Tuesday February 27, 2018


MONDAY’S HIGH, 55; Overnight low 15; No precipitation






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Police look for stolen pick up truck…..Troy man accused of shoplifting at Walmart….Wellsboro woman arrested for stealing jewelry while working for Goodwill…..Truck driver unhurt when rig crashes near Smethport…DUI charges filed against Wellsboro driver following wreck earlier this month….Coudersport volunteer emergency services mop up after accident on Route 872 last night…and answer wildfire call….Another arson investigated in Clearfield County….Game Commission to announce later today another CWD Management area developed…..

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State police at Kane are looking for a pick up truck stolen between last Thursday and Saturday in Kane. The  white GMC flatbed truck bears PA registration YSK3679 and has Chittester Excavating on both doors. The truck is owned by Steve Chittester of Kane and was taken from 45 Old Smethport Road in that town . Anyone who information about the theft or location of the truck is asked to call the Kane Barracks @ 814.778.5555.

A36 year old Troy  man has been arrested for for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart Saturday night. Darrel Struble of Troy was apprehended by members of the store’s Asset Protection Tam for trying to take flea medicine and car audio items out of the building without paying for them. The merchandise was valued at a total of $132.85.

Troopers did not release the name of an 18 year old Wellsboro woman who is suspected  of stealing several pieces of jewelry while working at Goodwill Industries on Route 6 in Charleston Township between 1q1:30 and noon last Wednesday.

A camp burglary in Elk County earlier this month is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. The burglar was cut while breaking a window to enter the camp on Swamp Creek Road between February 10 and this past Saturday. The camp is owned by a St. Marys man .Police did not say if anything was stolen but report some went through the victim’s belongings.

A NY state tractor trailer operator escaped injury in a mishap Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police Lyndon Evans of West Clarksville was going east on Route 6 when his load shifted on a left curve. The cab came loose and hit a guardrail while the trailer continued on for about a quarter of a mile before colliding with another section of guardrail. The rig sustained only minor damage.

Minor injuries were reported for a Covington driver after an accident early Sunday morning in Chatham Township, Tioga County. Troopers relate Joshua Bolt was travelling north on Route 249 when the right front tire on his GMC Safari went off the pavement and into a ditch where it became entrenched and caused the SUV to roll over onto its roof.

DUI charges are pending against a Wellsboro motorist in connection to a one-vehicle crash on the night of February 9 in Delmar Township. State police explained Todd Kriner, 55, was traveling south on the Stony Fork Road when he his Chevrolet C/K 1500 went  off the road and became buried in a snow bank.

A 47 year old Ulysses man is facing DUI charges after a one-vehicle crash early Sundays morning in Hebron Towship. According to sate police at Coudersport, the suspect fled the scene after wrecking his vehicle on the West Hebron Road/ Route 44 North  but later turned himself in and was allegedly  found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Coudersport volunteer emergency services responded to a one-vehicle crash Monday night on Route 872 just south of the Route 6 intersection at Ladona. According to Coudersport  Fire Chief, a van went off the road,  collided with a guardrail and traveled some 300 feet before becoming embedded and stopping.  Volunteers cleaned up fluids that were leaking and running across the highway. Traffic was diverted to Mocking Bird Lane during the mop up .The driver refused  medical attention for minor injuries. Earlier in the day, the department was dispatched to a wildfire near the intersection of the West Hebron Road and Steerbrook Road  in Hebron Township .A Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op Pole had fallen and a wire ignited debris near the pole.

Out of the area but of interest. Another arson in Clearfield County is being investigated.  Someone intentionally lit a fire inside a garage on State Street in Curwensville at around 1:15 am Monday. There were no injuries but the extent of damage was not released by police. The garage is owned by 75 year old Barbara Witherow and 53 Allen Bietz.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a press conference to announce the new Disease Management Area that will be established in response to chronic wasting disease being detected at a Lancaster County deer farm.

The press conference is scheduled to today  at 1 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

The Game Commission plans to livestream the press conference on its YouTube channel, where it also will remain posted to view at later times.

Following the press conference, Executive Director Bryan Burhans also will be participating in a Facebook Live video to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD, which is always fatal to deer, elk and other cervids, first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams County. It has been detected among free-ranging deer in two areas of the state.

In areas where CWD is detected in captive-raised or free-ranging deer, the Game Commission establishes Disease Management Areas (DMAs), within which special rules apply regarding the hunting, feeding and transport of deer.

Hunters within DMAs are prohibited from using urine-based deer attractants, or possessing them while afield. Deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported whole outside the DMA. Their high-risk parts – including the head and backbone – must be removed and disposed of before meat, antlers and other low-risk parts are transported from the DMA. The feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the transport of live cervids.

The Lancaster County CWD-positive deer will result in DMA 4, the boundary of which is being finalized.


Monday, February 26, 2018



Sunday’s high, 56; Overnight low 26







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Obituaries: Melva  Louise D’Almeida, Westfield and Ernest “Ernie” Robinson, Shinglehouse

Galeton man jailed for assault….Police warn of new scam coming to the region….Thursday’s mixed bag of weather caused several accidents in Tioga County…..McKean County bar fined by LCB….Rep. Causer says proposed bill would make stiffer penalties for sex offenders…..

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 A Galeton man has been jailed  in lieu of bail for an alleged domestic violence attack occurring last Wednesday night at a residence  on West Main Street in Galeton. State police report 29 year old Curtis Short and a 29year old woman were arguing at the kitchen table when Short picked up the table and slammed it down on the victim’s foot. She went to a  neighbor’s apartment and called 911. After being arraigned for simple assault and harassment, Short was taken to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $5,000 percentage bail.

Ridgway based state police are advising area citizens of the latest scam to come to the region. Criminals call unwitting victims telling them they are representatives of software company and need to update the victim’s computers. Police say it is extremely important to not give out an personal information or to follow any instructions from the caller. Those who wish to update their software should research companies and make sure they are legitimate before proceeding.

Thursday’s mixed bag of weather contributed to a number of traffic accidents in  Tioga County. Joshua Causey of New Orleans, LA escaped injury at around 10:30 am when he braked while going down hill on snow covered Route 49 in Nelson Township. The truck slid across the road and rolled over onto the driver’s side. A few minutes later, A Williamsport woman’s Pontiac G6 slid off of route 15 in Covington Township during the snow storm and hit a guardrail. Troopers said Brittany Lisson was speeding at the time. She and her two teenage passengers were using seatbelts and were not hurt. An Elderly Williamsport woman was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident a couple of h0ours later on |Route 15 in Liberty Township. Lieselotte Kimble, 80, was a passenger in a car driven by nancy Butler of Montoursville which slid off of snow-covered Reputes 15 in Liberty Township, hit a guardrail end point, and rolled over onto a grassy median coming to rest on the passenger side. Both women were taken to Williamsport General Hospital. An hour after that accident, Leah Wright of Mansfield escaped injury when she applied the brakes on her Dodge Caiber after noticing a car ahead which was sliding. Wright’s car slid off the south side of the road and hit a small tree on the Charleston Road in Charleston Township. She was not hurt.

A medical problem caused a Lawrenceville man to wreck his Chevrolet Silverado Thursday afternoon on Route 328 in Jackson Township. Zachary Croft’s truck while going east, went off the north side of the  road and traveled across a drainage ditch before going up a five foot embankment where it came to rest. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital with minor injuries.

Coudersport based state police say  drug charges are pending against a passenger whose vehicle was stopped on North Main Street in Coudersport borough on February 16. Authorities clam the suspect was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. Troopers were assisted by Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps and K-9 Jay.

Troopers at Coudersport arrested 47yer old Kimberly Malaczewski of Gaines for drug law violations. Officers allege she was found to be impaired by a controlled substance while in the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton of January 15.

DUI charges have been filed against 28 year old Logan Shultz of  Orrtanna, PA  who was pulled over by a patrol unit on the Wharton Road in Wharton Township at around 10:30 pm February 9. Police claim they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the passenger compartment of his vehicle and subsequently determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol

An administrative law judge fined the Buckhorn Hotel in Kane $2,000 for failing to maintain and complete truthful records covering the operation of the bar for a period of two years immediately preceding December 16, 2016.The judge also found the business had failed to adhere to the conditions of an agreement with the board which placed additional restrictionsn on the licensee on four different occasions September 2-December 15, 2016.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcsting News  Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 631 into law, now Act 10 of 2018, the primary intent of which is to provide for greater public safety by ensuring convicted sexual offenders remain subject to registration requirements in the wake of recent court decisions impacting Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico, would ensure that as many as 12,000 sexual offenders remain on Pennsylvania’s registry and subject to the regulations in place at the time of their offense – either a 10-year or lifetime registration.

“I am proud to sign this bill, which helps to keep Pennsylvanians safer by maintaining a comprehensive list of sexual offenders,” said Governor Wolf. “We must maintain confidence in our judicial system, especially for victims of sexual abuse crimes. This bill works to help do that.”

HB 631 provides guidance on Commonwealth v. Muniz, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the commonwealth’s sexual registration statute, commonly referred to as the Adam Walsh Act, could not be applied retroactively.

Without this legislation, any person whose offense occurred prior to the enactment of SORNA in December 2012 would not be required to register as a sexual offender and those placed on the registry for offenses committed prior to that date would have been subject to removal.

Muniz held that offenders couldn’t be held to the stricter provisions of the 2012 version of SORNA.

This bill also addresses gaps in supervision of sexual offenders by providing for a mandatory three-year probationary period at the completion of their maximum state sentence.

“I took a hard look at strengthening our laws regarding sex offenders who pose a serious risk to public safety when they reenter the community,” Rep. Marsico said. “This legislation requires the courts to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to any term of total confinement for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Megan’s Law. With this, probation and parole supervision can help keep law enforcement and the community informed about parolees’ work and home locations.

“As lawmakers, our priority is to keep the communities in our commonwealth safe and I am confident this law will achieve that goal. I want to thank the members of the House and Senate for passing this legislation and the governor for signing it into law today.”

The SORNA provisions in the new law take effect immediately; the mandatory three-year probation takes effect in 60 days.


Melva Louise D’ALMEIDA, 90, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Roswell, NM, Edison, NJ and Newark, NJ, died Monday, February 19, 2018 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA.

Born May 24, 1927, in Allamore, TX, she was the daughter of Melvin E. ad Carrie M. Jarrell Bristow.

On November 21, 1945, inLas Cruces, NM, she married Manuel J. D’Almeida, who predeceased her on August 26, 2013.

She raised four children while helping to run her husband’s business, Manny’s Service Center in Newark, NJ for many years.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving are:  a son, John D’Almeida of Marlboro, NJ;  three daughters, Louise (Karl) Paintner of Westfield, PA, Mary (Arthur) Hynes of Union, NJ, and Shirl (LaNora Klatt) D’Almeida of Maricopa, AZ;  12 grandchildren, Frank, William, Luke, Floyd, Amy, Dina, Tara, Austin, Amber, Brian, Daniel, and Cara;  19 great-grandchildren;  and five great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Eamonn Hynes;  a brother, H.F. “Buddy” Bristow;  and two sisters, Dora Shipman and Bena Pulley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Holy Spirit Church, 970 Suburban Road, Union, NJ 07083.  The Rev. Armand Mantia was the Celebrant.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.c

Ernest D. “Ernie” Robinson, 81, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on October 30, 1936 in Portville, N.Y., he was a son of Dean E. and Ruth Brant Robinson.

Ernie was a graduate of Portville Central School, Class of 1956 and studied welding at New York City College of Technology, graduating in 1958.  He was employed as a welder for 42 years at Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, retiring in 2000.

In his early years he raced stock cars and helped his son with go-cart racing. He loved to hunt and fish.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Theresa) Robinson and Daniel L. (Kim) Robinson, both of Shinglehouse, Dawn (Rick) Robinson of Roanoke, Virginia, and Tina L. (Gino) Cobin of Wellsville, N.Y.; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Joyce) Robinson of Bolivar, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Winans; and a brother.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm in the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery, Obi, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ernie’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ernie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 34; .42” rain







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Coudersport Snow fest still scheduled for Saturday…Dog Sled race near Wellsboro cancelled but alternate plans are in place….Injuries reported in a three-vehicle pile up in Otto Township Thursday….Local firefighters called out for possible natural gas leak…Burglars damage door and filing cabinet in Elkland’s notary public office. 

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Photo by John Eaton

Mary Beth Logue is shown with one of her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She will have eight to twelve of her huskies with her at the Pine Creek Rail Trail at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 24 for a display and presentation.

The lack of snow on the Pine Creek Rail Trail coupled with a forecast that calls for the temperature to rise to 55 degrees this Saturday, Feb. 24 have led organizers to cancel the inaugural Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, a mid-distance event to test the abilities of teams of 6 or 8 dogs and their musher, running from Ansonia to Tiadaghton and back.

Instead, a special free event for the public will be at the Darling Run Access to the Pine Creek Rail Trail at 9 a.m. this Saturday. To get to the Darling Run Access, take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles, turn right, enter the access area slowly and park.

Mary Beth Logue, a mid-distance sled dog racer who lives in Trout Run, Pa.  will have eight to twelve  of her Alaskan huskies with her at Darling Run as well as racing equipment and supplies

Volunteers from Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries will be at the Darling Run Access with beverages and snacks available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the animals in their care.

At 11 a.m., this Saturday Logue will also have her huskies, sled and equipment on display at the Burnin’ Barrel at the Ansonia Valley Inn in Shippen Township (GPS Address: 5440 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901). This will give people a second opportunity to meet this musher and her dogs and dress like a musher and stand behind her sled to have their photos taken for free. The Burnin’ Barrel will open at 11 a.m. for lunch. There will be three varieties of Straub beer on tap. A representative from Straub will be on hand with a limited supply of T-shirts and pint glasses. .Straub Brewery of St. Marys, Pa. is the sponsor of the challenge.

The organizers of the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge include the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are planning to hold the Canyon Sled Dog Challenge in 2019 if there is enough snow

If there is enough snow, there will be sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If it is cold enough to allow borough employees to create a rink in the park, there will also be ice-skating. Children and adults are asked to bring their own equipment. A limited number of snowshoes, cross-country skis and ice skates will be available to borrow and use at the park during Snow Fest.

New this year is the Snow Fest 5K Run/Hike. Entry and waiver forms can be picked up, completed and dropped off at the Coudersport Elementary School at 802 Vine Street and at the Coudersport Borough Office at 201 South West Street through Friday, Feb. 23. “Registration will also be in the main pavilion beginning at 12 p.m. on the day of the event,” said  Adam Clinger, organizer. There is no entry fee. Everyone will participate for free. The 5K will start at 1 p.m. near the main pavilion. The 3.1-mile out-and-back course will be well marked and easy to follow plus people will be stationed along the 5K to ensure no one gets lost. The runners and hikers will follow a trail that starts in the park, pass the Coudersport Mobile Home Park and Coudersport Reservoir where they will turn around and head for the finish line near the main pavilion. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, children 12 and younger and adults, 13 and older.

A geocaching trail with five hidden caches will provide fun and excitement for adults and children who want to give geocaching a try or are already hooked. Bill Daly, a geocaching enthusiast, will be in the main pavilion with sample caches (containers) and pamphlets on geocaching. He will also have global positioning system (GPS) units available for people to use at the park. Those who own GPS units are encouraged to bring them. A PowerPoint program will walk beginners through geocaching. It will be running continuously on a television set indoors in a building next to the main pavilion. “It should take between 30 minutes and an hour for participants to find all five caches,” Daly said. Participants will be within walking distance of the pavilion. “Find out how easy and fun it is to not only use a GPS unit, but to also go geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt for all ages,” said Daly.

Returning to demonstrate his trebuchet will be Coudersport Borough Councilman Brian Ruane who is also the president of Potter County’s Habitat for Humanity.

The trebuchet will be set up in the baseball field next to the main pavilion with announcements made as to when and in what direction it will be fired.

Ruane and four of his employees at Northern Tier Trading Company at 239 Route 6 in Coudersport built the trebuchet to use during the first Snow Fest held on Feb. 14, 2015. He has demonstrated it at every Snow Fest since. “

“So instead of snowballs, the first year we filled balloons with water and tried shooting them. The water froze so we were actually shooting ice balls. One of them almost hit the scoreboard. We were asked if we could shoot something else that would not damage anything it happened to hit,” he said.

Mary and Larry Hirst and other members of the Potter County Bird Club will be at the interactive Winter Bird Feeding display to introduce interested youngsters and adults to the basics of identifying birds that visit backyard feeders. They will talk about the different types of bird feeders and birdseed and show youngsters how to make a treat using peanut butter and a pine cone that they can take home for the birds in their backyards.

Andy Kulp, Andy’s mom Betty Jean Kulp and Dawn Mahon will be selling hot dogs, chili, hot cocoa, coffee and water with the proceeds to benefit the To Fill a Backpack program “to send elementary and high school students to school with the supplies they need.”

Anyone is welcome to set up an outside booth or to do a demonstration. For more information, call the borough office at (814) 274-9776.

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department  responded to a call of a possible natural  gas leak Thursday night on Burrows Road in Sweden Township. Firefighters set up air monitoring devices and met with the owners.  The property, including out buildings was thoroughly checked by fire department members, Department of Emergency Services  Department of Emergency Services  Coordinator Glenn Dunn and a Department of Environmental Protection staff member no combustible readings or lessening of oxygen levels were found. All units were back in service a couple of hours later.

Minor injuries occurred in a three-vehicle chain reaction collision at about 8:15  Thursday morning in Otto Township, McKean County. Kane based state police report the accident happened when a car driven by 45 year old Marjorie O’Connor of Eldred, while traveling east, hit a patch of ice and slid across the center line where it impacted a car driven by 75 year old  Frank Hill of Rixford head-on.  O’Connor’s car then spun around and was rear-ended by a car driven by 53 year old Johanna Peterson of Eldred.

About an hour later, both drivers escaped injury in a minor rear-end collision on Route 44 near the Bells Run Road in Ceres Township. A 53 year old man was going north on Route 44 when his vehicle spun out of his lane and into the opposite lane where it was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by a 23 year old man. Since there were no injuries and the vehicles could be driven away, the accident was considered “non-reportable” and thus the names of the drivers were not released.

No one was hurt in collision Tuesday afternoon in Ridgway Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Carl Hanshaw of Ridgway drove his Chevrolet Blazer onto Route 219 from Beaver Drive in front of a Nissan Versa driven by Shara Franco of Dubois.l

State police at Mansfield investigated two recent burglaries  in Tioga County. An unknown burglar forced his ay into the office of Edward Brimmer Notary Public on Route 49 in Elkland overnight Tuesday. The door handle and a filing cabinet were damaged in the burglary. And someone tried to enter a home on Red House Lane in Lawrenceville through a locked windo during the early morning hours of February 11.