Monday December 12, 2018

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high  32; Overnight low, 20






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Obituary: Dr. Norman Baker, Port Allegany

NY state man wanted for shooting in Meadville apprehended in Potter County…Warrant issued for Port Allegany man accused of assaulting female victim with a knife…Johnsonburg man killed when thrown out of his rolling SUV…Shinglehouse teen driver seriously hurt in collision faces DUI charges….Ridgway police looking for gun taken from the Bingham Road area Saturday afternoon…

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State  police at Coudersport on Saturday. nabbed a Whitesville, NY wanted in a shooting in Meadville which took place Thursday morning in that borough. Anthonie  Sugden was committed to the Potter County Jail awaiting extradition to Crawford County on  attempted homicide and other charges. Elizabeth Rossario, 40, of Jamestown was captured Thursday afternoon in Jamestown. She is believed to have been in the home where Wilbert Bascom III was shot.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 26 Year old Port Allegany man for an assault with a weapon in connection to a domestic violence incident between 4:00 pm Sunday and 2:15 am today at a North Main Street home. State police did not release the suspect’s name but say he choked, punched and kicked a 27 year old woman causing bruising, swelling and redness and is accused of putting a knife to the victim’s throat threatening to kill her He fled the home and may be in the Scio, NY area.

A Johnsonburg man was killed late Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report 53 year old Scott Hirchen was headed north on Route 219 when his GMC  Acadia went onto the shoulder, struck an embankment and rolled over several times before stopping. Horche was not using a seat belt and was ejected from the SUV as it rolled over.

DUI charges are being filed against a 17 year old Shinglehouse after  a collision Friday morning on Kings Run Road in Ceres Township, McKean County. Kane based state police say the teenager was driving a 2013 Chevy Cruz  at abpit 8:30 am when it crossed over into the opposite lane while on a right hand curve and collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on driven by  a 50 year old Bradford woman. The youth was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police claim he was driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The adult driver was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by a family member. Her name was not released.

Robert Howard 62,of Limestone has been arrested for DUI by state police at Kane. Troopers pulled Howard over early Saturday morning at the intersection of Congress Street and Elm ,Street in Bradford for numerous traffic  violations and was allegedly found to be driving his 2003 Ford Escape under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

State police at Kane did not release the name of a 61 year old Allentown, PA man driving his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee reportedly  under the influence of drugs and alcohol when it crashed late last night near  the Lantz Corners intersection in Hamilin Township.

DUI  charges are also being filed against a Wellsboro man who was stopped by patrol officers for speeding on Route 6 in Richmond Township a little before noon on November 21. Donald Niles was allegedly clocked driving his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. Police claim when they talked to Niles, they smelled as strong odor of marijuana and seized some pot and paraphernalia.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a gun which may have been stolen Saturday afternoon from along the Bingham Road in Ridgway Township. Christian Keller, 22 of Kersey, told police he had left the rifle at the gate while loading his vehicle at around2:30 pm. When he returned at 6:00 pm,  the rifle was missing. It is a Winchester Model 70 featherweight .270 WSN=M caliber bearing serial # 35AZM03232 rifle with a wood stock, stainless steel barrel and stainless steel  Leupold scope. Anyone withi information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Vandalism in Keating Township McKean County last Thursday was investigated by state police at Kane. During a brief period of time, between 8:00 am and 10:20 am, vandals cut out a section of  chain link fence  and trespassed on property owned by a 62 year old Rew woman. Damage is estimated to be about $200.


Dr. Norman F.C. Baker, 81, of Hanson Hollow Rd., passed away Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2018) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.
Born on Nov. 24, 1937, in Pleasant Valley Township, Sartwell Creek, he was a son of Harold F. and Doris Wambold Baker. On December 19, 1964, he married Helen Jean Metcalf of Detroit, MI. They divorced in 1968.
Dr. Baker was a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, class of 1955. He earned a B.S. degree form    Houghton College, Houghton, NY, in 1959. In 1963 he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy with the Doctor of Osteopathy degree. He interned at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in 1963-64 and completed a four year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1968 at the Riverside Osteopathic Hosptial, Trenton, MI.
He practiced in Union and Clark, NJ form 1968-1976. He was on staff of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, and the Port Allegany Community Hospital form 1976-1980 at which time he accepted a position at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, OH as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the fourteen years of tenure at Ohio University he practiced his specialty at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, OH, and Doctor’s Hospital of Nelsonville, OH.  He introduced several advanced procedures of his specialty to these institutions. He delivered approximately 4000 babies during his career. For five years he served as chairman of the medical school’s Department of Specialty Medicine and sat on several committees of the medical school and hospitals. He was the recipient of many outstanding faculty awards and was recognized for his educational efforts by the Ohio House of Representatives.
Dr. Baker was certified in 1975 by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  For outstanding service, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1984.  He served on the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for several years and was active in the Examination Committee of that Board.
In 1994 he accepted a position at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL, teaching and practicing there until his retirement in 1998, when he returned to the Port Allegany area.
He served as resident organist and choir director of the Sartwell Creek Union Church for many years, and substitute organist for three years for the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany.  In 2005, he participated as a recitalist in the Organ Recital Series of the Presbyterian Church.
He was active in the Sartwell Creek Union Church serving as assistant treasurer, and financial secretary for many years. He also was active in the Sartwell Creek Cemetery Association as well as the Port Allegany Community Services, and Meals on Wheels. He was instrumental in the publication of his father’s two local historical books, A Journey in Time and A Journey in Time-Vol. 2.
He is survived by a sister, LoRena Nadene (LaVerne) Howard of Burtville, and by a niece and a nephew, three grandnephews, one grandniece, as well as several great-grandnephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Jonathan Daniel Baker.
At Norman’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral service.  Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  L. Nadine Howard
980 Sartwell Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Friday December 7, 2018

Black Forest Express



 Rep. Causer says progress is being made to help fire and ambulance departments across the state….Potter County Commissioners approve tax hike……Two Galeton women accused of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart….Covington driver cited for speeding after truck crashes….Snow-covered road blamed for McKean County accident…..

Thursday’s high, 31; overnight low 19; .75” snow







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  Rep. Causer says progress is being made to help fire and ambulance departments across the state….Potter County Commissioners approve tax hike……Two Galeton women accused of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart….Covington driver cited for speeding after truck crashes….Snow-covered road blamed for McKean County accident…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle locally and across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission that included lawmakers and representatives of statewide fire and EMS organizations released a detailed report and recommendations for action at the Capitol last week according to Rep. Martin Causer.The commission, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017, was formed to follow up and expand upon prior recommendations to address the growing challenges facing first responders and the communities that rely upon them.

The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.

The full report is available

Earlier this year, the General Assembly took two major steps forward in the effort to boost financial support for EMS agencies, approving my proposal to increase Medicaid reimbursements and another law requiring both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. I am hopeful we can build on that momentum as we review and develop legislation in response to the findings of the report in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session.

The Potter County Commissioners, during their regular meeting Thursday, approved a resolution raising property taxes by one mill from 17.50 to 18.50. Commissioner Paul Heimel said the increase will mean about $20 more a year for the typical residential property owner and will be somewhat offset by  the elimination once again of thje $5 per capita tax. The increase will be partially used to retire expenses incurred with the upgrading of the aging 9-1-1 system.,

Two Galeton women have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart on November 19. The women, agens 28 and 25 are accused  stealing more than $1100 in merchandise including candy and food items, clothing, arts and crafts, candles, a three-drawer toe and a plush paw patrol. Their names were not released by state police at the Ridgway barracks who said charges will be filed in district court.

State police at Mansfield have charged 37 year old Joshua Libowski of Covington with speeding and leaving the scene of damage to unattended vehicle or property. Troopers explained Libowski’s Ford F-250 went off of West Hill Road Early Wednesday morning and struck a utility pole before going into a ditch. Authorities claim Libowski left the scene prior to their arrival.

No injuries were reported for a Kersey teenager and her passenger after a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon on Route 219 in Lafayette Township. According to Kane based state police `8 year old Julia Davis was going north when her Jeep Cherokee spun across the snow covered road and hit a snow-covered embankment before stopping along side the road.


Thursday December 6, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 25, trace of snow






        SAT NIGHT-LOW 16

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Citizens  in three counties are being asked for input on a regional comprehensive plan…..Police looking for missing James City man…..Tioga County teen charged with terroristic threats….Roulette man jailed on felony warrant…

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“Potter County Today” is reporting that citizens will have an opportunity to help plot the region’s future by sharing their views as part of the first-ever Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan. A project of commissioners and planning boards from Potter, Cameron and McKean counties, the document will guide decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy areas for the 2020-29 decade. Its implications will be felt in everything from economic development, environmental conservation, transportation, employment, education, small business, community facilities and other areas.

Focus groups have been meeting, with the assistance of a professional planner, to provide the framework. Dozens of people from many walks of life and areas of interest have been engaged. Now it’s time for the public to be heard in identifying priorities, areas of need, and other issues of interest or concern.

All citizens are encouraged to complete the online community survey, open until Jan. 9, at Copies of the survey form are also available by contacting Joe Passmore at or 717-221-2061. Citizens will also be able to share their views during an open house on the comprehensive plan from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Jan. 23 at Port Allegany High School.

While the master document covers a three-county region, the plan will include sections that are exclusive to each particular county. The plan, funded in part through Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission, began in August and will be completed next summer. Further information is available at each county’s planning office.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a James City man who has been missing since the first of September. Frank Arhtur Gillespie is 53 years old and was residing in James City until recently. He was known to have frequented the James City Café. More recently, he was believed to be living in Kane and frequented the Kane Eagles Club. He does not have a vehicle and is not known to drive. When a relative was unable to make contact with Gillespie, state police were asked to help. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6126 and ask for Trooper Reiner.

A 13 year old Tioga County boy has been charged with terroristic threats. State police at Mansfield allege they boy threatened to “shoot up” the North Penn  Liberty High School and a 13 year old female student on November e30.

Coudersport Based state police have charged 24 year old Jeffrey Buchanan of Shinglehouse with harassment in connection ot a domestic violence incident on the afternoon of November 17. Police claim that Buchanan assaulted a 77 year old man and damaged the residence of a 51 year old man in Shinglehouse. A dry wall interior wall was damaged to the tune of $150.00 and a wooden door received $100 in damage.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed driver after a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ash Lanwe and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Roulette on Halloween night. Authorities claim when they investigated the crash of a 2003 Mitsubishi Ecllipse, the driver appeared to be under the influence.

Zachary Snyder, 26 of Roulette was committed to the Potter County Jail after being stopped by patrol officers on the Old Colesburg Road in Coudersport early Monday morning. Troopers say they pulled Snyder of ver for a traffic violation and  found drug paraphernalia inside his 2000 VW Jetta. He was jailed on a felony warrant and was said to have been driving with a suspended license.

State police also allegedly found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of pot at n Oswayo Township home on November 18. The discovery was made when troopers were called to make a welfare check at 655 Brizzee Hollow Road.