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Thursday’s high, 79; overnight low, 42; no precipitation
FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 78
FRI NIGHT-LOW 56
SAT-CLOUDS INCREASE, HIGH 78
SAT NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 67
SUN-THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 79
SUN NIGHT-LOW 67
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Obituaries: Robert, “Bob Hyde,” McCandless, PA (formerly Roulette) and Terry Young, Wellsboro (Potter Brook)
State police warn citizens about several scams in the area…..work will begin early next month to replace a bridge on the Kings Run Road…..fire of unknown origin damages Bradford garage….No one hurt when compact car rear-ends semi in Tioga County…McKean County couple arrested after scuffle with each other….Coudersport police have charged 69 year old man with head butting another in an apparent argument over pot….Cash stolen from elderly woman’s purse….police respond when an 11 year old has a meltdown at Otto Eldred school…..next on-air report
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The Pennsylvania State Police would like to remind citizens that con artists continue to conduct their illegal activities in our area. Scams can be easily committed on the unsuspecting person, and if not careful, anyone can become a victim. Con artists are smooth talkers, meaning they can talk you out of information without you realizing what information you gave. Virtually everyone knows that it is dangerous to give out a credit card number; however, if the proper person obtains a little personal information about you, they have the ability to commit one of the most popular crimes of today, identity theft. Some victims of identity theft have lost thousands of dollars and in some cases have spent years trying to get problems associated with this crime corrected.
There are many variations, but most scams invole a ruse where you receive a phone call or a check in the mail from a lottery, a corporation, a medical facility or a foreign country. Other schemes originate from use of online selling or auction sites. In most cases, the victim is instructed to cash a check, keep a small portion of the money, and send the remaining amount to an address provided. Other scams require the victim to send iTunes or Google cards. In some of these crimes, sending the money will ensure your receipt of an even larger cash prize.
The crime within this scam is the fact that the prize or product is non-existent and/or the initial check is fraudulent. If you send the amount required by personal check to the address provided, the con artist not only cashes your check and steals the money, but he also now has your bank account number.
Another scheme that is becoming more popular involves a scammer calling the victim and acting as a family member in legal trouble and in need of some fast cash. They will usually ask the victim to quickly wire them money for bail or to pay fines. The scammer will have already obtained information about the victim’s family member on social media websites to gain the victim’s trust. To thwart this scam a potential victim should ask questions of the caller that only a family member would know: extended family names, mother’s maiden name, birth dates of family members, anniversary dates, or the names of current or past pets.
Citizens are advised of another attempted scam. Black Forest Broadcasting received a “robo” call one evening this week advising that beause we had hired Microsoft to make computer repairs we were entitled to a refund but hurry because the company is going out of business .First, if Microsoft were going out of business, it would make major headlines all over the world. But we have never contracted with Microsoft for repairs which are handled by our IT partner. Do as we did and hang up the phone.
The primary prevention tip to remember to avoid becoming a victim of any scam is, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you believe that you are a victim of a scam, save all the information you have regarding the issue, and promptly contact the police department that serves your area.
Work to replace a bridge on Route 1005 (Kings Run Road) in Ceres Township will begin on June 4 according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The 6-week project will feature a detour using Kings Run Road, Taylor Brook Drive, Bells Run Road, and Route 44.
Replacing this state-owned bridge will remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list and eliminate the weight limit postings of 32 and 40 tons. The 30-foot bridge spans Kings Run, near the village of Ceres. It was built in 1939 and carries an average of 325 vehicles each day.
McKean County Maintenance forces will perform the replacement work, which is scheduled through July 16. By using Maintenance employees and pre-cast channel beams, PennDOT expects to see significant savings. All work is weather dependent.
A fire which damaged a garage on Oakwood Avenue in the city of Bradford Wednesday afternoon is being investigated by the state police fire marshal. The blaze originated in the building’s interior and caused an estimated $32,990 in damage. The insured structure is owned by Stephen Moore of Bradford.
Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision involving a passer car and semi Wednesday afternoon in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield state police 75 year Marilyn Macdougall of Wellsboro was following a Peterbilt operated by Thomas Straub of St.Marys on Route 6 near the intersection with Route 287 and failed notice that he had slowed down for a red light ahead. Macdougall’s Subaru Crosss Trek hit the rear of the semi .Both units were driven to a safe stop on the berm.
Both people involved in a quarrel Monday afternoon at a house on Route 446 near the Larabee” Y” in Eldred Township have been cited for harassment. Troopers claim when they went to the home to do a welfare check, they found that 48 year old Sott Lunn had screamed at 27 year old Rhonda Lynn Lunn and that she had shoved him to the ground
Coudersport based state police arrested 69year old William Fish of Coudersport for harassment and other offenses after an argument on the afternoon of May 15 on Toles Hollow Road, Eulalia Township.Authorities claim 59 year old William Fish “head-butted” 53 year old James Antill alsoof Coudersport during disagreement. While investigating, police learned that Fish had often supplied Antill with pot and allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the residence. Fish will answer charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, distribution of a small amount of marijuana but not for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Katie Heck, 25 of Tioga was cited for harassment by state police at Mansfield. Authorities report Heck grabbed Jaushua Fiting’s arm and left scratches during a confrontation.
Drug charges have been filed against 31 year old Brandon Crosby of Erie by state police in Coudersport. Troopers allege when the investigated an one-vehicle crash, May 6, they found Crosby had some pot and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. He has been charged with possession of a small amount of mariujuana and drug paraphernalia.
Stanley Low of Galeton was arrested by state police for DUI. Troopers claim when they stopped Low at the intersection of Low Street and Eggler Avenue in Galeton a week ago Wednesday, they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
A theft at a Mt.Jewett home Tuesday morning was investigated by state police at Kane. Rae Kline, 82, told police a sum of US Currency was stolen from her purse at her home on Peterson Street.
Troopers at Kane were called to the Otto-Eldred Elementary School Thursday morning when an 11 year old boy lost his temper and shattered a window and damaged a vent. Police were able to calm the boy down and there was no further incident.
Robert E. Hyde