The Meadville City Police Department is still investigating a Friday evening discovery of explosives outside a home near the Allegheny College Campus. It was around 5:30 in the evening when a caller reported two boxes of hand grenades located on William Street and area residents were evacuated until a bomb squad could arrive from Erie to dispose of them. MPD is still investigating the circumstances behind the discovery and where the devices themselves came from.
In Venango County the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of a firearm during a February 4th burglary in Cherrytree Township. A 58 year old Titusville man’s Remington 336, a .35 caliber lever action rifle, was stolen during the burglary. If you have information please call the Franklin State Police at (814)676-6596.
Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Secretary Russell Redding says that he fears there will be an increase in dangerous dog encounters if the state government fails to increase the dog license fee to fund the state’s dog wardens. Secretary Redding is seeking the first fee increase in 25 years from $6.50 to $10 annually. The Pennsylvania Dog Wardens are funded entirely through the revenue gained by dog licensing fees and one of their primary duties is to respond to reports of dog attacks and making sure dangerous dogs are muzzled or isolated by their owners for public safety. Dog Wardens handled 955 dog attacks in 2020.
Police, EMS, public works, and the fire department all worked together to rescue a man stranded in the sewer beneath 15th and Elk Streets in Franklin on Friday evening. A witness reported to Franklin City PD that they had heard calls for help from a man who was stuck in a sub-surface level sewer pipe at about 5:30 Friday evening. FPD officers were able to locate where the man entered the sewers and locate his exact position using a camera, but could not rescue him where he was stuck. Workers eventually had to spend about an hour digging into the roadway to extract the unnamed man and send him to UPMC Hamot. Police say he traveled some 400 feet into the sewer from his point of entry before he got stuck and it is unknown how long he was trapped there.
A Jamestown man was airlifted to a hospital in Erie after being ejected from his motorcycle on East Lake Road in Crawford County’s South Shenango Township. 58 year old Jerry Bohrer was launched off of his Harley Davidson after cresting a hill on East Lake Road and losing traction and then total control of his bike when he applied the breaks. Multiple witnesses told investigators he was driving at a very high rate of speed before the crash.
A major paving project will begin taking place on Interstate 80 in Venango County in April. Crews will repave nearly six and a half miles of highway between mile markers 27 and 34 in Clinton and Irwin Township. The paving project also includes signing, pavement markings, draining, and guiderails. The project will require alternating single lane closures and drivers should be alert for traffic pattern shifts and lane restrictions. Drivers should also anticipate travel delays during active work hours. Work will also require for traffic to be shifted at Exit 29 eastbound ramp, but access to Route 8 will remain open. The project begins April 5th and is scheduled to end in November.