Radio News for April 13th, 2017

DOJ Finds no Wrongdoing by Police in Bolden Case

Feds rule officers did not deliberately harm Bolden

Erie, PA –

The Federal Department of Justice announced yesterday that there will be no criminal charges filed against the Erie Police officers accused of brutality in their arrest of Montrice Bolden. Soo Song, the acting Federal Attorney for Western Pennsylvania said that there was no evidence to conclude the officers used excessive force while Bolden resisted arrest. Erie’s Mayor Joe Sinnot told media at a press conference “We are very pleased that the officers are no longer under the specter of criminal prosecution arising from sensational and overblown accusations.”

In June of 2016 Bolden was allegedly found in possession of illegal drugs and attacked police officers when they attempted to arrest him. Officers state they used distractionary blows to the head and torso of Bolden and their tasers twice. Bolden suffered a concussion and two fractures on his head, its also claimed he has nerve damage. One officer was burned with a cigar and another was punched in the left eye during the struggle.


Erie’s New Baby Orangutan Has a Name

Otis is a cutie

Erie, PA –

The newest member of the Erie Zoo’s orangutan family finally has a name, and it is Otis. Otis was born on the first of February and revealed 2 weeks later, at two months he received his name after more than 6,000 votes were cast in a competition. Zookeepers picked the name from the top suggestions which were Otis, Clyde, Louis, Charlie and Romeo. Otis’s big brother Ollie will soon be heading to another Zoo to help diversify the captive orangutan population in North America and Otis himself will live at Erie Zoo for at least seven years.


Controlled Burns at State Game Lands Today/Tomorrow

70 acres of grassland to be cleared for spring growing season

Crawford and Erie Counties, PA –

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be performing a series of controlled burns on game lands in Crawford and Erie Counties today and tomorrow. Starting sometime around 8:30am until about 4pm game commissioners will be burning up undergrowth and dead grass on about 70 total acres at State Game lands 167 and 277. During the controlled burn access will be restricted on the game lands for the safety of the public and all local fire and emergency personnel will be notified when the fires are started in case of emergency. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website “Currently, the warm season grasses in these fields are too dense. A controlled burn will thin the warm season grasses and remove old thatch, making it more accessible to wildlife. Through the use of controlled fire, the Game Commission is able to promote diverse plant communities, provide improved food and protective cover, as well as create nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.”


Traffic Restrictions In Linesville Starting Monday

Improvement work on SR 6 Continues

Linesville, PA –

Lane restrictions will be in place for a portion of Route 6 near Linesville starting April the 17th. Work crews will continue road improvements started in 2016 on a little more than a mile and a half stretch between Airport and Harmonsburg Roads where new road shoulders, road base repairs, milling, paving and updated pavement markers will be installed. Work starts Monday April 17th and is expected to be finished on Thursday, June 1st.


Pennsylvania Amongst Best States for Home Owners

PA receives 4 stars for insurance services

Newark, New Jersey –

According a study by Rutgers Law School Pennsylvania is one of the ten best states to have homeowners insurance. Pennsylvania is one of ten states least likely to see a homeowner’s insurance policy suddenly be cancelled or discontinued by their carriers. Pennsylvania home owners are also less likely to have their rates hiked by filing a claim or enquiring about whether a claim will be covered.