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Murder, manslaughter charges bound over after Friday preliminary hearing

A Spring Creek Township man has been held for court on third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges as a result of a Friday morning preliminary hearing. Haggar S. Brewer, Sr., 57, was charged last month in connection with the shooting death of Victor V. Vantassel, 47. Brewer and ...

Pennsylvania jobless rate fell in March, as payrolls grew

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell slightly in March, as payrolls expanded and every economic sector except for construction recorded growth, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.3%, down a tenth of a percentage ...

Police trying to identify gunman, motive in FedEx shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities said Friday they had not yet identified a gunman who stormed a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, killing eight people and wounding several others before taking his own life. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis police said the gunman ...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same now as a year ago, and 30% say their finances have improved, ...

Sheffield girl found Sunday in New York State

A 14-year-old girl last seen leaving Sheffield High School on April 8 was found in New York State Sunday morning. Troopers said in an update posted late Sunday night that the Cuba, NY police department and New York State Police found Latesia Rae Pierce, 14, and said “she has been turned over ...

State police seek information on reported runaway

Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a 14-year-old girl last seen leaving Sheffield High School on April 8. Troopers said in a statement late Saturday night that they have received a report “of a juvenile runaway.” Latesia Rae Pierce, 14, was “reported to have ...

Cobham Hill Road closed due to wildfire

Cobham Hill Road will be closed into next week due to wildfires that have consumed in excess of 100 acres in Watson Township. PennDOT made the announcement Friday morning. The road is closed from the intersection at Route 62 to the intersection with Hearts Content Road. “The closure is ...

Biden making new moves on guns, including naming ATF boss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an "epidemic and an international embarrassment." "It is ...

Wildfire impacting dozens of acres in county

Between 65 and 70 acres on land are currently on fire around Watson Township. Crews have been battling the wildfire for several hours. The fire is currently "going up both sides of the valley" and at Route 62, said Jay Lindemuth, DCNR Bureau of Forestry Fire Forester. A hand-dug line created ...

Wildfire consumes 100 acres; expected to burn throughout night

A wildfire blazed through a swath of Watson Township on Thursday and was expected to continue burning through the night. The call for a vegetation fire on Allegheny National Forest land went out at about noon. Windy conditions led to difficulty containing the fire and by 6 p.m., it had ...

Unemployment down slightly in February

Unemployment in Warren County was down slightly in February, but still higher that it typically was pre-pandemic. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the county's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. That's down from 7.8 percent in January. Still, unemployment is ...

Paws for Healing Campaign kicks off

Paws Along the River Human Society has announced its annual Kwik Fill Paws for Healing Campaign from April 1 through April 30 at all Warren County Kwik Fill stations and stores and at Paws & Shop Thrift Boutique. Purchase a dog bone for $1 and help provide medical needs for the animals ...

Body found in river identified

A positive identification has been made on the man's body found in the Allegheny River in Warren County on Friday. John C. Nelson, 55, of Warren, was confirmed dead following a Monday autopsy. “Following an autopsy performed by Erie County Medical Examiner Dr. (Eric) Vey, the body recovered ...

City Council votes to staff playground, pool

The Warren City Council has overturned a city administration decision and the city’s Summer Playground Program and municipal pool will be open in 2021. Council changed course on the offerings in two 4-3 votes during a special meeting held on Monday night. City staff made the decision a ...

Car rams into police at Capitol barricade; officer killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said. The suspect died at a hospital, officials said. Both officers were hospitalized, ...

US employers add 916,000 jobs in March as hiring accelerates

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen. The March ...

Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...

Body of male discovered in water in Tidioute

The body of a man was found Friday afternoon in the Allegheny River between Irvine and Tidioute in Warren County. Officials could not immediately make an identification, according to Pennsylvania State Police at the scene near Davey Hill Road. The location was on the west side of the river ...

Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to ‘win the future’

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden outlined a huge $2.3 trillion plan Wednesday to reengineer the nation’s infrastructure in what he billed as “a once-in-a-generation investment in America” that would undo his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement — giant tax cuts for ...