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Youngsville Chief of Police Todd Mineweaser, left, and Officer Ben Leach, right, escort Jamie Crick to District Justice Todd Woodin’s office on Wednesday afternoon.

Youngsville man charged in hardware store burglary

A Youngsville man has been charged with multiple felonies stemming from a February 2016 burglary at the Youngsville Hardware Store. Jamie Delbert Crick, 41, of Youngsville, faces two counts of felony burglary, two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, one felony count of criminal ...

Warren man fails to comply with Megan’s Law requirements

A Warren man deemed a sexually violent predator has been charged with failing to comply with the counseling portion of his Megan’s Law registration requirements. John Alexander Snyder, 46, 1210 Pennsylvania Ave. W., Apt. 2, was charged by City of Warren police on Tuesday with misdemeanor ...

Policy, precedent in place in district for fan discipline

There is precedent and policy in Warren County School District for excluding individuals from attending sporting events. District administrators cited policy on disruptive spectators when asked if a fan could be kept out of events, but did not offer comment on any individual fan. “If the ...

Russell man pleads guilty to statutory sexual assault

A Russell man has pled guilty to statutory sexual assault. Joseph S. Nowacki, 24, entered a plea last Friday to a count of statutory sexual assault: 4-8 years older. While Nowacki was initially charged with numerous offenses, First Assistant District Attorney Caleb Gnage explained the ...

Murder trial could be set soon

The murder case against James A. McDaniel is taking steps forward. A status conference in the case was held on Friday, Jan. 13. McDaniel, 26, of Russell, was charged with criminal homicide in the February, 2016, death of Marcus A. Mattson, of Russell. The initial charges also included ...

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Deputy Marl Lehnen checks a bag before running it through the new X-ray machine.

Another way to check at single point of entry

They can see right through you. Well, they can see through your stuff. The deputies at the Warren County Courthouse’s single point of entry have another tool at their disposal to prevent weapons from entering the courthouse. Anyone entering the courthouse as of Tuesday, Jan. 17, not only ...

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From left are Debbie Gray, Marian Aranyos, George Lilja, and Diane DeLarme.

‘It’s comforting’

“It’s like walking into an art gallery!” That’s what Volunteer Services Director Debbie Gray said she’s heard said about the artwork that now lines the corridors of Warren General Hospital. The artwork, by members of the Warren Art League, as well as quilts from Allegheny Quilt ...

Visiting coach suspended after incident in stands at Warren game

A visiting basketball coach who charged into the stands to confront a fan at Warren Area High School has been suspended. Paul Przepierski, Strong Vincent High School girls basketball head coach, and a health and physical education teacher at JoAnna Connell Elementary School in the Erie School ...

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This photo was taken at the scene of the flooding on Rt. 426 in Spring Creek on Thursday, Jan. 12, where members of the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department were on duty.

After-effects of flooding linger

The water that was pumped out of the basement last week may have left some unwelcome guests behind. In addition to damaging goods, posing a threat of electrocution, and possibly causing gas leaks, floods can bring bacteria that can live on after the water is gone. According to Warren County ...

‘Planning for the next event’ at dam

A week ago, the Allegheny Reservoir was at the low end of its target winter pool. Then warm temperatures and heavy rains filled the reservoir. “On the 12th, we were between elevation 1,304 and 1,305, which is the elevation we like to be in for winter,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

1 is not the loneliest number at commissioners’ work session

For the Warren County commissioners to have a meeting, at least two of them — or a majority of the three-member board — must be present. But, one is enough for a work session. In fact, according to Commissioner Ben Kafferlin, under certain circumstances , if there are bids that must be ...

Waterford man dies after being struck by vehicle

A Waterford man working as a flagger has died following a car accident in Warren County on Sunday. Michael Robertson, 46, was working in an unmarked utility work area on Route 59 in Mead Township around noon when he was struck by a westbound vehicle operated by Eugene Schwanke, 78, of Warren, ...

Coach, fan incident ends Warren game

The Warren vs. Strong Vincent (of Erie) girls basketball game ended abruptly with Warren leading 54-22 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter on Monday after Strong Vincent coach Paul Przepierski went into the stands and accosted a spectator who was yelling both at Przepierski and his ...

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Workers from GPI of North East were surveying Monday at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street in Warren.

Survey says?

The City of Warren is sizing up to be ready for the competition. On Monday, a crew from Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Engineering and Construction out of North East, formerly Hill Engineering, was surveying the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Surveying is one step along the ...

City council opposition to sidewalk ordinance

A proposed ordinance that would implement minimum standards for sidewalk construction was shredded by Warren City Council. Mayor Maurice Cashman led the charge after City Administrator Mary Ann Nau said that the new ordinance would establish “standardized criteria” for the installation of ...

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Bill Martin will have 73 years of service with the Russell VFD this April.

A desire to help

Bill Martin has been a member of Russell Volunteer Fire Department for 72 years. He’ll celebrate his 73rd year of service this April. Martin was born in Warren and lived on Egypt Hollow until he was drafted in 1942. When he returned to Russell, he said, he wanted to be part of his ...

Coach, fan altercation ends Warren basketball game

The Warren-Strong Vincent girls basketball game ended abruptly with Warren leading 54-22 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter after Strong Vincent coach Paul Przepierski went into the stands and accosted a spectator who was yelling both at Przepierski and his players. The game had been ...

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Don Watts checks his backyard feeders.

‘The Bird Man’

Don Watts was in his 30’s when he became a birder. One afternoon during a spring turkey hunt in the 1970’s, Watts said, he’d given up on a turkey. “If you didn’t hear a turkey by 7 p.m. you just went home,” he said. Then, according to Watts, a wave of little “tweety birds” ...

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Audriana Harkins does Bob Patchen’s makeup (for a cause).

Boys made pretty for a cause

The Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show was a big success. With the new name came more vendors than ever before, a new event, and a lot of people. “It seems like, crowd-wise, we’ve got a bigger turn out” than last year, said John Papalia, Operations and ...

A conversation in religion

So, a classical evangelical pastor and a yogi walk into Bob Evans. No, really. They did. This is not the start of a bad joke. Pastor Mel McGinnis, of the Kiantone Congregational Church, and Sherry Albrecht, of Warren, sat down to discuss a program they’re hoping will be as fascinating and ...