MERCER COUNTY – Mercer County’s Reed Oil Company is being fined 62-thousand 470-dollars for an explosion in August of 2013 that killed one worker.
The DEP is fining the company for violating several regulations at both its Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, and its New Castle facility.
The explosion occurred as a worker was welding on a storage tank that contained thousands of gallons of diesel fuel. The tank was launched into the air.
Reed Oil has 30 days to appeal the DEP’s decision.
GROVE CITY – Two western Pennsylvania men have been held for court on charges connected to the murder of a Grove City man. 39-year-old Patrick McCamey of Slippery Rock and 23-year-old Ryan Bowers, of Grove City, were both denied bail and are lodged in the Mercer County Jail, after a judge ordered them to stand trial in the killing of 60-year-old Michael Johns, whose body was found near his home in Pine Township just hours after the altercation took place on September 28th.
Police believe Johns stabbed both suspects before McCamey allegedly choked him to death. McCamey is suspected of luring Johns into his yard and trying to rob him prior to the killing.
The two men are each facing charges of second and third degree murder, along with robbery and conspiracy.
MERCER COUNTY – A trench collapsed on two workers in Mercer County. WKBN reports two men were working on a sewer line at a residence in Grove City, when the ditch collapsed on them. One man was only trapped up to his knees. The other was trapped up to his neck.
The less fortunate of the two men was flown to the hospital with unknown injuries to his shoulder and lower extremities. The other man was not hospitalized, according to the report.
Mercer, Pine Township, and Grove City rescue teams responded.
GROVE CITY – A Grove City teen is facing charges for allegedly claiming to be a drug dealer on social media. Grove City Police say the unidentified 15-year-old contacted a younger boy, age 11, and tried to convince him he was a drug dealer. Police say he sent pictures of what appeared to be cocaine. It turns out it was just a pile of sugar. But he is still facing charges through Mercer County Juvenile Court.
Some new jobs are coming to a General Electric plant in Grove City. Inside Butler County reports GE Transportation will look for 50 skilled machinists to support an increase in production volume at its diesel plant. This move stems from a $700 million GE Transportation deal announced back in March to supply 233 locomotives to TransNet Freight Rail of South Africa. GE has two plants in Grove City- a diesel engine plant and an engine re-manufacturing plant.
By the end of this year, the business says they’ll employ up to 1,200 employees.
State Police in Mercer County report a one car accident in Fairview Township. According to Police 22 year old Derek McCandless was southbound on Route 19 when he traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over several times. McCandless was taken to UPMC Horizon in Greenville for treatment. Police said McCandless was arrested for driving under the influence.
GROVE CITY – An armed robbery close to the Grove City campus prompted a lockdown of the private college for over two hours yesterday morning. WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh is reporting the robbery took place at about 7am. The school soon went into lockdown mode and lifted the lockdown at approximately 9:45.
Students were advised that police were searching for a robbery suspect on the campus.
The robbery took place at a salvage yard about two miles northwest of campus, on Mercer Grove City Road.
At least two suspects robbed the yard and pistol whipped the owner before throwing the gun out a window. As of last evening we’re told one suspect is in custody and State Police are hoping to get more information out of him as they try to round up anyone else who may have been involved in the crime.
GROVE CITY — A lockdown at Grove City College this morning is now over. Multiple media sources have reported the school was placed on lockdown temporarily after a “shooting incident” that occurred near the campus.
WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh has reported police were looking for two shooters. The lockdown is now over but we do not know whether any arrests have been made, or the nature of the incident that prompted the college to go into defense mode.
An opening convocation that was scheduled for this morning has been postponed until Thursday at 9:30am according to WTAE-TV.
Stay with us as more details become available.
Crews are cleaning up following flash flooding in Mercer County. Kinsman in Trumbull County and Greenville in Mercer County got three inches of rain in just over an hour yesterday. Several vehicles became stranded in high water and required rescues. When the water receded, it left sinkholes, flooded basements, closed roads and massive debris. Many locals are calling this the worst flooding in the area in recent years.
An Amish resident in a wheelchair and at least two others, escape a burning home in Mercer County. People driving on Interstate 80 in Lackawannock Township saw smoke and flames coming from this Amish house on Greenfield Road. All of the residents made it out of the house safely. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The house is a total loss.