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Items filtered by date: Monday, 10 April 2017

Atlantic Man Bound Over for Trial in Alleged Strangulation Death of Girlfriend

You may remember we reported to you last month a homicide investigation in East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County in which a  45 year old Atlantic man was lodged in the Crawford County Correctional Facility without bail, charged in connection with the apparent strangulation death of his girlfriend Friday morning March 10th between midnight and 3 am.  Police responded to a call at the Pinedale Mobile Home Park about 10:30. 

As the result of a preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Court Judge Rita Marwood, James Joseph Lucas stands bound over for trial Lucas charged with one count of Criminal Homicide and one count of Strangulation stemming from the death of 45 year old Julie Ann Willey, also of Atlantic. 

 

At the time the The Erie Times news reported Coroner Scott Schell ruling the next day, Saturday, following an autopsy in Erie that Julie Ann Wiley died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.  Police believe she was killed early Friday March 10th.  Lucas was arraigned the same day.  Lucas is represented by Public Defender Nicholas Stanley Yovich according to online court records.  He remains in custody without bail.  

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Police Probe Recent Wayne Twp Burglaries

The Conneaut Lake Police Department and the Meadville State Police are investigating a series of burglaries.  The state troopers report between last Friday and last Sunday numerous daytime burglaries have been reported in Wayne Township, State Route 285 in Greenwood township and Sadsbury Townships  and surrounding areas.  The state police are asking for any information regarding suspicious individuals seen in those areas last weekend.  Police say these individuals likely knocked on the door of numerous residences to determine whether or not the homes were occupied before committing the burglaries.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Meadville at 814-332-6911.

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Alcohol Fueled Hydetown Crash

Alcohol  is determined to be the cause of a crash in Hydetown Borough Sunday morning just before 1 a.m.  The Corry State Police report a 49 year old Cambridge Springs man known to police but not identified to the public was driving a newer full size pickup truck when the truck went off the northern berm while traveling along Main Street just north of State Route 408 and crashed into a parked vehicle with the right front of the truck.  Police say the truck traveled another 100' before coming to a stop in residential yard off the northern berm of Main Street.  Both vehicles sustained disabling damage as a result of the crash and were towed from the scene.  The troopers say upon further investigation, the pickup truck driver was determined to be DUI and now has charges pending through Titusville District Court for DUI and several summary traffic violations.  Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.  

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Youngsville Woman Hurt When Car Goes Airborne

A 54 year old Youngsville woman is suffering from a serious injury sustained when her car went airborne and crashed into a tree late Monday morning in Pittsfield Township.  The Warren State Police report Barbara Johnson was driving a full size sedan south on Morrison Hill Road at 11:09 am when she lost control while engaged in a left hand curve. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway along an embankment until it went airborne and crashed into a tree.  After striking the tree, the car rotated approximately 180 degrees and came to a stop facing north.  Police Johnson was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie to receive further medical attention.  Assisting at the scene volunteer fire fighters from Garland and Tidioute and EMT's from  Emergycare Ambulance.  

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Grand Valley Woman Charged w/ Corruption of Minors

 A 48 year old Grand Valley woman is charged with

Corruption of Minors stemming from an incident

sometime during the twenty four hours following

midnight the morning of Saturday March 25th in Eldred

Township, Grand Valley.  The Warren state police say

Rebecca Lee Dean purchased and provided a sixteen year

old Grand Valley boy with alcoholic beverages and

prescription medication.  Charges were filed in district

court.  

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OCPD Cites Man for Removing Blue Autism Ribbons

An Oil City man is cited for removing the blue Autism Awareness ribbons posted recently on the Veterans Bridge in Oil City.  The Oil City Police Department reports at about 6 pm Sunday,  they received a report that someone had been removing the blue ribbons from the bridge at about 2 pm Sunday afternoon.  The ribbons had been placed by a local civic group.  It is reported after removing the ribbons the from the west side of the Veterans Bridge, the individual walked off the north end of the bridge. 

Monday morning about 11 a.m., OCPD received a call reporting a person seen cutting more of the blue ribbons off the east side of the bridge.  The report was of a male actively removing the ribbons on both days. 

Officers arrived on the scene, stopping, identifying and speaking with James E. Proper, 69, of Oil City; who was still in possession of the ribbons in the bag.  As the officers spoke with Proper he initially provided misleading statements to officers regarding his activities.  When confronted with facts known by the officers, Proper admitted to being the individual removing the ribbons on both days. 

 

Police say they took Proper from the bridge to the Oil City Police Station where officers issued four non traffic citations for his actions:  One count of Criminal Mischief, one count of Disorderly conduct , for his actions on two separate days both Sunday and Monday.  Proper was released on his own recognizance after the citations were issued.  

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Kittanning PSP Probes Two Natural Death Reports

Two Armstrong County Natural Death reports are the subject of separate investigations by the Kittanning State Police.  The troopers report  in the first case at a residence located along West Lebanon Road in South Bend Township a 65 year old Avonmore  man was found deceased within a vehicle located on the property by family members.  There were no signs of foul play or trauma to the victim.  He is believed to have expired from natural causes between 3:30 pm Monday April 3 and 7:15 pm Tuesday April 4th.  in the second case, an 81 year old Kittanning man was found deceased by family members in a residence located in East Franklin Township.  He was believed deceased sometime between 10 pm Saturday January 7th and 7:45 pm Friday Aril 8th.  The cause of death is believed to be from natural causes.  No indications of foul play or trauma reported to the victim. 

 

The Armstrong County Coroner's Office Assisted at both scenes.

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Girard PSP Issues Pistol BOLO

The Pennsylvania State Police at the Girard Station are on the lookout for a pistol having questionable ownership over the last couple of years.  There is a BOLO for a Ruger P89DC 9mm with rubber grips:  Serial# 309-15918.  Questionable ownership since May 28th, 2015.  Anyone with information about the pistol should contact Trooper Schimp of the the Girard State Police at 814-774- 9611.  Reference Case number E04-1660432

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Cussewago Twp, Cambridge Springs Borough Liquid Fuels Tax Audit Gets Clean Opinion

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of th4e Auditor General is out with a report dated April 2017  Cussewago Township in Crawford County of the Boroughs Liquid Fuel Tax Fund for the Period of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. 

The auditors write that in their opinion, the audit report forms with adjustments, the information required by PennDOT for the Cussewago Township Liquid Fuel Tax Fund, for the audit period, in all material respects, is in conformity with of the auditors' criteria. 

 

The auditors report the fund balance as of December 31, 2015, consisted of $143,699.72.  Further, the auditors write that Cussewago Twp deposited idle liquid fuels tax money in an interest bearing account which earned $157.57 during 2015, providing additional funds for road maintenance and repairs.  

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General is out with a report dated April 2017  for the Borough of Cambridge Springs in Crawford Count of the Boroughs Liquid Fuel Tax Fund for the Period of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. 

The auditors write that in their opinion, the audit report forms with adjustments, the information required by PennDOT for the Cambridge Springs Borough Liquid Fuel Tax Fund, for the audit period, in all material respects, is in conformity with of the auditors' criteria. 

 

The auditors report the fund balance as of December 31, 2015, consisted of $78,902.95.  Further, the auditors write that Cambridge Springs Borough deposited idle liquid fuels tax money in an interest bearing account which earned $23.42 during 2015, providing additional funds for road maintenance and repairs.  

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PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis Out w/ 2016 Occupational Wages

Are you wondering how much you should pay your employees? Are you unsure about your salary expectations for your chosen career? Do you want to know if you could earn more money in another part of the state? If so, there is some valuable information for you. 

 

The PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis is releasing the 2016 Occupational Wages. These data, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, will help you answer these very questions. Statewide and sub-state region data are available from more than 800 occupations.  To learn more visit our website, www.workstats.dli.pa.gov, to continue your career exploration and workforce development efforts.

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