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MORE INFORMATION IS KNOWN TODAY ABOUT THE 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT SHUT DOWN BOOT JACK ROAD IN RIDGWAY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, A 27-YEAR OLD UNIDENTIFIED MAN FROM HORNELL, NEW YORK, WAS ALLEGEDLY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL WHEN HE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND CRASHED HEAD-ON INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE.  BOTH VEHICLES HAD TO BE TOWED FROM THE SCENE.  STILL NO WORD ON THE EXTENT OF ANY INJURIES. 

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A BIG RUN WOMAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES SHE RECEIVED IN A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST SUNDAY IN CAMERON COUNTY.  POLICE SAY 37-YEAR OLD PHILLIP MORROW SWERVED TO AVOID A DEER ON ROUTE 120 IN SHIPPEN TOWNSHIP AND ENDED UP STRUCK A DITCH AND TREE ALONG THE ROADWAY.   A PASSENGER IN HIS VEHICLE, 29-YEAR OLD CAROLYN COLEMAN WAS TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK FOR TREATMENT.

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A CLEARFIELD MAN IS BEHIND BARS TODAY, CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY THREATENING A WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER AT GUNPOINT ON WEDNESDAY.  ACCORDING TO STATE POLICE, 49-YEAR OLD WILLIAM SHUGARTS BROKE A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDER BY BREAKING INTO THE VICTIM’S HOME IN TROUTVILLE, AND FORCING THE GUN TO HER HEAD.  POLICE CREDIT THE VICTIM FOR HER ACTIONS IN DEESCALATING THE SITUATION.  SHUGARTS WILL BE IN COURT NEXT WEEK.

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SOME GOOD NEWS TODAY FOR MEMBERS OF THE SHEFFIELD WOLVERINE FOOTBALL TEAM.  AFTER THEIR SEASON WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW NUMBERS LAST WEEK, THE WARREN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, PIAA, DISTRICT 9 AND DISTRICT 10 ALL AGREED TO ALLOW THEIR PLAYERS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM AT WARREN HIGH SCHOOL.  PLAYERS WILL BEGIN PRACTICE NEXT WEEK. 

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ROUTE 219 – BOOT JACK ROAD IS OPEN ONCE AGAIN AT THIS HOUR AFTER A 2-VEHICLE HEAD-ON COLLISION EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.  THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 2:00 NEAR BOOT JACK AUTO SALES.  IT’S BELIEVED THAT AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. 

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IN THE LATEST CHAPTER OF ‘AS THE COVID RESTRICTIONS TURN’ IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE STATE HOUSE FAILED TO OVERRIDE GOVERNOR TOM WOLF’S VETO OF HOUSE BILL 2787 WEDNESDAY.  THAT OVERRIDE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO REGULATE THE NUMBER OF FANS IN ATTENDANCE AT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING EVENTS.  THAT MEANS ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR, THE RESTRICTIONS TO 25 AND 250 SPECTATORS FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EVENTS RESPECTIVELY ARE STILL IN EFFECT. 

 

HOWEVER…SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE OPENING UP THE EVENTS TO MORE SPECTATORS IN THE WAKE OF THE RULING BY A FEDERAL JUDGE THAT TOSSED STATEWIDE CROWD SIZE LIMITS.  THAT CASE IS CURRENTLY ON APPEAL FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE. 

 

WITH ALL THAT IN MIND…THE RIDGWAY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS SET TO HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING THURSDAY AT 5:00PM AT THE FRANCIS GRANDINETTI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA TO ADDRESS ADJUSTMENTS TO THE ATHLETIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN FOR PARENTAL ATTENDANCE AT HOME EVENTS.  FOR MORE ON THE EVENT, YOU CAN VISIT THE RIDGWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S WEBSITE AT R-A-S-D DOT US. 

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AFTER A NEARLY 2-WEEK HUNT, A JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL INMATE IS BACK BEHIND BARS TODAY.  BACK ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 35-YEAR OLD MICHAEL BREWER TOOK OFF WHILE ON WORK RELEASE AND NEVER RETURNED.  AFTER FOLLOWING MANY LEADS, POLICE CAPTURED HIM THIS WEEK.  HE’S NOW SET TO BE IN COURT NEXT MONTH ON NEW CHARGES. .

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PENNSYLVANIA HAS A NEW MOBILE APP TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19.  YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM WOLF AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SECRETERY DR. RACHEL LEVINE ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF COVID ALERT PA, THE COVID EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION MOBILE APP.  THE FREE APP IS AVAILABLE ON BOTH APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES AND CAN HELP DETECT IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH ANOTHER USER WHO LATER TESTED POSITIVE.  THE APP ALSO INCLUDES THE LATEST COVID DATA DASHBOARD FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. 

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A KANE MAN IS RECOVERING TODAY AFTER HITTING A UTILITY POLE WITH HIS PICKUP LAST FRIDAY.  POLICE SAY 24-YEAR OLD GARRET STARNER CAME UPON ANOTHER TRUCK THAT WAS TURNING LEFT.  HE COULDN’T STOP IN TIME, AND PULLED THE TRUCK OFF THE ROADWAY, STRIKING THE POLE.  HE WAS TAKEN TO UPMC KANE FOR TREATMENT. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE THEFT OF A COUPLE OF GUNS FROM A HUNTING CAMP IN LEWIS RUN CONTINUES.  THOSE FIREARMS WERE TAKEN SOMETIME LAST WEEK, ALONG WITH A RANGE FINDER. 

 

POLICE ALSO SAY A TRAIL CAMERA WAS TAKEN IN A SEPARATE CASE ON WETMORE ROAD.

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A CITY WOMAN IS FACING INDECENT EXPOSURE AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES FOR STRIPPING IN PUBLIC.  29-YEAR OLD CASSIE TUCKER IS ACCUSED OF DISROBING MULTIPLE TIMES ON HEMLOCK AVENUE, LEADING TO SOMEONE CALLING POLICE ON SEPTEMBER 13TH.  TUCKER DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS.  SHE WILL BE IN COURT IN OCTOBER FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

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A PENFIELD MAN IS CHARGED WITH RETAIL THEFT AFTER ALLEGEDLY STEALING FROM ST. MARYS PHARMACY BACK IN JULY.  40-YEAR OLD ERIC WAYT IS ACCUSED OF TAKING A PAIR OF BLUETOOTH WIRELESS EARBUDS FROM THE SMP STORE ON RAILROAD STREET ON JULY 30TH.  THIS IS THE 4TH TIME HE’S BEEN ACCUSED OF THEFT.  HE IS CURRENTLY ON PAROLE FOR THE OTHER FELONY CHARGES. HE’S DUE IN COURT IN OCTOBER AS WELL.

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16 INDIVIDUALS ARE FACING FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES AFTER THE UNCOVERING OF A METHAMPHETAMINE RING IN WARREN COUNTY.  THE INDICTMENTS WERE UNSEALED TODAY/YESTERDAY AND SHOWED THAT THE RING WAS BEING RUN OUT OF “THE FARM,” WHICH IS A RESIDENCE IN GRAND VALLEY.  31-YEAR OLD CARINA TUCKER, OF TITUSVILLE, AND 47-YEAR OLD GAIL FLICK, JUNIOR, OF GARLAND ARE SAID TO BE THE HEAD OF THE OPERATION, WHICH PRODUCED WHAT AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING MEXICAN CARTEL METH. 

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A CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR A BRADFORD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IS RECOVERING TODAY FOLLOWING AN EXPLOSION WEDNESDAY MORNING IN POTTER COUNTY.  OFFICIALS SAY IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 8:00 AT TRUCK LIGHT IN COUDERSPORT WHEN A JOB TRAILER FILLED UP WITH PROPANE AND IGNITED.  THE BLAST SENT SHOCK WAVES THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND LEFT A DEBRIS FIELD AROUND 100 YARDS.  THE WORKER, WHO IS EMPLOYED BY KESSEL CONSTRUCTION, WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO RECHESTER FOR TREATMENT. 

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THE MAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF KILLING A WOMAN NEAR CLEARFIELD LAST MONTH, HAS SUCCOMED TO SELF-INFLICTED INJURIES.  36-YEAR OLD ANTHONY BOONE WAS FACING A HOMICIDE CHARGE FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING 40-YEAR OLD REBECCA SOLT ON AUGUST 27TH.  HE LED POLICE ON A MASSIVE MANHUNT BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF WHEN HE WAS CAPTURED.  HE WAS TAKEN OF LIFE SUPPORT THIS WEEK. 

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A LARGE PIECE OF FORESTLAND IN ELK COUNTY IS BEING SET ASIDE AS A PRESERVE.  ABOUT 561 ACRES IN BENEZETTE TOWNSHIP IS BEING CONVEYED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO SERVE AS A HABITAT FOR ELK AND OTHER WILDLIFE. IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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A WARREN COUNTY MAN IS BEHIND BARS TODAY, CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED ARSON AND BURGLARY AFTER AN AUGUST 30TH INCIDENT.  POLICE SAY 43-YEAR OLD DARREN LINDSTROM WAS CHARGED BACK WHEN THE INCIDENT HAPPENED, BUT WASN’T APPREHENDED UNTIL TODAY IN ERIE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, LINDSTROM BROKE INTO AN RV IN FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP, TRIED TO ASSAULT THE OCCUPANT, AND LIT HER GARBAGE ON FIRE WITH A TORCH.

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A WEEDVILLE MAN IS FACING FELONY CHARGES AFTER HE VIOLATED HIS MEGAN’S LAW REQUIREMENTS.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, 41-YEAR OLD CHESTER KEECH, JUNIOR, FAILED TO LET THE APPROPRIATE FOLKS KNOW THAT HE CREATED A FACEBOOK PAGE.  POLICE WERE CONTACTED BACK ON SEPTEMBER 10TH BY THE MEGAN’S LAW UNIT IN HARRISBURG AND WERE INFORMED OF A TIP THAT KEECH HAD SENT A FACEBOOK REQUEST TO THE TIPSTER.  KEECH WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON TUESDAY. 

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THE ISSUANCE OF REAL IDs IN PENNSYLVANIA IS HAPPENING ONCE AGAIN.  PENN DOT ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT REAL IDs WILL BE AVAILABLE AT DRIVER LICENSE CENTERS THAT OFFER DRIVER LICENSES SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.  THE ISSUANCE OF REAL IDs HAD BEEN ON HOLD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN MARCH.  THE DEADLINE OF ENFORCEMENT WAS MOVED BACK TO OCTOBER 1ST, 2021 AS A RESULT. 

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AN EARLY TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR FOLKS THAT LIVE OR TRAVEL THROUGH THE KANE AREA.  NEXT WEEK, A PORTION OF FRALEY STREET WILL BE CLOSED, STARTING MONDAY, BETWEEN FIELD STREET AND GREEVES STREET FOR SOME CONSTRUCTION WORK.  THERE WILL BE A DETOUR IN PLACE USING BIDDLE AND HACKER STREETS.  IT IS HOPED THAT THE WORK WILL BE DONE BY WEDNESDAY. 

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