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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lewis Freed from Jail

In  a story first published Wednesday afternoon, Meadville Tribune reporter Keith Gushard said Timothy Lee Lewis, the former warden of the Crawford County Correctional Facility convicted of stealing $122,000 from the Meadville Moose Lodge, is out of jail for health reasons.  Lewis was sentenced last October after pleading guilty to one Felony 2 charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking-Moveable Property in connection with the embezzlement of approximately $122,000 from Meadville Moose Lodge 2505 between 2011 and 2014 while he was the lodge administrator

There is an apparent change in prison status.   A perfunctory, terse, cryptic notation on Lewis' online court record Monday simply says "Certification of Work Release/Community Service" filed by Crawford County Adult Probation. 

In an  October plea agreement, Judge Bozza sentenced Lewis to 8 to 23 months confinement by Judge John Bozza " followed by 48 months of probation, parole will include electronic monitor at the appropriate time, community service in the amount of 200 hours, write a letter of apology to the victim.  Transfer to Erie County is authorized."  Another notation in the online records indicates "confinement is consecutive to.....probation."  All of this information would indicate Lewis now freed from the Erie County Prison.

Lewis must obey all conditions imposed by Judge Bozza including the payment of all outstanding court costs, shown in the online records to be over $31,000 and pay restitution to the Moose Lodge.  In October Lewis liquidated his pension in the amount of $90,000 to that end. 

Lewis and his wife Debra, both of whom served in leadership positions with the Moose Lodge were arrested in March 2016 by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in connection with the theft of approximately $133,000 from the Moose lodge during their time of service there.

 

 Debra, also a Crawford County employee, was sentenced to six months probation under the Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program for first time non-violent offenders.  While Timothy was suspended from his job as warden by the Crawford County Commissioners and subsequently resigned, Debra, under union contract with the County of Crawford, took a paid leave of absence and later returned to work.  She was ordered by the judge to make $2000 restitution and pay court costs.  

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Tubbs Calls for Tuttle's Ouster from City Planning, Zoning Commission

Former Meadville City Police Chief Hal Tubbs is calling for Meadville City Council have Glenn Tuttle removed from his seat on the Meadville City Planning and Zoning Commission.  This after Tuttle recently refused to step down from his seat on the Crawford Central School Board after increasing outcry from taxpayers regarding his social media posts in recent months.  One called for making America great again "with a clean head shot" in reference to then President Elect Donald Trump. 

In a certified letter from the school board president Jan Feleppa, Tuttle was asked to resign.  He refused.

Tubbs, speaking during a public comment portion of the Meadville City Council meeting televised live by Armstrong Wednesday night, said "His (Tuttle's) hateful, disrespectful and possibly criminal social media communications indicate he does not possess the character to serve or represent the city of Meadville."  Tubbs noted Tuttle refused to resign from the school board and does not have to resign from the Planning and Zoning Commission because he was appointed by city council. 

Meadville City Solicitor Gary Alizzeo told council there is a mechanism in place at the city level to remove a board or commission member for malfeasance, misfeasance, non feasance or other just cause...failing to the job to which they are appointed. 

He was directed by city council to research the matter as to whether the just cause standard application to personal conduct could be brought into play.  The removal process involves official notification to Tuttle who would then have the opportunity for a hearing before council which would ultimately decide his fate. 

Mayor Leroy Stearns said he has concerns statements like Tuttle's could impact decisions made by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Councilman John Battaglia said "The planning and zoning commission makes important decisions.  People that make really dumb statements probably shouldn't be there making important decisions that affect our city."

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Prelim Cont. for Allegheny Co Man Accused of Warren Co. Minor Sex Assault

The preliminary hearing for a 39 year old Allegheny County free on $50,000 unsecured bond and charged with the alleged indecent assault of a 12 year old girl  in Warren County over a period of two years is now continued until April 5th.  The hearing had been set for Wednesday this week.  Last month the Warren state police had reported the girl told her mother that when she was 8 or 9 years old she was sexually assaulted while at a camp along Davey Hill Road in Deer Township, Warren County.  Police say she related through an interview with Allegheny County Children and Youth Services that  John Patrick Godfrey, of Brackenridge, put his hand down her pants and rubbed her vaginal area.  He then told her never to tell anyone about it.  The story came out when her mother found disturbing text messages on her phone, exchanged between Godfrey and the girl. 

Godfrey is accused of two felony counts of Unlawful Contact with a Minor,  Corruption of Minors (Misdemeanor), and three misdemeanor counts of Indecent Assault.

 

According to online court records Godfrey will now have preliminary hearing on April 5the before Magisterial District Court Judge Todd A. Woodin in Youngsville. Godfrey is represented by a private attorney Duke George, Jr., of New Kensington.  

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Venango, Crawford Unemployment Rates Improve

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is out with its Workforce Information News Release otherwise detailing employment and unemployment numbers for statistical areas across the Commonwealth. 

In January, the latest month  for which statistics are available the Crawford County seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved to 5.3 percent from 6 percent in December 2016 and 5.8 percent in November.  However the percentage of unemployed people in January 2016 stands at 4.8 percent. 

By comparison, January's unemployment numbers in surrounding counties look like this (all seasonally adjusted):  Erie 6.0 percent; Forest County 6.5 percent; Mercer County 5.8 percent; and Warren 4.8 percent.  Across Pennsylvania the January unemployment figure stands at 5.2 percent and nationally at 4.8 percent. 

In Crawford County Total Non-Farm Jobs-Not Seasonally Adjusted stands at 32,100, down 800 from December 2016 and ahead of January 2016 by one hundred. 

For Venango County, the January 2017 Seasonally Adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, down from 7.3 percent December 2016 and 7.0 percent in November, but still higher than the 5.9 percent of January 2016

January's seasonally adjusted  unemployment numbers for nearby counties look like this:  Clarion 5.6 percent and McKean County 6.3 percent. 

In Venango County Total Non-Farm Jobs-Not Seasonally Adjusted stands at 18,300 down 600 from December 2016 and down 700 from January 2016. 

 

For a complete snapshot of all of Pennsylvania's statistical areas you can go to http://www.workstats.dli.pa.gov/MediaCenter/MonthlyNews/Pages/default.aspx

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Venango, Crawford Unemployment Rates Improve

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is out with its Workforce Information News Release otherwise detailing employment and unemployment numbers for statistical areas across the Commonwealth. 

In January, the latest month  for which statistics are available the Crawford County seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved to 5.3 percent from 6 percent in December 2016 and 5.8 percent in November.  However the percentage of unemployed people in January 2016 stands at 4.8 percent. 

By comparison, January's unemployment numbers in surrounding counties look like this (all seasonally adjusted):  Erie 6.0 percent; Forest County 6.5 percent; Mercer County 5.8 percent; and Warren 4.8 percent.  Across Pennsylvania the January unemployment figure stands at 5.2 percent and nationally at 4.8 percent. 

In Crawford County Total Non-Farm Jobs-Not Seasonally Adjusted stands at 32,100, down 800 from December 2016 and ahead of January 2016 by one hundred. 

For Venango County, the January 2017 Seasonally Adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, down from 7.3 percent December 2016 and 7.0 percent in November, but still higher than the 5.9 percent of January 2016

January's seasonally adjusted  unemployment numbers for nearby counties look like this:  Clarion 5.6 percent and McKean County 6.3 percent. 

In Venango County Total Non-Farm Jobs-Not Seasonally Adjusted stands at 18,300 down 600 from December 2016 and down 700 from January 2016. 

 

For a complete snapshot of all of Pennsylvania's statistical areas you can go to http://www.workstats.dli.pa.gov/MediaCenter/MonthlyNews/Pages/default.aspx

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TASD Bd Mulls P.A.L.S. Dates, Times

Members of the Titusville Area School District Board of Education are considering a Recommendation to approve Title I Elementary Summer School PALS (Partners Achieving Learning Success) Program for K-6th grade – The PALS summer program, facilitated by Title I/federal programs Director Deb Amsler in collaboration with the YMCA 21st Century program, will be held for students going into K-6th grades. The 2017-2018 school year sessions will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 A.M. Main Street Elementary school’s program dates are June 19-29, 2017 and July 3-August 10, 2017; and Titusville Middle School’s 6th grader dates are June 19 through July 13, 2017. 

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Titusville Man Puts Car in Ditch, Charged w DUI

A forty year old Titusville man, identified only as a "known operator" is on the hook for a DUI incident late Tuesday night in Venango County.  The Corry State Police report the man drove his vehicle into a ditch at shortly after 11 pm on State Route 428 three quarters of a mile south of State Route 27 in Plum Township.  A further investigation showed the driver to be under the influence of alcohol.  Charges are pending through district court as are several summary traffic citations.  

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Pittsburgh Woman Hurt in Union Twp Rollover

A 19 year old Pittsburgh woman is listed as suffering from a possible injury stemming from a rollover crash Tuesday morning along State Route 8 in Union Township, Erie County. 

The Corry State Police report Taylor McBride was driving a Jeep Liberty north on Route 8 about a quarter mile south of Lincolnville Road when she passed another vehicle in the left lane.  She lost control of her SUV and went off the roadway and into a ditch.  The Jeep rolled over onto its roof where it came to a stop. 

 

McBride was taken to Titusville Area Hospital by Union City Fire and EMS.  A passenger, 20 year old Jaquan J. Harrell of Philadelphia was not injured.  

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Woman Injured in Pittsfield Rollover

A Corry woman is recovering from minor injuries, the result of a rollover crash Tuesday afternoon in Pittsfield Township, Warren County.  The Warren state police report Traci Long, 39 . was driving a Chevy Trailblazer west on State Route 426 at about 2:30 pm just west of State Route 27, when she lost control of the SUV on the snow covered roadway.  Police say the vehicle went off the north side of the roadway, crashing into a cement culvert, causing it to roll.  Long sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.  She was not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle's airbags did not deploy.  Responding to the scene were volunteers of the Garland and Youngsville Fire Departments.  Leroy's towing removed the vehicle from the scene.  

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Theft of Dirt Bike from Bear Lake Home Probed

The Corry State Police are looking into the alleged theft of a dirt bike sometime between Tuesday March 7 and Monday March 13 from a residence along Main Street in Bear Lake, Warren County.  Police say a person or person removed a green and yellow Kawasaki 60cc dirt bike from Ryan Smith's father's house.  The elder Mr. Smith noticed the bike leaning up against his garage March 8th and on March 13th noticed it was gone.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Corry State Police at 814-663-2043-

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