News Live 365 for June 29, 2017

Billion Dollar Proposal Could Lower Electrical Costs in Region

73 miles of electrical wires could be run across the bottom of lake Erie connecting PA with Ontario

Ottowa, Canada –

A $1 billion infrastructure project to run 73 mies of underwater power lines through Lake Erie that has been cleared by the United States has been cleared by Canada but the Army Corps of Engineers still needs to sign off on the plan which would connect a power station in Nanticoke Ontario with Penelec’s West Erie Substation. ITC Holding Corporation is ready to fully fund the private infrastructure project on its own to connect the electrical grids of Pennsylvania and Ontario. Terry Harvill who is the president of ITC’s Grid Development projects says that uniting the two grids could lower power costs for both regions.


Regional Woman Competes in National Beauty Contest

Gretchen Porter represents Pennsylvania in USA National Miss Pageant

Boca Raton, FL –

A Clarion woman born and raised, Gretchen Porter, will represent Pennsylvania in the US Miss National Scholarship Pageant. From July tenth to July Fifteenth Gretchen will compete in the pageant at the Boca Resort in Florida. Gretchen grew up in Clarion and her parents still live in the town. According to her official biography Gretchen graduated from Clarion University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is now a District General Manager for a fortune 500 company. She is also a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pennsylvania. She competes in an evening gown, interview, and a runway fashion show event to be crowned National USA Miss.


Libre’s Law Signed by Governor Wolf

Many improvements to animal cruelty laws take effect in 2 months

Harrisburg, Pa – 

The animal abuse statute overhaul which passed Pennsylvania’s state Congress last week was signed into law on Wednesday. The law contains an entire section written by Rep. Anthony Bizzarro of Erie known as Libre’s Law and comes into effect in just two months. The Overhaul Bill includes many changes and updates to PA laws including new stipulations to dog tethering, increased protections for horses, mandatory forfeiture of the abused animal to an animal shelter if the owner is convicted. It also includes civil immunity for veterinarians, humane society police officers, and veterinary technicians that report suspected animal abuse in good faith.


New Charges for Car Thief

Scott Matthews had his bail increased to $75,000 and several new charges levied against him

Meadville, PA –

Scott Matthews lead Meadville City Police on a June ninth chase through downtown in a stolen car; another charge has been added to the list. Matthews is charged with stealing another car on the same day, like the first theft it ended with him crashing. The first vehicle theft was a black 2007 Chevrolet Silverado from a home in Woodcock Township and was spotted with it in the Downtown Mall’s Parking lot. Matthews tried to flee MPD through downtown but collided with another vehicle on South Main Street and had to flee on foot when the truck stopped working near MMC’s Grove Street facility. He left a 5 year old child behind in the truck.

Later in the day Matthews stole a gray 2008 Chevrolet Lumina and crashed into a Dodge Caravan on South Morgan Street. He was also charged with theft for a separate Woodcock Township incident. In all Matthews was arraigned three different times and charged with three counts of theft by unlawful taking, fleeing police, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, two accidents involving damage to a vehicle or property, receiving stolen property, 19 separate traffic violations, and more.


Motorcyclist Trapped Beneath Van in Accident

Unidentified rider was taken to UPMC Hamot for severe injuries

Erie, PA –

A motorcyclist was pinned underneath a van in Erie and rushed to UPMC Hamot for treatment of severe injuries. On the West 12th Street and Marshall Drive intersection the rider laid down his bike in an attempt to avoid an accident and slid right underneath the van. 


OCPD Searches for Detroit Man

Jeremy Ludy is connected to the overdose death of Derek Black Junior

Oil City Police are hoping to find a Detroit man responsible for the sale of large amounts of Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, and Heroine in their borro. Jeremy Ludy is known to frequent several Venango County homes and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the police.