Motor Vehicle Accident

Sugarcreek Borough Police was dispatched to a single motor vehicle accident on State Route 427 on October 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm.

Investigation reveals that a Nissan Altima, operated by Rachel Gurnee, 19 of Franklin, was traveling south on State Route 427 in the area of Keely Road. Vehicle failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway. The vehicle crossed over the north bound lane of travel, struck a ditch and continued up a slight embankment and struck a tree, coming to a final rest in the wooded area.

Gurnee was transported from the scene by Community Ambulance Service with unknown injuries.

Also assisting at the scene was Rocky Grove and Reno Volunteer Fire Departments and Venango Towing.

Gurnee was cited for driving to fast for conditions following the investigation.

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Harassment

Sugarcreek Borough Police filed charges of Transmission of Sexually Explicit Images by a Minor and Harassment by Communications against a fifteen year old juvenile through the Venango County District Attorney’s office on October 29, 2018.

Charges stem from an incident that occurred on October 24, 2018 in where said juvenile is reported to have sent explicit photos of a minor without that minors consent as a threat.

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Criminal Mischief

Sugarcreek Borough Police filed charges of Criminal Mischief and Harassment against two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, through the Venango County District Attorney’s office on October 29, 2018.

Charges are from an incident that occurred October 10, 2018 in where the juveniles are reported to have “keyed” several vehicles along Lamberton Street causing thousands of dollars in damages.

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Online Voting Open for Paint the Plow Program in Venango County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) northwest region invites the public to vote on two plows decorated by Venango County school students as part of the “Paint the Plow” program.

“Paint the Plow” is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs.

Earlier this year, PennDOT invited Venango County high school students to paint plow blades based on the regional theme “Don’t Crowd the Plow.”

Students from Oil City High School and Rocky Grove High School participated.

Rocky Grove High School
Don’t Crowd the Plow

Oil City High School
Don’t Crowd the Plow

Members of the public can vote for their favorite plow through the PennDOT Facebook page (@PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation). Pictures of each plow are posted online in the 2018 Paint the Plow – Venango County photo album.

The plow photo that receives the most “Reactions” between October 22, 2018 and noon, October 29, 2018 will be deemed the “Fan Favorite.” Each “Reaction,” regardless of whether it is a like, love, haha, wow, sad, angry, will count as one vote.

The plows have been on display at the Venango County PennDOT facility on Route 8 in Sandycreek Township. During the winter weather season, the plows will be used to maintain area roadways. Along with the “Fan Favorite” award, the plows are also eligible for the “Judges’ Pick” honor.

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Motor Vehicle Accident (Fatal)

Sugarcreek Police was dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Patchel Run Road on Friday September 21, 2018 at 7:45pm.

Upon arrival, officers found one male patient being attended to by fire department personnel as well as neighboring residents. Officer assisted with medical treatment until Community Ambulance Service arrived on scene.

Victim, Michael Paul LaVan, was unable to overcome the injuries sustained in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation shows that LaVan was traveling north on Patchel Run Road and failed to negotiate a left bend in the road causing his motorcycle to leave the roadway.

Sugarcreek Police were assisted at the scene by Rocky Grove and Reno Vol Fire Departments, Community Ambulance, Venango County Coroner and Sugarcreek Towing and Recovery.

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Trick or Treat Hours

Trick or Treat Hours for Borough of Sugarcreek
Wednesday October 31, 2018  6PM til 8PM

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Vehicle Accident

Sugarcreek Police was dispatched to the 2000 block of Rocky Grove Ave at 11:13 am on Monday September 17, 2018.

Vehicle driven by Joseph Scavella, 61 of Erie PA, was traveling south on Rocky Grove Ave, south of Keely Road when he became distracted and took his eyes off of the roadway.

The vehicle he was operating was a 2012 Freightliner refrigerator truck. The vehicle left the south bound lane and entered a roadside ditch where it continued south where it struck a driveway culvert, causing the rear axil to become mostly dislodged from the vehicle. The refrigerator box portion also became mostly dislodged from the frame during impact.

No injuries were reported.

Community Ambulance and Rocky Grove & Reno Vol Fire Depts assisted at the scene.

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Wolf Administration Urges Responsibility, Designated Driving Ahead of the Labor Day Holiday

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and Penn State Health Life Lion, held a media event to urge responsibility, designated driving ahead of the Labor Day Holiday.

“As friends and families come together to enjoy the last big holiday of the summer, we ask everyone to celebrate responsibly and plan ahead to get home safely,” said Major James B. Basinger, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Troopers have a        zero-tolerance approach toward impaired driving, which is a serious, but completely preventable crime.”

During the 2017 Labor Day holiday enforcement period, troopers made 552 DUI arrests and investigated 90 crashes in which alcohol was a factor. According to PennDOT data, there were more than 3,100 total crashes statewide over the long holiday weekend; 314 of those were alcohol-related that resulted in 11 fatalities.

“Drunk and drugged driving risks the lives of not only drivers and their passengers, but also other motorists, pedestrians, and first responders,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “With the technology and resources available today, there is never an excuse to get behind the wheel while impaired.”

As part of the national impaired driving enforcement mobilization, which runs from August 15 through September 3, Pennsylvania’s DUI task forces, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement statewide will also conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the outreach effort.

Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania are based on factors including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content (BAC) level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage occurred. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and prison time.

“The smartest, safest thing you can do is get a designated driver or use a ride sharing service,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lubin, division chief, pre-Hospital and transport medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “You’d much rather be in one of those vehicles than one of ours.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed the SaferRide smartphone app as a tool to decrease impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. SaferRide is free and available for Android and Apple devices.

For more information on PennDOT’s impaired driving efforts and the Pennsylvania State Police, visit PennDOT.gov/safety and www.psp.pa.gov.

Visit https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/emergency-medicine/patient-care-and-treatment for additional information on Penn State Health Life Lion.

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PennDOT Provides REAL ID Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers provided an update today on Pennsylvania’s progress toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, and how customers can apply for REAL ID pre-verification in PennDOT driver license centers in the coming weeks.

Because PennDOT may already have electronic documents on file for approximately 35 percent of its total customers, individuals who received their first PA driver’s license or ID card after September 2003, these customers have had the option to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online since March.

Most of PennDOT’s customers, however, received their initial product BEFORE September 2003, so PennDOT does not have their required REAL ID documents on file. Customers in this group who want a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver’s License Center so they can be verified in person.

Beginning September 1, these customers may bring the required documents to any PennDOT driver license center. Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number (Unlaminated social security card)
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes (Marriage certificate or court order issued by your county’s family court)
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address (Current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address)

PennDOT staff will image the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail, eliminating any need for this customer to visit a Driver License Center.

To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver’s License Center, have their documents verified and imaged, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 7-10 days; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

PennDOT is in the process of retrofitting six of its existing driver’s license centers to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona and South 70th Street in Philadelphia) and adding five new locations in the following regions: Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg, and Lancaster.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020.There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

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New School Year Brings Students, School Buses Back to Roads

As the new school year gets underway (August 28th for Valley Grove School District), motorists need to be vigilant to avoid potentially tragic crashes and strong penalties as school buses return to the roads and transport children.

“Our lives are filled with distractions, but we simply must put them aside and focus on the road ahead when we get behind the wheel,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Even a momentary distraction — especially around school buses and in school zones — can lead to tragedy.”

Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. If convicted, violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.

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