Friday May 25, 2018


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Thursday’s high, 79; overnight low, 42; no precipitation







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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… will begin early next month to replace a bridge on the Kings Run Road… 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… 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

On May 14, 2018 at 7:15 a.m., in UPMC McCandless Hospital, McCandless, Pa., a beautiful heart quit beating, a courageous battle was won, free at last of a body that had been disabled for the past 10 years by long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service.

Robert Ernest Hyde “Bob” was born in Coudersport, Pa., on June 16, 1943, to Kenneth B. and Orva M. (Knight) Hyde. He was married to his wife of 52 years, Barbara Weeks, on April 2, 1966 in Coudersport.

Bob was a disabled Vietnam vet who served two tours in Vietnam. He was a Captain in the Field Artillery who served as an electronic surveillance expert. On leaving the service in 1972, he returned to college and earned a degree in Mathematics. At college, he met and began a life-long love affair with computers and their programming. He was a self-employed programmer who specialized in rescuing failed projects. Bob was one of the fortunate few who was paid well for doing what he would have done for free if no one would pay him. After retirement, he continued his love affair with programming by developing websites.

Bob was a gun enthusiast and collector with a special fondness for Mausers. He did his own stock work and had the privilege of coaching his grandson as he restocked his first rifle.

Bob leaves a big hole in the lives of his wife, Barbara; his two children, Kenneth Hyde end Lisa (Hyde) Kunkel, as well as a son-in-law, Tom, and two grandsons, Rob and Mark Kunkel.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his two sisters, Vera June Stonemetz and infant Jean Lucille.

The family will greet friends on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Rehoboth Lutheran Church, 2800 Conway Wallrose Road, Economy Boro, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. His pastor, Rev. Susan Irons, will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge.

In lieu of flowers Bob would like you to make a donation to the Rehoboth Lutheran Church 2800 Conway Wallrose Road Baden, Pa. 15005 or to another charity of choice.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Memorial Visitation at the Rehoboth Lutheran Church from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM on June 9, 2018.

Terry D. YOUNG, 62, of Wellsboro, PA, formerly of Potter Brook, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.  Born December 1, 1955, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Edgar Nathaniel and Charlotte Jean “Tootie” Metcalf Young.  Terry was a loving, kind-hearted, compassionate person.  He was a joy to be around.  Surviving are:  a brother, Edgar (Clara) Young of Spring Hill, FL;  four sisters, Sandy (Cub) Houghtaling of Westfield, Connie (Lewis) Dailey of Westfield, Bonnie (Ron) Jones of Elkland, PA, and Valerie (Bill) Flamini of Westfield;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Guy H. Wheeler.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA.  Memorials may be made to Special Olympics.  Online condolences may be expressed at