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Venango County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Venango County Arrest Records?

Venango County arrest records contain the criminal history of a person that has not been convicted. These records, also referred to as arrest reports, generally contain the incidences leading to an individual’s arrest. Other details included in this document are arrest location, photographs, names, physical descriptions, and charges. These records are public documents; thus, the residents of Venango County can demand it from the county’s law enforcement agencies. Arrest reports may be accessed both at the federal and state level. Interested parties should take note that arrest records are not the same as criminal records. While arrest records disclose only the details of an alleged criminal, the criminal records reveal a convicted individual’s entire history.

Crime Statistics

Based on the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting for Pennsylvania State, there were 146 reported crimes in Franklin City, the county seat of Venango. A total of 17 violent crimes were recorded, of which there were 15 aggravated assaults, one robbery, and one rape. Like most reports, property crimes had the highest number out of the overall index, with 129 recorded cases. Property crimes such as burglary (22), larceny-theft (102), motor vehicle theft (5), and arson (1) were all recorded. In Venango County, from 1999 to 2008, the number of violent crimes reported was 686. However, the index total of crimes recorded was 8,273, from which there were seven murders, 77 robberies, and almost 7,000 thefts, including 315 motor vehicle thefts.

What are Venango County Criminal Records?

Criminal records in Venango County are public documents created following the conviction of an individual. The details contained in these records include a place of arrest, police reports, incarcerations, arrest reports, convictions, warrants, and records of probation. Pennsylvania State Police provides an online portal to enable interested parties to perform criminal history checks.

Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History system, simply referred to as PATCH, serves as the online repository for all criminal record searches at the state level. Alternatively, the Venango County sheriff’s office maintains these records at the local level.

How Do I Get Venango County Criminal Records?

Pennsylvania state criminal records are all accessible on the internet search service known as PATCH. Following the state’s Criminal History Information Act, the system was established to enable law enforcement agencies to conduct criminal history checks with ease. Provided they fulfill the criteria, interested persons can also request these records. Individuals may download and fill out the request form to get criminal records. A request is by mail and should be submitted along with a processing fee of $20. This is payable in either cheque or money order form. Upon completion, all applications should be filed to:

The Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

Alternatively, individuals can make requests for criminal history records from the Venango County Sheriff Office located at:

1168 Liberty Street,
Courthouse, 1st Floor
Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9565
Fax: (814) 437-2324

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 831
Franklin, PA, 16323

The office can provide valuable and reliable information provided the requester has some background knowledge concerning the event. Criminal records regarding active cases are considered to be sensitive and cannot be made public upon request.

Where Can I Find Venango County Sex Offender Information?

Information regarding sex offenders in Venango County is accessible on the Pennsylvania State Sex Offender Registry. Under the statute, any person convicted of sexual crimes will be recorded into the online registry. The registry’s objective is to secure the county’s residents from both sex offenders and child victim offenders. The registry is updated regularly to spread awareness within the county.

The Pennsylvania State Police is charged with maintaining the registry and allowing individuals to access regular email notifications about every sex offender.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Venango County Jail?

The Sheriff’s department manages the Venango County Prison. The facility is located at:

Venango County Prison
1186 Elk Street,
Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9629
Fax: (814) 432-9653

Visitors are advised to call the visit numbers on (814) 432-9631 to sign-up for the inmate visitation list as individuals not on this list will not be allowed into the facility. Visiting rules and schedules are available online on the Venango Visitation Opportunities webpage. Individuals are expected to comply with the regulations which are susceptible to revision by the prison administrators. Video visitations are available for interested persons.

Where and How to Find Venango County Inmate Information

The Sheriff department in Venango County maintains inmate information locally; however, at the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is in charge. Interested persons can use the Inmate Locator search tool to quickly find details about an inmate in the Venango County Prison. To perform the search successfully, requesters will have to provide the inmate’s number, first name, or last name.

What are Venango County Court Records?

Venango County Court records consist of court trials, legal statements, dockets, transcripts, and affidavits. These records are usually open to the public. Under the Right-To-Know law in Venango, the public is entitled to court information whenever required. The Venango Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts is responsible for documenting and managing all legal proceedings and relevant documentation within the county.

Alternatively, the Unified Judiciary of Pennsylvania’s website provides access to court documents for free at the state level. Requesters would have to download and fill out a request form for paper court case documents. Completed applications should be forwarded to any of the Venango County magisterial district courts.

Location of All Courts in Venango County

The Venango County courts are divided into two major sections: the Magisterial District Courts and the Common Pleas Courts. All courthouses in Venango County are listed below.

Venango County Court Common Pleas
1168 Liberty Street,
Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9577
Fax: (814) 432-9579

Venango County Orphans’ Court
1168 Liberty Street,
P.O. Box 831, Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9539
Fax: (814) 432-9569

Venango County Magisterial District Court 28-3-01
911 Center, 1052 Grandview Rd,
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: (814) 670-0339
Fax: (814) 670-0922

Venango County Magisterial District Court 28-3-03
217 Thirteenth Street,
Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-3621
Fax: (814) 432-7963

Venango County Magisterial District Court 28-3-04
Mellon Bank Building
P.O. Box 553, Seneca, PA 16346
Phone: (814) 676-5421

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What are Venango County Vital Records?

Venango County’s vital records provide details regarding events in the area, such as marriage, birth, divorce, and death. All vital records in Venango and other local counties are available through the Pennsylvania State Department of Health website. Vital records contain confidential information, and that is the reason they are open only to qualified persons. Consequently, interested parties must apply to the authorized custodians before they can be granted access to these records. Alternatively, certain vital records can be requested from the Clerk of Court in Venango County, located at:

Venango County Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts
1168 Liberty Street,
Courthouse, 1st Floor, Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9577

Where and How to Get Venango County Divorce Records

The Venango County divorce records are maintained by the Prothonotary’s office. County residents who are requesting these records would be required to include details, such as the petition date, the record file number, and spouses’ names. If the requester is qualified, applications may be submitted via mail or in person. At the state level, these records are also available through Pennsylvania’s department of health webpage.

Where and How to Get Venango County Marriage Records

Marriage records in Venango are created and disseminated by the register & recorder’s office. Requesters can get the records by visiting the office, located:

Venango Recorder Office
1168 Liberty Street,
Courthouse, 1st Floor, Franklin, PA 16323
Mail: P.O. Box 831, Franklin, PA 16323
Phone: (814) 432-9539
Fax: (814) 432-9569

One or both of the applicants have to be from the county, and when applying, requesters must be at the offices by 4 p.m. The fee for the document is $45 and is payable in cash only. Interested parties should visit the, applying for a marriage license webpage for more information.

Where and How to Get Venango County Birth Records and Death Records

All Venango County birth and death records are processed by Pennsylvania’s department of health (vital records division). Only members of the public who meet the requirements can obtain these records. Eligible applicants should fill a birth or death certificate application form and submit to the PADOH office at:

P.A. Department of Health
Bureau of Health Statistics & Registries
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103