Local News

Attempted bear thieves bolt like Goldilocks, damage property

State police at the Warren barracks are seeking information about an incident some might consider barbaric. Police report that as four people were leaving the Tidioute Trading Post at about 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, they attempted to take a wood-carved bear from the front of the bar. Police did ...

Local Bent Run brewery scores at Pa. Farm Show

A Warren County brewery caught the judges’ eyes — and taste buds — at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Less than a year after opening, Bent Run Brewing, of Lander, owners Phil and Denise Caudill received an invitation to participate in the Farm Show’s first beer competition. They ...

‘Is my dad dead?’

The individuals who prosecuted the murder of Judge Allison Wade have passed on. The judge who presided over the trial and the members of the jury, presumably, has passed away, too. The defendant died over 20 years ago. And with the case files and firearm used in the killing now in the ...

Newspaper coverage the day of incredibly detailed

JUDGE WADE VICTIM OF ASSASSIN MAN IN COURT CHARGED WITH NON-SUPPORT GOES BERSERK AND FATALLY SHOOTS JURIST That headline surely stunned readers of the Warren Times-Mirror on January 13, 1954. The coverage is incredibly detailed for reporting published the day of the event and is part of ...

Murdered judge’s file on permanent loan to Historical Society

Only one judge has been killed while on the bench in the history of our country. And it happened in Warren County 65 years ago this week. January 13 marks the date when Judge Allison D. Wade was gunned down in the Main Courtroom at the Warren County Courthouse by Norman Moon, who was fed up ...

Nightmare nurse

A Tidioute woman will spend over five years in state prison for swapping out morphine prescribed to a terminally-ill cancer patient – swapping it with Gatorade – and taking medications over 100 times while working in a Warren nursing home. Kellie Gentz, 31, 256 Thomas Lane, Tidioute, was ...

District Spelling Bee Feb. 7

The successful navigation of tribulations by last year’s competitors was commendable, but there will be new challenges at this year’s Warren County Spelling Bee. The Times Observer and Northwest Bank are the co-sponsors for the 2019 bee. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, ...

Snow tips from Health Secretary

Snow is forecast for much of the commonwealth this weekend, particularly the southern half of the state. “Residents should monitor the weather closely and prepare for the possibility of snow and freezing temperatures,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This weekend’s storm is ...

More training

When Warren County School District held an active shooter drill event last summer at Beaty-Warren Middle School, there was a lot of work to do. The plan for 2019 is to hold a similar drill, including both the law enforcement response to the threat and the EMS response to the mass casualty ...

Plea made in October stabbing charges

A plea has been entered by a Pittsfield man who stabbed a man in October in a Youngsville establishment. Jacob R. Sandt, 21, entered the plea to charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person during change of plea proceedings on Thursday before Judge Gregory ...

Thursday Warren County court pleas

The following pleas were entered before Judge Gregory Hammond during arraignment and change of plea proceedings on Thursday at the Warren County Courthouse. The following defendants entered guilty pleas: ¯ Adam W. Baran, Sugar Grove, to DUI: Controlled substance – Schedule I – ...

YMCA Champion programs awarded 2 years of funding

A single firefly flitting around with an occasional glow can capture anyone’s attention. But when that one insect, also known as a lightning bug, is joined by a swarm of his friends, they have the power to light up anyone’s life. While there wasn’t a visible bioluminescence emanating ...

Astronomical

The Martz-Kohl Observatory is ready to re-open its doors, just in time for two significant events — one astronomical and one social. According to Board Member Tom Traub, the observatory has undergone some renovations for the past several months, making it less than fully available. The ...

Commissioners set Nathaniel J. Schmidt as new Solicitor

Warren County has a new solicitor. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said he received a letter from Solicitor John Shreve in early December indicating that Shreve “was looking to take another opportunity” and “didn’t have the bandwidth to serve the county going forward.” In response, ...

Commissioners at odds over courthouse repairs and more

Last month, the Warren County Commissioners in a split decision signed off on multi-million dollar slate of repairs to the Warren County Courthouse. The funding would include $1.4 million in guaranteed energy savings as well as $3.7 million financed by the county. The commissioners ...

Wednesday preliminary hearings

Five defendants entered guilty pleas, charges were withdrawn against two others and one was held for court during preliminary hearings held on Wednesday at the Warren County Courthouse. The following defendants pleaded guilty: ¯ Jason K. Byrne, Youngsville, to possession of drug ...

On The Record

Warren Theft. City of Warren police report Randi Eck, 29, of Warren was charged with forgery, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception following an investigation into a stolen paycheck. She was arraigned on Jan. 8 before Magisterial District Judge Zydonik and placed in the Warren ...

Warren County 2019 budget debate lingers

We’re over a week into 2019 and the Warren County Commissioners are still arguing about the 2019 budget. And the arguments look a lot like arguments that have unfolded in prior meetings over the last month. Before the board on Wednesday was the requirement to set the millage rate for ...

Backer makes pledge to TCCS

Once a bulldog, always a bulldog. A family with roots in Tidioute dating back to the 1940s has continued with an extensive series of donations to the Tidioute Community Charter School. A statement from the school said that George Harrington, Jr., president of Harrington Industrial ...

Passing the torch

A transition in leadership is happening within Hospice of Warren County but those within the local nonprofit are confident the torch is being passed effortlessly. Vonnie Radecki has been involved with Hospice of Warren County for 12 years, serving as a volunteer for seven years and moving ...