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AMID PRESSURE TO ADDRESS THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, POPE FRANCIS BROKE HIS SILENCE THURSDAY.  SPEAKING ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT, THE PONTIFF CALLED THE ABUSE AND COVER-UP “CRIMINAL AND MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE.”  FURTHER, GREG BURKE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE VATICAN PRESS OFFICE DESCRIBED THE FEELING RELATED TO THE INCIDENTS AS SHAME AND SORROW.

 

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A DUKE CENTER WOMAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES SHE SUSTAINED IN A 1-VEHICLE, THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT.  KANE STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ABOUT 3:45 ON ROUTE 46 IN KEATING TOWNSHIP WHEN 30-YEAR OLD HOLLY BACHA LOST CONTROL OF HER SUV, CAUSING IT TO STRIKE A DITCH, THEN A CULVERT.  BACHA SUSTAINED SUSPECTED MINOR INJURIES FROM THE INCIDENT.  

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SEVERAL THEFTS FROM VEHICLES IN RIDGWAY BOROUGH REMAIN UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  ACCORDING TO RIDGWAY BOROUGH POLICE, SEVERAL ITEMS, INCLUDING SCOOTERS, BACKPACKS, WALLETS AND CELL PHONES HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER THE LAST 10 DAYS TO 2 WEEKS.  POLICE REMIND YOU TO LOCK VEHICLES AND TAKE ANY VALUABLE ITEMS INSIDE WITH YOU AT NIGHT. 

 

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NOW THAT THE GRAND JURY’S REPORT ON SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE IN PENNSYLVANIA IS PUBLIC, MANY OF THE SURVIVORS ARE VOICING SUPPORT FOR CHANGING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN SUCH CASES.  THERE IS SUPPORT IN HARRISBURG FOR SUCH A BILL.  HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER DAVE REED AND STATE SENATOR JOE SCARNATI HAVE BOTH VOICED SUPPORT FOR A CHANGE IN THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SUCH CRIMES.  STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO SAYS SINCE THE REPORT WAS RELEASED ON TUESDAY MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIS OFFICE WANTING TO TELL THEIR STORIES.

 

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2 JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE RECOVERING FROM INJURIES THEY RECEIVED IN A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  PUNXSUTAWNEY STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ABOUT 1:50 ON ROUTE 36 IN OLIVER TOWNSHIP WHEN AN SUV DRIVEN BY 24-YEAR OLD KENDRA OVERBECK OF BROOKVILLE WENT OUT OF CONTROL AND TRAVELED DOWN AN EMBANKMENT, STRIKING A TREE.  OVERBECK SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.  A PASSENGER, 44-YEAR OLD ANTONIA GASKINS, ALSO OF BROOKVILLE SUFFERED SUSPECTED SERIOUS INJURIES.  BOTH WERE TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS BROOKVILLE. 

 

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A KANE MAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES TODAY AFTER POLICE FOUND HIM WITH SOME METH LAST WEEKEND.  POLICE SPOTTED 28-YEAR OLD SHANE HURLBURT RUNNING INTO A GARAGE ON SUNDAY NIGHT AND WHEN THEY INVESTIGATED, THEY FOUND HIM IN POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, A GLASS PIPE AND ITEMS UDED TO MAKE METH.  A SEPARATE SEARCH WARRANT TURNED UP CRYSTAL METH AND SEVERAL ITEMS USED TO MAKE THE DRUG.  HE’S IN THE MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL TODAY.  

 

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A 2ND PASSENGER IN A SUNDAY EVENING, WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT, HAS DIED.  POLICE SAY BONNIE LUCIA, OF RUSSELL, PASSED AWAY FROM INJURIES SHE SUSTAINED WHEN THE CAR IN WHICH SHE WAS RIDING WAS STRUCK BY A TRACTOR ON ROUTE  957 IN SUGAR GROVE TOWNSHIP.  THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, 86-YEAR OLD ELIZABETH LUCIA AND A 2ND PASSENGER ARE RECOVERING FROM THEIR INJURIES IN THE INCIDENT.  THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN TODAY.

 

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THE FALLOUT FROM THE RELEASE OF THE GRAND JURY’S REPORT ON SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE PENNSYLVANIA CATHOLIC CHURCHES CONTINUES TODAY.  THE REPORT DETAILED 301 PRIESTS THAT WERE ACCUSED OF ABUSING WHAT THE REPORT SAYS ARE THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS.  THERE WERE OVER 1,000 CASES DETAILED IN THE REPORT.  ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO WAS ESPECIALLY CRITICAL OF RETIRED ERIE DIOCESE BISHOP DONALD TRAUTMAN FOR ALLEGEDLY COVERING UP CASES UNTIL THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAD PASSED. 

 

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EMPORIUM STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO THE ATTEMPTED SCAM OF AN EMPORIUM MAN TODAY.  THEY SAY SOMEBODY CALLED 71-YEAR OLD EDMUND STUART YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND TRIED TO CONVINCE HIM TO BUY OVER 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN WALMART GIFT CARDS TO REPAY AN ALLEGED ACCIDENTAL DEPOSIT INTO HIS BANK ACCOUNT.  POLICE REMIND YOU TO BE ALERT TO THOSE SCAMS. 

 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DISCOVERY OF SOME MARIJUANA PLANTS IN CAMERON COUNTY CONTINUES TODAY.  EMPORIUM STATE POLICE TELL US THERE WERE ABOUT 11 PLANTS DISCOVERED IN ALL AT A 4-MILE ROAD LOCATION IN SHIPPEN TOWNSHIP ON SATURDAY.  THE PLANTS HAVE BEEN SIEZED FROM THE PROPERTY.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.

 

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A WARREN COUNTY MAN IS FACING CHARGES OF HARASSMENT AND TERRORISTIC THREATS FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT LAST WEEK.  MARIENVILLE STATE POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT A WATSON FARM ROAD RESIDENCE IN HOWE TOWNSHIP, FOREST COUNTY WHEN THE UNIDENTIFIED 64-YEAR OLD SHEFFIELD MAN ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO SHOOT THE VICTIM WITH A 380 CALIBER PISTOL.  THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN AT THIS TIME.

 

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IT’S TUESDAY AT THE MCKEAN COUNTY FAIR – WHICH MEANS IT’S ENERGY DAY.  THERE’S LIVE MUSIC FROM “UNKNOWN” STARTING AT 6, PLUS TONIGHT IS THE FMX MOTOCROSS EVENT AT 7:30. 

 

THE SHEFFIELD FIREMAN’S FESTIVAL GETS INTO FULL SWING TODAY AS WELL IN SHEFFIELD.  TONIGHT, IS KIDS NIGHT WITH FUN ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE KIDDOS.   

 

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THE ELK/MCKEAN JUNIOR ALL-STARS ARE BACK IN ACTION TONIGHT.  THE EAST REGION CHAMPS WILL TAKE ON THE SOUTHEAST REGION CHAMPS FROM ELBERTON, GEORGIA IN TAYLOR, MICHIGAN.  WE’LL HAVE COVERAGE ON OUR SISTER STATION, B94 WITH DENNY HEINDL AND BARRY MORGAN STARTING AT 7:30.  YOU CAN ALSO HEAR THE GAME ONLINE AT WKBI RADIO DOT COM OR VIA THE B94 SMARTPHONE APP. 

 

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A CORRY MAN REMAINS IN A BUFFALO HOSPITAL AFTER A THURSDAY AFTERNOON FIRE IN MCKEAN COUNTY.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL TELLS US THEY’RE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF AN EXPLOSION THAT IGNITED THE FIRE ON KUSHEQUA AVENUE IN HAMLIN TOWNSHIP ABOUT 1:35.  THE INCIDENT CAUSED THE HOME TO BE SHIFTED OFF THE FOUNDATION AND PARTIALLY COLLAPE TRAPPING 68-YEAR OLD KENNETH BERNHARD INSIDE.  HE WAS ABLE TO WORK HIS WAY OUT OF THE RUBBLE.  BERNHARD WAS FLOWN TO ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER IN BUFFALO FOR TREATMENT.  DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

 

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THE ELK/MCKEAN ALL-STARS HAVE AN OFF-DAY TODAY AFTER A TOUGH EXTRA-INNING LOSS YESTERDAY IN TAYLOR, MICHIGAN.  THEY’LL BE BACK IN ACTION TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8.  OUR SISTER STATION, B94 WILL HAVE COVERAGE STARTING AT 7:30. 

 

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A ST. MARYS WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING A JULY INCIDENT IN THE CITY.  CITY POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ON JULY 10TH WHEN 28-YEAR OLD COURTNEY ABRAHAMSON WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT IN FRONT OF THE APOLLO THEATER AND LEFT THE SCENE.  SHE PASSED SEVERAL VEHICLES AND RAN A RED LIGHT, CRASHING INTO A 2ND VEHICLE.  POLICE SAY ABRAHAMSON WAS ALLEGEDLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENTS. 

 

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A MCKEAN COUNTY MAN IS FACING DUI CHARGES AFTER A SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT IN LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP.  KANE STATE POLICE HAVE CHARGED 63-YEAR OLD ROBERT NORTUM AFTER HIS CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY ON DRONEY ROAD AND STRUCK A TREE ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.  NORTUM SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.  POLICE ALSO SAY HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AT THE TIME.  

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THE MCKEAN COUNTY FAIR IS UNDERWAY IN EAST SMETHPORT TODAY.  TODAY IS SPCA DAY.  ANIMAL LOVERS WILL LOVE THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED.  PLUS TONIGHT IS THE GRAND PARADE AT 7 AND LIVE MUSIC WITH NOBODY TO BLAME AT 8.

 

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AN ALLEGANY, NEW YORK MAN IS LIKELY TO FACE CHARGES AFTER 3 VENOMOUS SNAKES WERE REMOVED FROM HIS HOME YESTERDAY.  LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT ABOUT 7:00 THURSDAY MORNING, FINDING 3 KING COBRA SNAKES AT THE HOME OF THE UN-IDENTIFIED MAN.  OWNING VENOMOUS SNAKES IS ILLEGAL IN NEW YORK STATE.  THE SNAKES WERE CAREFULLY REMOVED AND ARE IN THE CARE OF THE BUFFALO ZOO TODAY.  MEDICAL PERSONNEL WERE ON SCENE IN CASE OF A BITE, BUT THANKFULLY, NOBODY WAS INJURIED IN THE PROCESS. 

 

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO THIS WEEKEND, THERE’S NO LACK OF ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION.  THE ELK COUNTY FAIR CONTINUES TODAY WITH THE ANNUAL MUD BOG AT THE AL DIETZ TRACK AND TOMORROW IS THE ANNUAL DEMOLITION DERBY. 

 

AT THE WARREN COUNTY FAIR IN PITTSFIELD, 97.5 THE HOUND WILL BE LIVE TODAY FROM 4-6, PLUS, TONIGHT IS THE ANNUAL MODIFIED TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL, SPONSORED IN PART BY THE HOUND.  TOMORROW IS THE ULTIMATE FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE BAND TUSK, PLUS STOCK CAR FOOTBALL. 

 

AND FINALLY, IT’S THE ANNUAL MOUNT JEWETT SWEDISH FESTIVAL HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND IN MOUNT JEWETT.  OPENING CEREMONIES ARE SLATED FOR 6 TONIGHT WITH A TON OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON ALL WEEKEND FOR ALL AGES.  HOPEFULLY YOU CAN MAKE ALL 3 OF THESE GREAT EVENTS!

 

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