Tuesday June 5, 2018

Black Forest Express

 

 

Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 50
TUE-CLOUDY WITH RAIN SHOWERS, HIGH 65
TUE NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 44
WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 65
WED NIGHT-LOW 47
THU-PARTLY SUNNY, WARMER HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-LOW , 56

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Overlooked note may have prompted fifth evacuation of Truck Lite Plant….Mansfield police looking for suspects who injured two in a fight….Minor injuries reported for passenger after minor collision involving passenger car and tractor-trailer….Galeton man charged with drug possession…Alleged child abuse in Ulysses unfounded…..State police at Emporium are investigating an assault taking place last month in Sinnemahoning….

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Mansfield based state police now believe a note which sparked a fifth evacuation at the Truck –Lite plant this past Friday had been previously overlooked. . Brandon Andrews, 31, of Wellsboro was arrested Thursday for making four bomb threats to the Truck-Lite Plant in Mansfield between May 15 and 31. Andrews was arraigned before District Judge Engman on four counts of terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, criminal mischief and making false reports to law enforcement authorities and was committed to the Tioga County Prison without bail. Troopers using a search warrant scoured his home and vehicle Thursday but reported they found no bomb making materials or any other items which could be used to make explosives. Authorities allege Andrews first made a bomb threat on May 15 and put a note in the bathroom stating “tic-toc, tic-toc. The Bomb goes off at 12 o’clock. A second note was found on May 22 and read “Truck-Lite Company of Nazi’s and Slavery. So the question becomes Will it show or will it blow?” a third note was located last Friday, May 25 that read “Truck-Lite, Warehouse Mechanics, the Most Racist of them all. When will Threats become promises? Also, How Well do things burn.” An additional note was located Thursday morning that read”Tic Tic BOOM!”Truck Lite Racist will pay, but when?”. Andrews was identified as the suspect and was takien into custody and committed to jail in lieu of bail. The plant was evacuated after each threat was received and a PSP K9 Explosives Team cleared the building after each threat.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for suspects involved in a fight at around 5:30 am Saturday at 12 Route 328 in Lawrence Township. Hannah Hillman, 19 and Todd West, 23, both of Lawrenceville were injured while trying to break up the fisticuff. Hillman was hit in her face and West was kicked in his face. Those involved in the scuffle fled the scene before police arrived.

A New York State woman was slightly injured in a minor collision involving a passenger car and tractor-trailer on Route 15 in Richmond Township last Friday evening. According to state police the fender bender occurred when Mathew Stahlnecker, 32, of Waterloo, NY was passing the Volvo operated by Frances Walker of Wellsburg, NY. Stahlnecker’s Honda Civic went out of control and struck the left side of the trailer. Both vehicles were safely driven to the west side of the road. Stahlnecker, and 59 year old Marilyn Adler of Seneca Falls, NY were not hurt. Stahlnecker’s wife, Amanda, was treated at the scene.

State police at Coudersport are charging 21 year old Christopher McGarry of Galeton with drug possession. McGarry was arrested when he was pulled over during a traffic stop at the intersection of First Street and West Branch Avenue in Galeton on April 15. Authorities allegedly found McGarry was in possession of marijuana and related paraphernalia.

A case of terroristic threats and simple assault reportedly taking place on the night of May 26 in Sinnemahoning remains under investigation by state police at Emporium. Assailants apparently also damaged the right front quarter panel on a 2004 Chevrolet owned by the 50 year old male victim.

A reported child abuse in Ulysses between 700 and 7:30 pm May 2 was unfounded according to state police. Authorities say when they investigated the determined the parent’s actions fell within the guidelines of parental discipline and no charges will be filed.

Members of the House and Senate will be joined by dozens of EMS personnel from across the Commonwealth at a press conference Wednesday morning to rally support for legislation to increase reimbursements for services provided by ambulance companies. The specific focus will be on House Bill 699, which would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates, and House Bill 1013/Senate Bill 1003, which would require reimbursement for treatment provided when no transport takes place. Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), prime sponsor of House Bill 699; Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and prime sponsor of House Bill 1013; Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence), Democrat chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee; Sen. Don White (R- Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland), chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1003; Dean Bollendorf, president, Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania; Bob Marnatti, manager, Ridgway Ambulance Service; Robert Sorg, general manager, St. Marys Area Ambulance; and Bill Hagerty, president/executive director, EmergyCare Inc. Additional lawmakers and EMS personnel will also be on hand. The event will be held at 10:00 am in the Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg. Barring any technical difficulties, it will be streamed on Causer’s website, www.RepCauser.com

Monday June 4, 2018

 

 

Sunday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 54; .68” rain (weekend total)

MON-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 63

MON NIGHT-SOME BREAKS IN CLOUDS. LOW 50

TUE MORNING- RAIN, HIGH 62

TUE NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 44

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 65

WED NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 47

 

Rep. Causer questions use of state funds to acquire 60, 000 acres of private land in North Central PA…Coudersport service station cited for certifying a truck for inspection which should not have passed….27 year old Roulette woman facing child endangerment charges for allegedly driving drunk with young child in vehicle…Smethport woman accused of pushing another woman out of a bar stool….Coudersport driver hurt in one-vehicle crash on Wycoff Run Road….Ridgway woman nabbed for shoplifting at Walmart…..

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced a resolution calling on Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct a thorough audit of more than 100 nonpoint source management transactions approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

The resolution comes in response to concerns raised about PENNVEST approval of two low-interest loans totaling nearly $51 million for New Hampshire-based Lyme Timber Company to purchase more than 60,000 acres of private forest land in Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

“There is a great deal of concern about whether this type of transaction is appropriate and if it is permissible under current law,” Causer said. “When most of us think of PENNVEST, we think of an agency that provides funding to help boroughs, townships and municipal authorities update the water and sewer infrastructure our citizens rely upon. Using agency funds as a means to help finance the private purchase of private land has raised a lot of questions among lawmakers and citizens alike.”

H ouse Resolution 948 would request the auditor general conduct a financial audit of all nonpoint source program projects approved by the PENNVEST board of directors and submit a report of the audit to the House of Representatives upon completion.

Causer noted state law does authorize PENNVEST to use funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program for nonpoint source projects, as long as the use of funding conforms with federal law and additional state-established parameters. And, as defined by PENNVEST law, projects may include best management practices (BMPs) identified in Pennsylvania’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Update, as long as those BMPs are part of a facility or system. PENNVEST staff have stated that Lyme Timber will use BMPs in their timber operations on the land.

“Different interpretations of PENNVEST law have resulted in a lot of questions about these particular transactions, which appear to be the first of their kind for the agency,” Causer said. “I believe an audit of all nonpoint source projects approved by PENNVEST will give us some additional insight into what is appropriate under the law.”

The Lyme Timber transactions were approved by PENNVEST at meetings last fall and in January, with the funding being loaned at an interest rate of just 1 percent. As part of the transactions, Lyme Timber will complete a small acid mine drainage project on the property at a cost of about $700,000. The company also agreed to place approximately 9,000 acres of the land into a permanent working forest conservation easement.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer called a public meeting at the state Capitol in March to gather more information about the transactions from officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PENNVEST, as well as concerned land owners and timber operators.

According to Causer, the meeting led to more questions than answers.

“Using state funds to subsidize the purchase of private land by a private timber company, which will now be competing with other timber companies that have not had the benefit of state funding to expand their operations is a serious concern for me and many fellow lawmakers,” Causer said. “I also question PENNVEST’s use of funds in this manner when the agency’s mission is to invest in our infrastructure and there is certainly no shortage of water and sewer systems across this Commonwealth that are crumbling.”

The resolution has been referred to the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for consideration.

A Coudersport inspection station has been cited by state police for issuing an inspection certificate on a vehicle which should not have passed. Troopers allege 1993 Dodge Dakota was inspected on November 6, 2017 by Gleason’s Service Center and RV Sales and should have failed based on chassis rust/rot. Both the business and 50 year old Michael Osborne were cited for improper record keeping.

Minor injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Gibson Township, Cameron County sent a Coudersport driver to Charles Cole Hospital. Sate police at Emporium report John Setzer was going north on Wycoff Run Road when his Toyota Tacoma failed to make a right curve, ent across the road and hiit a culvert before coming to rest on the passenger side. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit and run with another vehicle Saturday morning in Fox Township. Troopers explain the unknown eastbound unit tried to turn onto Lovers Lane and clipped the  right front of a Nissan Altima driven by Jason Lindemth which was going west. Lindemuth was not hurt. The other driver kept going and failed to provide required information to Lindemuth or police.

DUI and charges of endangering the welfare of a child are pending against a 27 year old Roulette woman. State police, did not release the woman’s name, but allege when they stopped her 2002 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation, she displayed signs of impairment and a three year old boy was riding in the vehicle.

Kane based state police arrested 38 year old Amanda Taylor of Smethport for harassment. Authorities claim Taylor shoved  52 year old Kerry Allen of Kane out of a bar stool and onto the ground just after 2:00 am Sunday.

Jerry Simons of Smethport has also been arrested for harassment. Troopers assert Simons was observed digging on a right of way along Brewer Run Road at around 11:40 pm last Thursday. The land is owned by Heather Szuba of Crosby.

A 51 year old Euclid Avenue Ridgway  woman was nabbed Saturday afternoon for shoplifting at the St.Marys Walmart. The suspect, whose name was not released, was caught on video allegedly stealing multiple items from the store.

 

 

Friday June 1, 2018

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

 

Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 68; .10” of rain

FRI-CLOUDY WITH RAIN, HIGH 75

FRI NIGHT– CLEARING, LOW 66

SAT-SHOWERS, HIGH 79

SAT NIGHT-LOW 52

SUN-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 69

SUN NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW  56

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Obituary: Rev. Timothy Minor, Suffolk, VA (formerly of Coudersport)

Wellsboro man arrested for making four bomb threats at Truck Lite in Mansfield….Criminal  mischief charges against Tioga County woman for slashing tires have been withdrawn….Emporium state police arrest 21 year old resident for sexually assaulting teens….Chain saw and gas can stolen  from Tioga County site last weekend…Looking at GPS causes New York State driver to wreck in Ceres McKean County….

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Mansfield based state police believe the “got their man”. Brandon Andrews, 31, of Wellsboro was arrested Thursday for making four bomb threats to the Truck-Lite Plant in Mansfield between May 15 and 31. Andrews was arraigned before District Judge Engman on four counts of terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, criminal mischief and making false reports to law enforcement authorities. Troopers  using a search warrant scoured his home and vehicle Thursday but reported they found no bomb making materials or any other items which could be used to make explosives. Authorities allege Andrews first made a bomb threat on May 15 and put a note in the bathroom stating “tic-toc, tic-toc. The Bomb goes off at 12 o’clock. A second note was found on May 22 and read “Truck-Lite Company of Nazi’s and Slavery. So the question becomes Will it show or will it blow?” a third note was located last Friday, May 25 that read “Truck-Lite, Warehouse Mechanics, the Most Racist of them all. When will Threats become promises? Also, How Well do things burn.”  An additional note was located Thursday morning that read”Tic Tic BOOM!”Truck Lite Racist will pay, but when?”. Andrews was identified as the suspect and was taking into custody and committed to jail in lieu of bail Police said the  plant was evacuated after each threat was received and  a K9 Explosives Team cleared the building after each threat.

State police at Mansfield announce they have withdrawn criminal mischief charges filed against 30 year old Brittany Kerr of Wellsboro.  In a news release Tuesday, police claimed Kerr was seen hiding in the back seat of her boyfriend’s SUV and pointed to tires on vehicles belonging to Amanda Black and Adam Black also of Wellsboro. Later that night, the tires were slash. State police say they anticipate arresting another person for the crime.

John Charles Wilson, 21, of N. Chestnut Street ,Emporium has been arrested for corruption of min0ors and indecent assault. State police in that town claim Wilson engaged in inappropriate contact with a 14 year old girl on April 1, and with that victim and two other 15 year old girls on April 20. Following arraignment before District Judge Barry Brown, Wilson was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of a total of $20,000 bail.

The theft of some property from a storage trailer in Chatham Township over the Memorial Day holiday weekend is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a Stihl MS 311 chainsaw with 20” bar valued at $520.00 and a five  gallon metal gas can with funnel valued at $240 belonging to Keystone Clearwater Solutions, Williamsport, PA.

A Horseheads, NY  driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Thursday mornig  on Phoenix Hill Road in Annin Township, McKean County. William Roy told police his Dodge Ram 1500 went off the road and hit a tree with the front driver’s side when he looked at his GPS unit. The truck had to be towed from the scene.

 

The God’s Country Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay held in beautiful Potter County, Pennsylvania Saturday. There will be a pasta dinner at the Coudersport Fire Hall tonight for runners and the public.

The God’s Country Marathon has been named one of the “10 toughest marathons” and one of the “best small marathons” in the United States by Runner’s World Magazine. No crowds, beautiful scenery, top-notch service and a hometown feeling make the God’s Country Marathon one of the most unique road racing experiences in the country!

The point-to-point course runs west on scenic U.S. Route 6 from the small community of Galeton (elevation 1,300 ft.) through the heart of the Susquehannock State Forest, to the town of Coudersport (elevation 1,400 ft.).

Mile 14 marks the beginning of a three-mile climb up infamous Denton Hill, which traverses the eastern continental divide topping out at an elevation of 2,424 ft. From there, it is all downhill into historic downtown Coudersport.

20+ fluid replacement tables approximately every 1 mile and at the finish line. GU” Energy Gel: There will be “GU” stations at the 5-10-15-20-25 mile marks and at some other water stations along the way.Port-a-potties: Port-a-potties will be at the starting line, 5-10-15-20.5 mile marks and at the finish line.

Cash prizes awarded to top 3 male and female finishers. The top 3 placers in each age division will also receive prizes. Medals: All finishers receive a custom die-cast finisher’s medal. The top 3 overall male and female finishers receive place medals.

For over 40 years, the marathon has been attracting challenge-seeking runners from across the nation.

 

The 42nd Annual Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally will be on private and state rods in Tioga and Potter counties Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

 

STPR- the oldest, continuously running motorsport event in Pennsylvania – is Round 3 of the 2018 American Rally Association (ARA) National Championship.

The Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville, near Wellsboro, serves as headquarters.

 

Free parc exposs will be on The Green, a park in downtown Wellsboro. The first parc expos will be on Friday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the start of the Waste Management stages from the Pearl Street side of The Green. The second will be on Saturday, June 2 from 8 to 9:45 a.m. with the start of the stages on forestry roads from Main Street in front of The Green. A parc expos will also be held at the fairgrounds Saturday night beginning at 6:50 p.m.

The rally cars will be flagged off from The Green in one-minute intervals starting at 2:01 p.m. on Friday, June 1 as STPR  begins with stages 1 and 2 on Waste Management roads in Antrim in Duncan Township. Spectators can watch the cars running the Waste Management stages at the Antrim spectator area from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; tickets will be sold for $7 at the gate only. Food and portable toilets will be available at Antrim. Friday will end with Super Special Stages 3 and 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tioga County Fairgrounds.

On Saturday, June 2, the first car will leave The Green at 9:46 a.m. followed by competing cars in one-minute intervals as the contest continues on state forestry roads. Viewing is free at the six spectator areas.

The Friday and Saturday Super Special Stages are run on a RallyCross-style course at the fairgrounds where two cars begin at the same time and race not only the clock, but also each other. Event tickets are on sale in advance at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Co Main Street in Wellsboro.

Admission to the Friday and Saturday Super Special Stages is $5 per person with a $5 per car donation for parking. Children under 12 are admitted free at both Super Special Stages and at the Antrim spectato area.

.An event schedule, maps and directions to the spectator areas, entry list and other rally information will be available from the digital STPR 2018 Spectator Guide, which can be downloaded at www.stpr.org

The printed STPR  2018 Spectator Guide, which includes the same information as the digital version, will be available for $5 at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office in Wellsboro and the Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville For more information, visit www.stpr.org or call the chamber at 570-724-1926.

Obituary

Rev. Timothy James Minor, 54, of Suffolk, VA, formerly of Coudersport, passed away on Sunday May 27th, 2018.

Born on September 20, 1963 in Coudersport, he was a son of Dr. Rev. David Minor Sr. and Lorraine A. Moore Minor.

Pastor Tim was a passionate man, this came through in everything he put his hand to. As a husband, father, prophet, musician, and friend, he always embodied life lived authentically transparent. Whether he was preaching a fiery sermon, revealing the secrets of men’s hearts, leading worship, or just playing the blues, he served and lived enthusiastically. His deep love for the broken, outcast, and lost led him across so many hurting people’s paths. His immense compassion and kindness were known by all. Few will forget his industrious humor and defining wit, and all will miss how his well-timed and playful jokes could lighten the tensest of situations. When you were with him, you knew what it must have been like to have been with and loved by Jesus.

Surviving besides his wife, Leah Minor of Suffolk, and his mother of Coudersport, Pa., are three children, Rebekah Minor, Timothy James Minor II, and Emily Robinson; two grandchildren, Emma Miller and Timothy Lincoln Minor; five siblings, Sharon A. (the Rev. Larry) Richter of Port Allegany, Karen J. (Timothy) Knapp of Coudersport, David J. (Michelle) Minor, Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., Judge Stephen P. B. (Marie) Minor of Coudersport, and the Rev. John J. (Gina) Minor of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

Pastor Tim was predeceased by his father on October 22, 2017.

Funeral services were held in Rock Church International, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, May 31, 2018, with the Rev. Becky Greenstreet, officiating. Worship was led by Rev. Landon Spradlin.

A service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, Coudersport. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Pastor Tim’s family has entrusted local arrangements to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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