Items filtered by date: Sunday, 09 April 2017

NY Man Perishes in 1 Vehicle Tionesta Twp Crash

A 62 year old Jamestown, New York man dead the result of a one vehicle crash late Saturday morning in Forrest County.  The Marienville State Police say they were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 36 Southbound about a mile south Shriver Road in Tionesta Township at about 11:30.  Police say after the crash Jeffrey Oleshak, who had been driving a full size SUV was unresponsive after the crash in which his vehicle left the roadway struck a wooden fence post and continued over an embankment and into a fence row.  Police the SUV then hit a tree in the fence row and came to a final stop. 

The troopers report Oleshak never regained consciousness as a result of the crash.  He was wearing a seatbelt.  The police say a female passenger and a family dog were uninjured.  Oleshak was declared deceased on the scene and his next of kin were notified. 


Assisting at the scene were units of the Tionesta Volunteer Fire Department, Tionesta Ambulance, Emergycare, Forest County Coroners office and Frank and Son's Auto Service.  


Vernon Twp OK's Westbury Conditional Use Permit

Westbury United Methodist Retirement Community can now move ahead with the purchase of the Days Inn property on Conneaut Lake Road in Vernon Township.  Thursday night, the Vernon Township Supervisor Board approved a conditional use permit for a proposed conversion of the Days Inn property at 18360 Conneaut Lake Road into housing complex for people over the age of fifty. 

Video of motion


There has been concern in the Township that Westbury would be tax exempt with this project.  Supervisor Fritz Snyder explained Westbury would indeed be paying property taxes.  Approval was unanimous.  


Srs. Learn Rapp Theoretically Opposed to PA HHS Consolidation, Wants More Info

Will the proposed merger of four state cabinet offices: Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol programs and Aging "totally dismantle the Department of Aging, along with its powers and duties to represent the aging population?"

That was the question of the hour Friday as State Representative Kathy Rapp address senior citizens gathered to hear what she had to say about the issue at the Titusville Senior Center.


Rapp, a fiscal conservative, who is not in favor of the consolidation says the state is in the midst of a pension crisis.  She says the department merger is a proposal from Governor Wolf.  It is the subject of legislative hearings and she says she has concerns and wants to hear from other legislators on the matter before she makes up her mind on the matter.

Video Rapp

And while Rapp has "grave concerns" over the merger of four state

departments she says favors  administrative consolidation of school

districts because of declining population.  


Sugar Grove Man Strikes Woman w/ Bat, Held on Aggravated Assault

A 27 year old Warren County man is lodged in the Warren County Jail on an emergency commitment, the result of an alleged aggravated assault Friday night about 7:30 pm.  The Warren State Police report Shawn Thomas More, of Sugar Grove struck a known 23 year old woman from Warren with a baseball bat and threatened to harm her if she took their child from his residence.  The woman was treated at Warren General Hospital for her injuries.  Moore was apprehended at shortly after 8:15 pm and jailed.  He is charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Terroristic threats and harassment through district court.  


Meadville PSP Handle Vernon Twp Domestic Dispute

The investigation the Meadville state police  into a domestic dispute Saturday morning at 3 am at 17188 Woodside Drive in Vernon Township is ongoing.  The troopers say a known suspect was involved in a domestic dispute with 30 year old Kayla Tustin of Cochranton and Kelly Coll, 54, of Hadley.  Reverse look up records indicate the address to be the residence of Genevieve Perry 86 and Marvin Perry age 91.  


Union City Driver Crashed, Stuck, DUI

In Vernon Township, A Woodside Drive resident awoke shortly

after two in the morning Saturday to a vehicle that had crashed and

become stuck in his yard.  The Meadville state police responded to the

call from the homeowner and found the vehicle.  Police say the driver

was arrested for driving under the influence.  He is identified as Aaron

Clay Edwards, 29, of Union City.  The charges will be filed through the

office of Magisterial District Court Judge Lincoln Zilhaver.  


Tractor Theft Probed by PSP Corry

In Crawford County, but this time in Troy Township, the Corry State Troopers are investigating the apparent theft of a John Deer farm tractor.  Police say a person or persons unknown broke into a shed, through a door both locked and nailed shut and removed the Model M. John Deer Tractor, green in color.  The person or persons unknown fled in an unknown direction.  Anyone with information should contact the Corry State Police at 814-663- 2043.  


Motorists Reminded of Distracted Driving Dangers, Increased Penalties for Crash While Texting Gallatin Family Shares “Daniel’s Law” Information

Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

(PennDOT), Northwest Regional Highway Safety Network, and the

Hermitage Police Department is urging motorists to be aware of the

dangers surrounding distracted driving, and learn more about

“Daniel’s Law.” 

The law honors motorcyclist, Daniel Gallatin, an avid motorcyclist,

firefighter, and military veteran, was riding to his daughter’s home

when another driver stuck his motorcycle in May 2013. He died from

injuries suffered during the crash. 

Unsatisfied with the sentence the driver received, Gallatin’s family

worked with Pennsylvania legislators to increase the penalties for

drivers who are texting when causing a serious crash. In November

2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed “Daniel’s Law”, named in honor of


Effective as of January 4, 2017, drivers who text and cause a fatality

will receive a five-year jail sentence, and drivers who cause bodily

injury while texting and driving will receive a two-year jail sentence. 

Gallatin’s daughter, shares the story of how her father’s life due to

distracted driving, and his family continues to participate in

community outreach opportunities. 

Gallatin-Baughman talked Friday with students at Hickory High School

about the dangers of distracted driving, including texting. During her

visit, students were invited to try out driving simulators that show the

possible consequences of distracted or impaired driving. 

Distracted driving is defined as anything that causes a driver to take

their attention away from driving, eyes off the road, or hands off the

wheel. Other distractions include: eating, drinking, smoking, adjusting

the radio, searching for an object in the vehicle, personal grooming,

looking at things outside the vehicle, interacting with passengers,

using a cell phone or texting. 

According PennDOT data, there were more than 14,800 crashes and

66 fatalities involving distracted driving in 2015. 

Additionally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that 40

percent of drivers, and 66 percent of drivers age 19 to 24, reported

reading a text message/email while driving within 30 days prior to a

survey they administered. 

More than 31 percent of all drivers, including 59 percent of drivers 19

to 24, also admitted to typing or sending a text message or email

while driving. 

Even without a crash, Pennsylvania law prohibits using a wireless

device to send, read, or write a text-based communication while

driving. This includes texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing

the internet. It is a primary offense and carries a fine of $50 plus fees

and court costs. 

For more information on the dangers of distracted driving, visit and click on Traffic Safety & Driver Topics. 


For regional Twitter updates follow, 511PAErie. 


No One Hurt, Truck Misses Animal, Hits Building

There were no injuries when a Clarion County man driving a pickup truck Saturday afternoon shortly after 12:30 swerved to miss an animal in the roadway along State Route 208 in Washington Township, lost control, and crashed into the storefront of Chelsea's Hair House causing extensive damage to the building.  


The Marienville State Troopers report 55 year old Charles Motter of Venus, driving south on Route 208, just south of Old Fryburg Road with a passenger 65 year old Ruth Wolfgong.  Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.  The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police Assisted at the scene.  


PennDOT Announces Crawford County Maintenance Schedule

Oil City, PA – Crawford County Maintenance Manager Aaron Fox the  week of April 10,2017 maintenance schedule for  roadways maintained by the PennDOT in Crawford County.

The Crawford County maintenance schedule is:



State Route

Common Road Name

Sign Upgrade

County Wide

County Wide

County Wide

Bridge Cleaning

County Wide

County Wide


County Wide


Wayne, Greenwood, Cussewago, Cambridge, Rockdale, Richmond townships; Townville, Hydetown boroughs

SR 0173, SR 0019, SR 0098, SR 0408,       SR 0886

Route 173, Route 19,   Route 98, Route 408, Route 86

Realign Ditches

Wayne Township

SR 2017

Lippert Road

Repair Pipes/Culverts

Randolph Township

SR 0027

Route 27


Randolph, Troy, Oil Creek, Rome, Sparta. Titusville

SR 0027, SR 0089

Route 27, Route 89


Wayne Township

SR 0173

Route 173


Richmond Township

SR 1010

Lyona Road

Road Sweeping

Spring, Summerhill, Summit, Sadsbury, Conneaut, Woodcock, Cambridge, Venango

SR 0006, SR 0018,       SR 0198, SR 0886,       SR 1016

Route 6, Route 18, Route 198, Route 86, Miller Station/Brown Hill Road

Spray Patching

Spring, Summerhill, Summit, Sadsbury, Conneaut

SR 0006, SR 0018,       SR 0198

Route 6, Route 18, Route 198

Bridge Maintenance

Troy, Venango, Sparta, Cochranton, Greenwood, Vernon, Athens

SR 1011, SR 1017,       SR 1024, SR 2022,       SR 3017, SR 4007,       SR 0008

Weed Street, Blystone Road, Church Road, Franklin Street, Pine Road Watson Run Road, Route 8


All activities are weather permitting, and this list is subject to change.

For more information about this maintenance schedule please contact the Crawford County Maintenance Office at (814)332-6880.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and pay attention to signs and flaggers. 



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