The Venango County District Attorney is leading an investigation into a police involved shooting in Rouseville over the weekend. According to a press release 59-year-old Douglas Stanton succumbed to injuries after being shot by a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper at the end of a nearly nine hour long standoff with police who were outside of his residence. Stanton was apparently in the midst of some kind of mental health crisis, threatening suicide, and to harm any police that showed up near his home. Officers from PSP Franklin were dispatched by a delegate from Venango County Mental Health and Crisis Intervention at around 11:30 Friday night and Douglas Stanton confronted troopers and was killed at about 8:30 Saturday morning. The press release describes the scene as Stanton leaving his home at about 8:30 in the morning and pointing a handgun at State Police Troopers with one of the troopers discharging his weapon and killing Stanton. Venango County District Attorney Shawn White is investigating.
PennDOT wants to remind the public that the second week of August is Stop on Red Week, reminding drivers to obey traffic signals for the safety of themselves and others. District 1 saw 280 crashes caused by drivers ignoring red lights, leading to 146 serious injuries and one fatality last year. Find work schedules for Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Forest, and Mercer Counties at PennDOT.gov/District1.
Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, announced convictions in criminal charges brought against two subsidiaries of Energy Transfer LP. Both companies were convicted of crimes related to polluting the drinking water of Pennsylvania residents living in and around the construction sites for the Mariner 2 and Revolution pipelines. As part of their sentence, Energy Transfer must pay for independent evaluations of the drinking water quality along their lines, offer the means to restore or replace private drinking water sources that are impacted, and pay $10 million in fines.