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THE INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT IS A BIZAARE SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES IN CLARION COUNTY CONTINUES TODAY.  STATE POLICE IN CLARION WERE CALLED TO SEARCH FOR A MISSING CLARION UNIVERSITY STUDENT LAST SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  WHILE SEARCHING FOR HIM, THEY CAME UPON A VEHICLE THAT HAD CRASHED NEAR BIGLEY ROAD AND THE TOBY CREEK BRIDGE.  THE 2 OCCUPANTS OF THAT VEHICLE WERE DECEASED UPON ARRIVAL ON THE SCENE.  IT’S BELIEVED THEY WERE KILLED FROM AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING THEIR VEHICLE.  IT WAS THEN, A MERE 100 FEET ABOVE THE BRIDGE THAT THE BODY OF THE MISSING STUDENT, 21-YEAR-OLD JASON WHITMAN, WAS FOUND.  THE 2 INCIDENTS ARE BELIEVED TO BE UNRELATED. 

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THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE SUSPECT THAT BACKED INTO THE SUMMIT MOTEL ON BOOT JACK ROAD IN RIDGWAY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT 2:45 WHEN A SILVER CHEVY LUMINA HIT THE BUILDING AND GOT STUCK IN A SNOW BANK.  LATER THAT MORNING, AROUND 7, SEVERAL PEOPLE RETURNED IN A DARK CHRYSLER PACIFICA AND A BLACK DODGE CHARGER OR CHALLENGER TO PUSH THE CAR OUT.  EVERYONE FLED THE SCENE WITHOUT REPORTING THE INCIDENT.  THE BUILDING SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

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SPECULATION IS STIRRING AS TO WHY A FEDERAL SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED AT A WARREN BUSINESS TUESDAY.  FEDERAL AGENTS WERE AT THE HERTEL AND BROWN PHYSICAL AND ACQUATIC THERAPY LOCAITON.  AGENTS ALSO SERVED WARRANTS AT OTHER LOCATIONS OF THE BUSINESS IN ERIE.  NO FURTHER DETAILS ARE KNOWN AT THIS TIME.

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A MONDAY MORNING PLANE CRASH AT ST. MARYS AIRPORT CONTINUES.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE TWIN-ENGINE CESSNA 421 AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHILE LANDING ON RUNWAY 10 AROUND 11:15. THE PILOT AND 2 PASSENGERS SUFFERED INJURIES AND WERE TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK FOR TREATMENT.  THERE’S NO WORD ON THEIR CONDITION AS OF NOW. THE FAA IS HEADING UP THE INVESTIGATION.

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PENNDOT HAS UNVEILED A PLAN TO FUND FUTURE ROAD CONSTRUCTION THROUGH TOLLS ON SELECTED BRIDGES ACROSS THE STATE. DAVID PAYNE REPORTS.

 

 

STATE SENATORS CRIS DUSH AND SCOTT HUTCHINSON, ALONG WITH SEVERAL STATE REPRESENTATIVES HAVE ALL COME OUT AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.

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GAS PRICES TAKE ANOTHER HUGE JUMP UP THIS WEEK IN THE REGION.  TRIPLE A REPORTS ANOTHER 13-CENT INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF REGULAR UNLEADED TO REST AT 2.94 ON AVERAGE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  SOME INDIVIDUAL STATIONS ARE OVER 3 DOLLARS A GALLON ONCE AGAIN.  THE LOWEST PRICE IN OUR AREA COMES IN CLARION, WHERE IT AVERAGES 2.92 A GALLON. 

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AFTER NEARLY A MONTH LONG INVESTIGATION, THE ELK COUNTY DRUG TASK FOR EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 401 NORTH BROAD STREET IN RIDGWAY ON FEBRUARY 19TH, 2021 WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE RIDGWAY BOROUGH POLICE AS WELL AS THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE. MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE FOUND THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS IN THE RESIDENCE: ASHLEY DRUHOT, JONATHAN VILLMER, TRAVIS CAUVEL, ISAIAH KRISE, NATHANIAL POIRIER, ASHLEY BOWLEY, TIMOTHY VISNIESKY AND ERIC ZELLONIS.

 

AS A RESULT OF THE SEARCH WARRANT, TASK FORCE MEMBERS SEIZED 44 GRAMS OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE, 130 BAGS OF HEROIN, 5 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA, 3 BUPRENORPHINE STRIPS, 7 CELLULAR DEVICES, 767 DOLLARS AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA RELATED TO THE USE OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE AND HEROIN.

 

DURING THE INVESTIGATION TASK FORCE MEMBERS LEARNED THAT ASHLEE DRUHOT AKA "SUNSHINE", AND JONATHAN VILLMER AKA "SHAGGY" WERE SELLING CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE'S FROM THE NORTH BROAD STREET LOCATION. TASK FORCE MEMBERS LOCATED A PROCESSING STATION WITHING THE BEDROOM OF ASHLEE DRUHOT AND JONATHAN VILLMER SET UP FOR PACKAGING AND DISTRIBUTING CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE. ADDITIONALLY, TASK FORCE MEMBERS LOCATED A DRY ERASE BOARD IN FRONT OF THE PACKING STATION INDICATING THE PRICES FOR VARIOUS WEIGHTS OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE.

 

THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS FOUND THROUGH THIS INVESTIGATION THAT TRAVIS CAUVEL, ASHLEE BOWLEY, TIMOTHY VISNIESKY AND ERIC ZELLONIS WERE INVOLVED INT HE DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN WITHIN THE AREA. A SEPARATE SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED FOR THE VEHICLE THAT VISNIESKY AND ZELLONIS WERE USING WHICH RESULTED IN THE SEIZURE OF HEROIN FROM A SAFE WITHIN THE VEHICLE. TASK FORCE MEMBERS FOUND THAT ISAIAH KRISE AND NATHANIAL POIRIER WERE PRESENT AT THE RESIDENCE TO USE CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE AND HEROIN.

 

ASHLEE DRUHOT, JONATHAN VILLMER, TRAVIS CAUVEL, ASHLEY BOWLEY, TIMOTHY VISNIESKY AND ERIC ZELLONIS WERE CHARGED WITH FELONIES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND OTHER RELATED OFFENSES. THEY ARE CURRENTLY INCARCERATED IN ELK COUNTY PRISON AWAITING A HEARING. CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST ISAIAH KRISE FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

 

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A WARREN MAN, ALREADY CHARGED WITH RAPE AND FELONY ENDANGERMENT, IS NOW FACING RAPE CHARGES DATING BACK OVER 30 YEARS.  54-YEAR-OLD RICHARD BARRETT IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A FEMALE VICTIM BETWEEN 1986 AND 1992 AT A WARREN RESIDENCE.  THE FAMILY, AND BARRETT, BOTH MOVED TO FLORIDA IN 1992, WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY CONTINUED TO ASSAULT THE VICTIM, EVENTUALLY BEING CHARGED AND CONVICTED IN 1996.  NOW HE’S FACING THE SAME CHARGES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  HE’S BEHIND BARS IN THE WARREN COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

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A ST. MARYS MAN IS FACING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STRUCK A POLICE OFFICER EARLIER THIS MONTH.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 11TH, WHEN THEY WERE CALLED TO A SOUTH MICHAEL STREET RESIDENCE FOR A DISTURBANCE.  27-YEAR-OLD NATHAN SURANOFSKY WAS ACTING ERRATICALLY AND RESISTED A LAWFUL ARREST BY POLICE.   SURANOFSKY HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A PREVIOUS INCIDENT IN DECEMBER IN WHICH HE WAS GIVEN A WARNING BY POLICE.

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IT’S POST-SEASON TIME FOR DISTRICT 9 WRESTLERS THIS WEEKEND.  SATURDAY, 97-5 THE HOUND WILL CARRY THE DISTRICT 9, DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM CLEARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL.  BARRY MORGAN AND BARRY JOHNSON HAVE THE CALL FOR YOU STARTING AT 9:20. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf offered comments on reported confusion over the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, which resulted in some providers in Pennsylvania inadvertently administering second doses of the vaccine as first doses. Mark Sims reports.

 

 

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Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians affected by the coronavirus pandemic encountered lengthy delays and other issues when applying for unemployment compensation, and a bill introduced in the state House seeks to address that.  David Payne reports.

 

 

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