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Inmate accused of striking corrections officer waives hearing

A Venango County jail inmate accused of striking a correctional officer with chairs and a table last week waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court. Keith Morgan, 48, of Oil City, was charged with five felony counts of aggravated assault, five felony counts of assault

DERRICK - 2018-03-23 05:31:08

Titusville Man Faces Felony Charges After Breaking into Oil City Residence

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) - A Titusville man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a residence in Oil City. Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 67-year-old Raymond E. Bortzer, of Titusville. According to a criminal complaint, around 3:47 p.m. on Tu

EXPLOREVENANGO.COM - 2018-03-22 07:00:00

State, Local Police Participate in Aggressive-Driving Enforcement Initiative

OIL CITY, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Police and more than 235 municipal police departments are conducting an aggressive-driving enforcement wave that continues through April 29, 2018. Speeding and other aggressive-driving behaviors are major factors in crashes in Pennsylvania. According to Pennsy

EXPLOREVENANGO.COM - 2018-03-23 07:00:00

Man accused of apartment break-in waives hearing

A Franklin man accused of breaking into an Oak Hill apartment and being found with drug paraphernalia last week waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court. James Smith, 31, was charged with a felony count of criminal trespass and 14 misdemeanor counts of use/possession

DERRICK - 2018-03-23 05:31:08

Woman accused of stealing GoFundMe money held for court

A Franklin woman accused of stealing nearly $2,700 through a GoFundMe page she created for the victims of a house fire last year was held for court Wednesday. Tori Smith, 22, appeared before district judge Andrew Fish for her preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court. Assistant District At

DERRICK - 2018-03-22 05:31:07

Franklin crafting review plan in wake of water problem

City of Franklin employees and members of the Franklin General Authority have an after-action review plan in the works following an incident that allowed elevated levels of fluoride into some residents' water in early February. City staff, Mayor Doug Baker and General Authority member Tim Dunkle met

DERRICK - 2018-03-23 05:31:07

Franklin Preservation Making Progress on Renovation of Old Church, Seeking Community's Support

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) - A local group's efforts to restore an old church that would benefit the Franklin community is moving forward. Franklin Preservation, headed by president Daniel Weiland, is working to raise money to restore the old Lutheran Church that is located at 11th and Buffalo Streets. Wei

EXPLOREVENANGO.COM - 2018-03-23 07:00:00

Venango County Commissioner Brooks Says No Malicious Intent in Ethics Case

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) - Venango County Commissioner Tim Brooks said there was no malicious intent when he reported a rumor he heard about fellow Commissioner Albert "Chip" Abramovic to the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission in the fall. (Photo of Venango County Commissioners (from left): Vincent Witherup,

EXPLOREVENANGO.COM - 2018-03-23 07:00:00

Fourteen-year-old led away from Warren school in handcuffs

A fourteen-year-old student told a Warren School Resource officer to put him in handcuffs, and that's exactly what the officer did. The Warren Police Officer working at Lincoln Middle School writes in a report that he was called to break up a fight between two boys at the school Tuesday afternoon. T


Group making progress on Franklin church restoration

Franklin Preservation is making progress on its current preservation project, the restoration of the Old Lutheran Church at 11th and Buffalo streets. Built by German settlers in 1886, the church was originally known as Evangelical German Lutheran Friedens Church. "The church is the best example and


Man held for court in Sandycreek school threat case

A Polk man accused of making a threat against Sandycreek Elementary School earlier this month was held for court Wednesday. Joshua Stone, 34, appeared before district judge Andrew Fish for the preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court. Assistant District Attorney Brenda Servidio called Sto

DERRICK - 2018-03-22 05:31:07

Section of Route 62 in Mercer County closed

Oil City, Pa. (WKBN) - Route 62 in Mercer County is closed from the intersection with Deal Road in the Borough of Stoneboro to the intersection with Stock Farm Road in Lake Township. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the closing is because of a crash. The road is expected to reopen


Man accused of stealing from football team waives hearing

A Seneca man accused of stealing more than $3,000 from the Oil City Lil Drillers elementary football team during his time as the organization's vice president waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court. Brad Chapel, 43, was charged with two felony counts of access devic

DERRICK - 2018-03-22 05:31:07

Hermitage fire chief says apartment fire could have been worse

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WYTV) - Dozens of people are without a place to stay after their apartment complex caught fire in Hermitage. Still, Hermitage Fire Chief John Flynn said it could have been a lot worse. There's still no word yet on what caused the fire at the Monticello Apartments on Clifford Drive. "

WYTV.COM - 2018-03-21 23:53:29

Route 62 closed outside Stoneboro

PennDOT is letting drivers know that Route 62 in Mercer County is closed from the intersection with Deal Road in the Borough of Stoneboro to the intersection with Stock Farm Road in Lake Township due to a crash. The stretch of road was shut down at around 9 am. The road is expected to reopen later t


Meadville Medical Center serving patients after fire in Conneaut

Meadville Medical Center is renewing its commitment to health care for the community of Conneautville. Three weeks ago, a fire heavily damaged the Conneaut Valley Health Center. Now, the medical center is in the process of analyzing all options for the future. The hospital has pledged its continued


Parents Face Child Endangerment Charges After Infant Hospitalized for Ingesting THC

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) - An Oil City couple are facing charges after their infant son's blood tests confirmed the presense of marijuana and nicotine. According to court documents, Joshua Mark Fornof, 22, and Jubilee Antoinet Downing, 20, both of Oil City, are facing the following charge: Endangering We


Titusville man charged with sex-related crimes

SPARTA TOWNSHIP - A Titusville man was charged Monday with multiple counts of sex-related crimes involving a 13-year-old girl in January. Tyler Michael Drake, 25, is accused of sending nude photos and requesting nude photos and oral sex from the girl at a home in the township, according to a state p


Meadville man jailed for alleged burglary at Saegertown business

SAEGERTOWN - A Meadville man is jailed after he was caught burglarizing a Saegertown business early Monday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville. Jesse Paul Kinder, 39, was taken into custody inside the office of the Bucket of Suds car wash, 545 Main St., Saegertown, police sa


OC couple accused of endangering child

An Oil City couple was charged Friday in a January incident in which their infant son was found to have THC (marijuana) and nicotine in his system. According to a criminal complaint, police responded to the UPMC Northwest emergency room for a report of an unresponsive child, the son of Jubilee Antoi