Items filtered by date: Monday, 03 April 2017

Meadville Establishment Cited For Liquor Law Violation

The Charles N. Stafford Post 111 Home Association, Inc., located at 17137 Cussewago Road in Vernon Township Crawford County is cited for a liquor law violation by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement by the District Office Number Eight in Erie.  The BLCE reports the citation was issued Monday March 6 for failing to adhere to constitution or by-laws on Monday January ninth. 


The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge having the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.  In addition, the ALJ can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge brought. The ALJ can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.  


2 Suspected in Death of Armstrong Co Man

According to information released by the Butler State Police Monday, there are at least two persons suspected in connection with the apparent murder of a 53 year old Armstrong County man in neighboring Butler County last weekend.  Fifty five year old Greg Bosko was found deceased Saturday in a rural area of Concord Township. 

Authorities say Bosko had been reported to the Kittanning State Police as missing Monday March 20th.  Six days later Bosko's vehicle was reported to the Butler City Police with two suspicious persons inside.  Authorities say the two may be related to Bosko's homicide.  Police also say the pair , who remain unidentified, had some sort of relationship with Bosko. 


Investigators say Bosko was a resident of Armstrong County but had resided in Butler for an extended period of time.  Police on Monday indicated they were still sifting through search warrants and piecing together information.  


VP Pence to Deliver Grove City College Commencement Speech

Vice President Michael Pence is scheduled to make the Grove City College Commencement  address this spring.  This according to a tweet from the Grove City College Collegian last weekend.  The Commencement exercises are set for Saturday May 20th.  The Vice President's visit was confirmed in an email from Grove City College President Paul McNulty to the college newspaper. 

Specifics of the planning for the visit are still in the works between Grove City College and Vice President Pence's advance team.  McNulty is hopeful of a "wonderful lifetime memory for our graduates and their families."


Grove City College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Mercer County counting approximately 2500 students


PSP New Castle Probes Car Theft

The New Castle State Police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle reported to have taken place sometime last Thursday or Friday.  The troopers say the theft allegedly occurred at 300 Lakewood Gardens in Hickory Township, Lawrence County.  Reported stolen was a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix valued at about $1200 from Carletta Neely of New Castle.  The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to Contact the New Castle State Police at 724-598-2211.


Sounds of Spring Include Potential Yard Tool Thief in Your Shed

The buzz of lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, edgers, chain saws and other implements of yard care herald the arrival spring.  But the season also brings with it the sound of a person or persons unknown damaging hasps and locks and forcing entry into sheds, garages and storage facilities looking to steal said implements of spring time yard work. 


Such was the case sometime between Tuesday March 21 and Wednesday March 29th  at the Idlewood Motel in Venango County at 1566 Mercer Road in Sandycreek Townshp at the intersection of State Route 8 and U.S. Route 62.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Franklin State Police at 814-676-6596.  


Elk Co Woman Phone Scammed

An Elk County woman was recently contacted by phone from a Voice Over Internet Protocol  phone number previously flagged for scam or fraud and offering loans by several reverse look up services based out the Los Angeles, California area.  The Ridgeway state police report  Saturday 57 year old Dawn Holt of Horton Township, near Brockport was recently contacted by phone.  The person on the other end of the phone call allegedly told Holt if she were to send them ITunes gift cards he would send $10,000 to her bank account.  When she gave the cards they would say they were having a problem and needed more.  Holt gave them $550 in iTunes cards to the caller.  


Route 427 Closed in Venango County

Oil City – Route 427 in Plum Township, Venango County, is closed from the intersection with Krepp Road to the intersection with Williams Road due to bridge replacement project.

There are separate car and truck detours. The car detour uses Route 27, Le Boeuf Trail Road (SR 4009), Sunville Road (SR 4009), and Ridgeville Road (SR 4022).

The truck detour uses Route 427, Route 27, Route 173, and Route 322.


The closure is expected to remain in place through June.


Franklin Pike Closed in Crawford County

Oil City – Franklin Pike (SR 2010) in Wayne Township, Crawford County, is closed from the intersection with Rynd Road and Stockton Corners Road to the intersection with Shoemaker Road and Smith Heath Road due to a pipe replacement project.  A detour is posted. The closure is expected to remain in place until April 14


Wolf Administration, PennDOT, Pa. Turnpike Commission, Association of Pennsylvania Constructors Promote Work Zone Safety, Host Statewide Workers’ Memorial

Harrisburg, PA-- The Wolf Administration, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Association of Pennsylvania Constructors are promoting Work Zone Safety Awareness Week – which runs through April 7 and honoring lives lost – by hosting PennDOT’s statewide Workers’ Memorial in Harrisburg.   Kickoff was Monday. 

Preliminary PennDOT data shows that 16 people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2016, seven fewer than in 2015. Additionally, there were 2,075 crashes in work zones last year, an increase from 1,935 crashes in 2015. Over the last five years, there was an average of 1,872 crashes and more than 20 fatalities in work zones.

In addition to crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. In 2016, there were 102 intrusions in PennDOT work zones. Of those work-zone intrusions, 16 resulted in injuries to PennDOT employees, 39 caused damage to PennDOT fleet or equipment, and 55 did not result in injury or damage but had the potential to do so.   

As of March 27 this year, there have been nine work-zone intrusions, with zero resulting in employee injury, four causing damage to vehicles or equipment and five causing no damage or injuries. 

Over the years, more than 30 PA Turnpike workers have died on the job, and many of these tragedies were caused by driver mistakes like speeding or distraction.

Pennsylvania law states anyone violating the posted speed limit by more than 5 mph will face doubled fines. The fine is determined based on the amount the driver is traveling over the speed limit. Governor Wolf signed a law in 2016, that says any driver who causes serious bodily injury within a work zone could face up to $5,000 in fines and a six-month license suspension. A driver causing a death within a work zone would face up to a $10,000 fine and one-year license suspension.

In addition, drivers who don’t turn on their headlights in posted work zones face a $25 fine. 


Since 1970, 87 PennDOT employees have died in the line of duty. For more information on work zone safety visit, Join the discussion on social media by using #Slow4Zone and #NWZAW. 


“Abraham Gesner is the Focus of Four Programs Next Week”

            Abraham Gesner, who in 1846 in Nova Scotia

first distilled kerosene, is the subject for four programs

being presented by Dr. William Brice on April 5 in Oil

City and April 6 in Titusville, PA through the auspices of

the nationwide non-profit Petroleum History Institute.

            Dr. Brice of Johnstown, PA, who in 2009 authored the biography of Edwin Drake, will be portraying Dr. Gesner in a living history depiction augmented with modern PowerPoint projections.

            “The Forgotten Discoverer of Kerosene – Abraham Gesner” is the title for the Wednesday sessions which constitute this year’s Barbara Morgan Harvey Lecture being held in Rhoades Auditorium on the campus of Venango College of Clarion University, 1801 West First Street, Oil City, PA.  A 10 a.m. morning presentation will be attended by more than 100 area middle school and high school students and their teachers.  That evening, the public is welcome to attend the 7 p.m. free program.

            On Thursday, April 6, “Abraham Gesner – A Pioneer of the Modern Oil Industry” is the title for an afternoon session for chemistry students gathered in Colstock Auditorium of Titusville High School.  As the final session of this year’s Petroleum Program Series at Drake Well Museum, the evening program in the main museum building will offer light refreshments at 6 p.m. and then Dr. Brice’s presentation at 6:30 p.m.  Admission fees charged are $5 for adult, $4 for person age 65 years or more, with free admission for veterans, youth under age 12, and members of Friends of Drake Well Museum. 


            Related lesson plans are available on request from Mrs. Marilyn Black, Secretary for the Petroleum History Institute; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; (814) 677-3152, Ext. 105.  For more information about PHI, please refer to  This nationwide non-profit is based in Oil City, Pennsylvania, which is also where its archives/library is located.

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