False Reports

Sugarcreek Borough police filed a criminal complaint against Tiesha Jones, 29 of Franklin, for False Reports.

On September 13, 2017, an investigation was started into a reported kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and rape which was to have taken place over a nine day span.

During the course of the investigation multiple search warrants and interviews were conducted. At the conclusion of information gathering it was apparent that Jones’ report was not consistent with what the investigation revealed.

During a secondary interview with Jones she revealed to the investigator that she had made up the story as to not get into trouble for a probation violation.

Jones was arraigned before District Justice Lowrey on one charge of False Reports (M2) and remanded to Venango County Jail on $10,000 monetary bail.

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PennDOT, Safety Partners Holding Car Seat Safety Check

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP) will hold a free car seat check at the Franklin Fire Department.

The seat check will be held from 1 PM to 4 PM Thursday, August 17 in the lot behind the fire department at 113 13th Street, Franklin. Attendees can access the seat check from Elk Street. Walk-ins are welcome and participants are encouraged to take the owner’s manuals for their vehicles and car seats.

Pennsylvania law requires children under age 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. Children age 2 to 8 must be buckled into a car or booster seat that is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight.

Nationally Certified Car Seat Technicians will be on hand to inspect car and booster seats, to ensure the seats are properly secured into the vehicles, and to check that children are correctly buckled up. Seats will also be evaluated for possible expirations, recalls, or damage.

For additional information of children passenger safety, go to www.penndot/gov/safety.

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Wanted Person

George Warren Dunbrack
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WANTED: George Warren Dunbrack
Dunbrack (48) is wanted by the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department for the following charges:
Theft by Deception (Felony 3) and Home Improvement Fraud (Felony 3)

In October of 2015 Dunbrack took payment of $10,600 for home repairs and failed to purchase materials or do work on the residence.

Anyone with information on Dunbrack’s where abouts is asked to contact Sugarcreek Borough Police at 814-437-3703

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Criminal Mischief of Throwing Rocks

Sugarcreek Borough Police are investigating two separate incidents that occurred on June 16, 2017 where unknown person or persons had thrown rocks onto Allegheny Blvd.

At 12:50 pm a large rock struck the windshield of a 2014 Honda vehicle traveling southbound on Allegheny Blvd causing damage to the windshield.

At 2:50 pm another large rock struck and caused damage to a 2017 Ford truck.

Anyone with information may contact the Sugarcreek Police Department by calling 814-437-3703. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

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PennDOT, Safety Partners to Host Bicycle Rodeo

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin Alliance Church, and the City of Franklin will hold a free children’s bicycle rodeo on June 29.

The rodeo will take place in the parking lot of the Franklin Alliance Church, 1200 Otter Street in Franklin. The event is open to ages 5 to 12. Registration will begin at 6 PM, with activities from 6:30 PM through 7:30 PM. All attendees should bring a bike and helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign a permission slip for participation.

The rodeo will consist of safety activities and games, bicycle inspections, and helmet inspections. Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E) of Venango County will award a free bicycle to one attendee and the Franklin Alliance Church and Franklin Chamber of Commerce will provide a hot dog dinner and snacks.

Wearing a helmet is required for participation in the rodeo. A limited number of free helmets will be available complements of Safe Kids Clarion-Venango. The goal of the children’s bike rodeo is to interest kids in bicycling, educate them on safety requirements, and instill in them safe biking habits.

This free event is made possible through the additional support of: State Farm Agent Mike Dill, Cub Scout Pack 37, Rep. R. Lee James, the Venango Sherriff’s Office, and UPMC Northwest.

For more information on bicycle safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.

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PennDOT to phase in newly-designed driver licenses, identification cards

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.

PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.

“The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver license and identification card issuance process,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

PennDOT began a pilot of the new products beginning on Monday, June 19 at the Riverfront Office Center location in Harrisburg. All Driver and Photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customer’s option in 2019.

The cards look very different, but they also have additional enhanced security features, which improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.

Some of the enhanced features include:

  • Larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait
  • 2D barcode, which contain data from the front of the card unique to the cardholder
  • Laser perforation – The keystone outline with “PA” is embedded into the card stock and can be observed by holding the card up to any light source
  • Laminate – Each card is laminated with an optically-variable pattern with the state motto, “Virtue, Liberty, Independence,” Keystone outline and “1787,” the year when the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Pennsylvania.

In addition to the above changes, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the newly designed driver’s license and identification cards.

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PennDOT to Display Plans for Bridge Rehabilitation On Route 427 in Venango County

Rt 427 Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to view a display of plans to rehabilitate a bridge on Route 427 in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County.

The 106-foot-long, two span bridge carries Route 427 over Booth Run, and is located about one mile east of the intersection with Route 322.

Construction will involve preservation work on the deck and superstructure, along with adding a waterproof membrane and updated guiderails.

Plans for the project will be on display:

Date:               June 19 through June 30, 2017
Time:              Monday through Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
Location:       Sugarcreek Borough Building
                         212 Fox Street
                         Franklin, PA 16323

 Construction is expected to occur in 2018, and will require separate car and truck detours with a duration of approximately two to three months.

The proposed car detour would use Patchell Run Road, Meadville Pike and Route 322. The proposed truck detour would use Route 322, Route 173 and Route 27.

The existing bridge was built in 1933, and is classified as structurally deficient. It is used by about 1,250 vehicles a day, on average.

The purpose of the display is to introduce the project and to receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project.  The display is set up to also receive any public input regarding historic or archaeological sites in the area, that could be affected by the project, as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (cultural resources).

The display location is accessible to anyone with disabilities. Anyone with special needs or requiring assistance should contact Matt Antrilli – Project Manager, at 814.678.7169

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Work to Replace Meadville Pike Bridge in Venango County to Begin

Meadville Pike Bridge

Work to replace the bridge that carries Meadville Pike (Route 4006) over a Patchel Run in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County is scheduled to begin June 12.

The 13-foot-long bridge is located on Meadville Pike near the intersection with Patchel Run Road. The bridge was built in 1959 and is classed as structurally deficient. Approximately 1,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.

Work will involve replacement of the deck and parapets, along with guiderail, drainage and pavement marking updates, and paving the bridge approaches.

The contractor is Shingledecker’s Welding, Inc. of Franklin, PA. The contract cost is $302,041, which is to be paid entirely with state funds. This project is made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation plan.

Work on the project is expected to begin on Monday, June 12 and is scheduled to be completed by September 13, 2017.

A detour will be posted using Route 322 and Patchel Run Road.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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School Prank

Sugarcreek Borough police investigated a reported break in and vandalism at the Rocky Grove High School in the evening hours of May 29, 2017.

Fifteen students entered the school through a window and commenced to making a huge mess in the school with eggs, toilet paper, soap, paper, shaving cream, ext as a senior prank.

All students could have been facing charges of Burglary, Institutional Vandalism and many more charges however Valley Grove School District, Venango County D. A. office and Borough Police opted for a lesser charge that would not follow the students throughout their adult life and each was charged with a summary violation.

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State Police, PennDOT Partner to Promote Seat Belt Safety Enforcement, Child Seat Inspections

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and busy summer travel season, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will partner with municipal police departments statewide during the national “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement mobilization through June 4.

The following northwestern Pennsylvania local police department will be participating in the current Click It or Ticket campaign:

  • Erie County – Erie Police Department, Millcreek Township Police Department, North East Police Department;
  • Mercer County – Grove City Police Department, Hermitage Police Department, Jefferson Township Police Department;
  • Venango County – Franklin Police Department, Oil City Police Department, Sugarcreek Borough Police Department; and
  • Warren County – Conewango Township Police Department and City of Warren Police Department.

As part of the enforcement, Pennsylvania State Police and local departments will join agencies across the eastern half of the United States for a border-to-border initiative beginning May 22 to provide increased seat-belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety.

Additionally, to help ensure the safety of infants and children in cars, troopers certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state.

“We encourage anyone who drives with children in the car to take advantage of this resource, whether they have a new baby in the family or need a quick refresher on the proper installation of a safety seat,” said Major Edward Hoke, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “The consistent use of seat belts and child passenger safety seats is the first step toward keeping your family safe on the road.”

According to PennDOT data, unrestrained fatalities decreased from 413 to 408 in 2016. The statewide number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts increased to 14,992, compared to 13,534 in 2015.

Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up when riding anywhere in a vehicle. After the age of 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat.

As of August, 2016, Pennsylvania law mandates that children under two-years-old to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until their eighth birthday.

“Working together with our law enforcement partners, PennDOT aims to educate the public on resources available, but also send a united message to motorists,” Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Adults must provide a positive example to children by wearing their seat belts and properly securing passengers.”

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