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Warren woman charged

A Warren woman has been charged with indecent assault after allegedly grinding naked on an unwilling person. Brook Zampogna, 42, of Hickory Street, is charged with indecent assault — without consent, and harassment. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the alleged victim said ...

Nurses acquire 20K signatures

A group of nurses met with mixed reactions last week as they delivered 20,000 petition signatures to both Warren and Oil City offices of Senator Scott Hutchinson. Even though they have yet to get access to Hutchinson’s ear, they intend to continue to voice their support for legislation ...

USACE issues river level warnings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday that boaters and anglers should exercise caution during the next few days due to potential substantial rises in river levels downstream from Kinzua Dam. Significant increases in outflow were planned to take place on Wednesday. Gate openings ...

Fatal hunting accident

A man was shot and killed by his own rifle in a hunting accident Thursday morning in Sugar Grove Township. The identity of the hunter, who is not a resident of Warren County, was not released Thursday afternoon. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Warden Dave Donachy, officials ...

‘Duck’ season

It’s duck season. In this particular case, it’s a hunt with “Duck” season. But when Warren’s Scott Swartz walked into a Northwest Bank branch one random day, he had no idea what he’d be aiming for. Staring at him was a cardboard cutout of former Pittsburgh Steelers’ ...

Initial reports suggest found body accidental

The body of a Russell man was found Tuesday morning along the Bike-Hike Trail near Warren State Hospital grounds. According to Conewango Township Police, Martin E. Morse of Russell was found dead by state hospital personnel at 9:31 a.m. in a PennDOT right-of-way adjacent to state hospital ...

YMCA holds Special Ops fundraiser

The Warren County YMCA stays dedicated to serving their community. The YMCA hosted their annual “Special Ops” fundraiser dinner last week to help support the free programs they run for the community. “We have several programs at the Y that have no source of revenue, they have no ...

Election officials address complaint letter in detail

Warren County has publicly responded to complaints about election procedures. Connie Zaffino, who ran a write-in campaign for Warren County Commissioner, addressed a letter containing various allegations of wrong-doing to President Judge Maureen Skerda. That letter was also sent to the ...

The Better Elf

It’s a busy time of year for Santa Claus but his wife took a break from all the holiday preparations for a visit in Warren on Monday evening. Mrs. Claus stopped by the Warren Public Library to visit with children and their adult friends and relatives. She explained to those who came to ...

Election officials mull paper ballot option

“Is there a learning curve? Absolutely.” The Warren County Commissioners met with Director of Elections Lisa Rivett during Monday’s work session to discuss challenges from the most recent election - and subsequent solutions. But it isn’t yet quite clear whether the solution will ...

On The Record

District Court - W. Warren Cty Firearm Violation. William R. Dates, 67, of Warren, was charged with unlawful loaded firearm in vehicle on Monday, December 9, by the Game Commission, Northwest. Big Game Violation. Shawn C. White, 47, of Port Republic, MD, was charged with failure to attach ...

New charges for Kiser as trial looms

A former Warren County teacher awaiting trial for taking drugs to school faces new charges for allegedly taking drugs into Warren County jail. Matthew R. Kiser, 44, of Warren, was charged Tuesday, Dec. 5, with contraband, possession of a controlled substance, adulteration or misbranding of ...

PGC issues bear harvest record

It wouldn’t be surprising to discover a record number of internet searches on the topic “How to rug a bear.” The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced Monday that hunters set a new Pennsylvania bear-harvest record. Bears were taken in 59 counties. Lycoming County led the state ...

Brief…

Closed Street Liberty Street between Third and Fourth avenues in Warren will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 10. According to City of Warren Assistant Director of Public Works Jeff Zavinski, National Fuel Gas will cut into the street near the northern — Fourth Avenue — end of the block to ...

PA Dept. of Health urges flu precaution

As confirmed cases of the flu are increasing statewide, so far Warren County has been spared from the significant spread of the virus, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Warren County reported fewer than five cases of any of the three predominant strains of ...

Body found

A body was found Tuesday morning near the Bike-Hike Trail on PennDOT right-of-way adjacent to Warren State Hospital. The identity of the person has been determined and next-of-kin contacted, but the identity was not immediately released. Warren County Coroner Melissa Zydonik made a ...

Uber-prepared

With age comes wisdom. Coming up in the “pre-internet” age, it was often difficult to comprehend what life was like 20-30 years prior, but in today’s modern world there has never been more truth to the sentiment. For example, fifteen years ago, I found myself stranded alongside Rt. 6 ...

On The Record

District Court - E. Warren Cty Damaged Property. Harry Edward Lyon, 25, of Warren, was charged with criminal mischief - damage property on Saturday, December 7, by Pennsylvania State Police Warren. District Court -W. Warren Cty Burglary. Joseph A. Thomas, 56, of Warren, was charged with ...

Hello, Christmas: Parade opens festive season

It was lovely weather for a parade together with the community. The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Downtown Warren Christmas Walk and Parade had it all — the good, the bad, and the WACKO. Santa Claus made his traditional pre-Christmas appearance to participate in the parade — riding a log ...

Candidate’s complaint prompts look into election

A complaint received by the Warren County District Attorney’s Office about the November election has prompted a criminal investigation. County Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt said that one purpose of Friday’s Board of Elections meeting was that the county “received a complaint forwarded ...