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WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND AS A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO HIT THE AREA.  OFFICIALS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ARE SAYING SNOW WILL START SATURDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING, PUTTING DOWN ANYWHERE FROM 12-18 INCHES, MAYBE MORE IN THE MOST PERSISTENT AREAS.  WE’LL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE LATEST…

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A RIDGWAY MAN IS RECOVERING FOLLOWING A 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON BOOT JACK ROAD IN RIDGWAY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 1:45 JUST SOUTH OF PADDOCKS DRIVE WHEN A CAR DRIVEN BY 21-YEAR OLD JOSHUA BUNDY TURNED IN FRONT OF A CAR DRIVEN BY 28-YEAR OLD TIA ERICH OF KERSEY.  THE COLLISION CAUSED MINOR INJURIES TO BUNDY.  HE WAS TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK FOR TREATMENT. 

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A MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL CORRECTIONS OFFICER IS CHARGED WITH PETIT LARCENY TODAY FOLLOWING A NOVEMBER INCIDENT.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, 47-YEAR OLD JEROMY FARR OF OLEAN, NEW YORK IS ACCUSED OF TAKING A WOMAN’S PURSE FROM A SHOPPING CART AT THE ALBION, NEW YORK WALMART ON NOVEMBER 21ST.  THE VICTIM HAD OVER 700 DOLLARS IN THE PURSE AT THE TIME.

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MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS IN ORDER TO A LOCAL LANDMARK.  THE CLARION RIVER HAS BEEN VOTED PENNSYLVANIA’S RIVER OF THE YEAR FOR 2019.  THE WIN IS THE RESULT OF AN ONLINE VOTE BY THE PUBLIC IN A DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND PENNSYLVANIA ORGANIZATION FOR WATERWAYS AND RIVERS CONTEST. 

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A DUBOIS TEENAGER IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES HE RECEIVED IN A MONDAY EVENING FIRE IN THE CITY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL REPORTS THE CALL COMING IN ABOUT 11:45 FOR THE HOME ON ARMINTA STREET.  THE FIRE REPORTEDLY STARTED WHEN AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET OVERHEATED.  ALL 3 OCCUPANTS HOME AT THE TIME WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.  A 15-YEAR OLD TEEN WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AFTER BEING RESCUED FROM THE 2ND STORY OF THE HOUSE.  DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 85 THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

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THE FIRE HAPPENED ON ROCK DUMP ROAD IN HENDERSON TOWNSHIP, JEFFERSON COUNTY LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON.  OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN A GARAGE AND SPREAD QUICKLY.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED AND DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

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A KANE MAN IS FACING CHARGES THAT HE TOOK OVER 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM 2 KANE BUSINESSES.  51-YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ZAMPOGNA IS ACCUSED OF TAKING 43 CHECKS FROM JUNE OF 2016 THROUGH JANUARY OF THIS YEAR FROM FLICKERWOOD WINERY, A BUSINESS OWNED BY HIS PARENTS, AND FORGING HIS MOTHER’S SIGNATURE.  ZAMPOGNA IS ALSO ACCUSED OF WRITING A CHECK ON HIS OWN ACCOUNT TO SAVE-A-LOT FOODS, WHICH WAS RETURNED DUE TO THE ACCOUNT BEING CLOSED. 

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EVERYONE IS OK AFTER A 2-VEHICLE, MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT IN ELK COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 12:30 ON ROUTE 255 IN JAY TOWNSHIP WHEN A TRUCK DRIVEN BY 43-YEAR OLD RICHARD SABIN, THE 2ND OF FORCE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK AN SUV DRIVEN BY 72-YEAR OLD ROBERT BUSHOR OF SINNAMAHONING.  NEITHER DRIVER WAS HURT.  SABIN WAS CITED IN THE INCIDENT. 

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2 BECOME 1 IN CLARION NEXT FALL.  THE SCHOOL BOARDS AT CLARION AREA AND CLARION-LIMESTONE SCHOOL DISTRICTS VOTED TO CO OP THE SCHOOL’S FOOTBALL PROGRAMS FOR THE COMING SEASON IN 2019.  THE CO OP WILL BE HOSTED BY CLARION AREA HIGH SCHOOL. 

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A CLARION MAN IS FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH AN OVERDOSE DEATH BACK IN AUGUST.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, 26-YEAR OLD MATTHEW MCDERMID AND 26-YEAR OLD TANNER EISENMAN DROVE TO PITTSBURGH IN ORDER TO BUY HEROIN.  THAT DRUG TURNED OUT TO BE LACED WITH FENTANYL, WHICH CAUSED EISENMAN TO OVERDOSE AND DIE.  MCDERMID IS FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES IN THE CASE.  HE’S FREE ON BAIL TODAY AND IS EXPECTED IN COURT NEXT WEEK FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING. 

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36-YEAR OLD SHAWN MEHOLICK OF FALLS CREEK WAS STOPPED LAST SATURDAY BY POLICE ON A TRAFFIC VIOLATION.  DURING THAT STOP, POLICE FOUND HIM TO BE ALLEGEDLY IN POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND RELATED PARAPHERNALIA.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT ON DUBOIS ROCKTON ROAD IN SANDY TOWNSHIP. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A FIRE THAT DESTROYED A KANE HOME FRIDAY MORNING CONTINUES TODAY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL REPORTS THE CALL COMING IN ABOUT 10:40 FOR THE BLAZE ON HACKER STREET IN THE BOROUGH.  THE STRUCTURE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE INCIDENT.  THE OWNER OF THE HOME IS 43-YEAR OLD SHAWN BEIMEL. 

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STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN INTERNET SCAM THAT COST A REYNOLDSVILLE MAN 900 DOLLARS.  POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED FRIDAY AFTERNOON WHEN 58-YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER CALHOUN WAS SWAYED TO PURCHASE ITUNES GIFT CARDS VALUING THE 900 BUCKS.  POLICE REMIND YOU TO BE ALERT TO THESE TYPES OF SCAMS THAT MAY SEEM TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. 

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POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING INTO THE ALLEGED THEFT OF A WOOD CARVING IN TIDIOUTE.  POLICE SAY THERE WERE APPARENTLY 4 PEOPLE INVOLVED THAT TRIED TO TAKE A WOOD-CARVED BEAR FROM THE TIDIOUTE TRADING POST ON JANUARY 5TH.  THE SUSPECTS DAMAGED A LIGHT AND COVER IN THE PROCESS AND WEREN’T SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR VENTURE.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL WARREN STATE POLICE.

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A SAINT MARYS MAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES STEMMING FROM A TRAFFIC STOP JUST BEFORE THE NEW YEAR.  CITY POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED DECEMBER 29TH ON GRACE ROAD WHEN THEY STOPPED 29-YEAR OLD KYLE SARGINGER.  HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF ITEMS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AS WELL AS AN EMPTY BAG THAT HAD CONTAINED METH.

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A BROCKWAY MAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 10 YEARS IN THE INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT PROGRAM AND BE ON PROBATION FOR HIS PART IN THE THEFT OF MONEY FROM A RIDGWAY TRUCKING COMPANY.  53-YEAR OLD WILLIAM MERCER IS ACCUSED OF BEING PART OF THE THEFT OF OVER 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM MCM TRUCKING OF RIDGWAY.  HE AND HIS WIFE, 34-YEAR OLD KRISTIN MERCER, THEN ALLEGEDLY USED THE MONEY FOR ANOTHER BUSINESS THEY OWNED, MERCER AUTO AND TIRE OF RIDGWAY.  KRISTIN MERCER IS ALSO IN THE SAME PROGRAM, BUT ON A 5-YEAR SENTENCE AND IS ALSO ON HOUSE ARREST. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A THURSDAY AFTERNOON BURGLARY CONTINUES TODAY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED BETWEEN 3:30 AND 5 YESTERDAY AT AN APARTMENT ON EAST 5TH STREET WHEN SOMEBODY BROKE INTO THE UNIT AND POURED A FOUL-SMELLING LIQUID THROUGHOUT THE APARTMENT, DAMAGED A GAMING CONSOLE AND ALSO LET A DOG OUT OF IT’S CAGE. 

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A GREENCASTLE WOMAN IS OK AFTER A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MCKEAN COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 3:20 ON LOOKER MOUNTAIN TRAIL IN OTTO TOWNSHIP WHEN 21-YEAR OLD SYDNEY SHEPHERD LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR AND STRUCK A DITCH.  THE VEHICLE SUSTAINED DISABLING DAMAGE.

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INVESTIGATORS ARE HARD AT IT TODAY TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF DEVICE WAS INVOLVED IN AN EXPLOSION IN THE CITY OF ST. MARYS TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  POLICE SAY THE DEVICE DETONATED ABOUT 4:20 ALONG TROUT RUN ROAD.  NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED FROM THE INCIDENT.  POLICE SAY THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE DEVICE AS IT’S NOT SOMETHING COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE. 

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