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LESS THAN ONE MONTH AFTER HE WAS ACQUITTED OF CHARGES THAT HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A JUVENILE, A SHEFFIELD MAN IS BACK BEHIND BARS, THIS TIME,  ON CHILD PORN CHARGES.  30-YEAR OLD JOHN CASTOR WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY MORNING AFTER A POLICE SEARCH YIELDED SEVERAL HUNDRED SEXUALLY EXPLICIT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ON HIS CELL PHONE.  ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, A CYBER TIPLINE REPORT FROM A COMPUTER CRIME LAB IN MEADVILLE TIPPED AUTHORITIES OFF.  CASTOR WAS JUST FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES IN JULY IN WARREN COUNTY COURT. 

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE DUBOIS AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IS STEPPING DOWN AMID A SEXUAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION.  MONSIGNOR CHARLES KAZA TENDERED HIS RESIGNATION THIS WEEK TO ENSURE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS ABLE TO OPERATE EFFICIENTLY IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.  KAZA HAS BEEN ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE SINCE MAY DURING THE INVESTIGATION.  HE MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE, AND HAS NOT RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION AS PASTOR AT SAINT TOBIAS PARISH IN BROCKWAY. 

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MOTORISTS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO DETOUR AROUND THE GRANT ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT IN RIDGWAY.  THE BRIDGE IS SCHEDULED TO BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC THIS AFTERNOON AFTER HAVING BEEN CLOSED SINCE MID-APRIL FOR REPAIRS.  A DETOUR HAD BEEN IN PLACE USING ROUTE 4002, 948 AND 3002.  ADDITIONAL WORK WILL CONTINUE ON THE BRIDGE THROUGH MID-SEPTEMBER.  MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT FLAGGERS MAY BE IN PLACE AT CERTAIN TIMES.

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THE CAUSE OF AN EMPORIUM FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON SCENE AT THE EMPORIUM FORGING COMPANY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON TO TEND TO THE FIRE WHICH WAS CONTAINED TO THE INSIDE OF A METAL ROOF AND BETWEEN A 2ND ROOF INSIDE THE STRUCTURE.  NOBODY WAS HURT IN THE INCIDENT.  NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.

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EVERYONE IS OK FOLLOWING A SEMI-TRUCK FIRE IN CLARION BOROUGH YESTERDAY MORNING.  OFFICIALS SAY THE CALL HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 9:00 FOR THE INCIDENT ON GRAND AVENUE.  FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO MAKE QUICK WORK OF THE FIRE AND THE SCENE WAS CLEAR IN ABOUT AN HOUR.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  NO CAUSE FOR THE TRUCK FIRE WAS GIVEN. 

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A WEEDVILLE WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP EARLIER THIS MONTH.  STATE POLICE TELL US THEY STOPPED 19-YEAR OLD ALEXA FARABAUGH ON ROUTE 46 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH DIVIDING RIDGE ROAD.  AS POLICE INVESTIGATED, THEY FOUND HER TO BE IN POSSESSION OF CRYSTAL METH. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED ASSAULT IN FOREST COUNTY CONTINUES TODAY.  STATE POLICE OUT OF MARIENVILLE TELL US IT HAPPENED SUNDAY EVENING AT THE OUTBACK ADVENTURES IN TIONESTA.  A 24-YEAR OLD SENECA MAN SAYS HE WAS ASSAULTED BY 4 WHITE MALES.  THE VICTIM SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AND HAD ABOUT 60 BUCKS TAKEN FROM HIM. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS BEHIND BARS TODAY, CHARGED WITH HARASSING DISTRICT JUSTICE DOM CERCONE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, 55-YEAR OLD SCOTT SICHERI MADE MULTIPLE CALLS TO THE JUDGE’S OFFICE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A RECENT RULING HE MADE.  THAT RULING INVOLVED A CASE IN WHICH SICHERI WAS THE VICTIM.  SICHERI IS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS TO THE JUDGE AND POLICE. 

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A DUBOIS MAN IS FACING STATUTORY SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES, AMONG OTHERS, STEMMING FROM AN INCIDENT THAT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED BACK IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR IN RIDGWAY.  POLICE SAY 27-YEAR OLD BENEDICT ASTI ASSAULTED AN UNDERAGE VICTIM ON FEBRUARY 16TH AT A RESIDENCE ON NORTH BROAD STREET.  FURTHER DETAILS WERE NOT RELEASED BY POLICE.

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A WEEDVILLE MAN IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE ELK COUNTY PRISON IN JULY.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, 24-YEAR OLD TY HAHN ASSAULTED ANOTHER INMATE AT THE JAIL ON JULY 9TH, CAUSING INJURY. 

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AN EMPORIUM MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A SATURDAY EVENING ACCIDENT IN POTTER COUNTY.  30-YEAR OLD TRAVIS GRIBBLE LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP ON ROUTE 607, CAUSING IT TO STRIKE A DITCH, THEN STRIKE SEVERAL TREES.  GRIBBLE WAS SERIOULSY HURT AND WAS FLOWN OUT OF TOWN FOR TREATMENT. 

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SAINT MARYS CITY COUNCIL STILL HAS A VACANT SEAT TODAY.  AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION LAST NIGHT AT THE COUNCIL MEETING, THE GROUP WAS UNABLE TO REACH THE NUMBER OF VOTES NEEDED TO FILL THE SEAT VACATED BY THE PASSING OF BOB MOHR.  FURTHER DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD AT A FUTURE DATE. 

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TOMORROW BEGINS THE RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM FOR SOME AREA STUDENTS.  BETWEEN THEN AND NEXT MONDAY, ALL OF ELK COUNTY’S SCHOOLS WILL BE RETURNING AND WITH THAT, POLICE REMIND MOTORISTS TO BE AWARE OF BUS STOPS, STUDENTS WALKING TO SCHOOL AND THE APPLICABLE SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS. 

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS BACK IN SEASON.  IT’S OPENING NIGHT THIS FRIDAY AND 97.5 THE HOUND AND B94 HAVE COVERAGE OF 2 GREAT GAMES.  THE HOUND WILL HAVE THE SAINT MARYS RIDGWAY OPENER WHILE B94 HAS CURWENSVILLE AND ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC.  AIRTIME FOR BOTH GAMES IS 6:40. 

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THE CLEAN-UP CONTINUES TODAY FOLLOWING A COUPLE OF NASTY STORMS THAT MADE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE AREA YESTERDAY.  THOSE STORMS KNOCKED POWER OFF TO MANY HOUSEHOLDS AND CAUSED SOME ISSUES WITH TREES ON SEVERAL ROADWAYS.  CREWS ARE STILL TENDING TO SOME OF THE ISSUES CAUSED BY THE WEATHER. 

 

THOSE ISSUES EXTEND TO LARUEL MEDIA, UNFORTUNATELY.  97.5 THE HOUND IS CURRENTLY OFF AIR DUE TO A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT WAS DAMAGED BY THE STORM.  THE REPLACEMENT PART IS ORDERED, AND WE HOPE TO BE BACK ON AIR TOMORROW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

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A JEFFERSON COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST IS MENDING FOLLOWING A WEEKEND CRASH.  THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN LOST CONTROL OF HIS BIKE ON A CURVE ON ROUTE 949 IN HEATH TOWNSHIP, JUST NORTHEAST OF SIGEL ABOUT 12:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CRASHED.  HE HAD TO BE FLOWN OUT OF TOWN FOR TREATMENT.

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6 ARE RECOVERING TODAY FOLLOWING A MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST THURSDAY MORNING.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:35, ON BENNETTS VALLEY HIGHWAY IN JAY TOWNSHIP WHEN AN SUV, DRIVEN BY 87-YEAR OLD WILLIAM GINTHER, OF KERSEY, WENT OUT OF CONTROL AND STRUCK THE TRIPLE DIME DISTILLERY.  AFTER STRIKING THE BUILDING, THE UNIT THEN STRUCK A 2ND VEHICLE AND SEVERAL PEDESTRIANS THAT WERE IN THE PARKING LOT.  THE VEHICLE THEN ENDED UP ROLLING ON IT’S SIDE.  GINTHER WAS TRANSPORTED TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK, 2 PEDESTRIANS WERE FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA FOR TREATMENT, ANOTHER WAS TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS AND 2 REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT.  GINTHER WAS CHARGED WITH NOT DRIVING AT A SAFE SPEED. 

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THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE SUSPECT THAT DROVE THROUGH A CORNFIELD AT A LOCAL FARM SATURDAY MORNING.  POLICE SAY THAT IT HAPPENED BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 10:30 AT THE PONTZER FARM.  ABOUT 150 DOLLARS WORTH OF CORN WAS DAMAGED.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL STATE POLICE.

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SEVERAL PLACES IN THE REGION ARE RECOVERING TODAY AFTER TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS CAUSED SOME FLOODING LAST NIGHT.  THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WERE IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY IN NEW YORK AND MCKEAN AND POTTER COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  AREAS NEAR CLEARFIELD WERE AFFECTED AS WELL.  A DECENT WEATHER WEEKEND IS AHEAD OF US.  DETAILS IN YOUR FORECAST FOLLOWING THE NEWS. 

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TWO SAINT MARYS RESIDENTS ARE FACING CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT OF ROAD RAGE LED TO AN ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  RIDGWAY STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ON THE MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY, NORTH OF GREENBRIAR ROAD, WHEN 35-YEAR OLD STACY PARKS PASSED A VEHICLE, DRIVEN BY 22-YEAR OLD NATHAN DAMON, THEN SLAMMED ON HER BRAKES, CAUSING DAMON’S VEHICLE TO REAR-END HER’S.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. 

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