Tuesday January 23, 2018



Fishing Creek, looking north—Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 48; Overnight low,, 39; light rain/drizzle






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Genesee area business destroyed by explosion and fire…. Emporium man accused of hitting another with deer antlers… Both drivers hurt in Elk County collision….Icy roads blamed for Tioga County accident…Elderly McKean man scammed out of large sum of money…Westfield woman accused of trying to steal products from Walmart….State police warn of “Sweetheart” scams…..

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Obituaries: Alice Newman, Smethport & Carolyn O’Donell, Smethport


A Genesee business was destroyed by an explosion and fire Monday morning. Genesee Volunteer Fire Chief John Kuhn told Black Forest Broadcasting news, the explosion occurred at LC Garage on the Genesee Mills road when workers were  preparing to remove an automobile gas tank and a spark ignited the fumes. Fortunately there were no injuries. Chief Kuhn said when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw flames shooting through the wooden roof. Tri-Town volunteers from Ulysses pumped water from Easton’s pond. Tankers from Willing, Whitesville, Harrison Valley Genesee and Ulysses shuttled water to the burning structure. Whitesville had an engine at the site. All units were back in service some three hours later. Chief Kuhn, said the garage owned by Lewis Cook was a total loss.

An Emporium man has been cited for harassment following an attack last Thursday morning on Wheaton Hollow Road in that town. State police allege  51 year old Keith Lucanik hit 56 year old Thomas Krivonyak with a set of deer antlers during an argument. The victim was not hurt in the assault.

Both drivers were hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, impact occurred when Richard Pichler of Kersey pulled  his Chevrolet Silverado out of a driveway intending to head north on Route 255 and failed to see a northbound Dodge Ram driven by Hilary Jones of Weedville. Jones and Pichler were taken by ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

A Roaring Branch man was not hurt Saturday night in an accident in Union Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained Curtis Schmelzle was headed south on the Ogensburg Road just north of the Old Road when his Honda CRV slid downhill on a left curve, went onto the berm and collided with an embankment before rolling over onto the driver’s side. Police noted that the road was completely ice covered at the time.

Kane-based state police relate that an elderly man has been bilked out of a large sum of money in a phone scam. The 81 year old victim residing on Klondike Road in Corydon Township sent a and disclosed amount of money to a crook pretending to be a family member in need of help.

A charge of retail theft has been filed in Tioga County District Court against a Westfield woman. Authorities claim 26 year old Vanessa Sackett tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart last Friday afternoon with merchandise concealed on her body but was apprehended before she departed.

Troopers at Kane say drug charges are pending against a 26 year old woman whose name they did not release. The woman was a passenger in a vehicle stopped Saturday morning on Minard Run Road near High Street and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia associated with selling/delivering.

A Weedville resident is accused of DUI and possessing drug paraphernalia. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks contend that they found 21 year old Tristan Cheatle in possession of the items when they pulled him over for an equipment violation on Route 255 Saturday night.


Valentines Day is just around the corner and Pennsylvania State Police remind the public, particularly users of dating and matchmaking websites, to protect themselves against online sweetheart scams.

Also referred to as a romance scam, the sweetheart scam, is a common way for thieves to trick strangers into sending them large amounts of cash. The perpetrator typically preys on the loneliness of their target to quickly build trust and will then solicit money by saying they need to purchase a passport or plane ticket, to pay off medical bills, to buy a new computer, or something similar.

Although the targets of sweetheart scams are often men and women over the age of 60, victims come from all walks of life.

In many instances, successful, educated people send their life’s savings to someone they have never met because they believe they are in love, but once that money is sent, it is almost impossible to get it back. These scammers typically operate in foreign countries, making it exceedingly difficult to track them down.

Unfortunately, many people fail to report these types of crimes because they are embarrassed or ashamed, but simply stopping the flow of cash isn’t enough. Once scammers have gained access to personal or sensitive information, they have been known to continue targeting their victims through blackmail and identity theft.

The Pennsylvania State Police offers the following reminders to prevent sweetheart scams:

Never wire money to someone you have not met in person. Scammers use wire transfer services like Western Union because the transactions are difficult to trace. Other methods include pre-paid credit cards and gift cards.

Take it slow. A new romance is certainly exciting, but be wary of someone who says they are “falling in love” after a handful of online conversations.

Talk to your family and friends. A scammer will likely come up with a reason why the relationship must be kept secret. A trusted friend or relative may be able to offer valuable perspective and spot red flags you have missed.

Do your research. Scammers will often use stolen pictures and information to create their online persona. A simple internet search may yield multiple profiles with similar photos and information.

Trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel right. If you think you have fallen victim to a sweetheart scam, report it to police.

According to the FBI, Americans lost $197 million to romance scams and similar frauds in 2015.

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.



Alice Marie Newman, 84, Smethport  passed away Sunday (January 21, 2018), surrounded by her family, at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, where she had resided for the last several years.She was born August 1, 1933 to the late Albert Durphy and Mildred Durphy Morgan. On April 5, 1952, Alice married the late Floyd Newman, Jr., who passed away on November 21, 1993. She never remarried.Alice was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved making quilts and blankets for her children and grandchildren. Her love of sewing was passed on to many in the family. She loved playing bingo, music and baseball. She loved her dog “Princess”. She touched many lives and will be sadly missed.She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She organized several fund raising events, made lap blankets for local disables veterans and delivered them to many nursing homes. She attended several churches and was a member of the Christian Missionary Church of Eldred. Alice was a woman of strong faith.She is survived by:Nine children: James Newman of Port Allegany, Laura Burt of Olean, NY, Kendrick Newman of Smethport, Linda (Gilbert) Witte of Olean, NY, Loretta Ford of Smethport, Lenore (Donald) Glotz of Youngsville, Lisa Hadden of Smethport, Brodrick (Julie) Newman and Tina (Robert) Bly, both of Bradford 23 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren One brother: Kendrick (Winifred) Durphy of Eldred .One sister: Loretta Williams of Smethport And several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Newman, a daughter in law, Linda Newman, and a grandson, Todd Burt.Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held on Wed. at 12 noon with the Rev. Robert Brest, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum in Oak Hill Cemetery, Bradford.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or the McKean County Disabled American Veterans: McKean County #72, 911 Center, Smethport, PA 16749. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Carolyn E. O’Donnell, 69, of Smethport, passed away on Friday (January 19, 2018) in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.She was born May 31, 1948 in Irondequoit, NY, a daughter of John and Josephine Fagen Berry. On July 13, 1968, in Rochester, NY, she married Gary W. O’Donnell, who survives.Mrs. O’Donnell was a graduate of Irondequoit High School and had attended Geneseo College in Geneseo, NY. Carolyn and Gary moved to the area after retiring, and she enjoyed her life with her family and friends in the Marvindale and Smethport community.Carolyn was a former secretary for the Livonia Sportsmen’s Club.In addition to her husband, she is survived by:Four daughters: Heather (Jon) Peterson of Smethport, Lori O’Donnell of Myrtle Beach, SC, Suzanne (Ian) Scott of England, and Kristin (Bill) Mering of Honeoye Falls, NY.Grandchildren: Daniel, Adam, Lydia, Noah, Samuel, Kylie, Madeline, Thomas and Tyler.She was preceded in death by her parents.There will be no visitation. A service will be held with the family at a later date. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle -tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.





Monday, January 22, 2018


Sunday’s high: 45; Overnight low, 35, light rain





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 Rep. Causer says Ag committee is going to look into expansion of broadband in rural areas….Woman hurt in hit and run collision in Elk County….Troopers at Mansfield probe hit and run damaging parked vehicle….NY state man accused of writing bad check to Tioga County business…24 year old woman arrested for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Westfield resident accused of vandalism in Knoxville…..

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Obituaries: Beatrice “Tootie” Clark, Coudesport & Carolyn Graves, Shinglehouse


During the 102nd annual Farm Show the Pennsylvania State Grange held a presentation and discussion about the need to expand broadband service in rural areas like ours. In an increasingly connected world, the lack of broadband access puts both students and businesses in rural areas at a disadvantage, and further limits our health care options.

Among those participating in the session were representatives of the governor’s Rural Development Council, both the state and national Grange organizations, the Public Utility Commission and Pennsylvania Telephone Association. A state representative from York County was also on hand to talk about her legislation to further assess the current situation and create a legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of broadband in unserved and underserved areas.

Rural broadband was also a topic of discussion at the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting last week. Rep. Martin Causer says the committee intends to take a closer look at it and what can be done  legislatively to advance the availability of broadband services in areas like ours.

State police in two counties are investigating hit and run collisions, one with injuries. Troopers at Ridgway report Dawn Anderson, of St. Marys was hurt early Saturday morning when her 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was “T-boned” by a Chevrolet Cavalier at the intersection of Dagus Mines Road and Route 948 in Fox Township. Anderson was traveling east on Route 948 when the offending car while going north on Dagus Mines Road ran a stop sign. The driver jumped out and got into a vehicle which was following him and left the scene. Police claim the 1999 white Chevrolet Cavalier is registered to 24 year old Seth Duttrey and has PA registration ZHC6671. Anyone with information about the owner or driver is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.

An unknown vehicle went off of Benson Avenue in Rutland Township in Tioga County last Thursday night and collided with  2011Dodge 1500 legally parked in the owner’s driveway.

A Rochester, NY man is accused of writing a bad check to a Tioga Count business a couple of months ago. State police allege 57yearold Gerald Mulley used a check on a closed account to pay his bill at Blaise Alexander Ford in Richmond Township in the amount of $183.41.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against 24 year old Brittany Glatt, no address given). State police at Ridgway assert the Glatt stole several items from the St. Marys Walmart Friday evening.

A Westfield resident has been cited for criminal mischief in connection to vandalism at the Knoxville, PA Community Century. Authorities related that 21 year old Jonathan Altman and a juvenile drove a vehicle through the fields behind the center, tearing up the grass. Restitution is being requested.


Beatrice Minnie “Tootie” Tucker Clark, 98, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family at her side on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after suffering a stroke on January 13, 2018.

Born on September 1, 1919, she was a daughter of Edgar Harvey “EH” and Katherine “Katie” Mosch Tucker and granddaughter of Emil and Wilhelmina KortzMosch.  On May 16, 1942 in Colesburg, she married the love of her life, Milford L. Clark, who survives.

Tootie was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1937.  She was employed at the former Hamlin’s 5 & 10 in Coudersport.  She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Milbea Guernsey Dairy Farm in Coudersport.

She was a member of the former Hebron Grange 1251. Tootie was a devoted wife, and was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandma.  She was a friend and neighbor to all and was always tending to others.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her devoted husband of over 75 years are a daughter, Linda Lee Clark (Terry) Sturdevant of Coudersport; four grandchildren, Christopher Clark of Germany, Jay (Christy) Baird of Franklin, NC, and Krista Sturdevant (Rodney) Doran and Kimberly Sturdevant (John) Dailey, both of Coudersport; seven great-grandchildren, Noah Baird, Myah Baird, Sarah Baird, Gabby Doran, Rodney Doran, Jr., Emilee Dailey, and Jacob Dailey; a sister, Ruth Tucker Thompson of Colesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Tootie was predeceased by a son, James L. Clark; a daughter, Catherine Marie “Cathy” Clark Baird; two brothers, Franklin “Bub” Tucker and Edgar “Sonny” Tucker; and a sister, Marjory “Sis” Tucker Butz.

Friends may call from noon to 4pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Tootie’s life will follow at 4pm with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, 308 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Showstoppers 4H Club, c/o Sheila Gabreski, 7 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Tootie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Carolyn C. Graves, 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on May 14, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, she was a daughter of John B. and Evie Grisham Crain.  On September 21, 1957 in the Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, she married the love of her life, Merle A. Graves, who passed away on December 4, 2017.

Carolyn was a graduate of Millington High School in Memphis.  Prior to her marriage, Carolyn was employed by International Harvester in Memphis.  She was later employed as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission in Oswayo.  She was also a self-employed furniture upholsterer.

Carolyn was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and its women’s group.  She formerly served as a Sunday school teacher and as a scout leader. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing with the Grand Squares.  She was a wonderful seamstress, cake decorator, and enjoyed quilting, being a member of the Piecemaker Quilting Club in Shinglehouse. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. In her younger years, Carolyn was an avid water skier.

She was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her greatest love was having her family together.

Surviving are five children, Sharon Elaine (Richard) Simon of Portville, N.Y., Donna (Leo) Higley of Eldred, John (Catherine) Graves of Warren, Gary (Patricia) Graves of West Point, Va., and Richard (Leah) Graves of Olean, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Nell (Norman) Newman of Memphis, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carolyn was predeceased by a brother, John Crain, Jr.; and four sisters, Jesse Arquitt, Jamie Ward, Elizabeth Tummins, and Peggy Forsythe.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley of Port Allegany, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Explosive Ordinance Device Warrior Foundation at www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Carolyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Friday January 19, 2018

Thursday’s high, 19; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation








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Governor declares opiod criss a health emergency…..Charles Cole Hospital selected as facility to distribute Narcan to reverse drug overdoses…..Seven people hurt yesterday in Elk County house fire….Coudersport man cited for failing to keep dogs confined…Simple Assault and other charges filed against local resident…Woman accused of harassing Brockport resident…..Driver charged in parking lot fender-bender….Investigation reveals Genesee woman did not shoplift at convenience store…

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The heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth has now been declared a statewide disaster by Gov. Tom Wolf. More than 4,600 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to opioid overdose in 2016, and the 2017 numbers are expected to increase.

Among the goals set the administration are to enhance coordination and data collection to bolster state and local response; to improve tools for families, first responders and others to save lives; and to speed up and expand access to treatment.

The designation comes on the heels of the General Assembly’s passage of at least a dozen state laws aimed at stopping abuse before it starts through prescription limits and better education outreach, as well as efforts to increase the availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and improved treatment options.

A recent announcement issued to Cole Memorial from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), could save hundreds of lives in the northcentral region. Cole Memorial was selected as Potter County’s sole Centralized Coordinating Entity (CCE) for the receipt and distribution of Naloxone, also known as “Narcan”, a prescription medicine used to rapidly reverse heroin and other opioid-related overdoses. Act 139 or David’s Law was enacted in 2014 to make naloxone available to law enforcement, first responders, medical professionals or other persons trained to assist an individual at-risk of experiencing an overdose.

Cole Memorial’s Director of Pharmacy Dr. Gary Malacarne, PharmD, presented the hospital’s CCE program to over 15 judges, school administrators, members of law enforcement and human service agencies at the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board on January 11. Intranasal Naloxone kits were made available for the organizations in attendance after signing a

First responders are often in danger when encountering an overdose victim because exposure to the dangerous drugs can be lethal to them.

Cole Memorial will host a meeting to review the CCE program and its policies on the dissemination of Naloxone provided by the commonwealth. Potter County first-responders and other agencies trained to respond and administer Naloxone are invited to attend. The meeting will take place on January 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room. For more information, please call 814-274-5314.

The cause of a fire which destroyed a Ridgway township home early yestgerdaty remains under investigation. According to Sate police Fire Marshal l Cpl. Greg Agosti, seven people were hurt in the blaze. Chad Ecklund, 57, 48year old Tammy Ecklupnd, and 27 yer old Brsndron  Ecklund were taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of burns while 24 year old Patrick Ecklund was treated at Penn Highland Elk and released. All were able to get out of the burning home when the fire was discovered just before 2:00 am. Three firefighters and a paramedic received minor injuries. Agosti says it is not known how the fire started and the dollar amount of damage has not yet been estimated. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

A Coudersport  man has been cited for failing to keep his dogs confined. State police claim two dogs owned by Zachary Catherman went onto property along Hill Crest Drive  last Wednesday morning and killed several chickens owned by Robert and Heather Wargo.


State police at Coudersport have charged a local resident with simple assault and related offenses for an Eulalia Township. Troopers say, after completing their investigation, they determined that Derek James Cottrell assaulted a Port Allegany male juvenile and is facing charges of simple assault, endangering  the welfare of a minor and harassment in district court.

A harassment charge has been filed against 54 year old Sherry Ann Feely, no address given. Police claim Feely parked her vehicle outside of 35 year old  Krystsl Tami’s home on Shawmut Road Wednesday afternoon and walked around the perimeter with a broom. The day before  state police charged 31 year old Texas Feely of Brockport for hurting Tami in a domestic violence assault claiming he grabbed Tami’s hand and bent it backward causing bruising and swelling. Police did not indicate the relationship of those involved.

Ridgway state police have cited a Wilcox driver for failing to provide information after a fender-bender in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot  last Saturday morning. Troopers claim Jeffrey McCalee’s GMC Sierra struck the rear-end of a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Robert Merat of St. Marys but departed without giving require information. Neither Merat nor his wife, Lisa were hurt,


State police at Coudersport reveal  that a 33 year old Genesee woman will not be charged with retail theft after all. Authorities say upon further review  of video surveillance it appears the former suspect did not leave Reed’s Market with the item on January 6.