Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 19 April 2017

McDonalds Restaurants praising a crew member who recognized the suspect in the Facebook Video Killing



A McDonalds drive up window attendant 

recognized Steve Stephens and called 911.

According to a 5 pm Tuesday release from the Erie

State Police , at 11:10 am, an alert McDonald's

employee contacted them indicating Steve Stephens

was sighted at the McDonalds Restaurant on Buffalo

Road in Harbor Creek Township, Erie County. Henry

Sayres, the restaurant manager says Stephens pulled

up to the drive thru and ordered Chicken McNuggets

and fries.  

Police say Stephens was wanted for the brutal homicide

of Mr. Robert Godwin in Cleveland, Ohio, Easter

Sunday. Troopers responded to the scene, found

Stephens' white Ford Fusion sedan and initiated a

pursuit traveling west on Buffalo road through

Wesleyville Borough toward the City of Erie. 

The troopers say officers of the Wesleyville

Borough Police Department joined the chase.

Stephens stopped his car about a mile from the initial pursuit area and as troopers got out of their cars, Stephens again fled west on Buffalo Road.  The pursuit continued for about a mile where troopers carried out what they term a precision immobilization technique near Downing Avenue in the City of Erie proper bringing Stephen's car to a stop.  Media reports indicate spike strips were employed.  It was then Stephens used a handgun to take his own life.  Media reports indicate Stephens shot himself in the head.

Presently police are executing search warrants on Stephens' car and its contents.  Police say they cannot determine if Stephens had been in the Erie area, but are continuing to investigate and  assist the Cleveland Police Department with the investigation.  

The Pennsylvania State Police say while this was not the ideal outcome, they are pleased no one from the community was harmed including law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel.  The state police are extending condolences to the Godwin family in Cleveland, Ohio.

Assisting in the case were members of the Wesleyville Borough Police Department, the Erie City Bureau of Police, the Erie County Coroner Lyle Cook, and Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri. 


The troopers are extending their thanks to the public for their diligence and for the numerous tips received over the last several days.  The public was instrumental in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion.  

Sayres says "We applaud the crew members at this Mcdonald's restaurant who recognized the suspect and did the right thing by quickly alerting the authorities of his location. "

Restaurant Owner Thomas DuCharme, Jr. says workers tried to "buy some time for the cops" and told Stephens his order of fries was delayed.  Du Charme says Stephens replied he had no time to wait and drove away.  He says "I could't prouder of my employees, the restaurant, the Pennsylvania State Police.  everyone came together and did what we had to do."



Youngstown Man Wanted by Mercer, New Castle PSP for Fleeing, Eluding

A 50 year old Youngstown, Ohio man is facing charges related to an incident of Fleeing or attempting to elude a Police Officer Wednesday night in Mercer County.  The Mercer and New Castle State Police report Paul Hill was seen traveling through the median of Interstate 80 at the 3.5 mile marker in Chenango Township, Mercer County about 7 pm.  Police say they spotted the small pickup truck in turn around marked for "emergency vehicles only".  According to the state police information release, Mercer Trooper Justin Martin  attempt a traffic stop at that point.  Hill fled east on Interstate 376 into Lawrence County about twelve miles before exiting on to Kings Chapel Road to Old Pulaski Road North.  Hill then drove his truck about eight miles to State Route 208 where he went west to U.S. Route 433 at the Ohio state line and on into Ohio. 


Police say Hill was involved in a hit and run crash before striking another vehicle at the intersection of Commerce and Fifth Ave in Youngstown, Ohio.  Hill stopped at that point and got out of his truck where he was taken into custody.  Youngsville Police investigated the crashes in their area and charged Hill with related offenses.  Charges will be filed in Pennsylvania pending further investigation.


Simple Assault, Harassment Filed for Mead Twp Incident

The Warren State Police report a man is charged in connection  a case of simple assault and harassment Sunday afternoon in Mead Township.  The troopers report shortly after 1:30 pm when Steven Charles Wagner, no address given, was involved in an altercation with his step son, in kitchen of his  home.  Wagner grabbed the fourteen year old boy by the neck causing bruising and a small cut.  While Wagner was leaving the residence he also got into an altercation with his father in law who he then shoved in the driveway before fleeing the residence. The charges were filed in district court.  


Largest T'ville Paving Program Starts in May

There are ups and down to an early spring street paving program.  The up side is that , well, the paving is done early, a good deal can be had from paving contractors, and the job is done before summer time traffic and activities.  The down side is all of the preparation work a public works department must put in to prepare for paving like making sure risers are just the right height for example.  It mean some of those problematic axle eating left over winter potholes have to wait for a while before being repaired. 

Well that's the situation in the city of Titusville.  Paving is set to begin in early May and be completed by mid June.  It is the largest paving program ever in Titusville at well over half a million dollars.  City received half a dozen bids ranging to $600,000.  Russell Standard of Union City and Pittsburgh will be doing the job. 


We spoke with city manager Larry Manross after Tuesday night's council meeting, which by the way was the first held in the Town Square Building since it was badly damage in a 2015 fire.  


THA Presents T'ville w/ FY'16 PILOT Funds

The city of Titusville is in receipt of a check from the Titusville Housing Authority for just under $19,000.  The amount represent  the annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes THA makes to the city.  Over the last 7 years the amount of money provided to the city from the Housing Authority under the PILOT program is nearly $181,000. The most current figure covers the Fiscal Year 2016 time period.  The figure is arrived at by first

calculating the total rent paid during the fiscal year, and subtracting the

utilities cost for the building.  From there the PILOT funds are calculated

at 10 percent of the difference.  


PennDOT to Hold Public Meeting for Williams Road Bridge Study

Oil City, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to a meeting regarding a study of the Williams Road Bridge in Plum Township, Venango County.

The bridge, over the Middle Branch of Sugar Creek, is located on Williams Road, just east of the intersection with Route 427 (Bradleytown Road) and about one-half mile west of the intersection with Lesh Road.

The bridge was built in 1880 and is posted with a three-ton weight restriction. The bridge is used by approximately 100 vehicles a day, on average.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled work session of the Plum Township Supervisors.

The study is intended to evaluate needs for improvement to the Williams Road Bridge in Plum Township. The study area generally consists of Williams Road Bridge and the roadway in either direction approximately 250 feet.

The public meeting will be held:

Date:               Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time:              6 PM (Presentation and Q&A)

Location:       Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department
                     458 Meadville Road
                     Titusville, PA  16354

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to discuss the historic bridge rehabilitation analysis, describe the study process, review the next steps, and gather public input. 

The Public Meeting location is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition, if you or an individual with whom you are familiar does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English desires to participate in this meeting, or if you require special assistance to attend and/or participate in this meeting, or need additional information please contact Dawn Schilling, at McCormick Taylor, Inc. at (412) 922-880.  Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.  If you feel that you have been denied the benefits of, or participation in a PENNDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division at (717) 787-5891 or (800) 468-4201.

Anyone with information regarding cultural resources (historic or archaeological) in the study area should attend this meeting.


For additional information, please contact PennDOT Project Manager Tom Alcorn, PennDOT District 1-0, at (814) 678-7365.


DEP to Hold Environmental Justice Listening Session in Erie

Erie, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an Environmental Justice listening session in Erie, PA on April 27, 2017. 

The session will focus on engaging community residents and leaders in DEP’s decision-making process, and how DEP can involve people that may not fit the traditional definition of an environmental justice area - which is based on minority population and income levels in census tracts.

WHAT:           Erie County Environmental Justice Listening Session

WHEN:           Thursday, April 27, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WHERE:         Tom Ridge Environmental Center

301 Peninsula Drive, Room 112

Erie, PA 16505

Comments will also be accepted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Additional information, including listening session focus area questions, future dates and locations, can be found on the DEP website at


Active Aging, Inc. Meadville Center Rummage Sale

Meadville, PA. –Active Aging, Inc. Meadville Center will be holding a Rummage Sale May 1st through May 3rd located at 1034 Park Ave. in Meadville.

A variety of items will be for sale that have been donated by the local community. Browse through clothing new to you as well as household items. Don’t miss out on Bag Day where you can fill a bag full of items for just $1.00! All proceeds benefit the Meadville Center and the local senior citizens.

Active Aging, Inc. of Meadville – 1034 Park Avenue, Meadville, PA (814)336-1792

            Doors open at 9AM.

            Drop off Items – Monday, May 1st

            Rummage Sale – Tuesday, May 2nd

            $1.00 Bag Day – Wednesday, May 3rd


For more information about the Rummage sale, please contact Patty or Ashlee at 814-336-1792.

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