Items filtered by date: Monday, 06 March 2017

Vernon Twp Supports Effort to Locate Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor in Twp, PA Auditor General Supports Legalized Marijuana

A medical marijuana facility could be up and running in Crawford County in the later part of this year.  According to information developed from a supervisor meeting covered by Armstrong, Crawford Botanical Development, limited liability company,  asked for and apparently will get a letter a of support from the Vernon Township supervisors for the facility which would be located in 6 story building at 13653 Broadway Drive in the Crawford Business Park in Vernon Township by the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

Video TIm Mullen Vernon Township Supervisor Chairman

Crawford Botanical Development is making application to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to become a grower processor of medicinal marijuana in northwest Pennsylvania.  CEO Samantha Lincoln told the Vernon Township Supervisors last week the effort would create at a minimum 28 full time jobs initially and 100 eventually as the operation expands. 


Meanwhile Pennsylvania's Auditor General says he supports legal marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Speaking Monday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, says marijuana is a taxable asset the commonwealth is in need of.  DePasquale says making marijuana legal and taxing it would create a $20 billion industry and create over 280,000 jobs in the next ten years.  He says the state of Colorado is seeing the benefits of legalizing and taxing marijuana.  DePasquale is the highest ranking state official in Pennsylvania thus far to publicly endorse legalizing marijuana.  The auditor general says legalizing marijuana would also save the state the costs of prosecuting and incarcerating those caught with marijuana.


City of Corry Lays Off Half of It's DPW Staff

Budget concerns are forcing the City of Corry to layoff half of its public works staff.  According to a story carried by five of the department's eleven employees are being temporarily laid off.  The move begins Monday, March 13 and does not include management.  City management says the workers will be recalled in mid-May when tax revenue comes into the city and road projects begin.  The city expects to save over $38,000 in wages and benefits until then as it also freezes seasonal workers for this year and limits services such as pot hole patching and preventative maintenance.  


Burglars Hit Union City Home

The Corry state police are probing an alleged burglary of a Union City home sometime between January first this year and March first last week.  The troopers report unknown persons forcibly gained entrance into a shed on the property of James Kalkamp, 48, or 87 Elm Street.  Police say once inside the shed, the suspects then stole a number of items including a 40 foot aluminum ladder, a table top band saw, fishing poles, two shovels and a set of four wheeler ramps.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Corry State Police at 814-663-2043.


Babies, Toddler, 3 Adults Ok After Head On Crash, Driver Charged with Speeding on Untreated Road

Five people in one car, including three small children and the driver of a pickup truck are un hurt in the aftermath of a head crash in Cornplanter Township, Venango County along Russell Corners Road half a mile west of Burns Lane late Saturday afternoon.  The Franklin state police say 48 year old Steven Spence of Oil City was driving a Ford Taurus sedan east on Russell's Corners Road and traveling down with an adult passenger, 24 year old Allison Whitman of Oil City and three children including 1 year old baby boy, an infant boy less than one year old and a 3 year old girl.  Police this part of Russell's corners road gets no winter maintenance and was covered with snow and ice.  A Toyota Tundra pickup truck, driven by 62, year old Robert Hogg of Seneca was headed in the opposite direction and traveling uphill. 

Spence lost control of his car and traveled into the oncoming lane crashing into the truck head on.  Police say the car sustained disabling front end damage and was towed from the scene  by Minich's towing.  The truck took on minor damage and was driven from the scene. 


Spence was charged with speeding.  


3 Adults, 2 Babies Ok After 2 Car Wayne Twp Crash

There are no reported injuries in a two car crash that also involved having small children in a car.  This crash happened Friday afternoon at 3:45 in Wayne Township Erie County along U.S. Route 6 about three quarters of a mile west of West Washington Street Extension near Hillendale farm. 

Police say a Ford Focus driven by 18 year old Robert Brown of Corry was approaching stopped traffic due to a vehicle turning.  The small car was reported to be proceeding west bound on Route 6.  Police Filisha Ingram, 21 of Corry, driving a Ford Fusion Sedan and carrying an adult passenger, 24 year old Brittany Proper and two small children including 6 month old boy and an infant girl, was traveling West on Route 6 when she notice Brown's car stopped.  Ingram tried to slow the car but began sliding.  Police in an attempt to avoid colliding with Brown's car, Ingram began to veer right and crashed into the smaller car at the five o'clock position.  Brown's Ford Focus  sustained minor right rear bumper damage, and a bent and flat right rear tire.  Ingram's car came to a stop on the north side of the highway in front of Brown's car. 


Leroy's Towing removed both vehicles from the accident scene.  All involved in the crash in each car were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  


Tidioute Driver OK after Watson Twp Rollover

No injuries reported a Tidioiute driver rolled her small car on Route 62 Saturday morning in Watson Township Warren County.  The Warren State Police say Lauren Timco, 35, was driving north on Route 62 just north of Wildwood when she lost control on the icy roadway.  The car went off the east side of the road and crashed into an embankment.  Police the car continued north and impacted a traffic sign and rolled over one time before coming to a final stop facing west.  Frank's Towing removed the vehicle.  


Distracted Trucker Rolls Rig on I-79 Saturday

Distracted driving and failure to wear a seat belt translates in careless driving citation for a trucker who rolled his rig on I-79 Saturday afternoon in Crawford County.  The Meadville state police don't say whether the unidentified driver at the wheel of a Freightliner was traveling north or south at the time of crash which police place at 12:55 pm.  It is reported the driver was distracted and traveled into the east side of the road edge.  With the wet snow present along the roadway, the driver was unable to bring the rig back on to the roadway.  Police say the semi then continued into a soft, wet ditch which caused it to roll onto its passenger side.  The driver was transported to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie by ambulance for treatment of suspected minor injuries.  


2 Drivers, 1 Elderly Unhurt in Crash at I-79 Emergency Crossover

No one hurt in a two car crash about 10:30 Saturday morning along the interstate in Vernon Township, Crawford County.  The Meadville state police report Shirley Vincent, 81, of Lake City , Pennsylvania, was driving south on the superhighway when she used the emergency crossover at the 148 mile marker about three quarters of a mile south of Harmonsburg Road to cross to the northbound lanes of I-79.  Police say she started backing up to turn around and was struck by a Toyota Avalon being driving by 29 year old Diana Roche of Erie.  Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.  


Couple Injured as Car Goes off Interstate 79

Also on Interstate 79 Friday morning about 10:15, two people sustained minor injury following a crash on the north bound side of the highway.  Meadville state police say 58 year old William Smith of Guys Mills lost control of his car on the slippery roadway, went off the left side of the road, traveled through the median, over an embankment and came to a stop in a ditch.  Police the vehicle sustain front end damage and multiple flat tires.  The car was towed from the scene to a safe distance where Smith and his passenger, 57 year old Carla Smith could be attended to by Emergency Medical personnel.  West End Towing assisted at the scene.  


3 Cars, 3 Trees, 3 Crashes. 2 injured In Warren County

No injuries in a one car crash on Route 27 in Southwest Township, Warren County shortly after 8 pm Friday night about a quarter mile south of Swede Road.  The Warren state police report Sierra Tannler, a 24 year old woman from Warren, was driving a Jeep Liberty south on Route 27 when she lost control and crossed both travel lanes.  The Jeep then continued off the left side of the road until it crashed into a tree.  Police say the SUV then rotated 180 degrees until coming to a full stop facing north.  Penmark Towing did the honors.  

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