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Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 69
TUE-SUNNY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH 87
TUE NIGHT-LOW 68
WED– HOT & HUMID, HIGH 87 CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 87
WED NIGHT-MODERATE SHOWERS, LOW 67
THU-HUMID, CLOUDS INCREASE, HIGH 78
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Obituary: Kenneth Birosh, Roulette
Port Allegany man wanted for various violent crimes….Another Port resident accused of sexually assaulting woman last week in a Liberty Township apartment…..Potter County joins nationwide Criminal Justice effort….
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A warrant has been issued for the arrested of 42 year old Chad Setzer of Port Allegany who is accused of several crimes in connection to a domestic violence assault Sunday a few minutes before noon. Kane based state police allege Setzer threatened to kill a 36 year old Port Allegany woman’s boyfriend and damage his truck. Setzer then reportedly confronted the woman while she was operating a vehicle in Liberty Township. Setzer allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed the tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The victim was able to get out of the area to a safe place from where she called police. Setzer left the location and has not been seen since. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police at 814778-5555. Police did not indicate the relationship but listed a two Danville, NY residents as additional victims—a 40 year old man and 61 year old woman. Setzer was arrested last week on a criminal mischief charge. Troopers claimed he smashed out a I Troopers at Kane have charged 42 year old Chad Setzer with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Friday afternoon in Liberty Township. Police claim Setzer punched out the driver side window on a vehicle owned by a 36 year old Port Allegany woman, presumably the same victim.
Another Port Allegany man is accused of sexual assault in connection to an attack allegedly taking place last Friday afternoon in Apartment B at 230 N. Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township. State police report during a social conversation, Jacob Tarr, 25, physically assaulted a woman, then exposed himself, forced her through a hallway and pushed her onto the floor, flipping her onto her back on the floor where he proceeded to attack her sexually before letting her go. The victim left the residence and called 9-1-1.
The website, Potter County Today is reporting, the county has made a commitment to implement “Data-Driven Justice.” The process began with the Board of Commissioners enrolling in the national initiative. That was followed by the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) adopting DDJ as part of its 2018 strategic plan. Most recently, the national DDJ organization has taken a particular interest in the county’s efforts, raising the prospects of Potter County becoming a rural pilot project to implement DDJ. Jessica Giebel, who recently joined the county as criminal justice resources coordinator, has been tasked with developing a strategic plan to implement DDJ.
Phase 1: Research other counties’ experiences in successfully implementing data collection and analysis.
Phase 2: Determine how this data could benefit Potter County through: (a.) a review of current practices; (b.) an assessment of needs and potential applications through close engagement with the county’s criminal justice system — judiciary, district attorney/law enforcement, public defender, jail administration, human services and others.
Phase 3: Investigate DDJ support systems now operating in other counties, focusing on software and administration; operational and information-sharing/privacy issues; logistical challenges, and other considerations
Phase 4: Review goals of DDJ implementation – i.e., the options as identified through Phases 1, 2 and 3 — for consensus support among all affected parties.
Phase 5: Present recommendation to Potter County Board of Commissioners for acquisition and implementation of the data collection and analysis plan.
What is Data-Driven Justice?
Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors. The average length of stay is 23 days and 95 percent of the cases are resolved at the local level without a prison sentence. On any given day, more than 450,000 people are held in jail before trial, even though they have not been convicted of a crime. Research shows that even a short stay in jail can impact a person’s health, job and family stability, and can also increase the likelihood that he or she will commit future crimes. The costs of administering local criminal justice systems are significant, both in terms of actual dollars to taxpayers and in the disruptive impact of incarceration on children, families and communities.
Counties, cities and states that have joined the DDJ initiative are developing strategies to address two key populations that drive jail populations:
“Frequent utilizers” who are often individuals with mental illness, substance abuse and health problems who repeatedly cycle through multiple systems, including jails, hospital emergency rooms, shelters and other services; and
People held in jail before trial because they cannot afford to bond out, not because they are a risk to the community or a risk of flight.
These populations represent an opportunity for targeted, resource-saving interventions since they comprise a significant percentage of many jail populations. New innovations demonstrate that finding better alternatives to jail for individuals in these categories can not only save resources, but also help stabilize families and better serve communities. There are multiple resources available online for those who want to learn more. One of the most informative websites is http://www.naco.org/resources/signature-projects/data-driven-justice
Kenneth G. Birosh, 76, of North St. Roulette, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (Aug. 25, 2018) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born February 2, 1942, in German Township, PA, he was a son of William and Pauline Sholtis Birosh. On Sept. 11, 1965, in Roulette, PA, he married Joann R. Jankowski, who survives. They were married 52 years.
Ken was employed with Saint Gobain Container Co., (now Ardaugh Co.) of Port Allegany, for 35 years, before his retirement.
Mr. Birosh was a longtime resident of the area coming from Clarksville, PA.
He was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, where he had enjoyed being a church musician. He also was a member of the former music group, the Reverbs of Port Allegany. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers, International, AFL-CIO.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Joann, are a son, Kenneth D. (Penny) Birosh of Port Allegany, three daughters, Cindy A. Birosh/Robedee of Cocoa, FL, Penny L. (Scott) Lilly of Port Allegany, and Shelly K. (Ben) Perrin of Shinglehouse; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, William C. (Louise) Birsoh of Kentucky; two sisters, Leona (Kenneth) Lester of Cleveland, OH, and Karen (Arthur) Wright of Greenville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, William Halle.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 29, 2018) in the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with Rev. John Minor, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery, Coudersport.
Memorials can be made to the Gospel Tabernacle, Couderspoprt.
Condolences can be made to: Joann R. Birosh
44 North Street
Roulette, PA 16746