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MOM NATURE CONTINUES TO CAUSE ISSUES IN THE AREA TODAY.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON WITH SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE.  EVENTUALLY, THAT SHOULD ALL CHANGE TO RAIN AND THEN TAPER OFF THIS EVENING.  

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A NURSE AT RIDGMONT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY IS FACING CHARGES AFTER HE OBTAINED MEDICATION UNDER THE FALSE PRETENSE OF DESTROYING IT.  44-YEAR OLD KARLIN MILLER OF VANDERGRIFT IS ACCUSED OF TAKING THE NARCOTICS ON AT LEAST 2 OCCASIONS FROM THE FACILITY.  HE IS ALSO ACCUSED OF FALSIFYING MEDICATION REPORTS AS WELL, CLAIMING THE MEDS HAD BEEN DESTROYED.  MILLER WILL BE IN COURT IN A COUPLE WEEKS.

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP WILL BE HAVING A SPECIAL ELECTION IN MAY TO FILL A VACANCY ON THE 3-MEMBER BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.  MIKE DETSCH RESIGNED IN DECEMBER AS ONE OF THE SUPERVISORS, AND UNDER THE HOME RULE CHARTER, THE VACANCY IS TO BE FILLED BY A SPECIAL ELECTION.  THE ELECTION WILL COINCIDE WITH THE REGULAR PRIMARY ELECTION THAT IS HAPPENING FOR OTHER OFFICES AND A SEAT IN CONGRESS.  APRIL 16TH IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE. 

 

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PUNSXUTAWNEY STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A DUBOIS MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A DRUG DELIVERY RESULTING IN DEATH CASE.  32-YEAR OLD KEITH SALINE IS ACCUSED IN THE CASE AND POLICE SAY HE'S AT LARGE TODAY.  THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED TO BE CAREFUL IF THEY SPOT HIM, AS HE'S RESISTED ARREST IN THE PAST.  IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE MAY BE, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL PUNXSY STATE POLICE AT 814-938-0510.  

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3 WARREN COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE FACING CHARGES AFTER A METH LAB BUST MONDAY IN GRAND VALLEY.  THE WARREN COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE REPORTS THE ARREST OF 47-YEAR OLD DONALD LITTLEFIELD, 27-YEAR OLD CODY KYSOR AND 21-YEAR OLD NAKOTA BEMIS IN CONNECTION WITH THE LONG-RUNNING LAB.  ALL 3 ARE IN THE WARREN COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

 

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TO CAMERON COUNTY NOW WHERE AN EMPORIUM WOMAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 6 MONTHS TO 2 YEARS IN JAIL ON ARSON CHARGES.  31-YEAR OLD ASHLEY CALLAWAY PLED GUILTY IN NOVEMBER TO SETTING 2 FIRES AT HER HOME IN MARCH OF 2017.  SHE WILL ALSO BE ON PROBATION FOR 5 YEARS AND MUST HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION AS WELL. 

 

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A SMETHPORT WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH SIMPLE ASSAULT AFTER A MONDAY DOMESTIC DISPUTE.  SMETHPORT BOROUGH POLICE REPORT THE ARREST OF 40-YEAR OLD BILLIE JO CONNOR AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY STABBED HER BOYFRIEND IN THE ARM OVER A DAMAGED CELL PHONE INCIDENT.  HER BOYFRIEND, JEFF CARNEY, WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.  CONNOR IS IN JAIL TODAY.

 

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IN THE CONTINUING FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS, THE ELK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO FORM “OPERATION ELK COUNTY” THIS WEEK.  THE COMMITTEE WAS FORMED IN ORDER TO CONFRONT THE OPIOID CRISIS AND WILL FOCUS ON OVERALL HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES IN THE COUNTY.  ?THIS INITIATIVE RESULTED FROM INFORMATION THAT WAS GATHERED FROM THE FORUMS THAT WERE CONDUCTED BY THE ELK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, THE ELK COUNTY SHERIFF, AND ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE SERVICES DURING SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER OF 2017.

 

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US REPRESENTATIVE GLENN THOMPSON WILL BE IN THE AREA TOMORROW.  MR. THOMPSON KICKED OFF A 6-DAY, 16-COUNTY TOUR TO LAUNCH HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR THE US HOUSE.  THOMPSON IS SCHEDULED TO BE AT THE AROMA CAFÉ IN EMPORIUM AT 1:30, THEN AT 5:30 AT THE RED FERN BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER IN FOX TOWNSHIP FOR AN OKTOBERFEST STYLE MEET AND GREET. 

 

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A LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS NOW WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  REPRESENTATIVE MATT BAKER OF THE 68TH DISTRICT – WHICH INCLUDES TIOGA, BRADFORD AND POTTER COUNTIES – RESIGNED HIS POSITION MONDAY TO SERVE AS THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS – WITH THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.  HE WILL BE 1 OF 10 REGIONAL DIRECTORS IN THE COUNTRY.  HIS REGION INCLUDES PENNSYLVANIA, DELEWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA. 

 

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A ST. MARYS MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES STEMMING FROM A JANUARY INCIDENT.  ST. MARYS POLICE SAY CODY BAKER OF KERSEY IS CHARGED WITH AGGRIVATED ASSAULT, SIMPLE ASSAULT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT STEMMING FROM THE JANUARY 20TH INCIDENT IN WHICH HE ALLGEDLY CAUSED SERIOUS INJURIES TO THE VICTIM IN THE CASE.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN BY POLICE.

 

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A SPRING CHURCH WOMAN IS FACING FORGERY CHARGES AFTER MULTIPLE INCIDENTS RECENTLY.  PUNXSUTAWNEY STATE POLICE TELL US 25-YEAR OLD HEYLEY TOWNSEND FORGED MULTIPLE CHECKS FROM A SMICKSBURGH MAN’S BANK ACCOUNT BETWEEN JANUARY 19TH AND FEBRUARY 5TH OF THIS YEAR.  SHE’LL BE IN COURT TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGES SOON. 

 

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A JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER A DOMESTIC INCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND.  35-YEAR OLD RYAN DIDOMENICO IS ACCUSED OF HOLDING HIS GIRLFRIEND AGAINST HER WILL, OBSTRUCTING HER BREATHING, AND FIRING A HANDGUN INTO THE WALL OF THE RESIDENCE.  HE’S ALSO ACCUSED OF TAKING HER PHONE WHEN SHE TRIED TO CALL 9-1-1. 

 

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DUI CHARGES ARE PENDING AFTER A COUPLE WEEKEND ACCIDENTS IN HOUND COUNTRY.  THE FIRST HAPPENED ABOUT 4:10 SATURDAY ON ROUTE 208 IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, CLARION COUNTY WHEN A PICKUP DRIVEN BY 19-YEAR OLD AUSTIN SOSNOWSKI OF NORTH EAST STRUCK A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 66-YEAR OLD DON FREDERICK OF TIONESTA NEAR HEAD ON.  POLICE SUSPECT SOSNOWSKI OF DUI IN THE INCIDENT.  HE ALONG WITH A PASSENGER IN THE FREDERICK VEHICLE WERE TAKEN TO CLARION HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF THEIR INJURIES.

 

THE SECOND ACCIDENT HAPPENED SATURDAY EVENING JUST BEFORE 8:00 ON ROUTE 219 IN LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY WHEN A CAR STRUCK A 2ND CAR FROM BEHIND NEAR THE SCENE OF A SEPARATE ACCIDENT.  POLICE DIDN’T RELEASE ANY INFORMATION ON THE DRIVERS, BUT DID SAY THERE WAS A DUI INVESTIGATION PENDING. 

 

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ST. MARYS CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO MEET TONIGHT IN THEIR REGULAR MEETING.  ON THE AGENDA, COUNCIL WILL LOOK AT A COUPLE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT MODIFICATIONS.  THEY’LL ALSO BE VOTING ON 4 SEPARATE RESOLUTIONS ON VARIOUS ITEMS.  THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, IT STARTS AT 7 AT CITY HALL.

 

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A SEPARATE SIMILAR INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING THIS AFTERNOON IN RELATION TO AN ALLEGED THREAT IN ELK COUNTY.  ACCORDING TO THE RIDGWAY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S FACEBOOK PAGE, AN ALLEGED SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT WAS MADE BY A STUDENT IN A NEIGHBORING SCHOOL EARLY THIS MORNING.  THAT STUDENT FORMERLY ATTENDED RIDGWAY.  DISTRICT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL STATE POLICE WERE QUICK TO RESPOND AND ALL PROCEEDED NORMALLY WITH THE SCHOOL DAY.  THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MATTER CONTINUES AT THIS TIME.

 

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YESTERDAY, A BRADFORD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS THE TARGET OF AN INVESTIGATION DUE TO ALLEGED THREATS MADE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  BRADFORD CITY POLICE WERE NOTIFIED OF THE THREAT, AND MADE CONTACT WITH THE STUDENT.  THE POST WAS REMOVED.  BRADFORD POLICE CHIEF CHRIS LUCCO SAY THE INCIDENT IS BEING HANDLED VIA THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM AND THE SCHOOL.  

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THE BRADFORD WOMAN ACCUSED IN THE OVERDOSE DEATH OF HER BOYFRIEND WILL HAVE LEAST NEXT 2 AND A HALF YEARS ADDED TO HER TERM.  36-YEAR OLD AMBER MCKINNEY PLED GUILTY LAST NOVEMBER TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2016 DEATH OF 25-YEAR OLD DEREK CLAY IN OCTOBER, 2016.  MCKINNEY IS CURRENTLY SERVING TIME FOR A PREVIOUS DRUG CONVICTION.  THIS NEW SENTENCE WILL RUN CONSECUTIVELY TO THE PRIOR. 

 

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A SMETHPORT MAN WILL SPEND UP TO 4 AND A HALF MONTHS IN STATE PRISON ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER HE CONSPIRED WITH A CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT TO SELL CRACK COCAINE.  20-YEAR OLD RYAN BUTERBAUGH WAS ACTUALLY ACCUSED OF 3 SEPARATE SUCH INCIDENTS WHILE UNDER SURVEILLANCE IN MCKEAN COUNTY.  BUTERBAUGH IS ALSO FACING FEDERAL CHARGES FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN 2016. 

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THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR A MISSING WARREN COUNTY VEHICLE TODAY.  ACCORDING TO WARREN STATE POLICE, THE VEHICLE IS A 2001 JEEP CHEROKEE THAT IS BURGANDY OR MAROON IN COLOR.  IT WAS BELIEVED TO LAST BE SEEN IN THE JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK AREA.  THE VEHICLE IS OWNED BY CYNTHIA CHRISTIAN OF PITTSFIELD.  THE ALLEGED THEFT OF THE VEHICLE HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 5TH

 

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