Friday December 29, 2017

Thursday’s high, 14; Overnight low, .25” snow

FRI-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 13

FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 8

SAT-1-3” OF SNOW, HIGH 18

SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 10

SUN-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 17

SUN NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 5

   The 2018 Winter Outings series has been expanded in Potter and Tioga Counties….First Day hikes planned at state parks including three in the Black Forest Service area Tioga County home burglarized…..State  police seek owner of ATV found in Covington Township Creek…

Obituaries: Ruth Gamble, Brookland, Ulysses & Doris Mitchell, Port Allegany

Photo by John Eaton

Tim Morey is shown with a snowshoe, kayak paddle and ski pole representing the type of equipment that will be provided free for the public to use during the Winter Outings series in Potter and Tioga counties. Those who have their own equipment are encouraged to take  it. 

The 2018 Winter Outings series has been expanded to include more events in Potter County, according to organizer Tim Morey, a natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex. “This is our largest Winter Outing series yet with more than 25 activities offered in Tioga and Potter counties during the months of January and February,”  said Morey.

“The   Step Outdoors program  has expanded from a Tioga County-based program to a regional forma. With the recent merger of the Tioga County Visitors Bureau and the Potter County Visitors Association, the network is including more activities in both counties.

Activities are for youngsters and adults of all ages, from beginners to experienced and include both snow and no snow and ice and no ice opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

This year’s Winter Outings will begin with a free 5K and free First Day Guided Hikes or First Day Guided Snowshoe Hikes at three different state parks on New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1. Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear with traction devices if necessary or snowshoes if there is enough snow. Bring water and a snack. Limited snowshoes and traction devices will be available to use free during activities as well as cross-country skis, ice skates, tubes and saucers.

To promote a healthy start to the new year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers at several parks across the state as DCNR again sponsors free, guided hikes in 30 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

“Our First Day Hikes help remind people our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “They are a terrific way to make a resolution to enjoy nature, get more exercise and encourage keeping that New Year’s resolve through the coming years.”

Dunn noted 2017’s First-Day events drew almost 1,970 visitors who hiked more than 5,180 miles in state parks across Pennsylvania.

Organized by the National Association of State Park Directors to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks, all 50 states have cooperatively sponsored First Day Hikes since 2012.

State parks participating during daylight hours January 1, 2018, include: Black Moshannon, Caledonia, Canoe Creek, Codorus, Colonel Denning, Delaware Canal, French Creek, Gifford Pinchot, Greenwood Furnace, Hills Creek, Keystone, Lackawanna, Lyman Run, Marsh Creek, Moraine, Nescopeck, Ohiopyle, Pine Grove Furnace, Prince Gallitzin, Pymatuning, Raccoon Creek, S.B. Elliott, Shawnee, Sinnemahoning and Susquehannock. Also, Jacobsburg, Nolde Forest and Kings Gap environmental education centers.

Presque Isle State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center will offer a New Year’s Eve or “Last Night” hike for those who wish to ring in the New Year mid-hike.  These 1- 3-mile easy hikes begin at 10:30 PM December 31 and end around 12:30 AM January 1.

Pennsylvania State Park staff and volunteers lead all hikes, which usually are about one or two miles, but can be longer depending on the park and its terrain.

Additional details can be found at www.dcnr.pa.gov (click on Events then type First Day Hikes in the search bar).

Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHikes.

Hills Creek First Day 5K & First Day Hike/Showshoe

A First Day Guided Hike or Snowshoe Hike, and a First Day 5K are being offered at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Tioga County. Meet at the park’s beach parking area to participate in either the hike or 5K.

For the First Day 5K, runners should arrive between 12 and 12:30 p.m. to register and pick up course information and details before the 1 p.m. start. The 5K is a free, no frills event. There are no aid stations and no awards. Runners have to write down their own times. The goal is to challenge themselves and their friends by running around Hills Creek Lake as fast as they can.

The short, family oriented, slow-paced 1.5-mile guided hike will be on Tauscher’s Trail. If there is snow, it will be a guided snowshoe hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes or traction devices. A limited supply of both will be available to use free. Leader is Daryl Warren.

Hikers will cheer on runners in the 5K at 1 p.m. and then leave on their own adventure.

Come early and stay late if there is snow. Sledding hill is nearby so families are welcome to bring sleds, tubes or toboggans and give the hill a try, or cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike on the park’s trails and campground roads. For information, call the park at 570-724-4246.

Hike/Snowshoe Options at Lyman Run

At 12 p.m. two First Day Guided Hikes or Snowshoe Hikes will be offered at Lyman Run State Park at 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton in Potter County. The first will begin at 12 p.m. It will be less than a mile from the trailhead near the lower campground along the Lower Lyman Trail to the beach area. This hike is suitable for adults, children and pets. Leader Maxine Harrison will identify different trees along the trail and animal tracks near Lyman Lake. The second hike will begin at 12 p.m. and end by 2 p.m. It is for the more adventurous. Join Wanda Shirk on this three-mile hike on a combination of roads and trails around Lyman Lake. Due to conditions, traction devices may be required and hiking poles are recommended. If there is enough snow, bring sleds and saucers or borrow them to go sledding after the hikes. For more information, call the park at (814) 435-5010 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

First Day Hike/Snowshoe at Sinnemahoning

Starting at 12 p.m. at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office & Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive, Austin in Potter County, will be a 2.5-mile First Day Guided Hike or Snowshoe Hike on fairly level trails near the center. See a bald eagle’s nest, learn about the park’s trail system and additional hiking and outdoor recreational opportunities. Waterproof footwear is recommended. For information, call the park at (814) 647-8401.

Run on Thursdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25

The Tyoga Running Club is hosting free Thursday Night Runs that are open to the public on Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Meet at the Packer Park parking lot behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to go on a one-hour run beginning at 6 p.m. no matter what the weather conditions. Wearing a headlamp is recommended. There are different pace groups with varying distances for runners of all ages and ability levels. For information, email run4trc@gmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/tyogarunningclub.

 

 

Eagle Watch is Jan. 6

At 1 p.m., a one-hour Eagle Watch led by local expert Matt West will begin at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Connecting Channel Overlook at the Tioga-Hammond Dam. This is one of the best spots in the area to see bald eagles. Those who have binoculars are encouraged to bring them. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be available. West will talk about the life of the bald eagle, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s reintroduction program, how to identify this raptor and areas on Hammond, Tioga and Cowanesque lakes and other locations in Tioga County where people can go to see them. For information, call the Ives Run Visitor Information Center at 570-835-5281. To get to the overlook, take Route 287 north for 17 miles, turn right onto South Main Street in Tioga Borough, drive to the end of the street, wind past the park entrance gate and drive to the top of the hill until the road ends at the overlook parking lot.

Sunday Funday Snow Biking

Sundays, Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. On Sundays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, these rides will start at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road, Wellsboro. It is just off Route 6 in Asaph in Shippen Township, eight miles west of Wellsboro. The rides last two to three hours and the routes are always different to keep the rides interesting. For weekly updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/OswalCycleWorks/ or contact Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097.

Snowman Building & Snow Art

From 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, families are invited to build a snowman and use the snow as a blank canvas to create snow art. Everything is free, including materials and hot beverages. If there is no snow, participate in the Hoop It Up and Ice Maker contests, go on a scavenger hunt, make a winter craft to take home or play tic-tac-toe. This event will be at the Stephenhouse Pavilion at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake. The park entrance is 14 miles north of Wellsboro on Route 287. For information, call leader Debbie Calkins at 570-662-3968.

Weekly Hiking Series

Daryl Warren, local hiking guru and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer leads hikes year-round on Mondays and Saturdays. In addition to the Jan. 1 First Day Hike/Snowshoe at Hills Creek State Park and the Jan. 6 guided snowshoe or regular hike at Mill Cove, Warren will lead hikes on Monday, Jan. 8 through Monday, Feb. 26. The hikes range from easy (Pine Creek Rail Trail) to strenuous (narrow, steep mountain trails), short (3 miles) to lengthy (12 miles). Each week, hikers will meet at the parking lot at Packer Park behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro to carpool to the hike location. Warren ranks each hike on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest. “My hiking speed averages 1.7 miles per hour,” Warren said. “If necessary, the pace will be set slower. The time listed for each hike is the actual hiking time. It does not include shuttling to and from trailheads.” On Monday, Jan. 8, Warren will lead an 8.6-mile, 5-hour hike on Larry’s Loop. He rates it as a 3 based on its length. At 8 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to Larry’s Loop. On Saturday, Jan. 13, Warren will lead a 3-mile, 2-hour hike on Hamilton Lake loop. He rates this as a 2 because it is on mostly level terrain and has one short bushwhack. At 9 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to Hamilton Lake Loop. On Monday, Jan. 15, Warren will lead a 6-mile, 3.5-hour hike on Bee Tree Ski Trail. He rates this as a 3.5 because of its length. This hike is on mostly level terrain and has one moderate climb. At 9 a.m., meet Warren at Packer Park to carpool to the Bee Tree Ski Trail. To receive detailed information about the hikes and to sign up for weekly updates, email Daryl at rindercella@epix.net or call him at 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739.

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To learn more about Winter Outings series events or for updates on trail conditions, directions and more, visit www.stepoutdoors.org or call 570-724-0635 or 570-724-0300.

   

 

Burglars caused $250 in damage to a wooden door when they forced their way into the home of Teena Jackson on Route 49 in Osceola Township, Tioga County between 11:00 am Chrhistmas Day and 11:00 the day after. Several items were taken including coins and jewelry.

Troopers at Mansfield  are looking for the owner of an ATV found November 14 in a creek off of Hilfiger Road in Covington Township. The black framed Kazuma ATV has a vin number of LWOXCGLP140014789

Anyone with information about the burglary or ATV is encouraged to call state police at 570.662.2151.

OBITUARIES

Ruth F. GAMBLE, 98, of Brookland, Ulysses, PA, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.Born September 11, 1919, in Spring Mills, NY, she was the daughter of William and Hattie R. Whitman French.On July 4, 1942, in Buffalo, NY, she married Edward L. Gamble, who predeceased her on October 19, 2009.A graduate of Harrison Valley High School and Mansfield Normal School, she began her teaching career in Thompson, PA and later taught home economics at Genesee High School and Northern Potter High School.  While attending college, she was employed by State Sen Raymond Stone at Oak Hall in Brookland, where she met Edward.She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, serving as one of the first women delegates to the diocesan convention, Episcopal Church Women, serving as president, secretary, and treasurer, Potter County Historical Society, PA Association of School Retirees, and Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as chapter president and historian.  Ruth was a volunteer with Potter County Hospice.Surviving are:  a daughter, Phyllis (Alan) Scardina of Winston-Salem, NC;  a son, Darrell (Patti) Gamble of Brookland;  a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Gamble of Mayville, NY;  seven grandchildren, Lori (Matt) Maughon, Michael (Debbie) Scardina, John (Mandy) Scardina, Sara Gamble, Aimee Crowl, Emily Gamble, and Nick Gamble;  seven great-grandchildren;  a sister, Doris F. Clark of Westfield;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Quentin A. Gamble;  and a sister, Bonnie Miller.Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday in All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland.  The Rev. Janis Yskamp and the Rev. Carol Carlson will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 52, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 Doris M. Mitchell, 92, formerly of Laurel Lane, Port Allegany passed away Sunday (Dec. 24, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. Born May 20, 1925, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Earl and Hilda Ellison Hurd. On Jan. 1, 1944, in Port Allegany, she married Richard F. Mitchell, who died Apr. 8, 2004.
Doris was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, class of 1943.
Mrs. Mitchell was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Port Allegany, and Gethsemane Lutheran Women. Surviving is a daughter, Sandra K. Piscitello of Hamburg, NY; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Mitchell of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren: Todd (Shannon) Mitchell, Jennifer (Matt) Reed, Melissa (Brian) Gehring, nine great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces and 1 nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, a son, James Mitchell, and a sister, Joyce Bickford. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 31, 2017) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joanne Piatko, pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorials can be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:    Sandy Piscitello
3960 Tudor Place
Hamburg, NY  14075

Thursday December 2017

Wednesday’s High, 14; Overnight low; -10; no snow

THU-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 13 (WC 0)

THU NIGHT-INCREASING CLOUDS, LOW 2

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH IN UPPER TEENS

SAT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY HIGH IN THE MID-UPPER TEENS

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 Famed author James Patterson award;s two Wellsboro store employees with grants…PennDot announces almost 400 bridges have been repaired or replaced this year….DCNR says there is plenty to do outdoors this winter…..Area fire departments respond to furnace leak at glass plant in Port Allegany…..State police warn residents about deadly drugs appearing in the region….St. Marys woman arrested for shoplifting at Walmart…

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PART A

PART B

PART C

Photo by John Eaton

Kris Dickinson (left) and Kasey Cox Coolidge hold a copy of the letter signed by James Patterson and Oren Teicher that each one received along with a check.  “It’s very clear that you have gone above-and-beyond in your work as a bookseller. We hope that this check will allow you to continue doing good work in your store and in your community,” the letter reads. 

 On Monday, Dec. 18, multi-million dollar bestselling author James Patterson announced the names of more than 300 independent booksellers receiving grants totaling $350,000, up $100,000 over previous years, as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program and two Tioga County residents were among the recipients.

Patterson partnered with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds, which were awarded to individual booksellers in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. The full list of the recipients is at BookWeb.org/bonus. Among them are Kris Dickinson and Kasey Cox Coolidge both of From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro. Both were anonymously nominated for a Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program award.

The grant application asked one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country. Many of the recipients are from areas hard hit by natural disasters, including Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Copperfield’s in Napa, and various stores in Florida. Nominated booksellers were praised for their perseverance, as well as for their contagious enthusiasm, skilled hand-selling, innovation, and, most importantly, dedication to books and reading.

 

American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher said, “With this expansion of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, James Patterson continues to demonstrate his extraordinary commitment to literacy and independent booksellers. In a year that has proved so challenging to many booksellers because of natural disasters, we are even more grateful. Thanks to his ongoing generosity, over twice as many independent booksellers who are working so hard to serve their communities by connecting authors and readers of all ages will receive well-earned bonuses.”

In 2016, Patterson donated $250,000 in holiday bonuses to 149 independent bookstore employees across the country; in 2015, he donated $250,000 in holiday bonuses to 87 bookstore employees. In 2014, he awarded $1 million in grants to 178 independent bookstores that were recognized for doing an outstanding job of fostering a love of reading in young children. He has had many generous philanthropy programs supporting community literacy. Over the past decade, Patterson has given away over a million books to students and visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy.

PennDot and its development partner, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, expect to finish the 2017 construction season with the opening of its 390th bridge this week. When this multi-year project is completed, PennDOT will have replaced 558 structurally deficient bridges with its Rapid Bridge Replacement Project

2017 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project successes include:

  • PWKP has completed 212 bridges so far this year, with another 6 scheduled to complete before the end of year, for a total of 218 completed bridges in 2017.
  • 96 percent of all bridge replacements on time or ahead of schedule.
  • 284 bridges are now under maintenance responsibility of Walsh Infrastructure Maintenance for the next 25 years.
  • PWKP construction teams have worked a total of 1,464,901-man hours.
  • Over 500 subcontractors have performed work on the project.

Bridge replacements to date across 61 counties in Pennsylvania include:

  • 241 single span bridges
  • 12 multiple-span bridges
  • 129 box culverts
  • 8 Pipe culverts and arch bridges

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is an $899 million public-private partnership (P3) awarded by PennDOT to PWKP. PWKP includes, Plenary Group USA Ltd. and Walsh Investors, LLC, which are providing financing and long-term management; a joint-venture construction team of Walsh Construction Company and Granite Construction Company; HDR, Inc., which is the lead design firm; and Walsh Infrastructure Management, which will provide maintenance for a 25-year period upon completion of the bridges.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.comor by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email info@parapidbridges.com.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says with the arrival of winter, there is plenty to do outdoors and there are plenty of ways to find out more.

Winter Report: To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx.  The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks.  The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available. The report also lists the snow depth and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not deep enough, then the activities are not available. This easy-to-use website allows you to search either by park or by specific winter recreation activity.

Snowmobile Information:  When snow conditions allow, snowmobile riding is permitted on designated trails and joint-use roads on DCNR lands.  The public can access maps and trail conditions through the DCNR web page athttp://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/snowmobile/snowindex.aspx. To see information on current trail conditions by county, justscroll down. For trail maps, click on the icon of the specific map you need.  Trail information will be updated by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the snowmobile riding season.  The snowmobile trail conditions can also be access by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-766-6253.

Winter Loaner Program at Sinnemahoning State Park: Explore Sinnemahoning State Park in the winter with the Get Outdoors Loaner Program.  When enough snow covers the trails, a limited number of cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for use within the park, with staff on hand to loan equipment and assist borrowers. Snowshoes and skis will be available Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m., when sufficient snow covers the trails.   Sizes are limited, but most adult sizes are available.  There is no fee for this loaner program, but donations are requested.  A driver’s license and valid credit card must be provided in order to borrow equipment. Orientation and brief instruction will be provided upon request at the time of loan. For more information or to confirm size availability, call the Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401.

Attend A Program To Learn A New Skill: Are winter sports new to you?  Attend a beginner’s class at your local PA State Park or a Winter Festival.  Many introductory programs are offered including snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating.  To find programs and events near you, please visit the DCNR Events Calendar at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/.  You can search for specific outdoor activities using the search tool on the bottom right of the page,

Several area volunteer fire departments responded to the Ardagh Glass plant in Port Allegany Tuesday night as a precaution when a furnace developed a small leak. Star Hose volunteers were dispatched at around 10:00 pm. Firefighters from  Smethport, Roulette, Coudersport and Westons Mills, NY were summoned under the mutual aid system. All units were back in service about 45 minutes later. There were no injuries.

Pictured above are stamp baggies associated with the recent overdoses. Red beetle on left; Blue Thumbs Up in center; no image on right baggie.

State police across the region are advising citizens to be on the lookout for  suspicious baggies holding dangerous drugs which have resulted in three recent overdoses, one of them fatal. Three users in Clearfield County to our south were revived. The fatality occurred in Clarion County. Authorities say the overdoses are the result of suspected Fentanyl being sold as heroin or as an additive to heroin. Authorities say the region is being flooded with a deadly cocktail that will cause an overdose and most likely lead to death. Anyone who comes across suspicious packages should contact local police.

A St. Marys woman is facing retail theft charges according to state police there. Troopers did not release the 29 year old woman’s name but assert she took $31.16 in merchandise  from the Walmart store Saturday afternoon without paying for the items. 

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

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 16

WED NIGHT-COUDY, LOW 5

THUPARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 18

THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 8

FRI-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 22

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 13

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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.