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The Rev. John L. Miller is settling in to his new duties as pastor of Oil City's five merged and partnered Catholic parishes.

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A 13-year-old Oil City homicide suspect appeared Wednesday in the chambers of Venango County President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh for his fourth - and potentially last - status conference this year.

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A 13-year-old Oil City murder suspect was scheduled to appear Wednesday in the chambers of Venango County President Judge Oliver Lobaugh for a status conference - the third such meeting this year.

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A 13-year-old Oil City murder suspect met with a judge and counsel Tuesday in what was his second status conference this year, and his second meeting at the Venango County Courthouse since his attorney filed a motion in November to have him tried as a juvenile.

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Venango County Senior Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh has approved a request to have teen murder suspect Zachary Proper transported to Pittsburgh later this month to undergo an evaluation.

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A status conference scheduled Thursday for a 13-year-old Oil City boy accused of killing his grandparents turned into a private affair after attorneys and a judge met behind closed doors for nearly 90 minutes at the Venango County Courthouse.

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Whether a 13-year-old Oil City boy accused of killing his grandparents will be tried in a juvenile court remains to be seen after a status conference Tuesday in Venango County court was continued until Jan. 3.

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A preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday for a 13-year-old Oil City boy facing criminal homicide charges was canceled after the boy's attorney filed a motion Tuesday afternoon to decertify and transfer the case to the juvenile division of the Court of Common Pleas.

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The defense attorney for a 13-year-old Oil City boy accused of killing his grandparents filed a motion Tuesday to decertify and transfer the case to the juvenile division of the Court of Common Pleas. Franklin attorney Virginia G. Sharp filed the motion Tuesday with President Judge Oliver Lo…

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A Venango County judge on Wednesday approved a motion to transfer a 13-year-old Oil City boy currently lodged in the Venango County jail on charges of double homicide to a secure detention facility in Erie.

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An attorney who more than 10 years ago assisted in the defense of a 14-year-old Venango County boy who shot and killed his 12-year-old sister has been appointed to come to the defense of an Oil City boy accused of murder.

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Because the Venango County jail is located within the Franklin Area School District, it is responsible for educating school-aged children incarcerated at the jail.

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Although George and Dorothy Fross were laid to rest Friday afternoon at St. Patrick Cemetery, the tragic saga continues for many others - particularly William Proper and Karen Kapp, the parents of accused killer Zachary Proper.

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For the families of George and Dorothy Fross, Friday's funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church in Franklin provided harmony and closure following a week of misery and chaos.

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Oil City teen Zachary Proper remains in Venango County jail without bail after confessing Monday to the murder of his grandparents, George and Dorothy Fross, Sunday afternoon at their Sandycreek Township home.

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An Oil City middle school student remains in jail today (Oct. 10, 2012) for allegedly shooting his grandparents at their Sandycreek Township home after they called his mother names and "were speaking poorly about her."

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George Fross was a good man who prayed to God every day that he be allowed to survive his ongoing bout with lung cancer just long enough to walk his daughter down the aisle at her November wedding.

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An area physician who has been the target of a state investigation agreed this month to a permanent surrender of his license to practice medicine.