Radio News for February 21st, 2017

Erie Zoo Goes Bananas

New baby orangutan revealed Friday

Erie, PA –

It’s all monkey business at the Erie Zoo now that everyone is going ape for the new baby Bornean Orangutan. The male baby was born February 1st and had his big reveal on Friday. The proud parents are Dasa and Joe who immediately went bananas for the newborn and have had two other babies together. The first baby Leela was born in 2003 and now resides at the Toledo Zoo to have children of her own and Ollie who was born in 2009 still lives in Erie but will be heading to another zoo next year. The birth of the new baby is big news as Bornean Orangutans are a critically endangered species and only about 45,000 are left on the entire planet. 

To name the baby the zoo has teamed up with MaGee Women’s Hospital of UPMC for a public naming contest and entrants can submit suggestions at any one of the Magee Women’s Specialty Centers located throughout Erie. An online submission form will also be available soon and the contest ends on the second day of April.


A Crime Against all Sense

Burglar steals a VCR

Corry, PA –

Sometime before or during Wednesday the 15th a person or persons unknown broke into the home of Braden Jones of Corry. After ransacking the house the only thing they left with was a VCR. The State Police would appreciate any tips that could help the investigation and you can call their Corry barracks at (814)663-2043.


Top Cop Announces Retirement

Meadville Police Chief to leave post in April

Meadville, PA –

Chief Erik Young of the Meadville Police Department has announced he will be retiring in April after 21 years on the job. Young is now 50 years old and has worked for MPD since 1996 where he quickly moved through the ranks and became detective sergeant in just six years. Chief Young became the top cop in 2013 after the retirement of Chief Dave Stefanucci and it is Assistant Police Tautin who seems to be the most likely candidate to take his place. After he officially retires the first thing Young plans to do is hike in the Grand Canyon with his wife.


One Heck of an Overdue Book

Library book returned after 75 years

Wilkes Barre, PA –

The Osterholt Public Library in Wilkes Barre graciously waved a $554 late fee for a book that was 75 years overdue. The book in question is named Val Rides the Oregon Trail and was checked out on December 6, 1941; the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it was returned last Wednesday by the son of the man who originally checked the book out. The book was 27,458 days late.