Friday, October 12, 2018






Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 45; .43” rain







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Obituary: Rebecca Monroe, Rochester, NY

Ridgway man accused of raping and molesting two young girls…..Bradford resident hurt in accidental shooting….Authorities continue to investigate car/pedestrian accident in Port Allegany….Mt. Jewett woman and infant hurt in collision caused by a passing vehicle…..It’s a national topic and Potter County board has established Criminal Justice goals….

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Ridgway based state police have arrested 26 year old Michael Chittester of that town on rape charges. Troopers allege Chittester raped a 10 year old girl and molested a five year old girl over a four year period beginning in October 2014, He was taken into custody Wednesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after being arraigned before District Judge Brown.

State police at Kane say they are continuing to investigate an apparent accidental shooting taking place between 11:00 PM last night and 12:40 this morning on Heather Lane in Corydon Township . A 26 year old Bradford man was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non- life threatning gunshot wound. His name was not released.

Port Allegany Borough police are continuing to investigate a car/pedestrian accident occurring Thursday afternoon. A vehicle turned left off of Mill Street onto Main Street and knocked down a pedestrian who was removed from underneath the vehicle by members of the Star Hose Fire Department and Port Allegany ambulance. The victim was transported by medical helicopter from the Port Allegany High School football field to Eric County Medical Center in Baffalo for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities did not release the name of the pedestrian nor the motorist.

A Mt. Jewett driver and her young passenger were slightly hurt Thursday afternoon in a Wetmore Township mishap. Troopers report  Jade Jensen was going west on Route 6 near the Old Smethport Intersection when she had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with an eastbound vehicle which was passing another eastbound unit. Jensen’s Kia Spectra sideswiped a guard rail on the right shoulder before stopping. Jensen and a female infant were treated at Kane Community Hospital. The unknown  car is believed to be a newer black Cadillac SUV with LED headlights was being driven by a woman with blonde shoulder length hair. Anyone with  information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Kane based state police claim 36 year old Michael Coast of Duke Center fled the scene of a one vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Ceres Township. Troopers determined Coast was going north on Route 44 near the Ireland  Lane intersection when his VW wen off the road on a left hand curve, struck two mailboxes traveled through a yard and came to rest in a creek bed. Coast was located about six hours later and apparently was not hurt.

Two area drivers escaped injury with car deer encounters occurring over the past few  days in Tioga County . Alyson Yerrick of Galeton was headed east on Route 49 near the Merrick Hill Road  intersection in Deerfield Township last Friday morning when a deer ran onto the road in front of her Ford Escape. Kaitlyn Bailey of Millerton was traveling  in west on the Bottom Hill Road near Star High Road in Farmington Township Monday afternoon when her Nissan Rogue collided with a whitetail which entered her path.

You may have heard on news reports about Kanye West’s visit to the White House yesterday during which he made a stream of consciousness speech about a variety of issues including Criminal Justice Reform.  However, you might not have heard him say mental health issues need to be addressed in reform efforts.That’s part of what is being considered by the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yestereday’s commissioners meeting that board members approved the basic elements of their 2019 strategic plan last week, setting the stage for formal adoption at the panel’s next meeting. It’s a detailed document that identifies the issues, challenges, priorities and steps that will be taken as the many elements of the county’s criminal justice system work together to improve outcomes. CJAB officers, re-elected at last week’s meeting, are: Judge Stephen Minor, chairman; Commissioner Paul Heimel, vice chairman; and Colleen Wilber, Potter County Human Services, administrator. Overall goals in the CJAB action plan for the new year include:

Partnering with the National Stepping Up Initiative for criminal offenders with identified mental health issues.

Continued work on a Pretrial Diversion Program for Potter County and development of more comprehensive re-entry services for inmates being released from the county jail.

Partnering with the National Data-Driven Justice Initiative to measure effectiveness and outcomes of criminal justice strategies, better inform decision-makers, and improve information sharing.

Continued collaboration for early education programs to identify and address the rise in juvenile anti-social behavior/mental health and criminal activity.

Transitional/half-way housing for offenders along with an increased focus on skills training and employment needs.

Rebecca R. MONROE, 88, of Rochester, NY, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in St. Ann’s.  Born June 29, 1930, in Reedsville, PA, she was the daughter of Paul W. and Mary Muldoon Erhard.  She was married to Oscar C. Monroe, who predeceased her on December 29, 2011. Surviving are:  four children, Laura (Victor) Marzovilla of Rochester, Donna Jones of Macedon, NY, Eva (Sam) Polito of Webster, NY, and Mark Monroe of Rochester;  eight grandchildren;  nine great-grandchildren;  and two great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, T. Michael Jones;  four brothers, Paul Erhard, Jr., Mervin Erhard, Everett Erhard, and David Raymond Erhard;  and a sister, Esther K. Lewis.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at



Thursday October 11, 2018


Black Forest Express

Fall 2002: This year’s foilage is not as brilliant as it  has been in previous years

Photo By Gerri Miller 

Wednesday’s high, 78; Overnight low 68; .07” rain







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DEP says new electronic system will speed up permitting….Causer’s senior expo to be held Friday in Roulette….Both drivers hurt in Genesee collision…State police are looking for driver of abandoned car wrecked near Austin….Prison inmate accused of harassing ex wife in Smethport….Coudersport man charged for hitting another in an argument…Semi driver unhurt in collision with a turkey in Cameron County…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has  launched an electronic permit system to provide landowners a more efficient way to request permit registrations for new projects that affect wetlands and waterways and get a faster response from DEP.

A variety of projects are covered by Chapter 105 Wetland and Waterway Obstruction and Encroachment General Permits, including stream crossings, small docks and boat ramps, streambank rehabilitation or protection, gravel bar removal, intake and outfall structures, agricultural crossings and ramps, minor road crossings, agricultural activities, and fish habitat enhancement structures.

DEP processes at least 2,500 Chapter 105 registration requests for business, municipal, and individual landowners each year. The Chapter 105 e-permit, which is accessed through DEP GreenPort (registration is required for first-time users), will save time for applicants and department reviewers, include online permit payment, reduce the expense of printing complex design drawings, and make information available in real-time to the public, for increased transparency. DEP will also continue to accept paper registrations to accommodate applicants whose only option is a paper form.

The Chapter 105 e-permit is the latest electronic tool in DEP’s continuing efforts to use technology solutions to improve customer service, reduce paper-driven processes, and further protect the environment. Stakeholders can now use online tools to file permit applications for surface coal mining, storage tank renewals, and radiation protection renewal, and other regulated activities. In addition, DEP has developed online processes to digitize grants systems, modernize facility inspection processes, and archive content for access by both staff and the public.

As DEP continues to seek ways to modernize and increase efficiency, the agency encourages applicants to use the Chapter 105 e-permit and provide feedback on it.

Applicants are encouraged to send comments and suggestions on the e-permit to a dedicated email account: All messages will be reviewed and considered for future improvements. Applicants will also be invited to participate in a web-based conference call to learn more about the functionality of the new tool and provide recommendations for potential enhancements.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers to the Potter County Senior Citizens Expo in Roulette tomorrow  Friday, Oct. 12. The free event will be held at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. Lunch will be served at no charge.

For more information, contact Causer’s Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

Both drivers were hurt Monday afternoon when their vehicles collided on Main Street in Genesee. State police report the collision occurred when a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Dalton Sheets of Wellsville hit a 2013 Ford Fiesta driven by a  17 year old Genesee girl which was going  across Route 449 from School Street. After impact, the pick up continued straight up an embankment, hit the corner of a house at the corner of Route449 and the Ellisburg Road before rolling over and coming to rest upside down on the highway. Sheets was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and the teen driver was transported to UPMC Cole.

An inmate at SCI – Laurel Highlands had been arrested for harassing his ex-wife, a Smethport woman. State police at Kane allege 56 year oild Donald Kinney of Bradford sent unwanted letters to the victim’s home on Route 46regarding her and her new husband.

James Mitchell, 37 of Coudersport was arrested by state police after allegedly hitting a 24 year old Coudersport man in the chest with a closed fist during a dispute at around 5:30 am Tuesday on West Beech Street.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for a driver who abandoned  a wrecked car in Keating Township Sunday morning. The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt went off of the Bark Shanty Road, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof. When police arrived, the driver could not be located but the car had to be towed from the scene.

An Eldred truck driver escaped injury when his Freightliner hit a turkey on Route 120 in the Cameron County village of Truman Wednesday morning. David Lowe was going east when the turkey was hit by the rig’s driver side windshield.

State police at Kane did not release the name of a 28 year old Bradford man suspected of burglarizing a building at the McKean County Fairgrounds last night. Authorities claim the suspect broke a side window used for concession purposes to get inside the building and stole about a dozen of MyLaps X 2 Transponders owned by a 26 year old Port Allegany man valued at $2100.00. The transponders were located by the victim and the investigation is continuing.

A camp break-in is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Burglars pried open a door on a shed at the camp on the  Four Mile Road in Shippen Township between September 29 and  Monday and stole a .22 cal. Savage Arms Rifle and a $10 gas can containing about $2 worth of fuel. The camp is owned by a 41 year old Kersey man.

Wednesday October 10, 2018


Black Forest Express            

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Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 63; no rain

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Obituaries: Tammy Brown, Harrison Valley and Thomas Wilde, Sr., Clara

Scarnati announces wildfire fighting grants for several area departmentsNew domestic violence law works to keep guns out of hands of convicted domestic violence defendants…Brake rotors stolen from Corydon Township building.

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Scarnati announces wildfire fighting grants for several area departments….State House Ag committee says farmers need to be part of efforts to change environmental regulations….New domestic violence law works to keep guns out of hands of convicted domestic violence defendants…Brake rotors stolen from Corydon Township building
State grants totaling $58,236 were awarded for volunteer fire companies in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati explained that these grants will help rural community volunteer fire companies guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas. The grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is paid for through federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grant recipients were selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds.
In the 25th Senatorial District, 13 fire companies are receiving grants through this round of funding. Local grants for each of the awardees ranged from $500 to $9,181. A total of 132 grants were awarded statewide in 2018, with the maximum grant awarded to any fire company being $10,000.
Grants Awarded in the 25th Senatorial District :
• Clearfield County
o North Point Volunteer Fire Co., DuBois – $7,400

• Clinton County
oDunnstown Fire Co., Lock Haven $1,250
o Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Lamar – $500
o Renovo Fire Department, Renovo – $9,181
o Volunteer Fire Co. of Mill Hall, Mill Hall – $3,000
oWoolrich Volunteer Fire Co., Lock Haven – $5,547

Elk County
o Johnsonburg Fire Department, Johnsonburg – $3,061

McKean County
o Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $9,134
• Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hazel Hurst – $1,083

• Potter County
o Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $3,350
o Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co., Cross Fork – $7,045
o Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $3,750

Senators Tom McGarrigle (R-26) and Tom Killion (R-9) praised a recent vote on landmark domestic violence legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate.
House Bill 2060 passed by a vote of 43-5 and now heads to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature. McGarrigle and Killion both strongly supported the bill and voted in favor of the legislation. Wolf has said he will sign the bill into law.
The House bill includes legislative language authored by McGarrigle and Killion in bills that passed the Senate by unanimous votes earlier this year. Part of Killion’s Senate Bill 501 and McGarrigle’s Senate Bill 502 are in House Bill 2060.
Killion’s legislative language contained in House Bill 2060 includes a requirement for abusers to relinquish their firearms within 24 hours of having a final Protection From Abuse order filed against them.
Killion’s language that bans Pennsylvania’s unsafe practice of allowing friends and family members of the abusers to store perpetrators’ guns and instead requires sheriffs, attorneys and licensed gun dealers to hold these firearms is also included in House Bill 2060. This makes it impossible for abusers to retrieve their weapons and commit further acts of violence.
Language from McGarrigle’s Senate Bill 502 is also included in House Bill 2060. McGarrigle’s legislative language allows the victims of domestic violence to ask for an extension of Protection From Abuse orders if the abuser has been incarcerated within the past 90 days.
2017 saw the highest number of domestic violence deaths in Pennsylvania in the last decade. Last year, 117 people were killed in domestic violence-related incidents, 78 of them by gun violence.

Kane based state police are investigating a theft taking place between September 28 and yesterday on West Washington Street in Corydon Township. Thieves stole an 8 lug Chevy Brake Rotor valued at $20 and a 10 lug Ford Brake Rotor valued at $10 from behind the Corydon Township building. The equipment belonged to the township and anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.


Tammy L. BROWN, 52, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born October 1, 1966, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Harry G. and Sharon Williams Freeborn.
On February 14, 1987 in Harrison Valley, she married Jeffrey J. Brown, who survives.
A 1984 graduate of Northern Potter High School, she was employed by Wundies in Wellsboro for eight years and K&W in Westfield for 12 years. Tammy attended the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Harrison Valley.
Surviving besides her husband, Jeff, are: her mother, Sharon Freeborn of Whites Corners; a daughter, Jessica Brown of Harrison Valley; a granddaughter, Rory; three brothers, Harry (Theresa) Freeborn, Jr. of Rexville, NY, James (Jeanine) Freeborn of Harrison Valley, and Robert Freeborn of Edmonds, WA; two sisters, Reva (Eric) Baldwin of Wellsboro and Rita (Luke) Reisinger of Harrison Valley; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins. She was predeceased by her father.
Friends may call at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Harrison Valley, PA on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Scott Wills and the Rev. Timothy H. Miller will co-officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed

Thomas James Wilde, Sr., 71, of Clara, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, October 5, 2018.Born on February 26, 1947 in Johnstown, he was a son of Thomas Jefferson and Goldie Ona Young Wilde. On August 31, 1963 in Souderton, he married Katharina “Kay” Kowalenko, who survives.Tom was employed as a welder/fitter at Cherry Steel in Langhorn, retiring in 1986 after an accident at work.He was a former social member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a former social member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He enjoyed hunting and farming. Tom was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.Surviving besides his wife are four children, Tina L. (Terry) Houben of Florida, Rose M. (Walter) Carpenter of Gold, Thomas J. Wilde, Jr. of Johnstown, and Jakob P. (Michaelle) Wilde of Nappanee, Indiana; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Debbie L. (Jim) Fox of Canada and Sherry L. (Ronald) Pfister of Green Lane; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a grandson, Kenneth Goepfert.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Tom’s life at 11am on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Tom’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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