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July 27, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low a refreshing 48; no precipitation 

 

A Coudersport motorcyclist was treated at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville Monday afternoon for minor injuries he suffered in a spill on Route 449 in Genesee. John Hurlburt told state police while he  going south, his pant leg got caught in the kick stand spring on his Yamaha and when he tricked to remove it, the kick stand went down. As he looked down to flip the kick stand, the bike drifted off the road and hit a flower box and laid down in a driveway. He was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital by Genesee volunteer ambulance. State police said Hurlburt was improperly using his helmet at the time and is being cited for careless driving.

 

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle collision Monday afternoon on Route 6 just north of the Mansfield state police barracks. State police said the collision occurred when Dennis Williams of Morris and Carol Kohler of Elkland had completely l stopped their vehicles in the westbound lane for another vehicle which was turning left.  Theresa Pearson of Wellsboro came behind the two stopped vehicles and allowed her Ford Focus to run into the back of the Williams Toyota Tacoma which then ran into the back of Kohler’s Chevrolet HHR.  Pearson is being charged with speeding.

 

A short while later, both drivers escaped injury in another rear-end collision in Tioga County. State police said Todd Tomlinson of Wellsboro failed to stop  his Eagle Talon for Misty Day-Stanley of Tioga who had stopped her Toyota RAV on South Main Street in Richmond Township and ran into the back of the SUV. Police say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision.

 

Troopers at Mansfield overnight released details about a one-vehicle crash occurring last Friday afternoon on Marsh Road in Nelson Township. Police said Katherine Reece of Addison, NY was going south when she swerved her Saturn SL to the right and went onto the berm. The car zig zagged a couple of times, hit a tree on the west berm, spun counter clockwise and struck another embankment with the driver’s   door before coming to rest.  Reece and a 5 year old girl were taken by ambulance to Corning Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Brian Ribble and a 12 year old boy who were also passengers in the car, escaped injury. Reece is being cited for speeding.

 

Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into an identity theft victimizing an Austin resident earlier this summer. Someone used a Home Depot car in Ruth Baker’s name to purchase $812 worth of merchandise on June 24, 2011.

  

The theft of a an ATV from the front lawn of a residence along Heck of a Drive in Mainsburg  is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. The red 1999 Polaris Sportsman ATV belonged to Hugh Heck. The theft of a camera from a campsite in Bloss Township  Tioga County is also being probed by troopers at the Mansfield barracks.  The Canon digital camera belonged to Jessica Kinley of Williamsport was taken while she was camping with ten friends during the afternoon and evening of July 16.

 

Vandalism to vehicles are being investigated by state police at Coudersport and Emporium. Culprits keyed cars owned by Nicole McClelland of Austin and Bonnie Osborn of Roulette Friday between 3:00 and 11:00 pm while the vehicles were parked in the lot at Sweden Valley Manor.  And, someone damaged the right door and front right front tire on a 2000 Honda Civic owned by Michael Cherry of St.Marys over the past three weeks while it was parked on Marvin Street in Wilcox. 

 

Two McKean County men have been charged with criminal trespass by state police at Coudersport. Authorities claim 49 year old Donald Connelly of Port Allegany and 39 year old Larry Walker of Eldred were observed picking ginseng roots Tuesday morning on Dry Run Road in Hebron Township without the permission of the owner, Jan Kleinguenther of Lafayette Hill, PA. 

 

Some 150 people braved the excessive heat last Thursday night to attend the 25th annual Progress through Communications Ag Picnic at the Carl Erway Farm on Route 29 in Gold. The event began earlier that afternoon with a farm tour which included a visit to a local cheese making operation.  Government and agriculture leaders then participated in a roundtable discussion about concerns for the county’s number one industry.  Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley who was the Master of Ceremonies for the picnic, opened by saying that 25 years ago agricultural  leaders told the politicians their concerns and he joked they are the same, 25 years later. Morley has MC’d the event 24 out of the 25 years.  Speakers included FFA students, Paula Plumstead from the Headwaters Chapter (Northern Potter School) and Rea Ianson, from the Spud Growers Chapter (Coudersport Area High School).  Two state FFA officers participated as well.  Tyler Claypool, state FFA Sentinel gave the invocation and Casey Hall, State FFA president from Roaring Branch was the guest speaker. Hall credited FFA and its leaders with teaching her important life skills and noted that until seven years ago, she was a “city girl.” Several awards were presented that evening:  

Dairy of Distinction: Roger and Rhoda Lent and Four Winds Farm LLC

Take Pride in America: Don and Cathy Thompson

Service to Ag: Phil Lehman

Educator of the Year: Gods Country Trout Unlimited

Conservationist of the Year: Roy Thompson

Partner of the Year: Williams

Henry Staiger Award:  (FFA member, Spud Growers, Coudersport): Haley Wilson

Robert Barnett Award (FFA member, Headwaters Chapter, Northern Potter) Paula Plumstead

 

 

 

 

July 26, 2011

Monday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 54; .41” rain (.67” on Fishing Creek)

 

A 20 year old Johnstown driver is being charged with careless driving following an accident Sunday morning on Long Level Road in Elk County. State police say Daniel Johnson was going south at about 10:30 am when he fell asleep at the wheel. Johnson awoke as his Chevrolet Silverado was entering the intersection with Rute 948.  and when he tried to steer the truck to the west side of the intersection, it went out of control, traveled across the  Red Mill Dam Road and 948 intersection, traveled into a field and rolled over onto its roof. Johnson was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

 

Troopers at Ridgway say they conducted a Checkpoint Strike Force Initiative  over the weekend on Route 948 in Kersey.  Officers detained 43 vehicles and put two drivers through additional sobriety test which proved negative.  Police say more such initiatives will be conducted in Elk and surrounding counties over the next several weeks where there is a high incidence of alcohol related crashes and crimes. 

 

Meanwhile, 41 year old Mary Jo Peterson of Ridgway is accused of DUI after being stopped early Sunday morning on Route 219 in that town for alleged traffic violations. Coudersport-based state police have charged 56 year old Richard Farmer, Jr. of Elizabethtown with DUI after stopping him for speeding on Route 6 near the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township last Thursday night.  State police at Mansfield arrested 21 year old Brooke Weller of Middlebury Center for DUI early Sunday morning after he was allegedly observed committing traffic violations on Route 287 near Old Keys Road in Tioga.

 

Several people have been charged with harassment recently  for a variety of incidents across the region. Nicole Harvey, 30 of Driftwood is accused of assaulting 51 year old James Ambrose, Jr. during a domestic disturbance on the afternoon of July 16 a residence on Hicks Run Road. A 14 year old boy is being prosecuted through juvenile court for allegedly subjecting 43 year old Tina Hill of Ridgway to unwanted physical contact last Thursday night in the Ridgway Commons. Chad Wilson, 38 of Middlebury Center is accused of grabbing 32 year old Alissa Hogue by the throat last Friday afternoon while they argued at the intersection of Main and Mechanic Streets in that village. Kent Miller is charged for hitting a victim during a disagreement last Wednesday afternoon on Longview Driver in Knoxville. Both people involved in a fight a few minutes earlier that day at a residence on Forest Glen Lane in Ward Township, Tioga County are facing charges in district court. State police claim 28 year old Tonyasue Chambers threw a beer bottle at 49 year old Timothy Dunkle  causing a cut on his nose.  Police say Dunkle slapped Chambers causing a red mark around her eye.

 

Troopers at Emporium are investigating the theft of some gasoline from a vehicle parked on Arrowhead Lane in Shippen Township over the past weekend. Some $60 worth of fuel was siphoned out of the vehicle owned by Preston Clingan. 

 

A couple of criminal mischief incidents are under state police investigation. State police say someone used a ball bat or similar tool to smash mailboxes belonging to Kathleen Sikora and Todd Hilliard located along East Carly Hill Road in Roulette last Thursday night or Friday morning. Vandals causing about $200 in damage to a door at the home of John Cribbs on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County Saturday or Sunday. 

 

Deanna McMillan, 33, of Columbia Crossroads will be answering charges in district court for writing a bad check to a Middlebury Center business earlier this month. State police contend McMillan wrote a check for $72.56 to Donna’s Corner Market on a closed account.

 

 

 

The Potter County Commissioners, during the July 14 meeting, adopted a county sexual harassment policy. Chairman Doug Morley said the policy had been implemented for some time, following federal and state rules, but had not been formally written.  Commissioner Paul Heimel said the local board had gleaned information from several other counties in preparing the brief document which is available to the public.  The commissioners said the policy has been introduced to department heads and training is likely to  take place among employees.

 

 

 

 

July 25, 2011

Sunday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 65; no precipitation

 

With the hottest day of the year, and the hottest in several years, there was tremendous danger to area firefighters  who responded to a house fire Friday afternoon on North Main Street, Coudersport.  Fire Lt. Bryan Phelps, who was the OIC said the department was summoned just after 4:00 pm to the home of Dr. Marlene and James Smith when a passerby noticed flames. James Smith had been asleep in an upstairs bedroom but was awakened by his two Labrador Retrievers.  Smith and the dogs burst through the front door with smoke alarms sounding and made their way safely to the neighbors.  Phelps said he when he saw the Citizens Bank thermometer reading 102, he immediately called in a second alarm which brought in Austin, Roulette and Galeton departments.  Upon arrival, he found the house heavily involved and requested a third alarm which brought in Shinglehouse, Port Allegany and Emporium. Phelps, minutes later, requested a fourth alarm which brought in volunteers from Genesee, Ulysses, Smethport and Eldred.  In all, an estimated 90 to 110 volunteers responded. Phelps credited all area departments for their response and numerous others who provided coverage of responding stations under the mutual aid system. He said several departments also sent their EMS departments. Despite the extreme heat and intensity of the blaze itself, firefighters carrying an extra 100 pounds in gear only one firefighter, a member of the Shinglehouse department was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for heat exhaustion.  The blaze was declared under control at  around 7:00 pm.  Route 44/49 was closed to traffic for several  hours and traffic was detoured around the site.  Phelps said the 2-1/2 story house was heavily damaged and an electrical malfunction is believed to have sparked the fire. The Smiths, their daughter and pets are staying with friends and the Red Cross is assisting them.  About 90 minutes later, a wildfire erupted on Park Avenue in the borough, behind the library.  Port Allegany, Eldred and Austin volunteers went to that location and doused the suspicious fire.  Some Shinglehouse volunteers were released at about the same time to deal with a brush fire on Canada Hollow Road. Shinglehouse Fire Chief Doug Estes told Black Forest Broadcasting that the new owner of the property, Katherine Simkovic was burning trash and the fire got away from her.  About two acres were blackened and a small shed, valued at $600, was destroyed but there were no injuries.

 

It’s not believed there is a connection to the Park Avenue fire, but Coudersport Borough police are investigating an arson at the pavilion in Mitchell Park, Saturday morning. Authorities accuse a known suspect of tying a piece of cloth around a 2” x 4” wooden support beam and igniting it. The flames were extinguished by a neighbor. Police Chief Lee Gross told Black Forest Broadcasting, charges are anticipated and the suspect’s name will be released at that time.

 

Meanwhile, today’s rainfall notwithstanding, the Roulette Township supervisors are asking residents to refrain from burning outdoors until we get a good soaking.  The board is also requesting that water customers begin voluntarily reducing water consumption during the current dry spell.

 

 

Ryan Long, 39,  of Eldred was jailed after being arraigned Friday on charges of violating Megan’s Law. State police at Kane allege Long failed to report a change in employment information within 48 hours as required for convicted sex offenders.

 

Coudersport-based state police Sunday night released details about a mishap occurring last Wednesday morning on Route 44 in Hebron Township. Troopers say Todd Grimes of Turtlepoint was traveling north with an oversized load, hauling a Franklin 832-Forwarder which caught a phone line running across the road. The phone line was pulled down and the pole, which was broken in half fell across the road. Grimes was unaware of the damage and continued traveling north.  He was apparently located sometime later.

 

Minor injuries were reported for a Ridgway woman following a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning on Gibson Township Road 300 in Cameron County. Emporium-based state police said Richard Bowers was going south when the brakes on his 1988 Dodge Dakota went out while going down a hill. The truck hit an embankment and rolled over onto its roof before coming to rest.  Pauline Bowers was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment. The driver was unhurt.

 

Troopers in  four counties  are investigating thefts from vehicles. Last Thursday afternoon someone stole a woman’s wallet and a purse from a vehicle owned by Justina Bowen of Bradford while it was parked at the Elijah Run boat ramp at Kinzua Dam.  Both contained cash and ID cards. Over the past several months, criminals removed batteries and radiators from vehicles owned by Paul Beuter, Jr. of Mansfield which were parked on Johnson Hill Road in Charleston Township. Thieves smashed the rear window on a Ford Explorer owned by Derrick Gibble of Emporium while it was parked at the Cameron County Fair Gropunds over the past weekend. After breaking the window, the criminals took various items including Gribble’s wallet containing $200 in cash, a Garmin GPS unit with 3” screen and a hand held game along with some prescription medication.   And someone took the ignition  keys out of an unlocked car owned by Barbara Spinda last Thursday afternoon while it was parked at her home on Taylor Street in Kekrsey.

 

Three Tioga County women have been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Mansfield Wal-Mart recently.   Misty Schultz, 31 of Tioga, PA is said to have left the store last Thursday afternoon without payhing for $134.85 worth of items. Melissa Swain, 32,  also of Tioga is accused of trying to take  various automotive and make-up items from the store later that evening without paying for them. Value is said to be $92.27.Dana Pello,32, of Middlebury Center is accused of trying to steal $69.74 worth of goods from the store late Friday night but was apprehended by a Wal-Mart security person.  All three women are being charged with retail theft in district court.

 

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for an older couple for stealing gasoline Saturday afternoon at the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton.  Authorities say a white male, possibly 60-70 years of age pumped $49 worth of fuel into a late model tan  Cadillac Deville or Buick a few minutes before 5:00 pm. His female companion of approximately the same age went into the store but left without paying.

 

Thieves broke a small window in the Genesee Acorn market between 11:00 pm Friday and 6:00 am Saturday.  Police did not indicate what was taken from the store.

 

Someone entered the Abram Bonham’s basement on Tioga River Road in Lawrenceville Saturday night and stole various vehicle parts including an Audi muffler, a Mitsubishi muffler, Mitsubishi struts, an Alpha Sonic Speaker and a Kicker L7 speaker valued at a total of $1100.

 

Camp burglaries are being probed by state police in Tioga and Cameron counties. Thieves took a 6’ diameter stainless steel shower base and a horse drawn single molt plow from the yard at a camp on Pease Hill Road in Nelson Township owned by Gary Stryker of Trout Run, PA. The theft occurred sometime over the past month. Criminals forced their way into a camp on Hooks Lane in Gibson Township over the past couple of weeks but apparently took nothing. The camp belongs to Thomas Tarr of Kittanning.  Thieves broke windows and doors to gain entry to six camps located along Sizer Run Road last Thursday or Friday.  The camps are owned by Richard Olivett and Don Sestina, both of Emporium; David Albert of Lagrangeville, NY, James Alderson of Cannonsburg, PA Ken Heisel of Pittsburg, and Harry Smith, address not provided.  Plastic gasoline containers, and a small quantity of gasoline were taken. Damage amounts to about $600. Various types of alcoholic beverages and a .22 cal. single shot bolt action rifle were stolen from a camp on Sterling Run Road in Gibson Township in Cameron County sometime last week. The camp is owned by Douglas Wittman of St. Marys. A 12 gauged single shot 16 gauge Savage shotgun was taken July 16 or 17 from a camp on Huston Hill Road also in Gibson Township. The thieves caused about $300 in damage to the camp owned by Kenneth Robinson, also of St. Marys. Thieves took about a half pick up load of oak firewood from a camp owned by Larry Berry of Emporium located at the intersection of Sterling Run Road and May Hollow Road during the same period of time.

 

A criminal mischief at a Potter County camp is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. last Thursday, vandals cut telephone wiring to a camp on Cemeteryh Road in Wharton Township owned by Janet Thierfelder of Norristown, PA. 

 

Vandals caused $200 in damage to the metal fence around the swimming pool at the Cameron County High School over the past  weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 22, 2011

Thursday’s high, 96; Overnight 73; no precipitation

 

With a serious heat wave affecting much of the state and country, Agriculture Secretary George Greig is  cautioning livestock and pet owners to take measures to protect animals from high temperatures that can cause them to suffer from heat-related stress.

 

Greig recommends looking for signs of stress in livestock that are outside during the hottest part of the day. These signs include animals bunching together, heavy panting, slobbering, lack of coordination and trembling.

 

Greig said that heavier, fattened livestock, animals with darker coats and those with chronic health conditions are at the greatest risk of stress from the extreme heat.

 

Pet owners should not leave animals in vehicles. A car’s interior temperature can rise within minutes, creating suffocating temperatures that lead to animal health problems and possibly death. Likewise, if pets are left outside, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh, clean, cool water.

 

It is important to have proper ventilation for animals kept indoors, and be sure to have backup power generation systems in place should an electrical outage occur. 

 

Greig offered additional tips for helping pets and livestock animals including cows, horses, pigs, sheep and others deal with the heat:

·         Provide shade – move them to shaded pens if possible.

·         Provide water – as temperatures rise, animals need to consume more water. Spraying animals with water can also help them to cool down, using a sprinkler that provides large droplets.

·         Avoid overworking livestock – it’s safest to work with cattle early in the morning when their body temperatures are low. In addition, routine livestock management procedures such as vaccination, hoof trimming and dehorning should be postponed until the weather cools.

·         Avoid unnecessary transportation - if cattle must be moved, try to do so in the late evening or early morning hours.

·         Take dogs for early morning or late-evening walks, when temperatures are cooler.

 

For more information, contact a local veterinarian.

 

 

Steven Taylor, 20 of Bradford was committed to the McKean County Jail this week, in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of statutory sexual assault. State police allege Taylor had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl on Bishop Street in Bradford late last week.

 

 

Mansfield-based state police have charged sixty-four year old James A. Spencer with criminal mischief for smashing out 34 windows at the Shell Appalachia building in Charleston Township on June 25, over a lease dispute. Spencer also allegedly damaged a window on a truck parked at the gas company property. According to authorities, Spencer admitted doing the damage and said he was angry because he wasn't getting the money he felt he deserved for a lease and pipeline. He also allegedly admitted that he had been drinking alcohol before the incident. The damage was estimated at about $9,000. Arraignment is set for Aug. 8.

  

 

An Emporium man escaped injury in a car/deer accident Wednesday afternoon on Cowley Hill Road in Keating Township. State police said Bruno Carnovale swerved into a left hand curve when he came upon two deer in the road. His Ford Focus traveled across the left hand lane and onto the shoulder. Carnovale was unable to re-gain control and the car struck a section of guard rails before coming to rest.

 

A truck tore down some electric wires Wednesday afternoon in Genesee. Troopers said as a Mack Econolyne turned right into the Acorn Market, the bed caught the wire while passing under the wire and yanked it from the meter box and the side of a residence.

 The number of police pursuits in Pennsylvania dropped last year,  according to State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

 

 

Law enforcement agencies across the state reported involvement in 1,413 vehicle pursuits in 2010, compared to 1,582 pursuits in 2009. Last year’s pursuits resulted in 583 crashes, with 174 involving injuries.

 

The pursuits resulted in nine fatalities, including eight people who died while fleeing police and an additional person who was not directly involved in a pursuit. No police officers died in pursuits last year.

 

The statistics are contained in the 2010 Pennsylvania Police Pursuit Report, compiled by State Police from data submitted from police departments statewide.

The report can be accessed through the Police Pursuit Reporting System at http://ucr.psp.state.pa.us

 

Other information contained in the report shows that:

·                     Slightly more than half of all the pursuits (742) were initiated because of traffic violations, including speeding. The other most common reasons for police to initiate pursuits were driving under the influence or suspected DUI (208); felony criminal offenses (214); and stolen or suspected stolen vehicles (101).

·                     1,000 pursuits ultimately resulted in the apprehension of the fleeing motorist.

·                     56.9 percent of the apprehensions were accomplished using a trailing pursuit, in which officers simply follow the violator’s vehicle in an attempt to bring it to a stop. Trailing pursuits are the least aggressive type of pursuit.


The report is designed to provide statistical information to police agencies to help them evaluate their pursuit policies and to help identify training successes and deficiencies. It does not organize the statistics by department, municipality or county, nor does it attempt to explain increases or decreases in any of the categories.

 

Since 1996, the Vehicle Code has required State Police to compile and publish pursuit reports. In addition to submitting information to State Police, every police department in Pennsylvania is also required to have a written emergency vehicle-response policy governing procedures under which an officer should start, continue or end a pursuit.

 

A pursuit is defined in the Vehicle Code as an attempt by a police officer to apprehend one or more occupants of a vehicle when the driver is resisting apprehension by maintaining or increasing his speed or by ignoring the police officer’s audible or visual signal to stop.

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 21, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 92; Overnight low, 62; no precipitation

 

 

A significant heat wave will continue to  impact the state today  through Saturday, July 23.•Heat index values will approach a maximum of near 105F statewide on Thursday increasing over southeastern PA to near a maximum of 110F on Friday and again on Saturday. The highest values will be experienced in urbanized areas.
•Overnight low temperatures will be in the 70s may not drop below 80 in urbanized areas.
•A return to normal summertime heat is foreseen on Sunday. The Potter County Emergency Management Agency says

 

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs & symptoms of heat exhaustion & heat stroke. Wear light weight & loose fitting clothing when possible & drink plenty of water.

 

To reduce risk during outdoor work.the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool & shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency.call 9 1 1.

 

Children & pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather.when car interiors can reach lethal temps in a matter of minutes. Residents should check up on elderly relatives and neighbors.& remember to provide pets with adequate water and shelter from the sun.

 

Across the state, PennDot Staff will be heavily monitored and only working on low impact projects during this event.  PennDOT is not working dual shifts right now and is only active until approximately 3:00 pm Road problems are  not predictable but are likely to occur in some locations.

 

The PA State Police Watch Center will be performing hourly checks. The state Public Utility Commission will continue to monitor for drains on the power grid due to increased use of air conditioners and fans. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be keeping an eye out for brush fires. A couple have occurred already this week in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. The American Red Cross has set up cooling centers in some communities and is standing by to open others. Forecasters believe Friday may be the worst day of the heat wave.

 

An Arnot, PA woman escaped injury in a car/deer accident Sunday afternoon on Route 660 in Covington Township, Tioga County.  Troopers said Mary Thomas lost control of her westbound Chevrolet Blazer  when she swerved to the north to avoid hitting a deer. The SUV went off the road, behind the guardrail, and traveled on top of an embankment for about 100 feet before hitting the guardrail post. The vehicle then traveled about 80 feet before sliding down an embankment and coming to rest in a ditch.  Thomas was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

 

Mansfield-based state police are investigating a camp burglary taking place in late June. Thieves forced open a door at a camp on Metarko Lane in Ward Township owned by John Pittman of Pottstown and made off with a Visio TV, DVD player, assorted movies, a Panasonic radio, Black and Decker cordless drill, assorted household items and two rib eye steaks. Value of the stolen items amounts to $1155.  Burglars broke into the Charleston Township building over the weekend and stole an undisclosed amount of US currency. Anyone with information about either theft is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

Another criminal mischief on Cris Drive in Eldred is being probed by state police at Kane. Sometime last Thursday or Friday, vandals damaged a vehicle owned by a 30 year old Eldred woman.  A few days before that, culprits cut a cable at a residence on that street.

 

A Potter County resident has been sentenced in Tioga County Court for stealing medication.

Max George Solis, 20, of  Genessee, has been sentenced to six months probation.

Mansfield University Police charged him with stealing oxycodone from a roommate in Laurel Manor at the university.

 

State police at Ridgway say they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint within Elk County this month. In a related note, troopers arrested 20 year old Cory Cannella of Kersey for DUI after stopping him early Sunday morning on Route 255 in Fox Township for a traffic violation.  And seven  St. Marys teenagers have been charged with underage drinking following a routine traffic stop early Saturday morning at the intersection of Thunder Road and W. Theresia Road in that town. Charges are being filed against three 17 year olds; a 16 year old and an 18 year old.

 

 

Organizers of the 9th annual Dam Show to be held  Saturday, July 23, in Austin have released the schedule for the music and cultural restival , which includes a tribute program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic Sept. 30, 1911, flood. Local folk band Jakob’s Hollow and author Paul Heimel are teaming up for a program that will recall the failure of the Austin Dam on that fateful Saturday afternoon.

Jakob’s Hollow has prepared a song medley based on actual events of that day. The band’s performance will follow Heimel’s “The Dam Broke! A Dramatic Reading,” based on his new book, “1911: The Austin Flood” (knoxbooks.net). The program will include local actors reciting the actual words of flood survivors.

Tickets are now on sale for the Dam Show, which is returning to Austin Dam Memorial Park. Prices (parking included) are $15 for those 18 and older, $5.00 for ages 13-17; those 12 and under will be admitted for free. Among ticket outlets are Gauld’s Corner Store and Olga’s Café in Coudersport, and Big Mike’s and Cockeyed Cricket in Austin. Tickets will also be available the gate.

After the famous “Dam Jam” open mic starting at noon, featuring a variety of local performers, the festival kicks into high gear with professional performers. Among musicians booked as opening acts are Bradford’s Marshmellow Overcoat, Coudersport troubadour Tom Martin, and vocalist Grace Solomon from Dallas, Texas.

An opening block starting at 3 pm will feature the eclectic Freakish Owl Boy; a versatile jam band, Raw Dough, which includes Coudersport product Michael Kamper and other music school graduates from Ohio; and one of the show’s two headliners, Chester River Runoff.

A high-energy bluegrass band, the Runoff blends three- and four-part harmonies with intricate instrumentals. With the recent release of its debut studio album, “Blue Heron Farm,” Chester River Runoff has made a name for itself on the national bluegrass scene.

The flood tribute program will follow. Jakob’s Hollow will then take the stage for a set that features songs from its popular album, “The Legend of Bobby the Kid,” and a preview of its latest CD, which will be released soon.

All of that sets the stage for the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops to close out the show starting at approximately 9 pm. They will arrive in Austin from two high-profile performances in New York.

Once again, colorful and entertaining lights will bathe the ruins of the Austin Dam from dusk until the festival concludes at about 11 pm. Vendors are being booked to market their goods at the park. Food and rest rooms will be available. Parking is free and primitive camping sites have been established. 

More details can be found on the event’s website, damshow.com. Assisting the Austin Dam Memorial Association in sponsoring the ninth annual Dam Show is the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, through its Partners in the Arts Program.

 

 

Charles Cole Hospital announces that Dr. Phong Nguyen  has joined the medical staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Specializing in anesthesiology and interventional pain management, Dr. Nguyen earned a medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed an internship at Heart of Lancaster Hospital, a residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital where he was named chief resident, and a fellowship in interventional pain management at Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and American Society of Regional Anesthesia. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 814/274-5228.

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 89; Overnight low, 60; No precipitaton except on Fishing Creek where we received a baptismal sprinkling between 6:00 and 7:00 pm

 

 

Three Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers, including one from McKean County were killed and five wounded Monday when an improvised explosive device detonated on their convoy outside of Bagram, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Edward Koehler, 47, of Lebanon, Sgt. Brian Mowery, 49, of Halifax, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, 30, of Kane, were transporting supplies and equipment when they were killed in the same vehicle.

 

None of the five wounded soldiers sustained life-threatening injuries.

The soldiers were serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s, 131st Transportation Company, 213th Area Support Group, based in Williamstown and Philadelphia. The company is primarily in charge of convoys and convoy security.

Koehler was a 1982 graduate of Lebanon High School. After serving with the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1988, he took a 10-year break from service. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1997 as a motor transport operator, serving his entire Guard career in the 131st Transportation Company.

Koehler served with the 131st in Kuwait and Iraq from 2003 to 2004. His awards included the Combat Action Badge, three Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Governor’s Unit Citation.

 

“As a former Marine noncommissioned officer, Edward Koehler was known for his impeccable military bearing and eagerness to challenge himself and those around him,” said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania adjutant general. “When he was a private in the Marine Corps, Koehler took pride in playing Taps at the end of each day while his company was deployed to Diego Garcia. Unfortunately it is now our solemn duty to play Taps for him.”

 

Mowery was a 1980 graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. He started his military career in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1979 to 1985. After a 15-year break in service, Mowery returned to uniformed services, this time with the Army National Guard, in 2000. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard as an infantry team leader and a motor transport operator.

 

Mowery served for several months in Kosovo from 2003 to 2004 with the Kutztown-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment. His awards included two Army Commendation Medals, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Kosovo Campaign Medal and the Governor’s Unit Citation.

 

“Brian Mowery exemplified what it means to be a noncommissioned officer and served as an example to the younger soldiers around him,” said Craig. “He demonstrated leadership potential far above his rank and never hesitated to assume responsibility, no matter how big the challenge.”

 

VanGiesen was a 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School. After enlisting in the Pennsylvania National Guard as a fuel and electrical systems repair specialist in 1999, VanGiesen went on to become a heavy-vehicle driver, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, and armament repairman.

 

VanGiesen was on his fourth active-duty tour. He previously served in Germany from 2002 to 2003, Iraq from 2005 to 2006 with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 2009 with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. His awards included two Army Commendation Medals, Combat Action Badge, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Navy Unit Commendations.

“Kenneth VanGiesen was an enthusiastic soldier who never shied away from the call to duty,” said Craig. “During his 12 years in the National Guard, VanGiesen served more than four total years on active duty. His selfless dedication to serving our country will be sorely missed.”

 

The deaths of Koehler, Mowery and VanGiesen bring to 39 the total number of Pennsylvania National Guard members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Memorial service arrangements are pending.

 

Editor’s note: The family of Sgt. Edward Koehler wished to release the following statement: The family would like to express their appreciation for the heartfelt condolences and prayers. Please know this thoughtfulness is providing much needed comfort. Continue to pray for all of our troops and their safety. Their daily sacrifices must not go unnoticed.

 

With “feels-like” temperatures approaching or exceeding 100 degrees forecast for parts of Pennsylvania this week, the Department of Health is reminding all Pennsylvanians of important steps they can take to protect their health.    

 

According to the National Weather Service, afternoon heat indices may reach 100 degrees – and possibly higher – between Thursday and Saturday.To keep cool, residents are encouraged to do the following:

 

?         Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, which can increase the risk of dehydration;

?         Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing;

?         Limit outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours when temperatures tend to be cooler;

?         Spend time in air-conditioned areas as much as possible to effectively cool down, preventing heat-related illnesses.

?         Monitor high-risk individuals by checking on elderly neighbors and children; and

?         Never leave children or pets in vehicles.

 

Infants and young children, people over age 65, and those with heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems or chronic conditions are at greatest risk for developing heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps. The incidence of these conditions increases when humidity is high, because sweat cannot evaporate as quickly and the body cools itself at a much slower rate than typical.

Heat stroke, the most severe heat-related illness, occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature due to overheating and, in turn, loses the ability to sweat. Someone suffering from heat stroke may experience a body temperature above 103° F; red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness. If someone is experiencing heat stroke, attempt to cool the person off in a shady place while waiting for emergency medical assistance.

Heat exhaustion can occur after sun exposure or not replenishing fluids after spending time outside. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. To treat heat exhaustion, rest, drink plenty of water and cool off the body. If not treated, heat exhaustion could result in heat stroke.

 

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms usually in the arms, leg, or abdomen that typically result from performing strenuous activity in heat. Sweating excessively during physical activity lowers the level of salt in the muscles, which causes cramps. If you experience heat cramps, cease all physical activity and rest. Be sure to drink clear juice or sports drinks.

 

Across the state, many municipalities and organizations such as senior centers have set up “cooling stations” that allow residents to seek shelter from the heat. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for information on cooling station locations. Visit the Department of Aging online at www.aging.state.pa.us.

 

For more information and hot weather safety tips, visit www.health.state.pa.us

 

 Meanwhile, Roulette Township Supervisors are reminding residents  that the Roulette Public Library is equipped with central air-conditioning.If you are experiencing difficulty staying cool in these extreme temperatures, why not come in, sit down and read a book in comfort.

They also have free wireless internet access that you can utilize with your laptop.

The library hours are 9AM to 6PM, 7 days per week and it costs nothing to become a member.

 

The township office can also be used as a place of refuge from the heat during normal business hours. Residents are welcome at either place. 

 

Two motorcyclists were hurt in separate crashes in Tioga County recently. Richard Allington of Elmira, NY suffered major injuries Sunday afternoon when his Harley-Davidson wrecked on Re 549 in Jackson Township. State police said Allington was going north at a high rate of speed while entering a curve. The bike went out of control and laid down, skidded about 90 feet before coming to rest in some weeds. Allington was thrown off and landed about 150 feet away.  Allington was taken to Arnot-Ogden Hospital for treatment of a head laceration.  Carl Seidl of Shillington, PA also suffered critical injuries when his Harley Davidson crashed Monday afternoon on Route 660 in Delmar Township. State police said Seidl was going through a left curve when his bike went off the road and struck some guardrails, then traveled along the guardrails for about 207 feet ending in a gravel pull-off. The unit laid down on its left side and slid into the pull off area coming to rest about 48’ feet beyond the end of the guardrails.

 

A Kersey teenager is being charged for various traffic offenses after she fell asleep at the wheel of her Chevrolet CK 1500 Monday morning. Troopers said 19 year old Ashley McCandless was going south on the Toby Road at about 7:00 am when she nodded off causing her truck to go off the right side of the road, strike some guardrails, travel up an embankment, and hit  a mail box before crossing the road and colliding with a utility pole.  The truck then rolled down an embankment before stopping. McCandless was treated at Elk Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

 

State police at Ridgway are charging 21 year old Shane Hurlburt of Kane with speeding and other traffic offenses following a chase which began at about 2:30 am Monday on Dill Hill Road in Ridgway Township. Authorities claim Johnsonburg Borough police began pursuing Hurlburt when he was observed speeding. His truck went off the road while attempting a left hand curve, went off the road and struck a mailbox, then continued north, hit a Ford F-150 and Dodge Camery parked in a driveway. Hurlburt continued going north until the truck hit the west wall of a garage.  Hurlburt fled the scene but was later taken into custody by Ridgway Borough Police.

 

Galeton Borough police are asking anyone with information about an attempted break-in at the Galeton Drug Store to come forward with the details. Police were summoned to the tore Monday when the burglar alarm was set off after someone smashed the glass in the front door in an attempt to enter the store but they took off before officers arrived on the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of thefts in Tioga County are being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves took several items from a vehicle parked at the west end of Cowanesque Lake in Nelson Township Sunday afternoon while Jon Carpenter and Daniel Snyder of Corning were in a boat on the lake. Unknown persons stole a black 10x8 utility trailer belonging to Alphonse Tetreautlt of Covington Sunday night or Monday morning while it was parked at his residence.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for the thief who took a payroll check in the amount of $120 belonging to Lynn Pichler of Kersey from her car while it was parked in her driveway on Main Street over the past weekend.

 

A St. Marys man is being charged with theft after allegedly writing a bad check earlier this month. Troopers claim 26 year old Judah Carnail wrote a check for $80 to the Corner Market in Kersey on July 2 which was returned due to insufficient funds.

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2011

Monday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 64: no precipitation

 

 

A Potter County native is recovering at a military hospital in Afghanistan after being wounded last week during a suicide attack.  Army Medic Dan Butler suffered a head injury while trying to deliver medical supplies to fellow soldiers who had been hurt when a truck carrying 2000 pounds of explosives and shrapnel exploded 50 feet away last Wednesday. While 22 American soldiers were injured, there were no fatalities except for the suicide bomber. Four buildings on the base were destroyed.  Butler was in and out of consciousness for two days.  His mother, Shelley Long Butler, formerly of Coudersport, received word of her son’s injuries while at work in the Wellsville School District.  The long awaited call from Dan himself came Friday morning as Shelley and her husband. Bill, were helping a balloonist involved in the Wellsville Balloon Rally. Butler assured his parents he is ok and recovering and wants to go back in a few days to help take of his guys.  Shelley told Black Forest Broadcasting that Dan wants everyone back here to know that despite troop draw downs, there is still fighting going on and it’s a very dangerous place. He has been advised that he will be receiving the Purple Heart for his heroic action. Dan attended Northern Potter Schools until 2006 when his family moved across the border to Wellsville, NY. His grandparents are Ted and A.J. Stiles of Roulette; William and Jeannette Butler of Ulysses and Donna and the late Sam Long of Coudersport.

 

A Johnsonburg driver escaped injury Saturday evening when his car hit several vehicles parked on or near  Route 219  State police said 50 year old David Dragone was going south near the Ridgway Road when his Chevrolet Cavalier went off the right side of the road and onto the shoulder where it hit a Mitsubishi Endeavor and Toyota Highland, both legally parked on the shoulder in front of a house.  Dragone’s car continued southbound and struck a mailbox in front of a second house, then veered to the right and into a lawn where it continued through the grass before hitting a utility pole head on. Dragone backed up onto the highway before stopping. Debris from the collisions fell onto a Ford F-350 also parked nearby.  Dragone is being cited for careless driving.  

 

No injuries occurred last Thursday morning when a Roulette man’s car wrecked on Railroad Avenue in Roulette Township. State police said 29 year old Melvin Wackwitz was going west when he drove his Chrysler Cirrus off of the north side of the road and over an embankment into some trees before coming to rest.

 

Coudersport-based state police say a 17 year old Westfield girl has admitted that she lied when she told them her car had been damaged by a hit and run vehicle while parked at Kosa’s Country Market in Ulysses on the evening of July 5. The girl confessed that her 2002 Mercury Cougar went off the road and struck a guardrail on Route 49 just east of Moore Hollow road when she swerved to avoid a deer.  The teen failed to stop and report the fender-bender but went to a relative’s home where she called police and gave them her concocted story.  She is now being charged with speeding, having an accident involving unattended property and making false reports. She escaped injury in the mishap.

 

Coudersport based state police are charging 24 year old Joseph Clemons, address not given, with possession of a controlled substance and public drunkenness. Authorities say the charges are the result of their department being called to Charles Cole hospital at around noon time on July 6. No further details were provided except to say the investigation is continuing.

 

Troopers are also continuing their investigating into a harassment occurring last Wednesday afternoon at Sweden Valley manor. An unknown person phoned the nursing home numerous times within a short period of time and used obscene language to harass a 34 year old woman.

 

Gregory Broussard, 38 of Mansfield is being cited for harassment in connection to an incident  allegedly taking place just before 8:00 am on July 5 at Lafayette Steel Erectors located at the intersection of Route 6 and 660 in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Broussad is accused of trying to strike 47 year old James Harshberger of Lake Charles, LA in the head with his fist. As the victim moved forward, Broussad alleged struck him in the arm.

 

Both people involved in an argument in Clymer Township, Tioga County are being charged with harassment.  State police said 48 year old Sheila Echuk and 23 year old Erik Echuk became involved in a disagreement during the afternoon of  July 9 which escalated to the point where each pushed the other before Erik fled the scene.

 

A burglary at a Summit Township camp is being investigated by state police in Coudersport. Sometime over the past month, someone cut and removed some wiring from a camp on Deering Run Road  owned by Dale Wentzel of Fleetwood, PA.

 

Thieves took a wallet containing several credit cards, a social security card and $15.00 in cash from a vehicle owned by Todd Herzing Saturday afternoon while it was parked  along the Clarion River about a mile and half south of Toby Creek in Springcreek Township, Elk County. 

 

 

An investment of $3.8 million in federal and state funds will improve operations at eight Pennsylvania airports,  according to an announcement by Governor Tom Corbett. Two of the airports are located in the Northern Tier.

percent of the state workforce. These investments go directly to improving operations at the airports that are responsible for so many jobs.”

 

The state portion of funding – $85,726 from PennDOT’s aviation development program – comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages more than $108,887 in local matching funds.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing nearly $3.7 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 95 percent of eligible project costs for projects included in Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program.

 

Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports, and non-primary commercial airline airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

 

The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15 airports have scheduled commercial service.

 

For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and then click on the “Public Participation 2013 Program Update” button, or call 717-783-8800.

 

 

Editor’s Note: Following is a list of airport improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects:

 

Bradford County: Bradford County Airport -- $156,000 to design a full parallel taxiway. 

 

Columbia County: Bloomsburg Municipal Airport -- $2.2 million to install a drainage system, pave and light the re-aligned runway. 

 

Crawford County: Titusville Airport -- $184,750 to acquire snow removal equipment and improve the airport’s electrical supply.

 

Lawrence County: New Castle Municipal Airport -- $153,947 to design a snow-removal equipment storage building.   

 

Mercer County: Greenville Municipal Airport -- $555,750 to extend the runway.

 

Montgomery County: Pottstown Municipal Airport -- $146,250 for final design on the runway pavement rehabilitation and for final design of the runway safety area. 

 

Tioga County: Wellsboro-Johnston Airport-- $273,250 to re-mark the runway to meet design standards for more advanced approach equipment and to acquire snow-removal equipment.

 

Venango County: Venango Regional Airport -- $82,875 to acquire snow-removal equipment. 

 

Middletown – One jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 from the July 16 drawing was sold at St. Marys Pharmacy, 4 Railroad St., St. Marys, Elk County. The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 07-17-22-42-43, to win a jackpot of $225,000, less 25-percent federal withholding. The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County or at any of Lottery’s seven area offices. Claims may be filed at headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

In the 2009-10 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $5.7 million in prizes to Elk County, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $3.8 million to programs serving Elk County’s older residents. 

How to play Cash 5: To play Cash 5, players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 43. Players may select their own numbers using a Cash 5 playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot. Players also win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. Cash 5 drawings are held seven nights a week, and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1-in-962,598; the overall odds of winning any prize are about 1-in-10.5.

For more information, visit www.palottery.com, log in to Facebook and like us at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery

 

 

 

 

 

William L."Bill" "Red" McGavisk, Jr., 79, of Hubert, NC, died Thursday (July 14, 2011) at his residence.

He was born Oct 19, 1931 in Olean, NY, a son of William L. and Ernestine Peeler McGavisk, Sr. On August 18, 1962, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, he married Pauline M. Dragoone, who died on Oct. 15, 2006.

Mr. McGavisk was a graduate of Smethport High School and worked as a lab technician for the Quaker State Oil Refinery in Farmers Valley, PA. He was a former member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church for many years, and was currently a member of St. Mildred's Catholic Church. He volunteered many man hours at The Hem of His Garments Christian thrift store in his home town in North Carolina.

He is survived by
one twin daughter: Christine M. "Dee-Dee" (Joseph) Giampa of Hubert, NC
one sister: Phyllis Bretz of Port Allegany, PA
Grandchildren, Jacinta Mae McGlone, Zachary Jarrett Harrison, Patrick David Harrison, Travis William Giampa, and Justin Joseph Giampa.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a twin daughter, Elizabeth Jean "Lisa" "Dee-Dee" Harrison on May 17, 2009.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, from 6-7 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Thursday at 10 A.M., in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the St. Elizabeth Church Development Fund. Online condolences can be left at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

 

 

 

July 18, 2011

Sunday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 58; no precipitation

 

 

A 23 year old Galeton man died Friday morning when his motorcycle ran into the back of a car on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County. State police said Clinton Batterson was speeding and coming out of a right turn as Michael Peterson of Wellsboro was turning left off of Route 6 onto Straight Run Road while both were headed east. Batterson’s Honda CBR struck the rear of the passenger car and came to rest on its right side in the westbound lane. Peterson was not hurt. Police said Batterson was wearing an approved helmet but died at the scene.

 

Moderate injures were reported for a 54 year old  Mansfield motorcyclist following a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Round Top Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Kenneth White was going south when his Yamaha  crossed into the oncoming lane, rolled onto its side and slid into a guardrail.  White was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro by Wellsboro volunteer ambulance. Authorities say White was speeding at the time and was not wearing a helmet or eye protection.

 

Four people were hurt in a collision last Wednesday night on Route 49 in Westfield Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield over the weekend said a 16 year old Westfield girl was headed west when her Dodge Neon crossed into the opposite lane and struck a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Starla White of Knoxville which was going east.  After impact, the Neon traveled about 56 feet and s truck a guardrail then spun counterclockwise before stopping in the middle of the road. White’s SUV crossed to the other side of the road, struck an embankment and traveled back across the road and struck an embankment on the other side before coming to rest in the westbound lane.  The teen driver was taken to Charles Cole Hospital while White and her passengers, Gordon White and Nathaniel Setzer, also of Knoxville were all taken to Soldiers and sailors hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of unknown injuries.

 

A Clarendon driver and his passenger escaped injury Sunday morning when their truck hit a deer on Route 6 just west of the Main Street intersection in Roulette. Gerald Moore was going east when the white tail ran in front of his Dodge 3500.  Both the driver  and his passenger Jacob Moore, also of Clarendon were wearing seatbelts at the time. The truck became disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

 

Kane-based state police are investigating an incident of cruelty to animals. Someone shot and wounded a dog belonging to a 28 year old Smethport resident Friday afternoon.

 

Several assault cases have been investigated recently by state police across the region. Both teenagers involved in a fisticuff in the alley behind China Gardens in Coudersport early last Thursday are being charged with simple assault. State police say Devin Van Pelt of Wellsville and Tyler Randolph of Olean were intoxicated at the time. Van Pel is charged with simple assault, possessing drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking. Randolph is charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking. A 16 year old Ridgway boy is being charged through Elk County Juvenile Probation with simple assault. Troopers accuse the teen of hitting his mother, Lori Rung, several times Friday morning. The youth took off but was located at another residence a short while later. State police at Ridgway are also looking for two unknown men who assaulted 34 year old Robert Trayer and 64 year old Richard Sabin, Sr., both of Force, PA Saturday evening on Caledonia Pike in Jay Township.  The assailants hit the victims several times in the head and torso before the victims were able to defend themselves. The suspects took off in a newer dark green Toyota Four door truck, headed south.

 

 

 

State police at Mansfield are investigating a theft of some cigarettes from a delivery truck on Friday July 8 at the Dandy Mini-Mart on N. Williamson Road in Putnam township. Thieves helped themselves to a case containing 32 cartons of cigarettes from a truck owned by Miller distributing at about 10:40 am.

 

Several thefts in the Dagus Mines area are being probed by state police at Ridgway. Someone stole several cigars from a car belonging to Tina Copello whle it was parked at her home on Dagus Mines Road in Fox Township sometime last week.  Thieves also entered an unlocked garage owned by her neighbor, Lisa Lavella, during the same period of time. A gas can, funnel and two cases of Busch Light beer were taken from that property.  Criminals also entered an unlocked garage owned by Kenneth Nero on that same road between July 2 and 11 and made off with a red gas can belonging to Thomas Nero. Thieves stole several items including $20 in cash from cars belonging to Kathleen Lockwood of DuBois  and Richard Swanson of Dagus Mines last Tuesday or Wednesday while the vehicles were parked on Dagus Mines Road.

 

State police at Mansfield are also investigating a couple of recent burglaries. Sometime last week, thieves smashed a window at a camp on Mountain Ridge Road in Ward Township owned by Jerry and Brenda Stokes of Allentown and stole a home security unit, various food items, and four circular saw blades and damaged the frame of the front door. The burglars also stole five extension cords, a pair of jumper cables, battery charger and a high wood finish fouton from a storage shed on the property and before leaving, damaged a lock on a camper parked along the west side of the camp. Thieves lifted a Craftsman floor jack valued at $200 from a garage owned by Leigh Frye on South Schodac Road in Mansfield sometime over the past couple of months.

 

Thieves took a 24 inch green aluminum road sign with white lettering reading “Hawk Rd.” from the intersection of Hawk Road and Hunts Run Road in Lumber Township in Cameron County  during the mid-morning hours last Wednesday. The sign belonged to the Hunts Run Land Owners Association of Emporium.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are charging 47 year old Peter Wells of St. Marys and 49 year old Dixie Gornati of DuBois with theft of a motor vehicle. Authorities claim the pair stole an ATV and other items belonging to Abraham Gornati from his garage in the village of Byrnedale last Thursday evening.

 

A New York state fugitive from justice was picked up on the afternoon of July 6 in Ulysses.  Alfred Norton, 27, was taken into custody by Coudersport-based state police at PA Pellets LLC and placed in the Potter County Jail to await extradition.

 

Noelle Swearer, 27 of Ridgway is being charged with retail theft. Troopers claim she stuffed $233.27 worth of items in her purse while at the St. Marys Wal-Mart back on May 23  and left the store without paying for the merchandise.

 

 

 

Alex Phillips, 20, of Kersey has been arrested for unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle. State police contend Phillips took a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 pick up belonging to James Himes, also of Kersey, Saturday night without the owner’s permission. Authorities say Phillips was discovered driving the truck and was taken to the Elk county jail on a probation warrant.

 

State police at Kane are asking anyone with information about a stolen vehicle recovered in McKean County to contact them. A 1997 Ford Club Wagon E-350 owned by North American Furniture Tech, Inc. was stolen in Oneonta, NY last week and was found abandoned in the parking lot behind Big Dog Heavy Duty Recovery and Repair on Route 219 in Hamlin Township last Thursday. Anyone who observed the truck or has information about it should call the Kane Barracks at 814-778-5555. Troopers at Kane are also looking for a mid to late 90’s maroon single cab Chevrolet pick up observed leaving the scene Friday morning after vandals cut a cable wire on Cris Drive in Eldred. The truck has a square front end and a silver stripe going completely around and tinted windows. It’s in very good condition but has a loud exhaust.

 

Elk County authorities are advising residents and businesses to be on the lookout for phony $20 bills. One was passed late last week at Challingsoworth Cyles on Route 219 in Ridgway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter Richards Fleet, Jr., 85, of Coudersport, PA died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 24Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

 

Born on June 28, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of  Walter and Beatrice Jones Fleet, Sr. On August 18, 1956 at the First Prebyterian church, Nanticoke, PA he married Shirley Jean Rees, who survives.

 

Mr. Fleet was a resident of Coudersport for many years. He was a veteran of the U S Army Air Corps serving from 1944-1946. He graduated from the  University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada,  worked as a textbook salesman and later taught high school history in Potter and McKean counties until his retirement.  He was a member of Eulalia Lodge #342, Coudersport Consistory (recipient of the MSA Award and the 33°), the Headwaters Amateur Radio Club, and was active in Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, being a longtime member of the Chancel Choir and serving on numerous committees in the church and the district. He was a faithful volunteer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital with 4000+ hours.

 

Surviving are his wife, and his sister Barbara Mathews of Chevy Chase, MD, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6-8pm. A Masonic service will be performed at 8pm following visitation. Friends may also call Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 10-11am at the Park United Methodist Church where funeral services will be held at 11am, with the Reverend Scott Ogden officiating. Burial will be in the Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. 3rd St. Coudersport, PA 16915, Coudersport Consistory, East Second St., Coudersport, PA or Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915

 

   

 

 

 

July 15, 2011

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight, low 52 No precipitation

 

 

As County Treasurers process 2011-12 antlerless deer license applications,  THE Pennsylvania Game Commission is reminding license buyers they now can check the status of their applications on the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).


To access the information, go to the Game Commission website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), and click on the blue box (Buy Your License) in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.  Click on the “Purchase Fishing and/or Hunting License Permit and or Application / Replace License and or Permit” option, which includes the ability to “Check on the status of an Antlerless Deer or Elk Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page.  At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information.  At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit “Continue.”


Officials say while this may seem like a lot of clicking and box checking to get to the information, the system is designed to protect an individual’s personal information, while at the same time enabling that person to check on the status of his or her application. As doe licenses are processed by county treasurers, a license buyer’s application status will be updated in the system and consequently can be checked online.  This update – which includes the Wildlife Management Unit for which the license was issued – occurs as soon as a county treasurer’s office allocates a license to a license-buyer’s account. This feature provides application tracking on the doe license issuance process unlike anything we have offered before. 


Additionally hunters will be able to see for themselves if their application for the elk drawing is recorded accurately.  Those who apply for the elk license drawing also will be able to confirm their preferences listed for Elk Hunt Zone and antlered or antlerless elk.


Shortly after the elk license drawing is held on Sept. 9, license buyers’ records will be updated to let them know if they were drawn for one of the 56 elk licenses,” Roe said.  “The update also will let them know whether they received an antlered or antlerless elk license and which unit they were assigned to.”


For antlerless deer licenses, the application period started this MondayJuly 11, when county treasurers began accepting applications from residents.  Nonresident applications for regular antlerless deer licenses will be accepted beginning on July 25.  After this, residents and nonresidents will apply for the first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 1, and residents and nonresidents will apply for the second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses on Aug. 15. 


County treasurers will have to mail regular and first round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 12, and second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses no later than Sept. 26.


A “Doe License Update” page has been launched through PALS, and that it can be accessed from the agency’s homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the “Doe License Update” link in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column.  This update provides a real-time status of antlerless license allocations and availability by WMU, and will aid license buyers as they determine which WMU to list as their first, second and third preference when they submit applications.


Hunters do not need to list a second or third preference on their application. But this option is available for those who hunt in multiple WMUs and want to avoid the possibility of having the application returned to them if their first preference is sold out.

As of this morning, WMU 3A which includes parts of Potter, Tioga and McKean north of Route 6 had 21,553 licenses available from its allocation of 26,000. WMU 2G which includes portions of Potter, McKean Tioga and others south of Route 6 had only 686 licenses of its 23,000 allocation left and WMU 2F, which includes parts of McKean and Warren Counties among others had 15,250 left of its 34,000 allocation.

 

A Smethport 17 year old was hurt in an ATV crash Wednesday night on the Valley Cross Road in Keating Townships, McKean County. State police said the boy was traveling east when his Polaris 800 left its lane and traveled onto the shoulder where it struck a tree. The four wheeler bounced off the tree, went across the road and came to rest along the westbound shoulder. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical center for treatment and is being cited for failing to stay within roadways laned for traffic and operating an ATV on streets and highways.

 

Careless driving charges are being filed against 21 year old Amber Vanduser of Fairport, NY following a one vehicle crash early Wednesday morning on Route 15 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County. State police said Amber Vanduser suffered minor injuries when she fell asleep at the wheel of her Chevrolet Cavalier causing it to cross to the other side and strike a guardrail. The compact continued heading northwest and re-crossed the road, colliding with guardrails on the west berm. She was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are also charging a Westfield woman with careless driving for a one-vehicle  crash occurring later that morning, at about 7:30 am on Route 249 in Chatham Township. Authorities say Nancy Caster was going north when her Dodge Caravan traveled into the south bound lane, went off the west side of the road and came to rest in a ditch. Caster was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

 

An 18 year old Mansfield driver is being charged for speeding following a collision Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Route 6 and 549 in Richmond Township. Trtooers say Rayven Amaros was traveling west on Route 6 when she turned right onto 549 and crossed the center line going into the southbound lane where the front of her Saturn SL hit the front of Lefevre’s Ford F-150.  Amarosa was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of minor injuries.  Lefevre and his passenger, Jennifer Wells of Edgewater, MD were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury.

 

Greg Cummings of Tioga, PA escaped injury Monday night when a deer ran in front of his westbound  Volkwagen Jetta on Route 6 in Delmar Township.

 

 

The theft of a car from a  McKean County dealership is being probed by state police at Kane. Thieves drove off in a 2005 silver Hyundai Elantra from Kevlar Motors on Route 219 in Hamlin Township sometime between midnight and 8:00 am Thursday. The four-door sedan bears PA dealer plate J19226J.  Anyone who spots the car should contact state police at 814-778-5555.

 

Mansfield-based state police are investigating some recent thefts in Tioga County.  Thieves removed a Unite LAU Box belonging to Veritas CGGVeritas of Williamsport from a location along Beuterstown Road in Liberty Township late last month. The box which is valued at $1,000 has a serial number of 6242096.  A bag of seismic equipment belonging to the company was lifted last weekend from a location along the northbound berm of Route 15, a half mile south of the Sebring Exit also in Liberty Township. No value was provided for the equipment. Thieves made off with a 2000 Yamaha Banshee ATV belonging to Candy Aldrich during late June. The four-wheeler was taken from a canvass storage area at Aldrich’s home on Route 287 in Morris Township.

 

 

State police at Ridgway are investigating a couple of recent incidents of criminal mischief. Vandals threw a large rock through the side window of a garage owned by Thomas Lenox on Dagus Mines Road in Kersey Tuesday or Wednesday. The rock landed on Lenox’s vehicle and caused $450 in damage to the hood.  Someone caused $200 in damage by breaking two windows in a house owned by Robert Breindel on Center Street in St. Marys.  Vandals also caused $350 in damage when they kicked in a door on a garage owned by George Mattiuz of Kersey. Both crimes took place sometime between Sunday and Wednesday.

 

Someone unplugged an alarm cable at the Tractor Supply in Mansfield at about 10:15 pm Wednesday and windows in seven campers parked at the Fallbrook Campground in Ward Township, Tioga County between Sunday and Wednesday. Several electrical cords were taken from the campground as well.

 

 

 

July 14, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 45; no precipitation 

 

 

Two people were critically injured in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Route 646 in Otto Township, McKean County. State police said Donald Holtz of Bradford was headed north on Rock City Road when a deer in front of his Subaru Legacy at about 9:30 am. Holtz swerved to miss the white tail causing his car to go of the road and onto the shoulder. Holtz overcorrect causing the car to veer across the double yellow lines and go of off the road and hit a large tree. The car bounced of the tree and traveled north for a short distance before coming to rest. Holtz was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown out of the car through the windshield. His passenger Ashley Frederick of Portville had to be extricated from the wreckage by members of the Bradford City Fire Department. Frederick was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center and then  was flown by helicopter to Eric County medical Center in Buffalo. Holtz was flown from the scene to UMPC Hamot in Erie. He’s being charged with failing to have a drivers license, having  bald tires and failing to use seatbelts.

 

Coudersport-based state police are investigating a theft at the Fox Den Camp north of Cowley Hill Road over the past couple of months. Criminals cut electric wires that were run underground between the camp and outhouse as well as wires beneath the front porch roof.  The camp is owned by Richard Cooper of Harrisburg. Anyone with knowledge of the theft should call state police at 814-274-8690.

 

Troopers at Kane are probing the theft of a red Tonneau cover from a pick up truck parked in a pull-off along Route 219 just north of the village of Burning Well in Sergeant Township between 7:00 and 10:00 am Wednesday. The truck is owned by John Compton of Hazel Hurst.

 

A burglary at along Scotland Street in Dagus Mines Tuesday or Wednesday is under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Thieves rummaged through the interior of a garage owned by Harry Malburg but apparently took nothing.

 

A 13 year old Ulysses boy is being charged with criminal mischief for an incident occurring last Saturday afternoon on State Street in that town. State police allege the youth caused $250 in damage to a mped and air compressor owend by Daniel Burnside.

 

 

Pennsylvania motorists can help PennDOT prioritize its highway safety efforts by sharing their opinions on traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors through an online survey available now through July 30 at www.DriveSafePA.org.

 

The survey consists of 19 questions focused on highway safety, including seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. All answers to the questions are anonymous. In addition, there are general demographic questions such as gender, age and ZIP code.

 

More than 3,800 people responded to last year’s survey. Among the notable results, the survey showed that nearly 80 percent of motorists reported that within the past 60 days they did not drive within two hours after drinking alcohol. Ninety-one percent of drivers also indicated they used a seat belt all or most of the time.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires states to conduct this survey annually.

 

 Perhaps in a related note, PennDOT has  announced that part of a nearly $2.1 million statewide investment of federal funds will help municipal and state police to crack down on aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating and running red lights. Approximately 320 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will carry out aggressive-driving enforcement activities through Aug. 28.

The theme for this statewide enforcement wave is “Distracted Drivers are Aggressive Drivers,” as distracted drivers often exhibit aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating and speeding. Police will concentrate efforts on roadways that are known to have a high number of aggressive-driving crashes.

The aggressive-driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Visit www.DriveSafePA.org for more information on Pennsylvania’s traffic-safety initiatives. 

 

PennDot will soon embark on two significant road projects in Potter County. Starting next week, Potter County drivers will encounter road crews along the West Branch Road  in the Galeton area. The 2.2-mile work zone will stretch from West Branch Township toward Galeton. Flaggers will be on the roadway to enforce an alternating traffic pattern and drivers are reminded to proceed with caution in the work zone. The entrance to the lumber mill will remain accessible to all traffic.  

 

Work will begin next week with sign placement, followed by drainage improvements. Other work will include slide repair, roadway grinding and paving, and roadway markings.  During the roadway grinding, a pilot car will be used to guide vehicles through the work zone.

 

Starting about halfway through the project time-frame, a detour will be in place for eastbound/northbound truck traffic. Trucks headed east or north will be detoured onto Route 44 to Route 6 and back to Route the West Branch Road.

 

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $1.2 million roadway improvement project. Work is expected to be complete in mid-September.

 

Work to repair a bridge on Route 1009 (Pusher Siding Road) in Potter County will begin on Tuesday, July 19. The bridge spans Ludington Run in Ulysses Township, two miles north of the village of Newfield. Through August 31, crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will be working replace the deck and beams of the existing bridge. All work is weather dependent. 

 

With Route 1009 closed, a detour using Routes 49 and 1011 Ulysses-Hickox Road) will be in place. Signage will be in place to alert drivers to the closure.  

The current bridge was built in 1980 and carries average daily traffic of 130 vehicles. The bridge is currently posted for 8 tons for single vehicles and 11 tons for combination vehicles. This repair work will allow PennDOT to remove the posting.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will initiate a new appointment reminder system for its office practices as a service to its patients. The automated system, which will be activated over the next couple of weeks, will call to confirm patient appointments. After a brief introduction from Charles Cole, the message will update patients with the date, time and location of scheduled appointments. Patients will have the option to conveniently confirm or cancel their appointments via their phone’s key pad. Patients are encouraged to listen to the entire message as the system is designed to remind patients of all appointments including coordinated multiple appointments on one day.

 

 

 

Before you think about getting a swimming pool to cool off. Roulette Township supervisors are advising residents of a state requirement regarding prefabricated pools. Under the Uniform Construction Code to acquire a building permit prior to the assembly and filling of ANY pool with a designed water depth in excess of twenty-four (24) inches. It is also required that if these pools are taken down seasonally and put back up the following season, that the permitting process be completed each and every year. The only swimming pools that are exempt from this requirement are prefabricated pools with a depth of less than twenty-four (24) inches per UCC §403.62 Paragraph C section 5. The supervisors say while

                It’s not their  intent to prohibit residents from enjoying their summers, nor make it cost prohibitive for an individual to own such a luxury, it is their  duty to enforce the Pennsylvania Statues and Township Ordinances.  This public notification shall serve as fair warning for those who intend to purchase, or have already purchased and installed a pool that is deeper than 24 inches, that this law exists and give them until July 31, 2011 to make the proper requirements to acquire the necessary permitting, or be in the process thereof. After that time, the township Building Code Official will be instructed to enforce the regulation.

               Anyone with  questions regarding the regulation , or needs to obtain an application for a building permit, is urged to contact the Roulette Township Secretary at the township office during normal business hours at 814-544-7549 or in person at 80 Railroad Ave. in Roulette.

 

 

July 13, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 84: Overnight low, 60; .02” rain

 

 

aan Austin man escaped injury Sunday night when his pick up and horse trailer filled with hay caught fire on Route 155 just north of the Cameron County line in Keating Township. State police said Michael Tumas was going north when his 2001 Dodge Ram started to slow down and the transmission began to fail. Tumas was able to pull off the road and discovered the underside of the pick up was on fire. By the time state police arrived, the truck and trailer full of hay were fully engulfed. Volunteer firefighters from both Austin and Emporium responded.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which injured a young girl Saturday morning on Silver Creek Road in Jones Township. Authorities say four pedestrians were walking south  along the west side of the road when the front tire on a two-door silver jeep Wrangler struck a 10 year old girl. The driver, described as being an elderly white male, about 80 years of age continued on without stopping to render aid.  Police are asking that anyone with information about the 9:20 am accident to contact them at 814-776-6136.

 

No details are available yet from  Coudersport based state police regarding a car/pedestrian crash Tuesday afternoon in Austin. A victim was reportedly flown by helicopter to a medical facility out of the area. 

  

Coudersport-based state police are advising there will be a sobriety checkpoint set up somewhere in Potter County this Thursday through Sunday night. Meanwhile,  an Emporium woman Tawnya McCurley, 48 of Emporium was arrested on the afternoon of July 5 while driving near the intersection of 5th and Walnut in that town. Two area 19 year olds have been cited for underage drinking by Mansfield –based state police in Mansfield. Daniel Hunt of Wellsville, NY was arrested during the early morning hours June 26 after entering a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of Route 6 and the Mainsburg Road in Sullivan Township. Bryan Talada of Millerton was cited after troopers allegedly fund he had consumed alcohol on Church Street in Jackson Township late Monday night.

 

Both men involved in a fisticuff Monday night along the Hickox Ulysses Road in West Bingham have been charged with disorderly conduct. State police claim 38 year old Lawrence Thompson and 20 year old Travis Cardy, both of Genesee, engaged in fighting and threatening behavior which resulted in public inconvenience, annoyance and alarm. 

 

Joanne Cole, 31, of Ulysses is accused of writing a bad check to Beard Auto Sales in Knoxville on April 22, 2011. State police say the check for $360 was not honored by the bank due to insufficient funds and Cole has failed to make the check good.

 

Coudersport-based state police are investigating a couple of recent thefts in Roulette. Thieves took eight large aluminum plates from the C.A. Elliott Lumber Company. The plates measured 10 ft. x 5 ft and were ½” thick.  And, four car radiators were stolen from the William Nenno residence on Route 6.  Both thefts took place between July 1 and 5. 

 

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating several thefts. Someone entered the home of Matthew Dean on Route 349 in Westfield Township in early June and stole an SKS rifle owned by Leonard Reese of Middlebury Center. Thieves took a 1999 KTM 125 from the front yard at the Brandon Proctor residence on Elk Run Road in Gaines Township, June 17 or 18.  The loss is estimated to be $1000.  A wooden picnic table was taken from the playground at the Covington Community Daycare Center on Williamson Road in Putnam Township July 1-5. Thieves entered vehicles owned by three Millerton residents during the morning hours of June 25.  A purse and $80 in cash were taken from a car owned by Cyndie Gorg but it appears nothing was taken from vehicles owned by Justin Gorg and John Sherman.

 

James Spencer, 64, of Horse Thief Run Road Wellsboro is facing criminal mischief charges. Troopers claim he smashed out all of the windows at Shell Appalachia located at the intersection of Route 6 and 660 in Charleston Township during the evening of June 25. 

 

Unknown vandals caused $1000 in damage to a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pick up by  scratching  both sides while it was parked on Rotue 49 in Nelson Township duringthe early morning hours June 23. The truck is owned by John Wood of Elmira, NY.

 

Marie Knight, 38,  of Coudersport is facing criminal trespass charges for an incident allegedly taking place Monday night on Third Street in Roulette. Authorities claim Knight entered the home of Monica Musser and made threatening statements toward Musser.

 

Area authorities are advising ATV operators about rules and regulations. Emporium-based state police say they have received numerous complaints about ATVs being operated on Cameron County highways. State police say ATV’s are not permitted on highways, and they will take enforcement action if they encounter violators. Roulette Township supervisors on Monday night by majority vote re-enacted via Resolution #03-2011 Ordinance #2004-3 which pertains to the legal operation of All Terrain Vehicles on specifically designated roads within Roulette Township. Officials say  not every township road is included in the ordinance, and there are specific requirements that must be adhered to in order to be considered lawful operation. these vehicles MUST be operated in accordance to Pennsylvania state laws pertaining to the operation of motorized vehicles on a public roadway, and is these laws are not abided by, the operator could still be cited by the Pennsylvania State Police. The supervisors further add that the ordinance also does not give anyone the right to operate their vehicles on any publicly or privately owned property without that property owners prior consent. As with any law, it is the operator’s responsibility to be familiar with the law and be compliant

Any questions regarding the ordinance may be directed to the Roulette Township Secretary during normal business hours at 814-544-7549 or in person at the township office located at 80 Railroad Ave., in Roulette. During the Monday night public meeting, Supervisor, Gary R. Fessenden, resigned his position as elected township supervisor. By motion and unanimous vote, Harold “Ray” Howard, Jr. was appointed to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Mr. Fessenden’s term ending December 31, 2011. Howard, the top vote getter in the Republican Primary  was in attendance at the meeting  accepted the appointment.

 

The Gunzburger Annex on Main Street in Coudersport will be undergoing a change this summer. The steps were damaged by the freeze/thaw cycle, and deciding to make lemonade out of lemons, the County Commissioners decided to make some changes during the repairs. The steps will be “squared off”, returning to the original appearance.  A triangular sign, with a flag pole and lighting will be erected on the southern end of the building. The work is being dong by Miller and Richard Masonry Inc. of Genesee.

 

 

July 12, 2011

Monday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 57; no precipitation

 

A 12 year old Knoxville boy drowned  Monday afternoon while wading in the Cowanesque river at the end of Maple Street in that town. State police at Mansfield said the boy was wading into the river near a deep hole with his brothers, ages 15 and 6. The boy could not swim and apparently lost his footing on the steep underwater bank leading into deeper water. Upon losing his footing, he slid into deeper water. His 15 year old brother was unable to bring his brother to shallower water because the victim kept pulling him under the surface. The boy’s body was later recovered from the pool which is 10-15 feet deep, by Knoxville Fire Department personnel. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Tioga County Coroner James Daugherty at 4:55 pm. Cause of death was asphyxiation due to drowning and has been ruled accidental. 

 

Three people were hurt in a motorcycle collision Sunday afternoon on Route 120 in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium say the accident occurred when Ronald Fox of Rockton, PA was making a sharp right hand curve on his Harley Davidson Heritage Softail when an unknown object struck him in the corner of his left eye and cause him to cross the center line into the path of a Harley Davidson Low Rider operated by Dorothy Spencer of DuBois. Both machines fell onto their sides and slid a short distance before coming to rest. Kathy Anderson of Clearfield, a passenger on the Fax bike and Spencer suffered minor injuries. Both women were flown by helicopter to Altoona Hospital. Fox was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Police said no one was using safety equipment and the investigation is continuing. 

 

Troopers at Ridgway are  investigating a hit and run occurring Sunday afternoon on the Keystone Road in Horton Township, Elk County. An unknown vehicle went off the road at about 3:45 pm  while headed north and struck a mail box owned by Paul Star of Brockport. The driver left the scene without notifying Star of the damage. 

 

 

Harassment charges have been filed against an Emporium couple following a domestic violence incident early last Friday morning at their home on the Sizerville Road. State police say a verbal disagreement between 36 year old Clinton Stanton and 30 year old Becky Stanton escalated into a brawl. 

 

Two women have been cited for harassment for a fight taking place last Wednesday evening at a residence on mechanic street in Lawrenceville. State police at Mansfield say 43 year old Robin Lynn Robbins of Lawrenceville and 27 year old Shannon Youmans of Addison, NY were arguing when Youmans struck Robbins in the face with the back of her hand. No other injuries occurred but both women have been cited. 

 

 

 Coudersport based state police are seeking assistance from the public in solving a couple of recent burglaries and thefts. Someone walked into the unlocked home of Ashley McGinley on town Line Road in Coudersport early last week and stole a Sony Bravia flat screen TV valued at $600.  Thieves stole a red Schwinn Sidewinder bike belonging to Alfred Lund of Galeton from his camp located on Parker Hill Road in Hector Township on July 3. The bike has a shifter across the center bar, a speedometer and steel fenders.  Someone dumped a quantity of trash into Buckceller Creek in Buckceller Hollow off of the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township early Sunday afternoon. The property is owned by Kenneth Wingo. Anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

A theft of some pills and a couple of criminal mischief incidents are being investigated by state police in Mansfield. Someone took a bottle of prescription medication from a bathroom medicine cabinet at the Wellsboro  home of Cindy Alexander between July 1 and 8.  Vandals broke a sliding glass window at a cabin on White Lane in Gaines Township also between July 1 and 8. And culprits damaged a mailbox owned by Eva Frost on the Canada Road in Covington at about 11:30 pm last Friday night.  Anyone with information about any of these incidents should call state police at 570-662-2151.

 

Criminal mischief incidents are also being probed by Ridgway-based state police. Wrong-doers took a camera from the front porch of Michael Burke’s home on Caledonia Pike in Weedville early last month.  And unknown persons using a BB or pellet gun shot the front windshield in a 1994 GMS truck owned by Jerome Hogan over the past month while it was parked at his home along Pine Avenue in the village of Force.

 

 

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced the award of more than $2.6 million in grant awards to 36 conservation districts within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Two of the districts, Potter and Tioga Counties, are in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area.

The funds, which will support 50 staff positions that provide technical assistance with implementing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), will also allow conservation district staff to begin a Chesapeake Bay-wide outreach effort to Pennsylvania farms. 

On May 17, the State Conservation Commission (SCC), which oversees the funding DEP provides to conservation districts, approved the department’s allocation of Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant (CBIG) funds for Chesapeake Bay technicians and engineers in various conservation districts. Part of the districts’ responsibility under these grants is to reach out to agricultural operations within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and inform the agricultural community of their regulatory obligations. Conservation district staff will begin conducting site visits with agricultural operations this month.

 

Since 1972, all Pennsylvania farms have been subject to environmental regulations which specify that farmers must maintain agricultural erosion and sedimentation control or conservation plans for all cropland and areas heavily used by animals.

 

Farms that handle manure are required to have a Manure Management Plan and use the state’s Manure Management Manual, which provides information on the environmentally correct ways to handle animal manure. Unlike some laws, manure management requirements apply to all farms, not only the large farms that are considered Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or Concentrated Animal Operations (CAOs). The Manure Management Manual includes requirements for winter application of manure and setbacks from streams, drinking water supplies and sinkholes. As with the required written agricultural erosion control plans, a written manure management plan is required.

 

In addition to grants for conservation district staff, more than $800,000 from the CBIG was awarded to 46 agricultural projects and targeted to impaired watersheds. Funding was granted for projects that focus on agricultural BMPs, such as no-till/conservation tillage; cover crops; conservation and nutrient management planning activities; and riparian corridor improvements.

 

Farmers interested in additional information or assistance with developing farm erosion, sediment control and manure management plans are encouraged to contact their local county conservation district.

 

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us or call 717-787-1323.

 

Editor’s Note: The 36 County conservation districts receiving the grant awards are:

 

Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan,  Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wyoming and York.

 

 

 

 

 

July 11, 2011

Sunday’s high 84; Overnight low, 47; No precipitation

 

 

Coudersport-based state police continue to investigate a couple of recent hit and runs. An unknown red passenger car or mini-van caused a power outage in the village of Cross Fork early Saturday morning. Troopers say the northbound vehicle was going too fast to make the curve and tried to turn right off of Stewart Hill Road onto Main Street. The vehicle slid through the intersection and struck a Tri-County Electric pole, causing it to break half-way up. The top portion fell to the ground, pulling attached wires with it. The car backed  away from the pole and traveled back onto Stewart Hill Road, then went southwest from the scene.

 

Troopers are also looking for a white hit and run vehicle which damaged a car parked in the lot at Kosa’s Kountry Market in Ulysses last Thursday evening at about 6:15 pm. The unknown unit hit the passenger side fender, door and rear quarter panel on a Mercury Cougar while it’s 17 year old female driver was inside the store. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Coudersport Barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

Mitch Balfour, 20 of Westfield is being charged with DUI following a hit and run Friday evening at  a Harrison Township intersection. Troopers claim Balfour lost control of his Chevrolet pick-up while turning from North Fork Road onto Plumstead Road. The truck went into the yard at the Charles Kibbe residence and struck an area of mulch and a fire pit. Balfour then allegedly left the scene without providing information to Kibbe. He was later located and placed under arrest for DUI. State police were assisted by Westfield Borough Police in the investigation.

 

Two area teen drivers are being cited for speeding following separate crashes. Coudersport-based state police say a 16 year old from Kinney Road Genesee escaped injury last Thursday afternoon when her Chevrolet S-10 wrecked on the Ridge Road just south of Route 449 in Genesee Township. The girl told police she lost control of the pick up when she swerved to avoid a deer on the road. The pick up struck an embankment and was hit on the windshield by a fallen tree before coming to rest in a ditch. The teen driver escaped injury.

 

A 17 year old boy from Port Allegany lost control of his Oldsmobile Bravada on Route 6 west of Coudersport last Thrusday night while rounding a curve. The SUV went off the road, traveled through a yard and struck some blueberry bushes before coming to rest straddling a culvert and small stream.  The youthful driver also escaped injury.

 

A Roulette driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Friday afternoon on Route 6 near Cemetery Curve on Route 6, west of Coduesport. Sate police said Lance Freeman was going east negotiating a left curve when his Toyota Camry hit a metal object on the road, punching a hole  in the oil pan. The car continued for about 120 feet before the engine seized up. Freeman was able to coast to the side of the road and notified police. Coudersport Volunteer fire department provided traffic control while the roadway was cleaned. Freeman’s passenger was identified as Jarrett Smith of Coudersport.

 

Both drivers escaped injury last Tuesday afternoon when an SUV and PennDot tractor collided on Route 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County. State police said the fender-bender occurred when 20 year old Scott Byers of Aliquippa tried to maneuver around a John Deere tractor driven by Craig Doud of Emporium which was mowing the roadside and struck the tractor’s rear tire.

 

State police at Emporium have charged 22 year old Heather Coon of Gifford with careless driving for a one-vehicle accident early Friday morning on Route 155 in Shippen Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Coon was going north at about 12:30 am when she nodded off, causing her Nissan Maxima  to go off the right side of the road. When Coon woke up, she tried to steer the SUV back onto the road, causing it to fishtail off the road and strike a Chevrolet Colorado and a Pontiac G6 parked in a driveway on Sizerville Road. Coon was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries and is being cited for careless driving. 

 

A York Haven motorcyclist and his young female passenger were hurt in an accident Friday morning on Route 414 in Morris Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Charles Wilt was going west behind an unknown vehicle whit turned right into a private drive, then backed up onto the road. When Wilt slowed down to avoid a collision his Harley Davidson laid down on its right side and slid for about 60 feet before coming to rest. Wilt and his passenger were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for  treatment.

 

One driver was hurt in a collision last Thursday morning on Route 414 in Morris Township, Tioga County. State police said the collision occurred when a Kia Optima driven  Ginger Post of Trout Run, while  traveling east came out of a right hand curve and crossed the center line where it hit the front bumper of a westbound Jeep Wrangler driven by Noah Hostetler of  Morris. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors hospital for treatment of unknown injuries while Post was unhurt. However, she is being cited for failing to stay within her traffic lane.

 

Both truck drivers escaped injury when their rigs collided last Thursday morning on Route 219 in Horton Township, Elk County. Troopers said the accident occurred when Juan Perdomo of Elizabeth, NJ, after stopping his Volvo  on the west shoulder tried to turn left onto Route 153 and pulled in front of a Mack driven by James Miller of Punxsutawney which was traveling North on Route 219. Miller tried unsuccessfully to avoid a collision by braking and steering to the right. His rig hit the other semi on the right front. After impact, the Perdomo unit spun 90 degrees and came to rest on Route 153 while the Miller unit continued some 75 feet before traveling down a bank and coming to rest in a ditch. 

An Austin teenager is being charged with theft,  criminal mischief, and criminal trespass for crimes taking place between May 23 and June 24 at three camps located on the Smith Hollow Road in Keating Township. Troopers allege 18 year old Charles Goff Jr. removed copper tubing from the oil/gas supply tank and several pieces of electric wire from camps owned by Donald Scholly of Johnstown; George Huber of Valencia and Thomas Nissley of Landisville. He’s also accused of draining about 200 gallons of heating oil from a storage tank at one of the camps.  Apparently, after showing up at the Denton Hill barracks last Wednesday for questioning, Goff was found to be in possession of a Smith and Wesson switchblade and was advised by officers that such weapons are illegal in Pennsylvania. He is now an additional charge of possessing a prohibited offensive weapon in district court.

 State police at Mansfield have charged 24 year old Dontae Williams of Wellsboro with simple assault, institutional vandalism, aggravated harassment by a prisoner, and harassment for an attack at the Tioga County Prison during the evening of June 24. Authorities claim Williams began verbally harassing prisoner  Robert Bernstein of Knoxville about the cause of his incarceration and after being told to mind his own business, stood up and charged Bernstein, striking him several times in the head with a closed fist.  Williams then allegedly spat on Corrections Officer Jeremy Turner of Mansfield and broke two lighting fixtures. Bernstein was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of facial bruises and lacerations and an elbow injury.

Zachary Vetter, 19, of Ulysses  has been cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly doing “donuts” in the parking lot of the Northern Potter Health Center Saturday night at about 6:30 pm.

 

Two Covington women have been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Mansfield Wal-Mart Friday night. State police claim 25 year old Melissa Smith and 20 Amber Smith took several items from the store with paying for them.

 

Police across the region have been busy investigating several thefts. Troopers at Mansfield are probing a theft during a Tioga County party on the night of June 25. Someone went into James Bump’s game room and took an XBOX 360 game console and controller without his permission. Someone entered the home of Robert Adams on Hillside Lane in Hamilton Township, Tioga County July 2 or 3 and stole some cash.

 

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a criminal mischief and theft at a camp on Deering Run Road in Summit Township sometime since Memorial Day weekend. Thieves cut about 30 feet of RG6 Coax cable from a satellite dish at a camp owned by Joseph Black of Carlisle, PA.

 

Emporium-based state police are looking for the thieves who removed various items from a camp on Sterling Run Road in Lumber Township since Memorial Day. The camp is owned by Donald Bernardi of Elizabeth, PA.

 

Criminal mischief incidents are also under investigation by troopers at Coudersport. Vandals threw a rock and broke a window in a garage at a camp on Schaar Road in West Branch Township  owned by Ross Stephens of Middleburg, PA sometime last Thursday. And culprits using a blunt object smashed mailboxes on the Wild Cat Road in Sharon Township owned by Virgil Dietze and Jim Gietler between 11:30 am Friday and 5:45 pm Saturday.  

 

A blaze which caused $10,000 in damage to a two-story house on First Avenue in Johnsonburg was accidental according to the state police fire marshal. The occupants inside Pauline Stahli’s house were sleeping when flames broke out at about 7:30 am. They were alerted by neighbors and smoke detectors and were able to get out of the  house safely. Damage was confined to a second floor bedroom.

 

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July  8, 2011

Thursday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 60; no precipitation

 

All week we’ve been reporting on expansion of services at the Bath NY VA Center. Brandon Gardner, Public Affairs officer was the guest at last week’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners and announced that starting September 1, the Potter County VA clinic will be open two days a week from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. A second day will also be added for the Tioga county Clinic. The Center also has plans on the table for transitional housing to help homeless vets; an assisted living facility and has acquired  a van to take services to vets throughout it’s 5,000 square mile service area… Gardner told the commissioners that with so many WWII heroes dying each day, the focus is switching to today’s vets and with so many women now serving, a women’s clinic is being added to the Bath facility. In response to a visitor’s question, Gardner says the Bath Center partners with other VA facilities in the region to provide services which are not available in Bath.

 

State police in Emporium are investigating the theft of some gasoline from a parked vehicle. Troopers say thieves siphoned about $25 worth of gas from a 1990 Chevrolet Blazer owned by Aloma Rudolph while it was parked at her residence on Route 120 in Shippen Township between Tuesday and Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

 

Both people involved in a fight late last night at a home on Route 949 in Portland Mills, Elk County are being charged with simple assault and harassment. State police say during an argument, a 60 year old man put a 44 year old woman in a headlock. The woman then bit the man’s arm and scratched him in several places on his face before being hit by a metal canister thrown by the man.

 

A former Bradford County attorney was arrested late last month following allegations that he mismanaged and stole $350,000 from an autistic man's trust fund, which he had been appointed to administer following the death of the man's father.

Attorney General Linda Kelly claim Jeffrey Osmond, 44, 172 Sharon Ave., Sayre, Bradford County. Osmond operated a law office in Towanda and was suspended by the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board in June 2009.

According to the criminal complaint, in July 1998 Osmond prepared a will for Wendell Baker, which established a trust for his autistic son, who received limited state benefits from California.

Kelly said Osmond was appointed Executor of Baker's estate following his April 2000 death and was required to pay his son a monthly income from the estate to help support additional expenses not covered by state benefits.

The charges state that Baker transferred nearly $331,000 from the estate of Wendell Baker to the Charles C. Baker Trust, and only spent $38,763 of that money for the support of Baker's son.

According to the criminal complaint, Osmond used the remaining money for his own purposes and continued to charge the estate an executor fee of more than $15,000 and an attorney fee of more than $15,000.

Additionally, Kelly said that despite no provision in Baker's will, Osmond paid his mother $10,000 of the estate monies.

Osmond is charged with one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

He was preliminarily arraigned before Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Phillip Sweet and released on $250,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was held this week in Wellsboro. Osmond will be prosecuted in Tioga County by Senior Deputy Attorney General George Zaiser of the Attorney General's Tax Crimes Unit.

 

 

The Boys and Girls Club of Potter County announces that it has achieved 501 (c) 3 as a public charity status  Community Members have been meeting for almost 2 years to bring the dream of a community organization that will give the youth in the Potter County a great place.

The club has just closed taking applications for an executive director and are currently in the process of reviewing the applicants.  Potter County Human Services has applied for a grant for the Club.

Fully Tax Deductible Donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Potter County can be dropped off or mailed to Boys and Girls Club of Potter County C/O Northwest Savings Bank, 302 North East St, Coudersport, PA 16915.

 

 

The Northern Tier Cultural Alliance (NTCA) recently established an Agency Endowment Fund for itself with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT). The purpose of the fund is to support the charitable, scientific or educational purposes of the Alliance.

 

Jennifer Swain, Executive Director stated, “The mission of the organization is to educate the public about cultural traditions, history and art of the Pennsylvania Northern Tier and to assist tradition bearers and traditional artists in the preservation of their work.”

 

The NTCA was formed in 1995 by volunteers who had been engaged in a cultural inventory of the area as part of a 1992 Pennsylvania Heritage Commission project. They were overwhelmed with the wonderful, largely unsung artistry and heritage of the region. NTCA now offers support to artists and community organizations from 10 northern Pennsylvania counties: Bradford, Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming.

The NTCA a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to the organization are tax-deductible. They are located at NTCA, One Washington Street, Suite A, Towanda, PA  18848. Phone: 570-265-7455 (office) or Email: info@ntculturalalliance.org .

 

The CFTT serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a non-profit, that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation.

 

The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, it uses the earnings from these funds to make grants to organizations or projects that serve identified community needs or are designated by the donor.

 

Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone: 570-888-4759; fax: 570-888-2179; email: cftt@stny.rr.com or website: www.twintierscf.org .

 

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 56; no precipitation 

 

The state police fire marshal is seeking help from the public in solving the cause of a small fire at a Coudersport apartment building Tuesday.  Authorities say the blaze originated on the porch leading to apartment #1 at 109 Allegany Avenue and spread to an exterior wall between 2:30 and 9:00 pm. The fire extinguished itself and was discovered by renters Shamen Snyder and Kyla Duell. Damage is estimated to be $500. The three apartments in the building owned by Branch Property LLC were occupied at the time of the fire but there were no injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call Coudersport Borough Police at 814-274-8970 or Trooper David Surra at the Emporium State Police Barracks 814-486-3321.

 

A Roulette woman suffered a minor injury Tuesday morning when her car ran over her foot.  State police said 79 year old Ruth Roboski failed to put her Chrysler Sebring in park when she got out at a pull over spot on Reed Run Road a mile south of the Railroad Avenue. After knocking Roboski down, the car traveled a short distance and went down over a small embankment where it struck a tree.  Roboski was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Roulette Volunteer Ambulance.

 

No one was hurt in a rear-end collision Tuesday morning on the Susquehanna Trail in Putnam Township, Tioga County. State police said the fender-bender occurred when Susan Richar of Wellsboro failed to stop her Subaru Forrester  for Garion Erway who had slowed his Dodge Neon to make a left turn into a driveway.

 

State police at Kane are looking for the driver of a Jeep Wrangler, possibly blue in color, which backed into a 2003 Dodge truck owned by Allegany Site Management Company of Bradford early Sunday morning at the Willow Bay Campground off of Route 346 in Corydon Township. Authorities say the unknown male driver left a camp site rented by Allison Black and rented by her brother Steven Moore and possibly headed toward Bradford. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 778-5555.

 

Harassment charges are being filed against 36 year old Shawn Rader of Roulette following an incident allegedly taking place at his home on Maple Street between 4:30 and 5:00 am Sunday. Police claim Rader subjected a 29 year old woman to unwanted physical contact during an argument. Rader is also listed as a victim in a criminal mischief occurring sometime Saturday. Vandals cut two holes in a window screen at Rader’s house .

 

Two Elk County women have been charged with retail theft. State police contend 20 year old Ariana Schloder of Ridgway  and 24 year old Krystal Stover of St. Marys tried to leave the Wal-Mart Store Tuesday afternoon with $83 worth of merchandise without paying for the items.

 

The Bath, NY  VA center has acquired a van which will provide mobile services for area veterans starting this fall. Brandon Gardner, Public Affairs officer for the center told the Potter County Commissioners last week that the van was obtained through a grant for the purpose of providing VA services in the event of a national or regional emergency such as Hurricane Katrina. But he said, in between it will be used to provide additional services within the Center’s 5,000 square mile service area which includes Potter and Tioga Counties.  He said the van has two exam rooms and one of the first services will likely be chiropractic as there is a lot of interest in that kind of care by veterans.

 

United States Attorney Peter J. Smith recently  announced the return of a two-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg against Henry Virgil Benton charging him with damaging a Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in June 2011.

     The indictment alleges that after being fired from the company which constructed the pipeline, Benton, of Bradford, Arkansas, used a track hoe to excavate the pipeline and then damage, dent and open holes in it. According to the indictment the pipeline is owned by Chief Oil and Gas, LLC, a Dallas, Texas company. The construction contractor was Holloman Corporation, Houston, Texas.

     If convicted on all the charges against him, Benton, age 44, faces a maximum imprisonment term of 40 years, a five-year period of supervised release, a fine of up to $500,000, and a special assessment of $200.

     The US attorney stated that his office views allegations of intentional damage to gas pipelines as extremely serious and that in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies, such incidents will be investigated and prosecuted as a high priority. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 52; No precipitation 

 

Seven people were killed and 303 others were injured in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the four-day Fourth of July holiday travel period according to state police headquarters. Troopers  investigated a total of 723 crashes during the travel period that covered Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4.

Four of those killed were not wearing seat belts and 74 of the crashes were alcohol-related, including four of the fatal crashes.

State Police  arrested 358 motorists for driving under the influence; issued 7,007 speeding citations; cited 519 individuals for not wearing seat belts; and issued 103 citations to motorists for not securing children in child safety seats.

During last year’s four-day Fourth of July holiday driving period, 10 people died and 361 were injured in 712 crashes to which troopers responded.

The numbers cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

 

 

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday, the region got through the long holiday weekend without any fatal accidents, unlike Memorial Day when at least three people died in crashes here. However, a passenger received minor injuries early July 4th in a one-vehicle accident on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium said Dale Hammersley of Greensburg was going north when he accelerated at a speed too great for him to retail control of his Nissan 350Z which spun off the road and struck an embankment. Hammersley was unhurt by James Cooney of Austin was taken to Elk Regional Medical center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

A Lawrenceville woman escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident just before midnight on July 4th when she swerved to miss a deer o Pony Hill Road in Jackson Township. Troopers said Lynette Route was going east at the time. The car went off the road, traveled about 300 feet in a ditch before striking a large tree with the front passenger side bumper.

 

Two McKean County residents were hurt Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on Route 446 in Eldred Township.  State police said Chelsie Dahlke of Port Allegany  was going south when the passenger side tires on her Nissan Sentra went onto the gravel berm. When she tried to bring the car back onto the road, it spun across both lanes and struck a grass embankment. Dahlke and her passenger 78 year old Frank Albany of Eldred were flown by medical helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

No injuries were reported for a Canton driver whose Chevy Silverado wrecked Tuesday morning on Route 2017 in Union township, Tioga County. Troopers said Travis Pepper was going south through a slight left hand curve when he ran over some tree branches on the road. Pepper was unable to regain control of the pickup which went off the road, struck an embankment and then some stones stacked over a culvert and a speed limit sign before coming to rest against the embankment.

 

Troopers across the region have made several DUI arrests recently. State police at Ridgway are charging a 17 year old Kersey driver with DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude police and multiple summary traffic violations after he led them on a chase just before 3:00 am last Friday on various roads throughout Fox Township. Annette Peterson, 40, of James City was arrested for DUI after being stopped just after 2:00 am Saturday at the intersection of Route 66 and Highland Township Route 319 after she caught in a routine traffic stop. Theresa Wolff, 38 of Ridgway was pulled over just before 4:00 am Saturday on Route 120 in Ridgway Township for an alleged traffic violation and was reportedly found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.  Mansfield-based state police accused Gerard Doran, 58, of Wellsboro with DUI after allegedly observing him committing a traffic violation at about 2:30 am Sunday on Route 6 at Benson Road in Richmond Township.

 

 

A Blossburg man has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment following an incident last Friday afternoon in Hamilton Township, Cameron County. State police say while police were investigating  a mountain lion attack, 61 year old Robert Adams of Morris Run pointed a loaded 9 mm pistol at Thor Anthony’s head In the presence of several police officers including Blossburg Police Chief Joshua McCurdy; Blossburg police officer Robert Scott and Trooper Ronald Wolfe. Police said no mountain lions were discovered during the investigation.

 

State police at Emporium are charging 62 year old Jerry Reigle, no address provided, with theft for an incident allegedly taking place this past Saturday morning in a wooded area about 50 yards south of Route 120 across from A Frame Drive in Gibson Township.  Troopers claim Reigle took a key from a four wheeler belonging to Brian Sheppard.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating some thefts occurring recently in Tioga County. Thieves entered the home of Michael Stinger and Korey Thall on Elkhorn Road between 10:00 pm July 4 and 3:00 am July 5 and stole several guns including a Remington bolt action 270 caliber rifle, painted camouflage; a Savage .243 cal. bold action rifle, also painted camouflage; a Ithaca single shot 12 gauge shotgun; bolt action tube fed .22 cal. rifle; along with two gun cases; a box of shotgun shells, Nikon camcorder, prescription medicine, Gerber folding knife, a tan leather briefcase and two 42” Visio TV sets. Value of the stolen items is said to be $2580.  Thieves smashed the rear window and a cabin located along Hickory Lane in Tioga Township sometime since Memorial Day and stole a sledge hammer, ,blue plastic “Sterilite” container and a padlock. The camp is owned by Farley Fry of Reinholds, PA. A criminal mischief on Button Hill Road last Friday or Saturday is also being investigated by troopers at Mansfield. Vandals damaged a dock, Porter Cable air compressor wheel and tube and sheep mineral belonging to Jon Cooper of Tioga, PA.

 

The Potter County VA clinic in Coudersport will offer expanded operating hours starting September 1.  According to Brandon Gardener, Public Affairs officer with the Bath, NY VA clinic, the Potter County facility will be  will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Potter County Veterans’ Primary Care Office and Outreach Center opened last July at the county’s Maple View property (24 Buffalo Street), just off Rt. 872, south of the Rt. 6 intersection in east Coudersport.  The center is staffed by personnel trained to process new enrollments, update patient information, conduct screenings and deliver primary care and/or referrals, depending on each individual veteran’s needs. More information is available at (814) 260-9342. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling that number. Anyone with general inquiries about VA services can call 1-877-845-3247.Gardener said the VA was very pleased with the clinic’s first year of operation. More than 300 military veterans from Potter County have enrolled for care and more are being added to the rolls each week, he noted. The VA has launched a concerted effort to reach out to veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Potter County’s total veteran population is about 1,700, Gardner said, adding that approximately 800 of them are eligible for the most VA services based on income and other criteria

 

 

 

 

 

July 5, 2011

Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 47, No precipitation

The Bath, NY VA Center is planning to expand services and buildings according to Brandon Gardener, Public Affairs Officer.  Gardener was the guest speaker at last week’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners and said the center plans on addressing the issue of homelessness among veterans. Gardener said there is a plan on the table right now which would build homeless transitional housing units on the Bath campus. He said the VA Secretary wants to see veteran homelessness end by 2015,  Gardener also reported that plans are underway to build an assisted living center there which would allow disabled vets to stay with their families rather than to be put into nursing homes. Black Forest Broadcasting plans on bringing more information on the Bath VA Center and its activities during our newscasts this week. 

Apparently the region got through the 4th of July holiday weekend without a serious vehicle crash, according to our checks earlier with state police. However, troopers were kept busy investigating a number of accidents.  As we reported briefly over the weekend, no one was hurt in a collision Saturday morning on South Main Street in Coudersport. State police say the crash occurred when 18 year old Carter Nolan of Shinglehouse fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford F-350 while headed west at about 6:45 am. The truck crossed into the opposite lane where it collided with an eastbound Mack dump truck driven by 63 year old James McKinney of Smethport. Upon impact, the right front tire on the pick up, blew nd Nolan was unable to control the pick up which ran into Hair to Please and radio station WFRM, causing significant damage.  Both drivers and Michael Gustin, also of Shinglehouse, a passenger in the pickup were wearing seatbelts. Nolan is being charged with careless driving.  

There were no injuries in a fiery mishap occurring Saturday morning on Route 414 in Morris Township, Tioga County. State police said Forrest Wessner, III of Germansville, PA was hauling a trailer holding two propane tanks while headed west. The tanks fell off the front of the trailer and became pinned between the axle and the pavement. As the Dodge Ram 2500 pick up continued westbound, the tanks heated up and caught the trailer on fire. Wessner, his wife, Jessica and two children, ages 8 and 9 escaped injury. The truck was not damaged but the trailer sustained major fire damage and was disabled. Wessner is being charged with failing to properly secure a load.   

Moderate injuries were reported for a couple of motorcyclists and a passenger following separate accidents over the weekend.  Troopers at Emporium say 52 year old Stephen Brunner of St. Marys was going west on Route 120 in Gibson Township when he was unable to avoid hitting a deer which came onto the road and into his path. The Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Deuce fell onto its left side before coming to rest. Brunner and his wife, Deborah, were taken to Elk Regional Medical Center by Emporium and Sinnemahoning Ambulance.  Shawn Miller, 29, of Kersey was hurt Saturday night when his Honda XL wrecked on Coal Hollow Road in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers said the bike’s engine seized up causing th rear tire to stop. Miller was unable to control the machine which came to a stop and fell onto his right leg. He was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police have determined the crash was due to mechanical failure, but are charging Miller with various vehicle code violations including failing to have the bike inspected. 

A Pittsburgh driver also suffered moderate injuries in a weekend crash. Robert Michalek, 74, was going east on Route 120 Friday night when his eastbound Toyota Corolla crossed the highway, struck an embankment and rolled over three times before coming to rest on its wheels about 10 feet off the road. Michalek was also taken to Elk Regional Medical Center by Emporium ambulance. 

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle rear-end collision Friday evening on Route 120 in Emporium. State police said the collision occurred when Don Kudrick of Coudersport stopped his GMC Sierra  in the Westbound lane of Allegheny Avenue, waiting to pull into a business.  Amanda Craft of Emporium, stopped her Kia Sportage behind Kudrick, but was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Express driven by Robert Hauber of Austin.  Police said all three drivers were wearing seatbelts.  Hauber is being cited for speeding. 

Coudersport-based state police over the weekend, released details about a one-vehicle crash taking place on Sunday, June 26 on Route 449 in Genesee Township. Troopers said Jason Becker, Sr. of Ulysses was going north about a half mile south of the Rag Hill intersection when his Toyota 4-Runner went off the road, struck a culvert, became airborne and rolled over coming to rest over a small embankment on the eastern side of the road. Becker and his passenger, Jillian Sawyer were taken by Genesee ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

Allen Preston, 25, of Ulysses is being charged with simple assault and harassment for an incident allegedly taking place at his home on Pleasant Street just before midnight Sunday.  State police contend Preston subjected a 43 year old Ulysses woman to unwanted physical contact during an argument.

 

A Denver, PA couple is being charged with harassment, criminal trespass and simple trespass for an incident allegedly taking place early Sunday morning at a camp off of Tyoga Road in West Branch Township, Potter County.  Authorities claim 37 year old Hope Rottmund and her husband, 41 year old Brandon Rottmund went to a camp occupied by a 25 year old woman from Northumberland, PA and pounded on the door at an unreasonable hour, intending to harass, alarm and annoy.  Police claim the couple then walked around the victim’s property after being told to leave.

 

An  apparent identity theft most likely was due to a clerical error according to Coudersport-based state police. Nancy Stoudt, 44 of Ulysses told troopers late last week that someone had used her social security number to obtain unemployment benefits this past winter, but it turns out the incident was likely the result of a mistake in the Department of Labor and Industry records.

 

Troopers in two counties are probing thefts for motor vehicles.  Sometime between 11:00 June 25 and 2:15 am June 26, thieves reached into a vehicle owned by Stacy Carr and Angela Neal, of Mansfield and stole an I-phone, two wallets containing various credit cards and $470 while it was parked at Elm’s Tavern on Route 287. Thieves smashed out the back window on a 2010 Ford F-350 owned by Alfred Moen of Gibsonia Sunday afternoon while it was parked at the Arroyo Bridge Canoe Launch and removed $100 in cash from Moen’s wallet.  Damage to the truck totals about $600.  Township. And, unknown culprits discharged a fire extinguisher into a mailbox owned by Kimberly Dupras of Mann Hill Road in Tioga, PA causing minor damage.

A couple of criminal mischief incidents remain under investigation. Vandals smashed a window in a camper owned by David Smith of Alburtis, PA sometime since mid-June while it was parked on Whitney Creek Road in Hebron. 

 

Roxie G. Meyers, 78, of Bolivar, NY, died in his home after a lengthy illness on Thursday, June 30, 2011, with his loving wife by his side.

     Born January 17, 1933 in York, PA, he was a son of Edward and Marie Meyers.  On August 8, 1953 in Washington, D.C., he married Elaine R. Visseau, who survives.

     Mr. Meyers graduated from high school in Buffalo, NY.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War attaining the rank of Leading Seaman for the Ceremonial Guard, a duty of which he was extremely proud.  Following his time in the Navy, Mr. Meyers joined the New York State Police, where he was served in several stations throughout the state.  He retired on January 17, 1982 with his last duty station being in Wellsville.

     He was a member of Macedonia Lodge #258 F. & A.M. in Bolivar; a member of the Coudersport Consistory; a member of the Association of Former New York State Troopers, Allegheny Mountains Chapter; a member of the American Association of State Troopers; and a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530.

     Surviving besides his wife of 57 years are a son, Robert E. (Dawn) Meyers of Attica, NY; and two grandsons.

     Mr. Meyers was predeceased by his daughter, Lynn M. Roshia, who died on July 5, 2004.

     In keeping with Roxie’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. 

     Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Western New York, 112 Park Ave, Wellsville, NY 14895.

     Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

 

 

 

 

July 1, 2011

Thursday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 42: no precipitation

 

 

Whether you like the state budget or not, it is the first time in eight years that Pennsylvania has had a spending plan signed by the Governor before the June 30 deadline. In his eight years as governor, Democrat Ed Rendell never had an on-time budget.  During the course of budget negotiations, lawmakers took a the proposed Marcellus Shale Impact fee off the table. Rep. Martin Causer, who represents Potter, Cameron and Eastern McKean Counties in the General Assembly told Black Forest Broadcasting recently that he is glad the proposal was separated from the budget.  Metropolitan counties want a portion of the revenues even though there is no drilling going on in their area. Rural county officials say any revenue derived from the drilling should go back to the areas impacted by it. Meanwhile, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yesterday’s meeting,  that drilling has slowed down in the county. Heimel referred to the “Natural Gas Marcellus Shale” newsletter found on the county’s website www.PotterCountyPA.net which reports there were 46 wells permitted during the first three months this year. Since then, only four wells have been permitted—none in April, one in May, and three during June. According to DEP, operators have begun drilling on nine Marcellus Wells in Potter County so far this year. Eight of those wells were new, and one was to extend an existing well deeper. Heimel says it’s too earlier to tell, just what the potential is here in Potter County. The next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force will be September 13 in the Gunzburger building at 7:00 pm.

 

An Austin man received minor injuries Thursday evening when his farm tractor collided with a passenger car on Route 155 in Portage Township. State police said the collision occurred when James Williamson III of Coudersport who was traveling behind a slow moving John Deere tractor operated by Ralph Young, tried to pass just as Young started to turn left to pull off the road.  Williamson escaped injury. Both the tractor and Williamson’s PT Cruiser became disabled as a result of the collision.

 

Coudersport-based state police have charged Michael Coleman, 44, 0f Renovo with DUI after stopping him for alleged traffic violations last Saturday night near Cross Fork.

 

 

A Duke Center man has been sentenced in Potter County for sexually assaulting a young child. John Mix, 21, was  ordered to serve 10 to 20 years in prison for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; 11-60 months concurrently for indecent assault and 18-60 months concurrently for corruption of minors. According to otter County DA Andy Watson who prosecuted the case, State  Police were advised by the victim’s mother that Mix  had touched her daughter inappropriately. When  State Police interviewed Mix,  he admitted to having sexual contact with the victim on four occasions. Mix must be registered for his lifetime as a sexual predator under Megan's law.

 

In Tioga County Court action, Matthew S. Roupp, 19, of Wellsboro,  has been sentenced to 24 months for simple assault, with the first 30 days on electronic monitoring and the remainder on probation, plus a $150 fine. Roupp was charged by Wellsboro police for possession of a weapon at the Wellsboro High School on Jan. 10.

 

 

Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations, but the safest way to enjoy them is by seeing a professional display, according to  State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann. “Fireworks displays should be left to the professionals,” Mann said. “Anyone who wants to use legal, small novelty fireworks to celebrate with family and friends should do so only after taking appropriate safety steps to ensure that no one gets hurt.”

 

Pennsylvania law allows consumers to use small “novelty” fireworks, which are ground-based and include sparklers and trick noise-makers. These fireworks can be sold by retail establishments with valid permits.

Larger fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles and mortars, are prohibited by state law. All display fireworks that are shot into the air and burst into a large, colorful display—such as those seen at municipal celebrations and sporting events—are prohibited for use by consumers.

Mann shared the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

  • Always have water handy.

  • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter or combine them.

  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water prior to disposal.

  • Use common sense. Spectators should stay a safe distance from the igniter and the igniter should wear safety glasses.

  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

  • Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives – illegal fireworks should be reported to local law enforcement.

  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision.

  • Always remain standing and at least six feet away from others while using sparklers.

  • Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.

  • Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. 

  • Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time. 

  • Sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out.  Be sure to drop the spent sparkler directly into a bucket of water.


For more information on Pennsylvania laws regarding fireworks, please visit the Pennsylvania State Police web site at
www.psp.state.pa.us, and click on “Frequently Asked Questions about Fireworks.”

 

 

 

July 1, 2011

Thursday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 42: no precipitation

 

 

 

Whether you like the state budget or not, it is the first time in eight years that Pennsylvania has had a spending plan signed by the Governor before the June 30 deadline. In his eight years as governor, Democrat Ed Rendell never had an on-time budget.  During the course of budget negotiations, lawmakers took a the proposed Marcellus Shale Impact fee off the table. Rep. Martin Causer, who represents Potter, Cameron and Eastern McKean Counties in the General Assembly told Black Forest Broadcasting recently that he is glad the proposal was separated from the budget.  Metropolitan counties want a portion of the revenues even though there is no drilling going on in their area. Rural county officials say any revenue derived from the drilling should go back to the areas impacted by it. Meanwhile, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yesterday’s meeting,  that drilling has slowed down in the county. Heimel referred to the “Natural Gas Marcellus Shale” newsletter found on the county’s website www.PotterCountyPA.net which reports there were 46 wells permitted during the first three months this year. Since then, only four wells have been permitted—none in April, one in May, and three during June. According to DEP, operators have begun drilling on nine Marcellus Wells in Potter County so far this year. Eight of those wells were new, and one was to extend an existing well deeper. Heimel says it’s too earlier to tell, just what the potential is here in Potter County. The next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force will be September 13 in the Gunzburger building at 7:00 pm.

 

An Austin man received minor injuries Thursday evening when his farm tractor collided with a passenger car on Route 155 in Portage Township. State police said the collision occurred when James Williamson III of Coudersport who was traveling behind a slow moving John Deere tractor operated by Ralph Young, tried to pass just as Young started to turn left to pull off the road.  Williamson escaped injury. Both the tractor and Williamson’s PT Cruiser became disabled as a result of the collision.

 

Coudersport-based state police have charged Michael Coleman, 44, 0f Renovo with DUI after stopping him for alleged traffic violations last Saturday night near Cross Fork.

 

 

A Duke Center man has been sentenced in Potter County for sexually assaulting a young child. John Mix, 21, was  ordered to serve 10 to 20 years in prison for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; 11-60 months concurrently for indecent assault and 18-60 months concurrently for corruption of minors. According to otter County DA Andy Watson who prosecuted the case, State  Police were advised by the victim’s mother that Mix  had touched her daughter inappropriately. When  State Police interviewed Mix,  he admitted to having sexual contact with the victim on four occasions. Mix must be registered for his lifetime as a sexual predator under Megan's law.

 

In Tioga County Court action, Matthew S. Roupp, 19, of Wellsboro,  has been sentenced to 24 months for simple assault, with the first 30 days on electronic monitoring and the remainder on probation, plus a $150 fine. Roupp was charged by Wellsboro police for possession of a weapon at the Wellsboro High School on Jan. 10.

 

 

Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations, but the safest way to enjoy them is by seeing a professional display, according to  State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann. “Fireworks displays should be left to the professionals,” Mann said. “Anyone who wants to use legal, small novelty fireworks to celebrate with family and friends should do so only after taking appropriate safety steps to ensure that no one gets hurt.”

 

Pennsylvania law allows consumers to use small “novelty” fireworks, which are ground-based and include sparklers and trick noise-makers. These fireworks can be sold by retail establishments with valid permits.

Larger fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles and mortars, are prohibited by state law. All display fireworks that are shot into the air and burst into a large, colorful display—such as those seen at municipal celebrations and sporting events—are prohibited for use by consumers.

Mann shared the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

  • Always have water handy.

  • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter or combine them.

  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water prior to disposal.

  • Use common sense. Spectators should stay a safe distance from the igniter and the igniter should wear safety glasses.

  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

  • Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives – illegal fireworks should be reported to local law enforcement.

  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision.

  • Always remain standing and at least six feet away from others while using sparklers.

  • Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.

  • Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. 

  • Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time. 

  • Sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out.  Be sure to drop the spent sparkler directly into a bucket of water.


For more information on Pennsylvania laws regarding fireworks, please visit the Pennsylvania State Police web site at
www.psp.state.pa.us, and click on “Frequently Asked Questions about Fireworks.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 47; No precipitation

 

An Osceola, PA man has been jailed after allegedly threatening to kill a state police corporal during an altercation Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Wal-Mart. State police were called to the store at about 5:30 pm on a report of a customer being loud and disorderly.  When Cpl. Douglas Smith tried to speak to 41 year old Garon Russell in the parking lot, he continued yelling and screaming. When  Officer Jamie Jones of the Mansfield Borough Police Department arrived to help Russell allegedly threatened to kill Cpl. Smith and said the officers were “Mafia Trash.” When Cpl. Smith advised Russell he was under arrest, Smith allegedly threatened again to kill him. Russell reportedly resisted both officers’ attempts to take him into custody and pulled away, then swung at Cpl. Smith who then used a taser, striking Russell in the chest.  Russell then bent over and was able to pull one of the probes out and started to run from the parking lot, chased by both officers. Cpl. Smith fired another taser shot, which brought Russell to the ground. Russell reportedly continued to resist but was finally handcuffed by the officers. Trp. Thomas Wool from the Criminal Investigation Unit arrived and completed the arrest, charging Russell with two counts each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and one of criminal trespass and resisting arrest. Police said Russell was determined to be “unfit for arraignment” by District Judge Philip Sweet and was committed to the Tioga County Prison.

 

A vendor at the Cross Fork Snake hunt last weekend has been charged with possession, dealing and selling prohibited offensive weapons.  Joseph Gallagher, 68 of Altoona was arraigned before on-call District Judge Barbara Easton and released on $10,000 bail. State police contend Gallagher was in possession and was selling switchblade knives, stun guns and brass knuckles.

 

Coudersport-based state police have charged 35 year old Jesse Hooftallen of Austin with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Troopers say the charges came after they interviewed Hooftallen on the morning of June 13. They also claim he was found to have sold or furnished alcohol, liquor or malt or brewed beverages to a known juvenile.

 

A burglary at a Sweden Township home and criminal mischief at three Keating Township camps are being investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Some one forced entry into  the home of Cynthia Zurawa on Sweden Hill Road between 5:00 pm last Friday and 3:10 pm Tuesday. An aluminum frame of a screen window was cut and the window was pried open. Sometime over the past month, unknown persons removed copper tubing from the oil/gas supply tanks at three camps on Smith Hollow Road and removed several pieces of electric wire and drained about 200 gallons of heating oil from a storage tank at one of the camps. Owners are listed as Donald Scholly of Johnstown, George Huber of Valencia and Thomas Nissley of Landisvlle.

 

Rebecca Dibble, 29 of Sabinsville is being charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. State police claim Dibble went for a ride on an ATV belonging to Bruce Mainus Jr. of the same address, Monday night without the owner’s permission and when she returned, the machine had been damaged.

 

Willa May Parsons CARY, 85, formerly of Harrison Valley, PA, died November 21, 2010 in Virginia Beach, VA.  Born May 15, 1925, in Clarksburg, WV, she was the daughter of Leo and Claudia Cox Parsons.  She was raised in Westfield, PA by her mother and step-father, Archer McIntyre.  On October 30, 1945, in Whitesville, NY, she married Leland “Pete” Cary, who survives.  She attended the Harrison Valley Federated Church and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses, the Harrison Township Ladies Auxiliary, and served as a 4-H leader.  Surviving besides her husband, Pete, are:  a son, David (Peg) Cary;  four daughters, Willa Jean (Ken) Lambert, Judy Metcalf and companion Ron Loeser, Carol (Frank) Brezowski, and Debra Jo (Clyde Sr.) Seeley;  11 grandchildren;  18 great-grandchildren;  one great-great-grandchild;  step-sister, Gayle McIntyre White;  and step-brother, Clair McIntyre.  She was predeceased by a son, Merle Eugene Cary.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Daphne Simpson , 91, formerly of Clarion, PA passed away Wednesday(June 22) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home. She was born November 24, 1919 in Berwick, PA to the late Harry and Lulua (Belles) Silver. She worked at the Berwick Unemployment Office where she later met Edwin R. “Jack” Simpson. They married and moved to Des Moines, Iowa. There she worked as a typist for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and raised her family. 

She was active in the church, as a member of the Berwick Christian Church, the Highland Park Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Des Moines, IA, and the Women’s Circle of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarion, PA. Daphne enjoyed working as a volunteer at Clarion Hospital for many years. 

Daphne had the second Total Hip Replacement (Charnley Low Friction Arthroplasty) performed in the USA. An experimental procedure at the time, the procedure, recovery, and rehabilitation therapies totaled more than a year. 

Known for her “Chalk Talks,” Daphne also enjoyed painting, crafts, refinishing and reupholstering furniture. She was an accomplished seamstress and tailor. Daphne loved playing all kinds of games and cards and she baked a great pie. 

She raised two children and a grandchild who are able to think and to enjoy life. Daphne is survived by a son and daughter in law Blake and Marci Simpson, a daughter Jennifer Wolbert, grand-daughter Kelly Wolbert, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A memorial service for Daphne will be held at the Berwick Christian Church, Berwick, PA on Saturday July 2, 2011, at 1:00pm. Burial will be at the Martzville Cemetery, Martzville, PA. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 56; .13” rain (.05” on Fishing Creek)

 

 

A $27.15 billion Republican budget bill has approval from the state Senate after a sharp partisan debate over a plan to lower business taxes, put money in reserve and make deep cuts in education aid. State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati who represents the Black Forest Service area says the plan he’s pleased the bill is on time and does not call for tax increases, in fact, contains substantial tax decreases for job creators. It’s the first time in eight years the state will have an on-time spending plan. When Democrat Ed Rendell was governor, there were no budgets completed by the June 30 deadline. The Senate approved it along party lines Tuesday and sent it to the House. Republicans there and Gov. Tom Corbett are expected to approve it before Pennsylvania's new fiscal year begins Friday .

 

A Driftwood man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident early yesterday on Route 555 in Gibson township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium said William Tompkins was going east, rounding a right hand curve  just before 6:00 am when he fell

asleep at the wheel of his Chevrolet Silverado. The truck went off the road and came to rest against a dirt embankment. Tompkins was able to drive the pick up to his home and contacted EMS to report his injuries and was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment. Troopers are charging Tomkins with careless driving.

 

A Weedville woman and her passenger escaped injury late last night when her compact car hit an elk on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township, Elk County. State police said Linda Kronenwetter was going north when the elk came onto the highway and into her path. Kronenwetter was unable to avoid the collision but was able to steer her Kia Sorento to the side of the road before it became disabled. The elk fled the scene and was not located.

 

 

State police at Coudersport have charged 44 year old Russell Falk of Maple Street Roulette with DUI. Troopers pulled Falk over at about 10:30 pm May 30 on Roulette Township Route 308 for traffic violations, and subsequently determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol. 

 

Justin Barentine, 18, of Dividing Ridge Road Coudersport has been arrested for underage drinking.  State police say they were called to Barentine’s home early Tuesday when he was reported to have consumed alcohol while being under the age of 21. Troopers found Barentine at the bottom of his driveway, along Route 872 and placed him under arrest.

 

Ridgway-based state police have accused 44 year old Michael Reed of Brockport with theft. Authorities claim Reed went into the home of Sean Tucker on Peters Road in Elbon around noontime Tuesday and stole a six pack of Natural Ice beer from the refrigerator before fleeing the scene on foot.

 

A criminal mischief at the home of Ken and Laura Schafer on Squab Hollow Road in Kersey is being probed by state police at Ridgway.  Sometime between 10:00 pm Monday and 1:30 pm Tuesday, someone kicked in a rear basement door, causing it to bend and the lock to break. But apparently nothing was taken. 

 

 

The state Department of Bank is advising consumers of an online financial scam which uses a similar name and the former address of a legitimate, licensed Pennsylvania company to solicit money from consumers under the guise of advance fees, the Department of Banking warned today.

The department has received complaints regarding the so-called Central Lending Group, which claims to offer low-interest, unsecured loans and solicits advance fees from consumers.  However, there is no company by this name licensed by the Department of Banking. Additionally, a company of this name is not located at the Yardley mailing address provided on their website. The department does license a company called Central Lending Services, which was formerly located in Yardley and is now located in Fairless Hills. Central Lending Services is not accused of any wrong doing.In all reported cases, consumers were asked to send money otherwise known as advance fees to the illegitimate lender prior to receiving a loan. Advance fee loan scams typically target individuals with poor credit histories using promises of guaranteed approvals and no credit checks. After being “approved,” the victim is asked to pay a fee in order to receive their loans. Ultimately, the scammer pockets the fee and the victim receives nothing.  The scammer’s website, which is hosted in Canada, contains an electronic loan application that requires payment of an application fee and requests personal information, including bank account numbers, which can potentially be used to withdraw additional funds from a victim’s accounts.  Victims of these or any other advance fee loan scams are urged to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Banking at 1-800-PA-BANKS (1-800-722-2657).The Department of Banking urges consumers to “do their homework” before entering into business with any financial company. Consumers can learn about companies licensed or chartered by the Department of Banking at www.banking.state.pa.us and 1-800-PA-BANKS (1-800-722-2657).

 

 

 

June 28, 2011

Monday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 63; no precipitation 

The unemployment picture in the region deteriorated somewhat between April and May according to figures just released by the state department of labor and Industry.  Tioga County which has consistently had the best rate in the region, saw an increase from 6.2% to 6.6%.  Potter County realized a slight increase from 8.7 to 8.9% for the period. McKean’s rate also went up from 8.2 to 8.4% and Elk County also saw an increase in unemployment from 6.2% to 6.6%. However, Cameron County, which still has the worst rate in Pennsylvania saw a decrease from 11.2% to 10.4%. Bradford County where the Marcellus Shale drilling activity is in full swing also so a sight increase from 5.1 to 5.2% but has the best rate in the state. Pennsylvania’s unemployment figure was 7.4% in May while the national rate was 9.1%.  

Three Austin residents have been arraigned on charges of theft and receiving stolen property in connection to an incident at the Hemlock Campground in Wharton Township during the early morning hours of May 28.  Troopers claim Michael Diefenderfer and Timothy Cheplic both 20 and Robert Dynda stole two coolers belonging to Beth Sheredy of Cherry Tree, PA and Robert Gradizzi of Kersey from their campsites and knocked over a port-a-john belonging to the campground. The trio was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton on June 16 and are awaiting preliminary hearings.  Cheplic is facing an additional DUI charge. State police claim that he drove to the barracks on the afternoon of June 11, under the influence of alcohol. 

State police at Emporium have investigated several recent burglaries and thefts in Cameron County. Thieves pried off two lock hasps on a door to gain entry to Camp Shamrock on Mason Hill road in Lumber Township sometime since Memorial Day weekend but apparently left empty-handed. Thirsty burglars forced open a rear door at a camp on Waldy Run Road in Shippen township sometime last week and stole two cases of “Miller Lite” beer from the refrigerator. The camp is owned by Fred Manginell of Emporium.  Robbers pried open an entrance door at the home of Clifford Singer on Shippen Township Route 316 between 8:00 pm last Thursday and 1:00 am Friday and stole a pair of jeans containing his wallet. The crooks also pried open the rear window on his vehicle parked in his driveway and stole two packs of cigarettes before leaving.  Value of the stolen items amounts to $450 and damage totals about $125.  And criminals broke into a travel trailer owned by James Fragale of Emporium late last week while it was parked along Route 46 at the south entrance of Old North Creek Road. Troopers say they are continuing their investigation into a theft by deception. A known suspect is accused of failing to turn over money and/or unsold fundraising items at the required time. 

 Details have just been released by state police at Emporium regarding a motorcycle accident during the mid-morning June 18 on Route 872 in Grove Township. According to authorities, John Scwab of Forestville, NY suffered minor injuries when his Honda VTX1800F hit a deer which came onto the road and into his path. Schwab was wearing a helmet and other protective gear.

The Potter County Relay for Life held Friday and Saturday at Coudersport Area Recreation Park, though falling short of it’s goal has been deemed a success by the organizers.  Five teams with a minimum of 15 members, weathered soaking rain showers and  raised more than $32,000. The goal was $37,000. There will be a wrap up picnic July 20 at Mitchell Park, beginning at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Take a dish to pass.  Rachel Forsythe who chaired the event told BFB that this year’s event will be critiqued and suggestions will be entertained for the 2012 relay.

 Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for accreditation for its critical access hospital, Medicare/Medicaid certification-based long term care, and home care programs.

 CCMH achieved its most recent accreditation following rigorous on site surveys for each of the programs in March in which the hospital again demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for quality and safety. CCMH has sought Joint Commission accreditation for more than 20 years. Accreditation is earned following an unannounced, on site survey in which a team of expert surveyors evaluate the hospital, long term care unit and home care to determine standards of care for patients including safety, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more at www.jointcommission.org

 

 

 

June 27, 2011

Sunday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 54; Trace of Rain

 

– Governor Tom Corbett late last week signed into law Senate Bill 1006, legislation

that bans the possession, use and sale of synthetic designer drugs including the dangerous substance known as “bath salts.’’

 

The General Assembly last week unanimously approved the measure to expand the state’s list of controlled substances. The new law prohibits all chemical substances contained in bath salts, as well as synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs, including 2C-E, which is similar to LSD or Ecstasy, and salvia, which causes hallucinations.

 

Bath salts, which have nothing to do with baths or spas, are designer drugs with an effect on users comparable to cocaine or methamphetamine. The substance had been legally sold in some tobacco shops and other specialty stores. Users sometimes experience agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and often commit violent acts.

 

In signing the legislation, Gov. Corbett said. “In Blair County, two friends stabbed each other in a dispute over a bath salt container. In Carbon County, a man held police at bay with an assault rifle for hours. In Lackawanna County, a man broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest. Police said all of them had been using bath salts.’’

 

Since the law does not take effect for 60 days, Corbett asked merchants who sell these chemicals to voluntarily stop before more people are hurt. Potter County DA Andy Watson is among law enforcement officials asking that stores voluntarily removed the products before the required deadline.

  

 

Under the new law, conviction for a first offense for delivery or possession with the intent to deliver carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Conviction of simple possession of the substance carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

 

Bath salts are already banned in more than 20 states, as well as in Israel, Canada, Australia and several countries in Europe. In Pennsylvania, several communities established local bans on the sale of synthetic drugs.

 

To read the text of the bill, visit the General Assembly’s website at www.legis.state.pa.us

  

An Eldred truck driver escaped injury last Thursday morning when his rig wrecked on Route 449 just north of Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County. Steven James was making a right hand curve when he noticed a vehicle stopped in his lane. State police said James couldn’t stop in time, swerved to the right and caused the semi to go through the guard rail and over an embankment where it became disabled.

 

DUI and other charges are pending against 19 year old Dustin Lockwood of Brockport following a one-vehicle crash late last night on Lovers Lane in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers said Lockwood was going south when he swerved to the right causing his Honda Accord to go off the road, strike a tree head-on.  Lockwood and his passenger, Rhett Eisman,19, also of Brockport, received minor injuries. Eisman is being charged with purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages while being under the age of 21.

 

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash late Friday night on Toby Road in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers said Logan Krise of St. Marys was headed south when his Pontiac Bonneville went off the west side of the road, while going south. The car came back onto the road, spun clockwise and went off the road a second time, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof, coming to rest upside down in the southbound lane. Krise and his passenger, Joelle Wolfel of Emporium were not wearing seatbelts. He’s being charged with speeding.

 

Coudersport-based state police have charged 21 year old Jessie Pekarski of Park Avenue with disorderly conduct for an incident taking place between 3:30 and 4:14 am May 9 at a coma located just 300 feet south of the Austin-Costello Sportsman Club. Authorities say their investigation has determined that Pekarski was the person who fired a shot at a camp owned by Gerald Bush of Marietta, PA.  The bullet went through a window and lodge in a window sill on the other side of the camp.

 

Eric McFall, 25 of Knoxville is being charged with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place during the early morning hours Sunday in Harrison Township. State police claim McFall made phone calls and sent text messages at extremely inconvenient hours to 25 year old Zachary Lawson and a 38 year old Knoxville woman. Troopers claim McFall was asked to stop contacting the victims and when he refused, they intervened.  McFall allegedly also threatened the victims.

 

State police at Coudersport are also charging 31 year old Richard Earle of Edinboro, formerly of Austin, with harassment for an incident occurring at around midnight May 26 on Cowley Hill Road in Portage Township. Troopers say while his car was stopped, Earle struck a 25 year old Edinboro woman with his fist. The victim got out of the car and went to a nearby residence.  The incident was just investigated early Sunday morning in Austin.

 

Troopers at Ridgway have not released the names of a couple of suspects but say a 45 year old woman from Kane used an ATM Card belonging to Leonard Coker of Kane to withdraw funds from his bank account last week. A 21 year old man from Kersey is suspected of going to the  Irishtown Road home of 92 year old Harry Himes last Tuesday and stealing two checks from the victim’s checkbook, and endorsing them before cashing them at two different locations.

 

Thefts of road signs are being investigated by troopers at Coudersport and Ridgway earlier this year. Thieves took an “ATV, Snowmobile, and a 10 ton Weight Limit” sign from alongside Rooks Road in Allegany Township. It will cost taxpayers $175.00 to replace the signs.  And, thieves took three stop signs from a Fox Township intersection in Elk County recently. Value is estimated to be $150 total.

 

Thieves stole a variety of items from the Railroad Museum on Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County overnight last Tuesday. The museum is owned by Jerry Wright of Coudersport.

 

Troopers at Emporium and Ridgway are investigating a number thefts from vehicles.  Sometime over the past couple of weeks, thieves forced their way into a 1975 Dodge motor home owned by Jeffrey Smeal while it was parked at his home in Driftwood. Vandals caused $75 in damage while stealing $115 worth of items.  Criminals took cigarettes, money and a flash drive from a car owned by Teresa Archer June 8 or 9 while it was parked at her home on Scotland Street in Dagus Mines.  Thieves recently entered cars in St.Marys owned by Ruth Cooney, Michael Wildnauer, Richard Feldbauer and Eric Wildnauer and  took several items including  an XM radio, Garman GPS unit, Ace lock blade knife and about $19.00 in change. The stolen items are valued at $729.00.

 

Earl Tubbs, 43 of Ulysses is being charged with criminal mischief for vandalism to a vehicle early last Tuesday morning. State police claim Tubbs broke an AM/FM radio antenna and the passenger side mirror off of a car owned by Colleen Smith while it was parked at her home on White Knoll Road.

 

Two Elk County residents are accused of writing worthless checks for gasoline to the Keystone Gas Station in Jay Township this past spring. Authorities claim Joseph Pittman of Weedville wrote a bad check on March 8 totaling $56.50 while Ashley Lipsey of Brynedale bounced a check for $40.00 on April 11. Apparently neither suspect made their checks good.

 

David Brooks, Executive Director of the Potter County Visitors Association reported at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Coudersport Area  Chamber of Commerce that there were 166 runners registered for the God’s County Marathon June 4; 133 finished the race. and there were three relay teams, a first for the event.  Brooks said the organization expects to double participation next year by adding a “Half Marathon.”

 

Helen V. “Jinny” Wondrack, 88, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2011at her home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her loving family.

     Born May 6, 1923 in Newark, NJ, she was a daughter of Charles and Merle Mitchell Watts.  On June 2, 1951 in Denville, NJ, she married Edward R. Wondrack, who survives.

     She was a graduate of Dover High School in Dover, NJ and a graduate of the University of Iowa nursing program.  Mrs. Wondrack was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served as a registered nurse, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.

     She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Dover Christian Nursing Home in Dover.  After moving to Shinglehouse, Mrs. Wondrack and her family purchased the Shagbark Campground which they operated for several years.  She was also the school nurse for the Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse and later was employed by the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse. 

     Mrs. Wondrack was a longtime member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church where she served her church in several capacities and was a member of the Mary Martha Group of the church.

     Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Lillian M. Wondrack and Jan A. Healy, both of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren, Leo E. Carpenter of Bradford, Connie J. (Kayle) Perkins and Aiden K. Healy, both of Shinglehouse; and a brother, Charles “Chad” Watts of Tom’s River, NJ.

     In keeping with Jinny’s wishes services will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

     Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

 

 

June 24, 2011

Thursday’s high, 76: Overnight low, 60; .11” rain (.24” on Fishing Creek)

 

Marcellus Shale drilling activity may only be around for 25-30 more years but today it is a hot topic across Pennsylvania. Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover reported at the June 16 commissioners’ meeting that she had recently read a report that 78,000 jobs have been created in Pennsylvania due to the drilling, 71% of those have gone to Pennsylvania residents; 9,000 industry-related jobs  have been created in the first few months of this year and there has been a 1300% increase in employment in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties since 2008. The 2011 Northern Tier Marcellus Shale Business to Business Expo will be  held at Alparon Park in Troy, PA Check the site at www.ntmarcellusexpo.com for more information.  The Expo will be hosting key industry speakers at the Troy High School 7:00 pm.  Dan Stoner of Center Rock Inc. will be speaking on the Chilean Mine Rescue and the Future of Drilling.  John Felmy of American Petroleum Institute (API) will immediately follow with the seminar “The Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Resource – A Real Game Changer for Pennsylvania”.  Some of the topics will include

·         What is Marcellus Shale?

·         How much is there and what does it mean to Pennsylvania and the nation.?

·         Why do we need it?

·         What are the economic Impacts?

·         What are the impacts of the development?

 

 

A Coudersport man received minor injuries in a collision Thursday morning at the intersection of Main and East Second Street in Coudersport. Borough Police Chief Lee Gross told Black Forest Broadcasting that the collision occurred when a pick up driven by Nolan Johnson of Pioche, NV which was headed west and while making a left turn, struck the drivers side door of a pick up driven by Robert Smith, of Route 6 West. Smith was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport volunteer ambulance and was released after being treated for neck and back pain.  Johnson and his five passengers escaped injury.

 

No injuries were reported for an Olean, NY man following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township, Tioga County. State police said 19 year old Darren Gloss was going north when his Mitsubishi Eclipse went off the road along the east side and traveled some 36 feet along the grass before hitting a ditch. The car traveled 64 more feet before coming to rest in the ditch. Gloss is being cited for speeding.

 

 

Ridgway-based state police are charging 34 year old Renee Streich of St. Marys with retail theft after she allegedly walked out of the Family Dollar Store in Johnsonburg last night with two items without paying for them.

 

The theft of a cell phone from a car parked at the Dandy Minit parking lot on Main Street in Lawrenceville Wednesday afternoon is under investigation by Mansfield-based state police. Someone took the phone from a car belonging to Julie Ann Springstead of Bath,  NY and threw it under another car at around 5:45 pm.

 

 

Robert Bernstein, 46, of Williston, Fla., was apprehended  just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Lakeview Lodge on Rolling Acres Lane in Lawrenceville on a warrant from Florida.Marshals sought Bernstein after he failed to appear in court June 8 in Levy County, Fla. on a charge of sexual molestation of a victim less than 12 years old. Starting Monday, Marshals and members of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force began working leads on Bernstein's whereabouts in Tioga County, investigating places in Knoxville and Middlebury Center.

Bernstein is being charged as a fugitive and  was taken to Tioga County Prison where he awaits extradition proceedings.

 

 

 Charles Cole Memorial Hospital  announces it has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for its patients and community members.

 

The patient safety partnership is a new national initiative expected to help hospitals, employers, health plans, medical providers and patient advocates save lives and healthcare costs associated with preventable injuries and complications.

 

The partnership strives to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease preventable complications during care transitions from one setting to another, thereby reducing readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Over the next three years, these achievements are expected to impact millions of Americans by saving lives and preventing injuries while saving the healthcare system some $35 billion, including $10 billion in Medicare savings.

 

Ten areas of focus have been identified although reducing all forms of harm will be addressed. They are: adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and other hospital-acquired conditions.

 

CCMH has started participating in a series of educational webinars and plans to educate staff, board members, corporate advisors, wellness committee and the public about the partnership. In addition, the hospital has started to reach out to partner agencies to discuss how they can improve care together.

 

Potter County Habitat for Humanity has released an update on the Galeton property at 12 Poplar Avenue.The footers have been poured and the area has been stoned and leveled off.  A big thank you goes to Dante Cimorelli and his crew for completing this part of the job last week.On Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m volunteers  will be installing the drainage pipe around the foundation and laying the block for the basement.  Once they  have 6 courses of block laid they  will pour the basement floor and backfill around the house.  After that they will finish laying the rest of the block. The project will probably take approximately two or three days to compete Persons wishing to help should email  Jim and Charlotte Blain jrcmblain@aol.com.

 

 

 

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Williamsport area hospital has agreed to pay the United States $598,965 to resolve allegations that it erroneously submitted improper claims to the Medicare program.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Divine Providence Hospital has agreed to pay $598,965 to resolve allegations that from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2007, the hospital erroneously submitted claims to the Medicare program for payment that contained evaluation and management services that were not allowable under Medicare.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that Medicare does not normally allow additional payments for evaluation and management services performed by a provider on the same day as a procedure.

     If a provider performs an evaluation and management service on the same day as a procedure and the service is significant, separately identifiable, and above and beyond the usual preoperative and postoperative care associated with the procedure, an attachment to the claim, known as "Modifier 25," may be submitted to allow additional payment for the separate evaluation and management service.

     In this matter, the government determined that Divine Providence Hospital incorrectly attached Modifier 25 to Medicare claims that led Medicare to pay the hospital for evaluation and management services that were not significant and separately identifiable from the underlying procedure for which Medicare also paid the hospital.

     U.S. Attorney Smith credited the hospital for its cooperation and corrective action which helped to resolve the matter fairly and efficiently.

     The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General in Harrisburg and handled by D. Brian Simpson, of the United States Attorney's Office, Civil Division.

 

 

 

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital  announces it has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for its patients and community members.

 

The patient safety partnership is a new national initiative expected to help hospitals, employers, health plans, medical providers and patient advocates save lives and healthcare costs associated with preventable injuries and complications.

 

The partnership strives to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease preventable complications during care transitions from one setting to another, thereby reducing readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Over the next three years, these achievements are expected to impact millions of Americans by saving lives and preventing injuries while saving the healthcare system some $35 billion, including $10 billion in Medicare savings.

 

Ten areas of focus have been identified although reducing all forms of harm will be addressed. They are: adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolism, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and other hospital-acquired conditions.

 

CCMH has started participating in a series of educational webinars and plans to educate staff, board members, corporate advisors, wellness committee and the public about the partnership. In addition, the hospital has started to reach out to partner agencies to discuss how they can improve care together.

 

Potter County Habitat for Humanity has released an update on the Galeton property at 12 Poplar Avenue.The footers have been poured and the area has been stoned and leveled off.  A big thank you goes to Dante Cimorelli and his crew for completing this part of the job last week.On Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m volunteers  will be installing the drainage pipe around the foundation and laying the block for the basement.  Once they  have 6 courses of block laid they  will pour the basement floor and backfill around the house.  After that they will finish laying the rest of the block. The project will probably take approximately two or three days to compete Persons wishing to help should email  Jim and Charlotte Blain jrcmblain@aol.com.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

   The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Williamsport area hospital has agreed to pay the United States $598,965 to resolve allegations that it erroneously submitted improper claims to the Medicare program.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Divine Providence Hospital has agreed to pay $598,965 to resolve allegations that from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2007, the hospital erroneously submitted claims to the Medicare program for payment that contained evaluation and management services that were not allowable under Medicare.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that Medicare does not normally allow additional payments for evaluation and management services performed by a provider on the same day as a procedure.

     If a provider performs an evaluation and management service on the same day as a procedure and the service is significant, separately identifiable, and above and beyond the usual preoperative and postoperative care associated with the procedure, an attachment to the claim, known as "Modifier 25," may be submitted to allow additional payment for the separate evaluation and management service.

     In this matter, the government determined that Divine Providence Hospital incorrectly attached Modifier 25 to Medicare claims that led Medicare to pay the hospital for evaluation and management services that were not significant and separately identifiable from the underlying procedure for which Medicare also paid the hospital.

     U.S. Attorney Smith credited the hospital for its cooperation and corrective action which helped to resolve the matter fairly and efficiently.

     The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General in Harrisburg and handled by D. Brian Simpson, of the United States Attorney's Office, Civil Division.

 

 

 

 

June 23, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 62; .07” rain (.12” on Fishing Creek) 

 

Members of the Pennsylvania Senate say there is now growing bi-partisan support to draft and pass legislation creating an extraction fee for Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.  Senate Democrats have announced a plan to amend Senate-Bill 1100, sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati, that is expected to gain support from Democrats and Republicans.  The amendment would, among other things:

*           Increase the base impact fee to $17-thousand from the current proposal of $10-thousand.
*           Restore the price adjustment factor for natural gas.
*           Restore the requirement for criminal penalties.
On the distribution side:
*           Reduce the local share to 55-percent from 60-percent and increase statewide distribution to 45-percent from 40-percent.
*           Conservation Districts would receive $5-million.
*           Office of the State Fire Commissioner would receive $2-milion for training and equipment purchases for areas where the shale drilling is underway.
Pennsylvania remains the only energy producing state that does not impose an extraction fee on natural gas drilling.

 

In Potter County Court news, 21 year old Andrew Welk of Belfast, NY has been sentenced to 12 months on probation for stealing two antique bicycles; ordered to pay a $250 fine; perform 20 hours of community service and make restitution of $225.  According to Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson who prosecuted the case, while being interviewed by state police, Welk’s accomplice Heather Wolfanger admitted she and Welk were at the Nine Mile Motel on Route 6 when they decided to use the bikes to travel back to New York State last July 17th.

 

A Galeton driver escaped injury in a minor one-vehicle accident Monday morning on the Charleston Road in Tioga County. State police said William Greenwood was headed east when his Chevrolet Cobalt went off the road and struck a culvert with the undercarriage where it came to rest. Greenwood was wearing a seatbelt at the time. The car was towed from the scene by a private citizen with a tractor.  The 20 year old driver is being cited for careless driving. 

 

A Lawrenceville man is being charged with providing false identification to authorities. State police at Mansfield claim 33 year old Orlando Frazier lied about his identity when being advised on June 9 that he was the subject of an official investigation for violating a law.

 

A couple of thefts are being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between June 3 and 10, thieves entered a unlocked shop owned by Brian Allen  on Sweet Briar Road in Delmar Township and stole a Honda generator and drill bit sharpener. The equipment is valued at $1250.

 

Thieves took a Moutrie Gamespy Digital Camera from a field about 200 yards north of Route 49 in Westfield Township between June 9 and 21. The camera belonged to Arnold Cary. No value was given.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are also probing a criminal mischief occurring between noon this past Saturday and 6:30 pm Monday at Circle K Auto Sales on Route 6 in Delmar Township. Vandals broke the rear passenger window and dented the rear passenger door on a 2000 Lincoln Continental sedan parked in the sales lot. Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

 

Two New York State women are being charged in Tioga County for scattering rubbish. Authorities say 44 year old Lisa Jayne and 23 year old Mandy Clark, both of Lindlay, were observed dumping garbage in a wooded area  on private property on  the East Side of Johnson Road in Farmington Township Sunday evening. The land is owned by Mary Ross of Newton, NJ.

 

 The Potter County Cancer Society Relay For Life being held from noon  Friday to noon  Saturday at Coudersport Area  Recreation Park  is short-handed this year and DJ Coyote Nights who will be providing music for the 24 hour event is trying to organize a “fill in volunteer” base for those who would like to be involved but have only limited time.  Anyone who would like to fill in on a team is invited to stop by the big white tent located  on the track any time during the event.

 

 

Nancy L. Wiseman Landries, 76, of Jacksonville,FL formerly of Shinglehouse, PA and Brockport, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2011 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

     Born March 28, 1935 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Clyde and Virginia Rosenswie Wiseman.  On July 11, 1953 in Shinglehouse, she married Wayne L. Landries, who died on March 11, 2007.

     She was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School.

      Mrs. Landries was a resident of Brockport for most of her life.  She served on the Board of Lifetime Assistance, Inc. and was a passionate advocate for disabled children.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

      Surviving are five children: Deborah L. (James) Siegfried of Jacksonville, FL, Richard V. (Mary) Landries of Cortland, OH, Daniel W. (Cecilia) Landries of Warrenton, VA, Ronald E. Landries of Brockport, NY, and Theresa E. (William) Gavitt of Clearwater, FL; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

     In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Landries was predeceased by a brother, Jerry Wiseman.

      Friends are invited to attend a graveside memorial service on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org) or to Lifetime Assistance, Inc., 425 Paul Road, Rochester, NY 14624.

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 66; .17”rain  (.35” on Fishing Creek)

A Preliminary hearing for accused killers Jonothan Prather, 19, of Coudersport and Avery Buckingham, 25, of Austin scheduled for this morning before District Justice Annette Easton has been continued indefinitely while defense counsel is obtained.  Observers speculate it could be several weeks before the hearing is re-scheduled. The suspects remain lodged in the Potter County Jail without bail They are accused of killing 18 year old Samuel Miller on the weekend of June 4th in Summit Township, Potter County. A 15 year old Coudersport girl, Kaylynn Benson is also charged with murder and is being kept in a juvenile facility. Each is charged with first and third degree murder and related crimes.  According to the affidavit of probable cause, Prather had been planning the murder for about three weeks claiming Miller deserved to die because he was “a snitch and was arrogant.” Authorities claim Buckingham and Benson were aware of the plans and accompanied Prather and Miller to a remote area of Potter County where Prather shot Miller in the back of the head with a .22 cal. rifle, then pumped 7 more bullets into the victim’s body to make sure he was dead and didn’t suffer. As Benson allegedly held a spotlight,  Buckingham reportedly  helped Prather drag Miller’s bullet riddled body into Prouty Run Creek where it was discovered a week later by a fisherman.

Ridgway based state police report investigating a number of incidents in their area including the theft of cast iron integral working scale parts from a 100,000 truck scale located in a scrap yard along Route 255 in Scattertown. The parts belonged to Murray Lilley of Weedville and were taken last Thursday, June 16. Suspects were seen leaving the salvage yard at about 6:00 am in a silver or gray Chevrolet single cab pick up. Troopers say they have a known female suspect in a hit and run collision. Authorities say the woman drove into the yard at the Rudy Verbka residence on Coal Hollow Road in Fox Township at around 4:00 am Saturday and caused a large amount of damage.  A Kersey teenager is being charged with harassment for two separate incidents taking place early Tuesday morning. Troopers say 18 year Breanna Uhl struck a 45 year old man several times during an argument on Irishtown Road and police claim she had consumed alcoholic beverages. A couple of hours later police say Uhl struck a 70 year old woman in the head several times at a residence on Uhl Road. In addition to two counts of harassment, Uhl is charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages.    

 

 

Coudersport Rotary is currently seeking host families for the next exchange student, Felipe Herrera from Chile.  He is due to arrive in the Coudersport area in August.  Host families may serve for a portion or all of the school year.  Felipe is an active 16 year old boy who enjoys sports, especially soccer, and music.  Families and single parents from the Coudersport, Ulysses, Shinglehouse and Austin areas are invited to apply as host parents.  Felipe would be enrolled as a student in the school district served by the host families. 

Host families furnish room and board, and are encouraged to treat the exchange student as a member of the family.  Rotary furnishes spending money, counseling as needed, and guidance. This is a unique chance for Potter County families to share our rural lifestyle and hospitality with a foreign student, and also to learn about the culture and customs of another country.  Felipe speaks good English and is anxious to meet new people and make new friendships in our country.

 

 Coudersport Rotary has sent many local students overseas, and hosted children from around the world with excellent results.   Contact John Leete at 274-7878 or Nancy Grupp at 274-8565 soon to learn more about being a host parent or family.

 

Sweden Valley Manor hosted the 2011 graduating class of Potter County’s P.E.E.R. Program on June 9th. The Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (P.E.E.R.) Program began in Potter County in 2008. Since then, 25 seniors between Sweden Valley Manor, CCMH Skilled Nursing & Rehab and Cole Manor have completed the 10 hour course to become voluntary ombudsmen to fellow residents at their respective care communities. Marion VanOrden (Sweden Valley Manor), Dorothy Galayda (Sweden Valley Manor), Josephine Kleinhans (Sweden Valley Manor), Joyce Cox (CCMH Skilled Nursing & Rehab), and George Sterner of Sweden Valley Manor all completed the course. 

 

 

 

More than three-quarters of the 319 child passenger safety seats inspected by state troopers during a two-week enforcement effort were found to be improperly installed according to state police headquarters.State police inspected 319 safety seats at 45 locations statewide during a Click It or Ticket campaign that ran from May 23 to June 5. Noonan said troopers found that 246, or about 77 percent, of those seats were improperly installed.

 

Common problems included failing to securely anchor the child seat to the vehicle’s seat; failing to use the child’s seat harness to hold the child in the seat; and facing the car seat in the wrong direction.Parents can schedule an appointment for an inspection of a child safety seat by calling any state police station. Station inspection dates can be found by going to the Safety Education link at the state police website.

 

During the two-week Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, troopers issued 902 seat belt citations and 3,874 seat belt warnings; cited 63 persons for failing to properly restrain a child in a safety seat; and arrested 32 persons for driving under the influence. Citations and warnings were not issued to people who brought their seats to the voluntary inspections.

 

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s seat belt and child safety seat laws, visit www.drivesafepa.org.

 

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

 

Troops in the Black Forest Service area had a poor rating.

  • Troop C  Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 60 safety seat inspections; 46 safety seats found to be improperly installed (77%) ; 82 seat belt citations issued;

  • Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 11 safety seat inspections; 10 safety seats found to be improperly installed (91%); 87 seat belt citations issued; this in spite of the frequent safety seat check points conducted by troopers in Coudersport, Emporium and Mansfield.

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2011

Monday’s high, 76;  low, 63; .07”;(.39” Fishing Creek)

 

Today is the first day of Summer, arriving on the east coast at 1:16 pm. The Potter County Department of Emergency Services is advising residents to prepare for summer storms. With tornadoes in Massachusetts and massive flooding nationwide, it's been a spring full of unusual disasters. We have already experienced extreme weather this spring in the Black Forest Service area.  Severe thunderstorms on the night of May 26 knocked out electricity for some 5,000 Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative members, primarily in Potter, Tioga and Lycoming Counties. Some members were still in the dark almost a week later.  An F1 tornado touched down in the Tioga County town of Knoxville during the early morning Memorial day. Several stately trees were uprooted and a number of homes were damaged by the twister. Emergency experts say you should get ready for the unexpected this summer. Officials say the three essentials of emergency preparation are assembling a "go" bag, communicating a family disaster plan, and staying informed on approaching threats. The bag should have a flashlight for every family member; portable radio and a supply of fresh batteries.   More disaster tips are available online at ready-dot-gov, and from your local emergency management office.

 

A 22 year old Bradford driver is facing DUI charges for a collision Saturday night in which three people in the other car were hurt. STATE POLICE at Kane said Derek Ford was going north on Route 321 in Hamilton Township when his Jeep Wrangler veered off the road, re-entered the highway, crossed over the center line and rolled onto its passenger side , slid into some guardrails on the west side before coming to rest in the center of the highway.  George Devlin, 75 of Beaver Falls was traveling south and due to darkness did not see the wrecked jeep in time  and his Nissan Sentra struck it and pushed it against the guard rail where both units came to rest.  Devlin, his wife Margaret and Nancy Stavish of North Cambria PA were all taken to Kane Community hospital for treatment of major injuries while Ford was unhurt. 

 

Coudersport based state police are continuing their investigation into a simple assault occurring Saturday afternoon in Academy Park, Shinglehouse. A known suspect is accused of pushing 43 year old William Carpenter of Olean to the ground and punching him several times causing injuries.  Charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment will be filed before District Judge Barbara Easton. Police did not release the suspect’s name. 

 

 

Kane-based state police are investigating the theft of a four-wheeler from a residence on Flickerwood Road in Wetmore Township Sunday or Monday.  Thieves removed a  purple 1995 Yamaha Timberwolf 4 x 4 from an unlocked garaged owned by Robert Gullifer of Kane.  The machine’s VIN is JY4YKDA01SA036356. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 814-778-5555.

 

The theft of some items from a vehicle parked at a residence on Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township Cameron County June 12 or 13 is being investigated by state policed at Emporium. The items belonged to Amanda Harris and Cole LaBrozzi.

 

Troopers at Coudersport are probing the theft of a mountain bike in Ulysses during the early morning hours Sunday. The bike belonged to Terri Thompson and was parked outside the Baptist Church when it was stolen.

  

It’s a texting battle going on in Wellsboro. Thomas Gaulien, 62, of Wellsboro tells police he received 74 unwanted text messages on his cell phone in 24 hours during Mid-May. Gaulien has been cited three times for sending unwanted text and Facebook messages to 33 year old Amber McCauley of Wellsboro this spring.

 

 

June 20, 2011

Sunday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 55; no rain

 

 

A 15 year old Coudersport girl is being charged with first and third degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. for her part in the shooting death of 18 year old Samuel Miller of Eldred on the weekend of June 4th in Summit Township, Potter County. Kaylynn Benson remains lodged in a juvenile facility after being charged late last week. Under Pennsylvania law, the names of minors charged as adults can be released to the public.  Authorities claim Benson was aware of the plans made by Jonothan “Jeep” Prather, 19 of Coudersport and 25 year old Avery “Bud” Buckingham of Austin to kill Miller and held a spotlight while the shooting took place.  According to the affidavit of probable cause Benson did not tell anyone about the murder because Prather told her “snitches get stitches.

 

Miller’s bullet riddled body was found in Prouty Run Creek Saturday afternoon by a  Prather reportedly had been saying for three weeks that Miller had to be killed because he was a snitch and was  arrogant. Police claim The suspects and Benson’s younger sister stopped in Port Allegany on the night of June 4  where they picked up the victim, drove to the Bradford Wal-Mart and purchased the spot light.  The sister, identified in documents as “AB” was dropped off at her Coudersport home and the quartet continued into Summit Township where Prather said he shot Miller in the back of the head and then shot him 7 more times to make sure he was dead. A shot in the temple was to prevent him from suffering according to the court documents.  Then, according to the statements, Buckingham helped Prather drag Miller’s body into the creek as Benson  held the spotlight. The case is being investigated by state police and Potter County DA Andy Watson. Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for Prather and Buckingham before Judge Easton at 10:30 am this Wednesday.  

 

 

Coudersport-based state police believe they have solved an arson and burglary taking place May 30 at the Southern Baptist Church on Phoenix Run Road in Hector Township, Potter County. Late last week, troopers arrested 23 year old Seth Greenwalt of Millerton and three teenage girls, two 17 year olds from Sabinsville and Ulysses and a 16 year old from Sunderlinville.  Greenwalt is charged with institutional vandalism, criminal trespass, corruption of minors, desecration/theft or sale of venerated objects and criminal conspiracy.  The 17 year old girls are charged with those crimes plus burglary, arson and related offenses; the 16 year old faces the same charges except burglary and arson. Greenwalt is also charged with corruption of minors.  Police claim the suspects started two fires at opposite ends of the church but the fires extinguished themselves before causing any significant damage.

 

A couple of  camp burglaries are being probed by Coudersport-based state police. Sometime since Mid-March, thieves took a pair of steel wagon wheels from the front of a camp on the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township owned by Russ Knaub of California, MD. The wheels are about 4 feet in diameter and one had a wooden spoke attached. They are valued at about $300. Thieves forced their way into a camp on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township sometime after Memorial Day and removed a number of items. The camp is owned by Terry Herman of Selinsgrove.

 

Troopers are also continuing to investigate a trespass by motor vehicle and disorderly conduct taking place back on May 22 along the Bowers Road in Allegany Township. Gary Morgan of Eastford,  CT told police some drove an ATV onto his posted private property and when confronted, tried to engage in fighting behavior. Anyone with information about the camp burglaries or the trespassing incident is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690. 

 

 

 

Ridgway based state police are investigating  a burglary occurring between 7:30 pm last Wednesday and 6:00 am Thursday on the East side of Scotland Street in Dagus Mines. Thieve forced the door open on a locked garage owned by Mark Wittman and stole a red plastic gas can. 

 

Another vending machine theft is also under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Thieves broke open a Coca Cola machine at the Royal Drive-Inn located in Ridgway Township last Wednesday or Thursday and stole an undetermined amount of change. This is the latest of such thefts occurring in Elk and Cameron Counties over the past few weeks.

 

              

 

 Nancy B. ERWAY, 68, of Genesee, PA, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 17, 2011 in her home.  Born September 18, 1942, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Robert R. and Lucille Scott Barnett.  On February 2, 1963, in Gold, PA, she married Dale E. Erway, who survives.  She was a 1960 graduate of Northern Potter High School and a graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers College.  She and her husband owned and operated a potato farm and the Gol-DEN-Ray potato processing plant for many years.  She was a member of the Gold Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and musician.  She was a director of the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative from 1979 – 1992, serving as chairman for four years and the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association from 1988 – 1992, serving as chairman for three years.  She served as Allegany Township Judge of Election, as a local board member for the Selective Service System, as a member of the Potter County Human Services Advisory Board, and volunteered with the local mentoring program.  Surviving besides her husband, Dale, are:  a son, Timothy A. (Heather) Erway of East Windsor, NJ;  three daughters, Debra C. (Michael) Morgan and Sheila D. (Benjamin R.) Olney, both of Ulysses, and Jennifer J. (Glenn) Bergin of Churchville, PA;  eleven grandchildren, Andrew Morgan, Alexandria Morgan, Matthew Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Rebecca Morgan, Aaron Olney, Joy Olney, Kent Bergin, Kevin Bergin, Brandon Bergin, and Derek Bergin;  a brother, Jerry (Marcella) Barnett of Ulysses, PA;  two sisters, Sally (Charles) Helderman of Lemont, IL and Judith (Kevin) Haroldson of Park Rapids, MN;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, James Barnett.  Friends may call Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Gold Church, with the Rev. Frank Mickle, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse (for US disaster relief), c/o Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Gold Church Development Fund.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Grace Shiles, 92, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

  Born July 23, 1918 in Bridgeton, NJ, she was a daughter of Frank and Metta Nixon Hetzell.  On May 1, 1944 in Deerfield, NY she married Millard Shiles, who died on April 14, 1964.

     Mrs. Shiles was a graduate of Bridgeton High School and also graduated from beautician school in Philadelphia, PA.  Along with her husband, Mrs. Shiles moved to Shinglehouse in 1963.  For many years she was a farmer.

     She had formerly attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Wellsville.  She enjoyed gardening and crafts.

     Surviving are two sons, Millard (Donna Mae) Shiles of Maryland and Dale (Barbara) Shiles of Delaware; three daughters, Kathy (Gordon) Derrick of Shinglehouse, Nancy (Michael) Brylinski of Tonawanda, NY, and Judy Taylor of Jamestown, NY; seventeen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; her life partner of 41 years, George Burlew of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Shiles was predeceased by three brothers, Clifford Hetzell, Francis Hetzell and Milford Hetzell; and five sisters, Elizabeth Hetzell, Sarah Hetzell, Dorothy Rogers, Ruth Hetzell, and Lida Harris.

     Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.  The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard, pastor of Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle, will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 17, 2011

Thursday’s high, 63; Overnight low, 56; .20” rain (.26” on Fishing Creek)

Potter County has received two grants totaling slightly more than $56,000 to protect its water resources, in partnership with several stakeholder groups. The announcement was made during yesterday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners. In an effort to most effectively monitor and protect these resources, the Potter County Board of Commissioners has pulled together watershed associations, conservation organizations, county agencies, Penn State Extension, school districts and others to form a Water Quality Workgroup.

A separate and affiliated group, the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, addresses similar issues from the perspective of public water suppliers

 

One of the grants  is from the Water Resources Education Network ($8,000) and the other the Colcom Foundation ($56,000 plus). Funds will primarily be used to purchase water monitoring equipment for volunteers, acquire and install 12 in-stream monitoring systems, pay for chain-of-custody testing for public water supplies, and develop educational materials.

 

Key elements of the workgroup’s plan include: collecting baseline data and monitoring water quality; creating a database that can be shared; and educating students, the public, and professionals from various industries, including natural gas, on local water issues. Water quality data and irregularities will be shared with state agencies and industry, with a goal of early detection and corrective action if needed.

 

As the site of the only “triple divide” watershed in the eastern United States, Potter County has strategic significance to a broad variety of agencies and organizations with an interest in water quality.

 

Headwaters of the Allegheny, Genesee and Susquehanna rivers can all be traced to the same plateau in northern Potter County. Nearly 70 percent of the county’s streams are classified as “high value” or “exceptional value” by the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection. Many communities in Pennsylvania and New York rely on these watersheds for clean drinking water.

 

During yesterday’s meeting, Commissioner Paul Heimel credited chairman Doug Morley for coming up with the idea pulling groups together to obtain the grants saying it’s “a good thing.” Morley said he was pleased with the response and cooperation among the groups.

 

Emporium-based state police say charges are pending following a rear-end collision Monday afternoon at the intersection of Fourth and Cherry Street.  Troopers accused Clifford Akins of failing to stop and allowing  his Dodge truck to run into the back of a Suzuki Sidekick driven by Timothy Reynolds. Both Emporium drivers escaped injury.

 

Both Roulette women involved in a brawl Wednesday evening are being cited for disorderly conduct and harassment. Coudersport-based state police claim 36 year old Cynthia Fernstrom and 22 year old Nicole Lamont engaged in hand to hand combat while yelling and screaming loudly at Lamont’s Fourth Street residence causing a disturbance in the neighborhood.

 

Larry Etzel, 63, Wellsboro has been arrested for harassment for a domestic violence incident taking place Memorial Day afternoon on Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township. Troopers say Etzel pushed a 71 year old woman during an argument.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are also pursuing harassment by texting cases.  Authorities claim 62 year old Thomas Gaulien of Wellsboro continued to send text messages to 33 year old Amber McCauley, also of Wellsboro May 11-13 even though he was told not to do so.  He also allegedly sent text messages and Facebook messages to the victim a week later.  And, troopers say 38 year old Chad Orvek of Tioga  sent a threatening text message to a 32 year old Tioga  woman during the evening of May 28.

 

The theft of a motorcycle from a  Clymer Township residence June 9 0r 10 remains under investigation by Mansfield-based state police. The 2009 Suzuki RMZ-250 was taken from an unlocked breezeway at the Stiles Road home of Cecelia Pierce. The bike is valued at more than $4,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

Juston Tubbs, 27 of Harrison Valley has been cited for violating state drug laws. Coudersport-based state police claim they found Tubbs in possession of a small amount of a controlled substance a quarter mile east of the Tioga County lane Wednesday afternoon.

 

State police at Ridgway are probing the theft of two “Fresh Oil” signs and a stop sign from the Sawmill Run Road near the intersection of Boone Mountain in Fox Township Wednesday or Thursday. The signs were discarded in the wood line close by, undamaged.  

 

In recent Potter County Court action, 48 year old James Pickering of Harrison Valley was ordered to spend three to 30 months in jail for DUI, pay $1500 in fines and perform 30 hours of community service for DUI.  According to Potter County DA Andy Watson who prosecuted the case, Pickering was arrested by state police on January 14, 2101 when they investigated a one-vehicle crash on the North Fork Road in Harrison Township. When police arrived at the scene, they found no one there but discovered  a Budweiser beer on the driver’s side floor of the crashed vehicle.  After checking the vehicles registration officers found that Pickering was the owner and went to his residence.  Pickering admitted to police  that he was driving his vehicle, lost control and ended up in the ditch.  Police observed bloodshot/glassy eyes, slightly slurred speech and the defendant was confused.  Pickering  admitted to drinking a couple beers at a friend’s house.  He  refused to submit to Field Sobriety Testing but   blood tests indicated his BAC to be .17%, slightly more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

 

A radar-controlled speed display sign is now  in operation along Route 6 (Main Street) in Mount Jewett Borough, McKean County.  

The sign faces westbound traffic along Route 6 in the town of Mount Jewett, just east of the intersection with Route 3011 (Bridge Street). This area is posted with a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. The speed display signs will remain on location for approximately four weeks, according to PennDot,  and will register the speeds of vehicles traveling along that section of roadway.  The speed display sign uses radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.  Those vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. Above the speed display is a speed limit sign showing the 25-mile-per-hour posted speed limit for that section of Route 6.

 

 

 

June 16, 2011

Wednesday's high, 77; Overnight low, 51; no precipitation

Rep. Martin Causer has some potential good news for area residents who are unemployed. The lawmaker recently told Black Forest Broadcasting that the legislature is working on extending federal UC Benefits for Pennsylvania residents for the 13 weeks. A bill was approved in the state Senate last week which is being considered in the House. Causer says there has been some disagreement about changing the system and how to calculate benefits but he’s confident an agreement will be reached.

A Brockway driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Route 219 in Jones Township, Elk County. State police said 69 year old Antonia Iddings was going north when for unknown reasons her Pontiac Bonneville crossed to the other side, hit a guardrail and bounced back across the road coming to rest along the berm. Iddings has been cited for careless driving and failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Troopers at Mansfield overnight released details about a rear-end collision occurring Sunday afternoon on South Elk Run Road in Charleston Township.  According to police, the fender bender occurred when both Wellsboro drivers  David Wolz and Joshua Simmons were traveling south when Wolz failed to notice Simmons  had stopped and allowed his Chevrolet trailblazer to run into the back of the Simmons Ford F-350. Wolz was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Simmons and his passengers Sean Rice and Brad Boyce, both of Wellsboro  escaped injury.  Police said everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

Mansfield based state police say they have made a couple of DUI arrests recently. 72 year old Andrew Bogaczyk of Blossburg was arrested following a one-vehicle crash just before 11:00 pm Sunday June 5 on the North Williamson road in Blossburg Township. Troopers say his west bound vehicle went through a stop sign, traveled into a yard at a residence at 323 North Williamson  road and struck a fire hydrant. Upon interviewing the driver, police determined he  was under the influence of alcohol and subsequently placed him under arrest. Cheri Ann Fischer of Trout Run was arrested just after she was allegedly observed driving north in the southbound lane of Route 15 at the Canoe Camp Creek Exit after 2:00 am on Friday June 3.  Mansfield University Police intercepted Fischer and held her until state police arrived. Authorities say she failed a battery of field sobriety tests and was subsequently charged with DUI.  Wesley Broumley, 22 of Rio Vista, TX has been charged with DUI and violating drug laws. Troopers say he was arrested after he parked his vehicle on Route 6 a mile west of Wellsboro early Sunday morning. When police questioned Broumley they determined he was intoxicated and in possession of some drug paraphernalia. 

Coudersport-based state police have arrested 18 year old Justin Barentine of Dividing Ridge Road, Coudersport and 19 year old Kourtnie  Burgess of Troop Road, Coudersport for underage drinking. Authorities claim  they found both consumed alcohol at a private residence on Dividing Ridge Road during the  early morning  hours yesterday.

 

Andrea Lampman, 38 of Westfield has been charged with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Sunday night on California Road in Westfield Township.  Police claim Lampman shoved 65 year old Twila Wood of Westfield knocking her over during an argument.

A burglary at a vacant  house on Kim Hill Road in Roulette Township is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Thieves entered the house through an unlocked door and took a CD/DVD player and several CDs valued at a total of $1,100. The victims were identified as Vicky Carr, 36 and Tracey Crosby, 40, of Roulette.

Troopers at Mansfield are probing the theft of a Liberty Mig Welder from a location along Scouten Hill Road in Charleston Township late last week. No value of the equipment was given nor was ownership information provided by police.

State police in Cameron and Elk Counties report more vending machine thefts. Sometime between 7:00 pm Sunday and 10:00 am Monday, vandals tried to break open Pepsi  machines at the Cameron County Little  League Complex  but were only able to gain access to one. However, they made off with approximately $300 in change belonging to Cameron County Little League. Authorities believe the same persons tried unsuccessfully to break into a Pepsi machine at Grom’s Car Wash that night. Both the Little League Complex and the car wash are located along Route 155 in Shippen Township.  Unknown  criminals broke a lock on a Coca Cola machine at the Tannery Bar in Jones Township, Elk County during the early morning hours yesterday. An undetermined amount of change was stolen.  We reported Wednesday that a Pepsi machine on Main Street  in Fox Township Elk County was entered Sunday night or Monday and an unknown amount of change was stolen.

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is in need of a volunteer to deliver frozen Home Delivered Meals to eligible older adults in the Roulette area. The Home Delivered Meals are picked up at Potter County Human Services one day per week. The current Roulette delivery route takes approximately one hour. Persons interested in volunteering is asked to call Barb Kiel or Sherry Hoffman at 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

 

 

June 15, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 38; .02” rain

 

A Bradford man was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night on Route 346 in Corydon Township, McKean County. State police said 41 year old Robert Cox was traveling east at about 8:30 pm when his Harley Davidson Roadster 1200 when off the right side of the road for unknown reasons, struck an embankment and became airborne before coming to rest between two vehicles parked at a residence on West Washington Street.  Cox was thrown off the bike when it became airborne. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill.

 

Mechanical failure is blamed for a collision Sunday afternoon on Route 287 in Delmar Township, Tioga County. State police said Cassandra McIlwain  of Wellsboro was traveling south about a mile south of Wellsboro when for unknown reasons  her 1999  Mercury Sable lost power. McIlwain tried to steer the car into the Acorn Parking lot just as James Gleason of Millerton tried to pass and the McIlwain car hit the back passenger door of Gleason’s Chevrolet Tahoe.  Three passengers from  the Mercury were released from  Soldiers and Sailors Hospital after being taken there  for evaluation. 

 

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident in Kersey late Monday night  are facing charges in district court. State police at Ridgway say 40 year old Christopher Schatz and 48 year old Janice Pandullo became involved in an argument which escalated to the point of each hitting the other, causing body injuries. Charges of simple assault and harassment will be filed in district court.

 

State police at Mansfield are investigating a theft occurring between 4:30 and 5:00 pm Monday at the Route 15 Welcome Center in Tioga Township, Tioga County. Thieves reached into a car owned by Margaret Groff, 76, Morris, PA and stole a purple handbag containing $150.00 in cash.  Unknown thieves took a log splitter and a Mitre saw from property on Linck Lane in Farmington Township, Tioga County sometime since Memorial Day weekend. The equipment belonged to  Patrick Meyers of Mariton, NJ and William Kwiatkowski of Newark, DE. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Mansfield Barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

A couple of criminal mischief incidents are being probed by Ridgway-based state police. Someone broke the lock on a Pepsi machine located on Main St. in Fox Township, Elk County Sunday night or Monday morning and made off with an undetermined amount of change.  The  machine, which belongs to Pepsi Co., Inc. of Pittsburg  is located on property belonging to George Heigel. Vandals threw a brick threw the passenger side window on a 1996 Nissan Sentra GXE owned by Anthony Ackley of Kersey Monday afternoon while it was parked on Skyline Drive in Fox Township.

 

During the June 2, 2011 meeting, the Potter County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Potter County Ed Council for design and maintenance of the development of the Natural Gas Resources Website for Potter, McKean and Cameron Counties. Potter and McKean Counties will contribute $3500 each while Cameron County will kick in $1,000. The website will be developed by Protocol80 of Bradford. The commissioners said the website will act as a much requested clearinghouse for services and sources related to the natural gas industry.  In other business, the commissioners, as recommended by Don Tanner Cooperative Extension Director, voted to  hire Amanda Hershey as a full-time temporary secretary beginning immediately at a salary set forth by the union contract. The position is a 30-day temporary position based on the medical leave of the main secretary Judy Eckert.  The board also approved Sheriff Ken Sauley’s recommendation to hire Roy Weidler as part-time Corrections Officer at the Potter county jail beginning June 6, 2011 at the rate of pay set forth by the union contract.

 

14, 2011y’shigh, 69; Overnight low, 51; .04” rain

 

Two Potter County residents were remanded  to the Potter County jail yesterday without bail after being arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton on charges relating to the murder of 18 year old Samuel Miller of April  the weekend of June 4 and 5 in Summit Township. Jonothan “Jeep” Prather, 19 of Coudersport and 25 year old Avery “Bud” Buckingham of Austin are accused of first degree murder, third degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and corruption  of minors. Prather is additionally charged with possession of an instrument of crime and tampering with evidence.  A 15 year old Coudersport girl, identified only by the initials of KMB in court documents, is being held in a juvenile facility on murder charges. Miller’s bullet riddled body was found in Prouty Run Creek Saturday afternoon by a fisherman  According to the probable cause filed by state police, both Prather and Buckingham have confessed to their part in the murder. While being interviewed on Sunday, Buckingham told police he was picked up by Prather on the night of Saturday June 4.  They also picked up the 15 year old girl and her sister, identified in court documents as AB.  Prather reportedly had been saying for the past three weeks that Miller had to be killed because he was a snitch and arrogant. The four stopped in Port Allegany where they picked up the victim, drove to the Bradford Wal-Mart and purchased a spot light.  “AB” was dropped off at her Coudersport home and the quartet continued into Summit Township where Prather said he shot Miller in the back of the head and then shot him 7 more times to make sure he was dead. A shot in the temple was to prevent him from suffering according to the court documents.  Then, according to the statements, Buckingham helped Prather drag Miller’s body into the creek as the girl held the spotlight. The case is being investigated by state police and Potter County DA Andy Watson. Authorities did not indicate what lead them to the suspects just a few hours after Miller’s body was found. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for both suspects before Judge Easton next Wednesday June 22. 

 

 A Texas man was sentenced yesterday in Tioga County court for the stabbing death of Wellsboro landlord last fall. Billy Landry received a total of seven-and-a half to 15 years in prison for the death of Sean Miller last November, was ordered to get  treatment for alcohol and anger management and pay more than $16,000 in fines. Miller had rented an upstairs bedroom to Landry, a gas well worker.  He was stabbed during a fight which began when he confronted Landry about noise coming from the room.

Landry had claimed the stabbing was in self-defense during an argument, but last month, a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Emporium-based state police say charges are pending following as one-vehicle crash Sunday morning on the May Hollow Road in Shippen Township. Timothy Cowell, 23, of Emporium lost control of his Subaru Legacy on a soft shoulder after rounding a left curve while speeding down a hill. The car went off the road and rolled over four times before coming to rest.  Cowell and his two passengers, Ryan Bainey of Emporium and Hanna Johnson of Driftwood were all wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor injuries. 

 

Troopers at Emporium are also investigating a hit and run taking place at about 4:15 pm Monday on Route 120 near Pine Street in that town. An unknown light brown or gold colored extended cab pick up while traveling west crossed the center line and struck a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Loren Foltz of Emporium.  The unknown white male driver continued heading west on Route 120 without stopping. Police say the truck might have damage on the driver’s side door area. Foltz was  wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.  Anyone with information about the truck is asked to call state police at 814-486-3321.

 

An Emporium woman is facing charges in district court of harassment, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and simple assault for a “domestic violence” incident allegedly occurring this past Sunday. State police claim Patricia Brown, 50, of East Second Street committed the crimes at the home of Philip Brown, 49, on Hillcrest Drive.

 

Coudersport-based state police are probing two recent thefts. Sometime between May 30 and June 11, thieves broke off a hasp on a lock to gain entry to a detached storage shed at Camp Run on the East Fork Road in Wharton Township, Potter County.  Windows on two doors at the camp owned  by Jeffrey Krone of Dover, PA were also broken.

 

Thieves made off with a homemade pig cooker from Camp Buck N Nuts on Bailey Hill Road in Hector Township sometime last week.  The cooker is owned by George Robinson of Ulysses and was made from a 150 gallon fuel tank. It’s rust colored and about five feet long. Police say it is likely the cooker was towed from the property.  

 

Work to replace a Potter County bridge with a box culvert has been postponed until later this summer. The work to install a new box culvert along Collins Hill Road) will begin in mid to late August. It had been scheduled to begin next Thursday June 23. Crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform that work.  

The box culvert will replace the existing Bingham Center Bridge. The current eight-ton posting on the bridge remains in place at this time.  

 

Galeton Senior, Sherry Pierce was awarded a one thousand dollar scholarship from the Business and Professional Women – Galeton Chapter.  Sherry will be going to college at Lockhaven University.  Scholarship funds are raised several times a year and on July 10, the annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale will be held in the Galeton area.  Tickets will be going on sale June 20th and will be available at Galeton Drug, Hearts Desire, Delores Potter Beauty Salon, from any BPW member or by calling Barbara Welfling at (814) 435-6616.  Advance tickets are $5.00 and $8.00 on event day.  This year the tour will visit 5 area gardens and the group will also be holding a plant sale on Main Street in Galeton.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Refreshments will be available and BPW members are also selling raffle tickets for summer and garden inspired prizes.  Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.  Raffle tickets are available from Nancy Bradley at (814) 435-2983.

 

June 13, 2011

Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 47; no precipitation
 

 Three people, including a 15 year old girl are being charged with criminal homicide for the death of 18 year old Samuel Miller of Eldred whose body was found Saturday afternoon in the Prouty run creek in Summit Township, Potter County. Jonothan Prather, 19,  of 1 Niles Hill Road, Coudersport and 25 year old Avery Buckingham of Stiner Street Austin were  arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton and were committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail. The girl  has been committed to a juvenile facility pending further court action. During today’s arraignment, state police claimed Prather admitted killing Miller “because he was a snitch and was arrogant.”  While being interviewed by troopers, Buckingham reportedly admitted helping Prather commit the murder. We will have more details on Tuesday’s newscasts.

 

A Tioga  County man died in a drowning accident early Thursday evening.  According to police, 57-year-old Gregory Bliss, no address provided was swimming with friends in an area below Nelson falls in Nelson Township when he was pulled under the falls around 5:00 pm.  Officials estimate that Bliss was under the water for about five minutes or so before one of his friends was able to pull him out.  He was pronounced dead at the scene around 6:30 pm.  The group was swimming in a non-designated swimming area about three miles from Elkland off of Route 49. 

 

A Brockport man died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night on Route 219 in Horton Township, Elk County. State police said 57 year old Clarence Russell was speeding when his Ford Ranger went off the road, struck a guardrail, then returned to the highway, crossed to the other side, and struck some guardrails there, rolled over and came to rest on its wheels against a section of guardrails. Russell was not wearing a seatbelt. He was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour after the 10:00 pm crash.

 

No one as hurt in a collision Friday just before noon on Route 328 in Jackson Township, Tioga County. State police said Lawrence Burgess of Millerton  was backing from a private drive onto the highway and his Chevrolet Silverado hit the right side of a Subaru Outback driven  by 77 year old Josephine Breese of Lawrenceville.

 

A 27 year old Blossburg man escaped injury Sunday morning when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford Taurus. State police said Stephen Ildefonso Mack Road when he nodded off while headed east on the Mack Road at 8:15 am. He was wearing a seatbelt.

 

Mansfield-based state police are continuing their investigation into a domestic violence incident which may result in attempted homicide charges being filed. Troopers say 27 year old Octavio Diaz of Blossburg was intentionally struck by a vehicle at around 2:30 am Sunday, June 5 on Gulick Street in that town.. The suspect’s name was not released by authorities.

 

Several area residents have been charged with harassment for recent incidents. Troopers at Kane arrested 54 year old Esther Bettum of Lewis Run after she allegedly hit 53 year old Steven Bettum during an argument occurring about 3:00 am at their home on the Big Shanty Road. Shaun Bock, 33, of Nelson, PA has been cited after allegedly punch a 22 year old Elkland woman in the face during an argument early this morning at a Route 49 residence. Michelle Palton, 34 of Lawrenceville was charged with both harassment and simple assault for a fight allegedly taking place last Friday morning at home home. State police claim she scratched a 36 year old man and punched him in the face, causing a laceration.

 

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 25 year old Justin Wilcox of Troy, PA with violating state drug laws.  Authorities claim Wilcox tried to have a fraudulent prescription for Percocet filed at the Mansfield Wal-Mart back on May 22.

 

The theft of a road sign is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Thieves took a “Bridge Closed” sign and an orange traffic barrel from a location ner  the intersection of the Whitney Hill Road and Route 449 in Genesee Township between May 23 and 30.

 

Emporium-based state police are investigating the theft of a bronze grave marker taken between May 25-30 from the Portage Township Cemetery located along the Gardeau Road. The marker is valued at $500.

 

Incidents of Agricultural Vandalism are being probed by Mansfield-based state police. Authorities say three fields located along Warner, Lake and Hill Roads in Jackson Townsihp were damaged on the night of May 15. The land is owned by Craig Button and Bruce Hotten both of Millerton and an  unknown person.  A similar vandalism occurring overnight June 8 at a gas well site on Sugar Run Road in Union township is also being investigated. Vandals made three large ruts in the right of way owned by Wyatt Construction of Mansfield.

 

Gary L. YOUNG, Sr., 68, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, June 11, 2011 in his home.  Born August 18, 1942, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Frank A. and Alberta Ransom Young.  On July 14, 1962, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Deanna Button, who survives.  He was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield, PA, Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, NY, the Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley, and as a bus driver for Ulysses Motors for 17 years.  Gary was a life member of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company.  Surviving besides his wife, Deanna, are:  two sons, Gary (Suzanne) Young, Jr. of Portville, NY and David (Lisa) Young of Sabinsville, PA;  three daughters, Nanette (Tony) Southerland of Ohio, Jenny (Andrew) Reisinger of Harrison Valley and Beth (Mark Dougherty) Young of Wellsville, NY;  11 grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Agnes Ella Parker and Patricia Ferguson;  and two brothers, Gene R. Young and Donald William Young.  Friends may call Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

June 10, 2011

Thursday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 58; trace of rain

 

 

Two St. Marys High School students were killed Wednesday night in an ATV accident on Mt. Zion Road in Jay Township, Elk County. State police said the 16 year old operator was traveling east on the gravel improved dirt roadway when the four wheeler went out of control on a right hand curve going down a hill. The machine went off the road and struck several nearby trees. Both the operator and his 16 year old male passenger impacted the trees. Neither was wearing any type of safety equipment and speed is said to be the cause.  State police do not release the names of anyone under the age of 18 for any reason at all, but the St.Marys High School website lists the victims as Allen Gursky and Steven Glatt. The school district is providing grief counseling today and Monday at the high school for students who wish to attend.

 

A couple of recent burglaries are being investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks.  An unknown woman entered an unoccupied building on Route 44 South in Sharon Township owned by D Ebeling Bus Services between 1:00 pm Wednesday and 1:00 pm Thursday and removed various automotive parts.  And thieves stole a Stihl weed eater and a one gallon red gas can from a garage on Pleasant Street in Ulysses belonging to Melissa Lewis between 10:30 am Monday and 11:00 Thursday.  Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call State Police at 814-274-8690.

 

Troopers in Kane are probing several thefts from vehicles parked along the Oil Valley Road in Otto Township Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Among the items taken were a Beretta 9mm handgun, Model 92A1, Serial #J880692 and about $15 in change from vehicles owned by Duke Center residents Justin McDivitt and John Farrell. Anyone who has information about those thefts is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814-778-5555.

 

A theft from a vehicle parked on Main Street in Kersey between 12:15 and 7:30 am Thursday is under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Troopers say someone took several items from a vehicle owned by Matthew Beers while it was parked at his residence.

 

State police at Coudersport have charged 57 year old Philip Short of Troy, PA with DUI after responding to a call about a motorist being broken down on route 6 about a mile and half west of Route 559 in Ulysses Township last Saturday night. While interviewing, short, police determined he had b been driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently placed him under arrest…

Troopers at Kane have charged 31 year old Justin Flemingloss of Bradford with DUI after pulling him over Thursday afternoon on Fraley  Street in Kane after he was allegedly observed committing traffic violations. He also was determined to be DUI and charges are being filed in district court. 

 

A representative from the Pennsylvania State Archives program was in Coudersport Thursday to begin the preliminary work to assist Potter County in archiving records and historical documents. The county has qualified for a joint federal/state program designed to help local governments organize and protect important records. The project, which will involve many county departments will begin on June 26.. Commissioner Susan Kefover has agreed to serve as the point person. It’s part of a project being spearheaded by the Pennsylvania State grant covers the costs for a professional archivist/records manager to work with elected officials, department heads and administrative personnel over an eight-week period on archiving, backing up and purging county records. A separate component of the project will be a workshop during which borough and township officials will be educated on record preservation.

 

Potter County PennDot Crews will begin work later this month to install a new box culvert along Route 1015 (Collins Hill Road) replacing  the existing Bingham Center Bridge.  

Work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. June 23 on the bridge in Bingham Township, and last through July 1. 

A detour will be in place for the length of the project. The detour will make use of Route 1013 (Bingham Center Road) and Route 1011(Hickox Ulysses Road)  and detour will be in effect for the entire two-week project.  

The Bingham Center Bridge carries an average of 94 vehicles per day. The bridge was built in 1937. The installation of the box culvert will eliminate the current eight-ton posting on the bridge. 

   

Kightlinger Motors, Inc. of Coudersport recently  presented Near 2 Thee Ministries, Inc. a check to benefit their Kids 2 Camp program. The dealership  donated $20 per test drive for vehicles driven during the month of May to the local non-profit organization. The funds go toward paying the tuition fees to send children to Christian summer camp.

Ten area children will be attending the camp this year, including children from Coudersport, Austin and Roulette. During their week at Laurel Lake summer camp the children will be able to learn Christian values, enjoy nature, build relationships and participate in a wide variety of camp activities. There are still five openings for children available, if you are interested in sending a child contact Near 2 Thee Ministries.

Near 2 Thee Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. If you would like to donate or have a child that you are interested in sending to camp for the summer 2011 session contact Near 2 Thee Ministries at 814-647-8821 or email info@near2thee.org spaces are limited.

 

 

 

 

 

Four Pennsylvania state parks will host a series of special, day-long events Saturday, June 11, as part of a nationwide “Get Outdoors Day” celebration. 

The June 11 events are especially geared toward first-time visitors to state parks. Events will take place at the following state parks: Bald Eagle, Centre County; Moraine, Butler County; Parker Dam, Clearfield County; and Pine Grove Furnace, Cumberland County. 

This effort also promotes the philosophy of the American Recreation Coalition, an extensive network of outdoors-oriented governmental agencies, conservation groups, and related businesses that is working to help reconnect people with the outdoors. 

In support of that goal, Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in Pennsylvania. 

Kayaking, birds-of-prey exhibits, hiking and biking, special tips for first-time campers are a few of the “Get Outdoors Day” activities planned at the four state parks. Specific details -- including key contacts and registration information -- can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar (Select Get Outdoors PA), or www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/locations/.

 

 

 

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June 9, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 65; no rain

 

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 107 trucks and 72 commercial drivers out of service during a recent  one-day enforcement effort that focused on seat belt use and driver fatigue. Operation SAFE, which stands for Seat Belt and Fatigue Enforcement, was conducted across the state on June 1 by motor carrier enforcement teams.

 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 750 people die and 20,000 others are injured each year in crashes in the United States involving fatigued commercial vehicle drivers. Federal statistics show that almost half of all commercial vehicle drivers killed in crashes are not wearing a seat belt.

 

During the enforcement effort, state police teams inspected 1,588 commercial vehicles, resulting in 776 traffic citations and 1,078 written warnings.  He said 51 percent of the truck inspections found of at least one violation of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556. 

 

Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted; number of vehicles placed out of service; and numbers of citations and warnings issued by state police during the one-day program:(Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area are in bold italics.)

 

  • Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 161 inspections; 11 vehicles placed out of service; two drivers placed out of service; 34 citations; 95 warnings.

  • Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 140 inspections; 11 vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 84 citations; 78 warnings.

  • Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 136 inspections; nine vehicles placed out of service; nine drivers placed out of service; 48 citations; 167 warnings.

  • Troop D (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties), 132 inspections; six vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 32 citations; 44 warnings.

  • Troop E (Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties), 117 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of service; 45 citations; 56 warnings.

  • Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 103 vehicles inspected; two vehicles placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of service; 56 citations; 65 warnings.

  • Troop G (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties), 130 inspections; three vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 31 citations; 75 warnings.

  • Troop H (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties), 93 inspections; nine vehicles placed out of service; two drivers placed out of service; 44 citations; 70 warnings.

  • Troop J (Chester and Lancaster counties), 49 inspections; 10 vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 19 citations; 45 warnings.

  • Troop K (Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), 96 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; no drivers placed out of service; 87 citations; 54 warnings.

  • Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 28 inspections; two vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 11 citations; 31 warnings.

  • Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 94 inspections; seven vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 50 citations; 70 warnings.

  • Troop N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties), 47 inspections; four vehicles placed out of service; eight drivers placed out of service; 58 citations; 18 warnings.

  • Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 39 inspections; eight vehicles placed out of service; one driver placed out of service; 31 citations; 16 warnings.

  • Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 111 inspections; 10 vehicles placed out of service; five drivers placed out of service; 43 citations; 94 warnings.

  • Troop T (Pennsylvania Turnpike), 112 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; 10 drivers placed out of service; 103 citations; 100 warnings.

 

 

Three people were hurt in two separate crashes Tuesday afternoon in Sharon Township, Potter County. William Sheffer, 20, of Portville, NY was going south on the Herrington Road just before 4:00 pm when his Mazda Protégé went off the road and struck two trees. Sheffer suffered moderate injuries and the investigation is continuing. About an  hour later both drives were hurt in a collision on the Honeoye Road just a short distance from the Scott Hollow Intersection. State police said the collision occurred when Stephanie Dunn of Bolivar was going east and Christine Morabito of Wellsville was traveling west and the left front of Dunn’s Chrysler Sebring struck the left front of Morabito’s Chevrolet Lumina. The investigation into the collision is also continuing.

 

State police at Mansfield have just released details about three crashes occurring Sunday in Tioga County. Troopers say 20 year old Allen O’Hara of Perkasie, PA escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15 in Covington Township at about 1:30 pm. O’Hara was traveling north when the left front tire of his 2008 Ford F-350 blew causing the truck to swerve off the road, hit a guardrail, come back onto the road, veer onto the left berm, hit the guardrail again before coming to rest.

 

Later that night , a 17 year old Mansfield Driver and her 16 year old male passenger, also of Mansfield, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on East Mulberry Hill Road in Richmond Township. State police said the teen driver was not paying attention while talking to her passenger and allowed her Chevrolet Blazer to travel off the west berm and strike a section of guard rails. Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts.

 

And, state police are looking for a hit and run driver following a fender bender at about 10:30 pm Sunday in Lawrenceville. The unknown male driver did not stop after backing a Dodge Dakota into the rear end of a Ford F-150 while leaving a parking lot off of State Street in that town.

 

The theft of a bicycle is under investigation by Coudersport-based state police. Thieves made off with a bike owned by Nathan McMurray of Wellsvile Tuesday between 4:00 and 6:30 pm while it was at residence on Main Street in Genesee.

 

Troopers in Mansfield  are probing the recent  theft of some equipment from three vehicles owned by Cudd Pressure Control. Three Cobra CB radios, a Western Star truck AM/FM radio, miscellaneous truck lights and a Hitachi Combo kit which included a drill, circular saw and light were taken while the trucks were parked on River Road in Ward Township between June 3 and 6.

 

 

State police in three counties are looking into recent criminal mischief incidents. Vandals damaged a fuel tank owned by Gas Field Specialists of Shinglehouse, PA between 6:30 pm June 3 and 7:00 am June 4 at a location on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151. Someone took some pieces from a split rail fence owned by Ted Cavilline of Kersey overnight last Saturday. And culprits cut a tire on a truck owned by Jennifer Talmadge of Emporium while it was parked on Wood Street in that town between 3:30 and 4:30 pm Tuesday.  Anyone with information about that incident is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

 

The annual meeting of the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Cock-Eyed Cricket in Austin.  The doors open at 6:30 pm with dinner starting at 7:00 pm.  The business meeting and board member elections will begin after dinner.    RSVP is requested by Monday, June 13, 2010.  Members are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to swap.

Dinner Choices:

Country Ham with baked sweet potato and salad + rolls for $14.95
Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast over linguine, salad and garlic bread for $12.95
Also available is the regular Wednesday night Taco Bar with soup and salad for $7.95

PCVA currently has vacant positions on the Board of Directors.  To be eligible for the board, members must have been a member in good standing for the previous membership year.  A nomination form is available in the “Membership” section of the PCVA website – www.visitpottercounty.com.  The board consists of 11 members, representing various tourism related businesses and organizations across Potter County.

In addition to the election of board members, officials from the PA State Tourism Office will be on hand to present a brief discussion on the many marketing opportunities available to businesses through the state funded promotions and website www.VisitPA.com.

After the meeting concludes, members will have the ability to tour the E. O. Austin Home/Historical Society.   The exterior of the museum is a replica of the home of E.O. Austin, the town founder.  The interior is comprised of a series of rooms that feature the unique history of the Austin Area.  There is no charge for the tour.

The Potter County Visitors Association is the official tourist promotion agency of Potter County, PA.  A membership-based, 501(c)6 non-profit organization, currently with 176 members.  PCVA’s mission is to enhance local economic development and quality of life by promoting tourism and recreational opportunities in Potter County.  Originally incorporated in 1962 as the Denton Hill Recreation Association, PCVA currently serves 185 business members.   

 

 

 

June 9, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 65; no rain

 

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 107 trucks and 72 commercial drivers out of service during a recent  one-day enforcement effort that focused on seat belt use and driver fatigue. Operation SAFE, which stands for Seat Belt and Fatigue Enforcement, was conducted across the state on June 1 by motor carrier enforcement teams.

 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 750 people die and 20,000 others are injured each year in crashes in the United States involving fatigued commercial vehicle drivers. Federal statistics show that almost half of all commercial vehicle drivers killed in crashes are not wearing a seat belt.

 

During the enforcement effort, state police teams inspected 1,588 commercial vehicles, resulting in 776 traffic citations and 1,078 written warnings.  He said 51 percent of the truck inspections found of at least one violation of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556. 

 

Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted; number of vehicles placed out of service; and numbers of citations and warnings issued by state police during the one-day program:(Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area are in bold italics.)

 

  • Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 161 inspections; 11 vehicles placed out of service; two drivers placed out of service; 34 citations; 95 warnings.

  • Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 140 inspections; 11 vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 84 citations; 78 warnings.

  • Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 136 inspections; nine vehicles placed out of service; nine drivers placed out of service; 48 citations; 167 warnings.

  • Troop D (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties), 132 inspections; six vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 32 citations; 44 warnings.

  • Troop E (Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties), 117 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of service; 45 citations; 56 warnings.

  • Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 103 vehicles inspected; two vehicles placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of service; 56 citations; 65 warnings.

  • Troop G (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties), 130 inspections; three vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 31 citations; 75 warnings.

  • Troop H (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties), 93 inspections; nine vehicles placed out of service; two drivers placed out of service; 44 citations; 70 warnings.

  • Troop J (Chester and Lancaster counties), 49 inspections; 10 vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 19 citations; 45 warnings.

  • Troop K (Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), 96 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; no drivers placed out of service; 87 citations; 54 warnings.

  • Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 28 inspections; two vehicles placed out of service; three drivers placed out of service; 11 citations; 31 warnings.

  • Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 94 inspections; seven vehicles placed out of service; four drivers placed out of service; 50 citations; 70 warnings.

  • Troop N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties), 47 inspections; four vehicles placed out of service; eight drivers placed out of service; 58 citations; 18 warnings.

  • Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 39 inspections; eight vehicles placed out of service; one driver placed out of service; 31 citations; 16 warnings.

  • Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 111 inspections; 10 vehicles placed out of service; five drivers placed out of service; 43 citations; 94 warnings.

  • Troop T (Pennsylvania Turnpike), 112 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; 10 drivers placed out of service; 103 citations; 100 warnings.

 

 

Three people were hurt in two separate crashes Tuesday afternoon in Sharon Township, Potter County. William Sheffer, 20, of Portville, NY was going south on the Herrington Road just before 4:00 pm when his Mazda Protégé went off the road and struck two trees. Sheffer suffered moderate injuries and the investigation is continuing. About an  hour later both drives were hurt in a collision on the Honeoye Road just a short distance from the Scott Hollow Intersection. State police said the collision occurred when Stephanie Dunn of Bolivar was going east and Christine Morabito of Wellsville was traveling west and the left front of Dunn’s Chrysler Sebring struck the left front of Morabito’s Chevrolet Lumina. The investigation into the collision is also continuing.

 

State police at Mansfield have just released details about three crashes occurring Sunday in Tioga County. Troopers say 20 year old Allen O’Hara of Perkasie, PA escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15 in Covington Township at about 1:30 pm. O’Hara was traveling north when the left front tire of his 2008 Ford F-350 blew causing the truck to swerve off the road, hit a guardrail, come back onto the road, veer onto the left berm, hit the guardrail again before coming to rest.

 

Later that night , a 17 year old Mansfield Driver and her 16 year old male passenger, also of Mansfield, escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash on East Mulberry Hill Road in Richmond Township. State police said the teen driver was not paying attention while talking to her passenger and allowed her Chevrolet Blazer to travel off the west berm and strike a section of guard rails. Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts.

 

And, state police are looking for a hit and run driver following a fender bender at about 10:30 pm Sunday in Lawrenceville. The unknown male driver did not stop after backing a Dodge Dakota into the rear end of a Ford F-150 while leaving a parking lot off of State Street in that town.

 

The theft of a bicycle is under investigation by Coudersport-based state police. Thieves made off with a bike owned by Nathan McMurray of Wellsvile Tuesday between 4:00 and 6:30 pm while it was at residence on Main Street in Genesee.

 

Troopers in Mansfield  are probing the recent  theft of some equipment from three vehicles owned by Cudd Pressure Control. Three Cobra CB radios, a Western Star truck AM/FM radio, miscellaneous truck lights and a Hitachi Combo kit which included a drill, circular saw and light were taken while the trucks were parked on River Road in Ward Township between June 3 and 6.

 

 

State police in three counties are looking into recent criminal mischief incidents. Vandals damaged a fuel tank owned by Gas Field Specialists of Shinglehouse, PA between 6:30 pm June 3 and 7:00 am June 4 at a location on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151. Someone took some pieces from a split rail fence owned by Ted Cavilline of Kersey overnight last Saturday. And culprits cut a tire on a truck owned by Jennifer Talmadge of Emporium while it was parked on Wood Street in that town between 3:30 and 4:30 pm Tuesday.  Anyone with information about that incident is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

 

The annual meeting of the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Cock-Eyed Cricket in Austin.  The doors open at 6:30 pm with dinner starting at 7:00 pm.  The business meeting and board member elections will begin after dinner.    RSVP is requested by Monday, June 13, 2010.  Members are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards to swap.

Dinner Choices:

Country Ham with baked sweet potato and salad + rolls for $14.95
Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast over linguine, salad and garlic bread for $12.95
Also available is the regular Wednesday night Taco Bar with soup and salad for $7.95

PCVA currently has vacant positions on the Board of Directors.  To be eligible for the board, members must have been a member in good standing for the previous membership year.  A nomination form is available in the “Membership” section of the PCVA website – www.visitpottercounty.com.  The board consists of 11 members, representing various tourism related businesses and organizations across Potter County.

In addition to the election of board members, officials from the PA State Tourism Office will be on hand to present a brief discussion on the many marketing opportunities available to businesses through the state funded promotions and website www.VisitPA.com.

After the meeting concludes, members will have the ability to tour the E. O. Austin Home/Historical Society.   The exterior of the museum is a replica of the home of E.O. Austin, the town founder.  The interior is comprised of a series of rooms that feature the unique history of the Austin Area.  There is no charge for the tour.

The Potter County Visitors Association is the official tourist promotion agency of Potter County, PA.  A membership-based, 501(c)6 non-profit organization, currently with 176 members.  PCVA’s mission is to enhance local economic development and quality of life by promoting tourism and recreational opportunities in Potter County.  Originally incorporated in 1962 as the Denton Hill Recreation Association, PCVA currently serves 185 business members.   

 

 

June 7, 2011

Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low 50; No precipitation

 

 

PennDOT is reminding motorists that the “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement campaign and  runs through June 12 and features the creation of Traffic Enforcement Zones, which target highways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes and fatalities.

 

PennDOT’s statewide investment of federal funds – $91,000 for Pennsylvania State Police and $775,000 for municipal police – will cover overtime and equipment costs for law enforcement to conduct seat-belt enforcement in two waves this year. At least half of all enforcement will take place during nighttime hours, when seat-belt use is typically lower.

 

Twenty police departments in PennDOT’s District 2 will participate. Departments in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Mifflin counties are among more than 600 law enforcement agencies statewide participating in the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

 

According to PennDOT statistics, there were 524 unbelted highway fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2010, a 16.2 percent increase compared to 2009. Of this number, there was one in Cameron County; four in Centre County; 11 in Clearfield County; four in Clinton County; two in Elk County; two in McKean County; and five in Mifflin County.   

 

Visit PennDOT's Drive Safe PA website at www.DriveSafePA.org for more information on seat-belt safety. Follow local PennDOT information at www.twitter.com/511PAStateColl. 

 

 

Area residents eligible for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program now have until Dec. 31 to apply for the 2010 program according to Rep. Martin Causer

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2010. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. 

 

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

 

  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters)

  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters)

  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only)

  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only)

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available at Causer’s local offices: 78 Main St., First Floor, in Bradford (814-362-4400) and 107 S. Main St. in Coudersport (814-274-9769). Forms are also available online at RepCauser.com.

 

 

Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into a burglary taking place between 9:30 am Saturday and 12:30 pm Sunday at a residence on Academy Street, Ulysses. Thieves removed a small tan purse containing about $300 in US Currency and several personal items from the home of Jennie Doud. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are probing the theft of a handgun from a vehicle parked on Fern Lane in Fox Township between May 28 and June 5. The Ruger Mark II semi-automatic .22 cal. pistol belonged to Richard Mancuso of Kersey. It was in a nylon Ruger holster and is valued at $250.

 

Thieves took a privately owned Alexa Road sign from the intersection of Route 948 and Alexa Road in Fox Township sometime last Thursday or Friday. The sign is valued at $100 and anyone with information about either theft is asked to call state police in Ridgway at 814-776-6136.

 

A criminal mischief to a vehicle is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Sometime between April 22 and May 22, vandals used a blunt object to hit the windshield on a vehicle owned by Donald Hinman of Galeton. The back bumper was also scratched.

 

 

An Ohio man is being charged in Cameron County with harassment for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last Thursday afternoon on the Pioneer Road in Shippen Township. State police claim 21 yer old Brad Mifsud, Jr. of Hubbard, Ohio pushed his wife Ashley, during an argument.

 

 

PennDot says work is expected to begin next week on a bridge spanning Taylor Brook in Ceres Township, McKean County.

 

PennDOT McKean County maintenance crews will work to replace the bridge decking for the structure, located on Route 1009 (Bell Run Road). Work is set to start at 7 a.m. Monday, June 13.

 

A detour will be in place for the length of the project. Southbound drivers on Route 1009 will be detoured south on Route 44, east on Route 4010, south on Route 4017 and back to Route 1009. Northbound motorists on Route 1009 will travel north on Route 4017, west on Route 4010, north on Route 44 and back to Route 1009. The detour will be in effect for the entire project. PennDOT expects traffic to be on the bridge by the end of July.

 

The 19-foot bridge was built in 1939 and reconstructed in 1951. It carries an average of 385 vehicles per day.

 

 


 

 

June 6, 2011

Sunday’s high, 79: Overnight low, 45; No precipitation

 

A world record was broken during the God’s Country Marathon held in Potter County Saturday. A linked team comprised Chris Solarz (32), Terence Gerchberg (39), Brad Weiss (36), Stephen England (31), and Francis Laros (47) broke  the Guinness World Record for the "Fastest Marathon by a Linked Team" with a time of 3:2615  The previous  record was 3 hr 38 min 24 seconds, achieved by Oliver Holland, James Kennedy, James Wrighton,  Eoghan Murray and Nathan Jones (all UK) at the Flora London Marathon in London, England on April 13, 2008. The NYC-based marathon runners, who hail from 3 continents, have each run sub-3 hour marathons and have collectively run almost 250 marathons.  The official rules require them to be tethered together by a rope for the duration of the marathon.  Christian Byler of Rochester, NY came in first overall with a time of 2:50:19. Coudersport native and local pharmacist Kristie Buchanan Keglovitz won the women’s division with a time of 3:20:34.  Organizers added relay teams this year and there were three, made up of local residents.  The NoPo 5  team finished first with leader Timothy Abbey crossing the finish line at 3:05:34.  One-hundred sixty-six runners stepped off in Galeton at 7:00 am and 136 crossed the finish line in Coudersport.  The awards ceremony, held in the court house square had some “fireworks” when lightning hit a telephone pole half a block away at the Post Office. David Brooks, executive director of the Potter County Visitors Association told Black Forest Broadcasting it was the loudest crack of lightning he had ever heard.  The God’s Country Marathon is an official event the Potter County Visitors Association the county’s tourist promotion agency. 

 

Coudersport based state police are continuing  their investigation into a one vehicle crash occurring at about 2:30 am Saturday on the West Branch of Dingman Run Road. Troopers say a 17 year old boy from 152 Angel Lane Road was speeding while headed east .His car began to slide on a left curve, went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over onto its right side. The The unit then slide into a ditch and rolled over onto its  roof, sliding for about 50 more feet before stopping. The driver and his passengers, 20 year old Zachary Buchholz, 19 year old Kip Dorney and 18 year old Daniel Moore, all of Coudersport, rolled the vehicle back onto its wheels and pushed it to a nearby pull off on Dingman Run Road. The teen driver and his passengers then reportedly left the scene without notifying  police and were later taken to Charles Cole Hospital by a friend, where they were treated for various injuries.

 

Ridgway based State police are road rage incident taking place just before 4:00 pm Friday on The Shawmut Road in Horton Township.  Troopers say an unknown driver and 39 year old Jeffrey Rhed of Brockport argued when Rhed confronted the driver about speeding. The unknown driver allegedly pulled a pistol from inside his red pick up truck and pointed it toward Red, threatening to shoot him if it happened again.  Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 814-776-6136.

 

A 40 year old Weedville man has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail following a fight with his father Saturday night at a residence on Apple Street in that village.  Troopers say David Kunes Jr. tried to hit his father, David Kunes Sr. in the face with his fist several  times at which point the victim wrestled his son to the ground. The senior Kunes was able to standup and remove himself from the fisticuff but the younger man went inside the house and retrieved a Springfield Armory M1 Garrand rifle, and pointed it at his father who was standing I front of his own house.  The younger man then fired one round at his father and missed. The bullet landed about 11 feet behind the victim.  The younger man’s 16 year old nephew then tackled him to the ground and while attempting to disarm him, the gun discharged again with the bullet impacting the road about 10 feet away.  The suspect was arraigned before a district judge on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment.

 

A theft at the Hemlock Campground in Wharton Township, Potter County early May 28 remains under investigation by Coudersport-based state police. Thieves took an extra large white cooler and a smaller blue and white cooler from private campsites and knocked over a port-a-john located at the campground. The coolers belonged to Beth Sheredy of Cherry Tree, PA and Robert Gradizzi of Kersey.

 

Troopers at Wellsboro are probing the theft of a cell phone.  Kyle Nobles told police he had been taking pictures of the tornado damage in Knoxville on Memorial Day and put his iPhone down. When he returned it was gone, but he thought he had simply misplaced it until he received an email from Facebook stating the phone had been accessed from Clarks Summit on June 1.

 

Burglaries occurring between 11:00 pm Friday and 7:40 am Saturday on Dagus Mines Road in Fox Township, Elk County are under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Thieves broke locks on storage sheds  owned by Christina Ruberto, Ted Cavalline and Rick Swanson and removed various items.

 

Several recent criminal mischief incidents in Potter County are being probed by state police at Coudersport. Vandals spray painted a vehicle owned by Eugene Lampman of Westfield between May 23 and June 1 while it was parked at his residence. The criminals also slashed the tires and broke mirrors and windows on the vehicle. Vandals driving a passenger vehicle damaged numerous planted fields next to the Cowburn Road in Ulysses Township  by making several “donuts” on the land  Thursday night or Friday morning. The property is owned by Christopher Robbins of Coudersport. And mischief makers removed the letters and knocked down a large advertising sign at the Genesee Hometown Restaurant during the early morning hours this past Sunday.

 

State police at Emporium are advising residents to lock their homes and vehicles after an unknown man abandoned a stolen vehicle Saturday morning on Route 120 at the rest area, about 8 miles west of that town. The suspect is described as being white, 5’10” tall  with short brown hair. He was wearing jeans and a gray short sleeve or sleeveless shirt.

 

Troopers there are also investigating a case of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Unknown persons took a  Caterpillar D9 bulldozer owned by Allegheny Enterprises of Corsica, PA from a private road about three miles west of Sterling Run over Memorial Day weekend and ran over two security gates located on property owned by Hancock Forest Management of Smethport. The dozer was abandoned after it became stuck in a small stream.

 

A Scio, NY resident has been charged by Coudersport-based state police for underage drinking. Troopers say Timothy Grover,18, was found to have consumed alcohol while being under the age of 21 after he wandered onto property along the Gold Road just before 5:00 am Saturday and alarmed residents.

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2011

Thursday’s high, 61; Overnight low, 35; no precipitation

 

Coudersport based state police say charges are pending following an ATV accident Sunday afternoon on Pinneo Hill Road, Oswayo Township in which two youths were hurt. Troopers say a 12 year old Oswayo girl was operating a Polaris Sportsman 500 HO northbound when she stopped, started to back up and steered the left rear tire towards an embankment. The tire went over the bank, causing the entire four wheeler to roll over down the embankment pinning the girl against a tree .She was lifeflighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Her 14 year old male passenger was taken by Shinglehouse ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital. The girl is being cited for violating traffic law on operation of an ATV on streets and highway, and limitations on backing. Her step father, is being cited for failing to have the machine registered and allowing someone under the age of sixteen to operate an ATV. Police did not release his name.  

 

One motorcyclist was hurt when their bikes collided Wednesday afternoon in Driftwood, Cameron County. State police said Amanda Rankin had stopped her Harley Davidson at the intersection of Route 120 and Route 55 facing north when Aubrey Russell of Dubois was unable to stop his northbound  Honda CBR due to mechanical failure from   colliding with Russell’s bike. Rankin was taken to DuBois Regional Medical center for treatment of minor injuries.  Russell was not injured but is being charged with operating an un-inspected vehicle.

 

 Mansfield based state police overnight released details about three crashes taking place in Tioga County on Tuesday.  A Knoxville woman was hurt in a collision just after 3:00 pm on Route 49 in that town. Troopers say Jenny Painter was going west and William Crance of Elkland was going east when Painter’s Toyota Corolla crossed the double yellow line and struck the front end of Crance’s Ford F150. painter was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of unknown injuries.  A Tioga woman was hurt about a half hour later in a collision on Route 6 in Delmar Township. State police said 72 year old Hazel Karschner was going east on Route 6 and turned left intending  to go onto Route 287 in front of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Joel Zelko of Portville, NY.  The impact caused both the pick up and Karschner’s Toyota Camry to spin off the road before coming to rest.Karschner was taken  to soldiers and sailors hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Zelko was not hurt.

 

An Albrightsville, PA man escaped injury in a car/deer accident just after 10:00 pm Tuesday on Route 15 in Richmond Township. State police said Paul Wheeler was going north when the whitetail bounded onto the highway and was struck by Wheelers’ Dodge Caravan.

 

 Eleven people were injured after a tree collapsed on top of a wagon carrying a tour group in Ansonia Thursday. The Wellsboro Fire Department says the wagon was carrying a group of 20 senior citizens on a tour when the tree came down.

Three people were airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries. Eight others were taken by ambulance for minor injuries.

 

Two Covington, PA women have been charged with disorderly conduct. State police at Mansfield claim 26 year old Melissa Smith and 23 year Michelle Smith were involved in a loud argument Tuesday night at an unreasonable hour in a residential area. 

The theft of a generator is under investigation by Mansfield-based state police. Thieves made off with the Honda 8500 W generator owned by Charles Flexer of Williamsport from a location on Route 49 in Lawrence Township between May 27 and 31.

Some new things have been added to this year’s God’s Country Marathon being held tomorrow on Route 6 between Galeton and Coudersport (in Potter County).  Five New York City based runners, hailing from three continents will be trying to break the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon by a linked team. The existing record is 3 hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds set in London England on April 13, 2008.  And, three  five person teams have signed up for the new relay category. Two veteran runners are registered for tomorrow’s race.  Paul Marraccini of Monongahela and Park Barner of Harrisburg, both 67, have run in each of the previous 36 marathons. Runners will step off at the Galeton School at 7:00 am and the first ones will be crossing the finish line some two hours plus later in the Courthouse Square in Coudersport. An awards ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm on the square.  Vendors are invited to set up tables on the square. Black Forest Broadcasting  will be live on location beginning after 9:00 am

 

 

 

June 2, 2011

Wednesday’s high 81; Overnight low, 52; .09” rain (.38” on Fishing Creek)

 

 

A Frost Advisory Remains In Effect From 2 Am To 7 Am Edt
Friday For Mckean, Potter And Tioga Counties Including The Cities Of Bradford, Coudersport, Mansfield And Wellsboro. .Low Temps Around Daybreak Fri Will Be
 In The Mid 30s. Isolated Locations May Even Fall To The Freezing
 Mark. Winds Will Calm Down Tonight & Skies Will Be Mainly
 Clear. Frost Is Expected To Form Late Tonight.Sensitive Plants Will Need To Be Protected. Or If Possible.Taken Indoors.A Frost Advisory Is Issued When Widespread Frost Is Expected To
Develop During The Growing Season. Those With Agricultural Or
Gardening Interests In The Advisory Area Should Protect Sensitive
Plants & Crops. Potted Plants Normally Left Outdoors Should Be
Covered Or Brought Inside.
 

 The National Weather Service confirms an F-1 tornado with speeds of up to 95 mph touched down in Knoxville, Tioga County early Monday morning. The twister cut a two and a half mile path through the town, damaging dozens of buildings and blowing down hundreds of trees.  Fortunately, no one was injured, and clean up continues there in Knoxville. 

 

Two Coudersport residents have been jailed after allegedly being caught red-handed early Tuesday morning in Coudersport borough.  State policed were called to the Dwight Street area just before 6:00 am on a report of two white males entering unlocked vehicles and stealing items from inside.  When police arrived on the scene, they allegedly found 20 year old Nikki Rushmore and 21 year old Justin Crust in possession of stolen items including stereo equipment, GPS units, satellite radios, credit cards, check books, sunglasses, CDs, digital and video cameras, knives and coin purses.  The pair were arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton who set bail at $10,000 each. Unable to make bail, they were committed to the Potter County Jail.  Thefts occurred on Park Avenue,  Dwight, Mill, West Beech, and Vine Streets. Victims were listed as Jeremy Perkins, Duane Bonninger, Henry Fuller, Kimberly Griffith, James Mitchell and Janelle Gill. Troopers say no all victims and stolen items are known at this time. Anyone else who was victimized or anyone having information is asked to call the barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

Retail theft charges are being filed against two Emporium teenagers nabbed by Ridgway based state police Wednesday afternoon. Authorities claim Kathryn Burger and Olivia Aikens, both 18, were caught while trying to steal merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart.

 

A Smethport woman was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Route 146 in Sergeant Township, McKean County. State police said 19 year old Jenna Hahn was going west when her Chevrolet Trailblazer  dropped off the right side of the road, came back onto the road, and crossed to the other side. When Hahn tried to overcorrect, the SUV slide sideways into the eastbound lane, rolled over twice and struck a tree with the top rear. The unit rolled over one more  time ejecting  Hahn through the drivers side window before coming to rest in a grassy area. She was taken to Bradford regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries and is facing speeding charges.

 

No injuries were reported for a Wilcox driver whose compact ran into a parked vehicle Wednesday morning in Sergeant Township, Mc Kean County. State police said Michele Kreckle was going straight down the Clermont Wilcox Road and traveled through the intersection with north street when her Ford Escape swerved to the left, traveled to the other side and hit a parked Jeep Wrangler.

 

State police at Coudersport say charges will be filed in district court in connection to dirt bike collision Saturday afternoon on the Camp Road in Clara Township. Troopers said a 16 year old boy from Carlisle, PA and a 9 year old boy from Doylestown, PA were traveling in opposite directions when their dirt bikes collided. Both boys were flown by medical helicopter to an out of the area hospital.

 

Derrick Barker, 19, of Harrison Valley has been cited for disorderly conduct for an alleged incident on the night of May 25. State police claim Barker created a disturbance on the front porch of his home on W. Tannery Street, alarming his neighbors.

 

Two agencies have voiced their support of the proposed snowmobile connector that will once again link the northern section of the Allegheny Snowmobile Loop to the rest of the snowmobile trails within the  Allegheny National Forest.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association support the proposed Allegheny Snowmobile Loop Marshburg Connector Project.

The project will designate 5.8 miles of snowmobile trail that will connect to 2.6 miles of newly designated snowmobile trail on private land that belongs to the Forest Investment Associates. Both trails are located in Hamlin Township McKean County, Pennsylvania. The ANF is the only national forest in Pennsylvania.

The Forest Service will have to construct .3 miles of snowmobile trail to connect Forest Roads 637 and 176.

The previous connector was shut down during the 2010-2011 snowmobile season due to a right-of-way dispute.

Linda Devlin, representing the ANF Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency for McKean County says  “Having this trail connection will be a huge boost for tourism in our area.It was quite a challenge this past year when an important part of the snowmobile trail was not usable.”

 

 

June 1, 2011Tuesday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 66; No precipitation

 

The unemployment picture for the region continued to improve between March and April with some counties showing a decline and others holding steady according to figures just released by the state Department of Labor and Industry.  However Potter County saw a slight increase from 8.5 to 8.7%.  McKean county held steady at 8.3% as did Tioga,  at 6.2% Tioga County consistently has the best rate in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area.  Cameron County which still has the worst unemployment rate in Pennsylvania saw a significant drop from 13.3% to 11.2% for the period while Elk County realized a slight decrease from 7.4% to 7.2% for the period.  Bradford County, where there is intense Marcellus Shale drilling activity underway, had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 5.2% which was slightly higher than the March jobless rate of 5.1%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the period was 7.5% while national figure was  an even 9.0%.

 

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative line crews continued working today  to restore power to approximately 500 cooperative members in Lycoming and Tioga counties who remain without electricity following severe thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday evening, May 26.

SDAYHigh winds toppled trees and snapped off limbs onto electric lines, bringing down wires, splintering over 60 utility poles and causing widespread power outages throughout much of Tri-County’s service territory beginning shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, outages remain in areas served by the cooperative’s Cammal substation in northern Lycoming County, and Morris and Liberty substations in the southern portion of Tioga County.

Power is expected to be restored to all members served by the Liberty and Morris substations by Thursday evening, June 2, and to all members in the Cammal/Slate Run area of Lycoming County by late Friday evening, June 3.

The most severe damage occurred in the Pine Creek valley from Blackwell to Slate Run, where large swaths of mature trees were toppled, twisted from their trunks and uprooted, causing damage not only to power lines, but also to homes and seasonal dwellings in the area.

John Lykens, Tri-County’s director of engineering and operations said  “We would like to thank members for their patience and support throughout the outage restoration process.“We know that being without power and lights is an unpleasant inconvenience, particularly over a holiday weekend, but our members have been overwhelmingly positive and understanding, and our work crews and employees manning the phones truly appreciate that.”

At the height of the outage, more than 7,000 cooperative members were without power.

Restoration efforts were hampered by a second thunderstorm that struck the north-western and north central part of Tioga County early Monday morning, May 30, knocking an additional 1,700 Tri-County members out of service. Power was expected to be restored to all of those members’ in the Cowanesque Valley by this evening.

Eleven outside line crews from Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative,  Warren Electric Cooperative, Citizens’ Electric Co., and BNF Powerline Construction, as well as seven right-of-way crews from Lewis Tree Service and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. are assisting Tri-County with its restoration efforts.

Members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines. Fallen lines may still be energized and should not be touched. To report downed lines or outages, call Tri-County at 1-800-343-2559.

A member-owned, non-profit utility, Tri-County provides electricity to more than 18,000 consumer-members in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, McKean and Clinton counties.

     

 

Thirteen people were killed and 294 others were injured in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the four-day Memorial Day travel period, 

State police investigated a total of 808 crashes during the travel period spanning Friday to Monday. Five of those killed were not wearing seat belts and 83 of the crashes were alcohol-related, including one of the fatal crashes.Troopers arrested 357 motorists for driving under the influence; issued 7,934 speeding citations; cited 708 individuals for not wearing seat belts; and issued 115 citations to motorists for not securing children in child safety seats.During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, 16 people died and 290 were injured in 776 crashes to which troopers responded.The numbers cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556

 

Meanwhile, minor injuries were reported for a Westfield woman following a one-veice accident last Friday afternoon. State police at Mansfield just released the details saying 18 year old Daniel Outman of Little Marsh was going north on Route 249 in Chatham Township when a deer bounded into the path of his VW Beetle. Outman steered to the left causing the bug to cross to the other side, leave the roadway and travel into the woods where it struck a tree. His passenger Jacqueline Painter was taken to Soldiers and Sailors hospital in Wellsboro for treatment. Both were wearing seatbelts.

   

A 20 year old Mt. Jewett woman has been arrested for simple assault and harassment following  a fight Monday afternoon on East Main Street in that town. State police alleged Bonnie Lee Meisel grabbed 25 year old Joshua Ayers by the throat causing scratches and later threw a spark plug in his face, resulting in injuries.  After being arraigned before a district judge, Meisel was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

  

State police across the region have made several recent DUI arrests.  Coudersport-based state police have charged Andrew Fessenden Jr. of Roulette with DUI after pulling him over on the BackRoad in Roulette Township early Saturday morning after he allegedly showed signs of intoxication.  Troopers here have also charged 41 year old Donald Dies of Punxsutawney with DUI  after stopping him early Sunday morning on Route 6 in Pike Township when he was reportedly observed speeding. Ridgway-based state police have charged 49 year old Luke Streich of that town with DUI after intercepting him early Monday morning when he allegedly committed traffic violations on Ash Street. And 20 year old Logan Whiting of St. Marys has been cited for underage consumption. Troopers at Ridgway say Whiting was a passenger in a car stopped for traffic violations and the officer determined Whiting had consumed alcohol while being under the age of 21.

 

   

Kerry Michael “Mike” LEWIS, 39, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in a dirt bike accident.  Born April 24, 1972, in Baltimore, he was the son of Gary R. and Sherry Brutsman Lewis.  He was a 1991 graduate of Jasper-Troupsburg High School.  On July 29, 1995, in Ulysses, he married the former Chastity A. Thompson, who survives.  Mike was employed by Elsenheimer Chevrolet in Hornell, Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport, as an engine specialist for the following NASCAR teams:  Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Burton, AJ Foyt, Ricky Craven, Geoff Bodine, a carburetor specialist for all of the Roush/Yates race teams in Mooresville, NC, and Lufkin-RMT in Wellsville, NY for the last four years.  Surviving besides his wife, Chastity, are:  three children, Rhys Michael Lewis, Mikayla Anne Lewis, and John Evan Lewis;  his parents of Jasper, NY;  a sister, Terry (Duane) Lewis-Birkett of Mosinee, WI;  paternal grandmother, Mildred Crane of Canandaigua, NY;  mother-in-law, Melonie (Len) Palmatier of Genesee;  father-in-law, Dann (Roxan) Thompson of Genesee;  brother-in-law, Sean “Bub” Thompson of Genesee;  grandparents-in-law, Waneta Ransom of Genesee and Doris Thompson of Elkland;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Clinton and Alberta Brutsman;  and paternal grandfather, Rhys Lewis.  Friends may call Friday, June 3, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Richard W. Tintle will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melonie Palmatier, 456 Pump Station Road, Genesee, PA 16923 for a fund for Mike’s children.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

May 31, 2011

Monday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 59; No precipitation

 

The Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area had its share of tragedies over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.  Kerry Lewis, 39, of Ulysses died Sunday night in a dirt bike accident on a power line access road off of Newfield Junction Road in Ulysses Township. State police said Lewis was not wearing a helmet and was thrown off the motorcycle at around 7:00 pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Potter County Coroner Ken Wingo.

 

 

 

Two Tioga County men died and a third was critically injured in a crash on Route 49 just east of Elkland Sunday afternoon. Troopers said 55 year old George Brown and  30 year old Sheldon Moon, both of Nelson were racing open wheel street rods on the highway at around 2:20 pm when Brown’s vehicle went end over end, ejecting the operator who was killed upon impact. Moon’s unit spun out of control and sheared off a telephone pole, ejecting Moon and his passenger Lawrence Burgess, Jr. of Millerton who was killed upon impact. Moon was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre in critical condition.  Witnesses told police the vehicles were traveling at extremely high rates of speed, passing each other and other vehicles before they went out of control.

 

A Greensburg man is being charged for unlawfully operating an ATV on a highway following a crash Sunday afternoon on Mason Hill in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police said 24 year old John Zerbini suffered minor injuries when he was ejected from  his Yamaha ATV after it went off the road on a right hand curve.

 

No injuries were reported following a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Route 6 in Delmar Townships, Tioga County . State police said Brandi Ribble was headed west when she swerved  her Subaru Forester to avoid hitting a cat which ran onto the highway and into her path. The car went off the road and struck an embankment before coming to a s top. The driver and a 7 year old boy were both wearing seatbelts at the time.

 

Several area residents have been arrested for harassment and related offenses. Jeffrey Anhorn of Coudersport was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Delores Bristol on charges of terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children, simple assaultand reckless endangerment for a domestic violence incident last Thursday night at his residence on Big Moores Run Road. State police say Anhorn was intoxicated when threatened to physically harm himself, a 43 year old woman and an 8 year old boy. Anhorn reportedly walked into a room where he keeps firearms and the victims took the opportunity to leave the house.  State police at Ridgway have charged 47 year old Gregory Roach of Kersey with harassment after he allegedly pounded 58 year old Carol Fleming on the chest with his fists while the pair argued Saturday afternoon. Ridgway state police have also charged 34 year old Anthony Modaffare of that town after he allegedly grabbed the hair of a 36 year old woman and shoved her during an argument early Monday morning at a house on Bogey Run Road in Horton Township. Randall Nichols, 54 of Mansfield has been charged by state police in that town with harassment and disorderly conduct after arguing with 37 year old Beverly Ann Powers about the purchase of a motorcycle.  Troopers at Emporium say they are continuing to investigate a harassement involving two juveniles.  One youth reportedly left a harassing message on another’s cell phone last Friday afternoon.

 

Two Genesee residents have been charged with theft of services.  State police at Coudersport claim 39 year old Kelly Radwanski and 19 year old Robert Morris used an extension cord to acquire electricity from Sharon Kio without her permission.

 

Three different ID thefts are being probed by state police at Mansfield. On May 4, an unknown thief used Lawrenceville resident Brandon Burdick’s social security number to open a bank account in Queens, NY.  Someone used a credit card belonging to Jamie Smith, also of Lawrenceville to make various purchases last Friday between 9:00 am and 7:99 pm without her permission or knowledge. And, Someone used a credit card belonging to Bobbie Jo Mattison of Wellsboro over the past couple of weeks to buy items on the internet totaling $613.78.

 

The theft of an ATV is also being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves stole a 2008 Susuki LTZ400 from the yart at the Richard Shoemaker residence on Granger Lane in Morris Township last Thursday night or Friday morning. The machine is a limited edition model, is black and has no visible damage. The registration number is 63C86. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are probing the theft of a handgun from the home of George Gornti in Byrnedale last week. The .22 cal. sterling semi-automatic pistol was taken sometime between May 22 and 28. Authorities say a camp burglary discovered over the weekend may be related to a rash of burglaries taking place last fall and winter in Elk, Cameron and McKean Counties.  Thieves pried open a locked door at a camp off of the Quehanna Highway in Benezette Township sometime since October 31.  Several items were taken from the camp owned by Robert Venturini of Leechburg, PA. Someone broke a window to enter a storage shed on the west side of Redwood Avenue in Weedville late last week. However, nothing was taken from the shed owned by William Tucker.

 

 

Lawrence A. “Larry” BRENDLINGER, 84, of Andrews Settlement, PA, died Monday, May 23, 2011 in his home.  Born May 19, 1927, in Vandergrift, PA, he was the son of Walter and Ethel Boring Brendlinger.  Mr. Brendlinger served honorably with the US Army from 1947 – 1950.  Larry owned and operated a dairy farm in Raymond for several years and was a realtor with Four Seasons Real Estate in Coudersport, PA for 16 years.  Surviving are:  three sons, Ronald R. (Victoria) Brendlinger of Slippery Rock, PA, Gregory A. (Darla) Brendlinger of Genesee, PA, and David E. (Kayla) Brendlinger of Raleigh, NC;  five grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  six siblings, Edna (Bernard) Goldian of New Florence, Dorothy Muchesko of Clyde, Florence (late Donald) Shearer of New Florence, Clark (Bonnie) Brendlinger of Gas Center, Walter Harold (Carol) Brendlinger of Clyde, and Retha (late Harry) Bennett of Latrobe;  two aunts, Bertha Lindsey of Shady Grove and Erma Cline of Latrobe;  and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five siblings, Hazel (Thomas surviving) Clark, Esther (Frank surviving) Harvey, Clifford (Wanda) Brendlinger, Samuel (Cindy) Brendlinger, and Melvin (Frances) Brendlinger.  Friends may call Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

May 27, 2011

Thursday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 58; .15” rain (.11” on Fishing Creek)

 

MANSFIELD ­(9 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011) — Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative line crews are working to restore power to more than 1,100 members who remain without electricity following severe thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday evening, May 26.

High winds toppled trees and snapped off limbs onto electric lines, bringing down wires, splintering utility poles and causing widespread power outages throughout much of Tri-County’s service territory beginning shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

The highest concentration of outages, as of 9 p.m. Sunday, were in areas served by the cooperative’s Cammal substation in Lycoming County; Morris and Liberty substations in Tioga County.

Co-op officials report that many of the affected members will remain without power overnight tonight. Power is expected to be restored to the majority of those members by Monday evening, May 30; however, members in some of the storm-ravaged areas like Cammal and Slate Run will be without power until Tuesday, May 31.

The storm caused extensive damage to the cooperative’s electric system in the Pine Creek valley of Lycoming County, breaking 18 utility poles in the Slate Run and Cammal areas.  The Cooperative reports that over 50 utility poles throughout the service territory were broken as a result of the storm.

Line crews from Citizens' Electric Co. of Lewisburg, Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Warren Electric Cooperative, Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative and BNF Powerline, as well as right-of-way crews from Lewis Tree Service and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. are assisting Tri-County with its restoration efforts.

Members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines. Fallen lines may still be energized and should not be touched. To report downed lines or outages, call Tri-County at 1-800-343-2559.

 member-owned, non-profit utility, Tri-County provides electricity to more than 18,000 consumer-members in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, McKean and Clinton counties.

 

 

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative line crews are working to restore power to more than 5,000 members who remain without electricity following severe thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday evening, May 26.High winds toppled trees and snapped off limbs onto electric lines, bringing down wires, splintering utility poles and causing widespread power outages throughout much of Tri-County’s service territory beginning shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.The highest concentration of outages, as of 10 a.m. Friday, were in areas served by the cooperative’s Germania substation in Potter County; Cammal substation in Lycoming County; Morris, Liberty, Jackson Corners and Sullivan substations in Tioga County; and Jackson Center, Sullivan, Columbia Crossroads, Bentley Creek, Ayers Corners and Milan substations in Bradford County.Cooperative officials report that many of the affected members will remain without power overnight. Power is expected to be restored to the majority of members by Saturday evening, May 28.Line and right-of-way crews from outside companies have been called in to assist Tri-County with its restoration efforts. The contracted workers will be concentrated primarily in the northern portion of Lycoming County and southern portion of Tioga County, where extensive tree-related damage occurred.Members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines. Fallen lines may still be energized and should not be touched. To report downed lines or outages, call Tri-County at 1-800-343-2559.

  

We are not out of the woods yet, with both the temperature and humidity on the increase over the next several days, there will be the potential for severe thunderstorms. Stay with Black Forest Broadcasting for weather updates.

 

Five Weedville teenagers were hurt Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Route 255 in Jay Township, Elk County. State police said the crash occurred when the passenger side tires on a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 17 year old boy went off the road a left hand curve. The boy overcorrected when he tried to get the SUV back onto the road. The vehicle crossed to the other side and the youth again overcorrected causing it to flip onto the driver’s side in the middle of the road anslide along the eastern berm before striking an embankment and overturning, coming to rest on the highway.  One of the passengers was thrown out of the Blazer. No one was wearing a seatbelt, according to police.  All were taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

State police at Emporium have just released details regarding a one-vehicle accident early last Saturday morning on Route 120 near the village of Truman in Shippen Township. Troopers say 22 year old Steven Vonarx of Austin suffered minor injuries when his 1997 Tracker went off the road and into a ditch where it struck an embankment. The unit continued along the ditch and struck the embankment two more times before coming to rest in the ditch on its wheels. 

 

State and local police will be out in full force over the long Memorial Holiday weekend which begins tonight and continues through Monday evening. Police will be on the look out for speeders, drunk drivers, aggressive drivers and those failing to use seatbelts and child restraint seats in an effort to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

 

Troopers at Emporium  are  investigating a couple of thefts. Sometime between Sunday and Tuesday of this week, thieve pried open a door at the Hill Top Lodge in Shippen Township and stole three 42” Vizio flat screen TVs, a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl weed eater valued at about $2500 in all.  The camp is owned by Robert Yahnite of Somers Point, NJ.  And, troopers say unknown persons coerced an Emporium woman Tuesday  to deposit fraudulent checks into her checking account and then transfer money via Western Union and Moneygram. The checks did not clear the bank and thus the victim was responsible for payment.

 

A scattering of rubbish case is also being investigated by Emporium-based state police.  Unknown persons deposited miscellaneous plant materials on property owned by 90 year old Joseph Gehringer along the CCC Memorial Highway in Driftwood Tuesday afternoon or evening.

 

Police do not have much hope of finding the owner of a purse left at Ramsey’s garage in Emporium last Friday night.  The purse contained drugs and drug paraphernalia and the owner has yet to be located. 

 

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging will be distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks to Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

 

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2011.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2011, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

 

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

 

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $20,147 or less for a single person or $27,214 or less for a couple, or $34,281 or less for 3 people or $41,348 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2010.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They  will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks. 

 

IN ORDER FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO PICK UP CHECKS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, YOU MUST PICK UP A PROXY FORM THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THEN RETURNED TO THE DISTRIBUTION SPOT.  THIS IS ALSO THE PROCEDURE FOR HUSBAND/WIFE AND WIFE/HUSBAND.  ALL DISTRIBUTION SITES HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE NOW.

 

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

 

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites. 

 

Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

 

Ulysses Senior Center from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm June 1-8. Please call 84849880 to make an appointment.

 

Oswayo Valley Senior Center from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday – Wednesday. Call 697-7178.

 

Galeton Senior Center from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday – Friday.

Call 435-2864.

 

Coudersport Senior Center from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday – Friday starting June 8. Call 274-7887

 

Potter County Human Services AAA,  North Street Roulette, appointment only.

Ask for Barb Kiel. Call 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

 

 

 ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTIONS:

 

Genesee United Methodist Church      Thursday , JUNE 9 and July 14

9 A.M. – 11 A.M.

 

 Harrison Valley Township Bldg.   Thursday , JUNE 9 and July 14     

1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Austin United Methodist Church        Monday, JUNE 20 and July 18

10 A.M. – 1 P.M.

  

For more information, contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging, at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

 

 

 

May 26, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 56; .44” rain (.36” on Fishing Creek)

 

 Coudersport teenager has been sentenced in Potter County court for corruption of minors, selling/furnishing alcohol to minors and purchasing alcoholic beverages by  a minor. According to Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson, Jonah Rushmore was arrested by Coudersport Borough Police July 3, 2010 when police were dispatched to an unrelated incident in the area of Take Two Video in Coudersport Borough.  While there, Police made contact with Rushmore  and a 14 year old juvenile.  Police noticed an odor of alcoholic beverages on both, slurred speech and that they stumbled while walking.  Rushmore was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for chemical testing which confirmed a blood alcohol content.18% well above the legal limit for adults in Pennsylvania of .08%. After Rushmore was informed of his Miranda Rights, he admitted to giving the juvenile alcohol, out of a Sunny D bottle, which was recovered from the defendant. Rushmore was ordered to spend a total of 24 months on probation; pay $600 in fines and perform 25 hours of community service. 

 

Meanwhile Coudersport based state police have charged 19 year old David Perrett of Rouseville, PA with underage consumption after responding to a noise complaint just before 4:00 am Monday on Avenue B in North Coudersport.  During their investigation, troopers allegedly found Perrett had consumed alcohol while being under the legal age of 21.  Chars of purchasing, possession and transportation of malt or brewed beverages are being filed before District Judge Annette Easton.

 

State police at Ridgway have charged 58 year old Bruno Iorfido of that town with DUI after pulling him over Sunday morning just after 2:00 am on Route 948 near Evergreen Road for alleged traffic violations.

 

Troopers there are also continuing their investigation into a couple of instances of theft due to bad checks. Authorities say a DuBois resident wrote worthless checks on April 20 and 21 to Delullo’s Supermarket in Jay Township.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has instructed the Borough of Wellsboro to institute a precautionary boil water advisory.
The advisory was issued late Wednesday night. Officials say during routine filter maintenance activities it was determined there is turbidity or sediment n the water. This situation can allow microbial contamination to enter the system.The boil water advisory is in effect for all users of the Wellsboro Water System. Borough officials say all water should be brought to a boil for at least one minute.

 

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) recently recognized those individuals and businesses that have provided financial support to the foundation in 2010. Presently the CFTT has thirty-eight funds under management. The recipients were recognized for their contributions of $500 or more to any of these CFTT funds were:

 

Individuals: Dora & R.L. McCarty, Edward & Marilyn Bok, R. Lowell & Lynne Coolidge, Dora McCarty, Elizabeth Towner, Richard & Mary Eaton, Howard & Olynda Smith, Kathleen Bok & Ron Johnson, Susan & Robert Storch, William & Sarah Ransom, and Barry & Rochelle Clark.

 

Organizations: Allen F. Pierce Foundation, ACP Manufacturing, Tuscarora Wayne Group of Companies, Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation, Guthrie Healthcare System, Skeist Family Charitable Trust, Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, and Tioga State Bank. 

The first quarter of 2011 saw a total of twenty-three grants distributed from twelve (12) different funds at the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) for a total of $35,905 distributed in grant funds.The grant recipients were:

 

Tioga Point Museum ($400) for operating costs from the Frances Layman Redman Memorial Fund for the Tioga Point Museum Fund.

 

Spalding Memorial Library ($400) for operating costs from the Frances Layman Redman Memorial Fund for the Spading Memorial Library Fund.

 

Finkle Rosenberg Scholarship Fund to Emily Kisloski ($1,000) to attend college for studies leading to a career in education. Second payment on $2,000 scholarship.

 

Hartwick College, Corning Community College, Robert Wesleyan College, and St. John fisher College (total $4,000) for four scholarship recipients from the Katherine Kerrigan Scholarship Fund.

 

Village of Spencer for playground  equipment, Community Care Network for programming, Village of Newark Valley for playground equipment, Apalachin Library for purchasing books, Berkshire Free Library for shelving for children’s section, Cornell Cooperative Extension Parenting Education Program for providing healthy snacks, Owego Gymnastics for programming for children with handicaps, Tioga Co. Council on Alcoholism for transportation costs for ‘Puppy Pals’ program, and Tioga Co Boys & Girls Club for tracking software (total $8,946) from the Floyd Hooker Foundation Fund.

 

French Azilum ($417) from the French Azilum Endowment Fund for operating costs.

 

Northeast Bradford School District to two school teachers for curriculum enhancement ideas (total $4,250) from the CFTT Pass-Through Grant Account.

 

 Ulysses Library ($9,250) from the Ulysses Library Endowment Fund for operating costs.

 

Tioga County Rural Ministries ($3,800) for delivery of services to the elderly in Tioga County, NY from the Katherine Kerrigan Rural Ministries Fund.

 

Carantouan Greenway ($782) from the Carantouan Greenway Endowment Fund for program/operating costs.

 

Sullivan County family with a child undergoing cancer treatment ($123) from the Jordan Wilcox Pediatric Cancer Fund.

 

Postage and supplies for care packages to troops in Iraq & Afghanistan ($1,628) from the Angels over Iraq and Afghanistan Project Fund.

 

The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation (Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga County PA and Tioga County NY). It establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies and uses the income earned from these funds to make grants to the community.

 

CFTT is a pure public charity, incorporated as a non-profit organization, which has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT, in contributing to a present fund or in establishing a new fund can call 570-888-4759; fax - 570-882-2179; email - cftt@stny.rr.com  or website - www.twintierscf.org .

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 44; trace of precipitation

 

 

 

Legislation sponsored by President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, which would ensure illegal aliens who live in Pennsylvania are not receiving public benefits, including Medicaid, welfare and in-state college tuition, was approved today by the State Senate.   Scarnati’s bill, Senate Bill 9, passed the Senate today with a bi-partisan vote of 40-9.

 

            Senate Bill 9 would establish tighter scrutiny and criminal penalties that the Commonwealth’s more than 100,000 estimated illegal aliens would face when applying for services.

 

            The senator says “Pennsylvania needs to take the lead on the growing problem of illegal immigrants, and stop providing government benefits and services to those who enter this country outside the law,”

 

            Scarnati’s bill would require individuals requesting public benefits in the Commonwealth to provide identification proving they are legal residents.  Additionally, they would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully present in the United States. 

 

            Any applicant signing the affidavit stating they are a legal alien would have their immigration status verified through the Federal Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement Program (SAVE), operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

          The senator adds   “This legislation is necessary due to President Obama’s unwillingness to deal with the national crisis of illegal immigration,” Scarnati stated.  “Once again, states across the country are finding themselves dealing with federal issues that are hurting the taxpayers of their respective areas.  Senate Bill 9 is a matter of protecting citizens who are in Pennsylvania legally and encouraging illegal aliens to locate elsewhere.”

 

Any illegal alien who falsely claims they are residing in the country legally, in order to obtain public benefits will have committed a second degree misdemeanor and be subject to arrest and deportation.

 

            Under current federal law, illegal aliens are prohibited from receiving federal, state or local public benefits with the exception of emergency medical care, necessary immunizations and disaster relief.  However, Pennsylvania law is simply too lenient in enforcing those provisions.

 

            The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the current state and local annual cost to taxpayers for illegal immigration amounts to about $84 billion nationwide.  In Pennsylvania, the current estimated fiscal burden is nearly $1.4 billion.    

 

 

            Senate Bill 9 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

 

A Genesee man has been arraigned on charges of criminal trespass, resisting arrest and harassment for an incident allegedly taking place on the night of May 19 at a home on Rose Lake Lane in Allegany Township. State police claim 29 year old Jason Greiss entered the home of John Harmon and then subjected a 25 year old woman to unwanted physical contact.  Greiss was arraigned before on-call District Judge Annette Easton and the investigation is continuing.

 

 Coudersport-based state police are also continuing their investigation into the theft of some gasoline from the Acorn Market in Genesee on May 19.  An unknown man, described as being  a slimly built Caucasian with short dark hair and beard pumped 20.24 gallons of gas, valued at $80.96 into a large  blue Chevrolet SUV, possibly a Tahoe. The vehicle had front-end damage on the driver’s side. The driver took off, at around 1:30 pm, headed north, without paying for the fuel.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814-274-8690.

 

An identity theft is being probed by state police in Mansfield. Someone used a debit card last Friday belonging to Patricia and Duane Cummings of Mansfield to purchase $331.36 worth of money and merchandise. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

 

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating  a theft occurring Friday night at Camp Topawango in Ridgway Township. Thieves took a 2/3 oz. gold nugget and a 2 oz. gold nugget, Elk tooth necklace and a diamond and gold necklace from the home of David Erlanson of Ridgway. Estimated value of the stolen items is said to be $8,195.00

 

 

A theft from a motor vehicle is being probed by state police at Ridgway.  Sometime last Friday night, thieves stole a Jensen 100 watt amp, 12” Rockford Fozgate speaker and two bowlers rings from a vehicle owned by Christopher Meyer of St. Marys while it was parked outside Building 200 in the Ridgway Commons. The stolen items are valued at about $300. A wheel chair belonging to a St.Marys woman was also recently stolen from that same location. Anyone with information about either incident  is asked to call the Ridgway Barracks at 814-776-6136. 

 

No serious injuries were reported following a collision Monday afternoon near the Coudersport Theatre.  According to Borough Police Chief Lee Gross, the collision occurred when Nancy Dingman of Cross Fork was going east on First Street and made a right turn failing to stop of Dustin Crosby of Coudersport who was going south on Main Street. Dingman was taken to Charles Cole Hospital as a precaution, according to Chief Gross. Her passenger, Mary Pearsall and Crosby were not hurt.

 

A Coudersport woman and her passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash late Sunday night on Route 49 in Harrison Township, Potter County. State police said Amber Risser was traveling west when she fell asleep at the wheel of her Ford Explorer near the Andrews Hill Road. The SUV went off the road, struck a guardrail, traveled over the guardrail and continued on for a short distance before coming to rest.  Police said both Risser and her passenger Michael Risser were wearing seatbelts at the time. She’s being cited for failing to be licensed, careless driving and failing to stay on roadways laned for traffic.

 

State police at Ridgway are looking for the driver of an unknown vehicle hauling a utility trailer following an accident late Monday night on Route 219 in Jones Township. Troopers say when the unknown vehicle passed a Toyota Camry driven by Leonard Shradnick of Lock Haven, a piece of plywood flew off the trailer and hit the compact  in the windshield causing it to shatter.  Shradnick brought his car to a controlled stop and the unknown unit continued on northbound without stopping. Shradnick and his wife Lorraine and a 9 year old girl escaped injury in the 10:30 pm accident.

 

A Mainsburg man has been jailed  on numerous charges including DUI and endangering the welfare of a child for an incident allegedly occurring Saturday night in the village of Arnot.  Mansfield-based state police say they received a complaint that 44 year old Donald Montefusco had violated a protection from abuse order and he was reportedly observed driving by the scene. He was eventually located behind Bergy’s Place restaurant in Arnot with a 10 year old girl in the vehicle with him.  Montefusco was placed under arrest for DUI and committed to the Tioga County Prison for violating his probation.    

 

 

Larry G. CURRIER, 65, of Ellisburg, PA, died Monday, May 23, 2011 in the Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.  Born May 4, 1946, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Bert A. and Agnes Matteson Currier.  On February 15, 1974, in Obi, NY, he married the former Kathleen S. Parry, who survives.  He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, NY for 46 years.  In his younger years, he drag raced and earned several trophies.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was a bird enthusiast.  Larry was a NASCAR and dirt track racing fan and liked steam train engines.  Surviving besides his wife, Kathie, are:  two sons, Shawn Currier of Ellisburg and Perry Currier of Hubert, NC;  a daughter, Sheena Currier of Ft. Defiance, AZ;  a granddaughter, Searah Anne Shutt of Mt. Jewett, PA;  his mother, Agnes Currier of Wellsville, NY;  two brothers, Wayne Currier of Ellisburg and Gerald (Bonnie) Currier of Alma, NY;  a sister, Karry (Malcolm) Davison of Petersburg, TN;  two uncles, Ernest (Helen) Matteson of Genesee, PA and Marion (Mary) Matteson of Wellsville;  an aunt, Phyllis Denhoff of Wellsville;  and nieces and nephews.    Larry was predeceased by his father.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, on Friday, May 27, 2011 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Robert Walters will officiate.  Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hosts for Hospitals, 4719 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

May 24, 2011

Monday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 59; 1.18” rain (1.43” on Fishing Creek)

 

Two recent studies have been released about Marcellus Shale activity.

A survey of businesses in two Pennsylvania counties where natural-gas drilling is occurring suggests that the Marcellus Shale boom is having a positive net effect on business activity.

Summarized in a fact sheet, "Local Business Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development: The Experience in Bradford and Washington Counties, 2010," the survey was part of a larger economic impact study being done by the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, a partnership between Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

Partial funding for the study came from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Dr. Timothy Kelsey professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was a  lead author for the study." The survey results provide insights into what occurred in two of Pennsylvania's most active Marcellus Shale counties during 2010 and what other counties could experience as drilling activity increases," added, who also serves as Penn State Extension state program leader for economic and community development.

Researchers surveyed 1,000 randomly selected businesses in each of the counties. Responses were received from 619 businesses -- 360 from Bradford County and 259 from Washington County.
Approximately 22 percent of businesses in Bradford County and 9 percent in Washington County reported changes due to Marcellus Shale development.

Nearly a third of Bradford County businesses and 23 percent of Washington County businesses reported increases in sales due to natural-gas drilling. Three percent of Bradford County respondents and 2 percent of Washington County respondents reported a drop in sales.

In regards to employment trends, about 90 percent of survey respondents said that natural-gas drilling has not changed their number of employees. Most of those reporting a change said that they have more employees due to natural-gas development.

A similar percentage reported that their ability to find and hire qualified employees has not changed, although this varied by county. About 13 percent of Bradford County businesses reported trouble attracting workers, compared to only 2 percent in Washington County. About 9 percent of Bradford County businesses reported greater employee turnover due to Marcellus activity.

Kelsey noted that differences in Marcellus-related sales and employment trends in the two counties likely were due mostly to the relative size of their populations and economies. Bradford County is largely rural with a population of about 60,000, while Washington County is much more urbanized and is home to more than 200,000 residents.

The survey also showed that changes in business activity differed across business types. For instance, 80 percent of hotels and campgrounds in Bradford County reported changes due to gas-drilling activity, and 100 percent reported higher sales.

Higher sales also were reported by half of that county's financial businesses, 44 percent of retailers, 38 percent of eating and drinking establishments, and 33 percent of wholesale trade and business services firms.

Despite concerns about the possible negative effects of Marcellus gas drilling on tourism, tour operators, souvenir stores, tourist attractions and other tourism-related businesses did not appear to be affected. Twenty-nine percent of such businesses reported increased sales due to natural-gas drilling activity, while 71 percent reported no change. None reported difficulties in finding or retaining employees.

"However, the long-term impact on tourism still is unknown, since additional new well pads, pipelines and access roads have the potential to change communities enough to affect tourism," Kelsey said.

One free copy of "Local Business Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development: The Experience in Bradford and Washington Counties, 2010" can be obtained by Pennsylvania residents from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Publication Distribution Center, The Pennsylvania State University, 112 Agricultural Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802-2602; telephone: 814-865-6713; fax: 814-863-5560; e-mail: AgPubsDist@psu.edu.

For out-of-state or bulk orders, contact the Publication Distribution Center.

This publication also is available online at http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/ee0005.pdf.


 

An air quality study near Marcellus Shale natural gas operations in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties found no emission levels that would pose a public health concern, according to a report released this week by the Department of Environmental Protection. The report notes that the sampling effort, conducted between August and December 2010, was not meant to address potential cumulative impacts.

 

DEP’s assessment focused on concentrations of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, toluene and xylene, which are typically found in petroleum products. The department also sampled for other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, near natural gas extraction and processing sites.

 

DEP first conducted background sampling in early August 2010 at the Sones Pond parking lot in Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County.

 

The air quality sampling was conducted the weeks of Aug. 30, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. An evening sampling event was held Nov. 17. DEP used its mobile laboratories and the equipment was set up downwind of the target sources during early morning and late evening hours.

 

The air monitoring surveys were located next to Talisman Energy’s Thomas Compressor Station in Troy Township, Bradford County; East Energy’s Shaw Compressor Station in Mainesburg Township, Tioga County; East Energy’s Chicken Hawk well south of Mainesburg; and Anadarko Petroleum’s Hagemeyer well in Gamble Township, Lycoming County.

 

Those surveys detected the main constituents of natural gas—including methane, ethane, propane and butane—as well as low levels of other compounds, such as MtBE, carbon monoxide and methyl mercaptan, the odor-producing compound.

 

DEP’s sampling did not find concentrations of any compound that is likely to trigger air-related health issues associated with Marcellus Shale drilling activities in the northcentral region.

 

Results from DEP’s previous air monitoring studies near Marcellus facilities in southwest and northeast Pennsylvania were announced in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively.

 

To view the report, log onto www.depweb.state.pa.us and click “Regional Resources,” then Northcentral Region and choose the “Community Information” link on the right side of the page.

 

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us or call 570-327-3659

 

A 31 year old Westfield woman has been charged with 36 counts of forgery for incidents taking place in  Westfield, Knoxville, and Elkland between March 21 and April 29th of this year. State police accuse Sandra Schrader of forging 36 checks and passing them at various banks and businesses for cash and merchandise totaling $9100. Schrader was arraigned before district judge Brian Edgcomb who set bail at $75,000 unsecured.  Victims were listed as Citizens and Northern Bank, Leonard Reese of Middlebury Center, Tammy Reese of Wellsboro, Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy, The Big M Supermarket and Ackley & Sons all of Westfield.

    

A Wellsboro man was injured last night in a tractor accident in Delmar Township, Tioga County. State police said Jason Vandergrift was going south on the Balsam Rod when the vibration of the 1938 JT caused the lone seat to swivel to the right and get caught in the right rear wheel. The seat assembly was forced counterclockwise pinching Vandergrift’s right leg between the seat assembly and tractor frame. Vandergrift was taken by Wellsboro ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

No one was hurt in a rear-end collision involving two semi’s last Friday afternoon on Route 155 in Emporium. Troopers said the collision occurred when Mark Blystone of Indiana, PA failed to notice Kristoffer Cook of Johnstown had  signaled and stopped on the highway preparing to pull into the Buttonwood Inn parking lot and allowed his Peterbilt to run into the back of Cook’s Peterbilt.  Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury. Blystone is being charged with following too close.

 

State police at Mansfield are continuing the investigation into a burglary and criminal mischief at a camp on Rattler Rod in Morris Township discovered on Friday. Someone kicked open the door on the camp owned by Stanley Strawser of Liverpool, PA and then smashed numerous items inside causing an estimated $830 in damage.

 

Coudersport-based state police are probing the theft of a couple of “no trespassing” signs owned by Clara Township taking place between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm last Thursday, May 19. The signs were stolen from the Topeka Bridge between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm that day. Anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

   

 

 

The Coudersport Rotary Club  has announced that it is seeking host families for incoming foreign exchange student, Felipe Alonso Jones Herrere of Chile.  Felipe is 16-years old and an avid soccer player.  He has six years of English.

 

According to John Leete, Rotary Foreign Exchange Chairman, two (2) host families are preferred with one family hosting Felipe from August to New Years and the other hosting him from New Years until his return to Chile in June of 2012.  Incoming foreign exchange students receive a small allowance from the Coudersport Rotary Club each month to help with expenses.

 

The Rotary Club’s Foreign Exchange Program gives students an opportunity to experience life in a foreign country where they are exposed to different cultures including education, foods and community life.  The host families are a critical support system for not only the students but for the parents of those children living abroad.

Those families wanting to learn more about becoming a foreign exchange host family are asked to contact JOHN LEETE at 274-9720 Ext. 4.  

Two Coudersport area students are participating in the foreign exchange program this year including Tony Capatch (son of Greg and Cindy Capatch), and Chris Long (son of Michelle Long).  Tony is presently residing in Taipei, Taiwan while Chris Long has just returned from Aachen, Germany in order to attend his graduation from the Coudersport High School.  The next group of Coudersport students leaving for foreign exchange destinations include JASON BERTRAN, RACHEL MORRIS and KATIE LOWE.

 

 

 

The weather couldn’t have been better for the First Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby and Lyman Run State Park last Saturday and some big fish were biting    The event was hosted by Friends of Lyman Run and was held at the stream below the spillway and 120 kids were  registered.  Each participant received a Smokey Bear bag that contained a couple of bookmarks, a Smokey coloring book, a fishing bobber, an “I Conserve” sticker, a Living Green booklet and a Friends of Lyman Run sports water bottle.   Derby fishing ran from 10 am until 1 pm and a pizza and hot dog lunch was provided during that time.   Everything was a bit muddy and the black flies were very pesky, but both kids and parents said they had a great time.  

Prizes were handed out for the Largest Fish overall, then the next largest fish for a boy and a girl aged 7 – 12 and also for under 6; 2nd largest fish for both age groups, boy and girl; First boy and girl in each age group to reach limit or who caught the most fish; and that was followed by 12 prizes drawn by number…whether fish were caught or not.  The overall largest fish was a 19  1/16 in Brown Trout caught by 10 year old Noah Meyer of Bradford, PA.  His fish will be mounted for free by Rick Hartley, who owns Endless Mountain Taxidermy in Galeton, PA.   The Fishing Derby Committee of the Friends of Lyman Run would like to thank the following sponsors for their much appreciated support:  Gas Field Specialists, Inc., God’s Country Black Forest Snowmobile Club, Pennsylvania General Energy, God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Watershed Association,  Osgood’s Excavating, Cimino’s Hardware, Walmart, Fox’s Pizza in Galeton, Canyon Motor Sports, Larry’s Sports Center, Akeley’s, Keener’s Kountry Store, and most especially to the East Fork Sportsman’s Club for their generous donation of fish for the derby.

Friends group Director Maxine Harrison, would also like to thank all of the FOLR volunteers for their time and assistance, the Bureau of Forestry office, Denton Hill, and the park staff of Lyman Run State Park for making this derby such a great success.

 

 

May 23, 2011

Sunday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 59; .03” rain

Fifteen military veterans will be arriving in Potter County Tuesday for the annual Project Healing Waters fly-fishing experience. Project Healing Waters, based at Big Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve, serves military personnel who have been wounded, injured, or disabled to aid their physical and emotional recovery. The program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying classes and clinics. All activities and services are free. Fly fishing and tying equipment and materials are provided, including equipment that accommodates special needs. Project Healing Waters founder Navy Captain (Ret.) Ed Nicholson is scheduled to attend this year’s event. This is the fourth year for the Potter County program which has received national recognition.  Dr. Peter Ryan, president of  the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently spoke to the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce about the program and encouraged residents to greet the vets as they make their way through the county. Students from Oswayo Valley will greet the vets with music as they pass by on Route 44; they will be cheered by students from Northern Potter near the Route 44/49 intersection and by Coudersport students as they go through the county seat. County employees will be let out of their offices to line Main Street and pm and  Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Lenny Kalkbrenner has arranged for a supply of flags to be available for the public at the Gunzburger Building, to be waved when  the vets come through town. To arrange to borrow a flag for the welcoming ceremony, contact Cheri Potter at 274-8290, Extension 207. The entourage is expected in Coudersport at about 2:30 pm.  Additional greetings will occur as they pass by Coudersport American Legion Post 192 at Ladona.  And, Austin Volunteer Fire Company will lead the Greeting Route for the veterans from Odin to Elliott St. Bridge, down Turner St. and back to Main St. and onto Costello. Their arrival time in Austin  is planned for 3:30 to 3:50 PM.  Organizers felt it would be safer to be along a town street than the main road. Ryan says most of the vets served in VietNam and many suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome.  He says in the previous visits, the vets have been overwhelmed by the welcome Potter County provided. The guests will spend three days at Big Moores Run learning the skills of fly tying, sharing memories and making new lifetime friends.  The April 2011 edition of  Tri-County Rural Electric’s magazine, “Penn Lines” featured an article on the Potter County program.

A Johnsonburg driver is being cited for careless driving and failing to stay within road lanes following a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Route 948 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. State police said William Mortell was going south when, for unknown reasons, his Chrysler Aspen went off the road, struck a ditch, continued southbound through the ditch, and struck a tree with the front end. The SUV then re-entered the highway and rolled onto the passenger side before coming to rest, blocking both lanes. Mortell and an 18 year old male passenger received minor injuries and were taken to Elk Regional Medical Center. A 17 year old girl was unhurt.

A 16 year old Ulysses girl has been cited for drunk driving by Coudersport-based state police. Troopers say they pulled the teen driver over on the night of April 17 on the Mills Road in Harrison Township after she was observed committing traffic violations. The charges have been filed through the Juvenile Probation office.

Troopers at Kane are looking for a Port Allegany man who “borrowed” another man’s pick up late last week  and has not been seen since.  Authorities say Martin Miller had permission from Kenneth Main to drive Main’s 1995 Dodge 2500 pick up to and from work but it is believed Miller  took the truck at around 4:00 pm Friday for a non-work related reason without Main’s permission.  He and the truck have not been seen since.  The truck is described as being primer black in color with large tires; has a single exhaust stack behind the cab and a silver tool box in the bed. It carries Pennsylvania registration YZR3664.  Anyone who spots the truck is asked to call the Kane Barracks at 814-778-5555.

David Sullivan, 33, of Brockport is accused of assault and harassment for an incident early Sunday morning at the Horton Township Sportsman Club in Elk County. State police say Sullivan threw his cell phone at 29 year old Lisa Nichols, striking her in the eye.

Area state police are investigating a few recent burglaries. Thieves forced their way into the home of Heather Davenport on Wintergreen Road in Genesee Township between noon and 4:00 pm last Friday and removed numerous items.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport state police barracks at 814-274-8690. Someone entered a house on Rasselas Road in Jones Township, Elk County owned by Kelly Valdez of Sinnemahoning  over the past month and took several items. And burglars kicked in the back door at the Michael Knepp residence on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County between 1:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday and stole $127 in miscellaneous currency from a coffee table in the living room.

East-end Bridgework on Route 120 Starts Tuesday in Emporium. With Route 120 bridgework on the west end of Emporium nearing completion, PennDot says  work can begin on the Route 120 east end bridge. On Tuesday, May 24, work will get underway on the steel truss bridge located on Route 120 near the intersection with Route 155. A temporary signal will enforce an alternating traffic pattern as work takes place on the bridge. All traffic traveling Route 155 south into Emporium, will now be required to stop at the intersection with Route 120, prior to traveling through the signalized work zone.  Work on the bridge will include construction of a new deck, new approach slabs, new sidewalks and parapet repair. Swank Associated Companies, Inc. is the contractor on this $2.6 million rehabilitation project. PennDOT expects the temporary signal to be in effect into September of this year. All work is weather dependent.

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May 20, 2011

Thursday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 51; .21” rain (.90” on Fishing Creek)

 

 

The staff of Sinnemahoning State Park located in Cameron and Potter County, has been chosen for the  DCNR’s Team Excellence Award, highlighting their dedication to the resource and the public. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (DCNR) Recognition Program and the Governor's Awards for Excellence Program are designed to recognize exemplary performance among the Department's dedicated employees.   

 In 2010, in the spirit of teamwork and a get-er-done attitude, this group of individuals assisted in the development and implementation of an Emergency Action Plan for the George B. Stevenson dam, supported the transition of programs and volunteers to the Elk Country Visitor Center, and maintained a quality outdoor recreation program, all with reduced staff.  Due to the reality of the George B. Stevenson flood control dam, flood control is the first priority at the park and recreation often has to take a back seat.  As a result, the entire staff is regularly impacted by high water events and just the very existence of the dam itself.  That “recreation is second” is an area that this staff believes makes connections with visitors and brings them back to the park again and again – and that’s why their efforts differ from their regular jobs as they consistently work hard to keep recreation at the forefront of their efforts.  From camping to environmental education for special outdoor recreation programs like “Women in the Wilds” and “Birds n Brunch,” this staff understands and lives teamwork, dedication to the resource, and embodies the DCNR spirit and mission. 

 

For more information on other award recipients go to: www.dcnr.state.pa.us and lick on Discover DCNR/News and Information/ Resource.

 

 

Hiking Week 2011 will step off on Saturday, May 28, offering participants more than 100 organized hikes statewide.

 

This is the 10th year of this increasingly popular event. DCNR says it hopes to draw both novices and trail-hardened veterans into Pennsylvania  state parks, forests and municipal greenways during the annual effort.”

 

DCNR and co-sponsor Keystone Trails Association, or KTA, have been asking the public to suggest new hikes that could be added to this year’s schedule, found online at www.ExplorePAtrails.com.

 

 

The week will feature special events across the state. All scheduled hikes have leaders and include a variety of lengths and terrain -- from easy strolls along urban greenways to strenuous treks in some of Pennsylvania’s rugged mountain areas. Special hikes will include night hikes; wildflower walks; hikes for people with disabilities; and pet and geology walks.

 

For more information, including hikes already planned, dates and locations, visit http://www.ExplorePAtrails.com/hikingweek.aspx. For details on hiking clubs across the state, visit www.KTA-Hike.org.

 

KTA was organized in 1956, and is a 1,172-member umbrella organization made up of 52 hiking and outdoors organizations in and around Pennsylvania.

 

 

The public is invited to attend the Coudersport Rotary “Luncheon Presentation” by Bill Dibble, President of Allegany Trails, Inc., to be held at the Hotel Crittenden this Monday, May 23rd from noon – 1:00 p.m..

 

Dibble hopes to unite the various trail advocates throughout Potter County in order to transform the abandoned railroads in certain parts of the county into hiking and bicycle trails, just as Allegany Trails Inc has already done in New York State.  Bill’s primary focus in on the Genesee, Coudersport and Port Allegany areas and he is looking for local residents to participate in and to help spearhead the project.

 

Allegany Trails, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that obtains easements on the old railroad beds, clears trails and erects signage along the trails such as mile markers. “We own the old B & S Railroad Station and the former railroad property from Commercial Street to the NYS line on the East side of the Genesee River in Genesee, PA.  This leads to a 10-mile trail North to the Village of Wellsville.  Coudersport could be connected via the former C & PA Railroad and B & S Railroad to Genesee, PA,” according to Dibble.

 

Walk-ins are welcome at the Rotary May 23rd luncheon to hear Mr. Dibble speak.  A buffet lunch will be provided including salad, soup, main course and sides, dessert and drinks for $7.50.  Those wishing to speak with Bill Dibble directly can contact him by email at dibs@infoblvd.net.

 

 

A Genesee resident has been charged by Mansfield University police with acquisition of a controlled substance, Oxycodone, by subterfuge and possession of it without a prescription and receiving stolen property recently. According to authorities ,Max  Solis, 20,  took a lock box containing the prescription drug, a Bible and $140 cash, as well as $120 in cash from his roommate's wallet while he slept in his dormitory room March 30. He then reported that someone else must have entered the unlocked room and taken the items. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 15.

 

Artemio Garcia-Santiago, An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania, pled guilty and has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months in jail on his conviction of possession of contraband in prison according to  United States Attorney David J. Hickton.. The sentence will be served consecutively to the 46 month term of imprisonment Artemio Garcia-Santiago,35, was previously serving at the time of this offense.According to information presented to the court, on August 15, 2010, Garcia-Santiago was in possession of a weapon, described as a 4 1/2-inch homemade weapon sharpened to a point.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Garcia-Santiago.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing their investigation into an incident occurring sometime since the first of this month on Clarion Street in Jones Township, Elk County. Someone fired a .22 cal. bullet through a window at the home of Donald Thornton, damaging the window and a blind. No one was hurt.

 

State police at Mansfield report investigating several recent incidents in Tioga County. They have charged 24 year old Amanda Allen of Liberty with harassment for an incident allegedly taking Thursday on Court Lane in Liberty Township. Troopers claim Allen slapped 29 year old Joshua Seip in the face during an early morning argument. Chad Orveil, 38 of Lawrenceville is accused of disorderly conduct after he allegedly made unreasonable noise both inside and outside of his apartment on State and Cross Streets Monday morning. Thieves took a quantity of scrap metal from property along Miller Road in Jackson Township belonging to William Morrison of Elmira Heights over the past five months. No dollar value was given.  And, someone enter a building on E. Main Street in Knoxville owned by Holly Snowburg sometime May 8th or 9th and damaged a lock in the process.

 

 Minor injuries were reported for a passenger in a car/deer accident this morning on Route 120 about two miles east of the Elk County Line in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police said Cody Andrus was going east near the Rest Area when a deer ran onto the road in front of his Kia Sportage.  Andrus swerved to avoid the whitetail causing his car to go off the road, strike a marker sign, ditch and culvert before coming to rest.  Andrus was unhurt but his passenger, Jessica Steger was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.  Both Emporium residents were wearing seatbelts at the time.

 

The Roulette Township supervisors announce they have postponed the water flushing flushing project scheduled for Thursday night due to high water in the area. The line flushing has been for Wednesday, May 25, 2011 beginning at 10:00 PM.  Please follow all previously mentioned preparations and precautions on that evening during the flushing. The majority of the system should be complete by 5:00 Am on Thursday, May 26, 2011. There may still be a few localized flush points that will affect a limited number of customers after that time, but they will be few and far between and for very brief periods of time according to the supervisors.

 

 

MAY 19, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 50; 1.28”  rain (1.70 on Fishing Creek)

 

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Department of Transportation  (DOT) has awarded $182,000, through two grants, to the Bradford Regional Airport (BFD) in McKean, PA.  The FAA grants will help BFD pay for runway safety enhancements and purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting protective equipment.

 

 The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the funding in the form of two grants:  

 

·         Grant I: $47,250.00 to “Acquire Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Safety Equipment, Security Enhancements.”  This funding will provide for the acquisition of aircraft rescue and fire fighting protective equipment consisting of helmets, suits, boots and gloves. These security enhancements are required by Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1542. 

 

·         Grant II: $134,750.00 to “Remove Obstructions for Runway 14/32, Phase II.” This funding will provide for enhanced airport safety and support primary surface renovations on Runway 14/32 at the Bradford Regional Airport.

Bradford regional Airport Authority has been serving Northwest Pennsylvania since 1948 and currently operates flights through Continental Airlines to Cleveland Hopkins Airport, with over 260 daily flights. 

 

No one was hurt in a collision Wednesday morning on Route 219 south of Shaver Road in Horton Township, Elk County. State police said The collision occurred when Scott Weimer of Smethport was traveling north and Lawrence Sprague of Johnsonburg was going south just after 8:00 am. Police say  Weimer fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford Focus causing it to  cross the center line and went into the southbound lane. Sprague tried to avoid contact by moving off the road but his Pontiac Grand Prix was struck on the driver’s side. Both vehicles came to a controlled stop off the road. Troopers said Sprague and his passenger, Leroy Neubert of Wilcox were wearing seatbelts. Weimer was not and is facing numerous traffic charges.

 

State police at Emporium say no one was hurt in a rear-end collision Monday night on Route 155 just south of Meadow Road in Shippen Township. Robert McClean had stopped in the northbound lane to allow pedestrians to cross the road when Chandra Hineman failed to stop and allowed her Volkswagen Jetta to run into the back of McClean’s Chevrolet Tracker.   Hineman is being charged for speeding. Both drivers are from Emporium.

 

Hit and run mishaps are being investigated by state police in Cameron and Tioga Counties. Troopers at Emporium say an unknown  vehicle hit the left rear door of a GMC Sierra while backing out of a parking stall at the Sinnemahoning Sportsman’s Club early Sunday morning. And, another unknown vehicle struck a Ford Explorer Tuesday evening in the parking lot of the Bennett’s Valley Elementary parking lot. Anyone with information about the Cameron County hit and run is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486-3321 and anyone with information about the one in Elk county is asked to call state police at Ridgway 814-776-6136 or Elk County Crime Stoppers  toll free 1-800-775-2030.

 

Shinglehouse Borough Police are charging  50 year old David Plants, 20 year old Brandi Plants of Honeoye Road Shinglehouse and 23 year old Zachary Johnson with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following an incident last Saturday night in the town park.  Authorities say charges will be filed before District Judge Barbara Easton.  Shinglehouse police were assisted by Coudersport Borough and Sweden Township Police in the investigation and arrests.

 

Troopers at Emporium are investigating a theft occurring between May 9 and 15 at a camp on the CCC Memorial Highway in Lumber Township. Thieves helped themselves to two fishing poles and a Chiminea outdoor fireplace. The camp is owned by Richard Maseto of Cherry Tree, PA.

 

State police in Cameron and Tioga Counties are probing a couple of  recent criminal mischief incidents. Vandals tore down  about 50 yards of a wire fence and four metal poles on property owned by Merle Sherry of Driftwood sometime Monday or Tuesday.  Culprits damaged a 2008 Nissan truck owned by Jeff Merriman of Wellsboro Monday while it was parked at the Weiss Store on Route 6 in Charleston Township, Tioga County.

 

 

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 35 year old Brian Jolin of Wellsboro with disorderly conduct for an incident taking place between 7:00 and 7:30 pm Tuesday at the Duncan Tavern in Duncan Township. Police claim Jolin caused a disturbance and made threatening statements inside the bar.

 

 

 

May 17, 2011

Monday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 43; 02" rain (.04" on Fishing Creek)

 

 

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Polls are open until 8:00 pm. Republicans and Democrats will be choosing candidates to represent their party in the November general election.  Voters will be selecting candidates from township and borough levels, through school districts, District Judge, up through county row offices to some state wide judicial posts.  Many office holders are unchallenged.  Here in Potter County, Republican incumbent prothonotary and clerk of courts Amy Moshier is being challenged by Kathy Schroeder. Incumbent Sheriff Ken Sauley is being challenged in the Republican Primary by one of his deputies, Roy Hunt.  James Jones, of Coudersport, a former Pure Carbon employee, is seeking a Republican nomination for county commissioner. Incumbent Commissioners  Doug Morley and Paul Heimel are seeking re-election. Two candidates will be chosen out of the field of three in today’s Primary.  On the Democratic side, Incumbent Susan Kefover is the lone candidate even though there are two slots. Write-in efforts could produce candidates for the fall election at all levels.  Four people are running for District Judge in the Shinglehouse office to fill the office being vacated b long-time judge Barbara Easton who is retiring. Theresa Denhoff, Kathy J Garrity, Kari A Stubbs, and Barry L Church are all seeking the Republican nomination. All have cross filed and will appear on the Democratic ballot except Garrity. The district  covers Allegany, Clara, Genesee, Hebron, Oswayo Borough, Oswayo Township,Pleasant Valley, Roulette, North & South Sharon Townships, and Shinglehouse Borough.

 

McKean County voters will be making a selection for the county’s second judicial seat from a field of four: Tony Alfieri, Michele Alfieri -Causer, Tony Clarke and Chris Hauser have all cross-field so depending on today’s outcome there could be a contest in November to fill the seat vacated by John Yoder who has retired.

 

 A St. Marys woman is being cited for careless driving after she fell asleep at the wheel and caused a collision Saturday afternoon on Route 872 in Homer Township, Potter County.  Sate police said 53 year old Mary Costanzo was going north  at about 1:30 pm when she dozed off and caused her Honda Civic to veer into the southbound lane into the path of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Robert Zelinski of Wellsboro. Police said Zelinski tried to steer clear by moving to the right but his car was struck in the driver’s door by the left front fender of the Costanzo unit.  After impact, Costanzo’s car continued in a northwesterly direction off the road where it came to rest. The Zelinski sedan continued on for a short distance before coming to rest partially on the highway. There were no injuries. Both drivers and Zelinski’s  wife, Michelle were wearing seatbelts.

 

State police at Mansfield have cited 18 year old Elizabeth Brown for failing to properly meet another vehicle following a collision Saturday morning in Westfield Township. Troopers said Brown was headed west on the Ladd Road  when failed to yield half of the to Brandon Mead who was traveling east. The left front Brown’s Pontiac Sunfire hit the left front of the Mead Dodge Caravan. Both drivers escaped injury as did a passenger in Mead’s van, Shelton Peet and a 13 year old boy riding with Brown.  Police said all involved are from Westfield and were wearing seatbelts.

 

DUI charges have been filed against 26 year old William Richter of Flatonia, Texas following a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Copp Hollow Road in Covington Township, Tioga County. Authorities said Richter’s Ford Super Duty truck failed to negotiate a left curve while headed west at about 1:45 am when it went off the road. Richter overcompensated causing the truck to cross to the other side and strike an embankment. The truck became airborne into a tree, and rolled over onto the passenger side before coming to rest.  Richter was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of unknown injuries.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a lawn along Milk Plant Road in Liberty Township late Sunday night. The unknown vehicle was going south when it failed to negotiate a left hand curve and  traveled off the west side of the road. The driver overcompensated causing the unit to cross the northbound land and go into a residential yard.

 

A Bear, Delaware turkey hunter is accused of criminal trespass for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday morning on private property located about 1,000 feet south west off of the Ulysses Hickcox Road in Bingham Township. State police say 37 year old Carl Waibel was encountered on posted property owned by David Poli of Doylestown, PA Charges are being filed before District Judge Delores Bristol.

 

A burglary at Mead’s Auction on Route 6 in Delmar Township is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. Thieves broke into the business between 12:30 pm Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday and made off with a quantity of coins from the cash register including silver dollars, Eisenhower dollars, Kennedy half dollars and Mercury dimes.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

 

State police at Coudersport are continuing their investigation into a criminal mischief occurring at about 7:30 last Friday night. Vandals using a shot gun damaged at fiber-optic cable in an area off of the North Hollow Road belonging to Zito Media.

 

The Roulette Township employees will be conducting their system wide spring water line flushing on Thursday,  May 19, 2011 beginning at 10:00PM. The entire process should be completed by 5:00AM on Friday, May 20, 2011. During this time period, customers may experience sudden losses of pressure without warning and if water is being withdrawn from the system during this time it could potentially be very riled up. It is strongly recommended that customers avoid use of their HOT water during this time to avoid pulling any of the sedimentation into their hot water tanks. It is also recommended that prior to using the water, after the line flushing, that everyone open the cold water on their bathtub and / or outside hose bibs and permit them to run until the water runs clear to clean out any sedimentation in their service lines. Once that has been done, this would be a good time to flush out the sedimentation recommended by most hot water tank manufacturers on a yearly basis.

Anyone having any questions regarding the line flushing may contact the township office at: 814-544-7549. 

 

 

 

May 16, 2011

Sunday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 41; .98” rain  (1.57” on Fishing Creek; 2.36 weekend total)

  

A Nebraska truck driver escaped injury early Friday morning when her rig hit a bear on Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County. Troopers said Evonne Byrd was going east when the bruin came onto the road and into her path. Byrd escaped injury. Police did not report on the bear’s condition. The 2008 Volvo tractor trailer had to be towed from the scene by Portville Towing.

 

 Injuries were reported for  one driver and his passenger following a collision Friday afternoon on Cherry Flats Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County. State police said the collision occurred when Sean Marmara of Mansfield was headed east in a Ford F350 and Reed Zimmer of Covington was going west. As both units negotiated a curve, Marmara noticed his four year old passenger had activated the controls to raise the dump bed on his truck. Marmara reached over to shut off the dump bed hydraulics and as he did,  the truck drifted across the center line. The mirrors on the passing trucks collided and the mirror head on Zimmer’s Ford E250 broke off and went through the driver’s window. Zimmer pulled onto the side of the road after exiting the curve. Marmara circled around and returned to where the Zimmer truck was parked. Zimmer, 73, suffered moderated injuries while his passenger Ryan Schultz of Blossburg received minor injuries. Marmara and the young boy  were not hurt.

 

A Wellsboro driver received minor injuries in a DUI-related crash early Saturday morning on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police said 31 year old Jason Campbell was going west when his H3 traveled across the highway, went off the road and into a ditch coming to rest against an embankment.

 

State police at Ridgway have released no further details regarding a single engine plane crash Friday afternoon in a wooded area in Benezette Township, Elk County. A 60 year old pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash came on the heels on one in Warren County which occurred a few minutes earlier. The pilot of that plane and passenger were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

 

A Harrison Valley couple is charged in connection to an incident reportedly taking place at about 2:30 am on May 8. State police at Mansfield say when they investigated a report of a  stolen vehicle, Mark Reynolds of Lindley, NY told them that this ex-girlfriend, Becky Lewis and her husband, Rodney Lewis, had assaulted him at a party and took his car keys and the  car. A witness corroborated his account, When the vehicle was recovered, Authorities  say Becky Lewis gave state police a written statement claiming there was no altercation among Reynolds, herself and her husband and no theft.  Bekcy Lewis is charged with making unsworn falsification and Rodney Lewis is charged with harassment.

 

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are charging 35 year old Bruce Mainus of Sabinsville with harassment for a domestic violence related incident allegedly occurring during the early morning hours last Friday. Authorities claim Mainus contacted a     28 year old woman by phone numerous times at inconvenient times.

 

A Weedville man is also accused of harassment. State police at Ridgway say 45 year old Marion Sidelinger, Jr. confronted 51 year old William Rollick, Sr. also of Weedville, outside Rollick’s residence Saturday afternoon and threatened physical harm to Rollick.

 

A couple of Tioga County residents are facing disorderly conduct charges. State police say 33 year old Shaun Bock of Nelson arrived at the home of a 40 year old Lawrenceville man at around 3:30 am Saturday and yelled from the road, waking the man, his wife and three children. And, a 17 year old student is accused of assaulting a teacher and other staff member during an altercation Thursday afternoon.

 

Kane-based state police say they believe  a 40 year old man from Bradford is responsible for a serious of criminal mischief incidents taking place between 3:15 and 4:15 am Saturday in Keating, Otto and Foster Townships. The suspect’s name has not yet been released but troopers say he used hi 1997 GMC Sonoma to  intentionally damage mailboxes, posts several PennDot traffic signs, a wishing well and wooden fence located on Champlin Hill Road, Route 446, 46 and the Summit Road (Route 646).  Authorities say any property owner suffering similar damage during that period of time should call the Kane Barracks at 778-5555.

 

State Police at Mansfield have arrested 21 year old Matthew Hurlbert of Tioga, PA for access device fraud. Authorities say Hurlbert used a Williams Oil card issued to Energy Worx of Mansfield without authorization to make multiple fuel purchases totaling $344 last Tuesday.  Police did not indicate if the charges are related to a similar incident Monday morning. The company’s fuel card was used to obtain $87.35 in fuel without permission. 

 

The theft of a couple of Poulan Chain saws in Richmond Township is also under investigation by state police at Mansfield. The saws were taken sometime last week from the front patio area of Daniel Kennedy residence on Rolling Acres Road.  No value was given but anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

   

PennDOT says it  has placed a radar-controlled speed display sign along Route 44 in Ceres Township, McKean County. The sign will register the speeds of vehicles traveling in the village of Myrtle and  was placed there  at the request of the township supervisors. 

The speed display sign will remain on location for about four weeks. After registering the vehicle’s speed, the value is then posted on the lighted section of the sign. Above the speed display is a speed limit sign showing the 55-mile-per-hour posted speed limit for that section of Route 44.

 

 

 

The Center for Rural Health at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will launch its WalkWorks health initiative in Bradford, Kane, Smethport and Port Allegany.

WalkWorks is designed to identify and promote walking in communities.

Claudia Caminite, project coordinator, worked with borough managers and other local officials to identify flat, accessible walking paths. In addition to marking the paths with signs and sidewalk stencils, the program encourages walking groups.

Groups can be formed by individuals or corporations and include friends walking with dogs, parents walking with strollers or just those working toward greater fitness. Those who sign up can compete throughout the summer for group and individual prizes for logging the most miles. The Smethport kickoff is planned for 11:30 a.m. May 18 in the parking lot of the Intermediate Unit 9 and the Hamlin Library on Mechanic Street.  The Bradford kickoff will take place at 10:30 a.m. May 21 at the Sport and Fitness Center at Pitt-Bradford. The Kane kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. June 4 at The Depot on Fraley Street.

 Arrangements for the Port Allegany kickoff have yet to be announced.

 

  Kickoffs will include speakers, giveaways and a group stretch before the walk. Participants will get a packet that includes a walking log and maps of the paths in all four communities, including points of interest along each path.

            The Bradford route is 2.6 miles long and follows the path of the Richard E. McDowell trail.

            The 1.8-mile Kane route circles Evergreen Park and also includes Fraley, Haines, Bayard, Dawson and Greeves streets downtown.

            The Port Allegany route follows a 1.8-mile loop downtown that includes East Mill, Oak, Pine, Chestnut, Church and Pearl streets and East Arnold Avenue.

            The 1.6-mile Smethport route circles Hamlin Lake along West Main, Washington, Willow and Mechanic streets as well as Park Lane.

            For more information, contact Caminite at (814)362-5066 or clc209@pitt.edu.

 

 

 

May 13, 2011

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 55; no precipitation

 

The state police fire marshal is looking for clues regarding the origin of a blaze which caused an estimated $12,000 in damage Thursday morning to an unoccupied single story house on First Street in Eldred.  There were no injuries. The house is owned by Brandi Coscia of Eldred. Anyone with information about the 10:30 am fire is asked to call the fire marshal at the Ridgway barracks 814-776-6136.

 

Equipment failure is blamed for a one-vehicle no injury accident Sunday afternoon in Emporium. State police said Michael Smith of that town was turning west on East 5th Street from Walnut Street when the ball joint on the right front of his 2002 Buick Century broke causing the steering to fail. The sedan struck a legally parked 2004 Ford F-150 on the east side of the street.

 

A 33 year old Wellsboro woman is being charged for stalking and harassment for two recent incidents involving two Wellsboro men. State police at Mansfield claim Amber McCauley called 62 year old Thomas Gaulien’s cell phone 81 times between 7:43 and 11:52 pm on the night of May 3.  Then, troopers say McCauley made phone calls and text messages to 32 year old Nick Valentine’s phone late Wednesday night even though being advised earlier in the day by the victim not to contact him. Charges are being filed in district court.

 

State police at Mansfield are also accusing Brian Demark, no address given, for theft from a motor vehicle. Authorities claim Demark, a former employee of the Chilson-Wilcox dealership in Lawrenceville arrived on the premises Monday afternoon and removed a New York State inspection sticker from a vehicle on the lot.  Police say witnesses were located and the investigation continues.

 

Troopers at Ridgway are charging 58 year old Mark Dinsmore of Dagus Mines with violating state dog law. Authorities assert Dinsmore’s two dogs were found off of his property and out of his control Wednesday.

 

A couple of criminal mischief incidents involving vehicles are being investigated in two counties. Sometime April 30 or May 1, vandals smashed a rear window on a vehicle owned by Kelly Lamey of Snow Shoe, while it was parked on Orbed Road in Charleston Township. Damage estimated to be $200.  And, culprits broke  a windshield wiper on a 1994 Jeep Wrangler  owned BY Cheryl McKimm Tuesday night or Wednesday morning while it was parked at her  on the East 5th Street extension Emporium.

 

Michael E. Rosenbloom, 42, of Wellsboro, has been sentenced to state prison for 5 1/2 to 13 years for three counts of theft, one of theft from a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and receiving stolen property in separate incidents between July 9, 2009, and Nov. 10, 2010.

According to court documents, Rosenbloom will serve 16 to 36 months and make $500 restitution for stealing a bicycle in July 2009. He was given credit for 217 days time served.

  

 

Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today introduced H.R. 1832, the Servicemembers’ Telemedicine & E-Health Portability (STEP) Act. The STEP Act will expand the current Department of Defense (DOD) state licensure exemption to allow credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders without having to obtain a new state license.

 

Currently, the Department of Defense has limited ability to allow its health care professionals to provide care when the patient is in a different state. As a result, many who rely on military care are required to travel long distances to receive treatment, presenting increased financial burdens and unnecessary obstacles in access to services. By removing this state licensure burden, the legislation empowers the qualified DOD professionals to use cutting edge telemedicine and e-health applications to treat Servicemembers regardless of their physical proximity.

 

 

The DOD’s hands are tied when it comes to credentialed civilian employees and contractors who have stepped up to fill shortages in desperately needed positions, especially in the area of behavioral health treatment.  The STEP Act will expand the definition of “health care professional” under the previous exemption to include qualified DOD civilian employees and personal services contractors. The bill requires a report within 90 days of enactment on DOD and Veteran Administration plans to develop and expand programs to use new Internet and communication technologies for improved access to telemedicine and electronic health programs.

 

The STEP Act has received support from the following organizations and groups:

 

• Air Force Association

• Association of the United States Navy

• The American Legion

• The National Guard Association of the United States

• The Reserve Enlisted Association

• The Military Officers Association of America

 

Thompson has pushed to ensure that those who serve or have served our country in uniform receive the best possible treatment and access to care they deserve.  The STEP Act has been introduced in advance of Thompson’s Veterans Outreach Week initiative, a series of events to offer local area Veterans contact with and support from federal agencies through a chain of informational seminars with representatives from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

During those sessions, the congressman  will meet with military veterans and their families. to share information about federal programs and benefits and to obtain input from veterans on their needs or concerns.

 

Veterans’ Outreach meetings are scheduled for May 19 at the Warren Legion (1 to 2:30) and at the Bradford Legion (7-9 pm). at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport from noon to 1:30 pm on Friday, May 20.

 

Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds spring gobbler hunters they can take advantage of full-day hunting – from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset – beginning Monday, May 16.


The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of Game Commissioners last year, as part of the 2010-11 seasons and bag limits package.  Under the change, legal hunting hours from the opening day of the spring gobbler season through the third Saturday (April 30-May 14) are one-half hour before sunrise until noon.  However, hunting hours for the remainder of the season (May 16-31) are from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.


Biologists say that although all-day hunting will disturb some nesting hens, the impact will be minimal because all-day hours will cover only the last two weeks of the season By then, hunting pressure decreases and most hens are in their later stages of nest incubation, at which point they are less likely to abandon their nests if disturbed.


Tthe Game Commission will monitor the afternoon harvest in relation to population trends and age class of gobblers to gauge the impact of all-day hunting.  Of the 49 states that conduct turkey seasons, 34 have all-day hunting for all or part of the season, including Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.


To further expand opportunity, the Board extended the spring gobbler season through May 31. This change was implemented to provide additional recreational hunting without impacting the resource because disturbance of hens would be minimal since most hens would be in their later stages of nest incubation.


Hunters who purchased a second spring gobbler season license may harvest up to two bearded turkeys, one per day.


Spring gobbler hunters that they can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the agency. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).


Hunters who use the toll-free number to submit a harvest report will receive a confirmation number. They should write down this number and keep it as proof of reporting.”


Hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call, and that multiple harvests can be reported in a single call. He also stressed callers should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvests, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.


Other harvest reporting methods will remain in place. They are online reporting through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and the use of pre-paid postage cards that appear in the annual Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping digest that is provided free to each license buyer.

 

 

 

May 12, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 46; no precipitation

 

Even though the greening of grass and other vegetation has reduced the threat of wildfires, the danger still exists. Volunteers were called out at about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon to an area off of the Droney Road in Lafayette Township, McKean County where a debris fire had gotten out of control. Volunteers from Lafayette Township, Hill Top, Lewis Run and Rew were on the scene for less than an hour. Only a small patch was blackened. There were no injuries.

 

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle collision involving two Potter County residents last Friday morning on Route 660 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Mansfield-based state police say the collision occurred when Jeannie Jackson, 37, of Shinglehouse was following to close behind Ray Pelchy, 36, of Coudersport and allowed her International Harvester to run into the back of Pelchy’s International Harvester. After impact, Pelchy’s unit bounced into the opposite lane and hit a Mack truck driven by Barry Isaacson, 45, of Slippery Rock, PA. Jackson is being cited for following too closely.

 

A Westfield teen driver is also being cited for following too closely following a rear-end collision Monday afternoon on Route 287 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. State police say 19 year old Rebecca Wegner was traveling north when she failed to stop her ford focus for a Jeep Patriot driven by William Eufer of Westfield which was slowing down for traffic turning into Cornell’s Plaza.  Both drivers and a passenger in the Jeep, 75 year old Joanne Eufer of Westfield escaped injury.

 

Minor injuries were reported for 21 year old Samuel Sampson of Canton following a crash Wednesday morning on the Gleason Road in Ward Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Sampson was driving too fast for conditions when his northbound  Ford Ranger crossed into the southbound lane, went off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof. Sampson then allegedly fled the scene but was later located.

 

DUI and related charges are pending against 30 year old Shawn Everitt of Mansfield following a crash early Tuesday morning on Route 660 in Covington, Township. According to state police, Everitt was going west at around 3:00 am  when his Jeep Wrangler went off the road on a right hand curve, struck a section of guardrail and twice, then traveled east before turning south onto Route 2005 where it came to rest. Everitt was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

A Punxsutawney driver is facing DUI charges and a variety of summary traffic offenses for a crash taking place just before 2:00 am May 4 on Route 255 in Jay Township, Elk County. Ridgway-based state police claim Joseph Pittman was under the influence of alcohol when his  Chevrolet Silverado, while headed south,  crossed

Into the opposite lane and entered the parking lot of the Valley Grill, continued south and knocked over a steel sign post.  Pittman then allegedly went into the Elk Back Bar, then returned to his truck and moved it from the scene. He was found a short time later nearby and placed under arrest for DUI. 

  

You may have noticed we’ve reported on a number of car/deer collisions recently and the Game Commission says the increase is because each spring, deer congregate on the grassy areas along the state’s highways, and cover greater distances in search of.  This activity makes vehicle collisions with deer all but inevitable.
Officials are  asking motorists to watch for deer and to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise, which is when deer are most active. 

Officials note  that being more knowledgeable about deer can help Pennsylvanians steer clear of a deer-vehicle collision. For instance, in spring, young deer – last year’s fawns – are on the move as does chase them away to prepare to give birth to this year’s fawns. Yearling does usually travel no farther than necessary and will often later reunite with the doe after her new fawns begin traveling with her. However, young bucks typically disperse farther to set up their own home range. These young deer make tragic mistakes when crossing roads in spring and moving through areas unfamiliar to them. They’re no longer following the leader, they’re moving independently. And that increases the potential for an accident, especially in areas harboring large deer populations.”
If a deer steps onto a road,motorists should slow down and come to a controlled stop as soon as possible, and turn on their hazard flashers.  Stopping may not be an option on busy highways, unless the driver can reach the shoulder of the road.

“Don’t risk trying to drive around a deer,” Roe said.  “Since deer usually move in single file, more deer may be following, so you should stop, or at least slow down, to make sure all deer have passed.
“Also, deer sometimes abruptly reverse their direction right after crossing a road.  This is a defensive mechanism that often kicks in when deer are startled, and they retrace their footsteps to other deer they’re traveling with or return to an area they’ve already checked for danger.”
Deer in northern counties spend a good deal of time in spring feeding on the tender shoots in grassy areas alongside busy highways. Motorists should slow down immediately whenever they see grazing deer along roads.  While deer dining next to busy highways and interstates are often not bothered by the traffic, deer along rural roads seem less tolerant and are more edgy. Game Commission experts say “The only thing predictable about whitetails is that they’re definitely unpredictable.” “The moment you think you have them figured out, they start showing you something new.”However, deer are creatures of habit. If you see a deer-crossing sign posted along a road you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to slow down especially around dawn and dusk. These signs are placed in areas where deer have been crossing roads for years. Ignoring these signs is asking for trouble.

Drivers who hit a deer are not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass.  To do so, they must call the Game Commission for a permit number within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer.
However, to report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
The permit number issued by the agency lets meat processors and law enforcement officials know that possession of the deer is legal, and not the result of poaching.  Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions must be turned over to the Game Commission. 
If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to stay their distance because some deer may recover and move on.  However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law enforcement agency.  If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.


Other tips for motorists:

 

* Stay alert and don’t count on deer whistles or deer fences to deter deer from crossing roads in front of you. Deer can’t hear ultrasonic frequencies and there is no scientific evidence that deer whistles are effective.

 

* Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulders of roads. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.

 

* Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population; where deer-crossing signs are posted; places where deer commonly cross roads or are struck by motorists; areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forests; and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.

 

* Deer do unpredictable things. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing. Sometimes they cross and quickly re-cross back from where they came. Sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing. Slow down, blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. Stop if a deer stays on the road; don’t try to go around it. 

 

 

 

Small businesses would have the option to pay their school property taxes in installments, under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that passed the Senate yesterday.“As a former small business owner, I know that it is sometimes difficult for these businesses to have the cash flow at a certain time to pay their school taxes in one lump sum,” Scarnati said.  “This will allow these companies to spread out the payments a bit.”            Scarnati said that since 2006, with the passage of the Taxpayer Relief Act, certain property owners have had the option to pay school property taxes in installments, through farmstead and homestead exemptions.  His bill would extend that option to businesses with 50 or fewer employees.            “In these tough economic times, I believe it is important to help our small businesses – which are the economic engines and job-creators in our communities,” Scarnati said.  “This commonsense legislation will make it easier for small business owners to budget and pay their school taxes.”

 

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) has  announced they are beginning the search process for the CFTT’s first full-time paid CEO. The foundation has been operating since its beginning in 2002 with volunteer staff and now has grown to the point where the board feels  it is incumbent on its continued success that the organization invest in paid staff.

 

The goal of the CFTT Board is to have the position filled by September 1, 2011 and to have its present volunteer CEO spend four months orienting the new CEO to the community and operations of the organization. They wish to have the transition to be as seamless as possible.

 

The schedule they hope to follow is to advertise the position and collect applications this month, review applications in June and schedule interviews in July so they have a recommended candidate by the Board’s meeting in August. They would like their new CEO to be in the position by the end of August.

 

The  ideal candidate would have had experience managing nonprofit organizations with Boards of Directors, strong experience in fund raising, proven leadership skills, and the ability to implement strategic initiatives. The board is  also hoping they can find someone familiar with the region Sayre.”

 

The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation (Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga County PA and Tioga County NY). It establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies and uses the income earned from these funds to make grants to the community.

 

CFTT is a pure public charity, incorporated as a non-profit organization, which has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT, in contributing to a present fund or in establishing a new fund can call 570-888-4759; fax - 570-882-2179; email - cftt@stny.rr.com  or website - www.twintierscf.org .

   

 

Sean M. DOWNEY, 32, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, May 8, 2011 in his home.  Born May 7, 1979, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of James L. and Sharon Scott Downey.  A 1998 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he studied at Drexel University for two years.  He was employed by the Laurelwood in Coudersport, Jo-Kar’s Restaurant and Downey’s Restaurant, both in Ulysses.  Sean loved music, especially the bass guitar and he enjoyed writing poetry, playing cards, and the WWE.  Surviving are:  his mother, Sharon Downey of Ulysses;  a daughter, Aurora S. Downey of Longs, SC;  two brothers, James S. (Beth) Downey of Cuba, NY and Ryan Downey of Ulysses;  two sisters, Angela (Matt) Kibbe of Harrison Valley and Chrystal (Jim Nelson) Downey of Ulysses;  three nephews, Dalton Kibbe, Preston Kibbe, and Brock Downey;  two aunts, Peggy (Charles) Schenck of Ulysses and Doris Kelly of Waynesboro, PA, an uncle, Bernard R. Hamilton of Corning, NY.  He was predeceased by his father in 1994;  a sister, Diana R. Downey in 1988;  an aunt, Betty D. Hamilton;  and an uncle, Lyle Kelly.  Friends may call Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church.  The Rev. Jason K. Reed will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aurora Downey at Northwest Savings Bank.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

May 11, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 44; no precipitation

A Union County man is facing kidnapping and other charges in Potter County for an incident allegedly taking place during the late night hours of May 1 at a camp located at the Ox Yoke Campground in Pike Township.  Coudersport-based state police say 56 year old Benjamin Heimbach of Mifflinburg subjected a 50 year old Mifflinburg woman to unwanted physical contact and physically restrained her from leaving the camp. He was arraigned before an out of the area district judge on felony charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, stalking, false imprisonment, simple assault and harassment and was released on $250,000 unsecured bail pending further action before District Judge Delores Bristol.

 State police at Coudersport are continuing their investigation into a case of reckless endangerment taking place between 3:30 and 4:15 am Monday at a camp located about 300 feet south of the Austin-Costello Sportsman’s Club in Sylvania Township. Someone fired a rifle at the camp owned by Gerald Bush of Lancaster. The bullet went through a window, traveled through the building and landed in a window sill on the other side.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690. 

Mansfield-based state police report investigating two recent accidents. Julia Peddigree of Blossburg received minor injuries Sunday night when her Ford Focus zig zagged off of Route 287 in Middlebury Township, struck a ditch and electric pole where it came to rest.  Peddigree was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. A one-year old boy riding in a child-safety seat escaped injury. A Mansfield driver was not hurt  when his Toyota Corolla hit a deer Monday night on Route 660 in Richmond Township.  James Guingard was headed west when the whitetail bounded onto the highway and into his path.

 A 16 year old Coudersport girl is being charged with DUI and drug possession after being stopped late Friday night on Route 6 in Roulette Township  by state police on routine patrol. The officer allegedly observed the girl’s eastbound car swerving in and out of its travel lane several times and after pulling the car over, determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana seeds and stems and an open bottle of liquor.

 A couple of recent thefts in Tioga County are being investigated by state police at Mansfield.  Thieves took a mailbox belonging to the Tioga County Visitors Bureau  and its post and dumped it alongside Route 660 at the Airport Road in Delmar Township May 2 or 3.  And, someone took a gas cap from a vehicle owned by Constance Williams of Morris sometime late last month while it was parked at her home on Route 287.

 A Liverpool Texas man will   sentenced on June 13 in Tioga County after being found guilty for the stabbing death of a Wellsboro man last November 4.  The Tioga County probation department is currently conducting a pre-sentencing investigation detailing 49 year old Billy Landry’s previous record, if any. Landry took the stand in his own defense during last week’s trial and admitted killing Shawn Miller but claimed it was in self defense even though Miller suffered multiple stab wounds. The victim had rented an upstairs bedroom to Landry, a gas well worker, and a fight erupted when Miller confronted Landry about noise coming from the room. After the stabbing, Landry fled the house but later led police to the place where he had tossed the murder weapon.

 The state department of education has  announced the allocation of $612.1 million in state funds to school districts for property tax relief. School districts will receive the funds in two equal installments in August and October, but homeowners should see a reduction in their property tax bills this summer.

 

 

he 2004 Gaming Act established the Property Tax Relief Fund, which provides funding to school districts to be used to reduce property taxes. The fund was created as a way to channel revenue generated through gaming back into the hands of taxpayers.

 

In April, Pennsylvania’s Budget Secretary Charles Zogby certified the amount that would be available for school districts from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund.

 

The Department of Education estimates that the average homeowner will see a $200 reduction in their property taxes this year. The estimate relief appears in the right hand column.

 

             School District                           County                  Allocation                     

109530304

Austin Area SD

Potter

$132,361.10

421

$314

109531304

Coudersport Area SD

Potter

$252,051.42

1,410

$179

109532804

Galeton Area SD

Potter

$177,127.45

841

$211

109535504

Northern Potter SD

Potter

$235,281.94

1,144

$206

109537504

Oswayo Valley SD

Potter

$134,034.60

891

$150

 

 

109420803

Bradford Area SD

McKean

$1,521,682.42

4,997

$305

109422303

Kane Area SD

McKean

$339,622.65

2,105

$161

109426003

Otto-Eldred SD

McKean

$188,552.17

1,089

$173

109426303

Port Allegany SD

McKean

$324,829.12

1,133

$287

109427503

Smethport Area SD

McKean

$315,571.44

1,473

$214

 

 

 

                          Cameron County SD

Cameron

$432,182.73

1,565

$276

 

 

 

109243503

Johnsonburg Area SD

Elk

$283,809.99

1,421

$200

109246003

Ridgway Area SD

Elk

$352,352.28

2,019

$175

109248003

Saint Marys Area SD

Elk

$348,125.66

5,809

$60

 

 

 

117596003

Northern Tioga SD

Tioga

$473,870.75

3,560

$133

117597003

Southern Tioga SD

Tioga

$654,988.47

3,529

$186

117598503

Wellsboro Area SD

Tioga

$378,417.30

3,174

$119

 

 

 

 



 

 




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Number of approved homesteads and farmsteads were provided by county tax assessment offices. Missing data (displayed as empty cells) will be updated as it is received.

** The actual amount of tax relief per homestead and farmstead will be calculated by each school district and will differ from this estimate.

Last Update: May 4, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 10, 2011

Monday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 34, no precip.

 

 The state police fire marshal has determined a fie which destroyed a camp on Maple Lane off of Wycoff Run in Grove Township Cameron county early Monday was accidental in nature. The investigation revealed the blaze was caused by a leak in a one hundred pound propane tank located along the exterior of the building. Trooper David Surra wants to assure neighbors who heard an explosion that it did not occur inside the camp owned by Larry Pentz of DuBois. Damage is estimated to be $17,000. There were no injuries.

 

A 21 year old Wellsboro woman has been charged with interference with the custody of children for an incident allegedly taking place Frida afternoon at the Mansfield Wal-Mart. State police say Kaylynn Smith and Britney Betts,. 21, of Mansfield got into a fight over custody of the child. Smith is the biological mother but according to police, lost all custodial rights to the child by a family court order.  The child was with a legal custodian, Betts, when Smith attacked her trying to get to the child.  Smith reportedly took Betts  to the ground, grabbed the child and ran into the Wal-mart with him. She was later arrested and arraigned before District Judge James Carlson and was released on non-secured bail pending a preliminary hearing.

 

 

Coudersport based state police have arrested 29 year old Thomas Pritt of Keating Summit for simple assault and harassment for a domestic violence incident taking place Sunday night in Portage township. Troopers say Pritt, unprovoked, struck a 26 year old man multiple times in the face with a closed fist causing swelling and several cuts under the victim’s right eye.  Pritt  was arraigned before on-call District Judge Delores Bristol and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

 

A Canadian couple escaped injury in a car/deer accident Saturday afternoon on Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga county. State police said Karen Munroe of Brampton, Ontario was going north when the whitetail came onto the highway in front of her Honda Civic. After hitting the deer, the car went onto the east shoulder where it came to rest. The driver and her husband, George were both wearing seatbelts.

 

  

A Mansfield woman is being charged with furnishing alcohol to minors and nine people are being charged for underage consumption for an incident allegedly taking place during the late nighttime hours April 24 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police say when they responded to a street fight they found that Adrienne Russell, 42 had furnished booze for those involved in the altercation.  Four minors, under the age of 18 and 19 year old Britney Woodward, 20 year old Cameron Clemens, and 19 year old Shaylene Graves all of Wellsboro; Zachary Edwards, 19 of Avcoa, NY and 19 year old Paris Edwards of Mansfield are accused of drinking alcohol while being under the age of 21.

 

A criminal mischief at a Potter County drilling site is being probed by state police at Coudersport. Sometime between the evening hours of May 4 and 6:00 am the next day, vandals damaged a secondary containment liner at a drilling site located on White Choppin’ Road in Hebron Township belonging to Triana Energy of Charleston, WV. The extent of damage has not yet been determined. 

 

The June 1 deadline for landowners to enroll or renew their applications in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is approaching fast.  DMAP is designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties through hunting, and the deadline for landowners to submit applications was moved up to June 1 this year to ensure applications are processed in a timely manner. 


Applications will be accepted by U.S. mail only, must be postmarked by June 1, and mailed to the Game Commission Region Office that serves the county in which their property is situated.


In addition, a map delineating the property boundaries must be enclosed with the application. Landowners may obtain DMAP applications from the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on “DMAP” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage.  Applications also can be obtained from any Game Commission Region Office or the Harrisburg headquarters.


Eligible lands for DMAP are: public lands; private lands where no fee is charged for hunting; and hunting club lands owned in fee title so long as the club was established prior to Jan. 1, 2000, and it provides a club charter and list of current members to the agency.


Coupons for DMAP antlerless deer harvest permits are issued to landowners at a rate of one coupon for every five acres in agricultural operations or one coupon for every 50 acres for all other land uses.  Management plans are required of all public land applicants, for applications enrolling two or more areas within one air mile of each other, for applications that request more than the standard rate for issuance of DMAP harvest permits, and for applications where the property acreage falls below the minimum for the standard issuance rate.


Landowners must designate their boundaries in a manner approved by the Game Commission.  Landowners will be allotted one coupon for each DMAP permit allocated for their property, and they may provide up to two DMAP coupons per DMAP area to a licensed hunter.  Landowners may not charge or accept any remuneration for a DMAP coupon. 


Once landowners are approved for enrollment in DMAP, hunters can purchase DMAP permits for $10.70 for residents and $35.70 for nonresidents at any license issuing agent or through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), which is the agency’s point-of-sale electronic license system. 


Landowners have the option of receiving DMAP coupons and directly distributing them to hunters of their choice, or they can choose the “no coupon” option and allow any hunter to directly purchase a DMAP permit from the license issuing agent to hunt on their property.


The first option on the landowner application is “Yes, I want to distribute coupons directly to hunters that I choose.”  With this option, the landowner will receive the coupons and distribute them to specific hunters.  The hunters will then take coupons to any license issuing agent or go on the PALs website to acquire the antlerless deer harvest permits.


The second option on the landowner application is “No, any hunter can get a permit to hunt my property through the electronic licensing system without a coupon.”  With this option, no coupons will be sent to the landowner.  Any hunter will be able to go to any license issuing agent or the PALS website to get an antlerless deer permit for this DMAP property.  If landowners choose this second option, they also will be asked whether they want to advertise the location of the property on the Game Commission’s website so that their DMAP information can be made available to the public.


Hunters without access to the Internet can obtain listings of eligible DMAP properties by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with a letter indicating their county of interest, to the Game Commission Region Office responsible for that particular county. 


Region Office contact information, and a listing of counties in its jurisdiction, is as follows:

 

Northwest Region Office, P.O. Box 31, Franklin, PA 16323.  814-432-3188.  Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

 

Southwest Region Office, 4820 Route 711, Bolivar, PA 15923.  724-238-9523.  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

 

Northcentral Region Office, P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.  570-398-4744.  Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Union counties.

 

Southcentral Region Office, 8627 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652.  814-643-1831.  Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder and York counties.

 

Northeast Region Office, P.O. Box 220, Dallas, PA 18612.  570-675-1143.  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

 

Southeast Region Office, 448 Snyder Rd., Reading, PA 19605.  610-926-3136.  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.

 

May 9, 2011

Sunday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 32; no precipitation  

 

After deliberating 13 hours, a Tioga County jury has found 49 year old Billy Landry of Liverpool Texas guilty of one count of aggravated assault and one count of involuntary manslaughter for the November 4, 2010 stabbing death  of 44 year old Shawn Miller of Wellsboro. After nine hours of deliberation last week, the jury told the judge they were deadlocked but he sent them back and asked them to try one more time. Landry took the stand in his own defense last Wednesday admitting he had killed Miller but said it was in self defense even though there were multiple stab wounds. During his testimony, Landry claimed Miller, Miller’s girlfriend and her daughter held him down on the floor and punched him numerous times. He fled the residence and later showed police where he had tossed the murder weapon.   Miller had rented an upstairs bedroom to Landry, a gas well drilling worker and a fight erupted when Miller confronted Landry about noise coming from the room.  The judge denied the defense request for bail.A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

 

An elderly Kane woman died in a head-on crash Saturday morning on Route 6 about two  miles west of that town. State police said 76 year old Joann Howell was going east when, for unknown reasons, her Buick Regal traveled into the opposite lane and continued east as Stephen Pratt of Gifford approached in the westbound lane. In an effort to avoid a collision, Pratt moved his tractor trailer into the eastbound lane and Howell returned her car to that lane and struck the rig nearly head-on. She had to be extricated from the wreckage and was first taken to Kane Community Hospital, then to Hamot Medical Center in Erie were she was pronounced dead.  Pratt was not hurt.

 

A York, PA driver is being cited for DUI following a one-vehicle crash Friday night on Wycoff Run Road in Gibson Township, Tioga County. State police said 21 year old Tyler Rittenhouse was going south when his Chevrolet Silverado traveled off the road, went into a ditch and struck a culvert. The pick-up then spun clockwise, flipped onto the driver’s side and slid about 165 feet down the road, then slid to the other side and flipped back onto its wheels before coming to rest.  Rittenhouse was not wearing a seatbelt and received minor injuries.

 

Coudersport-based state police are charging a 15 year old Mills boy with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection to a crash occurring on the afternoon of May 1. Troopers say the teen took a 2002 Ford Ranger without the owner’s permission and drove it southbound  on the Rowley Road. The pick-up went off the road and struck an embankment and a fence along the western edge. The youth was able to drive it a short distance onto the Johnson Road before the damage caused it to become disabled. The boy is also being charged with speeding. 

 

Several Roulette residents  have been charged for a brawl taking place at about 11:30 pm on the night of  April 23 in the village. State police say the incident began when Gabriel Weinberg drove his vehicle through the front yard of the Christian Wilds III residence on West Main Street.  The Wild family went outside and a verbal and physical altercation ensued among several people present.   Subsequently, 24 year old Orry Murray was charged with harassment, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct. Weinberg is charged with trespass by motor vehicle.  Christian Wild is charged with two counts of disorderly conduct;  John Wild, Becky Reynolds, a l5 year old girl  and Timothy Durgan are all charged with one count of disorderly conduct. Durgan is also charged with driving with suspended license.

 

A 12 year old Kersey boy is accused of simple assault and criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place on the afternoon of May 1 at a residence along the Upper Cherry Road in Fox Township, Elk County. State police at Ridgway claim the youth shot 54 yearold Steven Powell in the neck with a an air soft pellet gun, then hit him in the ribs with the gun. He’s also accused of brandishing a knife at 18 year old Breeanna Powell; damaging a kitchen table, two chairs and a window owned by Steven Powell. The investigation is continuing.

 

 

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $172 million through the H2O PA program to fund 160 water infrastructure projects in 51 counties including one in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. The Liberty Municipal Authority in Tioga County has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant for its waste water treatment facility. 

H2O PA provides grants for flood control projects, construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects and high hazard or unsafe dam projects.  

The projects approved this week are in the following counties: Adams, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

 

For a complete list of projects and their descriptions please visit www.newpa.com, search keyword “CFA,” and  scroll down the page to the link titled “CFA approved projects – H2O PA Program.”

 

For more information about the H2O PA program, or other programs administrated through the Department of Community and Economic Development, call 1-866-466-3972 or visit www.newpa.com.

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2011

Thursday’s high, 56; Overnight low, 31; no precip. (for a change)

 

 Energy continues to be the top news in the region. Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson voted  yesterday to support H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.  H.R. 1230, cosponsored by Thompson, requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration. The measure passed the House today with a bipartisan majority of votes, 266-149.
After the vote, Thompson said:

 

“With developing countries rapidly increasing demand and global liquid oil consumption set to increase by some 10-12 million barrels per day in the next decade, energy prices will continue to rise in the months and years ahead. That is, unless we start producing more of our own supplies here at home.  After today’s vote, it is clear that bipartisan support is growing for Washington to take action and America to start producing more domestic energy. This legislation will create jobs, begin to address America’s pain at the pump and start our nation on a path to energy security.”

 

H.R. 1230 was introduced on March 29, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.

Next week, the House will vote on H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, and H.R. 1231 the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, both also cosponsored by Thompson.

 

Penn State University has announced another natural gas webinar. The May 19 webinar will explore the impacts of natural gas industry on landfill operations.
Landfills in the region affected by the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom have seen sharply higher revenues and felt more than a few headaches, according to solid waste experts.

"The Marcellus play has been good for the landfill business," said Jay Alexander, general manager of the Wayne Township Landfill and a member of the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority. "But there is no question that it has brought pros and cons."

Alexander and Larry Shilling, regional vice president of Casella Waste Systems, will be featured speakers during a Web-based seminar on May 19, presented by Penn State Extension. Titled, "The Impacts of the Natural Gas Industry on Landfill Operations," the webinar will start at 1 p.m.

Shilling noted that Casella, which operates 10 landfills -- including three in New York located in the Marcellus play and the McKean County landfill in Pennsylvania -- is trying to come to grips with the challenges associated with solid wastes generated by the Marcellus Shale gas industry.

 

Alexander conceded, with the added business and profit come a few negatives, which he will address during the webinar.

"We have to deal with and control greatly increased truck traffic, the added materials have reduced landfill gas production, we have increased leachate generation and we have additional odor concerns," he said.

The May19 webinar is part of a series of online workshops addressing opportunities and challenges related to the state's Marcellus Shale gas boom. Information about how to register for the webinar is available on the webinar page of Penn State Extension's natural-gas website at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/webinars.

Future webinars will include speakers on the following topics: air quality issues related to unconventional gas plays; pipeline development and regulation; a research update on the effects of shale drilling on wildlife habitat; and current legal issues in shale-gas development.

Previous webinars, publications and information on topics such as water use and quality, zoning, gas-leasing considerations for landowners, and implications for local communities also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas).

For more information, contact John Turack, extension educator in Westmoreland County, at (724) 837-1402 or jdt15@psu.edu.

 

The next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force will focus on two topics with far-reaching implications as the Marcellus Shale gas rush intensifies: pipelines and public water sources. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Tuesday, May 10, at the Gunzburger Building Auditorium in Coudersport and is open to the public.

Penn State Cooperative Extension educators will present details on these issues and others at Tuesday’s meeting. Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yesterday’s meeting, that those interested in the latest information about Marcellus Shale drilling can keep up to date with the county’s Natural Gas Task Force newsletter available at www.pottercountypa.net.

 

Jury deliberations continue today in Tioga County court where a gas well worker from Texas is on trial for the November 4, 2010 stabbing death of his Wellsboro landlord.

After nine hours of deliberations, the jury in the Landry trials told the judge they are deadlocked. The judge has ordered jurors to come back today and try one more time to reach a verdict. Billy Landry is charged with aggravated assault and criminal homicide and took the stand Wednesday admitting he killed 44 year old Shawn Miller but said he did it in self-defense. A fight erupted when Miller confronted Landry about noise coming from the bedroom he had rented to Landry. Miller was stabbed multiple times and Landry fled the scene, later showing police where he had tossed the murder weapon.

 

A Genesee woman is being charged with harassment in connection to a domestic violence incident in her home on Simmons Hollow Road Wednesday night. State police said 45 year Gwen Milliron “subjected a 20 year old woman to physical contact.”

 

Troopers locally are also investigating a burglary taking place between April 27 and May 4 on Main Street in Genesee.  Someone entered a building owned by Travis Schultz of Teeter Hollow Road Genesee by breaking a window.

 

Three Elk County residents are being charged with underage drinking and a fourth with supplying the booze.  State police at Ridgway  say while on routine patrol early this moring they observed a vehicle parked on the Old Kane Road at the Wilcox ball field in Jones Township and determined Jon Card, 18 and Justin Vinner, 20, both of Johnsonburg and Rachel Holterback, 19, of St. Marys had all consumed alcohol and that Scott Imbrogno of Johnsonburg had furnished it to the minors.

 

DUI charges are pending against 41 year old Shanon Hitchcock of Smethport after state police found him passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle just after 2:00 am today on Tanner Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Charges will be filed before District Judge William Todd.

 

 

 

 

May 5, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 31 (light frost); .05” rain

 

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved more than $2.6 million in low-interest loans for projects that will create at least 80 new jobs in, Elk Clearfield and  Franklin counties. 

 

 

The PIDA board approved the following projects Wednesday:

  •  North Central Enterprises Inc., on behalf of P/M National Inc., will receive a $574,000, 15-year loan at 3.25 percent to expand an existing building in St. Marys. The total cost of the project is $820,000 and will allow the company to complete a 28,120-square- foot building addition to increase its manufacturing and office space. P/M National, a manufacturer of powdered metal products, will retain its 16 existing employees and create an additional 10 jobs within the next three years.

  • Clearfield Metal Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of powdered metal products, will receive a $567,849, 15-year loan at 3.25 percent to acquire and renovate an existing building in Lawrence Township. The total project cost is $822,370 and will allow this startup company acquire and renovate a 53,132-square-foot facility and create 28 jobs within the next three years.  The Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation is the sponsoring agency.  

Alternate Heating Systems LLC, a manufacturer of wood, coal and waste-oil boilers, heaters and furnaces, will receive a $1.5 million, 15-year loan at 3.25 percent to acquire an existing building in Chambersburg Borough. The approved project will create and retain more than 50 jobs in Franklin County and leverage $1 million in private investment. The project is being sponsored by the Franklin County Area Development Corporation

 

PIDA provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.

 

For more information about economic development initiatives in Pennsylvania, call 1-866-466-3972 or visit www.newpa.com.

 

 

Eleven Pennsylvanians, each of whom overcame personal barriers to achieve professional success, ON Wednesday received Governor’s Achievement Awards during the 27th Annual Pennsylvania Partners Employment, Training & Education Conference, being held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center through Friday.

 

The awards are jointly sponsored by state workforce-development agencies – the departments of Aging, Labor & Industry and Public Welfare – and Pennsylvania Partners to recognize exceptional individuals who have benefited from workforce-development initiatives.

 

Pennsylvania Partners, an association of workforce development professionals in each of the commonwealth’s 23 workforce investment areas, sponsors this annual conference, which attracts more than 800 private and public job-training experts from across Pennsylvania.

 

For more information about individual winners, visit www.paworkforce.state.pa.us.

 

Dislocated Worker Program Participant

·               Crystal M. Bille, Elk County; nominated by North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission

 

 

Coudersport based state police are investigating a couple of recent burglaries. Sometime between noon Monday April 18 and 6:00 am April 24, thieves entered a barn owned by Elwin Vanetten on the McCutcheon road in Harrison Valley and made off with a draft horse spotted bio harness valued at $650. The harness is described as being black with chrome hames.  Someone entered the home of Jackson Manning on Maple Street in the village of Roulette between Monday April 18 and Thursday April 21 through a window but it’s not known at this time if anything was taken.

 

 Mansfield based state police are continuing their investigation into a theft occurring between 8: 30 pm April 28 and 10:00 am April 29 on Sweet Briar Road in Delmar Township. Thieves stole a 2005 Honda TRX400EX5 ATV belonging to Richard Howard of Wellsboro from the yard at his residence. The four wheeler is described as being tyellow with a black seat.  It’s valued at $3200.

 

 Closing arguments were heard today in Tioga County Court today where 49 year old Billy Landry of Liverpool, Texas is on trial for criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Landry is accused of stabbing Shawn Miller to death on the night of last November 4 during an altercation in Miller’s home on Cherry Flats Road which erupted when Miller confronted Landry  about noise coming from an upstairs bedroom which he had rented to the gas well worker. Miller was stabbed multiple times. Landry left the house and showed police later where he had dumped the knife. Thirteen witnesses have testified over two days. Eyewitnesses gave different versions of what happened but all agreed Landry stabbed and killed Miller. Landry took the stand in his own defense yesterday and said the stabbing was in self-defense. He testified that Miller, Miller’s girlfriend and her daughter ganged up on him, held him down, punched him and hit him with a glass candle jar.

 

The American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region announced yesterday  that all blood donors who present to give blood at Red Cross blood drives in the region during May can enter a daily drawing for a $100 gift card for gasoline.  One lucky donor per day will be selected at random to receive the gas card.   Blood donors are always needed, as each donation has the potential to save up to three lives.  Red blood cells help people with severe trauma injuries and chronic anemia.  Platelets benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and plasma helps burn victims and patients with critical diseases.

            The American Red Cross has announced the following blood drive schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 17th at the First Baptist Church, located at 71 Congress Street in Bradford, PA.  The blood drive will be held from 1pm – 6pm.

 

  • Thursday, May 26th at St. Eulalia’s Church Parish, located on South Main Street in Coudersport, PA.  The blood drive will be held from 12:30pm – 5:30pm.

 

  • Friday, May 27th at Tri Town Fire & Ambulance, located on State Route 49 in Ulysses, PA.  The blood drive will be held from 3pm – 8pm.

 

 

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.  Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission New York and Pennsylvania), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  Identification is required at the time of donation.

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 56; Overnight low, 37; .90” rain (1.14” on Fishing Creek)

 

An elderly Bradford woman died in a fire in her home late last night. The state police fire marshal says the blaze appears to have  originated in the master bedroom closet due to an electrical malfunction.  Gertrude Luke, 83, lived in the house alone. Firefighters were summoned to the house on Lafferty Hollow Road just before midnight.

 

Speeding charges are pending against a 16 year old Coudersport driver following a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on the Dingman Run Road, a mile and half north of Route 6 in Eulalia Township. State police said the northbound car went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over coming to rest in the northbound lane. The youth was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport volunteer ambulance.

 

State police at Ridgway say they believe one driver was under the influence of drugs when two cars collided Tuesday afternoon on Silver Creek Road in Ridgway Township. Christopher Steudler, 33, of Johnsonburg was going  south when his Buick LeSabre crossed the center line and s truck a Ford Focus driven by Cynthia Chiesa, 53, also of Johnsonburg.  The impact forced the Chiesa unit to spin off the road and land in a ditch.  Authorities claim Steudler did not stop to render aid and fled the scene. He was located south of the crash scene and showed signs of drug intoxication. He was taken to Kane Community Hospital for a drug evaluation and charges are pending lab results.

 

Minor injuries were reported for a Kane driver and his passenger following a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon. Troopers said Larry Walters was headed south when he swerved to avoid a deer and his Nissan Ultima went off the road, traveled into a ditch for about 275 feet and then struck a cement culvert before coming to rest. Both the driver and his passenger, Donald Walters also of Kane were wearing seatbelts according to police.

 

Coudersport-based state police say they have arrested a 13 year old Sabinsville boy for sexually assaulting a 7 year old male victim on the night of April 23 at a private residence on the Phoenix Road.
 

The murder trial of a gas well worker charged with murdering his landlord continues in Tioga County.  Billy Landry, 49, of Liverpool, Texas is accused of stabbing Shawn Miller to death last November 4 during an argument on Miller’s Cherry Flats home. Landry has admitted killing Miller but says it was done in self-defense even though the victim suffered multiple stab wounds.  Miller had rented an upstairs bedroom to Landry and confronted him about noise coming from the room which sparked the confrontation.After opening statements Tuesday, nine witnesses took the stand, including state troopers, investigators and more tenants from the house. Miller's girlfriend and her daughter both testified they never saw the murder weapon. The knife was found on the side of a road in Wellsboro, right where Landry told police he dumped it.Landry faces one count of criminal homicide and one count of aggravated assault.

 

Four members of the Coudersport Rotary Club were recognized at the Club’s recently held Fireside Chat and Award Ceremony, including; Pat Northeimer and Fr. Elaine Silverstrim, each receiving their first Paul Harris recognition, and Paul Herzig and Judge John B. Leete, who were each honored with their second Paul Harris awards.

 

The Paul Harris honorees were recognized for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation Polio Fund; a project aimed toward eliminating the threat of Polio in third world countries, as well as their contributions to other worthy humanitarian projects. 

 

Fr. Elaine Silverstrim is a 9-year Rotarian and a retired Episcopalian Priest who entered the priesthood after working in education and business.  She currently serves as Rotary Treasurer and has spearheaded the development of the “Interact Club” of Coudersport; a Rotary-affiliated community service club for teens.

 

Pat Northeimer has been an active member of the Coudersport Rotary Club for 11 years and is a co-director and Clinical Director for Cole Care.  Pat is also a registered nurse, enjoys the outdoors, working at Ski Denton as a ski instructor in her free time.  Pat is a Rotary Board Member and has coordinated several successful fundraisers and events including the Annual Comprehensive Blood Draw slated for May 21st.

 

Paul Herzig first joined Rotary in 1987 and is the owner of the Laurelwood Inn together with his wife Christine.  Paul had a prestigious background in law enforcement and education in California preceding his move to the Coudersport area.  He is an avid musician and has been actively involved in the Potter Players theater group both as an actor and director.  He has held many leadership positions in Rotary including multiple terms as President.

 

Colton Point State Park Turkey Path Trail in Tioga County will remain closed until further notice.  Due to harsh winter and wet spring conditions.  A number of mud slides and wash outs have occurred also trees need to be cleared. The Colton Point State Park Turkey Path Trail will remain closed until maintenance crew can make repairs.

  

 

They don’t give you much time.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has scheduled a telephone hearing to receive public comment on the proposed rate increase by UGI Central Penn Gas Inc. for 1 p.m., Monday, May 9, 2011

If you wish to testify at the telephonic public input hearing, you must contact the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) before Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 5 p.m. to provide your name, telephone number and the topic of your testimony. You may call the OCA toll free at 1-800-684-6560.  Beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2011, consumers will testify in the order they signed up.

On March 17, 2011, the Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the company’s request to increase annual revenues by $16.4 million (15.5 percent).  According to the proposal, the average monthly residential bill for customers using 68.42 Ccfs amonth will increase by $14.69 from $87.03 to $101.72 a month.

The request is suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision. A final decision must be made by Oct. 18, 2011.  More information is on the ratemaking process is available on the Commission’s website.

UGI Central Penn provides natural gas service to approximately 73,310 customers in 35 counties.

If you have any hearing exhibits to which you will refer during the hearing, 3 copies must be sent to the Administrative Law Judge and 1 copy each must be sent to every other party.  All copies must be received at least 3 days before the hearing.

Except for those individuals representing themselves, the Commission's rules require that all parties have an attorney; therefore, you should have an attorney of your choice file an entry of appearance before the scheduled hearing.

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2011

Monday’s high, 59; Overnight low, 44; .12” rain (.20” on Fishing Creek)

 

 

The Drilling Industry Paid More Than $1 Billion in State Taxes Since 2006 according to an analysis released this week, by the Department of Revenue. The study showed  that companies engaged in and related to natural gas drilling activities in Pennsylvania have paid more than $1.1 billion in state taxes since 2006.

 

Those taxes came on top of the billions of dollars of infrastructure investments, royalty payments and permit fees paid by the industry.

 

The Revenue Department’s analysis, which breaks out tax payments from oil and gas companies and their affiliates through April 2011, indicates that 857 of these companies have already paid $238.4 million in capital stock/foreign franchise tax, corporate net income tax, sales/use tax and employer withholding to the state in 2011.

 

These figures from the first quarter of this year already exceed by nearly $20 million the total tax payments made in all of 2010.

 

The department’s analysis also identified $214.2 million in personal income taxes paid since 2006 attributable to Marcellus Shale lease payments to individuals, royalty income and sales of assets. 

 

A comprehensive analysis of personal income tax paid on Marcellus Shale business profits is not feasible because the department cannot conclusively determine what profits from Marcellus Shale partnerships, S corporations and LLCs were passed through to individuals as opposed to C corporations, which are taxed at 3.07 percent and 9.99 percent, respectively. 

 

However, the department can determine that these oil and gas companies, and their affiliates, include 1,096 pass-through businesses.  These businesses reported $675.4 million in 2008 income.

 

These numbers will be updated monthly. For more information, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us.

 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati recently announced  that he is proposing a local impact fee on Marcellus shale companies to ensure communities affected by the drilling will have the resources necessary to address a wide range of local and state concerns.

Under Scarnati's proposal, a portion of the revenue will also go to conservation districts, environmental clean-up projects, impacted State highway improvements, as well as hazardous site clean-up.In other words, the money raised from an impact fee would go directly to the Municipalities where the drilling is taking place, unlike a state tax which would go into the state’s general fund. Jeff Davidek, a vice president of C.S. McKee which manages Potter County’s retirement fund told the board recently that the Japanese tsunami will have a positive impact on the Natural gas industry.  Davidek made the comments while discussing the possibility that the county would want to devote 5% of its fund to safe small and medium sized businesses as many other counties are  doing.  As we previously reported, the board voted 5-0 to follow Davidek’s recommendation.

 

A Coudersport man is facing charges of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment for an incident allegedly taking place between 5:30 and 6:00 pm this past Friday at a residence located at 1363 Route 44 South in Sharon Township. State police claim 20 year old Matthew Gutshall subjected a 23 year old Coudersport woman to unwanted physical contact during an argument and then stole $266.76 from her vehicle. The charges will be presented to District Judge Barbara Easton.

 

Another Coudersport resident is being charged with harassment for an incident at the public library at about 6:30 pm last Wednesday.  Troopers say 20 year old Elena Kenyon subjected a 44 year old woman to repeated acts which served no legitimate purpose.  The investigation is continuing but charges are pending before District Judge Annette Easton.

 

State police in Ridgway report a 27 year old Byrnedale man accidentally shot himself in the leg Monday afternoon. Authorities say Travis Moorehead was trying to clean his .22 cal. pistol and failed to realize there was a round in the chamber which accidentally discharged.  He was treated at Elk Regional Medical Center.

 

A theft occurring between noon April 23 and 3:30 pm April 29  on the Ben Green Road in Allegany Township is under investigating by Coudersport-based state police.  Thieves took several pieces of aluminum sheet metal siding and a solar light from property belonging to Jeff Davis of Douglasville, PA. No value of the stolen items was given but anyone with information is asked to call the Denton Hill Barracks at 814-274-8690.

Troopers at Mansfield are probing vandalism to  mailbox early Sunday morning at the intersection of Packard and Palmer Road in Covington Township. No value was given for the smashed  plastic mailbox belonging to Frank Yungwirth.

 

In Tioga County court news,a jury of 8 men and 4 women has been seated in the trial of a Billy Landry who is charged with stabbing his landlord, Shawn Miller, to death in Wellsboro.The stabbing happened at 158 Cherry Flats Road on November 4th. Landry lived upstairs. Miller, the homeowner, lived downstairs.

Billy Landry is charged with homicide and aggravated assault.   20 year old Wellsboro resident has been sentenced to 18 months' state prison for criminal trespass. Joshua L. Frank was given credit for 69 days' time served, and was ordered to make restitution of $1,044.

He also was sentenced to five years' probation for three counts of theft from a motor vehicle.

State Police charged Frank following incidents Jan. 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, in Westfield, Knoxville, Elkland and Tioga Township, during which he took items from 13 unlocked vehicles, with a total  value of $3,107. He is also charged with taking four cases of alcohol from Marzo’s Beer Distributor in Elkland Borough.

 

Members of the Coudersport Rotary Club joined together recently  to perform litter removal services along the 2-mile stretch of State Route 6 East between the Coudersport Area High School and the Laurelwood Inn. 

 

In just one and a half hours, the Club was able to remove approximately (6) bags of litter and other debris from the roadside.  Rotary volunteers included Common Pleas Judge Steve Minor, Mark Benson, Amy Moshier and Melissa Gee.  The group will coordinate another roadside cleanup this October.

 

The litter removal program, better known as Adopt-a-Highway, a Potter County PennDOT Maintenance program, is one of the means by which the Rotary Club provides community service each year.  Those interested in volunteering can call the Coudersport Rotary Club at 203-3933 or the Adopt-a-Highway program coordinator directly at 274-9181.

 

 

 

May 1, 2011

Sunday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 48: .09” rain (.11” on Fishing Creek)

Barb Truitt reports seeing the first hummingbird of the season Sunday on Fishing Creek Road, Roulette

 

   

Area State police investigated two recent DUI Crashes. Anthony Lamer, 51 of Austin, is facing DUI charges following a one-vehicle crash Friday night on Route 607 in Portage Township. Troopers said Lamer was going west when he  swerved his Ford Focus to miss a deer and the car went off the road, struck an embankment on the northern edge and rode it for about 180 feet before coming to rest partially blocking the westbound lane of travel.  Police claim their investigation revealed Lamer was driving under the influence of alcohol and various charges are pending in district court. The driver apparently escaped injury.

 

A Virginia man asked escaped injury in a one vehicle DUI related crash Friday night on Route 346 in Corydon Township, McKean County. State police said 33 year old Johnnie Ray Nicholas II of Virginia Beach was headed west when his Chevrolet Silverado crossed the highway and continued west in the oncoming traffic lane before going down an embankment, and traveled through a yard where it got stuck.  Nicholas was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

Troopers at Ridgway say charges are pending against a Pitcairn, PA driver following a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Route 1001 in Jones Township. Raymond Ganlzak  going south when his GMC Sierra failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the south side of the road and struck a yellow arrow sign, continued south and collided with a bridge abutment before coming to rest.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Elk Regional Medical Center. His passenger, 37 year old Susan Greishaw of St. Marys was first taken to Elk Regional and then flow by helicopter to UPMC in Pittsburgh for treatment of moderate injuries. Police said neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

 

State police at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked Dodge Grand Caravan early Saturday morning on Picnic Grove Road in Jackson Township.  The unknown vehicle struck the parked vehicle while backing out of a driveway at around 6:00 am. The driver fled the scene southbound  in a dark colored midsized pick up truck  without providing information.

  

DUI Charges are pending against a Bradford man  who were stopped by police over the weekend. Andrew Roberts, 31 was pulled over just before 1:00 am Saturday on Roberts Street in the city and was taken to Kane Community Hospital for chemical testing. Pamela Wheaton was arrested during the early morning hours of April 10 when she drove up to a DUI checkpoint on Route 287 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County. Anthony Nixon, 20 of Quakertown has been charged with underage drinking by Mansfield-based state police who claim Nixon was highly intoxicated when he was observed hanging from a tree and yelling on East Wellsboro Street in Mansfield just after midnight Saturday.

 

A couple of Lawrenceville residents have been charged with harassment for separate incidents. Aaron Low, 30 is accused of punching a 41 year old woman in the arm and ribs during an incident late last Wednesday night at a residence along Route 287 in Tioga Borough. Stephanie Stone, 31 of Lawrenceville is accused of pushing a 31 year old Tioga man and threatening him with a hammer last Thursday afternoon on Sommers Lane in Lawrence Township.

 

 

Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into a burglary and arson occurring Saturday afternoon at the Southern Baptist Church on the Phoneix Run Road in Hector Township.  Someone entered the church without permission and destroyed some items inside, then built two separate fires at opposite ends of the structure. Fortunately, the fires burned themselves out and there was no significant damage. Anyone with information, is asked to  call the Denton Hill Barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

The theft of some items from a disabled vehicle near Port Allegany is under investigation by Kane-based state police. Thieves took a catalytic converter, two mag aluminum wheels and a floor jack from a car owned by Keith Lucanik of Emporium while it was parked after becoming disabled, on the western berm of Route 6 about five miles east of Port Allegany last week. The items, valued at a total of $550 were stolen between 4:00 pm April 21 and 9:00 am April 22.

 

A teenager wanted in New York State was picked up by Coudersport Based state police early Saturday morning. Cody Thomas, 18, was arrested by troopers after being found in an intoxicated state in front of Zito Media at 3:30 am and while processing Thomas, authorities found he is wanted by Wellsville, NY police for criminal trespass. Thomas was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton on fugitive charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2011

Thursday’s high, 63; Overnight low, 40; .12” rain (.04” on Fishing Creek)

 

 

Mansfield based state police have charged several people with harassment for different incidents occurring recently in Tioga County. James Nichols, 43 of Wellsboro has been charged in connection to a workplace altercation occurring at about 8:00 am Thursday at MetalKraft in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Nichols became involved in an argument with Fred Douglas,38 of Middlebury center who is a janitor at the plant over Nichols not replacing toilet paper in the bathroom.  Nichols allegedly punched Douglas and threw a plastic bin at him.

 

Amber McCauley, 33 is accused of repeatedly texting  and calling the cell phone of fellow Wellsboro resident 62 year old Thomas Gaulien repeatedly since mid-march. Police say the texts and calls served no legitimate purpose.

 

Larry Gee, 70 of Tioga is accused of subjecting a 19 year old  woman, also from Tioga  to unwanted physical contact Thursday afternoon…Charges against all filed in district court..

 

 

Kane-based state police have arrested a Philadelphia man for DUI after stopping him early this morning on Barbour Street near Bushnell Street in Bradford. Authorities said they pulled 22 year old Donald Abanquah over when he was observed committing traffic violations. He was taken to Kane Community Hospital for chemical testing and released on his own recognizance.

 

Two people have been charged with theft and criminal conspiracy by Mansfield-based state police. Troopers claim 40 year old Andrew Ward of Canton, and 22 year old Lovejoy Thomson of Blossburg took about $100 worth of scrap metal and a $200 hay spike (Morgan fork) from the yard at the Debra Martin residence on the Aumick Road during the afternoon of April 12.  When confronted by Martin’s daughter, the suspects returned the hay spike but kept the scrap metal. 

  

 

The 37th Annual God’s Country Marathon will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  This year the marathon committee is making a massive effort to enlist the support of as many residents and local businesses as possible to help make this the best marathon ever.

 

The committee would like to provide the runners with a water station at every mile again this year.  This will not be possible without enough volunteers to run these stations.  They ask that you have at least 4 of your most enthusiastic friends, family, or coworkers set up and cheering at the water station.  At the end of the race the runners will take a short survey and choose who they think had the best water stations.  If you are interested in having your own water station please visit the godscountrymarathon.com website and click on the Volunteer Information link.

 

            All volunteers are invited to attend a pre-race pasta dinner, for a nominal fee, that will be held at the Coudersport Fire Hall on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Due to the fact that we need to inform the printers for the T-shirts, brochures, etc. and the Fire Hall for the dinner, we need confirmation of all volunteers by May 15th.

 

            Organizers hope  to have various vendors and musical entertainment at the Courthouse Square finish line.  Any organization is welcome to set up a booth, free of charge.  If you are interested, please let them know so that they can send you a vendor registration form.

 

            If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Mitchell, Race Director,  at 274-7177 or 274-0843. 

 

 

Mansfield based state police have charged several people with harassment for different incidents occurring recently in Tioga County. James Nichols, 43 of Wellsboro has been charged in connection to a workplace altercation occurring at about 8:00 am Thursday at MetalKraft in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Nichols became involved in an argument with Fred Douglas,38 of Middlebury center who is a janitor at the plant over Nichols not replacing toilet paper in the bathroom.  Nichols allegedly punched Douglas and threw a plastic bin at him.

 

Amber McCauley, 33 is accused of repeatedly texting  and calling the cell phone of fellow Wellsboro resident 62 year old Thomas Gaulien repeatedly since mid-march. Police say the texts and calls served no legitimate purpose.

 

Larry Gee, 70 of Tioga is accused of subjecting a 19 year old  woman, also from Tioga  to unwanted physical contact Thursday afternoon…Charges against all filed in district court..

 

 

Kane-based state police have arrested a Philadelphia man for DUI after stopping him early this morning on Barbour Street near Bushnell Street in Bradford. Authorities said they pulled 22 year old Donald Abanquah over when he was observed committing traffic violations. He was taken to Kane Community Hospital for chemical testing and released on his own recognizance.

 

Two people have been charged with theft and criminal conspiracy by Mansfield-based state police. Troopers claim 40 year old Andrew Ward of Canton, and 22 year old Lovejoy Thomson of Blossburg took about $100 worth of scrap metal and a $200 hay spike (Morgan fork) from the yard at the Debra Martin residence on the Aumick Road during the afternoon of April 12.  When confronted by Martin’s daughter, the suspects returned the hay spike but kept the scrap metal.   

 

 

The 37th Annual God’s Country Marathon will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  This year the marathon committee is making a massive effort to enlist the support of as many residents and local businesses as possible to help make this the best marathon ever.

 

The committee would like to provide the runners with a water station at every mile again this year.  This will not be possible without enough volunteers to run these stations.  They ask that you have at least 4 of your most enthusiastic friends, family, or coworkers set up and cheering at the water station.  At the end of the race the runners will take a short survey and choose who they think had the best water stations.  If you are interested in having your own water station please visit the godscountrymarathon.com website and click on the Volunteer Information link.

 

            All volunteers are invited to attend a pre-race pasta dinner, for a nominal fee, that will be held at the Coudersport Fire Hall on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Due to the fact that we need to inform the printers for the T-shirts, brochures, etc. and the Fire Hall for the dinner, we need confirmation of all volunteers by May 15th.

 

            Organizers hope  to have various vendors and musical entertainment at the Courthouse Square finish line.  Any organization is welcome to set up a booth, free of charge.  If you are interested, please let them know so that they can send you a vendor registration form.

 

            If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Mitchell, Race Director,  at 274-7177 or 274-0843. 

 

 

 

The Roulette township supervisors say they have received only about 60% of the income surveys sent out a couple of weeks ago and are urging residents to complete the forms and return them to the township office as soon as possible.  The township is applying to the county for assistance in upgrading the Pomeroy lift station which been compromised during recent flooding.  Grants are determined based on income and the township must prove a certain percentage of residents in the affected area of the village fall within those income guidelines. The township faces an application deadline.  Anyone who needs help in filling out the survey, may visit the Township office during regular business hours or call 544-7549.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen J. Petzen, 54, of Cuba, NY, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous year long battle with lung cancer.

     Born April 26, 1957 in Dunkirk, he was a son of James J. and Donna M. Case Petzen.  On February 10, 1979 in York, NY, he married Joan Sinclair, who survives.

     Steve was a 1975 graduate of Bolivar High School and a 1979 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  He was the owner/operator of Steve Petzen Excavating, specializing in “reshaping our world” since 1984.  His motto in business was “have it done right the first time”, and he always did.

     He was a member of the New York and National Land Improvement Contractors’ Association.  He was a saxophone player extraordinaire, who enjoyed open mic nights.  He also enjoyed chatting with friends and strangers.

     Surviving besides his wife, are his parents of Shinglehouse; a brother, Michael Petzen of Lakeland, Florida; two sisters, Tonya (Steve) Reiner and Liselle (Richard) Esposito, both of Shinglehouse; his father and mother-in-law, John and Mary Sinclair of York, NY; loving aunts and an uncle; and many nieces, nephews, great-nephews, a great-niece; and special friends, including his dog, Sampson.

     He was predeceased by his grandparents, Donald and Agnes Austin Case and John and Gertrude Tikner Petzen.

     Friends may call on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA.  A memorial Mass in celebration of Steve’s life will be hosted by the Mountain Community at 12 noon on Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Holy Peace Chapel, Mount Irenaeus, Wirt, NY (for directions www.mounti.com).

     Flowers are gratefully declined.  The family suggests memorials be made to the Canticle Farm, 115 E. Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706 (www. canticlefarm.org) or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

   

Dawn E. Scheid, of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, April 28, 2011 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.  Born November 20, 1915, in Sunderlinville, PA, she was the daughter of Herbert A. and Myrtle M. Davis Clark.  On May 24, 1969, in Coudersport, PA, she married Edwin H. Scheid, who survives.  She attended Sabinsville High School and graduated from Westfield High School.  During World War II, she was employed by Galeton Production.  She earned her LPN degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Reading, PA and went on to work at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.  Dawn was known for her exquisite embroidery work, gardening, making jams and jellies, and her love of hummingbirds.  She dearly loved her many nieces and nephews.  She was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport.  Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are:  a sister, Jeanne Cole of Ulysses;  and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Merritt “Pete” Walters;  two sisters, Virginia Stewart and Mildred Long;  and three brothers, Otto Henry Clark, Keith Clark, and Francis Clark.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Monday in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with the Rev. James C. Campbell as Celebrant.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfh.com.

 

 

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April 28, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 59; 1.56” rain (.75” on Fishing Creek)

 

It was a  wild and wooly afternoon and evening in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area Wednesday. Early in the afternoon, the National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm watch for most counties in the Black Forest Service area.  That escalated to a warning.  Flash Flood watches were also posted with varied expiration times. Then, tornado watches were posted for the entire region including Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties in New York state. Then tornado warnings were issued during the early evening when Doppler radar detected tornadic activity as the storms moved from south to east across our service area including Eldred, Emporium, Coudersport and eastern Tioga County.  We have no official report of significant damage although numerous trees and utility poles were knocked down. Emergency crews were called early in the evening to Keating Township in southern Potter County after power lines fell across Route 607. Flooding was reported at several locations on the North Hollow Road in Sweden Township. Two Tioga County roads were closed due to flooding and washouts. Large hail was observed in Bradford and torrential downpours occurred at various locations throughout the region. As yet, we have no confirmed reports of touch downs.

 

Mansfield-based state police say a Tioga, PA driver was hurt in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning on Route 287 in Lawrence Township. Leon Rockwell, Jr. was headed south when his Subaru Legacy went off the road just before 7:00 am and hit a utility police with the front driver’s side. The car  continued for about 25 more feet before stopping.

 

 

Harassment charges are pending against 26 year old Robert Rooks of Tioga, PA following an incident early yesterday at a residence in that community. State police say Rooks hit a 58 year old woman in the shin with a coffee table during an argument and fled the scene before police arrived.

 

The theft of some tools from a construction site on McCracken Lane near the Tioga/Bradford County line last weekend is under investigation by troopers at Mansfield.  The tools belonged to Terry Twist, no address given.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

A Roulette resident has been sentenced to a total of 9 to 23-1/2  months in jail followed by a year on probation for various charges relating to incidents taking place summer  in Roulette and Austin. Kyle Bonneau, 21, was also ordered to pay fines totaling $2125; make restitution totaling $1406.52 to perform 100 hours of community service and surrender his driver’s license for one year. Bonneau was convicted of fleeing or attempting to elude police; DUI, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, simple assault and disorderly conduct along with a host of summary traffic violations for incidents which began at about 10:45 pm June 12 at the Friendly Inn located on Main Street in Roulette where Bonneau was celebrating his 21st birthday. Bonneau picked up several bar stools and began throwing them around the bar are and struck a beer tap handle causing it to break and strike 45 year old Scott Morey.  An estimated four or five gallons of beer was lost due to the broken tap.  His father 48 year old Christopher Bonneau of the same address, was accused of verbally threatening Morey during the incident. He was charged with harassment. The celebrating did not end at the bar.  The father and son then drove to Austin where Kyle’s  Ford F-250 crashed into a soft drink vending machine at about 11:30 pm  and damaged two window’s at Long’s Game Room. The younger Bonneau continued through Austin  and drove into Cameron County where state police assisted Austin Borough police in apprehending him.  Bonneau was taken into custody and committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. During the chase, Kyle Bonneau is accused of ramming the Austin Borough Police patrol car.  Authorities say their investigation also revealed the pair had been refused alcohol at the Cockeyed Cricket in Austin because they appeared to be intoxicated.

 

Jeff Davidek, a vice president with the firm C. S. McKee, the firm which manages Potter County’s Retirement Fund reported last fund now stands at nearly $10.7 million, an all-time high. If these trends continue — and. he said, there are promising signs that they will — the county will finally see a reduction in its annual required contribution (ARC) and the fund may be healthy enough to yield a long-awaited benefit increase to dozens of retirees. Under state law, the county must contribute money to the fund if it does not reach a certain performance level. The money comes out of the county’s general fund.

Investments through the first quarter of 2011 added more than $400,000 to the fund’s balance, Davidek pointed out, with strong returns from the energy and technology sectors. In order to reduce the county’s contribution  and allow for an increase in benefits, Davidek said, the fund must meet an actuarial target of 7.5 percent in annual earnings. When the U.S. economy tanked in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009, the retirement fund lost significant value. It has fully recovered from the recession and grew at a healthy rate of 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, but still has not met the 7.5-percent annual growth target in the long term, Davidek said. Overall, the fund’s value has grown at 6.8 percent annually since 2001, ratcheting closer to that 7.5 percent goal.

Davidek said several clients have asked his company to invest in small and mid-sized businesses as smaller companies can pivot more quickly and realize profits sooner than large corporations. Board members did vote 5-0 to authorize C.S. McKee to transfer up to five percent of the fund’s balance to small-capitalization stocks. Davidek recommended the shift, citing his team’s assessment of economic trends and forecasts for renewed growth by certain smaller and mid-sized businesses. Board members are Paul Heimel, Susan Kefover, Kathleen Majot, Krista Miller and Doug Morley.

 

 

April 27, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 53;  .37”  rain (.68 on Fishing Creek)

 

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs may be turned in at collection sites across the state on Saturday, April 30, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

 

Organized by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter drugs will be collected for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No requests for identification will be made by law enforcement officers at the collection sites. Personal information can be crossed off with a marker.

 

Officials say The service is free and completely anonymous.. More than 121 tons of pills were turned in nationwide during the first take-back initiative held in September 2010.

The medicines can be taken to state police barracks in each county. Additional drop-off sites in the Black Forest service are the Coudersport Borough police departm Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Smethport and Bradford City Police office in McKean County at the Emporium Borough building in Cameron County.

 

Those who are unable to take advantage of the program on April 30 should check with their local municipality or local recycling service for similar programs. Information also is available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at www.fda.gov.

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or www.pccd.state.pa.us

 

 

Both drivers were hurt in a collision Tuesday morning on Marvin Street in Jones Township, Elk County. State police said the collision occurred when Michaela Sheetz of Wilcox who had been parked on the southern side of the rod, facing north tried to pull out into traffic to go north and while edging out her Eagle Summit was hit by a Buick Century driven by Juanita Rowles of Clearfield.  The impact caused the Sheetz unit to spin around about 180 degrees before coming to rest in the southbound lane. The Rowles vehicle continued a short distance before stopping. The women were apparently taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Sheetz is being cited for improper movement of a parked vehicle.

 

No one was hurt in a collision Monday night on Route 255 in Fox Township, Elk County. State police said that collision occurred when Francis Carr of Kersey was headed south in the right hand lane just north of Route 948 and the drivers side front wheel of his Chevy S-10 came off and traveled across both lanes before striking a Dodge Durango driven by Cheryl Giles of Penfield.

 

 

 State police at Mansfield are charging 60 year old Linda Tremante of Wellsboro with DUI in connection to a one-vehicle crash last Friday afternoon on Route 660 in Richmond Township. Troopers said Tremante was going west when her Chevrolet Cobalt traveled off the road on a left hand curve. Tremante over-corrected sending the car into the opposite lane. She over compensated again and the car cur across the right and lane and struck an embankment head on then flipped end over end one time before coming to rest. Tremante was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

A Tioga County man has been charged with harassment for a domestic violence incident occurring late Saturday night at his home on Route 6 in Delmar township. Troopers claim 32 year old Elwin Makley started an argument with a 32 year old woman regarding his daughter’s mother. Makley is said to have pushed the victim to the ground and kicked her multiple times. The woman stood up and fought back. Makley left the house but later returned and beat on the front door before finally departing in his pick up truck…

 

 

Some recent criminal mischief incidents in Cameron County are being investigated by state police at Emporium. Sometime since April 9, vandals broke multiple windows on a garage located on Old West Creek Road  owned by Frederick Beck. Damage is estimated to be $50. And, sometime this past Sunday or Monday, someone damaged mailboxes on Moore Hill Road  owned by Robert Rupp and Jim Eastman.

 

Troopers at Kane are probing scattering of rubbish incidents at the intersection of Lower Grimes Road and Route 6 in Liberty Township. The landowner tells authorities trash has been dumped at that location for some time but two sofas and other miscellaneous items were left Tuesday between midnight and 8:00 am.

 

The flow of fracking fluids from a well blowout in Bradford County near Canton has stopped, but the fallout continues. The Department of Environmental Protection has asked Chesapeake Energy to get back to them in five days as to just what happened during last week’s incident, which released thousands of gallons of fracking fluid into nearby farmlands and the Towanda Creek.  

The company faces some major fines due to the incident and the investigation continues.

 

Temporary signals are now in place for repair work on a bridge along Route 3001(Broad Street) in Emporium. The signals have been placed in advance of the repair work. The signals will remain covered until crews are mobilized for the repair work. PennDOT expects that work to happen later this spring. The bridge spans the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning, just south of Emporium.

 

During the repair work, the signals will regulate traffic, allowing for an alternating, traffic pattern across the bridge. Bridgework will include rocker bearing repair and some painting. This work is part of a $4.4 million bridge preservation contract for 21 bridges in three counties (9 in Potter County, 1 in Cameron County and 11 in Clearfield County).  Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor for this work.

 

PennDOT advises drivers to obey posted speed limits and use caution in all construction zones. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at www.dot.state.pa.us.

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April 26, 2011

Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 53; .15”; .38” on Fishing Creek

The Unemployment picture in the Black Forest Service Area improved between February and March according to the state department of Labor and Industry.  The jobless rate in Potter County fell from 8.9 to 8.5% during the period; McKean County saw a decrease from 8.6 to 8.3%; Elk County’s declined from 7.7% to 7.5% and Tioga County, which has the best rate in the Black Forest Service area saw a decrease from 7.7% to 7.5%. However, Cameron County, which still has the worst rate in Pennsylvania saw a slight increase from 12.9 to 13.3%.  Bradford County which is seeing a lot of natural gas drilling had the lowest rate in the state of 5.1% which was down slightly from 5.2%.  Centre County has the next lowest rate, 5.3% which held steady between February and March.  Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate during the period was 7.8% while the national figure was 8.8%.

Kane-based state police say they are continuing their investigation into the death 0f 48 year old Jeffrey Wandover of Olean, NY whose body was found Monday morning off of Moody Hollow Road in Eldred Township. No further information has been released.

 

State Police at Ridgway are probing a number of recent incidents in Elk County. Thieves forced their way into a second floor workshop at the Donald Shrubb residence on Gardner Hill road in Fox Township over the past weekend and removed some $5600 worth of property. Stolen items include a  black Dell desktop computer, white HP printer; blue computer scanner an I.O. Line vinyl cutter, 10 rolls of vinyl; a single shot .22 c al. rifle with the name “Albert Cole” engraved on the barrel and a 7 mm Mauser WWII German Rifle with scope. Thieves took $670 in currency and a22 inch Emerson LCD TV valued at $150 from the management office area of the Royal Inn located on Route 219 in Ridgway Township between 4:00 pm Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday. And, vandals used a vehicle to ram entrance to the Elk country Visitor Center on Homestead Road in Benezette Township between 5:45 pm last Saturday and 6:15 am Sunday. Damage to the large iron gate is estimated to be $3500.

 

A Mills woman has been cited for disorderly conduct for an incident Sunday night at the Dandy Mini Mart in Harrison Valley. State police allege 27 year old Destiny Dugent entered the store at about 8:45 pm, yelled at the employee and invited the employee outside to fight. The incident reportedly occurred in the presence of several customers.

 

Chesapeake Energy Corp. officials say workers have replaced a damaged portion of a Bradford County   natural gas well that spilled chemical-laced water for two days last week. The company was drilling the Marcellus Shale well in Bradford County. The company says the leak was stopped Thursday and tests have indicated only minimal environmental impact and that the damaged well head has been replaced.. More tests are planned in conjunction with state environmental officials.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has directed the company to supply information about the discharge and data on the fluids used in the drilling process, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

 

State Police: Two Killed, 196 Injured in Easter Driving Period Crashes

Two persons were killed and 196 others were injured in the 527 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the three-day Easter holiday driving period.

The two deaths represent a decrease from the eight fatalities recorded in crashes investigated by troopers during last year’s Easter holiday travel period. Neither of the persons killed this year was wearing a seat belt. 72 of the 527 crashes were alcohol-related.The Easter driving period covered Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24. During those three days, state police issued 3,463 speeding citations, charged 251 people with driving under the influence, cited 396 individuals for not wearing seat belts, and ticketed 43 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

 

During the 2010 Easter driving period, which covered April 2-4, eight people were killed and 247 others were injured in 561 crashes investigated by troopers.

 

The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by the state police and do not include incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies responded.

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

 

 

 

 

 

CWD NOT FOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA HUNTER-KILLED DEER SAMPLES

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2010 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. 


In 2010, 3,882 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected.  This marked the ninth year for testing hunter-killed deer.  In total, nearly 30,000 deer have been tested.  CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years.


Results showing that the CWD tests of hunter-killed elk from 2010 were all negative were announced on Jan. 5.


The CWD tests on deer and elk samples were conducted by the New Bolton Center, which is the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory.  Under a contract with Penn State University, the elk samples also were tested for brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis and found to be free of those diseases.

 


Officials say while the test results are good news the commission says it must continue to be vigilant in its CWD surveillance efforts.  CWD has been found less than 10 miles away from the Pennsylvania  border in Maryland, which is likely to be part of the spread of the disease from West Virginia. 


The Game Commission is  planning to continue testing hunter-killed deer and elk during the 2011-12 seasons. Surveillance will be  by sampling road-killed deer adjacent to Maryland and investigating every clinically suspect deer that time and budget allow


For more information on CWD and the state’s CWD-prevention plan, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar in the banner at the top of the page, then click on “Wildlife Diseases Home,” and choose “Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).” Additional information on CWD can be found on the CWD Alliance’s website (www.cwd-info.org).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 25, 2011

Sunday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 48; .37” rain (Weekend total on Fishing Creek was 1.45”)

 

One-person was killed and two others were critically injured in a collision this morning on Route 219 in Jones Township, Elk County. State police at Ridgway say the collision occurred at about 6:40 am when a northbound GMC Jimmy driven by 19 year old Jordan Johnston of Glen Campbell, PA crossed the center line and hit a southbound Chevrolet Silverado driven by Craig Stanley of Wilcox.  The impact pushed the Chevy backwards. It came to rest with the right side tires up on top of some guardrails. The GMC rotated about 180 degrees and came to rest in the center of the highway.  Both drivers and a passenger in the GMC, 21 year old Michael Sanders of Marion Center, PA were all taken to Elk Regional Medical Center where Johnston was pronounced dead. Police said all three men were wearing seatbelts.  

 

 A Mansfield woman is being cited for careless driving following a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on the Susquehanna Trail in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police said 26 year old Chelsea Fenstermacher was headed south when she fell asleep at the wheel of her 2000 Jeep Cherokee causing it to go off the road and strike a mailbox. The Jeep traveled for another 35 fee before it hit a tree, shearing it off. The unit continued another 25 feet before coming to rest. 

 

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a mailbox Sunday morning at around 9:15 am on Canoe Camp Creek Road in Richmond Township. The unknown unit was going south when it went off the road for about 51’, then hit a mailbox, continued along the road for another 81 fee before colliding with a tree. The vehicle then continued another 90 feet before re-entering the road and leaving the scene southbound.

 

A couple of area residents have been cited for DUI. Laura Krise, 48, of Ridgway was arrested early Friday morning after troopers pulled her over at the intersection of Main and Broad Streets in Ridgway after she was allegedly observed committing a traffic violation.  Jason Bump, 25, of Wellsboro was arrested after Mansfield-based state police stopped him on Route 287 north of Antrim Road in Delmar Township early Saturday morning. State police also  claim Bump was observed committing a traffic violation. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for chemical testing.

 

Coudersport-based state police are looking for the people involved in a shouting match at about 2:30 am last Thursday in the Coudersport Jubilee parking lot.  Those involved left the scene before police arrived and anyone with information is asked to call the Denton Hill Barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

Cody Masti, 25 of Savona, NY has been cited for public drunkenness in connection to an incident occurring last Wednesday night on Tannery Hill Road at the Osceloa and Farmington Township line in Tioga County.  Troopers say Masti was under the influence of alcohol and created a hazard when he caused a disturbance with ambulance personnel who were taking him to a hospital.

 

The theft of some copper tubing from a Wharton Township camp is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Sometime between noon April 10 and noon April 16, thieves cut about 30 feet of 3/8” copper tubing connected to gas lights in a camp owned by David Casbeer of Linden, PA and Michael Casbeer of Lawrenceville, PA. No value of the tubing was provided but police are asking anyone who has information to contact them at 814-274-8690.

 

State police at Mansfield are probing a few recent thefts occurring in Tioga County. Sometime since the first of the year, thieves stole an oxy-acetylene torch set, two full face motorcycle helmets, and a kitchen chair belonging to Robert Gulliver of Blossburg.  Thieves kicked in doors at a camp on Merrick Hill Road in Chatham Township Thursday morning causing an estimated $400 in damage in the process.  Several items were taken from the camp owned by Michael Rosenthal of Princeton, NJ.  Thieves took a Ryobi drill set from the home of Samuel Gehr on Hills Creek Road in Middlebury Township sometime late last month. 

 

Nathan Benjamin, 23, of Eldred was arrested early this morning by Kane-based state police who claim he punched out a rear window in a 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada owned by Justin Benjamin of Smethport just before 2:00 am in the Valley Inn Bar Parking lot.

 

In news from around the region, the investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire which resulted in $750,000 in damage to the Beaver Grove Plaza in DuBois Friday morning.  There were no injuries.  Businesses at the single story strip mall included FlatIrons Development, Commercial Radio Systems, Gruda Chiropractic, Puxnstuawney Sleep Center, and Stellabuto’s Everything Under One Roof.

 

 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has  announced that, just in time for the 2011 spring gobbler season, hunters can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the agency beginning today, Monday, April 25.  The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).


Officials say they  have found that harvest reporting rates have been declining for years, and they’re hoping hunters and trappers take advantage of this new system and become more active in wildlife management.


Hunters who use the toll-free number to submit a harvest report will receive a confirmation number. They should write down this number and keep it as proof of reporting.


Hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call, and that multiple harvests can be reported in a single call.  Callers should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvests, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.


Hunters and trappers can use the telephone reporting system during the 2011-12 seasons for deer, turkey, bobcat and fisher. Elk and bear hunters still will be required to present their harvest to check stations.


Other harvest reporting methods will remain in place. They are online reporting through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and the use of pre-paid postage cards that appear in the annual Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping digest that is provided free to each license buyer.

 

 

  

Charles Cole Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center is benefiting from two efforts.
The Bill Sallade Family recently presented a check for funds raised during the Fourth Annual Kathy Sallade Memorial 9-ball Pool Tournament held in February.

Mrs. Sallade loved pool and always thought of others before herself, even while undergoing cancer treatment. The annual tournament will continue to benefit PCCC patients. To donate toward the fund, contact CCMH’s fund development at 274-5204.

 

Photography by Elaine Appleby Russell that is for sale at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. All proceeds will be donated to the PCCC. As a cancer survivor, as well as having several friends and family have cancer, this is an issue close to her heart. Russell grew up in Coudersport, retired from nursing in 2003, and has been focusing on her art career since then. She graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 1990 and has been selling her work since 1986. Her work has been featured in several galleries, magazines, and publications throughout the US. Most recently, she was published in the book “365,” was featured in a show at the Charming Wall Gallery in New York City, and had a photograph featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Artful Blogging magazine. You can read more about her at www.moongipsies.blogspot.com.
 

 

Vernon R. Ingham, Sr., 86, of Clara, formerly of Coudersport, died Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a brief illness.     Born February 2, 1925 in Chester, he was a son of Herbert V. and Gladys Caples Ingham.  On November 11, 1982 in Coudersport, he married the former Beverly A. Albney, who died on May 16, 2009.     Mr. Ingham attended Upper Pottstown High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving as a seaman/deck foreman on the USS Yosemite AD-19 from 1944 to 1946.      Prior to the war, he was employed by the former Pine Forge Steel Company in Pine Forge, by Mrs. Smith’s Pie Company in Pottstown and by West Motor Freight Company as a truck driver in Boyertown.  After the war he was employed by Walter F. Schwab Oil Company in Pottstown for 27 years and later by General Supply Company in Pottstown.  After moving to Coudersport, he owned and operated the former Center Arco.  He was later employed by Jones Motor Freight in Spring City in building maintenance.

     Mr. Ingham was an avid hunter, enjoyed working in his gardens, and loved animals.

     Surviving are seven children: Sandra L. (Joseph) Pereni of Pottstown, Joyce (Marvin) Rosen of Chester Springs, Sharon (John) Semet of Boyertown, Vicki (George) Dallas of Pottstown, Vern (Cathy) Ingham of Phoenixville, Jace (Michelle) Ingham of Elizabethtown, and Scott (Teena) Ingham of  Waynesboro, VA; thirteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  

     In addition to his wife, Mr. Ingham was predeceased by his parents.

     Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 9 to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held.  The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard, pastor of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle, will officiate.  Burial will be in Clara Cemetery.

     Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Tuesday.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle, 1127 Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

     

 

 

 

April 22, 2011

Thursday’s high, 43; Overnight low, 26; No precipitation

 

Chesapeake Energy Corp. SAYS  that crews have reduced the flow of chemical-laced water from its out-of-control well in Bradford County. According to company spokesman, Brian Grove, the exact cause of Tuesday night's breach is unknown, but that it's located in a wellhead connection. Thousands of gallons of drilling fluids were spilled. They escaped containment, crossed over farm fields and went into a stream. Grove says initial testing of area waterways has shown "minimal impact, if any." A company specializing in well capping, Boots and Coots, of Texas, is on the scene and is working to kill the well. They are reportedly in the process of setting up a mechanical system, which is pumping material such as old rubber tires and other plastic material into the well. After that phase is finished, they will pump heavy mud into the well. DEP officials said that if the combination works effectively it will plug the well. A total of eight homes are near the well site. There was no mandatory evacuation, however.

 

An Austin woman is being charged with theft and receiving stolen property for an incident allegedly taking place between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm Tuesday at Sweden Valley Manor.  Troopers claim 20 year old Victoria Elwood took a cell phone belonging to Stephanie Dubots of Port Allegany and began placing calls. She, then, allegedly took the phone home and failed to return it to the owner.

 

Coudersport-based state police are investigating yet another ID theft. Authorities say someone used debit card information belonging to David Alward, Jr. of Coudersport to make recent unauthorized purchases.

                                                                                             

A couple of camp burglaries discovered this week in Potter County are being probed by state police at the Denton Hill barracks.  Sometime since December 2, criminals forced their way into a detached garage at a camp on the Downey Road in Hector Township owned by Edward Berger of Slatington, PA and smashed beer bottles over equipment. They then stole a helmet, ATV, five used rims with tires and four five gallon  cans filled with gasoline.  The thieves also took about a face cord of cut firewood and while on the property, set the five tires and ATV on fire and dumped the machine into a property on the pond. No estimate of damage was given by police.

 

Troopers are also seeking information about those responsible for  a burglary at a camp on Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township occurring sometime since December 2. Thieves broke a window and unlocked a door at the cam owned by Frank McCardell of Strasburg.  Anyone with information  about either incident

Is asked to call state police  at 814-274-8690.

 

A Westfield man is being charged for violating a protection from abuse order for an incident allegedly taking place early Wednesday morning in Knoxville. State police claim 20 year old Nikki Lee Rushmore contacted 18 year old Brooke Hurler via cell phone in violation of a PFA already in place.

 

Emporium-based state police have charged Lisa Putt of that town with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection to an incident occurring just before 3:00 am on the morning of April 14.  Troopers content they were called to 112 S. Broad Street on a complaint of loud noise and found Putt yelling at another person. She allegedly refused to stop shouting when the police requested she do so.

 

A criminal mischief  and theft in Gibson township, Cameron County is under investigation by state police at Emporium. Sometime last week, thieves pried open a shed door at a camp on Wycoff Run Road owned by Richard Helm of Green Lane and stole a post hole digger. Estimated loss is $30.

 

The theft of some items from a truck in Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Thieves took a Kobolt low profile tool box, snow boarding boots and an extension cord from the bed of a truck owned by Scott Mondock of Lawrenceville while it was parked at Hackett and Sons Service Center on Route 49 in Nelson Township. The theft occurred beteen 5:30 pm Tuesday and 2:30 pm Wednesday.

 

A Salamanca, NY man has been arrested by Coudersport-based state police  for DUI and numerous other offenses. Troopers say they pulled 40 year old Michael Gross over at around 7:30 Wednesday night near the intersection of Route 6 and the West Main Street entrance in Roulette when he was observed committing a traffic violation.

    

 

An additional 2,069 acres of prime farmland on 18 farms has been permanently protected through the state’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program, according to an announcement by acting Agriculture Secretary George Greig.

 

The latest farms to be approved by the Pennsylvania Agricultural Preservation Board are in Allegheny, Berks, Centre, Chester, Erie, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Perry, Schuylkill, Tioga and York counties.  The Tioga County farm is a 217 beef and crop operation owned by Mark Seeley.

 

During the program’s 23-year history, 450,525 acres on 4,157 farms have been safeguarded for future generations.

 

The state’s farmland preservation efforts work through the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program, which was developed in 1988 to help slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. The program enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland.

 

Since the program’s inception, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.1 billion to preserve farms.

 

For more information about Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “farmland preservation.”

 

 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati re-introduced legislation that would allow for the transfer of excess funds in the legislative reserve account back into the general fund.

According to Scarnati, Senate Bill 1000 will retain sufficient funds in the legislative reserve account in case of emergencies or a budget impasse in order to allow for the continuation of government business.  Under the legislation, funds in excess will be returned to the general fund. The legislation would transfer prior year legislative funds that remain unexpended, uncommitted, or unencumbered, and that exceed a four-month reserve.  Senate Bill 1000 has 30 co-sponsors, and has received bi-partisan support.

 

    

Work on Bradley Run Bridge Begins Monday on Clara Road in Potter County will be closed starting Monday, April 25, as work gets underway to replace the structure. The bridge spans Bradley Run on T-530 (Clara Road) in the area of Clara Hill. A detour will be in place, using the following township roads:  T-530 (Clara Road), T-343 (West Carley Hill) and T-336 (Moffit Road). PennDOT expects the closure and detour to be in place through June.  

Crews will be working to replace the current steel beam bridge with a new, single-span steel beam bridge. This bridge replacement is part of a $$4.4 million bridge preservation contract for 21 bridges in three counties (9 in Potter County, 1 in Cameron County and 11 in Clearfield County).  Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor for this bridgework.

 

The 15-foot, Bradley Run Bridge was built in 1937 and carries an average of 142 vehicles per day.

 

  

Pennsylvania State Police Make Record Number of DUI Arrests in 2010

 

Pennsylvania State Police made a record number of arrests for driving under the influence in 2010, while the number of alcohol-related crashes investigated by troopers dropped slightly, according to  Commissioner Frank Noonan.

 

Troopers made 17,695 DUI arrests in 2010, an increase of nearly 5 percent over the 16,900 DUI arrests reported the previous year. It was the ninth consecutive year in which the number of DUI arrests by state police increased.

 

The number of alcohol-related crashes investigated by troopers decreased from 4,625 in 2009 to 4,595 last year, Noonan said.

 

Noonan said the expansion of the department’s drug recognition expert program and continuation of its Operation Nighthawk program are playing a role in the growing number of DUI arrests by troopers. Other factors include the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s continuing commitment to allocating funds to state police for DUI enforcement and his department’s partnership with the Pennsylvania DUI Association.

 

The drug recognition expert program trains troopers and municipal police officers to identify drivers operating under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs and other substances.

 

Drug recognition experts last year conducted 1,450 drug influence evaluations, a 29-percent increase over the 1,118 evaluations conducted in 2009.

 

Noonan said 70 troopers and 22 municipal police officers in Pennsylvania have been certified as drug recognition experts since 2004.

 

The department’s Operation Nighthawk program provides troopers and municipal police officers with classroom training regarding DUI-related issues on two consecutive evenings. The officers then immediately take part in roving patrols to identify and arrest operators who are under the influence. Operation Nighthawk programs were conducted in Berks, Fayette and Lancaster counties last year.

 

While state police and municipal police have ramped up their anti-DUI efforts in recent years, Noonan said the responsibility to end all DUI-related crashes and fatalities ultimately rests with individual drivers.

 

 

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

 

 

April 21, 2011

Wednesday's high, 64;   Overnight low, 33; Trace of precipitation

Penn State study assesses state taxes on Marcellus Shale production.
The ongoing utilization of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits has the state weighing the pros and cons of taxing the drilling activity. A study recently released by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences used state tax information in an effort to begin an objective analysis of the drilling's impact on local economies and state tax collection.

The research, summarized in a four-page booklet titled, "State Tax Implications of Marcellus Shale: What the Pennsylvania Data Say in 2010," compared counties where there is Marcellus Shale drilling and production activity with non-Marcellus counties. The study was authored by Timothy Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics and Penn State Extension state program leader for economic and community development, and Charles Costanzo, an undergraduate student majoring in Community, Environment and Development.

Data is drawn from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's report, "2010 Wells Drilled by County as of 02/11/2011," as well as from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's "Personal Income Statistics for 2007 and 2008" and its "Tax Compendium (2007-2008 through 2009-2010) with Statistical Supplements."

Kelsey said while it's still early in the natural gas drilling process, the analysis indicates that Marcellus Shale development brings some positive economic activity for communities.

The study found that state sales tax collections were up by an average of 11 percent in counties with major Marcellus activity, while collections dropped an average of more than 6 percent in counties without any Marcellus. Sales tax collections are an indicator that retail sales are booming in Marcellus counties.

"Tax revenues are only one side of finances, however, so this analysis only considers half of the issue," Kelsey said. "The impact of Marcellus drilling on state and local government costs is yet unclear, so it is too early to understand the overall impact of Marcellus on the state government.

"This state tax analysis does not indicate the impact of Marcellus development on local government and school district tax collections, since royalty and leasing income is exempt from the local earned income tax, and local jurisdictions cannot levy sales taxes."

Kelsey said researchers wanted to find out if state tax records could yield objective financial data on how local economies are being affected by Marcellus Shale development.

Kelsey explained that the booklet can help the average citizen to understand that Marcellus Shale development is having a discernable economic impact on residents and in communities.

Kelsey stresses that, because the study focuses only on state tax collection, it doesn't support assumptions about local tax changes. He points out that local governments don't have the option of a sales tax, and that the personal income tax increases seen in the study are largely the result of leasing and royalty income, which are both exempted from earned-income tax.

"So we know from this analysis that state revenues are going up, but we don't know if local tax revenues are increasing or decreasing as a result of the activity," he said. "That's a huge caveat."

Single copies of "State Tax Implications of Marcellus Shale" can be obtained free of charge by Pennsylvania residents through county Penn State Extension offices or by contacting the College of Agricultural Sciences Publications Distribution Center at (814) 865-6713 or by e-mail at AgPubsDist@psu.edu. For cost information on out-of-state or bulk orders, contact the Publications Distribution Center. The publication also is available on the Web at http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/ua468.pdf.

 Bradford County emergency officials say thousands of gallons of tainted water have spilled from a Chesapeake Energy Corp. well site near Canton since early Wednesday.

rancis Roupp , deputy director of the county Emergency Management Agency, said that the well was being hydraulically fractured when something went wrong. He says the fluids have reached a small stream but that "no adverse effects" have been reported.Brian Grove, director of corporate development, for Chesapeake issued the following statement:“At approximately 11:45 p.m. on April 19, an equipment failure occurred during well-completion activities, allowing the release of completion fluids from a well at a location in Leroy Township, Bradford County, Pa.There are no injuries reported, nor was there an explosion or fire.

A 39 year old Osceola, PA fugitive from justice has been taken into custody.  Tommy Causer was apprehended Wednesday morning by Mansfield-based state police on a warrant from Steuben County New York.  Troopers were assisted by Elkland and Westfield Borough Police departments and the Steuben County Sheriff’s department. Authorities did not reveal the nature of the warrant.

Coudersport-based state police have charged 24 year old Derek Stout of East Second Street, Coudersport with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at 53 Elk Street.  Troopers say Stout was asked to leave a residence at around 2:00 am during a going away party. After departing, Stout reportedly became enraged and repeatedly punched and kicked a vehicle owned by Jan Miller of Manchester, PA and made loud and unreasonable noises causing a neighbor to call police.

Teen driver wrecks car while changing radio stations. Mansfield-based state police over night released details about a one-vehicle accident late last Friday night on Route 15 in Covington, Township. Troopers said a 16 year old boy from Covington lost control of his Subaru Impreza when he reached down to change radio stations. The car went onto the berm, struck a guard rail and spun around several times before coming to rest. The driver escaped injury but a 17 year old male passenger received minor injuries. The teen driver will be cited for failing to drive at a safe speed.

A Wisconsin resident has been sentenced in Potter County. Judge Stephen Minor has sentenced 24 year old Stephen Imboden of Port Washington, WI  to two years on probation, a fine of $500.00 and 25 hours of community service for simple assault and a $25 fine. Imboden was also ordered to pay a $25.00 fine for  harassment. Imboden recently pleaded guilty to the crimes. According to Potter County DA Andy Watson who prosecuted the case,  Imobed was arrested on June 27, 2010 after state police were called to a home in Coudersport borough on a report of assault. Upon arriving at the scene troopers talked to the victim who had obvious injuries to his face, and were advised that Imoben had entered the victim’s bedroom and attacked him by striking him several times in the face and head.  A second witness at the scene confirmed that Stephen Imboden was the person who attacked the victim.

Thomas Carlis CARY, 66, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in his home.  Born January 29, 1945, in Annapolis, MD, he was the son of Harold J. and Marie D. Pennington Cary.  On October 25, 1963, in Westfield, he married the former Joyce M. Abplanalp, who survives.  He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand, worked on construction, and was an apartment manager in the Reading, PA area for 23 years.  Carlis was an avid hunter, fisherman, and NASCAR fan.  Surviving besides his wife, Joyce, are:  his mother, Marie Cary of Westfield;  two sons, Thomas (Tracy) Cary of Candor, NY and Kevin (Jen) Cary of Kunkletown, PA;  three granddaughters, Katie Cary, Kirsten Cary, and Samantha Cary;  a brother, Joseph (Barbara) Cary of Stockton, NJ;  a sister, Flora (Marvin) Rogers of Sherrills Ford, NC;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.    In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, W. James Cary.  Friends may call at the Potter Brook Peoples Church, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM.  The Rev. David Aungst will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

April 19, 2011

Monday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 37; .35” rain

  

A popular summer youth employment  program has been cancelled this year throughout the region according to Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover who reported the change at the April 11 commissioners’ meeting.  But, she said, there is some good news as the successful “Educator In the Workplace” program is being revived. School districts in each of the six counties making up the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission area will be given money to send two teachers into a local industry to learn more about what takes place there and what courses can be instituted to help students prepare for related careers. Commissioner Kefover reported there is also some good news for the region’s unemployed and employers. Letters are being sent to everyone who has been unemployed for 22 weeks or more. If an area employer hires them, the employer will be reimbursed for the training period. Commissioner Kefover said more information will be forthcoming.

 

A  New York  state driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning on Mack Roaqd near the intersection of West Hll Road in Covington Township, Tioga County. State police said Ezekiel Thompson of Apalachin was going east when several deer came onto the highway in front of his Ford F-150. Thompson was unable to avid hitting a doe with the right front end.
The pick up skidded into loose gravel, then ran over a road sign and struck a log before coming to rest. The truck could not be driven from the scene. Thompson was wearing a seatbelt.

  

State police at Coudersport have charged 25 year old Jason Coy of Seward, PA with DUI after pulling him over for alleged traffic violations on the West Branch Road in West Branch Township last Friday night.  Charges are being filed with District Judge Delores Bristol.

 

 A Buffalo, NY man has been arrested on harassment charges for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last Wednesday morning at a home located at 33 state street in Lawrenceville. State police claim Jeffrey Southard, Jr., 24 grabbed a 26 year old woman and choked her, causing red marks on her neck.

 

Coudersport-based state police are investigating the theft of some money from a pick up truck parked at Downey’s Restaurant in Ulysses Sunday night.  Thieves reached into a 2010 Toyota Tacoma owned by Bessie McPherson of Ulysses after 10:00 pm and took a known amount of currency from an inside compartment.

 

A criminal mischief at a house on the Teed Hollow Road in Hector Township, Potter County is being probed by state police at Coudersport. Sometime since December 1, 2010, vandals discharged a firearm causing $1,000 in damage to windows, a door, vinyl siding and dry wall at the house owned by Ethel Doble of Pilesgrove, NJ.

 

State police at Ridgway are continuing their investigation into a couple of recent thefts.  Someone used a gas card belonging to Burke’s Home Center, St. Marys to purchase $700 worth of gasoline between December 10, 2010 and February 16 2011. A 44 year old Punxsutawney woman is accused of theft of services after leaving the Summit Manor Motel on Route 219 Monday afternoon without paying for $67.10 worth of food and merchandise.  Police did not release the suspect’s name.

 

 

 

April 18, 2011

Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 27; trace of precip.

 

GAME COMMISSION RELEASES OFFICIAL 2010 BEAR HARVEST  

 

HARRISBURG – According to official 2010 bear harvest figures released fRIDAY by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,090, which included 269 bears during the first-ever, five-day statewide archery bear season and 2,821 bears during the statewide three-day season, which included a Saturday-opener. 


This harvest ranks fifth among Pennsylvania’s annual bear harvests.  In 2005, hunters set a record harvest of 4,164 bears
.  Other recent harvests were: 3,512 in 2009; 3,458 in 2008; 2,360 in 2007; 3,122 in 2006; 2,972 in 2004; 3,000 in 2003; 2,686 in 2002; 3,063 in 2001; and 3,075 in 2000.


In all, 11 bears taken by hunters weighed 600 pounds or more, further illustrating Pennsylvania’s status as a major bear hunting destination.  


The bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) for both seasons (archery and  3-day), including 2009’s harvest results in parentheses, were: WMU 1A, 11 (8); WMU 1B, 42 (36); WMU 2A, 1 (0); WMU 2C, 307 (247); WMU 2D, 146 (128); WMU 2E, 94 (77); WMU 2F, 202 (282); WMU 2G, 894 (1,027); WMU 3A, 199 (255); WMU 3B, 234 (292); WMU 3C, 118 (73); WMU 3D, 284 (276); WMU 4A, 135 (125); WMU 4B, 55 (43); WMU 4C, 90 (141); WMU 4D, 245 (442); WMU 4E, 31 (58); and WMU 5C, 2 (1).


Bears were taken in 54 counties. In 2008 and 2009, bears were taken in 54 counties and, in 49 counties in 2007. Harvest by county and region, with 2009’s figure in parenthesis, were:

 

Northwest: Venango, 57 (33); Warren, 54 (101); Clarion, 49 (48); Forest, 47 (60); Jefferson, 34 (59); Crawford, 10 (8); Butler, 12 (13); Mercer, 2 (3); and Erie, 3 (0).

 

Southwest: Fayette, 101 (72); Somerset, 83 (72); Westmoreland, 62 (65); Armstrong, 56 (44); Indiana, 43 (33); and Cambria, 18 (19).

 

Northcentral: Clinton, 250 (295); Lycoming, 230 (280); Tioga, 184 (217); Clearfield, 182 (135); Potter, 148 (181); Cameron, 138 (214); Centre, 119 (148); McKean, 92 (142); Elk, 89 (121); and Union, 46 (51).

 

Southcentral: Huntingdon, 95 (110); Bedford, 84 (65); Mifflin, 43 (64); Blair, 31 (44); Juniata, 19 (33); Snyder, 19 (23); Perry, 17 (8); Fulton, 11 (16); Franklin, 8 (5); and Cumberland, 1 (0).

 

Northeast: Pike, 134 (117); Wayne, 93 (49); Monroe, 69 (77); Luzerne, 58 (56); Sullivan, 57 (68); Susquehanna, 41 (30); Bradford, 38 (74); Carbon, 35 (66); Wyoming, 22 (44); Lackawanna, 19 (32); Columbia, 20 (27); Northumberland, 3 (6); and Montour, 1 (1).

 

Southeast: Schuylkill, 27 (37); Dauphin, 20 (24); Lebanon, 7 (8); Berks, 2 (7); and Northampton, 7 (5).

 

 

 

State police at Mansfield investigated a trio of crashes over the weekend. Joshua Baker of Knoxville escaped injury Friday afternoon when his Jeep Grand Cherokee wrecked on the Swing Gate Road in Chatham Township. Baker was going south down a hill when he swerved to allow room for another vehicle and his Jeep went onto the soft berm and hit a ditch. When Baker over corrected, the Jeep went to the other side of the road, hit another ditch and rolled over. Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Saturday morning on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers said 23 year old Walter Hanson was headed north just after 7:00 am when he nodded off and allowed his Mercury Sable to  cross to the other lane were it sideswiped a southbound Chevrolet K1500 driven by Benjamin Cruz-Barragan of Mansfield. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. A 17 year old Wellsboro girl also escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Saturday evening on Maple Hill Road in Charleston Township. State police said the teen driver swerved to miss adder, causing her Mazda to go onto the berm, strike an embankment and overturn. Police said all of the drivers were wearing seatbelts.

 

 

Several area residents  have been charged with harassment for separate recent incidents. Jason Severance, 36 of Wilcox was arrested last Tuesday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a 35 year old woman during an argument at a Jones Township residence. A 15 year old Blossburg boy is charged for hitting 35 year old Rebecca Wilcox of that town in the face with a closed hand Saturday afternoon during an argument. Thomas Pritt, 28 of Austin is charged with harassment for a fight taking place on the night of April 10 outside the Bomb Shelter Bar on the Barkshanty Road. Troopers say Pritt approached 18 year old Charles Goff and punched him three times in the left side of his face. Robert Nortum, 56 of Roulette is accused of subjecting a 15 year old girl to unwanted physical contact during an argument Friday morning between 7:00 and 7:20 am at his residence on Oak Lane.

 

 

 

The theft of a handgun from a James City residence is under investigation by Ridgway-based state police. The gun belonging to Richard Clevenger was taken between 2:30 and 6:20 pm this past Sunday.

 

State police at Kane are investigating a criminal mischief occurring between 4:00 pm Friday and 9:30 am Saturday on South Settlement Road in Wetmore Township. Vandals damaged the driver’s side window in a 2008 Ford F-350 truck owned by PennDot.

 

 

 


With warmer weather here, outdoors enthusiasts turn out to go trout fishing, gobbler hunting, hiking, mountain biking, camping, canoeing and more -- they will be greeted by sun and fun and at least one dangerous pest:

Blacklegged ticks (commonly called "deer" ticks).

Carriers of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, they are a lot more common around the state than they used to be, according to an entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.


Lyme disease is a disorder that can cause a variety of symptoms, including a bull's-eye-like rash, fever, stiff neck, muscle aches and headaches. Left untreated, victims can suffer facial palsy, arthritis and even paralysis. It normally
is treated with antibiotics, but if not caught early, recovery can be slow and difficult.

The adult ticks can be active from fall through spring if temperatures remain above 28 F. Ticks in the nymphal (immature) stages are active in May, June and July. Nymphs will attach to mice, chipmunks, birds and other small animals. Adults typically attach to white-tailed deer or other large mammals. While awaiting a suitable host, the ticks usually are found on leaf litter or low branches in brushy, wooded areas.Experts  recommend avoiding tick-infested areas, especially in May, June and July when the nymphs are active. And he urges those who do go afield to take the following precautions when they are going to be in brushy areas:

--Wear light-colored clothing so that ticks can be spotted more easily.

--Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.

--Spray insect repellent containing DEET on clothes and on exposed skin other than the face, or treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact.

--Wear a hat and a long-sleeved shirt for added protection.

If a tick is found attached to a person, it should be removed by carefully grasping the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight back with a slow, steady force. Avoid crushing the tick's body. If you want the tick to be identified, place it in a small vial filled with rubbing alcohol and bring it to a county office of Penn State Extension.

 

To learn more about blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease, visit the Penn State Entomology Department's website at http://www.ento.psu.edu/Lyme/default.

 

 

Danta Louis “Dan” Galeotti, 74, of Austin, PA, passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 16, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

     Born July 27, 1936 in Austin, he was a son of Louis H. and Rose B. Majot Galeotti.  On July 15, 1974 in Austin, he married Doreen Benedict, who survives.

     Mr. Galeotti attended the Austin Area School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran having serving at the end of the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant.    He, along with his wife, owned and operated Galeotti’s Restaurant in Austin for over 43 years.

     He was a life member of Austin Post #7810 V.F.W., a life member of Potter Post #192 American Legion in Coudersport, and a life member of Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association  in Geneva, NY.  Mr. Galeotti was a member and past president of the Tioga-Potter County Tavern Association and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, having owned his own airplane.

     Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Laurie A. Galeotti of Phoenix, Arizona and Lettie R. Marinaro of Buffalo, NY; a stepson, Carl A. Benedict of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a brother, Louis H. (Connie) Galeotti of Keating Summit; a sister, Margaret R. (Tom) Kamats of Emporium; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and his best friend, Bart Greeley, Jr. of Coudersport.

     Mr. Galeotti was predeceased by his parents.

     In keeping with Dan’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

     Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

     Arrangements are under the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

 

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2011

Thursday’s high, 59; Overnight low, 30; no precipitation

 

 

Anglers from across the state have been helping the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ( PFBC) stock more than one million adult trout in preparation for the traditional opening day Saturday April 16.
 

April 2 marked the regional opening day of trout in 18 southeastern counties.

Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state. About 50 percent are stocked before the opening days, 45 percent are stocked before the end of May and the remaining 5 percent are stocked in the winter.

About 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year. A resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at www.fishandboat.com.

In a new twist this year, the PFBC has scheduled the two Fish-for-Free Days on Memorial Day, May 30, and on Labor Day, Sept. 5. No fishing license is needed on either of the days.

To see if your favorite trout stream is being stocked this year, visit the Fish and Boat Commission website at www.fishandboat.com/stocking.

 

Coudersport-based state police have asked Black Forest Broadcasting News to pass along information about a fugitive who is wanted in McKean County for sexually assaulting an eight year old girl. Joseph William Chapman, 27, from Emporium escaped from the McKean County Jail prior to going on trial a few years ago. Authorities say he will prey on single women with young  children. He’s described as being  5’8” tall, weighs about 182 pounds, has blond or strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and his social security number is 165-64-5329. Anyone who knows of Chapman’s whereabouts is asked to call 570-279-1242.

 

Two drivers were hurt in a work zone collision Thursday morning on Route 219 a half mile north of Johnsonburg  in Elk County. State police say Ronald Feldbauer Jr. and Jean Eaozzo were stopped in the northbound lane of the work zone when Cari Fero of Johnsoburg failed to stop and allowed her Pontiac Grand Prix to run into the back of the Eozzo Ford Explorer which then struck Feldbauer’s Chevrolet Tracker.   Feldebauer nd Eoazzo were taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Fero was unhurt.

 

State police at Mansfield have released details about several recent accidents in their district. Jason Blanton, of Tatlor, Michigan received minor injuries Wednesday morning when his 2011 HTT8690 wrecked on Route 660 in Richmond Township. Blanton told police that he steered to the right after coming through a curve when he saw a tractor trailer in his lane. The sports car went off the road and on a soft shoulder, hit a fence and a utility pole and came to rest about 50 feet later with electric and other wires landing on top.  Blanton had to remain inside until the lines could be de-energized. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment.

 

Moderate injuries were reported for 26 year old Zachary Lawson of Westfield following a one-vehicle accident last Saturday morning on the North Fork Rod in Brookfield Township. Troopers said Lawson told them he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle coming out of a curve and his Chevrolet S-10 went off the road, traveled for about 126 feet, came back onto the road, went off the other side, traveled through some grass for about 39 feet, crossed an 18 ft. driveway, continued across the grass on the north side of the driveway, then continued for another 66 feet before hitting a natural gas meter and a house. The pick-up bounce off the house and struck a swimming pool where it came to rest.  Lawson was taken to Arnot-Ogden Hospital by ambulance.

 

Steven Copley of Wellsboro escaped injury when his Subaru Forester spun off of Catlin Hollow Road in Charleston Township Monday night and landed in a swamp. Copley was headed north when he swerved to avoid two bags of trash on the road.

 

 Harassment charges have been filed against 23 year old Christopher Caldwell of Turtlepoint for an incident allegedly taking place late last Saturday night on the Lower Grimes Road in Liberty Township. State police claim Caldwell punched 19 year old William Lowman about the head and face during an argument.

 

Coudersport-based state police are looking for information about a stolen car recovered near the Genesee Baseball Field Wednesday morning.  Their investigation found that the 1998 Gray  Chevrolet 1500 pickup belongs to Mark Copp of Whitesville and was taken sometime since April 3.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

Two Cowanesque Valley  Students are being prosecuted through the Tioga County Juvenile Probation for illegal drug possession. State police claim the students were found to be in possession of Vicodin tablets Tuesday morning for which they did not have a prescription.

 

Work to replace the Annin Creek Bridge on Route 155 in Annin Township will begin Monday, April 18. The bridge spans Annin Creek near the village of Turtle Point in McKean County.  During replacement work, traffic will use a temporary run-around near the work site.

 

Project work includes replacing the current bridge with a new, one-span, concrete beam bridge, approach and roadway paving, guide rail installation, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction. All work is weather dependent.

 

L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.4 million project. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to traffic in early December.

 

 

 

 

 

April 14, 2011

Wednesday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 30; .05” of rain (.09” on Fishing Creek)

 A Westfield resident has been committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of a total of $525,000 bail for three thefts occurring since late November.  Coudersport based state police say their investigation into a burglary at the Galeton Borough Building and Police department on March 24 determined that 26 year old Jason Morgan was responsible.  Troopers claim Morgan entered the building by breaking a window and then forced his way into the borough offices. He then allegedly forced his way into the police department and later in a secured evidence room within the department.  Police say Morgan then stole drugs, valued at $180.00 from closed cases, which were pending destruction.  Morgan reportedly caused $200 in damage to the building. State police say during the course of their investigation into that burglary, they learned that the Westfield Borough Police department had also been forcibly entered and drugs pending destruction, quarters and a knife were taken from that department.  Morgan was arraigned before District Judge Delores Bristol on two counts each of burglary, possession of a controlled substance, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and one count of criminal mischief. Judge Bristol set bail at $500,000. The investigation was conducted by state police at Couderpsort, Galeton and Westfield borough police departments, Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and the Troop F Forensic Unit. Morgan was also arraigned on one felony  count each of theft and receiving stolen property for a theft occurring between November 25, 2010 and February 12, 2011 at the home of his stepfather, Blaine Becker on Second Street in Harrison Valley. Police say Morgan was staying at Becker’s home when he stole two guns, an H & R .22 cal. revolver and a 357 magnum rifle.  Morgan is accused of selling the revolver for $120 and the rifle for $150. Both weapons were subsequently recovered by state police who say no further information will be released regarding all three incidents so as not to jeopardize any other pending investigations.

A criminal mischief occurring at about 6:30 pm April 5th in Hebron Township is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Troopers say an individual was seen using a chain to remove a road sign with his vehicle from the Tennessee Road near the Route 44 intersection. The truck is described as being a green colored dually pick up with a fuel tank or tool box in the bed. Damage is estimated to be $100 and anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

 The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) applauds Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Joseph Scarnati for his support of conservation districts by dedicating a portion of his proposed impact fee legislation to help fund them.  Senator Scarnati recently reported his intent to introduce legislation creating an impact fee for Marcellus shale activities at a Tioga County Conservation District legislative meeting.  “We need to support conservation districts as they strive to protect and preserve our natural resources,” Scarnati stated.Conservation districts help people and communities by offering technical assistance and educational guidance on the wise use of natural resources.   Districts work with private individuals and organizations as well as public agencies to implement practices intended to protect soil, water and air.Robert Maiden, PACD Executive Director, said, “Senator Scarnati understands the importance of the local conservation districts in 66 Pennsylvania counties.  His support of funding for these important organizations in his impact fee proposal will help ensure our Commonwealth’s natural resources for generations to come.” “Conservation district activities and assistance are vital to the local communities in the counties I represent and all other areas of the Commonwealth,” Scarnati concluded.  “My proposal to fund conservation districts through a portion of an enacted impact fee will serve Pennsylvania citizens well.”

PACD, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization representing Pennsylvania's 66 conservation districts. For more information on the PACD visit www.pacd.org.

 

Wednesday April 13, 2011

Tuesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 38; .25” rain 

  

Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and the Pennsylvania Tourism offices and other agencies are gearing up for a four-year observance Governor Tom Corbett helped to launch Pennsylvania’s observance of the during a ceremony yesterday. “The Civil War left an indelible mark on Pennsylvania, and the war could not have been won without the many sacrifices and contributions of its people,” Corbett said. “Nearly 338,000 Pennsylvanians fought and 33,000 died in the Civil War – a staggering number, especially when you consider Pennsylvania had fewer than 3 million residents when the war began.”

 

Waged from 1861-65, the Civil War resulted in more than 623,000 deaths and left hundreds of thousands of people injured.

 

The war erupted on April 12, 1861 in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor at the contested federal Fort Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln’s refusal to abandon the fort goaded impatient Confederates to open fire.

 

Fought in July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg was considered a major turning point and was the only major battle fought in Pennsylvania. More men fought and died in this decisive battle than in any other battle on American soil. A strong victory for the Union delivered a severe blow to the morale of the Confederacy. Other battles and skirmishes that took place in the state occurred at Hanover, Fairfield, Hunterstown and Monterey Pass.

 

Pennsylvania played a crucial role in the Union’s eventual victory. In addition to private fundraising by citizens, the state contributed vastly in terms of food, resources, and manufacturing. Pennsylvania farmers supplied food and fodder while its mines produced millions of tons of hard and soft coal. The industrial centers of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were especially important, supplying steamboats, locomotives, wagons, iron and weapons.

 

Pennsylvania Civil War 150 is the state’s official program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, 2011-2015. PA Civil War 150 is governed by a statewide alliance of history, heritage, arts and culture organizations convened by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Pennsylvania Heritage Society (PHS), the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania along with a number of partner organizations across the state.

 

PA Civil War 150 will include numerous activities and events at the regional and local levels through 2015.

 

Officials leading yesterday’s kickoff event also toured the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibition that will visit all 67 counties during the four-year anniversary period. The Road Show will introduce the compelling stories of the Civil War to Pennsylvanians from all walks of life and of all ages.

 

The Road Show will ask Pennsylvanians to add their own stories, documents and artifacts to a database traveling with the Road Show. These collections will be posted on www.PACivilWar150.com, ensuring the personal narratives of Pennsylvanians are recorded for future generations.

 

Learn more online at www.pacivilwar150.com.

 

If you are planning on touring the state as part of the Civil War observance or just plan on visiting some state parks, you might be interested to know that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a pilot program to allow Dogs Allowed to Stay with Owners in Select State Park Cabins.

 

Officials say ever year a number of visitors ask whether their dogs can stay with them at a state park cabin. The pilot program and will evaluate the success of the program for possible expansion. Pets are currently allowed to spend the night at designated sites in 47 state park campgrounds. 

 

The pilot program will apply only to dogs and will involve select cabins and camping cottages at seven state parks: Chapman, Warren County; Cowans Gap, Fulton County; Kooser, Somerset County; Poe Valley, Centre County; Prince Gallitzin, Cambria County; Promised Land, Pike County; and Pymatuning, Crawford County.

 

Dogs will not be allowed to be left alone in cabins and cottages. They also must be kept on a leash when in the park, and must stay in the areas designated for pets.

 

There will be a $5 fee added each night for the modern and rustic cabins and deluxe camping cottages, and a $2 nightly fee for a standard camping cottage. No more than two dogs will be permitted per cabin and other rules will apply.

 

Reservations for all state park overnight accommodations can be made online at www.visitPAParks.com or by calling toll-free at 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757).

 

 

The Coudersport Rotary Club is looking for host families to house
Felipe Herrera, a 16 year old boy from Chile. He  will be arriving in August to spend the school year in the Coudersport area.  The club is seeking host families to
house Felipe and show him some good Potter County hospitality. Host families provide room and board for our exchange students, and should
treat the exchange student as a family member.  Spending money is furnished by Rotary.  Felipe will be attending Coudersport Area junior Senior High
School.  Felipe is an active young man who enjoys team sports, especially soccer.  He is very musical and a guitar player as well. At home in Chile he
has a 12 year old sister.  His father is a police supervisor and his mother is a housewife.  He is in good health, although he is allergic to cats.

Felipe is very excited about coming to Coudersport.  He states that "I want to learn about a culture, which is totally different from my own, try new
things, meet new people, make friendships that will last, have unforgettable experiences, and also I want to learn languages."  He speaks English quite
well, having had 6 years of instruction.

Hosting a child from overseas offers local families a special opportunity to learn about a foreign culture and the customs of another country, as well a
chance to show this child what life is like here in rural Pennsylvania.  If you are interesting in hosting Felipe for part of the coming school year,
please contact any Coudersport Rotarian.  You may also contact Nancy Grupp or John Leete, the local club's Youth Exchange Officers, who coordinate the
exchange program.  Leet  can be reached at 274-7878 and Grupp at 274-8565.  Several local students will be taking part in the short term Rotary summer
exchange program for 2011, with Jason Bertrand traveling to Trapani, Sicily in Italy and Rachel Morris likely heading to Spain.  Katie Lowe, a senior at
Coudersport High School, will spend the next school year in Finland as a long term Rotary exchange student.  Coudy High student Chris Long is just
finishing up a successful Rotary exchange in Germany while Tony Capatch is having a wonderful Rotary exchange experience in Taiwan. The John Burgess
family has hosted Indonesian student Vania Rahardjo for the current school year. Don't miss the opportunity for your family to take part in this unique
and rewarding experience.

 

 

Students from Galeton High School have a variety of artwork on display at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center as part of the hospital’s Community Art Showcase.

 

The display includes ceramic mosaics, graphics, photography and paintings by students Mel Graber, Dom Basile, Tyler Beacker, Chris Cizek, Billie Jackson, Rachel Seeley, Shelly Mainus, Logan Smith, Chris Kirby, and Shiann Snyder. Their teacher is Alyson Leach.

 

The Community Art Showcase features artists for about six to eight weeks. The project has featured Jessie Vaughn, Karen Wolf , Pat Bosworth, Alyson Leach, Leslie Kelley, Suzan Richar, Curt Weinhold, Naomi Keller, Heather Chilson, Lindsey Francis, Maxine Shear, Mercedes Schwartz, Jody Osburn, Elizabeth Coyle, Megan Mesler, Jenna Maxson, Joan Stromberg and Elaine Russell.

 

 

 

 

 

A Wellsville, NY woman is being charged with two counts of writing bad checks to a Genesee business this past December.  Coudersport-based state police allege Tara Casey, 30, passed two checks to D & R Stove Sales from an account which had insufficient funds. Casey has apparently failed to make the checks good.

 

State police at Mansfield are continuing their investigation into a scam victimizing a 71 year old Westfield woman. Troopers say the victim responded to an advertisement for free puppies which required her to pay for shipping. The woman sent $650 by wire transfer to Cameroon Africa to pay for the transport of puppies from Ohio but they were never shipped.

 

 

 

 

April 12, 2011     Monday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 38; .07” rain

“Peepers” were heard last night on Fishing Creek for the first time this spring

 

Support for a gas well drilling impact fee continues to grow around the state according to Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel who recently discussed the concept with fellow county leaders at the convention of Pennsylvania’s association of County Commissioners. Heimel reported at last week’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners  that Senator Joe  Scarnati has expressed interest in the fee and as long as all of the right ingredients are in place the lawmaker says he will “champion” the issue. Scarnati and Governor Tom Corbett have been against a tax on the industry which they say would ultimately hurt employment in the region.  The gas severance tax touted by Governor Ed Rendell was defeated in the state legislature last fall. 

Urban counties such as Philadelphia, Dauphin  and Allegheny were salivating at the prospect of a gas severance tax because they would benefit from the tax revenues going into the state’s general fund. An impact fee would go directly to the municipalities where the drilling activity impacts infrastructure,  environment and lifestyle.

 

Mansfield based state police are investigating the recent  theft of some tools from a truck in Lawrence Township. Sometime between 6:00 pm April 2 and 8:00 am yesterday, thieves helped themselves to an electric grease gun, two socket sets, and a 20 ton bottle jack belonging to Charles Flexer of Williamsport  from his  work truck while it was  parked on Route 49 near the US Army Corps of Engineers South Shore Recreation Area. The tools are valued at about $700.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield Barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident last Wednesday morning in Hector Township, Potter county are being charged in district court. State police say the incident erupted when a 47year old Ulysses man refused to leave the Loucks Mills Road  home of a 42 year old woman between 7:30 and 8:00 am.  Troopers claim the man pushed the woman and grabbed her by the throat and that the woman pushed the man.  Both are being charged with harassment and the man with criminal trespass. Since it is considered a domestic violence incident and both are listed as victims, police refused to release names.

 

James Pearson, 22 of Wellsboro is being charged with harassment by Mansfield-based state police for an incident allegedly taking place during the evening of April 4. Troopers claim Pearson continued to call and text a 20 year old Mansfield woman after being told not to.

 

A criminal mischief occurring last Friday evening in the Mansfield Wal-Mart parking lot remains under investigation by state police there.  Vandals caused an estimated $500 in damage by scratching the driver’s side door and rear quarter panel on a 2003 Ford F350 owned by Allen Welch of Cottonwood, AZ.

 

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has  announced that it will suspend operations at its animal shelter in Wellsboro on April 30. Wendy Marano, public relations specialist in PSPCA headquarters in Philadelphia, said the Wellsboro shelter has stopped accepting animals. It had a capacity of 35 animals.
The Wellsboro facility faced annual budget deficits, she said. The deficit  in 2010 was slightly  more than $100,000 The loss for the two months ending Feb. 28 was nearly $30,000, according to Marano.

 

 

Pennsylvania’s latest effort to bolster highway safety, 11 state troopers and five municipal police officers have been certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as drug recognition experts, or DREs, Pennsylvania State Police acting Commissioner Frank Noonan has  announced.

 

The Program is a national effort to train police officers to determine when an individual has been driving under the influence of drugs and to identify the type of drug causing the impairment.The program also trains officers to recognize whether an individual is suffering from a medical condition rather than drug impairment  Officials say alcohol is the intoxicant most often responsible for impaired driving, but it’s not the only one that renders individuals incapable of safe driving. Drug Recognition Experts are trained to determine if a driver is under the influence of illegal drugs, prescription drugs or any other substance that impairs a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely.

 

Motorists should know that they may be incapable of driving safely and can be charged with driving under the influence after ingesting any intoxicating substance, whether the substance is legal or illegal, prescribed by a physician or purchased over the counter.

 

 

Since the program began, Pennsylvania DREs have conducted more than 4,000 evaluations of people believed to be impaired by substances other than alcohol. Last year alone, the DREs conducted 1,450 evaluations.

 

In about 39 percent of the cases, the motorists were determined to be under the influence of central nervous system depressant drugs such as alprazolam and diazepam. Other drugs identified in the evaluations included marijuana (38 percent), narcotic analgesic drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone (35 percent) and central nervous system stimulant drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines (12 percent).

 

In about 37 percent of the evaluations, the motorists were determined to be under the influence of more than one category of drugs, Andrascik said.

 

Troopers certified in March as DREs, include Tpr. Mathew J. Petrof, Tpr.  and Tpr. Theodore S. Race, Troop C, Kane.

 

For more information about Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2010

Sunday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 50; no precipitation

 

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively set for April 20 for a Bradford priest accused of felony counts of interference with the custody of children, concealment of the whereabouts of a child and related misdemeanors.  Samuel Slocum, 59 of Cyclone, accompanied by legal counsel, surrendered to state police at Kane Friday afternoon.  He was released on 10% of the $50,000 bail set by District Judge Richard Luther providing he have no contact with the alleged victim or his family and/or any minors.

 

One Coudersport man is charged with harassing another following an argument on the afternoon of April 4 at farm located along Dingman Run Road.  Troopers say Stacey Amidon and John Peet were engaged in a conversation at the farm when the discussion “became somewhat heated” and Amidon allegedly asked Peet to leave the farm and in so doing, grabbed and pushed Peet.  Amidon will be charged in Shinglehouse District Court.

 

Mansfield-based state police are looking for an intruder at a home along Packard Road in Covington Township Friday. An unknown white male, 45-55 yers of age with grey hair and blue eyes entered the home of a 48 year old woman while she was napping in her recliner. The man kissed the victim who returned the favor by kicking him. The intruder left the property in a white truck and the investigation is continuing.

 

A Roulette couple is accused of growing marijuana. State police at Coudersport say criminal charges were filed last year against 28 year old Eric Lamont  and 29 year old Amber Sue Lloyd and when a search warrant was executed at their Lanninger Creek Road on May 29, 2010, officers allegedly found marijuana growing in the basement of the home.

 

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating an ID theft victimizing a Mills woman. Someone used Deanna Reed’s social security number to obtain cable TV services in another state. The theft was discovered early last week and the investigation is continuing.

 

State police at Emporium are advising area residents of a phone scam. Authorities say victims have received phone calls from criminals claiming to be a family member incarcerated in a Canadian jail.  The caller requests that money be sent for bail. Authorities advise the public not to give out any personal information over the phone.

 

The theft of a truck from a location in Ward Township, Tioga County on Friday remains under investigation. Authorities say thieves unhooked a 2009 GMC 3500 pick up truck from a disabled fifth wheel trailer between 9:30 and 10:15 am.  The truck and its contents were recovered a few hours later in the state forest strip mine area near Morris Run at 2:30 that afternoon.  The pick up was heavily damaged and disabled in the mud in the strippings.  The victims are listed as Edward Maryott of Towanda and Beck Oilfield Supply of Hennessy, Oklahoma.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570-662-2151.

 

State police at Ridgway are investigating some recent thefts in their area.  Thieves took a 2001 Yamaha Raptor belonging to a 16 year old Kersey boy last week while it was at Hoffman’s Sport and Turf in Fox township. A Suzuki 185 cc was taken from a shed at a camp owned by Edward Levenduski  off of Route 948 at Little Mill Creek in Ridgway Township since April 1. Thieves gained entry to a couple of sheds by prying them open. Someone took a gas grill from the Ridgway home of Frank Rutigiano over the past couple of weeks. The ATV is said to be orange colored.

 

A McKean County camp owner was reportedly assaulted during a theft early Saturday morning. State police at Kane say five known male suspects forced their way into a camp located at the end of Glenwood Road in Keating Township owned by Douglas Auteri of Bradford and Dave Farrell of Custer City. The vandals  broke three windows, a 32” LCD TV and caused other damages to the camp and during the 4:00 am incident, struck Auteri in the face and head.

 

Troopers at the Denton Hill Barracks are continuing their investigation into a criminal mischief taking place at 11:15 pm on the night of April 3.  Someone threw a homemade explosive device constructed in a plastic bottle into the stairwell of the Ulysses Senior Center on Main Street.  There was no damage. State police are also looking into a criminal mischief on the Rowley Road in Bingham Township at about 11:00 pm last Monday night. Vandals damaged a mailbox owned by Richard Vanetten.

 

Vandals shot a 3 ft x 6 ft double pane picture window at the Bear Run Camp on River Road in Ward Township, Tioga county over the past month. 

 

A Tioga, PA driver is being charged with DUI following a crash Friday evening on Route 249 in Westfield Township. State police say 43 year old Joseph Housel was going north when his Dodge truck went off the road, hit a guardrail, bounced back across both lanes of the road, hit an embankment and rolled over onto its side. Housel was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was placed under arrest for DUI.

 

 

 

 

The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered a resident of Bradford Township, McKean County, to plug three abandoned non-Marcellus wells that were discovered during the investigation into the house explosion at 10 Helen Lane on Feb. 28.

 

Bruce George is the owner/operator of eight wells at a nearby property on West Washington Street. Three of the wells are considered abandoned as they have not been in production in the past 12 months. The order instructs George to begin plugging the abandoned wells within 20 days and finish the work within 45 days.

 

DEP learned of the wells as part of the search for a potential gas source in the Helen Lane explosion. During the ongoing investigation, DEP staff detected gas in the soil near one of the abandoned wells, Rogers 9, which is located about 300 feet from 10 Helen Lane. The order requires George to plug Rogers 9 first.

 

“The department considers Rogers 9 a suspect well due to the conditions that investigators have observed,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “This order is part of the department’s ongoing investigation.” 

 

Upon completion of plugging each well, George is required to notify DEP. The department will continue its investigation of gas levels to assess the impact of each plugging. 

 

On April 1, DEP issued a notice of violation to George for his failure to plug the abandoned wells. Rogers 9 was drilled in 1881 and the other two abandoned wells were drilled nearly 90 years ago. 

 

For more information on oil and gas wells, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: oil and gas.

 

 

 

Senator Joe Scarnati announces that the Northern Potter School District in Ulysses has been awarded a $420,000 low-interest loan through the State’s Alternative and Clean Energy Program to make energy-efficient upgrades at the Children’s School and the High School in Ulysses Township.    Scarnati said the loan will enable the school district to make HVAC system improvements and upgrades, replace lighting, better seal and insulate the building, and install an energy management system to control and monitor the energy usage of the building. “The improvements will enable the school district to save 27 percent of the current energy – for an annual cost-savings of $53,000,” Scarnati said. The school district is providing matching funds for the project.

 

Scarnati also has announced that The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved a low-interest loan to expand the Luminite Products Corporation in McKean County, Foster Township, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 

Scarnati said the $1 million loan will help the company bring 60 new jobs to the area.  Luminite Products produces phlexographic prints, cylinders, sleeves and plates.  

 

PIDA provides low-interest loans for land and building acquisitions and construction and renovation projects that result in the creation and retention of jobs throughout the Commonwealth.

 

Due to undermining of the bridge surface on the bridge that crosses Laninger Creek, on Railroad Ave. between Ought St. and Hester Ave.  in Roulette, the Township Supervisors say they have been  forced to close the structure until repairs can be discussed and performed.

 

The detour route will be posted ASAP, however it will be as follows:

 

For normal traffic and local deliveries:

                From River St., turn right onto Railroad Ave. then left onto Maple St.

                Follow Maple St. south and bear left at the stop sign onto Laninger Creek Rd.

                Follow Laninger Creek Rd. south to the first left, Cow Hollow Rd.

                Follow Cow Hollow Rd. to Hester Ave. and turn left.

                Follow Hester Ave. North to Railroad Ave. and turn right.

 

                From Railroad Ave. turn left onto Hester Ave.

                Follow Hester Ave. south to the end at Cow Hollow Rd.

                Turn right on Cow Hollow Rd. and follow it to the end at Laninger Creek Rd.

                Follow Laninger Creek Rd. north and bear right onto Maple St. at the stop sign.

                Follow Maple St. to the end and bear right onto Railroad Ave.

                Follow Railroad Ave. west to River St. and turn left.

 

ALL OVERWEIGHT AND OVERSIZE VEHICLES MUST CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE AT 544-7549 FOR ALTERNATE ROUTES PRIOR TO TRAVEL.

 

 

 

 

The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered a resident of Bradford Township, McKean County, to plug three abandoned non-Marcellus wells that were discovered during the investigation into the house explosion at 10 Helen Lane on Feb. 28.

 

Bruce George is the owner/operator of eight wells at a nearby property on West Washington Street. Three of the wells are considered abandoned as they have not been in production in the past 12 months. The order instructs George to begin plugging the abandoned wells within 20 days and finish the work within 45 days.

 

DEP learned of the wells as part of the search for a potential gas source in the Helen Lane explosion. During the ongoing investigation, DEP staff detected gas in the soil near one of the abandoned wells, Rogers 9, which is located about 300 feet from 10 Helen Lane. The order requires George to plug Rogers 9 first.

 

“The department considers Rogers 9 a suspect well due to the conditions that investigators have observed,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “This order is part of the department’s ongoing investigation.” 

 

Upon completion of plugging each well, George is required to notify DEP. The department will continue its investigation of gas levels to assess the impact of each plugging. 

 

On April 1, DEP issued a notice of violation to George for his failure to plug the abandoned wells. Rogers 9 was drilled in 1881 and the other two abandoned wells were drilled nearly 90 years ago. 

 

For more information on oil and gas wells, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: oil and gas.

 

 

 

Senator Joe Scarnati announces that the Northern Potter School District in Ulysses has been awarded a $420,000 low-interest loan through the State’s Alternative and Clean Energy Program to make energy-efficient upgrades at the Children’s School and the High School in Ulysses Township.    Scarnati said the loan will enable the school district to make HVAC system improvements and upgrades, replace lighting, better seal and insulate the building, and install an energy management system to control and monitor the energy usage of the building. “The improvements will enable the school district to save 27 percent of the current energy – for an annual cost-savings of $53,000,” Scarnati said. The school district is providing matching funds for the project.

 

Scarnati also has announced that The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved a low-interest loan to expand the Luminite Products Corporation in McKean County, Foster Township, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 

Scarnati said the $1 million loan will help the company bring 60 new jobs to the area.  Luminite Products produces phlexographic prints, cylinders, sleeves and plates.  

 

PIDA provides low-interest loans for land and building acquisitions and construction and renovation projects that result in the creation and retention of jobs throughout the Commonwealth.

 

Due to undermining of the bridge surface on the bridge that crosses Laninger Creek, on Railroad Ave. between Ought St. and Hester Ave.  in Roulette, the Township Supervisors say they have been  forced to close the structure until repairs can be discussed and performed.

 

The detour route will be posted ASAP, however it will be as follows:

 

For normal traffic and local deliveries:

                From River St., turn right onto Railroad Ave. then left onto Maple St.

                Follow Maple St. south and bear left at the stop sign onto Laninger Creek Rd.

                Follow Laninger Creek Rd. south to the first left, Cow Hollow Rd.

                Follow Cow Hollow Rd. to Hester Ave. and turn left.

                Follow Hester Ave. North to Railroad Ave. and turn right.

 

                From Railroad Ave. turn left onto Hester Ave.

                Follow Hester Ave. south to the end at Cow Hollow Rd.

                Turn right on Cow Hollow Rd. and follow it to the end at Laninger Creek Rd.

                Follow Laninger Creek Rd. north and bear right onto Maple St. at the stop sign.

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