Radio News for March 9th, 2017

Windy Wednesday Knocks out Power to Thousands

Many still without electricity

NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania –

More than 35,000 people in Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania were affected by power outages caused by yesterday’s wind storms. Today hundreds are still waiting on service to be restored and most estimates have work on power lines being completed by 5pm today. Across both states more than a quarter million people ended up suffering disruptions to service but most had it restored within an hour. In the local area electricity utility providers were flooded with hundreds of calls to report outages and downed power lines; some of them were still coming in as late as 3am this morning.

 

Man Charged with Manslaughter After July Fight

Victim lingered alive for months before dying of brain injuries

Oil City, PA –

An Oil City man has been Officially charged with involuntary manslaughter five months after the death of his victim and was taken into custody yesterday. Witnesses say Joel Rinker had an altercation with Jerry Buck when the latter man arrived in his East End neighborhood in a drunken state on July 7th and allegedly started to verbally harass people who lived their. Rinker attempted to intervene and make the Bucks leave but he persisted in making vulgar remarks until Rinker left his porch and assaulted Bucks, punching him in the face until he he fell onto the street. Its reported that Rinker struck his victim until he stopped moving.

Rather than call police Rinker is said to have dragged Buck to the other side of the street and left him there. Joel Buck was taken to UPMC Hamot with bleeding into his brain where he lingered until November the 22nd when he died from complications. Rinker was taken into custody and arraigned yesterday on charges of Aggravated Assault and Involuntary Manslaughter.

 

Channelock Tool Reaches New Terms with Labor Union

Negotiations have been on for weeks

Meadville, PA –

Meadville’s Channellock Incorporated has reached a new contract deal with the United Steelworkers Union which represents about 300 employees of the company. The new labor deal will run until February 10th of 2019, no details about the deal are available.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Big Arrest

State Troopers from Clarion spotted car full of wanted felons

Clarion County, PA –

State Police in Clarion happened upon a literal car load of wanted felons. Three passengers Matthew and Michelle Goodman and Jamie Kifer all from Sligo were wanted on meth related charges and the driver, Heidi Switzer was charged with DUI. The traffic stop was initiated when a trooper recognized one of the individuals in the vehicle as having an outstanding warrant. All the vehicle’s occupants were shipped the jails around the tri-county area with the Goodman’s ending up in Clarion County Jail and Kifer in Venango County.