DUI Driver Jackknifes Tractor Trailer on I-80
Source: Pennsylvania State Police, Clarion
A trucker was arrested for DUI after he jackknifed his tractor trailer and blocked traffic on Interstate 80 in Clarion County. Authorities say that Joseph Dernovish Jr of Shreveport Louisiana was drunk when he steered his truck into the barrier at the median and then overcompensated as he attempted to steer away. The tractor trailer traveled more than 200 feet along its side before coming to a stop but fortunately nobody was hurt.
Camp Cadet Registration Open
Source: The Pennsylvania State Police
Troop E of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Erie County Kiwanis Club have announced that registration has begun for Camp Cadet. Camp cadet teaches teens 13 to 15 years old discipline, respect, and self-esteem while they take part in a variety of activities and obstacle courses. The camp is open to teenagers in Erie, Crawford, Warren and Venango Counties. Visit www.pacampcadet.com to register by April 20th. Camp Cadet has no fees but attendees will participate in a fundraiser to offset costs.
Governor Wolf Declares State of Emergency
Source: Radio PA
An official State of Emergency has been called by Governor Tom Wolf in regards to the opioid crisis in the commonwealth. During his Declaration Governor Wolf created a command center at the Emergency Management Agency to Coordinate efforts by emergency services to respond to the worsening situation.
Man Shot by Mishandled Gun
Source: Pennsylvania State Police, Meadville
It’s being reported that a man from Guys Mills, Shawn McIver, was sent from Meadville Medical Center to UPMC Hamot for the treatment of a gunshot wound after being accidentally shot while cleaning guns. An unintentionally fired round from one of the weapons that was being broken down for cleaning hit McIver in his forearm.
Flooding and Freezing Keep Roads and Bridges Closed
Source: PennDOT and the Office of Andy Walker, Meadville City Manager
On Friday January 12th rapid ice and snow melts combined with rain caused flooding along the Allegheny River and its tributaries. One of the worst hit areas was in Meadville where French Creek raised more than 16 feet above its banks and flooded many roads causing closures on three of the towns four bridges and low temperatures froze most of the water in place. Please use caution when traveling and check with PennDOT and local authorities for bridge and road closings when planning a route.
State Sued to Renew Backlogged Permits for Power Plants
Source: News Service via Keystone News Connection
As part of a settlement in a lawsuit Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to draft new water permits for ten coal fired power plants in the commonwealth. Under federal law the permits must be renewed every 5 years but none of the plants named in the suit had updated permits in much longer. Pennfuture, the Sierra Club, and Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper filed a joint suit against the DEP about the oversight.