Wednesday December 27, 2017

Slippery roads and speed blamed for one-vehicle crash Christmas morning in Elk County…Several traffic violations pending against St.Marys driver……Potter County man arrested for certifying inspection on SUV which police say should not have passed…Two employees suspected of stealing from Goodwill Industries….Potter County Jail passes state inspection…..

Tuesday’s high, 19; Overnight low 8 below zero; no precipitation







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Slippery roads and speed blamed for one-vehicle crash Christmas morning in Elk County…Several traffic violations pending against St.Marys driver……Potter County man arrested for certifying inspection on SUV which police say should not have passed…Two employees suspected of stealing from Goodwill Industries….Potter County Jail passes state inspection…..

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A Wilcox woman was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Christmas morning in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Christine Cummings was going south on snow covered Merfferts Run Road when her Chevrolet 2500 HD slid off the road and struck a tree where it came to rest. Cummings was taken to PennHighlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries. She was cited for speeding in connection to the crash.

Later that evening, Kenneth Hosack of St. Marys escaped injury when his car rolled over on Rasselas Road in Jones Township. State police report Hosack was also speeding when his Pontiac G6 crossed the road, hit an embankment and flipped over, coming to rest upside down. Authorities claim  hosack fle d the scene without notifying police.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a Genesee man for an inspection station violation. Troopers allege Lewis Cook issued an inspection certificate for a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche on December 20 but after an investigation they found the SUV should not have passed due to chassis rust/rot.

Two employees are suspected of stealing from Goodwill Industries of North Central PA in Charleston Township, Tioga County on November e25. Police say they are continuing  to investigate.


The Potter County Jail recently passed a state inspection. The County Commissioners reported at the December 21, 2017 meeting that the inspecition conduced on November 14 found the facility to be in full compliance with standards for operations and facilities. Christopher Oppman, deputy secretary of administration for the Pa. Dept. of Corrections, reported, “Warden Glenn C. Drake II, Deputy Warden Angela Milford and the Potter County Jail staff deserve credit for their efforts in operating this facility in accordance with statewide correctional standards, with no deficiencies or citations to report.” Inspector Stephen V. Noll had reviewed policies and procedures prior to his visit and advised jail administrators of deficiencies which were corrected prior to the inspection. He also acknowledged that the administration had addressed all non-compliance citations and deficiencies identified in the 2016.

Noll’s evaluation focused on personnel, admission/release, orientation, inmate rules, staff procedure, classification, housing, clothing, bedding, food services, personal hygiene, medical/health services, visiting, telephone communications, mail, work programs, access to legal services, religion, recreation, commissary/other funds, inmate discipline, security, statistical information reporting, treatment services, incoming publications, deaths, sexual assaults, notifications, and sanitation/maintenance/safety.

The jail was built in 1869. It underwent extensive renovation and expansion in 1995. Its exterior facade of stone masonry was left intact for historical preservation. The jail has an approved capacity of 73 inmates. There were 25 being held there on the day of the inspection. The jail is not equipped, nor is it staffed, to accommodate female inmates.


Tuesday December 26, 2017

Monday’s high, 24; Overnight low, 9 No overnight snow







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 Obituary: Dana Kenyon, Coudersport

 Speed listed as contributor to Elk County crash…Gaines driver hurt in car/deer collision….teen passenger hurt in Tioga County accident…Both drivers escape injury in rear-end collision…Id thefts investigated by state police at Mansfield and Emporium…Burglars steal jewelry and other items from Potter County home during a brief period of time…

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 A live Nativity was presented Friday and SAturday December 22 & 23, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Roulette. Some of our pictures are posted at the end of this report.

Ridgway based State police claim a Ridgway woman was speeding when her car overturned Sunday morning on Shelvey Summit in Fox Township. Crystal Anderson was going north when her Nissan Versa went off the road on a left curve, traveled about 130 feet through a lawn before colliding head-on with a stump. The car rolled over several times while continuing for about 780 feet before stopping. Anderson, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected while the vehicle was rolling over. However, she declined medical attention, according to police but has been charged with speeding and failing to use a seatbelt.

A Gaines driver was hurt early Sunday morning when her VW Jetta hit a deer on Route 362 in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Tylia Porter’s westbound car went off the shoulder and hit a ditch after colliding with the deer. Porter did not require treatment at a medical facility.

Injuries were reported for an Osceola woman and her passenger after a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday morning in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. Jennifer Willow was going east on Route 49 when she stopped suddenly, causing her Chevrolet Cobalt to spinoff the road, hit a mailbox and roll over two or three times before stopping. A 17 year old female passenger was seriously injured and was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre while Willow received minor injuries.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision last Thursday afternoon on Route 287 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Mansfield-based state police explained that the fender-bender happened when Randy Harding of Blossburg was the last vehicle in a line of traffic following a slow moving tractor. Luke Rawson of Wellsboro was behind Harding who, according to police, did not notice everyone was moving slower than the posted 55 mph posted speed limit and became distracted when he reached for a bottle of water and braked when he looked back at the line, but could not stop in time and his Chevrolet Impala bumped the rear end of Harding’s Chevrolet Impala shoving it into a section of guardrails.

An ID theft has been investigated by troopers in Mansfield. A criminal used Millerton resident 71 year old FrankGunn’s financial informatiho to open an Amazon and credit card account to buy a Bluetooth speaker form $177 on Decembere 13.

Troopers in Emporium are probing an ID theft victimizing a 72 year old Emporium woman on December 8. Thieves used the woman’s identity to acquire a credit card and then fraudulently to purchase several items.

Coudersport based state police are looking for burglars who stole several items from a Stewardson Township home between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm December 11. Several pieces of jewelry, old coins and cash were stolen from the home of Steve and Janet Sanderson of Chestnut Street. The thieves apparently parked their vehicle on the Old Cross Fork Road while they committed the crime.

Burglars stole a wallet and food from the fridge at the home of Savannah Stage in the Ridgway Commons between December 1 and 22. The loss is estimated to be $40.

State police at Ridgway have arrested 33 year old Stacy Parks of St. Marys for stealing merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart  on three separate occasions. Authorities allege she stole $340.98 worth of merchandise from the store on November 3; that she tampered with a security dvice on an expensive item, destroyed the box and subsequently stole the itme from the store; and took two items from the store last Friday valued at $$45.76. Charges have been filed in District Court.

Two  Ruger rifles were stolen from a camp in Spring Creek Township, Elk County last week. Criminals entered the camp owned by Leslie Stilwell of Ridgway through a second floor unlocked window between December 18 and 21.

Burglars entered a camper on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County between 3:00 and 7:00 pm last Wednesday through an unlocked door. Orange juice from the fridge was consumed and the toilet was used in the camper ownedby Aaron Sidleckof Lycoming County.

Unknown crooks  caused $100 in damage to a door jam  when they forced their way into a Chatham Township house owned by Henry Wood of Knoxville. A 2017 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 side by side ATV owned by Brennan Wood of Tioga was stolen from a garage on the property. The machine is valued at $9274.

Vandals broke a rear window in a vehicle owned by Jamie Williams of Genesee while it was parked on the Gold Road in Genesee Township between 1:00 and 2:30 pm Saturday.



Leadership Potter County will celebrate its tenth year in 2018.  An updated program will be rolled out. whichh will cover important topics that teach participants about their own leadership styles and connect them to valuable resources in the county. New to the program are a customized learning environment, additional small group work, and “walk and talk” activities.

Leadership Potter County 2018 is scheduled to begin in February. For more information or to request an application, call the Education Council at 814-274-4877.


Dana Arlene Gooch Kenyon, 91, passed away at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA, on Friday, December 22, 2017. Daughter of C. Jay and H. Beryl Arnett Gooch, she was born on Ford Hill, Allegany Township, and graduated from Coudersport High School in 1944. She married Leonard Kenyon on August 11, 1945, they shared over 50 years of marriage together. For many years Dana and Leonard owned and operated Jersey Hill Farms, a dairy farm with registered Jersey cattle. Since 1997, their son Kent has continued the dairy business.

An active life-long member of Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church, she supported her husband by being very involved in dairy farming duties. She also kept very accurate, detailed records of her family’s genealogy over the years and served on the school board, Coudersport Area School District, for four years. She loved outdoor flower and vegetable gardening and cultivated several plants inside her home. She also was very fond of decorating with all kinds of butterflies. Most of all, she loved her family and always kept up with what was going on in their lives. Her home was filled with photos of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents C. Jay and H. Beryl Gooch, son Kurtis Lee, her husband Leonard (1997), her sister Marie Snyder (2006) and brothers Everett (2007) and Lester (1988) Gooch. She is survived by her sister, Wanda Metzger of Lemoyne, PA; her four sons Keith (Janice) of St. Joseph, Michigan; Karl (Franny) of Springboro, PA; Kevin (Sandy) and Kent (Kathy) Kenyon of Coudersport. Dana leaves seven grandchildren: Rebecca, Josiah, Jared, Jameson Kenyon of Coudersport; Mike (Gail) Kenyon of Conneaut, Ohio; Nicholas (Meredith) Kenyon, Sherman, NY; Heather (Steve) Pettis, Albion, PA; eight great grandchildren: Jonathan, Ben, Anna Kenyon of Conneaut, OH; Parker, Aurora, Natalie Kenyon of Sherman, NY, and Harper and Everett Pettis of Albion, PA.

Calling hours and celebration of her life will be held at Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church, 13 E. Carley Road, Coudersport, PA 16915, Friday, December 29, 2017. Calling hours are noon to 2pm. Celebration of her life will be at 2pm. Rev. Carl Greene will be officiating. The service for interment at Woodland Cemetery, Hebron Township, will also be held at the church.

Live Nativity at the First Baptist Church in Roulette Dec. 22 & 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017


State police seek help in solving Wharton Township shooting……Butler man arrested on drug charges in Elk County…..Harrisburg residents unhurt in Tioga County accident…..The Game Commission says the holidays are a perfect time to take advantage of hunting seasons..Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall coming to Potter County….

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Obituary: Robert “Bob” Riley, Ulysses

Thursday’s high, 37; low 30; freezing rain






CHRISTMAS EVE-Snow, low 20

State police seek help in solving Wharton Township shooting……Butler man arrested on drug charges in Elk County…..Harrisburg residents unhurt in Tioga County accident…..The Game Commission says the holidays are a perfect time to take advantage of hunting seasons..Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall coming to Potter County….

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Coudersport, continue their investigation of a shooting that occurred at a two-story hunting camp/seasonal residence located at 13 Deerfield Road, Austin, Potter County, PA.  The camp is located approximately 200 yards east of SR872 over a small embankment.

On October 21, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an unknown suspect came to the camp and fired two gunshots for unknown reasons.  One of the rounds traveled through a first story window of the camp and struck the victim, a 74-year-old male from Dover, York County, PA, in the chest/abdomen area as he was sitting upright in his bed.  The unknown suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

The Game Commission says
As families come together in holiday celebration over the coming days and weeks, there will be plenty of chances to spend time with loved ones afield.Opportunities to hunt small game, deer, waterfowl and furbearers either are available now, or will be soon.A number of hunting seasons now are open. Among them is the ruffed grouse season, which closes Dec. 23.The rabbit, squirrel and pheasant seasons also are open now. While hunting isn’t allowed on Sundays or on Christmas, those seasons are open until Feb. 28, 2018.Deer hunting will make its return statewide Dec. 26, when the flintlock muzzleloader and late archery seasons kick off. Those seasons run until Jan. 13 in most of the state, and until Jan. 27 in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2B, 5C and 5D.Additionally, hunters within Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery counties may use shotguns and inline muzzleloaders to harvest antlerless deer from Dec. 26 through Jan. 27.

State police in Ridgway have arrested a Butler man on drug charges. Troopers allege when they stopped 22 year old Benjamin Hutchinson Wednesday evening at the intersection of Toby Road and Star Drive in Fox Township, they found him in possession of THC (Marijuana) oil, wax and paraphernalia. Police say charges will be filed in District Court.

A Harrisburg driver and his passengers escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash last Saturday night in Lawrence Township, Tioga County. State police report Juan Perez-Martinez lost control of his Toyota Corolla while going north on Ropute 15. The car went off the road and hit a guardrail before stopping. He and his passengers, Cathe Martinez-Quinones also of Harrisburg and Carolyne Resto-Martinez of Fajardo, PR were all using seat belts.


Robert F. “Bob” RILEY, 81, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Palmyra, NJ, died Sunday, December 17, 2017 in his home. 


Born February 13, 1936, in Greenville, PA, he was the son of Franklin and Gladys Hollingshead Riley.


On October 3, 1992, in Palmyra, he married the former Rita M. Sock, who survives.


A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1959.


He served a police officer in Palmyra in the 1970’s and was employed by NJ American Water Works for over 25 years, retiring in 1998.


Surviving besides his wife, Rita, are:  a son, R. Steven (Susan) Riley of Harrison Valley;  a granddaughter, Meghan (Jimmy) Palmatier of Ulysses;  eight great-grandchildren, Lyllian Palmatier, Lennyx Palmatier, Morgan Palmatier, Malorie Palmatier, Marissa Palmatier, Logan Spires, Addison Spires, and Reagan Riley;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Furman Riley;  a grandson, Steven Thomas Riley;  and two brothers, Donald Riley and Merrill Riley.


A Memorial Service celebrating Bob’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.


Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.


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