News Live 365: September 19th, 2022

Authorities are still investigating the scene of a fire in which multiple individuals were found dead in Mercer County. Only a few things about the fire are clear so far; on Thursday night a motorist on District road in Delaware Township reported the fire shortly after midnight and it took a dozen departments until 4AM on Friday morning to extinguish the flames; District Road was closed until 5PM Friday evening while fire marshals combed the scene and multiple individuals were found dead inside the structure.  At press time authorities have yet to publicly identify the victims, their cause of death, or the number discovered.

The Crawford County Tax claim Upset Sale is scheduled for this Friday and delinquent taxpayers have until Thursday to make payment or arrangements with the Tax Claim Bureau to remove their property from the sale. Today is the final day to make a payment with a credit or debit card in the office before the close of business or online by 11PM tonight. The Bureau office can be reached at (814)333-7332.

The Crawford County Courthouse will be closed for two weeks beginning next Monday, September 26th, and lasting until Friday, October 9th.  The closure was originally to last until September 30th for work on the building’s ventilation, but the date was modified and moved up an entire week after workers discovered lead contaminated paint. Requests for information should be directed to the Crawford County Commissioner’s Office at (814)333-7400.

Night time road painting and crack sealing operations will be taking place both in Mercer County and the City of Erie this week as long as weather permits.  PennDOT will also perform various other day and night time operations throughout Northwest Pennsylvania in the final few weeks of construction season. You can find a work schedule for Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren Counties at PennDOT/gov/District1.

In State News, nearly half of Pennsylvania still remains under Drought Watch despite heavy rains in the eastern part of the state. Over 30 counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania are still below their average yearly water levels and a list of them can be found in the drought information section at DEP.PA.Gov.