and must have the proper insurance on file. As required by law, these movers also must charge fees according to the rates on file with the PUC. Before moving day, consumers should obtain a written estimate from the moving company.

The PUC offers the following tips before hiring a moving company:

The Information for Shippers form provides the following information:

  • A written estimate based on applicable tariff charges - hourly rate, if distance is 40 miles or less, or on a weight and mileage basis, if distance is over 40 miles;
  • Insurance information – loss or damages automatic protection is insured up to 60 cents per pound per article. Note: if additional protection is desired, a consumer must purchase it separately, either through the moving company or a private insurer.

The PUC also encourages consumers to obtain more than one estimate, since charges vary among companies.

PUC-certificated household movers are required to place their certificate number in all forms of advertisements, including telephone books or online ads, such as those found on sites like Craigslist. The PUC number is a number that will range from six to eight digits in length and will begin with an “A.” If an ad does not contain a PUC number, consumers may be hiring an uncertificated and uninsured carrier.

A complete list of carriers holding PUC operating authority, as well as any complaint history, is available on the Commission’s website.  Listed complaints could concern billing issues, difficulty contacting the company, dissatisfaction with service or other issues. Consumers can search by company name, utility code or carrier ID and should view complaints as only one measure of a company’s customer service.

Consumers can call the Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement at 717-783-5010  to verify information on any carrier, or they can file a complaint at 1-800-692-7380  or on the PUC website.

Consumers moving across state lines can check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) website for certificated carriers prior to moving. If they encounter an issue, consumers can file a complaint on FMCSA’s website or at 1-888-DOT-SAFT.

Please note that carriers must complete a detailed inventory that lists all items to be moved and their condition prior to moving, although a consumer can waive this requirement for moves that are less than 40 miles.  At the conclusion of your move, consumers are urged to check delivered items for missing or damaged goods – prior to signing the delivery receipt. Note any problems (service or damages) on the delivery sheet and do not sign until all items have been moved. Keep all paperwork given to you by the moving company.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

 

For recent news releases and video of select Commission proceedings or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc.pa.gov. Follow the PUC on Twitter – @PA_PUC for all things utility. “Like” PA Public Utility Commission” on Facebook for easy access to information on electric shopping.

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PUC Reminds Public of May 16 “Smart Hearings” to Gather Input on Laurel Pipe Line Application

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminded consumers and other concerned parties about two upcoming “Smart Hearings,” scheduled for May 16, to gather public comment on an application by Laurel Pipe Line Company, L.P. (Laurel) for approval to change direction of petroleum products transportation service to delivery points west of the Altoona area. 

Smart Hearings

The Smart Hearings, conducted by Administrative Law Judge Eranda Vero, will be held at the PUC’s headquarters in Harrisburg, at the following times:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Keystone Building
Hearing Room 1
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA  17120

PUC Smart Hearings are broadcast live on the PUC website and enable residents and concerned parties throughout Pennsylvania to see and hear the testimony being offered without the need to attend the hearings in person. 

Laurel Application

Laurel submitted an application to the Commission on November 16, 2016, requesting all necessary authority and approvals from the PUC, to the extent required, to authorize Laurel to change the direction of its petroleum products transportation service over a portion of its system, west of its Eldorado facility, located in the Altoona area.

According to their application, Laurel currently transports petroleum products from east to west – from points of origin near Philadelphia to destinations across the state, terminating west of Pittsburgh, where it connects to pipelines originating from a number of refineries located in the Midwest. A portion of the capacity of the pipeline is also used to transport petroleum products from New Jersey and Delaware to destinations in Pennsylvania.

Laurel’s application notes that expanding refining capacity in the Midwest has led to a number of shippers indicating an interest in transporting petroleum products to destinations in Western and Central Pennsylvania. Laurel is proposing to reverse the flow on part of the Western Pennsylvania portion of its pipeline system, allowing petroleum products to move eastward, toward the Altoona area. 

Offering Comment at a Hearing

Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. Their testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

The PUC offers tips on how to participate, including:

  • Prepare what you are going to say beforehand.  Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
  • Bring copies, if you are attending an in-person hearing.  If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge as evidence, please bring two copies for the court reporter and several copies for the other participants.
  • Plan to be questioned.  Parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.

 

 

 

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Meadville Gets Green Light Go Money, Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

 

Harrisburg, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf is out with an announcement saying Meadville is one of  94 municipalities  that will receive an aggragate  $33 million to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.

Crawford County:

  • Meadville -- $798,341 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Water Street at Chestnut Street, Center Street and Arch Street.

·        Erie County:

·                Erie -- $244,505 for Traffic Signal Replacement and Installation of Pedestrian Signals along Sixth Street at Bacon Street.

·                Summit Township -- $43,584 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Peach Street and Douglas Parkway Corridors.

McKean County:

  • Foster Township -- $62,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street at Bolivar Drive.

Mercer County:

  • Greenville Borough -- $188,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street (SR 0018) at Prairie Street.
  • West Middlesex Borough -- $42,160 for Detection System Upgrade along New Castle Road at Main Street.
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“This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,”  says Governor Wolf speaking Thursday in Harrisburg.. “The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow.”

 

These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

 

Act 101 of 2016 recently provided updates to the program by reducing the applicant match to 20 percent, expanding eligible applicants to planning partners and counties, and allowing all projects to be led by applicants. Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan adopted in November 2013.

 

Following is a list of funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects. Note the state funding represents only part of the total project funding:

 

Adams County:

  • Straban Township -- $26,034 for LED upgrades along the Route 30 Corridor.

Allegheny County:

•     Bethel Park -- $57,995 for Pedestrian and Vehicle LED Replacement along State Route 88 at Corrigan Drive and Traffic Signal Retiming along Bethel Church Road at Highland Avenue.

•     Bridgeville -- $213,282 for the installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Avenue at Station Street, Bower Hill Road and Prestley Road.

•     East Deer Township -- $83,200 for LED upgrades along Freeport Road at Third Street.

•     Greentree -- $243,360 for upgrading the overhead lane control systems to LED along Greentree Road.

•     Monroeville -- $198,370 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northern Pike at Patty Lane.

•     Moon Township -- $296,206 for Traffic Signal Improvements along University Boulevard.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $152,489 for Intersection Improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $363,520 for Traffic Signal Upgrades at thirty (30) intersections within Mt Lebanon Township.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $178,760 for Intersection Improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive.

•     Mt Lebanon Township -- $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road.

•     South Fayette Township -- $77,484 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Pike at Bursca Drive and at Twin Ponds Lane.

•     Springdale -- $173,064 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Pittsburgh Street at Colfax Street.

•     Upper St Clair Township -- $461,289 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along McMurray Road at Johnson Road and along McLaughlin Run Road at US Route 19 Southbound Ramps.

 

Berks County:

  • Fleetwood -- $132,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Franklin Street at Main Street.
  • Reading -- $148,000 for the Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along Sixth Street at Laurel Street.
  • St. Lawrence -- $251,107 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along St. Lawrence Avenue and Perkiomen Avenue Corridors.
  • West Reading -- $134,536 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue at Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
  • Wyomissing -- $233,561 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue, State Hill Road, Park Road and Paper Mill Road Corridors.

Bucks County:

  • Bensalem Township -- $501,102 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Hulmeville Road Corridor from Street Road to Bristol Road.
  • Bristol Township -- $252,184 for Traffic Signal Modernization along State Road at Cedar Avenue.
  • Bristol Township -- $191,255 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Radcliffe Street at Randall Avenue.
  • Bristol Township -- $226,194 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Mill Creek Parkway at Haines Road.
  • Upper Southampton Township -- $1,079,069 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Second Street Pike Corridor.
  • Yardley -- $212,960 for Intersection Improvements along Main Street at Afton Avenue.

Butler County:

•     Connoquenessing Township – $160,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along State Route 68 at Kriess Road and Eagle Mill Road.

•     Cranberry Township -- $138,240 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the State Route 19 Corridor.

•     Cranberry Township -- $612,050 for Traffic Signal Upgrade along State Route 19 at St. Francis Way.

Centre County:

  • College Township -- $200,083 for Installation of Pedestrian Signals and Upgrades along East College Ave at Elmwood Street.
  • Ferguson Township -- $80,000 for Vehicle Detection Upgrades along West College Avenue at Bristol Avenue and Whitehall Road, along Blue Course Drive at Old Gatesburg Road and along Whitehall Road at Research Drive.
  • Patton Township -- $198,082 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Valley Vista Drive Corridor.
  • Spring Township -- $31,279 for Signal Equipment Replacement along East College Ave at Harrison Road and at Main Street.

Chester County:

•     East Vincent Township -- $263,799 for Intersection Improvements along Schuylkill Road at New Street.

•     Phoenixville -- $31,420 for LED Replacement along Church Street at Gay Street and Main St, along Franklin Street at High Street and along Washington Avenue at Gay Street.

•     Uwchlan Township -- $53,829 for Installation of Battery Back-Up System along Dorlan Mill Road at Moore Road.

•     Westtown Township -- $180,000 for the Study and Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along West Chester Pike at Chester Road.

 

Crawford County:

  • Meadville -- $798,341 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Water Street at Chestnut Street, Center Street and Arch Street.

 

Cumberland County:

  • North Middleton Township -- $219,462 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Spring Road at Cavalry Road.
  • Silver Spring Township -- $45,273 for Auxiliary Cabinet and Controller Upgrades along the Route 11 Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $62,574 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $44,696 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the York Road Corridor.
  • South Middleton Township -- $13,680 for Traffic Signal Retiming along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.

 

Dauphin County:

  • Harrisburg -- $357,150 for Traffic Signal Upgrades and Signal Performance along the Forester Street Corridor.

 

Delaware County:

        Concord Township -- $144,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along Baltimore Pike, Wilmington Pike, Naamans Creek Road, Conchester Highway and Smithbridge Road Corridors.

        Concord Township -- $56,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Baltimore Pike at Concord Road.

        Marple Township -- $440,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.

        Middletown Township -- $108,00 for Implementation of Low Cost Safety Improvements along New Middletown Road at Glen Riddle Road and along Edgmont Avenue at Knowlton Road.

        Springfield Township -- $284,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.

Erie County:

        Erie -- $244,505 for Traffic Signal Replacement and Installation of Pedestrian Signals along Sixth Street at Bacon Street.

        Summit Township -- $43,584 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Peach Street and Douglas Parkway Corridors.

Fayette County:

        Connellsville -- $53,075 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Pittsburgh Street at Fairview Avenue and Apple Street, along Crawford Avenue at Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street and along Snyder Street at Fairview Avenue.

 

Franklin County:

        Fannett Township -- $57,840 for Installation of Solar Powered Flashing Warning Devices along Path Valley Road at Spring Run Road.

        Greencastle Borough - $43,677 for Installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon System along Baltimore Pike at Linden Avenue and along Baltimore Pike at Allison Street.

 

Indiana County:

        White Township -- $172,545 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Ben Franklin Road at Warren Road.

 

Lackawanna County:

  • Clarks Green Borough -- $39,755 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along East Grove Street at South Abington Road.
  • Scranton -- $135,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Green Ridge Street at Wyoming Avenue.

Lancaster County:

  • East Donegal Township -- $147,200 for Intersection Safety Upgrades along River Road at Mount Joy Road.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $54,400 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along the Old Philadelphia Pike, Greenfield Road, and Witmer Road Corridors.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Lincoln Highway at Strasburg Pike.
  • East Lampeter Township -- $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Old Philadelphia Pike at Horseshoe Road.
  • Elizabethtown Borough -- $18,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along the Market Street Corridor.
  • Ephrata Borough -- $113,278 for Traffic Signal Detection Upgrades along South Reading Road at Meadow Valley Road and at South Academy Drive.
  • Lancaster -- $1,401,714 for Traffic Signal Controller Upgrades at 91 Intersections throughout the City of Lancaster.
  • Lititz Borough -- $64,800 for Pedestrian Signal Upgrades along the Broad Street and Main Street Corridors.
  • Manheim Borough -- $72,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along the Main Street Corridor.
  • Warwick Township -- $127,600 for Traffic Signal Detection System Upgrades along Rothsville Road at Newport Road and along Main Street at Church Street and Rothsville Road.
  • West Hempfield Township -- $13,269 for Installation of Battery Backup and Preemption along Stony Battery Road at Route 30 East Bound Ramp and Route 30 West Bound Ramp.

Lehigh County:

  • Allentown -- $774,378 for Traffic Signal Coordination along the Lehigh Street Corridor.

Luzerne County:

  • Hanover Township -- $96,528 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Sans Souci Parkway at St. Mary’s Road and Willow Street.
  • Plains Township -- $61,848 for LED Signal Replacement along River Street at Maffett Street, along Carey Avenue at Main Street and along Route 315 at Laird Street.

Lycoming County:

  • Loyalsock Township -- $129,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northway Road at Sheridan Street.

McKean County:

  • Foster Township -- $62,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street at Bolivar Drive.

Mercer County:

  • Greenville Borough -- $188,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street (SR 0018) at Prairie Street.
  • West Middlesex Borough -- $42,160 for Detection System Upgrade along New Castle Road at Main Street.

Montgomery County:

  • Abington Township -- $298,480 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Fitzwatertown Road at North Hills Avenue.
  • East Norriton Township -- $329,750 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
  • East Norriton Township -- $108,300 for Installation of Video Detection System along the Germantown Pike Corridor.
  • Hatboro Borough -- $1,330,508 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Montgomery Avenue at Jacksonville Road.
  • Jenkintown Borough -- $89,784 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades and LED Replacement at 8 intersections along the York Road Corridor.
  • Lower Frederick Township -- $1,474 for LED Replacement along the Route 29 Corridor.
  • Lower Moreland Township -- $148,080 for Traffic Signal Equipment and Safety Upgrades along Byberry Road at Pine Road.
  • Lower Salford Township -- $54,200 for Preventative Maintenance at 13 Intersections throughout Lower Salford Township.
  • Upper Dublin Township -- $2,200,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the West Moreland Road and Easton Road Corridors.
  • Upper Merion Township -- $107,968 for LED Replacement at 24 Intersections along the Dakalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford Road Corridors.
  • Upper Pottsgrove Township -- $21,186 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Pottstown Pike at State Street and Moyer Road.
  • Upper Providence Township -- $239,230 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Egypt Road Corridor.
  • Whitpain Township -- $79,578 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike.
  • Worcester Township -- $141,700 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Valley Forge Road at Skippack Pike and Township Line Road.
  • Worcester Township -- $80,240 for Fiber Optic Traffic Signal Interconnection along Germantown Pike at Park Avenue and Trooper Road.

 

Montour County:

  • Danville Borough -- $55,440 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Synchronization at 10 Intersections along Walnut Street, Mill Street and Northumberland Road Corridor.

Northampton County:

  • Tatamy Borough -- $10,008 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Eighth Street at Main Street and Commerce Lane.

 

Northumberland County:

  • Sunbury -- $354,332 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of Fourth Strreet and Arch Street.

Philadelphia:

  • $2,800,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization at 12 Intersections along the Castor Avenue Corridor.
  • $7,100,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization and Equipment Upgrades at 24 Intersections along the Cheltenham Avenue Corridor.

 

Schuylkill County:

  • Cass Township -- $133,544 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Highridge Park Road at Keystone Boulevard and at the I-81 Northbound Ramps.
  • Foster Township -- $48,088 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along State Route 901 at Keystone Boulevard.
  • Minersville Borough -- $181,920 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Coordination at 8 Intersections along the Sunbury Street Corridor.
  • Minersville Borough -- $308,270 for Pedestrian Improvements and Installation or Overspeed Warning System at 8 Intersection along the Sunbury Street Corridor.
  • Pottsville -- $314,313 for Traffic Signal and Intersection Upgrades at the Intersection of Market Street and Twentieth Street.
  • Saint Clair Borough -- $229,600 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Claude Lord Boulevard at Hancock Street, Russell Street, Terry Rich Boulevard and Ann Street.

 

Union County:

  • Mifflinburg Borough -- $53,331 for Traffic Signal Retiming along Chestnut Street at Third Street and Fourth Street.
  • Union County -- $53,331 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of East Chestnut Street at Mabel Street.

 

Washington County:

  • Cecil Township -- $416,850 for Traffic Signal System Upgrades at 7 Intersections along the Southpointe Boulevard Corridor.
  • Peters Township -- $382,950 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of McMurray Road at Valleybrook Road.

Westmoreland County:

  • Washington Township -- $16,000 for Township Traffic Signal Activities.

 

York County:

•     Dillsburg Borough -- $44,620 for LED Replacement at 7 Intersections along the State Route 15 Corridor.

•     Wrightsville Borough -- $37,054 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Hellam Street at 9th Street and 6th Street.

•     York Township -- $182,035 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Queen Street at Country Club Road.

 

 

A list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.  

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Buggy Rear Ended, Girl Thrown to Road, Driver Flees

A 16 year old girl is reported injured following a crash Wednesday afternoon in Sparta Township in which a car rear ended a horse and buggy.  The Corry State Police report the buggy traveling east on State Route 77 at shortly after 5:45 pm a little less than 100 west of Sportsman Road.  A light blue Subaru Impreza or Legacy was also traveling east at a high rate of speed.  Police say the driver of the car tried to slow down but was unable to stop in time, crashing into the buggy near the intersection of Route 77 and Sportsman Road.  The unidentified girl was thrown the buggy to the road.  The driver of the car fled the scene east on Route 77. 

 

Police say the car is described as a light colored, possibly light blue, Subaru Impreza or Legacy with front end and passenger side damage.  Anyone with information regarding the crash in encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Corry Station at 814.663.2043.  

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Jamestown, NY Man Investigated for DUI, Drug Possession, Drug Paraphernalia

A drunk driving and drug and drug paraphernalia possession investigation continues in Jefferson County by the Pennsylvania State Police working out of the Marienville Station in Forest County.  The investigation stems from troopers finding a 31 year old Jamestown, NY man reclined and sleeping and/or passed out behind the wheel of his SUV in Barnett Township, Jefferson County Sunday, April 9 shortly before 1:30 a.m. 

The troopers report while they were on routine patrol they saw a suspicious 2007 Saturn Outlook parked and running well after the clowse of business in the parking lot of the Iron Mountain Grill.  Police say as they approached the SUV, they saw Ian Michael Richards slumped behind the steering wheel.  The troopers say they detected a strong odor of raw and or burnt marijuana coming from the SUV.  Also in plain view, the troopers saw, on the passenger side front seat a clear a baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana and a handrolled cegarette near the center console. 

 

When the police roused Richards, he initially tried to dump the baggie onto the ground outside the driver's door.  Richards was taken into custody for suspicious of DUI and drug possession.  A probable cause search of the vehicle resulted in a small amount marijuana, fifteen burnt marijuana roaches and one unused marijuana blunt and related drug paraphernalia.  The troopers transported Richards to Brookville Hospital where he submitted to a drug recognition evaluation and a blood draw.  

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Missing Massachusetts Man Found Unharmed

You may remember Thursday morning we told you about The Warren State Police searching for  a missing and endangered man.  While providing no other details, the troopers say the man has been located.  The troopers report Robert E. Ziemba, 69, of Southwick, Massachusetts was traveling through Warren County Sunday when his vehicle broke down in Sheffield Township.  Police say Ziemba was taken to the Budget Lodge where he checked in  Sunday at 3 a.m. while repairs were being made to his vehicle.  On Wednesday, family members in Massachusetts reported Ziemba missing.  He was last seen when he checked into his room.  Police say at 9 a.m. Sunday when Budget Lodge staffers went to clean his room, his belongings were in the room but he was gone and not been seen since.  

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Missing Teen Found Safe

Speaking of missing persons and also in Warren County, the Corry state police are reporting a missing 14 year old boy was located.  The troopers say the missing boy was found in a wooded area west of his home about 7:30 pm Thursday night by a member of a search team assembled to look for him.  He was returned home unharmed.  The unidentified teen went missing between 11:30 pm Wednesday night and all day Thursday.

 

Assisting in the search were personnel and units of the Corry State Police, State police helicopter, Warren County Sheriff's Office, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, the Northwestern Pennsylvania K9 Search and Rescue Unit, Elkland Search and Rescue.  And over 180 community volunteers.  

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FPD Partners Up for Click It or Ticket

The City of Franklin Police say they will be partnering to participate in a national "Click It or Ticket" Seat Belt Enforcement initiative from May 15, through June 4, 2017.

The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement between 9 pm and 4 a.m. using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols.  Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones combining stationary enforcement and checkpoints along roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes.  Citations will be issued to motorists who are found unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. 

Citing PennDOT data, the police say there were over thirteen thousand unrestrained crashes resulting in over 400 fatalities in 2015. 

Drivers should know Pennsylvania's primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under the age of 18 to buckle up, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. 

Children ages four to eight must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.  A new law, effective in August 2016 requires a child under the age of two be securely fastened in a rear facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer.  Additionally, children ages 8 to 18 must be wearing a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle. 

Also, drivers and front seat passengers 18 years old or older are required to buckle up.  If motorists are stopped for a traffaic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.

The effort which includes 315 Pennsylvania municipal agencies supplements the national "Click it or Ticket" Mobilization which runs through June 4.  As part of the initiative, Penn DOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

 

For more information on seat belt safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.

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PennDOT Offers Free Audio Version of PA Driver’s Manual Online

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that for the first time an audio version of the Pennsylvania Non-Commercial Driver’s Manual is now available for free download on its website

“Making sure that all citizens have equal access to information is of utmost importance,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Making an audio version of the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual available to our citizens is an important step in ensuring that access.” 

The audio manual is especially useful for individuals with learning issues, but it is also a convenient way to study the manual on the go. Audio files can be streamed from the website or downloaded onto a computer or device. Audio files are broken down by chapter. 

“We are proud to offer this additional option, and continue to seek new ways to make our publications more accessible to all of our customers,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “ 

The audio manual is the first of several enhancements to PennDOT’s online publications, including tutorial videos.  

Customers can view and download the most up-to-date version of all PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services forms, publications and manuals from its website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

 

 

 

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Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Holds Annual Children’s Safety Event at Clarion County Park Students Participate in Variety of Safety Lessons throughout the Day

Shippenville, PA – Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and it’s lead agency Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center held its annual Progressive Agricultural Day Thursday at the Clarion County Park. 

Each year, the event draws more than 450 of second grade students from across Clarion and Forest counties to the park to learn a variety of safety lessons. 

Coordinated by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES, the day features more than two dozen stations manned by volunteers from several different government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and area businesses.   

“It takes a long list of people to put a day like this together,” Judy Wileof Safe Kids Clarion-Venango. “The kids and teachers seem to really enjoy and appreciate the wide range of safety lessons included during the event.” 

Among the topics covered were bicycle safety and helmets, first aid, boating and water safety, handwashing and germs, sun safety, Lyme Disease and insect recognition, handling and visiting large and small animals, tobacco use prevention, butter making, and growing plants. 

Some participating groups include Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps, Pennsylvania Health Department, Seth Apel family, Salvation Army, Laurel High School Future Farmers of America, Pennsylvania State Police, Oil City YMCA, Clarion County Dog Obedience Club, Central Electric, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Clarion Borough Police Department, Clarion Venango Forest Farm Bureau, Clarion County Conservation District, NWPA Bee Association, and Heavenly Gaits. 

Business partners are Clarion Hospital, UPMC Northwest, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Knox, Primary Health Network, and other community organizations and businesses who donated items or money to the event.     

 

The Clarion County event is the first of two Progressive Agricultural Days being hosted by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES. The second event is scheduled for May 18 at the Venango County Fairgrounds and with students from Venango County attending. 

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