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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM FRIDAY

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Indiana - Including the cities of Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, Oil City,
Franklin, Tionesta, New Castle, Ellwood City, Butler, Clarion,
Punxsutawney, Brookville, Kittanning, Ford City, and Indiana 
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh is out with a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow...which is in effect from 6 PM this
evening to 7 AM EST Friday.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 to 5 inches.
* TIMING...Light rain and snow will begin to fall this evening,
  and quickly change to all snow. The heaviest snow is expected
  late this evening into early Friday morning.
* IMPACTS...The heavy snow will create snow covered roads.
* WINDS...Northwest 5 to 10 mph.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while
driving.
Please report snowfall by calling 412-262-1988, posting to the
NWS Pittsburgh Facebook page, or using Twitter @NWSPITTSBURGH
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High Winds Down Trees, Knock Out Power, Blow Over Fences, Yard Fixtures

The strong winds in northwest Pennsylvania have subsided but not before leaving thousands without power and downing trees and lines seemingly everywhere.  Reports indicate approximately 165 calls for trees and or lines down:  110 in Crawford County and 55 in Venango County. 

In Crawford County the calls started coming in shortly after 7:30 Wednesday morning on Shaffer Road in Fairfield Township and the last reported shortly before 3 am on Johnson Road in Union Township.  In Crawford County the area affected ranged from just over the Ohio state line on Pymatuning Lake Road in the west to Spring Creek Road in Warren County in the east.  From Shreve Ridge Road in Bloomfield township to  Donation Road in Wayne Township. 

 

At 5:30 this morning Penelec reported 362 customers in Crawford county without power, 289 in Clarion County, 257 in Elk county, 352 in Erie County, 380 in Forest County, 1251 in Mercer County, 489 in Venango County and 122 in Warren County.  All customers should be restored to power by about 4 pm.

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W. Forest Elementary Remains Closed

West Forest Elementary School will be closed today and tomorrow for continuing repairs to the boilers at the school.  West Forest students in grades 7 to 12 will be bused to East Forest for classes today and tomorrow.  The students will report to West Forest, then be transported back to West Forest at day's end.  

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Beaver County Cracker Plant Means Hope, Opportunity, Collaboration for PA, OH, WV

Collaboration, opportunity, hope.  Three words Dan Weaver, President of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association told nearly four hundred people packed into Cross Creek Resort they should take away with them from the Regional Impact of the Petrochemical Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania Symposium Wednesday.  The event was sold out with people waiting outside for cancellations. 

With a $6 billion investment on the part of Shell, 6000 construction workers, 600 full time plant employees, construction to last through 2021, with enough gas in the ground to support four more similar plants, Dan Bome (Bomay) Retired President of the Louisiana Chemical Association told the crowd this is the biggest investment in the energy industry since 1859 when the first successful commercial oil well was struck in Venango County, just outside Titusville.  He says the Entire philosophy of the energy industry is changing. 

Denise Brinley, from PA Department of Community and Economic Developer told the group Pennsylvania exports all of its ethane and Shell will change that. 

From information about how small businesses can sell to Bechtold, the construction company and to shell to educational strategies, the participants in the daylong session learned how to take advantage of the economic boon resulting from the cracker plant as had the economy in Louisiana. 

We spoke with DB Smith, Vice President of the Business and Work force Development of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. 

We asked him how people can become more educated about and what's next for those who want to cash in the cracker plant set for Beaver County

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The session wrapped up around four pm.  

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ID Thieves Victimize Spring Creek Man

An unidentified 65 year old Warren County man is the victim of identity theft.  The Corry State Police report a person or persons unknown obtained the man's identity Saturday, February 18th.  Police say the alleged perpetrator(s) opened a Wal-Mart Credit Card using the man's information.   The unknown persons then purchased items at Wal-Mart.  Police say the man became aware of all of this when he received a bill in the mail at his post office box.  The incident happened at a location along Conklins Road.  

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Jamestown IRS Theft Identity Probed

A 58 year old South Shenango Township man is also the victim of identity theft.  The Meadville state Police report Donald Reeher, 58 of 5812 Scott Road, Jamestown, Pennsylvania filed taxes and was told by the IRS a return was already filed under his name and social security number.  This all happened on Monday.  The incident remains under investigation.  

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BLCE Erie District 8 Handled 55 Complaints in February

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement District Enforcement Office 8 in Erie is out with its February statistical report.  In all the officers and agents handled 55 complaints, conducted 9 age compliance checks, (none of which were found to be in violation), issued six violation letters, issued 27 Warning letters, issued one citation for underage consumption and or possession and made two criminal arrests. 

 

The officers are assigned to the office to enforce liquor laws and related provision approximately 1100 establishment licensed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the counties of Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren.  

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Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to File Tax Returns Using IDs of Puerto Rico Residents,Cashed More than $4 Million in Fraudulently Obtained Refunds

An Allentown, Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty to conspiring to file federal tax returns using stolen IDs, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

According to the indictment and information presented to the court, Jessenia Cordero, 37, operated MJ & Associates and Express Tax Services, both located in Allentown. These businesses provided tax preparation, check cashing and other services to customers. Cordero and her co-conspirators obtained lists of Puerto Rico residents’ names and social security numbers and used these IDs to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The conspirators directed the IRS to mail the refund checks to addresses they controlled and to deposit the refunds onto pre-paid debit cards. Cordero used her businesses to cash fraudulently obtained refund checks totaling approximately $4,316,103. 

Cordero is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12, before U.S. District Judge Edward G. Smith. She faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. 

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Lappen commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, HSI and FBI, and the Allentown Police Department, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Ignall and Trial Attorney Matthew J. Kluge of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case. 

 

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

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