Meadville Still Prepared for Flooding Potential
Meadville City Manager Andy Walker
The City of Meadville is warning residents and commuters that despite the freezing temperatures runoff from Monday and Tuesday could cause French Creek to rise between two and four feet and crest on Thursday. On Monday the creek was measured at 12.5 feet, minor flooding occurs at 14 feet and moderate flooding occurs at 16 feet. In the event of a flood updates and road closures will be posted at CityofMeadville.org and on Facebook by following @CityofMeadville.
Troopers Search for Hit and Run Driver
Pennsylvania State Police, Corry
The State Police are investigating a hit and run in Hydetown and looking for assistance. While an unknown driver was leaving the Parking lot of the Rustic Inn Bar in Hydetown Crawford County they struck a well cover belonging to a nearby residence and fled the scene. Call (814)663-2043 with information.
Auditor General Supports Marijuana Legalization
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in attendance at a rally in Harrisburg in support of the legalization of Marijuana yesterday. The Auditor General is an outspoken proponent of legalization. He says that by decriminalizing and taxing its use the Commonwealth only has things to gain including a reduction in use by teenagers and an estimated $200 Million in taxes.
Two Men Arrested for Assaulting Women in Different Cases
Pennsylvania State Police, Meadville and Franklin
Joseph Evans of Atlantic has been charged with several crimes including simple assault, strangulation, resisting arrest, and violating a protection from abuse order. While drunk Evans allegedly pushed an unidentified woman onto a couch and began to throttle, her, strangling her until she nearly blacked out. The victim defended herself by bludgeoning Evans with her phone and then left the scene with an infant. Evans also left the scene but was caught by state police who were forced to wrestle him to the ground to make an arrest.
Christopher Nielsen is accused of Striking Kristin Heper of Pleasantview while she was holding an 18 month old child. He Fled to his sister’s home in New York but was arrested by deputies from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office and returned to face charges of Child Endangerment in Venango County.
GOP Seeks SCOTUS Hearing on PA Supreme Court Ruling
Republican Leadership in Pennsylvania is trying to appeal the State Supreme Court’s decision to force the legislature to redraw the voting districts before the 2018 election. While the court has ruled Congressional Districts were drawn in a partisan fashion Republicans argue that the court itself is too partisan and overreaching in authority.