Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017

60 Yr Old Man Ok After Rollover in Warsaw Twp

In Jefferson County a 60 year old man escaped injury when his small car overturned Saturday afternoon shortly after 5:30 pm in Warsaw Township, Jefferson County on Egypt Road at the Intersection with Hideaway Lane.  John Deboer, of Brookville, was driving north on Egypt road uphill on a straight section of road when the car crested the hill and the road became snow covered.   Police say the car broke traction and went off the road way and crashed into a culvert on the right shoulder.  The car then rotated to the left and came to an uncontrolled stop on Hideaway lane.  The Warsaw Volunteer Fire Department and Bailey's Towing Assisted at the scene.  



Winter Storm Warning

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1031 AM EDT Wed Mar 15 2017


.Snow showers in the snowbelt east of Cleveland will gradually
diminish this afternoon and evening although heavier snow showers
and squalls will occur in Ashtabula County as well as Erie and
Crawford Counties in northwest Pennsylvania. Gusty northwest
winds will continue to produce some blowing and drifting snow.

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Ashtabula Lakeshore-Northern Erie-Southern Erie-Crawford-
Including the cities of Cleveland, Mentor, Chardon, Jefferson,
Akron, Ravenna, Ashtabula, Erie, Edinboro, and Meadville
1031 AM EDT Wed Mar 15 2017


* Accumulations/Timing...An additional 3 to 6 inches of snow is
  likely today where the snow bands persist with the highest
  amounts in Ashtabula, Erie and Crawford Counties.

* Impacts...Snow covered roads and reduced visibility with blowing
  and drifting snow.

* Winds...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 35 mph.

* Temperatures...upper teens and lower 20s. Winds chills in the
  single digits.


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




Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
311 AM EDT Wed Mar 15 2017

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Ashtabula Lakeshore-Northern Erie-Southern Erie-Crawford-
311 AM EDT Wed Mar 15 2017


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for northeast Ohio and northwest

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Storm Warning.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Spotter activation is not expected at this time.

PennDOT Urges Drivers to Use Caution During Winter Weather

Oil City, PA – Winter weather and the potential for lake-effect snow showers and heavy squalls remain in the forecast for areas of northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recommends motorists avoid traveling during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving.

Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter; and motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered.

Heavy squalls can cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.

If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:

  • Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
  • Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
  • Use defroster and wipers.
  • Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
  • During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
  • Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
  • Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
  • Always buckle up and never drink and drive. 

Meanwhile, PennDOT is prepared for the storm, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep the roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths --- when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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 825 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.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. ]When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

[For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit


[Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at


Stolen Car Recovered From Little Sugar Creek

In East Fairfield Township, Crawford County, what was thought to be a crash scene in which someone had crashed or driven a car into a creek, turned out to be the recovery of a stolen vehicle.  At shortly after 10:15 Tuesday morning, multiple troopers  Meadville State Police station, the Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department, Meadville Emergency Medical Services, Route 19 Towing and initially the Crawford County Scuba Team responded to the report of a vehicle completely submerged in Little Sugar Creek at the intersection of Griffen and Shaffer Roads.  The vehicle, a silver in color 2011 Chevrolet Impala bearing a registration plate (DLM8583), was successfully removed from the creek.  Police say there was no indication anyone was harmed as a result of the incident.  While investigating the incident, the troopers learned the car was reported by the owner, Gerald Q. Pierce of Erie, to have been stolen in the City of Erie.  The incident is still under investigation.  


North East School Bus Overturns, 7 Students Hurt

Winter weather conditions are believed to have been the cause of a school bus overturning in  a ditch  in North East, Erie County Tuesday afternoon.  According to a published report on Erie News seven students on the bus were injured and transported to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after the bus slid while engaging a tight  curve in the roadway at shortly after 4 pm on Mallick Road one and half miles east of the intersection with Gulf and Findley Lake Road.  It is reported 17 children  were on board the bus, all but one elementary school students.  One student was high schooler.  Reports indicate none of the injuries was thought to be life threatening.  The driver was checked out and appears to be okay.  Reports indicate officials of the North East School District will examine the accident.  


TASD Mulls THS Carpet,Track Replacement

To replace 17 year old worn carpeting in 31 second floor classrooms at Titusville High School is estimated to cost $225,000.  Buildings and Grounds Director for the Titusville Area School District John Cowan says the funds will come from money borrowed to fund capital projects, and the project itself is listed in the district's long range capital plan.  Speaking to school board members Monday night, Cowen said there have been seam failures and present carpet really shows its age and wear.  The carpet replacement will include asbestos abatement of the floor tiles beneath the present carpet and painting the affected rooms.  Carpet squares will be installed.  3600 square feet, through the Keystone Purchasing Network.  Ads for contractor bids appear today. 

Cowen says he is also preparing to expend close to $400,000 on replacing the present track at the Ed Meyer Recreation and Athletic Complex.  Here too, materials are available through the Keystone Purchasing Network.  The latex surface will be removed, the track will be milled, sloping and undulation will be corrected, a base course of asphalt, black rubber coating and urethane coatings.  Cowan says it is not the most expensive way to go, but not the least expensive either.  The warranty only goes five years in any case but the manufacturer says the track should be good for about 11 years. 


Cowan will address the Titusville City Council next Tuesday asking for their approval as the city leases the complex to the school district.  


No More Football at Youngsville HS

(Story Corrected to show Youngsville in headline not Youngstown)

Youngsville High School is losing its football program. According to a story carried by Erie News Now, lack of participation, not funding is the bugaboo. 

Football supporters jammed the Warren Area School District Board of Education meeting Monday night to petition the board members to keep the program intact.  In the end it came to a five to four vote to enter into a football co-op with Warren Area High School for the 2017-2018 season. 

According the ENN story, the Youngsville Eagles went one and nine last season and forfeited two games resulting a letter of complaint from PIAA District 10 officials regarding student safety. 


The board will now have to decide how to handle homecoming, cheer squads and marching band activities.  And transportation will be examined in the coming months as well.  


Alleged Jenks Twp Shoplifter Sought by Police

The Marienville state police are on the lookout for a white, male, non-Hispanic, suspected of Retail Theft from a Forest County Kwikfilll gas station Saturday afternoon.  The troopers report they were dispatch on Monday morning to the Kwik Fill in Jenks Township at 42085 State Route 66 to take the report of the retail theft.  They report a male suspect is seen on video surveillance removing several food items from the Kwik Fill store shelves and concealing the items in his pockets.  The male is then shown leaving the store without paying for the items.


The suspect is described as average build, approximately 5 foot nine inches, dirty blonde hair formed into dreadlocks wearing black sweatpants and an orange hoodie sweat shirt.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marienville state police at 814-927-5253.


St. Marys Man Charged w Felony 3 Retail Theft

A St. Marys man is accused of retail theft in Elk County after attempting shop lift the Wal-Mart along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys on Sunday.  The Ridgway state police report Ryan Joseph Michuck, 23 entered the store and tried to remove multiple retail items worth a little over $115.  Michuck is now charged with Felony Three Retail Theft through district court in Fox Township and awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mark S. Jacob on Tuesday, April 11th.  Michuck was also charged with Misdemeanor 3 Defiant Trespass.  He is not yet represented by an attorney.  


Grampian Teen Charged w/ Speeding After Rollover

In Clearfield County on Saturday morning at shortly before 1030.  The Dubois State Police report a small car driven by a 16 year old unidentified male from Grampian was proceeding along (U.S. 219) Chestnut Grove Highway just west of Irishtown Road in Bloom Township when he lost control of the care while engaging a left hand curve.  Police say the teen over corrected causing the car to cross the oncoming lane of traffic while spinning 180 degrees.  The car went off the south side of the roadway and crashed into an embankment with its right side and overturned coming to a stop facing north in the southbound lane.


Police say the driver was wearing a seatbelt and no airbags deployed.  The car was towed from the scene by Simbeck Towing.  Assisting at the scene were volunteers from the Brady Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.  Police filed a speeding citation against the boy.  

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