Pennsylvania Among States On Ebola Watch List


Six states including Pennsylvania are being asked to take part in active monitoring of travelers who’ve been to West Africa as the CDC steps up its response to Ebola.

PA and five other states have been asked to do active monitoring of people who have been to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea and are at risk of developing Ebola for 21 days. The CDC says about 70% of incoming travelers are located in these states. Pennsylvania is still developing the protocols to implement the recommendations, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.


Conneaut Lake Park Leaves Bankruptcy On Table To Halt Sheriff’s Sale


CONNEAUT LAKE PARK – The Crawford County Economic Progress Alliance, now running Conneaut Lake Park, are not ruling out bankruptcy to save the park from a sheriff’s sale.  According to a Facebook post released by the Alliance on Wednesday, the bankruptcy option would be used if the Attorney General fails to convince the judge the park is worth saving.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General has filed preliminary objections to the scheduled Sheriff’s Sale of the park, which has now been pushed back to December 5th.  According to the AG, the park should operate as a tax-exempt organization.

Judge Mark Stevens will consider the AG’s argument during a special hearing on November 24th.

The park is currently on the hook for over 900-thousand dollars in back taxes.

If the court petition fails to put a stop to the Sheriff’s Sale, the Economic Progress Alliance says quote, “all current signs point to a willingness by the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park to pursue a Chapter 11 filing to both stay the Sherriff’s sale and to begin a formal court-driven reorganization effort which will lead to revitalization and self-sufficiency.”

Of course, nothing about this process will be free.  Declaring Chapter 11 could cost the park as much as 250-thousand dollars, according to some estimates.



Free Turkey Giveaways In Titusville For Great American Smoke Out


TITUSVILLE — Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. This year it falls on November 20, 2014. Smokers will either use the date to start a plan to quit, or with advanced planning, use it as the actual quit date. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and educates them about the many tools available to help them achieve this goal.

In Titusville, local youth groups and community organizations are pulling resources together to promote the tobacco holiday by offering 5 free turkeys. The Cold Turkey campaign, uses the tagline, “The only cold turkey in your house should be after Thanksgiving” and urges tobacco users to make a plan for their quit. With support and counsel your chances of success increase.

Those 14 and older and interested in quitting may enter the free turkey drawing by completing a fax referral form that will be sent in to the free PA Quitline.

Registrations for the drawing will be taken at the Titusville YWCA at 201 N. Franklin St., Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm, and at your local health care provider’s office where signs are posted.

The YWCA is also planning a “Turkey Trot” on Nov. 5th to further promote the holiday. The “Trot” will be a mile loop and engage local youth advocates and other community members in raising awareness of the hazards of Tobacco.

It will be the final event before the drawing of the turkeys which will take place on The Great American Smokeout, Thursday, Nov. 20th.


Parents Move To Ban Fracking Near Schools, Playgrounds

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As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between that infrastructure and their kids’ schools and playgrounds.

Penni Lechner lives in Summit Township, Butler County, and says her family has experienced many health problems since fracking came in, especially nosebleeds, headaches and rashes. There’s a well pad 900 feet from the local school and 500 feet from the playground.

A study conducted at Yale University and funded by the Heinz Endowments was released in September showing that the closer people live to operating gas wells, the more likely they are to report health problems.


Warren County Burglary


WARREN COUNTY – State Police are looking for information about a burglary in Warren County.  54-year-old Thomas Yurick reported someone on Tuesday broke into his basement on Irvine Run Road, Brokenstraw Township, and removed a 46 inch television from a wall mount before leaving the home through the front door.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Warren.


Oil City Man Arrested For Burglarizing Church


CRANBERRY TWP. – An 18-year-old resident of Oil City was arrested Tuesday for attempted burglary.  A witness called 911 to report Collin Matthew Hansley attempting to break into a storage shed behind Victory Heights Church on Route 322 in Cranberry.

Hansley was taken into custody at the scene and charged with attempted burglary, attempted theft and criminal mischief.

He was arraigned before Judge Douglas Dinberg and was placed in the Venango County Jail on 5-thousand dollars bail.


Police: Titusville Man Attempts To Disarm Cop


TITUSVILLE – A Titusville man is facing charges for allegedly trying to disarm a Titusville City Police Officer.  Twenty-One-Year-Old Michael Andrew Buck could face up to seven years in jail if convicted.

He is charged with disarming a police officer, a third degree felony, as well as a summary count of criminal mischief.  Police say Buck attempted to grab a taser out of the holster of Officer Tim Russel, while Buck was in the police holding cell for an unrelated offense.


Cambridge Springs Man Jailed On Threats Charges

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ATHENS TWP. – A Cambridge Springs man was taken into police custody on Saturday for allegedly threatening a woman at gunpoint.  The confrontation occurred at a home on Athens Road in Athens township.  46 year old Michael Sean White is accused of putting a gun to a woman’s head and threatening to kill her.

He was taken to the Crawford County Jail.


Union City Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Family


UNION CITY BORO – A Union City man is accused of threatening to shoot several family members during an argument.  State Police arrested 33 year old Joshua DeWitt Ward at a private residence in the borough Sunday.

Ward was apprehended with the aid of a taser.  Police say he was resisting arrest while brandishing a gun in the waistband of his pants.

He’s been taken to jail on charges of Terroristic Threats and Resisting Arrest.

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