Monday October 9, 2017

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Monday October 9, 2017

BFB Podcast for Monday October 9, 2017 below

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Sunday’s high, 72; Overnight low,67; .38″ rain (.51″ Saturday into Sunday)





Today is Columbus Day observed … tomorrow is the last day to register in order to vote next month….Tioga County resident arrested for lying on gun application…..Gibsonia man seriously hurt in Elk County ATV crash….drug charges pending against Westfield overdose victim….damaged convertible stolen from McKean County garage…Two Elk County men suspected for burglary and Flag at Roulette home desecrated……Next on-air report after 12:06pm on

 Obituary: Dan Harris (Shinglehouse)

Today is Columbus Day observed, a federal holiday. Most state, county and local government offices are closed in observance. Pennsylvania students have the day off for a teacher in-service day. Normal schedules resume Tuesday.

Citizens who want to vote in the upcoming November 7 election are reminded tomorrow, Tuesday October 10 is the last day to register, change party affiliation or report change of address.Positions on school boards, borough councils, boards of township supervisors and many other offices are being filled. Most county election offices have already posted sample ballots on their websites. Absentee ballot applications are available at county elections offices. Part affiliation need not be changed in order to vote in the November election as registered voters can vote for whichever candidates they wish, despite the party in which they are registered. However, according to Pennsylvania law, voters must vote for candidates in their party in spring primaries. Only Republicans and Democrats have enough voters statewide to have candidates in primary electrions. General information on elections and voting is posted on a state-operated website,

A Millerton resident has been arrested for lying while trying to buy a gun last spring. State police at Mansfield claim 31 year old Clinton Hendrick provided false information to Firearms Dealer Richard Despreauux on Route 328 in Lawrence Township, last March 11.

A Gibsonia man was seriously injured in an ATV crash late Saturday night in Millstone Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Michael Namey was going south on Route 3002 at around 10:30 pm when his TRX500FMB went off the road and rolled over several times before landing upside down about 20 feet from the road. Namey was ejected and landed just off the right side of the highway. He was taken to a nearby landing zone and flown to UPMC in Altoona.

No injuries were reported for a Pottstown driver whose compact car collided with the rear of a Freightliner truck in Liberty Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield explain 27 year old Chelsea Royer fell asleep at the wheel of Toyota Camry on the southbound ramp of Route 15/414 in Liberty last Thursday afternoon. The car went onto the berm where it ran into the back of the unoccupied truck.

Drug charges are pending against a Westfield man after state police were called to his home on Mill Street in Westfield last Thursday night. Troopers say they were called out for a drug overdose and allegedly found drug paraphernalia in 19 year old Brian Meise’s bedroom. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for evaluation.

State police in Kane are looking for a car stolen from an unlocked barn on the Upper Grimes Road in Liberty Township between September 29 and  this past Saturday. The silver 2003 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with a black top  was owned by Jason Gutshall. It’s described as being in poor condition with rusted out rockers, duct tape on fenders,  a NY state inspection sticker and no license plate. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Two Elk county men are suspected of burglarizing a  home on Mill Street in St. Marys between 1:52 and 4:45 pm September 26. Troopers allege the suspects, one from St.Marys and the other form Ridgway stole several items from posted property owned by a St. Marys woman.

State police at Coudersport have revealed that numerous crimes took in Roulette September 16 or 17. Criminals committed theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and desecration of a flag  at a home on Maple Street.


Daniel C. “Dan” Harris, 65, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on April 18, 1952 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Cleo M. and Rita K. Barnes Harris.  On February 15, 1992 in Shinglehouse, he married Sonya D. Cutler, who survives.

Dan was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He was a self-employed water well driller, owning and operating Dan Harris Water Well Drilling until retiring due to ill health.

He was a former member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport.  He was a avid and excellent marksman, winning second place in the Off Hand Rifle division.  He was very talented in gun repair and enjoyed making custom knives.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Daniel C. (Brittney) Harris of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Brandi K. (Joe Shelley) Harris of Shinglehouse; a granddaughter, Haidin E. Shelley; and a sister, Nancy Rawson (Dennis) Ayers of Shinglehouse.

Friends may call from 10:30am to noon on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of life will follow at noon with the Rev. Russell J. Horning , pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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Friday October 6, 2017

GOP Lawmakers promoting laws to combat welfare fraud and examine non-residents voting….A second  McKean County inmate charged with assaulting another….Two Shinglehouse women accused of harassment and neighbor disagreement last night near Coudersport results in charges….theft of cash from Elk County home investigated

Thursday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 46 .02 inches of rain







Republican lawmakers are promoting efforts to close some holes in the welfare and voting systems.

A couple of weeks ago, we reported about proposed legislation designed to cut out waste in the state budge by making sure deceased people do not receive  welfare payments.

Approximately one year ago, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit performed by his office found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.

The news release went on to note, “Not only does DHS continue to put dollars on the [welfare benefit] cards assigned to individuals who have died, it often fals to detect use of those dollars.”

Rep. Michael Corr’s  bill would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security Adminitration.

House Bill 1614 – is currently under consideration in the House Health Committee.

Rep. Marrtin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that another bill being considered would require identification of lawful presence in the US as a prerequisite to the receipt of public benefits.

That bill passed the House recently 139-58. And has moved to the Senate for consideration there. The bill  sponsored Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon),  does not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits  but it updates Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law. The legislation would impact any state or federal benefits administered through the Commonwealth.

Those seeking benefits who are unable to produce identification would be required to sign an affidavit certifying their citizenship and eligibility. The affidavit will be checked against the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement Program (SAVE) program operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

House  Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 15 Republican members of the House State Government Committee sent a  letter this week  to Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés in response to allegations of illegal voting and voter registration by non-citizens in Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt recently revealed  non-citizens are or were registered to vote in the City of Philadelphia.The lawmakers told Cortés with the November 7, 2017 election fast approaching they are are requesting prompt and complete answers to their questions:

That bill passed the House recently 139-58. And has moved to the Senate for consideration there. The bill  sponsored Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon),  does not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits  but it updates Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law. The legislation would impact any state or federal benefits administered through the Commonwealth.

Those seeking benefits who are unable to produce identification would be required to sign an affidavit certifying their citizenship and eligibility. The affidavit will be checked against the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement Program (SAVE) program operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Have you directed your staff to run all SURE system voter records against Department of Transportation driver license and non-driver ID records marked with an INS indicator, or other indicators that a driver license or non-driver ID holder is not a citizen?
  • If not, when do you intend to do so, given the absolute necessity of correcting voter registration records prior to the November election?
  • If so, how many record matches did this process reveal?
  • If the record matches indicate that non-citizens were or are registered, how many non-citizens voted in previous elections?
  • If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question, please explain what your Department and the counties have done to correct voter record matches that indicate that a non-citizen has registered to vote. Also, please provide information regarding the time line for completion of this process.


Kane based state police a second county jail inmate with harassment. Troopers claim 33 year old James Kemick (no address given) partly entered the cellof a 27 year old male while he was sleeping at 9:00 am Monday and punched him in the head with a closed fist repeatedly and kicked him. Yesterday we reported that 48 year old Steven Curcio (no address given) entered the cell of a 50 year old man who was sleeping Wednesday morning  and hit him in the face causing injury. The victim was taken to Bradford and then Warren for treatment.

Two Shinglehouse women have been charged with harassment. State police claim 31 year old Laura Willson and 29 year old Sabrena Klein got into a scuffle on the afternoon of September 10 at a home on Elm Street and a physical altercation erupted.

A harassment charge is pending against two Coudersport men in connection to a neighborhood fight last night on Buffalo Street in Eulalia Township. State police contend the fisticuff occurred when 53 year old Leon Tice insulted and  confronted  his neighbor 40 year old Anthony Kiser because he believed Kiser was trespassing on his property.

All three drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Wednesday afternoon in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police report the pile-up occurred when Kyle Stevens of Wellsboro failed to stop and allowed  his Subaru Forester to run into the back of a Cheverolet Equinox driven by Joy Cummings of Mansfield  which was legally stopped on Main Street. The impact shoved the SUV into the back of a Ford F-150 driven by Andrew Tant of Hatteras, NC which was also legally stopped on the road.

No injuries were reported for a Wellsboro woman whose car hit a Westfield Township sign on the Ladd Road Wednesday night.Trudy Pietrzyk was making a slight  right hand curve when her Chevrolet Cruz went off the pavement and entered a ditch where it continued for about 72 feet before hitting the sign at the Westfield/Clymer Township line.

A Kane motorist was not hurt in a minor mishap Thursday morning on the Ridgway Johnsonburg Road. Troopers related that Kenneth Goodman was able to get out of his Chevrolet Conversion van when he noticed smoke coming from the right rear tire. The Johnsonburg Fire Department went to the scene.

Theft charges are pending against a 23 year old Westfield man who is suspected of stealing a car owend by a 49 year old Westfield woman from her home on Route 249 September 27. He is also accused of taking her ATM card and illegally withdrawing $80 from her bank account.

State police at the Ridgway barracks are investigating a burglary at the home of Rosiland Gursky on Route 555 in Weedville September 30.Criminals took $100 in cash from the house between (;00 and11:00pm that night.

A trespass by motor vehicle in Genesee township is being investigateds by state police at Coduersport. Two vehicles were seenusing Rose Lane owned by Wand Boden on the evening of Septepmber 27 without her approval.Charges of DUI and drug charges have been filed agains 32 yearold William May ofFallsington<paAccording to Copudersport based state police when they stopped him on East Second Street in Couderposrt late September 1, an odor of mariujuana was detected and May was allegedly found to be driving under the infvcluence of alcohol. His passenger, 32 year old Leslie May also of Fallsington, was reportedly found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia..

And, a Edward Kubilis of Leonardo n NJ was arrested for DUI after being stopped at the intersctdionof Pigeon Hill Raod andRotue 144in West Branch Townshop on the night of September 1



Roulette Township Supervisors are seeking to employ an energetic, self-motivated person as a full-time water/sewer operator.  Applicant must be willing to obtain a water/sewer license and be able to work every other weekend.  Applicants must be able to present a child clearance report and a criminal background report.

All applications must be returned to the township office at 80 Railroad Ave., by 4pm on October 19, 2017.  You may pick up the application at the same location between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.