News Live 365 for June 19th, 2017

Thousands Left Without Power After Storm

Flooding, winds, downed trees, fallen power lines, and hail damaged property and roadways.

Northwest PA –

Sunday’s series of storms caused a fair amount of havoc across the region last night. At 4am this morning Firstenergy estimates more than 6,000 people in the region are still without electrical service, more than half of them in Mercer and Venango Counties. Some roads have been closed due to floods and downed trees or power lines but repairs are moving quickly. Most of the road closures were quickly resolved and at the time of the writing of this article PennDOT reports only one road closure on Lake Pleasant Road in Erie County. Firstenergy also reports that it is rapidly restoring service to afflicted areas and that the majority of customers should have their power back before 9am. 

In Erie County several people needed rescue crews to remove them from flooded roadways after a flash flood hit parts of Millcreek and Erie stranding drivers in the middle of their commute. The flash floods were so intense they blew the manhole covers out of their holes when water overfilled the storm drains. In Crawford County it’s reported that marble sized hail cracked the windshields of some vehicles in Blooming Valley, nearly everyone in Hartstown lost electricity when a tree took down power lines, and many Father’s Day celebrations were rained out before their scheduled times. In Venango County Emlenton was hit hard by the storm, unusually strong winds knocked several trees into the roadways and into people’s homes causing severe damage to vehicles and houses.

 

Two Trapped in Overturned Car after DUI Accident

The two 21 year old men had been drinking before the crash.

Saegertown, PA –

Two men were uninjured but trapped upside down in car in a DUI related crash near Saegertown Saturday Morning. 21 y/o Trevor Rogers was found to be intoxicated by State Police responding to the accident which happened on Grange Center Road. Rogers lost control of his car and it rolled on to its roof, sliding nearly 75 feet before stopping near the intersection with SR 6/19. He has been arrested for DUI.

 

Wagon Train Treks Through Region

Visitors are welcome to join the travelers at their camps

Crawford, Venango, and Mercer County, PA –

A wagon train is making its way through our region, passing through Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties. The public is welcomed to visit the wagon train and their camps for no cost whenever they stop for the night. Today the wagon train is camped near the Deeter Property in Cochranton and will be travelling toward Utica where they will stay on property owned by the Hopkin’s family. They will also spend a couple of days at the Stoneboro Fairgrounds before wrapping up on Sunday.

 

Cosby Jury Returns No Verdict

A retrial is being sought in Cosby’s sexual assault case

Norristown, PA –

It’s a hung jury in Bill’s Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial. While the 79 year old Cosby is declaring it a victory there was no ‘not guilty’ verdict and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has already begun the process of filing for a retrial. The jury was unable to reach any verdict after 52 hours of deliberation on whether or not Cosby is guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

 

Rededication for Oil City Tyrant’s Bench Scheduled

The bench will be returned to the VFW July 3rd, 2017

Oil City, PA –

It’s been announced that the Tyrant’s Bench in Oil City will be moved to the local Veteran’s of Foreign Wars post and rededicated on Monday July 3rd. On April 27th Oil City’s Council Members voted to return the bench to the VFW organization rather than deal with a legal challenge from an out of state atheist group. At 4:30 pm people participating in the staging of a ceremony to rededicate the bench will start to gather at Rocky Grove Fire Department. The escort will be lead by the Patriot Guard Riders and can be joined by anyone who wishes to participate, the parade will leave around 5 pm. The ceremony itself will take place around 6 pm.

 

Man Threatens Couple with Violence over Cats

Scott Stephens used a knife and a BB gun to threaten Clarion Couple

Clarion Township, Clarion County, PA –

A dispute over two cats landed a Clarion County man in Jail. Scott Stephens wielded a BB Gun and a butterfly knife while threatening a couple and demanding the woman’s two cats which she allegedly took from him. It is also alleged that Stephens had been sending threatening text messages to the victims. Stephens has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and felony terroristic threats; he is also charged with two misdemeanor counts each of simple assault and harassment.