Coroner Works to ID Body Found in French Creek
A younger male was found dead near Kerrtown
Kerrtown, PA –
Meadville police fished the unidentified body of a man from the shallow waters at the edge of French Creek yesterday afternoon. The remains were discovered by a man walking across the railroad tracks on Hope Street in Kerrtown and an investigation into the identity and cause of death are underway. Crawford County Coroner Schott Schell told local media that he had estimated that the body had spent a short amount of time in the water before it was found.
Woman Caught in Act of Committing Burglary
Brooke Deeter stayed in the house even after police were called
Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, PA –
A 73 year old woman in Oil Creek Township came home to find a complete stranger rummaging through her personal possessions and promptly called 911. Brooke Deeter was still in the elder woman’s living room when State Police arrived and arrested her on charges of trespassing and burglary. The woman who lived in the home informed police that she was missing some cash and that some of her possessions had been moved. Deeter is being held on $40,000 bail.
PA Treasury Borrowing Money to Pay Bills
No revenue plan has been approved by the General Assembly
Harrisburg, PA –
Pennsylvania’s State treasury has approved the release of $750 million from a short term loan to keep the government running while the General Assembly continues to work on a revenue plan. According to the Auditor General Eugene DePasquale without a plan soon Pennsylvania will be out of money and options by the end of this month and could be in debt by up to $1.6 million by the end of September. The deadline to pay back the loan is next Wednesday with $141,000 in interest.
Man Arrested After Crime Spree
Josh Klingensmith allegedly stole a care in Franklin and used it during two armed robberies in Hermitage
Northwestern PA –
Josh Klingensmith of Carlton is behind bars in Mercer County after a crime spree that began in Franklin and ended in Hermitage. Klingensmith stole a car from a Franklin woman that let him stay a night at her home and used it as transportation as he attempted armed robbery on two old ladies; he was eventually caught after crashing the car while fleeing Hermitage Police. Klingsmith attempted to rob his first victim, a 66 year old woman in the parking lot where he demanded her money, when the woman told him she had no money he displayed a gun and repeated his demand before she convinced him she had no cash and he left. The second woman was a 75 year old Sharpsville resident; he took her purse while she was at a grocery store.
Hermitage Police say that Klingensmith admitted to them that he had a drug problem after his arrest, a pellet gun and a syringe were found in the stolen car after Klingensmith was arrested as well as the stolen purse. He has been charged with the following felonies: Robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, theft by unlawful taking of movable property, receiving stolen property, and fleeing or attempting to elude police officers. He also faces several misdemeanors including reckless endangerment of another person, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving.
Thousands in Jewelry Stolen from a Crawford County Home
State Police search for over $4,500 in stolen rings and necklaces
Greenwood Township, Crawford County, PA –
State Police are investigating the theft of more than $4,500 worth of Jewelry from the home of Theresa Chisholm in Greenwood Township, Crawford County. State Police say the theft happened between August 10th and 12th on Main Street and that anyone with information should call them at (814)332-6911. A list of the stolen items will be posted soon.
Environmental Board Uses Constitution as Justification to Deny Mining Permits
A right to a clean environment is enshrined in the PA Constitution
Green County, PA –
The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board cites the State Constitution as one of the reasons for overturning a mining permit issued in Ryerson Station State Park. The DEP had issued a permit in 2015 for a company to mine for coal beneath a stream in the park named Polen Run which prompted a suit from the Center for Coalfield Justice. The Pennsylvania State Constitution includes in Article 1 a section which guarantees a right to “clean air, pure water and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.” that the EHC used to justify overturning the permit, they also cited the Clean Streams Law in their decision.