Items filtered by date: Thursday, 06 April 2017


* Accumulations...3 to 6 inches of snow. Isolated higher amounts are possible on the ridges of inland Erie County.
* Heaviest snow will fall through 10 AM with additional snow showers lingering into the afternoon.
* Expect Reduced visibilities and difficult travel. The morning commute will be impacted.
* Winds...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* Visibilities...Around one half mile at times.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow is issued when moderate amounts of accumulating snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

Firefighters Respond to Vernon Twp Basement Fire

We have a report of a structure fire in the predawn hours of Thursday morning just outside Meadville.  According to, the fire was called in at 4:07 am for a structure at 11813 Pennsylvania Ave in Vernon Township between  Hope and Shippen Streets.    The residence is reported to be a single family home, the residence of Alton Walker. Authorities report the fire began in the basement  causing some damage but no injuries are reported.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.  Four fire companies responded to the scene.  


UPDATE: Woman Rescued from Reno House Fire

Firefighters from six Venango County Fire Departments were on the scene of a full involved residential structure fire in Reno at 12:26 pm Thursday. According to emergency radio transmissions,   The house, a two story structure with a front porch was fully involved as the first fire units rolled up to the scene at 701 Chestnut Street at the corner of 7th Street and Chestnut Street.   Reverse look up records indicate the house to be the home of Patricia A. Zinz. According to emergency radio transmissions explosions were heard coming from inside the structure in which two people were entrapped.  A male resident of the home called 911 to say an elderly female inside the home might still be in the living room, but by that time, Sugar Creek Borough Police reported the woman  extricated from the first floor.  She was reported suffering from smoke inhalation and ambulanced to NW Regional Medical Center in Seneca.  The home was reported to been extensively damaged by flame and smoke.  Several pets were reported inside the house at the time of the fire. 

Fire fighters set up a location behind the Sandy K. Hovis State Farm office at State Route 8 and Two Mile Run Road to fill tankers as they became depleted after filling portable water sources set up by Cornplanter Volunteer Fire Department at Walnut Street and 7th Street. 

Several fire departments were put on standby in home and away stations to cover for units responding to the Reno fire.  Those standby units included Oakland, Cherrytree , Pinegrove and Sandy Creek.  Sandy Creek also supplied a tanker for mutual aid as did Seneca Volunteer Fire Department. 

The fire was declared under control at 1:48 pm and the first units retired from the scene at 2 pm. 


Responding to the scene were units of the Oil City Fire Department, and five volunteer fire departments:  Reno, Rocky Grove, Rouseville, Cornplanter and Seneca.  Sugarcreek Borough Police, Community Ambulance Service  and Oil City Rescue responded as well.  


No Injuries in 3 Vehicle S. Franklin St Crash

A three vehicle crash in Titusville Thursday afternoon resulted in no injury to any of those involved.  According to Titusville Police the accident occurred near the inter section of South Franklin Street, West Spring Street and Diamond Street.  information from the police department indicates the first vehicle was proceeding north on a steady red signal when it impacted the second vehicle.  Police say the first vehicle spun and the third vehicle.  Descriptions of the vehicles and names of those involved were not available, however video footage shows a black Ram Pickup Truck and a green Subaru station wagon involved.  The description of the third vehicle was not immediately apparent.  Titusville Police and Fire personnel responded  to the scene.  


Herald Reports S. Perry St Bridge Re-Opens

The Titusville Herald is reporting this morning the South Perry Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic today.  The bridge had been closed for six weeks as the Crawford County Commissioners engaged a contractor to remove an unsafe sidewalk under an emergency repair contract.  According to the Herald, repairs to the bridge restored it to an annual inspection cycle.  


Spartansburg Pair Charged w/ Possession w/ Intent to Deliver

A man and a woman from Spartansburg, Crawford County are in the Crawford County lock up charged with Heroin and Cocaine possession with intent to deliver.  The Corry State Police report as the result of a 9 a.m. search warrant carried out Thursday morning at a location along Rose Valley Road in Sparta Township, Randy Temple, 40 and Jessica Ford, 34 arrested, then arraigned before Titusville Magisterial District Court Judge Amy Nicols and subsequently lodged in the Crawford County Correctional Facility unable to raise $10,000 straight bond each.  According online court records, Preliminary hearings for both are set for Thursday, April 20th at 10:30 A.M. before Judge Nicols. 


Both are  charged with Felony Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg and M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph. Neither are yet represented by an attorney.  


Owners Find Man Inside Camp

In Jefferson County, the Marienville State Police are investigating an incident of Burglary and drug and drug  paraphernalia possession.  The troopers report an incident on Tuesday March 28  between 1240 and 1:10 pm at a camp along O'Donnell road in Sigel, Eldred Township, Jefferson County.  The troopers say two unidentified State College women, 58 and 62 years old respectively arrived at the camp to check its condition.  Police say as they entered the structure, they encountered an unidentified 29 year old white non-hispanic man inside.  Police a brief conversation ensued between the women and the man before he fled out the back of the camp on foot into a wooded area.  The Police report the following day based on a description from the two women, a know white non hispanic male was taken into custody based on an unrelated warrant.  The investigation is continuing and more information is forthcoming.  


Meadville K-Mart to Close

The Meadville K-Mart is set to close by mid July.  A liquidation sale is schedule to begin April 27.  This news according to information published by Erie News Now Thursday.  There are apparently no plans to relocate the store. 

Earlier this year , Sears Holdings, owner of K-Mart and Sears announced it would be closing a total of 108 K-Mart stores and 42 Sears Stores.  6 of those K-Mart Stores, now 7 are in Pennsylvania.  4 Sears Stores were on the list for Pennsylvania as well. 

The K Mart locations included Dubois, East Side Erie, Lancaster, Mechanicsburgh, Monroeville, Mount Pleasant and now Meadville.  The Sears stores included Selinsgrove, Uniontown, Camp Hill and Hermitage.  All of these stores except Meadville were expected to be closed by the end of March. 

In January, Macy's announced the closing of 100 stores in the United States including Bensalem, Hermitage, Monaca, Muncy, Plymouth Meeting and Washington.  These store expected to closed before summer. 


The Limited, this year, closed all of its U.S. stores including Lancanster, Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Erie and Pittsburgh.  


Komatsu Finalizes Acquisition of Joy Global

Milwaukee - (Business Wire) - According to a news release issued this week, Komatsu America  Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu, Ltd, has completed its acquisition of Joy Global, Inc.  Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, Joy Global Inc. will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp. and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu. The company will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy and Montabert product brands. Komatsu remains committed to directly servicing the global mining industry and through its products, services and technologies is focused on helping customers improve productivity and safety in their operations worldwide.

The close of the transaction adds to the Komatsu team more than 10,000 people with deep knowledge and experience in the mining industry, bringing the company’s global total to more than 57,000 employees. With a focus on providing uninterrupted and unrivaled service and products for its customers, Komatsu plans to leverage the best practices of both companies while aligning the organization and operation for optimal customer support. Komatsu Mining Corp. will be led by Jeffrey Dawes, formerly leader of Komatsu Latin America. Dawes and the management team will be based in Milwaukee, WI. Following the close of the transaction - valued at approximately $3.7 billion, including Joy Global’s outstanding indebtedness - Joy Global shares will be delisted from the NYSE and will no longer be publicly traded.


UPDATE: 4 of 5 Sex Charges Dropped Against Cooperstown Man

You may remember we told you about a 21 year old Cooperstown man earlier this week is wanted on a February 24th warrant from the Oil City Police Department for sex offences alleged to have been committed with a minor under the age of 16.  Kyle Heffern  was free on $100,000 unsecured bond last Friday bond following a following a preliminary arraignment Friday before Magisterial District Court Judge Andrew Fish.  There are some new developments. 

After a preliminary hearing, Four of the five charges leveled against Heffern have been withdrawn including three felonies and a second class misdemeanor: F1 IDSI Person Less Than 16 Yrs Age; F2 Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older; F2 Agg. Ind. Assault - Comp. Less Than 16; and M2 Ind Asslt Person Less 16 Yrs Age.  The sole remaining charge waived for court is M1 Corruption of Minors.  All of this according to online court records


Heffern waived a scheduled April 5th preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Fish.  Heffern is represented by Oil City Attorney Neil Rothschild.  Heffern remains free on $100,000 unsecured bond.  

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