Cooperstown Man Arrested for Rape and Strangulation
36 year old Jeffery Nelson of Cooperstown was arrested by State Police after attacking a woman in her own home, raping, strangling, and attempting to kill her. While drunk Nelson came to the woman’s home at about 8PM on the Fourth of July and attacked her by pushing her down a set of concrete stairs then began a process of raping, choking, and threatening his victim until he passed out after more than 6 hours. His victim was finally able to call 911 and troopers from Meadville and Franklin State Police arrested him at around 2:45 Thursday morning. Nelson was denied any chance for bail and is housed in Venango County Jail.
PennDOT Releases Work Schedule
PennDOT’s Road Work Schedule for the week of July 9th has been released. This week’s road work includes the closure of a bridge carrying Hill City Road over Hall’s Run Creek and several other major highway and bridge improvements in Venango County. Full maintenance schedules as well as future construction plans can be found here.
Government Vehicle Implicated in Hit and Run
State Police in Venango County are Investigating an incident where a pickup truck ran over a mail and newspaper box on Miller Road in Sandycreek Township and fled the scene. The vehicle was described as a Full sized Dodge Pickup, grey in color, and possibly sporting a state of municipal license plate; it should have minor damage to the front passenger side. Call (814)676-6596 if you have seen this vehicle.
Man Gets DUI Charge After Hitting Utility Pole
A Jamestown man was arrested for DUI after allegedly drunkenly colliding with a telephone pole and then driving away in Crawford County’s South Shenango Township. Dustin Erdice denied any involvement with the crash despite damage to his car matching the scene and was arrested under suspicion of DUI because of a strong odor of alcohol.
Court Cancels Release of Report Implicating Catholic Clergy in Sexual Abuse
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is reversing their decision and will not allow the immediate release of a Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse by Catholic Clergymen in Pennsylvania. The 900 page report mentions dozens of members of the Catholic Diocese across the State of PA. On June 20th the court originally agreed with the Attorney General to release the report this month.