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National Weather Service Cleveland OH

258 AM EDT Mon Mar 13 2017




Low pressure will track through the Ohio Valley on Monday with widespread snow developing from west to east across the area into Monday night. Northeast winds across Lake Erie will enhance snowfall totals downwind of the Lake where the highest accumulations are expected. Low pressure will weaken and move to the

East Coast on Tuesday as it merges with a stronger low moving northward up the Atlantic Coast. Temperatures will fall across the Great Lakes behind this system with lake-effect snow continuing Tuesday night and Wednesday. Northerly winds will increase on Tuesday with gusts as high as 35 mph near Lake Erie, contributing to blowing and drifting of the newly fallen snow.


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* Accumulations expected:  8 to 12 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts where lake-effect snow bands persist, especially across the higher terrain of northwest Pennsylvania.


* Snow will begin this afternoon and increase in  intensity tonight into Tuesday morning. Lake-effect snow will develop Tuesday night into Wednesday.


* Expect difficult driving conditions with reduced visibility and snow covered roads.


* Winds are predicted North 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.


* Temperatures in the lower 20s.


A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow is issued when severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.

Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.



Stay with Stream, (Armstrong) and the Allegheny News Talk Sports Network, listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the internet for more information about the Winter Storm Warning.


Atlantic Man Held in East Fallowfield Homicide Investigation

A Homicide investigation in East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County.  A 45 year old Atlantic man is lodged in the Crawford County Correctional Facility without bail, charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend Friday morning between midnight and 3 am.  Police responded to a call at the Pinedale Mobile Home Park about 10:30. 

The Erie Times news reports Coroner Scott Schell ruled Saturday following an autopsy in Erie that Julie Ann Wiley died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.  Police believe she was killed early Friday. 

The Meadville state police report James Joseph Lucas charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and one count of Strangulation stemming from the death of 45 year old Julie Ann Willey, also of Atlantic.  


Police say Lucas was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Rita Marwood late Friday afternoon.  A preliminary hearing is set for Friday March 31 before Judge Marwood at 1:30 pm. Lucas is not yet represented by an attorney.  


Speeding Driver Rolls Car, Thrown Through Windshield

A 19 year old McKean woman was life flighted to Hamot Hospital in Erie following a rollover crash late Saturday afternoon in Amity Township in which she was thrown from her car. 


The Corry state police report Kendra Phillips was driving a P/T Cruiser north on state route 8 about a quarter mile south of Arbuckle Road shortly before 5 pm.  Police say she was driving too fast for the condition of the roadway and lost control of her car.  Police report the car when off the roadway and struck a mailbox on the right side of the road.  The car then rolled over and in the process, Phillips was thrown from the car through the windshield.  Police report the car came to a final stop about 60 feet off the roadway.  Phillips was found in the snow just south of the car.  She was transported to Union City High School and was airlifted to the hospital from their with suspected serious injuries.  


Spartansburg Driver Slams Car into Tree

Speed  appears to be the contributing factor in a one car crash in which a 21 year old Spartansburg woman was injured after her car crashed into tree late Saturday afternoon in Rome Township.  The Corry state police report Lauren Nagy  was driving a Toyota Corolla south on State Route 89 at shortly after 4 pm when she lost control of her car and crashed into a tree head on the west shoulder of the roadway.  Police say she was wearing a seatbelt and her airbags deployed as well.  She was privately transported to UPMC Northwest Regional Medical Center in Seneca for evaluation. 


Bloomfield Township and Centerville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene.  The vehicle was removed from the scene by Shambaugh Towing.  


NCHS Student Charged w/ Drug Possession

A known 16 year old girl will be charged with drug possession stemming from an incident at North Clarion High School last Thursday.  The Marienville State Police report the teen came into school with acetaminophen with codeine pills in her possession which were not in a prescription bottle.  The charges will be filed through Clarion County Juvenile Probation.  


North Clarion High School is located at 10439 State Route 36 in Farmington Township, Clarion County.  


Rouseville Resident Victimized in Craiglist Scam

An incident of theft by deception in Rouseville Borough is prompting a scam alert from the Franklin State Police. 

The troopers report Kimer Foresell, 46, of Rouseville, was interested in a vehicle found on Craig's List and that the incident took place some time between February 18th and March 1 this year.  While discussing the purchasing of the vehicle, Foresell was instructed the vehicle would be sold through Ebay motors and received a credible looking email.  The email contained instructions telling Foresell to purchase Ebay giftcards and email the gift card numbers.  Foresell was also instructed to purchase MoneyPak cards and email the card numbers for the shipping.  Police since Foresell emailed all of the listed information, she has not heard back from the seller and found the seller was using a fake name. 


Police say the public is advised not to wire money via Western Union not to pay for items with gift cards by giving the gift card number over the phone or through email since these are likely to be a scam.  If the purchase is a large item, such as a car, it is best to meet with the person at a notary and get the title in hand.  


PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.2% in January

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is out with its employment situation report for January 2017.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from December to 5.2 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States, which increased one-tenth of a percentage point in January to 4.8 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 14,000 over the month to 6,440,000. Resident employment increased by 4,000 while the unemployment count declined by 19,000. January was the fifth consecutive month that posted both an increase in employment and a decrease in unemployment.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 15,300 to a record high of 5,931,600 in January. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs from December. The largest gain was in construction (+5,900), while the largest drop was in manufacturing (-2,700). Three supersectors – professional & business services, education & health services, and leisure & hospitality – reached record high job levels in January.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 70,300 (+1.2%). Seven supersectors added jobs from last January. The largest increase over the past twelve months was in education & health services (+39,500), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-7,500).


Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.


Improvement Project to Continue on Route 718/760 in Mercer County

Oil City – Work is to begin this month on the third phase of an improvement project designed to make Route 718/760 in Mercer County a safer, more efficient and more attractive travel corridor.

Phase 3 of the project will extend over the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons and focus on a one-half-mile long section of Route 718/ Route 760 (South Dock Street) in the City of Sharon.

Work in 2017 will involve the area of South Dock Street from just south of Orchard Street to a point near the Metalico recycling plant. Work will include road reconstruction and updated traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and drainage.

Work in 2018 on South Dock Street will extend from the Metalico recycling plant to Bank Place, located just north of Connelly Boulevard. Work will include road reconstruction, updated sidewalks, lighting and drainage and construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of South Dock Street and Connelly Boulevard.

The contractor is Kirila Contractors of Brookfield, Ohio. The contract cost is $4,122,048.62, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds. 

Work during 2017 is expected to begin on March 20, and be completed by October 30. 

Detours will be required during construction. 

Route 7I8/760 will remain open for southbound traffic throughout the construction, but will be closed to northbound traffic. A detour for northbound traffic will be posted using Route 18 and East State Street (Route 3008). 

At some point in mid-summer, traffic restrictions will impact Wayne Place and Orchard Street at their intersections with South Dock Street. Detours will be announced then and posted. 

The overall project on Route 718/760 is referred to as the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project. It extends from the intersection with Council Avenue in Wheatland Borough to just north of Connelly Boulevard in Sharon.

Phase 1 of the project was constructed in 2012 and 2013. Improvements in that phase extended   from Council Avenue in Wheatland Borough to Roemer Boulevard in the City of Farrell.

Phase 2 of project was constructed in 2015 and 2016. It extended from Roemer Boulevard in the City of Farrell to Malleable Street in the City of Sharon.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 


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PennDOT Urges Drivers, Pedestrians to Stay Safe During Upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Oil City – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), reminds residents not to rely on luck to get home during Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations involving alcohol, but instead plan to have a sober, designated driver, take a taxi, or arrange for public transportation. 

Saint Patrick’s Day is a time to honor the Irish heritage shared by many, but it has also become known for celebrations that often involve alcohol consumption. Holiday revelers should decide in advance whether they will drink or drive, as it is unsafe to do both. 

To help deter impaired driving, state and local police throughout Pennsylvania will be participating in an enforcement initiative from Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that Saint Patrick’s Day can be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road due to the number of impaired drivers.  

According to NHTSA 2015 data, during the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend post-party hours of midnight and 5:59 AM, nearly a third of crash fatalities nationwide involved drunk drivers. 

PennDOT reminds motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving, and, despite the myths, only time can help an impaired person become sober. Those planning to celebrate should arrange their trip home before having their first drink. 

The NHTSA SaferRide App is an option to assist the public with planning their ride home. It is available for free download on iPhone and Andriod devices. It helps users call a friend, reach a taxi service, and determine their current location. 

Pedestrians are not immune to the dangers of impairment. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention can put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Parade goers and pub crawl participants should maintain safe pedestrian habits, including keeping an eye out for cars, using provided sidewalks and crosswalks, and obeying street signs. 

For more on information impaired driving and pedestrian safety, visit 


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