Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Sunday’s high,36; Overnight low, 35; no precipitation
MON-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 43
MON NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS, LOW 30
TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 53
TUE NIGHT-CLOUDS BUILD, LOW 31
WED-A FEW CLOUDS, HIGH, 48
WED NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 31

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Accidental fire destroys Foster Township home….Several departments battled McKean County Wildfire Sunday…..Austin man charged with terroristic threats….Galeton man accused of giving false ID to police….Injuries reported in Roulette collision…..Thieves observed leaving Mansfield store with armloads of merchandise….large sum of cash stolen from Tioga County home Thanksgiving day….Lewis Run woman reportedly lied to police about theft….Troopers investigate Elk County camp burglary…..

 

Obituary: Shirley Fleet, Coudersport

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Representatives of “To Fill a Backpack” were among vendors at the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce Christmas Craft Show. (L-R: “BJ” Kulp; Dawn Mahon, Andy Kulp)

Vendors lined the hallways and lobby at Coudesport Area Junior/ Senior High School for the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Craft Show.

Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season opened this morning and will continue through December 9. During the first week, hunters in the Wildlife Management Units within the Black Forest Broadcasting service area may shoot only bucks this week. Starting December 2 and continuing through December 9, either bucks or does may be taken but the Game Commission reminds hunters only one buck may be taken during the two week season.

A Foster Township home was destroyed by an accidental fire Saturday morning. According to the state police fire marshal, homeowner 32 William McDowell was using a propane torch in the master bedroom which ignited nearby combustible materials. McDowell suffered minor burns on his hands while trying to extinguish the flames. Five other occupants of the three-bedroom house on South Kendall Avenue got out safely. The uninsured loss is estimated to be $60,000.

Volunteer firefighters from several departments battled a wildfire Sunday afternoon at the Davies home on the Pithole Road in Keating Township. Responders from Smethport, Hilltop, Rew and Norwich Township were able to keep flames from spreading to the adjacent house .All units were back in service less than an hour after the 4:46 pm call.

An Austin man has been jailed on a terroristic threat charge. State police allege 56 year old Michael Majot threatened to kill a 57 year old Austin woman and a 343 year old Florence, MS woman during a phone call to the North Ruth Street Austin home on Thanksgiving Day. Majot was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $10,000 secured bail after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Delores Weiss.

Coudersport based state police also arrested 45 year old Daniel Lock of Galeton for DUI and violating drug laws. Troopers say when they conducted a traffic stop last Wednesday afternoon on Sherman Street in Galeton, Lock gave them false identification. Upon obtaining Lock’s real ID, they found he was wanted on a warrant and allegedly admitted to possessing cocaine located inside the vehicle. Troopers claim Lock was determined to have been driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

State police have not released details yet about a collision Sunday evening on Route  6 near the West Main Street intersection in Roulette Township. Apparently there were injuries. Route 6 east if the crash scene was closed for a time after the 6:30 pm accident. Traffic was diverted via West Main Street. Roulette Emergency Services responded to the call.

Troopers at Coudersport overnight did release details about a one-vehicle wreck in Stewardson Township last Sunday afternoon (November 19). Cops relate Mark Yetka of Virginia Beach, VA was going north on the Cross Fork Creek Road when his Dodge Ram pickup went off the road and struck a Tri-County Rural Electric pole. Yetka was not hurt but was cited for failing to give immediate notice to police and the crash remains under investigation.

A Troupsburg driver was taken to Corning Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered last Monday afternoon in Brookfield Township, Tioga County .According to state police in Mansfield, Stanley Good was going south on the California Road when his Ford F-150 went off the road on a left hand curve and rolled down an embankment.

Troopers at the Kane Barracks have charged 35 year old Crystal Carr of Lewis Run for making false reports to law enforcement. Police claim Carr told them her sister had stolen he debit card and used to make several unauthorized purchases last Monday afternoon. Upon further investigation, authorities determined Carr had lost the card and told police her sister had stolen it because they were fighting. She is being charged in District Court.

Mansfield based state police are looking for two thieves who ran off after stealing merchandise from Tractor Supply on S .Main Street in Mansfield a few minutes before 10:00 o’clock last Friday morning. A man and a woman grabbed two arm loads worth of items, ran into the parking lot and hopped into a Black Nissan Rogue with NY plates before departing in an unknown direction. Anyone who can help solve the crime is asked to contact troopers at 570.662.2151.

A burglary in Nelson Township, Tioga County is also being investigated by state police in Mansfield.Approximately $2000 in cash was taken from the Royte 49 home of Michael Egleston between 11:15 am and 8:30 pm Thanksgiving day.

Criminals stole several items from an Elk County camp over the past few months. The camp is located at 20332 Bennetts Valley Highway and is owned by a Gettysburg resident. Items taken between June 1 and yesterday include two saws, a 48” flat screen TV, a DVD player, a 6’ ladder, trash can and various hand tools. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.
Several tools were taken from the home of Wayne Scrimshaw in Sinnehahoming between November 5 and 25.

Vandals cut the spark plug wires and coil wire on a tractor owned by Richard Nelson last Wednesday or Thursday while it was parked on his property near the Nelson Run Road in Allegany Township Potter County.

Obituary

Shirley Rees Fleet, 93, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on December 13, 1923 in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of John H. and June A. Thomas Rees. On August 18, 1956 in the First Presbyterian Church in Nanticoke, she married Walter R. Fleet, Jr., who passed away on July 14, 2011.
Shirley was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and was a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre. She received her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Penn State University. She was a biology/chemistry teacher in Matawan, NJ and also in Sayre, Pa. She was also a real estate broker in Flemington, NJ.
Shirley was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, where she served as a lay pastor and was a member of the choir. She was a former member of the Coudersport Golf Club and a former member of the former Coudersport Women’s Bowling League. Shirley was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an accomplished writer having published poetry and family cookbooks. She had previously served as a volunteer at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and also served as a volunteer at Sweden Valley Manor. She was a lover of the outdoors. She greatly loved her time spent at her home on Lake Silkworth and her home in Coudersport. She cherished her family, church and many friends.
Surviving are a brother, Ronald David Rees of Nanticoke; a sister, Mildred Plummer of Jenkintown; and many nieces and nephews, including John F. (Linda) Domaleski of Coudersport, Martha J. (David) Pennell of Galeton, June (Roy) Hill of Wellsboro, Robert Leete of Coudersport, John Plummer of Delaware, Edward “Butch” Rees of South Carolina, and Tom (Cindy) Leete of Sterling, Alaska.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was predeceased by eleven siblings, Malvern Rees, George Edward Rees, Laureen Ann Watts, Lois Mae Leete, Mary R. Domaleski, Almena Vaughn, Grace Rosalee Pfuntner, Madge Rees, Laurence Rees, John H. Rees, Jr. and Jane Turley.
Family and friends may call from 11am to noon on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at noon with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East 3rd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Shirley’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, Funeral Director/Owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Friday November 24, 2017

Thursday’s high, 38; Overnight low, 21; no precipitation

FRI– SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 44.
FRI NIGHT– PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 35.
SAT– A CHANCE OF SHOWERS, MAINLY AFTER 7AM. MOSTLY CLOUDY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 43.
SAT NIGHT– A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS. MOSTLY CLOUDY,
SUN- A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS BEFORE NOON. PARTLY SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 34.
SUN NIGHT– MOSTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 26.

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3-day total bear kill estimated @ 1628; deer season opens Monday in PA…..Shop Small Saturday observed in Emporium and Shinglehouse…Troopers in Mansfield investigate electronic harassment….Mansfield woman accused of shoplifting twice at Walmart….Ulysses area camp burglary probed…DUI charges pending against Ulysses driver following crash…

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Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 318 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,628 – an about 30 percent decrease compared to the 2,308 bears taken during the first three days of the 2016 season.
Extensive rain on the season’s opening day, Nov. 18, led to the harvest decline according to the Game Commission.
Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not included in this report.
Bears have been harvested in 54 counties so far during the statewide season, which closes today.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Wednesday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 569 pounds or more.
One bear taken on Tuesday joined the state’s top 10. It almost took top honors.
James M. Langdon, of Wattsburg, Pa., took a 691-pound male with a rifle in Cherry Grove Township, Warren County. It places second currently among largest bears taken in the four-day statewide bear season.
The state’s heaviest bear – a male estimated at 700 pounds – was taken in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, by Chad A. Wagner, of Titusville, Pa. He took it with a rifle at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 18, the season’s opening day.
Other large bears taken over the four-day season’s first three days – all taken with a rifle – include: a 648-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Dreher Township, Wayne County, by Joseph D. Simon, of Newfoundland, Pa.; a 609-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Abbott Township, Potter County, by Michael R. Neimeyer, of Spring City, Pa.; a 601-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Valley Township, Armstrong County, by Bo J. Bowser, of Kittanning; a 595-pound male taken Nov. 18 in St. Marys Township, Elk County, by Stephanie A. Siford, of North East, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Charleston Township, Tioga County, by Zachery L. Martin, of Wellsboro, Pa.; a 586-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, by Brian K. Baker, of Titusville, Pa.; a 576-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Homer Township, Potter County, by Kirby R. Kornhaus, of Jonestown, Pa.; a 569-pound male taken Nov. 21 in Liberty Township, Centre County, by Conner L. Toner, of Beech Creek, Pa.; a 562-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, by William J. Miller, of Beech Creek, Pa.; a 561-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Fox Township, Sullivan County, by Tyler J. Bagley, Of Montgomery, Pa; a 561-pound male taken in Ross Township, Luzerne County, by Richard B. Kollar, of Shickshinny, Pa.

The overall 2016 bear harvest was 3,529, the fifth-largest in state history. In 2015, hunters took a total of 3,748 bears – the third-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary three-day totals numbered 2,709.

The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 14 (27 in 2014); WMU 1B, 53 (99); WMU 2A, 1 (1); WMU 2C, 75 (192); WMU 2D, 91 (79); WMU 2E, 25 (54); WMU 2F, 182 (276); WMU 2G, 356 (515); WMU 2H, 70 (92); WMU 3A, 103 (144); WMU 3B, 167 (165); WMU 3C, 80 (56); WMU 3D, 173 (167); WMU 4A, 59 (108); WMU 4B, 30 (69); WMU 4C, 42 (64); WMU 4D, 79 (158); WMU 4E, 26 (40); and WMU 5A, 2 (1).

The top bear hunting county in the state after three days of season was Lycoming County with 120. It overtook Tioga County, where hunters took 113 bears the first three days of the season. Tioga County had led the state through the first two days of season.

Three-day harvests by county and region are:
Northwest (265): Warren, 79 (106); Jefferson, 47 (60); Venango, 41 (75); Clarion, 29 (42); Forest, 28 (64); Crawford, 20 (34); Butler, 9 (8); Erie, 6 (11); and Mercer, 6 (7).

Southwest (110): Somerset, 34 (76); Armstrong, 30 (19); Fayette, 23 (49); Westmoreland, 9 (29); Indiana, 8 (26); and Cambria, 6 (16).

Northcentral (690): Lycoming, 120 (156); Tioga, 113 (143); Potter, 108 (126); Clinton, 106 (179); Elk, 59 (66); McKean, 54 (88); Clearfield, 49 (87); Cameron, 40 (66); Centre, 31 (71); and Union, 10 (13).

Southcentral (128): Bedford, 26 (59); Huntingdon, 39 (51); Fulton, 16 (28); Perry, 9 (28); Juniata, 9 (27); Blair, 6 (21); Mifflin, 9 (20); Franklin, 7 (11); Snyder, 2 (8); Cumberland, 3 (3); and Adams, 2 (0).
Northeast (408): Pike, 89 (50); Sullivan, 60 (37); Wayne, 54 (40); Luzerne, 35 (62); Monroe, 33 (46); Wyoming, 29 (22); Bradford, 28 (39); Lackawanna, 25 (25); Carbon, 23 (22); Susquehanna, 19 (24); Columbia, 9 (20); Northumberland, 3 (1); and Montour, 1 (1).

Southeast (27): Dauphin, 13 (21); Schuylkill, 6 (16); Berks 4 (1); Lebanon, 2 (7); and Northampton, 2 (1).
Meanwhile, the statewide general firearms season begins Monday November 27and runs through December 9 In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the season’s first five days, with the antlerless and antlered seasons then running concurrently from the first Saturday, Dec. 2, to the season’s close. In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, however, properly licensed hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer at any time during the season.
Rules regarding the number of points a legal buck must have on one antler also differ in different parts of the state, and young hunters statewide follow separate guidelines.
For a complete breakdown of antler restrictions, WMU boundaries and other regulations, consult the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov.

Hunters during the statewide firearms season can harvest antlered deer if they possess a valid general hunting license, which costs $20.90 for adult residents and $101.90 for adult nonresidents.
To take an antlerless deer, a hunter must possess either a valid antlerless deer license or a valid permit. In the case of mentored hunters, the mentor must possess a valid tag that can be transferred to the mentored hunter at the time of harvest.

In addition to regular antlerless licenses, Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits can be used to take antlerless deer. A DMAP permit can be used throughout the 12-day firearms season, but only on the specific property for which it is issued. DMAP permits for some properties might still be available .

One very important regulation that applies statewide is the requirement for all hunters to wear at all times a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. And for safety’s sake, it’s a good idea for nonhunters who might be afield during the deer season and other hunting seasons to consider wearing orange, as well.

.Shinglehouse and Emporium businesses are participating in the National “Shop Local Keep the Money Local” event Saturday sponsored by American Express which promotes locally owned businesses and products available for gift giving. “To encourage people to keep the purchases local, Cameron County shoppers will receive a ticket into a drawing from each participating business where they spend a minimum of $10 .A drawing for prizes will be held at 2:30 at the Chamber of Commerce office.
Participating businesses will display a Shop Small blue and white heart. They include: Wine and Spirits Store, Fox’s Pizza Den Emporium, Floor Masters, Paw N Claws, Aroma Café, Flowers N Things, Pink Zebra, Pizza Palace, L&M Lumber, Randy’s Penny Pincher, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, Reid’s Hometown Emporium and Sheetz.
Emporium Borough Council giving Santa’s shoppers a gift with free parking starting this week through the end of the year. All meters will be covered with hand painted burlap bags. Employers and downtown residents are asked to remind workers to keep the parking spaces open for shoppers.

Shop Local Day will be held in Shinglehouse from 9a-3p. Participants will try to find 17 Tiny Christmas Rats hidden in businesses in and around Shinglehouse. A checklist will be provided and must be stamped by an owner or employee of each business then returned to the entry box at the OV Senior Center. Lucky winners will be drawn at 3:30p.

Mansfield based state police say they have three suspects in a case of harassment4 by communications. The trio reportedly used a spoof app to send obscene messages to a female victim on Moore Road in Richmond Township Monday night. The investigation is continuing..

A 47 year old Mansfield woman is accused of retail theft. State police claim Kimberly McClosky took $197 worth of unpurchased merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart on November 14 and then allegedly concealed another $195 worth of items when she walked out of the store Monday afternoon November 19.

A camp burglary in Ulysses is being investigated by state police at Coudersport Burglars entered a camp on Forest Drive owned by Kory Nolan of Lebanon, PA and made off with a Parker Bushwacker Crossbow, three trail cameras, ten trail camerea SD cards, a thermacell and a Craftsman tool bag containing miscellaneous tools. Anyone who can help solve the crime is asked to call state police @814.274.8690.

A criminal mischief taking place this week is being probed by troopers in Mansfield. Vandals smashed the front passenger doo window on his vehicle while it was parked on East Main Street in Westfield between 10:00 pm Tuesday and 9:00 am Wednesday.

State police at Mansfield have cited a Westfield man for criminal trespass. Authorities claim Austin King went onto property on Skinner Hollow Road Oc4tober 7 owned by RuthAnn King also of Westfield and remained there even though he knew he was not allowed to be there. Police did not indicate the relationship between the defendant and victim.

Coudersport based state police early this morning released details about a one-vehicle, possible DUI related crash last Friday night on Meeker Hollow Road in Pike Townshp. Troopers relate Michael Lowe, 48,of Ulysses was headed uphill while going south, skidded across the road, hit an embankment and rolled over coming to rest on the driver’s side pavement….Lowe and his passenger, Trina Patterson of Knoxville were using seatbelts but officers suspect Lowe was DUI and charges are pending the results of chemical testing.

Wednesday November 22, 2017

 

The Black Forest News Department will be taking Thanksgiving Day off to be with family and friends.

 

Tuesday’s high, 49; overnight low, 34; .03” rain
WED-AFTER AM SNOW SHOWERS, PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36
WED NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 19
THANKSGIVING-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 37
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 25
FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 43
FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 33

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Obituary: Duane Dow (Austin)

Tioga County leads state in bear harvest…..Traffic expected to be heavy ac ross state for Thanksgiving weekend….Investigation continues into police shooting of suspect in Johnsonburg….Deer blamed for accidents in region……firewood stolen from Elk County field….vandalism probed in Tioga County….
Tioga County leads state in bear harvest…..Traffic expected to be heavy ac ross state for Thanksgiving weekend….Investigation continues into police shooting of suspect in Johnsonburg….Deer blamed for accidents in region……firewood stolen from Elk County field….vandalism probed in Tioga County

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After two days, 1,310 black bears have been harvested as part of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Archery and other early bear season harvest data is not available at this time.
Bears have been harvested in 54 counties during the statewide season so far.
Four bears exceeding 500 pounds were taken on the season’s second day, Nov. 20. The top 10 bears processed at check stations on the season’s first two days were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 560 pounds or more.

The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 700 pounds – was taken in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, by Chad A. Wagner, of Titusville, Pa. He took it with a rifle at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 18, the season’s opening day.

Other large bears taken over the season’s first two days – all taken with a rifle – include: a 648-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Dreher Township, Wayne County, by Joseph D. Simon, of Newfoundland, Pa.; a 609-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Abbott Township, Potter County, by Michael R. Neimeyer, of Spring City, Pa.; a 601-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Valley Township, Armstrong County, by Bo J. Bowser, of Kittanning; a 595-pound male taken Nov. 18 in St. Marys Township, Elk County, by Stephanie A. Siford, of North East, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Charleston Township, Tioga County, by Zachery L. Martin, of Wellsboro, Pa.; a 586-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, by Brian K. Baker, Titusville, Pa.; a 576-pound male taken Nov. 18 in Homer Township, Potter County, by Kirby R. Kornhaus, of Jonestown, Pa.; a 562-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, by William J. Miller, of Beech Creek; a 561-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Fox Township, Sullivan County, by Tyler J. Bagley, Of Montgomery, Pa; a 561-pound male taken in Ross Township, Luzerne County, by Richard B. Kollar, of Shickshinny, Pa.; a 555-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Brady Township, Clearfield County, by Mark A. Perks, of Luthersburg, Pa.

The 2017 two-day preliminary harvest is a decrease compared to 1,893 bears taken during the statewide season’s first two days in 2016. Hunters in 2015 harvested 2,224 bears on the season’s first two days.

The overall 2016 bear harvest was 3,529, the fifth-largest in state history. In 2015, hunters took a total of 3,745 bears – the third-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary two-day totals numbered 2,709.

The preliminary two-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 13 (23 in 2015); WMU 1B, 43 (53); WMU 2A, 1, (1); WMU 2C, 63 (157); WMU 2D, 76 (66); WMU 2E, 20 (42); WMU 2F, 151 (230); WMU 2G, 263 (430); WMU 2H, 64 (68); WMU 3A, 88 (123); WMU 3B, 131 (142); WMU 3C, 63 (45); WMU 3D, 156 (138); WMU 4A, 50 (96); WMU 4B, 23 (62); WMU 4C, 28 (54); WMU 4D, 56 (127); WMU 4E, 19 (34); and WMU 5A, 2 (1).

The top bear-hunting county in the state over the first two days of the season was Tioga County with 93.
Two-day preliminary harvests by county and region are:
Northwest (223): Warren, 61 (81); Jefferson, 41 (47); Venango, 37 (61); Clarion, 25 (38); Forest, 23 (55); Crawford, 19 (15); Butler, 6 (6); Mercer, 6 (4); and Erie, 5 (5).
Southwest (90): Somerset, 31 (63); Armstrong, 25 (11); Fayette, 18 (40); Westmoreland, 6 (25); Indiana, 5 (19); and Cambria, 5 (13).
Northcentral (532): Tioga, 93 (125); Potter, 84 (100); Clinton, 83 (143); Lycoming, 74 (132); Elk, 53 (59); McKean, 44 (75); Clearfield, 40 (66); Cameron, 34 (54); Centre, 17 (57); and Union, 10 (10).

Southcentral (106): Bedford, 24 (50); Huntingdon, 33 (42); Fulton, 11 (27); Perry, 7 (25); Juniata, 7 (24); Mifflin, 7 (19); Blair, 4 (16); Franklin, 7 (11); Snyder, 2 (7); Adams, 2 (0); and Cumberland, 2 (3).

Northeast (339): Pike, 83 (42); Sullivan, 49 (34); Wayne, 44 (31); Monroe, 31 (39); Luzerne, 28 (46); Bradford, 25 (36); Wyoming, 21 (16); Lackawanna, 19 (20); Susquehanna, 16 (22); Carbon, 15 (20); Columbia, 6 (16); Montour, 1 (1); and Northumberland, 1 (1).

Southeast (20): Dauphin, 9 (18); Schuylkill, 5 (15); Lebanon, 1 (6); Berks, 4 (1); and Northampton, 1 (1).
The season ends today.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Major Case Team, in conjunction with the Elk County District Attorneys’ office, is currently investigating a reported officer-involved shooting, which occurred in Johnsonburg Borough.

According to state police, shortly after midnight Tuesday, a uniformed police officer who is employed by the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department encountered a 30-year-old man pursuant to a warrant along the 100 block of West Center Street.

The man allegedly physically resisted the veteran officer’s attempt to take him into custody and fought with him for several minutes. The officer was unable to gain control of the man.
“The fight escalated to a level where the officer fired one round from his sidearm, striking the suspect,” state police say.

Responding back-up officers from the Ridgway Borough and St. Marys City police and the Ridgway-based state police arrived at the scene, detained the man and provided him with medical care until emergency medical services could assume treatment.
“The suspect was treated locally for a gunshot wound to the torso and subsequently transferred to a trauma hospital, where he remains in stable condition,” state police say.

State police added that no danger exists to the public. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation, per Johnsonburg Borough Police Department policy.
The Elk County District Attorney will review all facets of the state police investigation into the shooting to determine if the use of force was justified in this case and the appropriateness filing any charges. The Investigation is continuing.

State police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols on this weekend to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. With Thanksgiving travel, Christmas Shopping and the start of deer season, it is one of the most traveled weekends in Pennsylvania.According to PennDOT data, the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes and a majority of them involved impaired driving.

PennDOT urges travelers to never drive impaired and always buckle up. Drivers should also avoid distractions, rotate drivers if possible and take frequent breaks.

Motorists should allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays. As weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year, motorists should always check the forecast for their entire route and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit and tires with good traction.

A Westfield woman escaped injury in a car/deer collision last Friday morning in Westfield Township. According to to Mansfield based state police, Jeni Hauber was going west on Route 49 when the white tail jumped over the guardrail and was hit by Hauler’s Mitsubishi Mirage GT but fled the scene.

Slippery roads and speed are blamed for a one vehicle crash involving a teen driver Sunday afternoon in Delmar Township. Troopers relate 19 year BillileJo Priset of Wellsboro was headed north when her Chevrolet Corsica fishtailed on the Stony Fork Road and collided with a guardrail. She was using a seat4belt and was unhurt but has been cited for speeding.

Both drivers and a passenger were unhurt in a rear end collision involving a deer in Benezette Township, Elk County Monday evening. Troopers at Ridgway say the accident occurred when Bryan Mills of Pittsburgh braked his Ford F-150 to avoid a deer on Route 555 and was hit in the rear by a Honda CRV driven by Keith Colonna of Butler, PA. Both drivers were using seatbelts as was Colonna’s passenger John Coleman of Kittaning,PA.

State police at Emporium are investigating a theft between 1:00 pm Sunday and 5:30 pm Monday in a field located next to 1557 Sterling Run Road in Lumber Township, Cameron County. Thieves stole a quantity of firewood owned by Larry Berry of Emporium.

A criminal mischief at a house on Route 49 in Knoville was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Vandals damaged a wooden door frame at the home of Wendy Reimann last Wednesday or Thursday.

Obituary:
Duane F. Dow, 65, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, November 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a long illness.
Born on April 23, 1952 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harold F. and Wilma Frances Montgomery Dow. On July 24, 1970 in the Austin United Methodist Church, he married Peggy L. “Peg” Turner, who survives.
Duane was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1970. He was employed by Emporium Specialties in Austin for over 40 years, retiring in 2016. In his youth, he worked at the former Roy’s Store in Austin.
Duane was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church, where he was very active in many activities at the church. He was a very active member of the Austin Pride Committee, working tirelessly to ensure the annual fireworks display in Austin. He was a life member of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department and the Austin Ambulance Association and had previously served on the Austin Borough Council. He enjoyed fishing. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and a New York Yankees fan. His greatest love was his family.
Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Jennifer L. (Bill) Betts of Johnstown, N.Y. and Deanna M. (Bradley) Jones of Coudersport; three grandchildren, Drake Anthony Jones, Landon William Betts and Skyler Gloria Betts; six siblings, Doris C. Dow of Allentown, David M. Dow of East Hardwick, VT, Dennis C. (Sharon) Dow of Bradenton, FL, Danny E. Dow of Austin, Diane E. (Michael) Lovell of Coudersport, and Dean M. (Cathy) Dow of Coudersport: and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Duane was predeceased by two brothers, Donald R. Dow and Douglas M. Dow.
Family and friends may call from 9am to noon on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Austin United Methodist Church, Austin, where funeral services will follow at noon with his pastor and friend, the Rev. Steven D. Small, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Austin United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Austin, PA 16720 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Duane’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, Funeral Director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Duane, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com