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July 30, 2014

CLP To Share Plan To Save Park Wednesday Night

Plans to revitalize Conneaut Lake Park will be presented to the public during a meeting at the Conneaut Lake Fire Hall Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County proposes paying off park’s debts within four years and building a performing arts center, exposition center, Beach Club and other amenities there.   But the Conneaut School District, Sadsbury Township and Summit Township have voted to proceed with a sheriff’s sale of the property to recoup more than $900,000 in back taxes owed to them and to Crawford County.   County commissioners will host Wednesday’s public information meeting. …continue reading

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CLP To Share Plan To Save Park Wednesday Night

Plans to revitalize Conneaut Lake Park will be presented to the public during a meeting at the Conneaut Lake Fire Hall Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County proposes paying off park’s debts within four years and building a performing arts center, exposition center, Beach Club and other amenities there.   But the Conneaut School District, Sadsbury Township and Summit Township have voted to proceed with a sheriff’s sale of the property to recoup more than $900,000 in back taxes owed to them and to Crawford County.   County commissioners will host Wednesday’s public information meeting. …continue reading

5th Boy Found Dead In Lake Erie After 4 Boys Saved

Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday. Erie police tell the Erie Times-News ( ) the four boys police spoke to Thursday afternoon are Bhutanese, like the boy who died, 17-year-old Prem Thapa. Police say the language barrier, and the boys’ fear of getting in trouble, kept them from telling police that Thapa had entered the water and gone under. The rescued boys swam out past a pier …continue reading

UPMC Lawsuit Dropped By City Of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have dropped opposing lawsuits over the hospital network’s nonprofit status. Mayoral spokesman Kevin Acklin tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the city dropped its lawsuit in hopes the city and UPMC can craft an agreement for nonprofits to invest in city neighborhoods. Former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration sued UPMC, claiming the network didn’t “act” like a nonprofit and therefore shouldn’t enjoy tax-exempt status. UPMC countered by suing the city in federal court, saying the tax status challenge violated UPMC’s constitutional rights. The city is hoping it can eventually get nonprofits – …continue reading

PA Based Crayola Products Plans Orlando Attraction

Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. It will be similar to the attraction Crayola now operates in its eastern Pennsylvania hometown of Easton. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a personalized wrapper. Another will let kids appear on their own coloring page. Crayola is a subsidiary of Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark Cards Inc.

Ten PA Colleges To Team Up On Liberal Arts Programming

Ten of Pennsylvania’s liberal arts colleges are teaming up – with the help of an $800,000 grant – to cut costs and improve their academic offerings. reported Tuesday ( ) that the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts has been working together with the help of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The effort brings together Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Juniata, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinis and Washington and Jefferson colleges. The project includes faculty development, study abroad, library resources, administrative services, compliance and risk management, and institutional climates for diversity.

Understanding the world from a dental chair

Going to my dentist is sobering but not for the reason you think. In addition to a half-dozen comely assistants, Dr. Mong’s suite includes one room where an entire wall is a map of the planet. Sit in that chair and think about world issues. Our young people are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Half century ago, we suffered a terrible toll in Vietnam. Many states here are larger, land wise, than these countries. Some states have bigger populations, too. Current wars require the least personal sacrifice ever. Lack of a draft keeps our own kids home. We suffer no …continue reading

Greenville Pair Charged In Farrell Drug Bust

Clayton Quinn, 133 Kidds Mill Road, Greenville, age 65 and Margaret Long, 133 Kidds Mill Road, Greenville, age 51 – Quinn and Long were both arrested by police after police responded to fight in the 200 block of George Street, Farrell. Quinn and Long were both in the area and after a brief questioning it was discovered that both were not from the area. Quinn was found to have in his possession a plastic baggie with 1.6grams of “crack” cocaine. Quinn was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Long …continue reading

Rain Halts Mercer Races, Smackdown! Postponed Two Weeks

Mercer, PA (July 26, 2014): Rains cut the Saturday Night Live! racing program short at Mercer Raceway Park and the extended forecast promised more moisture, causing management to postpone the Sunday racing card. Before the storm front moved into the area, the heat races were completed for the two winged Sprint Car divisions. The Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors were the first class onto the speedway Saturday evening. Twenty-one cars signed in to compete. The victories went to C.J. Jones and Ken Rossey. Making his first start in several weeks was Michael Bauer. Bauer was the division’s point leader …continue reading

Munnell Run Farm hosts Wildflowers and Butterflies Children’s Program

Adults- Looking for an educational program for your kids during the summer? Kids- want to catch some butterflies and learn about wildflowers?! Munnell Run Farm is hosting a Wildflower and Butterfly Program on Thursday August 14, 2014! The program is open to all children between the ages 5 and 10. The program consists of a craft, picking and identifying wildflowers, as well as catching and identifying butterflies at the farm. Check out the highlights of the program below! Wonders of the Wildflowers: Get to know the wildflowers by touching, smelling and identifying them while we discuss their amazing characteristics and …continue reading

Hempfield Road Crews Battle Two Inches OF Rain

A section of road along Route 18 in Mercer County is closed after dirt and gravel washed onto the road making it impassable. The section is north of Greenville in the Sugar Grove community. So much rain fell during Sunday’s storms that dirt and gravel washed onto the pavement. Penn DOT crews were planning to bring in more dirt overnight, but they expect the road to be closed through the morning on Monday.

Warren Man Arrested Afther Pimping 17 Year Old Girl

A 21-year-old local man was being held by authorities after pleading not guilty Monday to a five-count secret indictment that identifies him as the pimp of a 17-year-old girl. A 21-year-old local man was being held by authorities after pleading not guilty Monday to a five-count secret indictment that identifies him as the pimp of a 17-year-old girl. Kollat was indicted on a charge of compelling prostitution, intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case, and three counts of promoting prostitution. All five charges are third-degree felonies with each carrying a maximum penalty of 36 months in …continue reading

House Passes Kelly-Sponsored Legislation to Make Year-End Charitable Giving Easier

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act, which was passed by a bipartisan vote of 277-130. The legislation includes a package of five bipartisan charity-related bills reported out by the Ways and Means Committee, including the text of H.R. 3134, the Charitable Giving Extension Act, which Rep. Kelly introduced on September 19, 2013. The bill extends the yearly deadline for making deductible charitable contributions from December 31 to April 15 …continue reading

Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters

More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today. “Across Pennsylvania, 158 volunteer fire companies that serve rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common will benefit from these funds,” Ferretti said. “To appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters, one only has to look outside Pennsylvania to the horrific fires that sometimes plague other states.” Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than …continue reading

Cambridge Springs Trolly Station Project Gets Grant

Efforts to revitalize a former trolley station in Cambridge Springs were recently rewarded with a financial boost, according to Senator Bob Robbins, a strong supporter of the project. The Northwestern PA Railroad and Tooling Heritage Center was awarded a $16,145 grant from the Harold A. Heist Charitable Trust, of PNC Charitable Trusts for its efforts to convert the former trolley station into a 1910 transportation museum, according to Senator Robbins. “This is great news for the community. This project will enhance the site as another educational and tourist destination in Northwest Pennsylvania,” Senator Robbins said. “The Northwestern PA Railroad and …continue reading

Attorney General Kane takes legal action against eight home improvement contractors

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection filed eight legal actions involving home improvement contractors in counties across the Commonwealth including, Allegheny, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Susquehanna, Warren, and Westmoreland. Combined, the contractors agreed or were ordered to pay a total of more than $130,400 in consumer restitution and civil penalties. The legal actions include five Assurances of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with: Michael R. Olson, individually, and doing business as Olson Contracting, Warren County; Jeff Grunza, individually, and doing business as Jeff Grunza Construction, Lackawanna County; Daniel Osko, individually, and …continue reading

Governor Corbett Signs Execution Warrant

Governor Tom Corbett today signed an execution warrant for Hubert L. Michael, Jr., who pled guilty in October 1994 to Kidnapping and First Degree Murder for the shooting death of 16-year-old Trista Eng. Michael is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene and his execution has been scheduled for September 22, 2014. The execution warrant signed today for Michael was Governor Corbett’s 35th warrant signed since taking office. This is the fourth execution warrant signed for Michael.  Governor Tom Ridge signed Michael’s first execution warrant on July 31, 1996, Governor Ed Rendell signed Michael’s second execution warrant on April …continue reading

Small Plane Crashes At Grove City Airport

WKBN is reporting A small experimental aircraft crashed near the Grove City Airport in Mercer County. The crash happened about 11 a.m. Friday at the airport on Leesburg Road. Airport Manager Doug Thomas said the plane attempted to take off four times before it crashed. The pilot was identified as Scott Winder who is the president of a local experimental aircraft association. He is believed to be in his 80s The Pennsylvania State Police said he was taken to UPMC for treatment but was not badly injured, and the FAA is investigating the crash of his home builtl craft.

Longietti named to Basic Education Funding Commission tasked with finding fair and adequate funding for Pa. schools

State Rep. Mark Longietti has been appointed to the Basic Education Funding Commission, which held its first meeting Thursday. “Providing quality education for all Pennsylvania children is one of my legislative priorities,” said Longietti, D-Mercer. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table to discuss ways to provide fair and adequate funding for all of our schools.” The bipartisan, bicameral 15-member commission was created by Act 51 of 2014. It is charged with developing a basic education funding formula, and identifying factors that may be used to determine how to distribute basic education funding among …continue reading

Sharon Police Arrest Shooter


At approximately 1900 hours today (07/24/2014) Sharon PD arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins, 24 of 1208 Dakota Street in Farrell on a warrant for his involvement in the April 10th 2014 shooting on Quinby Street. Pinkins was stopped on and detained on a Sharon PD warrant at Maple Drive and the Freeway by Pennsylvania State Police assisted by Hermitage PD. Officer McEvoy is pictured bringing Pinkins into SPD. Pinkins is charged with Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Ano…ther Person, Discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, and Firearms not to be carried without a license. On April 10, 2014 Pinkins exchanged …continue reading

UPMC To Close Acute Care Nursing Home Program In Greenville And Surrounding Hospitals

After years of losses, UPMC Greenville and other facilities  are set to close the Rehab Step Down unit or units at the end of July. With the closure will come local job losses however the hospital would also not c0nfirm the number of layoffs planned. The hospital has refused to confirm the story, however, a number of employees of the hospital have told Allen Media that the planned closure will mean less help for local residents who are not ready to go home, but are not sick enough for normal hospital stays. Likewise, local nursing homes we spoke to also …continue reading

911 problem fixed in Erie, Crawford counties

Fiber optic phone lines accidentally cut in Meadville on Tuesday, affecting 911 service in parts of Erie and Crawford counties, were repaired by Windstream this morning, the Crawford County Office of Emergency Services reported.   The county’s 911 center tested its radio frequencies successfully and all 911 calls from areas impacted by the problem on Tuesday went through this morning, officials said.   The cut phone lines prevented callers from landline phones and some cellular phones from calling 911 in areas of central and western Crawford County, including Meadville and Linesville. The problem also affected Albion and West Springfield in …continue reading

One dead in Lawrence County ravine plunge

One woman is dead after her car veered over an embankment in Lawrence County on Tuesday. A resident of Miller Farm Road said he heard a loud noise around noon, but didn’t notice anything when he looked outside. While doing yard work around four o’clock, he noticed the vehicle at the bottom of a ravine. Officials say the woman was driving on Mohawk School Road when she went over the hill and dropped nearly 80 feet. Police say the woman was dead when they arrived. Her identity is not being released pending notification of family.

Sharon police investigate shooting

Sharon Police are investigating a shooting that happened Tuesday night. Police were called about 9:30 p.m. to a home on State Line Road, which separates Sharon in Mercer County and Brookfield in Trumbull County, where they found a man shot in the chest. Officers identified the victim as 26-year-old Stephen Hougelman. Hougelman was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Saint Elizabeth Health Center. Sharon Police Chief Michael Menster said they are still interviewing witnesses.

Goddard State Park Search Turns Up Nothing

Published reports say Cries for help in the dark at Goddard State Park in Mercer County sparked a search for the source of the pleas and Mercer 911 confirm.. A call came in to the county 911 center about 2 a.m. from fishermen on Lake Wilhelm who heard screaming and cries for help. After searching the lake and surrounding park, nothing was found. State foresters were assisted by volunteer firefighters from Sheakleyville and Sandy Lake.

Pickers Plans Trip To Mercer County


American Pickers, a documentary series on the History Channel, is planning to come to Pennsylvania! The show features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who are two of the most skilled pickers in the business. Don’t know what a picker is? Not familiar with the show? Well, the show follows Mike and Frank as they travel across the country “picking” through antique collections. The art of picking, is being able to look at collections of antiques and knowing what may be worth money …if restored, resold, or renovated. This show brings antiques back to life and gives new appreciation for items …continue reading

Giant Eagle Issues Statement On Bread Recall

Giant Eagle Spokesman Dan Donovan Wednesday morning shedding more light on the grocery store chain’s response to the finding of Listeria at the Youngstown Schwebel’s factory. The statement reads: As directed by Schwebel, representatives from the manufacturer have removed all potentially affected Schwebel brand products from Giant Eagle, Inc. store shelves across all of our markets. As an added measure of caution, Giant Eagle is removing those varieties of Giant Eagle brand bread that were produced from the Schwebel Youngstown facility from its store shelves. Tuesday, representatives from the Schwebel’s factory in Youngstown announced that listeria had been found during …continue reading