Monday August 13, 2018

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high 84; Overnight low, 61; .27” of rain, weekend total

MON-CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 75

MON NIGHT-SCATTERED SHOWERS, LOW 62

TUE-CLOUDY WITH  AFTERNOON SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 75

TUE NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 61

WED-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 80

WED NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW 64

 

 Genesee man charged with strangulation….bail denied for Elkland man accused of threatening victims with a gun and in possession of meth ingredients….State police believe they have solved several burglaries with arrest of Ulysses trio…Citizens advised not to  donate to phone caller claiming to represent state police…Man injured when house explodes in McKean County……Suspected pot plants found in Cameron County….Ag Progress Days being held this week…..

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A Genesee man is facing prosecution under a new Pennsylvania law. William Shutt. 42 of Genesee is accused of strangling a 37 year old UIysses woman during an argument July 17 on the Genesee Mills Road in Bingham Township.  Shutt was taken into custody by state police and arraigned before District Judge Kari Stubbs. Under a relatively new law, strangulation is now a stand alone crime.

District Judge James Edgcomb in Tioga County denied bail for an Elkland man accused of threatening victims with a handgun and possession of drug paraphernalia and items used to make methamphetamine. James Johnson III was arrested by Mansfield based Sate police Friday morning during a domestic violence assault Friday morning at 605 East Main Street Elkland. Johnson allegedly threatened two women, ages 19 and 51 with a pistol. Officers using a search warrant allegedly found the gun, drug paraphernalia and ingredients for making meth when they searched the home.

A 16 year old Coudersport girl has been arrested for harassment with physical contact after an argument in Sweden Township last Wednesday night. The teen is accused of shoving a 36 year old woman druing an argument taking place at about 8:45 pm.

State police at Coudersport believe they have solved several burglaries and thefts with the arrest of a trio of Ulysses residents. Christopher Hall, 33, Danielle Hall, 34 and 18 year old Elliott Hunter hall were jailed in lieu of %50,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge  Christopher Kalacinski. The suspects allegedly committed several  crimes in Hector, Bingham and Ulysses Townships.

Authorities are advising area residents of the latest phone scam. Several people have received telephone calls soliciting money on behalf of state police. Citizens are advised that such telephone calls are not from Pennsylvania State police as the department does not solicit donations by phone.

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of an explosion which  partially flattened a house on Kushequa Avenue in Hamlin Township last Thursday afternoon and injured a Corry, PA resident. The blast occurred just after 1:30 pm and blew the house off of its foundation. Kenneth Bernhard was able to make his way out of the rubble and was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Damage is estimated to be about $100,000.

DUI charges may be filed against the driver of a 2001 Ford Taurus which had a minor mishap late Friday night in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police did not release the driver’s name but report the car went off of the CCC Memorial Highway near the intersection with Alpine Way at around 10:30 pm and landed in a ditch. The driver was taken to PennHighlands Elk for chemical testing.

A Turtlepoint man is also facing DUI charges after showing up at police headquarters apparently “under the weather.” Benjamin Lane, 36 appeared at the Kane Barracks last Thursday afternoon to be fingerprinted for a previous arrest. Officers suspected he had driven his vehicle there while intoxicated. Lane allegedly failed to pass the field sobriety test.

A Rew driver also allegedly failed to pass the field sobriety test after being stopped by state in Lafayette Township Friday evening. Troopers responded to a report of an erratic driver whose red Ford Ranger  had turned onto Westline  Road from Route 219 southbound.  Officers determined Dowell was DUI and after he allegedly failed the field test, took him to the Kane Hospital  for blood work.

State police at Emporium discovered and eradicated 11 suspected marijuana plants Saturday morning it Shippen Township. Cops were tipped off by a complainant and allegedly found the pot transplanted next to a chicken coop at 115 Four Mile Road. The case remains open and charges may be pending.

A known suspect allegedly “stiffed” a Coudersport  business earlier this summer. The individual stayed at the Millstream Inn June 20-22 and left without paying the $467.68  tab. The investigation is continuing.

Troopers at Coudersport received a call from the National Suicide Hotline at around 2:30 Saturday morning telling them that a girl had called reporting her father was suicidal. Upon investigation, and with help from the Hotline, police determined the call was a prank.

Vandalism to a house on the Genesee Mills Road in Bingham Township early last Wednesday morning. Culprits inflicted about $50 worth of damage to the siding at theNorth Bingham home of 79 year old  Lee Scully and 83 year old Joanne Scully.

 

As many as 50,000 people from all parts of Pennsylvania and beyond, including agricultural producers, consumers and families, federal and state officials, Penn State faculty experts, Penn State Extension educators, and others will be attending Ag Progress Days at State College later this week.  The annual event will be Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ag Progress Days are being held at Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. Route 45. For maps of and directions to the site, visit the Ag Progress Days website at http://apd.psu.edu. For GPS, use 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days features more than 500 commercial and educational exhibits, guided research and conservation tours, workshops and presentations, machinery demonstrations, horse exhibitions, family and youth activities, and much more. Event descriptions and schedules can be found at http://apd.psu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday August 10, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 58; .02” rain

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, AFTERNOON SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 80

FRI NIGHT– CLOUDS DECREASING, LOW 62

SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN,HIGH 81

SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY,  LOW 63

SUN-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 80

SUN NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 61

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Bugs, bugs & more bugs…be on the lookout for two invasive insects….Backpack program requests now on waiting list….Port Teen accused of stealing cell phone…..Johnsonburg driver arrested for driving under influence of drugs…Vandalism to a parked car investigated in Elk County…..

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The identification was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL).

A single longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was identified on an adult, male wild white-tailed deer that was euthanized on July 10 by Game Commission personnel because it was exhibiting signs consistent with chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Justin Brown, agency wildlife veterinarian. The deer was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and no CWD prions were detected.

Ticks were collected from the deer at the laboratory as part of the Game Commission’s active longhorn tick surveillance program. The suspected longhorn tick was sent to and first identified by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga., and subsequently confirmed at the NVSL.

The longhorned tick, also known as the “cattle tick” or “bush tick”, is an invasive parasite native to Southeast Asia. It currently is not known when, where or how this tick was introduced into North America. However, it was first found and identified on a sheep in New Jersey during 2017. Since then, it has been identified in wild and domestic animals in other states, including Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Arkansas and North Carolina.

The longhorned tick, during its three life stages can be found on birds, wild and domestic mammals and humans. To date, the tick has been identified on goats, raccoons, horses, cattle, sheep, humans, an opossum, deer and dogs.

The longhorned tick can negatively impact the health of humans and animals both directly and indirectly. Longhorned tick infestations can reach very high numbers on an animal host, which can result in disease and, in some cases, death.

The longhorned tick, in its native range, can carry many pathogens that may cause diseases such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theleriosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan encephalitis in animals or humans. To date, none of these pathogens have been identified in longhorned ticks from North America. However, testing has been limited.

“The preventive measures currently used for our native ticks are the best way to protect yourself and animals from the longhorned tick,” Brown said. “They include frequent tick checks, prompt and proper removal of any attached ticks, avoiding or removing the high grasses or brush where ticks concentrate, and tick treatments.”

Concerns regarding ticks on humans or domestic animals should be addressed through consultation with a physician or veterinarian.

The recent identification of the longhorned tick in multiple states throughout the eastern United States suggests that it is likely established. Many questions remain about the ecology of this tick and the impacts it will have on the health of humans and animals.

The Game Commission will continue to conduct active surveillance for the longhorned tick on wildlife in collaboration with multiple state and federal agencies and academic institutions.

Additional information on the longhorned tick can be found on fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Penn State. Longhorned tick questions concerning wildlife should be directed to the Game Commission; humans, Pennsylvania Department of Health; and domestic/agricultural animals, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Penn State University provided an update on their work to control the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly – an invasive insect that has the potential to seriously impact the tree-fruit, grape, and timber industries, which are collectively worth nearly $18 billion to the state’s economy.

“Through this partnership, we have been able to successfully raise awareness about this pest: what it looks like, where it’s found, and the damage it could do,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This coalition has been the boots on the ground working to control the Spotted Lanternfly’s spread–and we’ve made significant strides–but we know there’s still much work left to do.”

Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly approved $3 million in dedicated state funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly as part of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget. This funding supplements $17.5 million in federal funding from USDA, received earlier this year. Redding noted that this funding has helped the coalition, which also includes numerous local partners, invest in a statewide survey, control and treatment services, grants, and research.

This year, the partners are engaged in a multi-pronged approach to control the invasive pest. PDA has taken responsibility for suppressing Spotted Lanternfly populations in the core infestation area, while USDA has established a perimeter extending 18 miles out from the core area, where they are working to eliminate any infestation. Between the two agencies, the entire spotted lanternfly quarantine area–13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania–are being covered. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has taken the lead on public outreach through its Cooperative Extension service.

“Our main operational goal this season is to treat all the known positives from last year, and treat any new properties this year into mid-September,” said Timothy Newcamp, USDA APHIS State Plant Health Director in Pennsylvania. “Our scientists are studying the effectiveness of different pesticides, working on trap and lure development, exploring biological control options, and studying alternative host suitability. This research, along with that of our partners, will not only help in the battle against this invasive pest, but it will also help shape the direction of the Spotted Lanternfly Program.”

“Penn State Extension and Research within the College of Agriculture Sciences is focused on increasing the public and industries awareness of the SLF and studying the pest to learn more about its biology, damage potential and how to more effectively manage its populations,” added Dr. Dennis Calvin, Associate Dean and Director of Special Programs at Penn State Extension.

Redding said that public outreach and education is critical to controlling the Spotted Lanternfly’s spread

“We want the public to not only understand the urgency of this problem, but also be able to help us in trying to eliminate it,” said Redding. “If people are aware of the pest, and know what it looks like, they can report sightings to us so that we can respond more quickly. If the insect is found someplace outside of the quarantine zone, the sooner we know about it, the sooner we can react and prevent it from spreading.”

Pennsylvanians are encouraged to report sightings of the pest through an online reporting tool found at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly or by calling the new hotline, 1-888-4BADFLY. The hotline will connect callers to Penn State Extension staff who will provide guidance and next steps.

The commonwealth is also engaging with the business community, stressing the risk that interstate and international commerce may be impeded. Businesses operating within the quarantine must obtain an operating permit, which requires training and passing a test to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the pest and quarantine requirements. Permits demonstrate that individuals can identify the pest and ensure that it is not present on transported items. New York, for example, has begun inspecting shipments moving from the quarantined areas of Pennsylvania into their state to ensure trucks are permitted. New Jersey also recently instituted a quarantine in three counties that may affect the interstate movement of goods from Pennsylvania.

Redding added that the Wolf Administration has been training employees and issuing permits to those state workers who have taken the test. The commonwealth also plans to permit state vehicles that travel through the quarantine zone.

“The commonwealth is leading by example, and has taken the important step of permitting its state vehicles. Thus far, state employees in a number of agencies have taken the permitting test online and are training their teams to know what to do when they’re traveling in a state vehicle,” Redding added.

Find out more about Spotted Lanternfly at agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly, www.aphis.usda.gov/hungrypests/slf, and extension.psu.edu/shopby/spotted-lanternfly.

The  To Fill A Backpack program ‘s application deadline was this past Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  After this date requests will be put on a list to be filled after the initial batch of backpacks is distributed.

Please remember…ask for them because you need them not because they are free. The program says  should never run out of backpacks to cover all the requests but you taking one just because it is free could ultimately cause them to do that.

Another reminder…if you request a backpack please be sure you are able to make arrangements to get them picked up or have a Family member or Friend to pick them up. We are unable to deliver them all so we have ultimately come to having you pick them up. We will try to get someone from each location that you can possibly be in contact with that is willing to at least get them to your area. We have a contact in Port Allegany, Roulette and Coudersport so far. I believe that we have one in the Emporium area. We need to find someone to take care of the Smethport, Westfield/Elkland, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Galeton areas. Anyone that is able to help us with that please let me know. You would need to be able to pick up the backpacks for that area and be available for people to pick them up from you of course at times that you choose to be available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to help with that so that we can get you on the list as our contact.

Please remember…ask for them because you need them not because they are free. We should never run out of backpacks to cover all our requests but you taking one just because it is free could ultimately cause us to do that.

Another reminder…if you request a backpack please be sure you are able to make arrangements to get them picked up or have a Family member or Friend to pick them up. The program is  unable to deliver them all so they  have ultimately come to having you pick them up. We will try to get someone from each location that you can possibly be in contact with that is willing to at least get them to your area. We have a contact in Port Allegany, Roulette and Coudersport so far. I believe that we have one in the Emporium area. We need to find someone to take care of the Smethport, Westfield/Elkland, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Galeton areas. Anyone that is able to help us with that please let me know. You would need to be able to pick up the backpacks for that area and be available for people to pick them up from you of course at times that you choose to be available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to help with that so that we can get you on the list as our contact.

To Fill A Backpack

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA  16746

Phone: (814) 544-2612

Email: info@tofillabackpack.org

Website: www.tofillabackpack.org

An 18 year old Port Allegany resident is facing theft charges. State police at Kane report the youth, whose name they did not reveal, took a cell phone from a 12 year old boy, also from Port Allegany while at the McKean County Fairgrounds. At first, it was believed the phone had been lost but police later determined the older boy had taken it. The phone was later recovered and returned to the owner.

State police at Ridgway claim Kenneth Dean Imbrogno , 22 of Johnsonburg  was driving his vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance when they stopped him for traffic violations on Long Level Road in Ridgway Township late Tuesday night. DUI charges are pending results of blood tests.

Vandalism to a car in Jay Township, Elk County Thursday afternoon has been investigated by state police at Ridgway. Culprits used a screwdriver to scratch the right passenger door and fender on a car owned by a 25 year old Force, PA woman while it was parked at 20185 Bennetts Valley Highway at around 5 o’clock.

 

Thursday August 9, 2018

Black Forest Express

THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 81
THU NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 62
FRI-CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 79
FRI NIGHT-ISOLATED SHOWERS, HIGH 61
SAT- CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 78

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Bradford Airport receives grant….Coudersport Chamber planning Town Wide Yard Sales Labor Day Saturday….Troopers investigate melee at Big 30 party….boat burned in Ludlow….Williamsport man arrested on drug charges after being found with more than $9000 in cash by state police at Coudersport….Audubon, PA woman charged with DUI after crash on Denton Hill…

Obituary: Evelyn Dean Outman, Genesee

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U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a federal grant that will help the Bradford Regional Airport (BRA) make safety equipment upgrades and remove obstructions from the runway.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $186,423 to the Bradford Regional Airport Authority for the safety initiatives.

“This grant will allow Bradford Regional to purchase new personal protective equipment that is in line with the latest safety standards,” Rep. Thompson said. “The funding will also make sure the runways are free from obstruction and clear for travel. Bradford Regional is an economic hub in McKean County. We must always work to provide the highest level of safety for airport employees and the traveling public alike.”

“The award of these funds allows us to provide our certified Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting staff to be equipped and ready to address any emergency situations that might arise,” Airport Manager Alicia Dankesreiter said. “These ARFF suits keep everyone safe which is our top priority. The remaining funding will be utilized to continue ensuring that all trees and other obstructions remain clear of the airports runways and approaches. Obstruction removal is often an ongoing project to maintain a safe airport. We remain grateful for Congressman Thompsons continued support of not only the Bradford Regional Airport but of rural aviation as a whole.”

This project removes 31 acres of tree obstructions from the Runway 14/32 approach surfaces.This grant funds the first phase which consists of obstruction removal from the Runway 32 end.This project acquires five sets of replacement personal protective equipment to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements.

The annual Coudersport Town Wide Yard Sales are slated for Labor Day — Saturday, September 1 — starting 9:00 a.m., sponsored by Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bargain hunters and shoppers can plan to visit sales at the Potter County Courthouse square, and at residences around the area, guided by their choice of a Google Map available via www.coudersport.us or a printed map available several days before the sales at the Chamber Office & Potter County Artisan Center at 227 N. Main St. in Coudersport.

The Chamber charges small fees to cover the costs of sponsoring this popular event.
For $5.00, participants receive a laminated, fluorescent yard sale sign, a presence on the printed map, the same on the online, mobile-friendly map which was viewed approximately 2,000 times by the end of the 2017 sales.

Spaces on the courthouse square are 10 by 10 feet each. One space is $10.00; Two spaces are $15.00; Each additional space is $10.00.

The Chamber will sponsor food and drink on the square this year. As in past years, the square will also be equipped with an accessible portable toilet and hand wash station.
Former Chamber Office Manager Zachary Williams is coordinating this year’s sales. Please contact him at 814-647-1899 or email chamber@coudersport.org to get on the map. As the aim of the maps is to draw as many prospective buyers to your sales as possible, Williams needs a description of your sale (e.g., any unique items) as well as your address, full name, phone number, and email. Email addresses and phone numbers kept confidential as they’re for administrative use only in case there is any question about a listing. Last names, descriptions, and addresses will go on the maps.

Fees for sales on the courthouse square will be collected the day of the sale. With regard to residential sales, please drop off your payments and pick up your sign, or mail fees to: Coudersport Chamber, PO Box 261, Coudersport, PA 16915. In charging nominal fees to cover the costs of hosting the event and providing amenities, the Chamber works on an honor system with regard to payments.

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly served its members and the public for over 60 years.

State police at Kane are investigating a melee which broke out early Sunday morning at the intersection of Coal Mine Road and Route 6 in Hamilton Township. Troopers were called when “The Big Thirty” party got out of control. Officers found that a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer had struck a person and several others broke out the windows in the SUV. Police did not reveal details but listed the victims as 28 year old Ashley Haight of Kane and 18 year old Hannah Hogand of Bradford. Devan Hughes was listed as both a victim and “arrestee” while Hunter Yasurek, 20,of Kane was listed only as an “arrestee.” Anyone who can give police details about the party and/or individuals involved is asked to call the barracks at 814.778.5555.

A fire which caused $10,000 in damage to a 1997 Rinker Captiva 212 boat parked in a Ludlow driveway early Wednesday morning is being investigated by state police at Kane. The boat belonged to Donna Enck and was parked unattended in her driveway. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police fire marshal at the Ridgway barracks, 814.776.6136.

Coudersport based state police arrested 23 year old Sharif Coleman of Wiilliamsport for manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs, unregistered person in possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia , and no rear lights on his vehicle after pulling him over on Route 6 near the Potter –Tioga County line on the afternoon of July 28. Police also claim Coleman had $9,000 in cash in his 2013 Ford F-350. After being arraigned before the on-call District Judge, Coleman was locked up in the Potter County Jail.

DUI and related charges have been filed against 23 year old Kimberly Groff of Audubon, PA in conection to a one-vehicle crash on the evening of July 16 in Sweden Township. According to state police Groff’s Toyota SUV wrecked at the intersection of the Billy Leis and Lyman Run Roads.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed suspect who was pulled over by patrol officers on Route 6 West in Coudersport Borough early Monday morning. Police say charges are pending against the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu upon receipt of lab results.

Two Port Allegany residents escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Sunday morning on East Second Street in Coudersport. Troopers report Kyle Butler’s Buick Enclave struck and killed a deer while headed east. When officers came upon the 2015 Buick Enclave, smoke was coming out of the vehicle. Butler and his passenger Tricia Roller were using seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Another Port Allegany driver and his passenger also escaped injury when his SUV hit a tree with a front tire on East Second Street in Coudersport Tuesday morning. Authorities said Darren Connelly was headed west when his Toyota Sienna crossed the highway, hit a tree and a guardrail before stopping in the eastbound lane. Both Connelly and his passenger Samuel Carr were using seatbelts.

A criminal mischief on Teuscher Hill Road in Allegany Township is being investigated by state police. A known suspect is believed to have damaged the yard on the Robert Teuscher property Sunday morning .Police have interviewed the suspect.

Obituary

Evelyn Y. Dean OUTMAN, 50, of Genesee, PA, died Saturday, August 4, 2018 in her home.

Born September 11, 1967, in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of George M. and Anise White Dean.

Evelyn was an incredible mother, generous, caring, selfless person, and one heck of a cook and baker. Her cinnamon rolls were famous. She lived for her children and was a surrogate mom for many others along the way.

Surviving are: six children, Shawn Shaffer of Denver, CO, Dawn Shaffer of Genesee, Jessica Roupp of Ulysses, Justin Outman of Ulysses, Austin Outman of Genesee, and Apryl Outman of Genesee; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry Golish of Georgia, Vince Golish of Albany, NY, and George Golish of TN; a sister, Jackie Drake of Galeton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Ricky Golish and Harold Golish.

A gathering to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be announced.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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