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AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TODAY INTO THE DEATH OF CLARION COUNTY CORONER RANDALL STOM.  THE 56-YEAR OLD WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE YESTERDAY MORNING AT A HOME ON GRANT STREET IN CLARION BOROUGH.  HE WAS TAKEN TO CLARION HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.  OFFICIALS HAVEN’T RELEASED MUCH MORE THAN THAT AS OF NOW PENDING THE INVESTIGATION.  STOM WAS IN THE FIRST TERM AS CORONER AFTER SERVING 5 YEARS AS DEPUTY CORONER AND CHIEF DEPUTY CORONER. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS FACING DWI CHARGES AFTER A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT EARLY TUESDAY MORNING IN NEW YORK STATE.  POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF IRVING MILLS AND PARKSIDE DRIVE IN LIMESTONE.  34-YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER KIRK IS ALSO CHARGED WITH AGGRIVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION AND FAILURE TO USE A COURT-ORDERED IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE.

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OFFICIALS IN CAMERON COUNTY ARE LOOKING INTO THE THEFT OF A SMOKEY BEAR SIGN.  STATE POLICE TELL US SOMEBODY TOOK THE SIGN FROM THE LOCATION ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF THE ELK AND CAMERON COUNTY LINE ON ROUTE 120 IN SHIPPEN TOWNSHIP.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL STATE POLICE. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT YESTERDAY IN THE CITY OF ST. MARYS.  CITY POLICE TELL US CHRISTOPHER THRUSH IS ACCUSED OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT FOLLOWING A DOMESTIC INCIDENT.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS RELEASED. 

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RESIDENTS IN DRIFTWOOD, SINNAMAHONING, BENEZETTE AND WESTPORT WILL BE DEALING WITH A PLANNED POWER OUTAGE TOMORROW.  WEST PENN POWER WILL BE DOING SOME WORK BEGINNING ABOUT 9:30 AND LASTING UNTIL AROUND 3:00 TO MAKE NEEDED REPAIRS TO THE SYSTEM.  THE OUTAGE WILL AFFECT AROUND 1000 PEOPLE IN THOSE AREAS. 

 

WITH THE PLANNED OUTAGE, AND TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 20S, THERE WILL BE 2 WARMING SHELTERS OPEN FOR RESIDENTS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED BY NOT HAVING HEAT.  THE DRIFTWOOD SENIOR CENTER AND SINNEMAHONING FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE OPEN BEGINNING AROUND 9:00 AND WILL BE OPEN UNTIL POWER IS RESTORED.  ADDITIONALLY, THE DRIFTWOOD SENIOR CENTER AND AMERICAN RED CROSS WILL HAVE LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE POWER OUTAGE. 

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INVESTIGATORS ARE BACK ON SCENE TODAY LOOKING FOR THE CAUSE OF A PUNXSUTAWNEY CHURCH FIRE LAST NIGHT.  MULTIPLE FIRE COMPANIES WERE CALLED OUT TO THE ALBION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ON CLAWSON STREET TO BATTLE THE FIRE, WHICH HAD CONSUMED THE STRUCTURE BY THE TIME THEY ARRIVED.  THE DAMAGE IS EXTENSIVE, BUT LUCKILY, THERE WERE NO INJURIES. 

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NEARLY 40 DOGS ARE DOING WELL TODAY AFTER BEING SEIZED AS PART OF AN ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION LAST FRIDAY.  NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS BY NEIGHBORS WERE THE CAUSE OF A WARRANT BEING EXECUTED AT A HOME IN PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP.  MANY OF THE DOGS WERE WITHOUT PROPER SHELTER, IN NEED OF VETERINARY CARE AND LIVING IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS.  THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING TODAY.

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TODAY, WE CELEBRATE VETERAN’S DAY.  MANY PUBLIC GOVERNMENT OFFICES ARE CLOSED TODAY.  WE AT LAUREL MEDIA WANT TO EXTEND OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO ALL VETERANS FROM ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY FOR YOUR SERVICE. 

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MORE WINTER WEATHER TOPS THE NEWS TODAY.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MID-MORNING TOMORROW FOR THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE LISTENING AREA AROUND THE PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK STATE LINE.  SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 3-5 INCHES AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN MIXING IN AS WELL.  AFTER THAT, IT’LL BE VERY COLD FOR A COUPLE DAYS.  

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A FRIDAY NIGHT FIRE IN RIDGWAY TOWNSHIP IS RULED ACCIDENTAL IN NATURE.  THE CALL WAS REPORTED ABOUT 11:00 ON LONG LEVEL ROAD AT A HOME, OWNED BY 45-YEAR OLD SHAWN GECI.  THE FIRE IS SAID TO HAVE BEGUN NEAR THE CHIMNEY IN THE RESIDENCE.  THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS WITH DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. 

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A RIDGWAY MAN IS FACING ASSAULT AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT IN ST. MARYS.  POLICE TELL US THEY WERE CALLED TO THE STORE FOR AN INCIDNET IN WHICH 28-YEAR OLD JUSTIN DALTON ALLEGEDLY STRUCK HIS GIRLFRIEND.  AS POLICE TRIED TO PLACE DALTON INTO CUSTODY, HE RESISTED AND POLICE HAD TO USE PHYSICAL FORCE TO CONTROL HIM. 

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CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY IS ALL SET IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL.  UP FIRST, IT’S THE DISTRICT 9, CLASS A TITLE TILT AS THE REDBANK VALLEY BULLDOGS MEET THE COUDERSPORT FALCONS.  AIRTIME IS 12:40, WITH KICKOFF AT 1:00.  THEN, IT’S THE DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE CLARION BOBCATS MEET THE RIDGWAY ELKERS.   AIRTIME FOR THAT GAME IS 5:30, KICKOFF AT 6.  COVERAGE OF BOTH GAMES WILL BE ON 97.5 THE HOUND. 

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THE SUDDEN BURST OF SNOW AND COLD IN THE AREA HAS LED TO SEVERAL ACCIDENTS IN THE PAST 12 HOURS.  THE BIGGEST, PERHAPS, INVOLVED A VEHICLE AND TRACTOR-TRAILER THURSDAY NIGHT ON THE ROUTE 219, JOHNSONBURG BY-PASS.  EMERGENCY REPORTS CITE 3 EJECTIONS AND 3 HELICOPTERS WERE CALLED IN FROM THE INCIDENT.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. 

 

ALSO, SEVERAL OTHER VEHICLES HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY INTO DITCHES DATING BACK TO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.  AUTHORITIES REMIND YOU TO USE CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN WHEN TRAVELING IN SNOWY CONDITIONS.  AND TO ALSO LEAVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME FOR YOUR TRIP. 

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GOOD NEWS FOR A LOCAL BUSINESS IN SAINT MARYS.  GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT GRAFTECH, USA WILL EXPAND IT’S FACILITY, SUPPORTING THE COMBINED RETENTION AND CREATION OF 82 JOBS.  GRAFTECH HAS COMMITTED TO INVESTING NEARLY 20 MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE PROJECT, INCREASING PRODUCTION AND CREATING JOBS OVER THE NEXT 3 YEARS.  GRAFTECH OPERATES 3 OF THE HIGHEST CAPACITY GRAPHITE ELECTRODE FACILITIES IN THE WORLD. 

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IT’S A TRIPLE-HEADER OF DISTRICT 9 FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ACTION THIS WEEKEND ON 97.5 THE HOUND.  TONIGHT, WE’LL BE AT BRADFORD’S PARKWAY FIELD AS THE SMETHPORT HUBBERS AND COUDERSPORT FALCONS MEET IN THE CLASS A SEMIFINALS.  AIRTIME IS AROUND 6:40.  THEN, TOMORROW, WE’LL BE IN DUBOIS AT MANSELL STADIUM FOR BOTH CLASS DOUBLE A SEMIFINALS.  THE KARNS CITY GREMLINS MEET THE RIDGWAY ELKERS IN THE FIRST.  AIRTIME IS 12:30. THEN AT 5:30, WE’LL BE BACK ON THE AIR WITH THE KANE WOLVES AND CLARION BOBCATS. 

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IT LOOKS AS IF WE’LL HAVE OUR FIRST ACCUMULATION OF SNOW IN THE FORECAST TODAY AND TONIGHT.  AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON, RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW.  OVERNIGHT, WE COULD SEE AN INCH OR 2 OF ACCUMULATION. 

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IT’S DAY 2 OF THE MICHAEL CHITTESTER SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL TODAY IN ELK COUNTY COURT.  OPENING STATEMENTS AND BEGINNING TESTIMONY TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY IN THE CASE AGAINST THE 27-YEAR OLD.  CHITTESTER IS CHARGED WITH THE ALLEGED RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A FEMALE MINOR OVER A PERIOD OF 4-5 YEARS, STARTING WHEN SHE WAS 6 YEARS OLD.  THE CASE NOT ONLY INCLUDES ALLEGED ACTS IN ELK COUNTY, BUT ALSO INTO MCKEAN COUNTY. 

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A FORMER RIDGWAY MAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 23 YEARS IN JAIL ON CHILD PORN CHARGES.  42-YEAR OLD JESSE PORTER WAS ALSO SENTENCED TO A LIFETIME OF SUPERVISED RELEASE AND ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION.  PORTER WAS CONVICTED OF PRODUCING VIDEOS INVOLVING A 3-YEAR OLD GIRL AND 15-YEAR OLD GIRL BETWEEN JANUARY OF 2017 AND NOVEMBER OF 2018. 

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AN EMPORIUM WOMAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT BACK ON HALLOWEEN.  TROOPERS RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM THE JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL ON SUSPICION OF CONTRABAND.  AFTER INVESTIGATION, POLICE SIEZED SUSPECTED PARAPHERNALIA AND A SMALL VIAL THAT CONTAINED A WHITE SUBSTANCE.  24-YEAR OLD BRIANNA HALLOWELL WAS CHARGED IN THE INCIDENT. 

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THERE’S NOT TOO MANY SURPRISES TO REPORT IN THE LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS TODAY.  MANY OF THE RACES ENDED UP AS EXPECTED.  FOR THE ELK COUNTY COMMISSIONER RACE, REPUBLICAN JOE DAGHIR DOMINATED THE VOTING, GATHERING OVER 55 HUNDRED VOTES.  SOME 13 HUNDRED MORE THAN REPUBLICAN FRITZ LECKER, WHO CAME IN 2ND.  THE TOP DEMOCRAT VOTE-GETTER WAS MATTHEW QUESENBERRY, WHO WILL JOIN DAGHIR AND LECKER AS THE COMMISSIONERS BEGINNING IN JANUARY. 

 

OTHER WINNERS IN ELK COUNTY INCLUDE REPUBLICAN SANDRA CALTAGARONE AS ELK COUNTY AUDITOR.  HER HUSBAND, TODD CALTAGARONE WAS RE-ELECTED AS ELK COUNTY SHERIFF.  REPUBLICAN LEE NEUREITER DEFEATED DEMOCRAT RON BEIMEL IN THE REGISTER AND RECORDER RACE.  DEMOCRAT PEGGY BROWN-SCHNEIDER WAS RE-ELECTED AS TREASURER AND MICHELLE MUCCIO WILL SERVE ANTOHER TERM AS COUNTY CORONER.    

 

IN MCKEAN COUNTY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY STEPHANIE VETTENBERG-SHAFFER WON RE-ELECTION TO HEAR SEAT FOR ANOTHER TERM.  ALSO, IN THE COMMISSIONER RACE, THOMAS KREINER, CAROL DUFFY AND CLIFF LANE WERE ELECTED TO THE NEXT TERM.  PERHAPS THE WEIRDEST RACE IS THE BRADFORD MAYORAL RACE.  INCUMBENT TOM RIEL GAINED 589 VOTES, BUT THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 636 WRITE-IN VOTES CAST.  THOSE RESULTS WILL BE KNOWN FRIDAY.   

 

IN WARREN COUNTY, INCUMBENT COMMISSIONERS BEN KAFFERLIN AND JEFF EGGLESTON WILL LIKELY BE JOINED BY NEWCOMER TRICIA DURBIN FOR THE NEXT TERM.  THE TRIO WERE THE TOP VOTE-GETTERS, PENDING WRITE-IN’S AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS. 

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