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A FORMER WARREN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER IS FACING NEW DRUG CHARGES TODAY.  44-YEAR OLD MATTHEW KISER, WHO WAS ARRESTED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY IN APRIL, IS NOW CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER AFTER ALLEGEDLY GIVING A FEMALE PATIENT METH AT A WARREN COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FACILITY.  THIS LATEST INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK. 

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STATE POLICE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ARE INVESTIGATING SOME THREATENING MESSAGES THAT WERE SENT TO A PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP FAMILY.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY MORNING, ABOUT 10:45, WHEN A 47-YEAR OLD MOM, 19-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND 20-YEAR OLD SON ALL RECEIVED THREATENING MESSAGES VIA THE SOCIAL MEDIA APP INSTAGRAM.  NOTHING FURTHER IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.

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THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS REGARDING THE VIDEO OF THE 2 YOUNG MEN ASSAULTING A DEER.  THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION, ALONG WITH STATE POLICE IN PUNXSUTAWNEY AND THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DA’S OFFICE ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT.  NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AS OF YET.    

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COULD SOME HUNTERS WEAR PINK IN THE WOODS SOON?  IT’S A POSSIBILITY WITH A NEW BILL HEADED THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE IN HARRISBURG.  HOUSE BILL 2043 WOULD ALLOW HUNTERS TO WEAR EITHER PINK OR ORANGE WHEN HUNTING IN THE COMMONWEALTH.  WISCONSIN WAS THE FIRST STATE TO PASS SUCH A BILL BACK IN 2016 AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES HAVE DONE SO OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.  RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PINK IS HARDER FOR DEER TO SEE THAN THE STANDARD ORANGE.  AND I’M SURE A FEW FEMALE HUNTERS WOULD LOVE THE STYLE IT PRESENTS AS WELL. 

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IT’S OFFICIAL.  BUFFALO CATHOLIC DIOCESE BISHOP RICHARD MALONE IS STEPPING DOWN.  ACCORDING TO THE VATICAN PRESS OFFICE.  POPE FRANCIS HAS ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF MALONE, EFFECTIVE TODAY.  MALONE HAS BEEN UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE THE PASTS 2 YEARS TO RESIGN DUE TO ALLEGED HANDLING OF SEXUAL ABUSE CASES AND LAWSUITS WITHIN THE DIOCESE.  MALONE HAD WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL HIS MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE OF 75 TO RETIRE. 

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A 12-YEAR OLD RIDGWAY JUVENILE IS FACING TERRORISTIC THREAT CHARGES AFTER MAKING THREATENING POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  RIDGWAY BOROUGH POLICE TELL US THE THREATS WERE MADE ON NOVEMBER 20TH.  THE MALE JUVENILE WAS QUICKLY IDENTIFIED AND IMMEDIATE ACTION WAS TAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE SCHOOL.  THE BOY WILL FACE CHARGES IN JUVENILE COURT. 

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MORE UNDERAGE CHARGES IN RIDGWAY. THIS CASE INVOLVES A 13-YEAR OLD MALE FROM KERSEY AND A 15-YEAR OLD MALE FROM RIDGWAY.  BOTH TEENS ARE FACING UNDERAGE DRINKING CHARGES FOR INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED LAST SATURDAY AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT RIDGWAY BOROUGH. 

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THE NUMBERS ARE IN FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AS FAR AS TRAVEL.  THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE REPORT INVESTIGATING 1116 CRASHES DURING THE 5-DAY PERIOD OF NOVEMBER 27TH AND DECEMBER 1ST.  8 FATALITIES WERE REPORTED.  STATE POLICE SAY 73 OF THOSE CRASHES WERE ALCOHOL RELATED, AND IN ADDITION, 729 DUI ARRESTS WERE MADE.  THAT’S A 14% INCREASE FROM JUST A YEAR AGO. 

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THE CAUSE OF A MONDAY AFTERNOON FIRE IN SHEFFIELD IS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  AUTHORITIES SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 4:00 ON HUCKABONE ROAD AT A HOME THAT WAS UNOCCUPIED AT THE TIME, HOWEVER, THE UTILITIES WERE TURNED ON TO THE RESIDENCE.  THE STRUCTURE IS CONSIDERED A COMPLETE LOSS.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AS OF NOW. 

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7 PEOPLE ARE RECOVERING TODAY FOLLOWING A SUNDAY MORNING, 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN ELK COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 10:30 ON ROUTE 219, NEAR BURNING WELL ROAD, IN JONES TOWNSHIP, ELK COUNTY.  AN SUV, DRIVEN BY 52-YEAR OLD SISAY HAILE, OF SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, HIT A PATCH OF SLUSH, WHICH CAUSED THE VEHICLE TO STRIKE AN EMBANKMENT, THEN A UTILITY POLE, AND OVERTURN MULTIPLE TIMES.  ALL 7 OCCUPANTS WERE TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK FOR TREATMENT.

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TO NEW YORK STATE NOW, WHERE SEVERAL NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS ARE REPORTING THAT BUFFALO CATHOLIC DIOCESE BISHOP RICHARD MALONE WILL BE STEPPING DOWN TOMORROW.  THUS FAR, THE DIOCESE HAS DECLINED COMMENT ON THE REPORT.  MALONE HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE IN RELATION TO THE CLERGY ABUSE CASES IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.  MALONE HAD MAINTAINED THAT HE WOULD STAY ON UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN MARCH OF 2021. 

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GAS PRICES ARE HOLDING STEADY IN THE REGION THIS WEEK.  TRIPLE A’S LATEST FUEL REPORT CITES THE AVERAGE PRICE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AT 2.87 A GALLON ON AVERAGE, WHICH IS THE SAME AS A WEEK AGO.  THE LOWEST AVERAGE PRICE IN HOUND COUNTRY COMES IN BROOKVILLE, WHERE IT’S 2.85 A GALLON.

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A STREET CLOSING TO TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY IN THE CITY OF ST. MARYS.  CITY OFFICIALS SAY THAT MCGILL STREET IS CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR A DEMOLITION PROJECT.  RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE WHILE THE PROJECT IS BEING COMPLETED. 

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THE WEATHER HAS CALMED DOWN A BIT TODAY, BUT YESTERDAY’S ICE STORMS CAUSED A NUMBER OF ISSUES FOR OUR REGION.  MAJOR ISSUES WERE CAUSED BY SOME DOWNED TREE LIMBS, INCLUDING BOOT JACK ROAD, WHICH CAUSED POWER OUTAGES FOR US HERE AT LAUREL MEDIA, AND MANY OTHER RESIDENTIAL AREAS.  THE ROADWAY WAS CLOSED FOR A PERIOUD OF TIME AS WELL.

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BY NOW, YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD OF, OR SEEN THE DISTURBING VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT PORTRAYS INDIVIDUALS ASSAULTING AN INJURED DEER.  THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION IS AWARE OF THE VIDEO AND IS INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED INCIDENT, CALLING IT REPREHENSIBLE AND POTENTIALLY A VIOLATION OF THE LAW.  GAME WARDENS ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION TO CALL THEM AT 814-432-3187.

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AN INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA MAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES HE SUSTAINED IN A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 3:20 ON WEST MAIN STREET IN SYKESVILLE BOROUGH WHEN 80-YEAR OLD EARL AIMINO FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, CAUSING HIS VEHICLE TO CROSS OVER AND STRIKE A UTILITY POLE.  AIMINO WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA FOR OBSERVATION. 

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A FALLS CREEK MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER A FRIDAY ASSAULT INCIDENT.  34-YEAR OLD RONALD BLAIR IS BEHIND BARS TODAY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED A 39-YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM, THEN FLED THE SCENE.  AUTHORITIES CAUGHT UP TO HIM A SHORT TIME LATER, WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED HE ALSO HAD NUMEROUS OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AS WELL.

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THE SEARCH IS STILL CONTINUING TODAY FOR THE SUSPECT THAT TRIED TO HOLD UP A ST. MARYS GROCERY STORE ON WEDNESDAY.  ACCORDING TO CITY POLICE, THE MAN IS DESCRIBED AS A 20 TO 35-YEAR OLD WHITE MALE, ABOUT 6 FEET TO 6 FEET 4 INCHES TALL WITH SPARSE FACIAL HAIR.  THE MAN TRIED TO HOLD UP THE STORE WITH A KNIFE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ABOUT 1:15. NOTHING WAS TAKEN AND NOBODY WAS HURT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL POLICE. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS BEHIND BARS TODAY, CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS TO AN UNDERCOVER INFORMANT.  ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE, SENT BY MCKEAN COUNTY DA STEPHANIE VETTENBERG-SHAFFER, THE MCKEAN COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED OBOT “SAMMY” ESSIEN ON WEDNESDAY AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE SELLING COCAINE.  ESSIEN IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER AMONG SEVERAL OTHER COUNTS. 

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A RIDGWAY MAN IS CHARGED WITH FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS.  59-YEAR OLD HARVEY DETTERLINE, JUNIOR IS ACCUSED OF PROVIDING ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES TO A GROUP OF MINORS IN THE NORTH MILL AVENUE AREA BACK ON NOVEMBER 2ND.  ACCORDING TO RIDGWAY BOROUGH POLICE, ONE OF THE MINORS BECAME VERY INTOXICATED FROM THE INCIDENT. 

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