Strong winds and driving snow knocked out power to much of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Michigan last night. First Energy, the parent company of Penelec, is the largest provider of electricity in Pennsylvania and they are reporting more than 87,000 customers across the state without service as of 6 o’clock this morning – and some areas still do not have estimated time to when service will be restored. In some areas downed utility lines have lead to road closings and school districts across the region are operating on two hour delays. The National Weather Service has extended a Wind Advisory and a Winter Weather Advisory until 1:00 this afternoon. PennDOT extended an already placed restriction on semi trucks with empty trailers on Interstate 90. You can find details at Operation Weather Alert.
A hit and run suspect and the woman who allegedly tried to hide him from state police were both arrested in Venango County. Anna Winger is currently in Venango County Jail on charges of Hindering Apprehension after she could not make bail when she allegedly told police that she didn’t know if Mark Fenstermaker was at her location. Fenstermaker was found at the scene and is suspected of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Hit and Run, he was arrested for violating parole.
From the Office of Crawford County’s Chief tax Assessor Joe Galbo, any property owners seeking tax relief under the Homestead/Farmstead exclusion have until Friday, March 1st to turn in their application. All applications must arrive by mail or be hand delivered to your county’s assessment office by March 1st or you will not qualify for any exemptions.