News Live 365, July 28th 2017

Parker Man Electrocuted in Roofing Accident

Charles Rupp was electrocuted while cleaning up a work site in Emlenton at his time of death

Emlenton, PA –

A man was killed in Emlenton yesterday afternoon when a ladder he was holding touched a live electrical wire. Charles Rupp of Parker was taking down a ladder after working on a roof when the ladder made contact with a wire and electrocuted him. Charles and another man were rushed to Clarion Hospital where he was declared dead by Clarion County Coroner Scott Schell. The other man has suffered multiple burns but none of his injuries were considered life threatening.


Crawford County Gathers Funds for Courthouse Parking

$168,000 dollar parking expansion in downtown Meadville

Meadville, PA –

$167,900 have been earmarked by Crawford County for the construction of new parking facilities to serve the County Courthouse and Judicial Center in Meadville. A two story parking garage on Chancery Lane and Walnut Street and two new lots are expected to be built sometime in the 2018 construction season. One of the ground level parking lots is slated to be built on the land occupied by the old county jail.


GE Announces Potential Layoffs of Hundreds

575 employees may be cut lose as General Electric closes its manufacturing in Erie

Erie, PA –

GE Transportation has announced plans to lay of 575 union employees and stop mass production of locomotives in Erie. In the face of what they are calling the worst locomotive market in a generation General Electric plans to keep the facility open with a reduced staff for building and testing new designs and prototypes. If the cuts go through there would be 2,000 employees left at the facility in Erie and 1,100 of them would not be part of the labor union. GE says that at this time last year they had sold more than twice as many locomotives as this year and they need to reduce costs; part of that plan is to move all manufacturing to Texas.

Scott Slawson is the President for the union that represents local GE employees said that the announcement is devastating, and that GE is taking a direct shot at the union. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said that the announcement came as a total surprise, “I had no idea this was coming,I was shocked when I got the first phone call.”

The mayor of Erie, Joe Sinnott, commented that he hopes that the closure does not happen and admits it would have a huge impact on the local economy. He also stated that his job as mayor is to attempt to make Erie a desirable place for companies like GE to conduct business. It would also be his job to try to help the workers should they be laid off. Before anything is finalized union and company representatives will try to negotiate some kind of deal.


Physicians Begin Registering to Qualify for Medical Marijuana Certifications

MDs must attend and pass a 4 hour course to be legally allowed to prescribe cannabis

Harrisburg, PA –

Physicians can now begin registering for qualifications to participate in the medical marijuana program that became law in April last year. The Physician General and Acting Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania Rachel Levine made the announcement wednesday that medical practitioners could begin registering for the required courses needed to prescribe cannabis. 


Crawford County Approves LERTA Tax Exemption for LORD Corp.

LERTA tax breaks reduce an increase in property taxes for businesses in the process of improving their facility

Meadville, PA –

Crawford County’s commissioners have voted unanimously to grant a real estate tax break to LORD Corporation in Saegertown as has PENNCREST School District and the boro of Saegertown. The breaks are a 10 year deal and classified as a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance and they come with a stipulation. The exemptions only apply if LORD invests a promised $35 to $80 million into the facility. Under a LERTA agreement tax debts are reduced on new improvements and features added to a place of business; LORD’s Saegertown facility may not see the proposed upgrades however as many other locations owned by the corporation are also being considered for improvement.


Washington Man Caught in Erie County with 27 Pounds of Dope

Mathew Johnston was caught in Franklin Township after a traffic stop

Franklin Township, Erie County, PA –

Mathew Johnston of Spokane Washington was arrested by state police in Erie County after reportedly being caught with 26 and a half pounds of Marijuana and five grams of psychedelic mushrooms. Johnston was caught after being pulled over for a routine traffic violation and will be enjoying an extended stay in the region in Erie County Prison.