Items filtered by date: Thursday, 16 March 2017

SPD Probes King's Family Restaurant Burglary

An alleged burglary at the Kings Family Restaurant at 821 Allegheny Blvd in Sugarcreek Borough in Venango County is under investigation.  The Franklin state police say a person or persons gained entry intothe restaurant by smashing out a window sometime between 11:05 pm Wednesday night and 8:36 am Thursday morning.  While inside the restaurant the person or persons removed a cash drawer and fled out the smashed window.  The cash box was empty and was discarded at the rear of the parking lot.  There were tracks in the snow indicating the person or persons parked in a parking lot across from OMG Americas along two mile run road.  Anyone with information regarding the identity of the person or persons involved is asked to contact the Franklin State Police at 814-676-6596.


Portion of Duncomb Street, Oil City, Venango County Reopens

Oil City, PA – One lane of Duncomb Street between Seneca Street and Elm Street (Business Route 8) in Oil City, Venango County reopened at 5 pm Thursday.

Traffic may travel onto Duncomb Street from Elm Street to Seneca Street.

The lane for traffic attempting to turn from North Seneca Street onto Duncomb Street will remain closed.

Duncomb Street had been closed due to demolition work at the former Oil City parking garage.


The left lane restrictions on Elm and Seneca streets near the parking garage site will remain in place. 


Deadly Head-on Crash in Washington Twp, Pickup v Tractor Trailer

An unidentified 73 year old Ohio man is dead, the result of a late Wednesday night wrong way crash In Jefferson County on Interstate 80 involving a full size pickup truck pulling a boat and a tractor trailer.  The DuBois state police report the Chevy Silverado pickup truck was traveling east on the interstate in Washington Township at shortly after 10:15 pm about a quarter mile west of Airport Road.   The Volvo tractor trailer was reported traveling west at the 94 mile marker also about a quarter mile west of Airport Road in Washington Township. 

Police say the pickup truck, driven by the 73 year old man, went off the north side of the east bound lanes and traveled through the median.  The pickup then entered the west bound lanes traveling east and continued doing so for approximately one mile.  Police report the tractor trailer, heading west, driven by a 55 year old California man, who saw the pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the interstate.  He attempted to bring his truck to a stop but was unable to do so.  It is reported two trucks crashed headon. 

Police say the pickup truck spun 180 degrees after the crash acame to a final stop vacing west in the right lane with disabling damage.  The tractor trailer came to a stop west of where the two vehicles had crashed off the left side of the roadway with major damage to front engine area.  Police report the boat trailer became disconnected from the pickup truck and came to a final stop on the southern most guide rails west of the crash.  The boat came off the trailer and became lodged on to the front of the tractor trailer. 

Police say while the pickup truck driver died in the crash, the truck tractor driver and a passenger, a 58 year old California man who was in the sleeper compartment, were flown to Altoona for treatment of suspected injuries.  Both the drivers were reported wearing seatbelts. 


Assisting at the scene were two towing services:  Zimmerman and Bricen.  Also responding to the scene were additional Dubois state troopers, and volunteers from the fire departments in Falls Creek, Sandy Township, and Reynoldsville.  DuSan Ambulance also assisted at the scene.  


PSP Finds Stolen "Bobcat"

An investigation in Forest County by the Marienville State Police is ongoing into who owns a bobcat construction vehicle discovered along Dead Horse Hollow Road in Jenks Township late Tuesday night.  The troopers responded the location shortly after 9:30 pm and discovered the bobcat was reported stolen out of Pittsburgh from two men there who owned the vehicle.  The case is being handled as one of Receiving Stolen Property.  


Hit & Run Crashes Investigated in Venango, Armstrong, Warren Counties

We seem to have entered into a spate of reports on hit and run incidents and runaway drivers. 


The Sugarcreek Borough Police in Venango County are aver they are investigating a reported property damage hit and run incident thought to have occurred sometime between Wednesday and Thursday in the 400 block of Warren Road.  The officers report the vehicle is possibly a 2011 tp 2013 Subaru Forester, silver or gray in color and should be missing a driverside mirror as well as having some front driver side damage.  Anyone w/ information is asked to call the Sugarcreek Borough Police at 814-437-3703


In Warren County, an unknown driver fled the scene Tuesday night after taking out a mailbox  and a newspaper box.  The Warren State Police say an unknown vehicle was traveling south on Scandia Road in Elk Township shortly after 8:20 pm when it went off the right side of road striking the said mail and paper boxes.  Police say the vehicle continued further off the right side of the road where it then struck a utility pole.  The vehicle then continued on through a yard where it struck several small trees.  The troopers say the vehicle then entered back on to the roadway and continued south on Scandia Road. 



No one reported injured in a two vehicle hit and run crash in northwest Armstrong County Wednesday afternoon.  The Kittanning State Police say a GMC Envoy SUV, driven by 44 year old Matthew Bowser of Cowansville,   was southbound on Glade Drive in East Franklin Township at shortly after 1:20 pm at the intersection with Nolte Drive.  An unidentified vehicle was stopped on Nolte Drive at the intersection facing west.  As Bowser approached the intersection in the SUV, the unidentified vehicle began moving through the intersection.  Bowser was unable to stop his SUV in time and crashed into the right rear side of vehicle in the intersection.  Police say the SUV took some minor front end damage and was able to be driven from the scene.  The other vehicle, described as a white box truck with unknown registration fled the scene.  


East Brady Man Injured in Sugar Creek Twp Crash

In Sugarcreek Township in western Armstrong County a 56 year old East Brady man was injured after he rolled his pickup truck along State Route 268 last Friday morning about 7 am.  The Kittanning state police report say Matthew Smith was driving a 2000 full size Chevy Pickup Truck south on Route 268 when he lost traction on the snow and slush covered roadway causing the truck to slide to right.  Smith tried to regain control of his truck but was unable according to police.  The truck rotated to the right crossing the north bound lane when the front of the truck struck the eastern embankment causing it to continue rotating, now to the left, .  The rear end of the truck climbed the embankment rolling onto its roof and re-entering the highway in the southbound lane.  The truck came to a final stop facing east lying on its roof.  Sugarcreek Ambulance transported Smith to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  


Undetermined Fire in Bradford $100,000, Accidental Fire in Falls Creek $200,000

The Ridgway State Police Fire Marshal is reporting the results of two fire investigations:  one fire of undetermined origin in McKean County and the second fire considered accidental in nature in Jefferson County. 

From the ongoing investigation of the fire in the city of Bradford in McKean County here's what the is known so far:

On Tuesday night about 9:20 pm the Bradford City Fire Department was dispatched by a passing motorist for a fully involved structure fire at 36 Rosedale Avenue, the home of 31 year old Jessica Luce. 

The fire was initially investigated by the Fire Marshal and personnel from the Bradford Police and Fire Departments.  The fire was found to have started in the front room of the home in an undetermined manor.  The estimated damage totals $100,000.

No report of injuries if any. 


In Jefferson County a chimney fire caused by creosote buildup is reported to be the cause of a fire that caused $200,000 damage to a Falls Creek Borough home.  The Friendship Hose Fire Department was dispatched at 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon to 409 Osborne Avenue for a structure fire. 

An investigation by the Ridgway state police fire marshal and the Friendship Hose Fire Department included an examination of the fire scene indicating the fire originated inside the chimney as a result of creosote buildup.  The authorities say flame exited through numerous places in the chimney's brick and morter joints igniting wall studs and wood framing in the structure. 

Donald and Vicki Bundy, 65 and 62 respectively, lived at the home.  Vicki Bundy is listed as one of four owners of the home.  The three others are listed as Paul Miller, Jr. 61 of Reynoldsville, Robert Miller, 53 of Reynoldsville and Mark Miller, 49 of Falls Creek.


There was no report of any injury.  


Pennsylvania Man Indicted for Hate Crime Assault

 A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a charge of violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 

Jeffrey Allen Burgess, 54, was charged in a one-count indictment. According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 22, 2016, Burgess is alleged to have violated the Matthew Shepard and James Bryd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act by willfully causing bodily injury to A.M. because of A.M.’s perceived race, color, and national origin. 

If convicted, Burgess faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. 

The FBI and the Bethel Park Police Department are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Rachael L. Dizard and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Tona Boyd are prosecuting this case. 


An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Repair Work to Begin on Kidds Mill Bridge in Mercer County

Oil City, PA – Repairs are expected to begin next week on the Kidds Mill Bridge – a covered bridge over the Shenango River in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County. 

The 122-foot-long timber truss bridge was built in 1868 and is located on Township Road 471 (West Kidds Mill Road) one-half mile east of Route 18. The bridge is owned by Mercer County and is closed to vehicular traffic. 

Work will involve straightening a lean and sag on the bridge and repairing roof members. 

The contractor is Allison Park Contractors, Inc., of Gibsonia PA. The contract cost is $132,500, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds. 

Pedestrian access to the nearby canoe launch, park area, and hiking trail will be maintained during the project. 

Work is expected to start on Monday, March 20, weather permitting, and is scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2017. 

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 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.


Schedule Revised for Route 718/760 Project in Mercer County Inclement Weather Delays Improvement Project Start

Oil City – Due to the current inclement weather and projected cold weather next week, the start of an improvement project on Route 718/760 in the City of Sharon, Mercer County has been rescheduled.

Work on the project is now expected to begin on March 27, and a detour associated with the project is to begin on March 29.  The project had previously been expected to begin on March 20, with the detour to begin March 22

The work marks the beginning of the third and final phase of a multi-year 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 take place in 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. Company drive. Work will include road reconstruction and updated traffic signals, sidewalks, lighting and drainage.

Detours will be required during construction.

Route 7I8/760 in the project area 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.

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.

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.


Long term lane restrictions planned next month for a resurfacing project on Interstate 79 in Butler County

Indiana, PA – Long term lane restrictions are planned for I-79 North beginning the week of April 4 and continuing through early May from north of Exit 78 (SR 228-Cranberry) and south of Exit 87 (Zelienople).  Once that work finishes, long-term lane restrictions will be in place on I-79 South in the same area.

The restrictions will be in place for a resurfacing project on I-79 in Cranberry and Jackson Townships, Butler County.

Nighttime paving operations will follow this work.  Restrictions will be in place nightly between 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., except Friday northbound restrictions begin at 9:00 P.M., and Sunday southbound restrictions begin at 9:00 P.M.

Work on I-79 includes milling, patching, and paving from Exit 76 (Cranberry) and Exit 88 (Little Creek Road) in Cranberry and Jackson Townships.

This $16.7 million Interstate resurfacing project is being constructed by Lindy Paving, Inc., and is expected to be completed by the end of October. 


Motorists should expect congestion and delays in heavy traffic volume periods.  Remember to slow down and use caution in work zones.  Fines are doubled for violations in work zones.  Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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