Monday, December 31, 2018

 

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 19; .18” weekend precipitation rain and some snow)

MON-RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON, HIGH 44

NEW YEAR’S EVE – SHOWERS, LOW 44

NEW YEAR’S DAY- MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 41

NEW YEAR’S NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE, LOW 27

Sunday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 19; .18” weekend precipitation rain and some snow)

MON-RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON, HIGH 44

NEW YEAR’S EVE – SHOWERS, LOW 44

NEW YEAR’S DAY– MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 41

NEW YEAR’S NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE, LOW 27

WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 33

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Ridgway woman accused of stealing $2200 worth of merchandise from St. Marys Walmart over past couple of months…Austin couple’s hacked phone used to make purchases….Driver suspect of driving under influence of drugs following crash in Lafayette Township, McKean County…Two Tioga County residents avoid injury in car/deer encounters……police allegedly find pot and paraphernalia after stopping Roulette driver….drugs also reportedly found in Erie woman’s car after she was pulled over in Eulalia Township….Port Allegany teen allegedly driving under the influence of drugs…Genesee teen accused of threatening  43 year old man…Cameron County Chamber invites votes on Facebook for window displays…

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A 27 year old Ridgway woman has been arrested for stealing $2022.47 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart. Ridgway based state police claim Southern Shute , on 21 different occasions between October 25 and December 23, failed to scan merchandise at the self check out registers and left the store without paying for the items.

An Austin couple told state police at Coudersport that someone used hacked their cell phone and made purchases on their account earlier this month. The 25 year old woman and 36 year old man told troopers they were unaware anyone had their account information.

DUI charges are pending against a 24 year old Fairfax, VA resident after a one-vehicle crash on Music Mountain Road in Lafayette Township, McKean County Saturday afternoon. State police at Kane say when they investigated they determined the suspect, whose name was not released, had been driving under the influence.

No injuries were reported for a Williamsport driver after a mishap last Wednesday morning in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Joshua Day was going south on Route 287 when his Subaru Legacy failed to make a left curve, went off the east side of the road and collided with an embankment.

Two Tioga County residents escaped injury during car/deer encounters recently. A Chrysler Sebring driven by 19 year Nathan Mahonski of Blossburg went off of The Mainsburg Road when he swerved to a void a deer. The sedan hit an embankment, then went up the embankment, became airborne and spun around clockwise before landing on the driver’s side. Rhonda Hults was traveling west on Route 6 near the S. Schodac Road in Richmond Township early Sunday morning when her Chevrolet Cobalt hit a deer.

A hit and run on the Phoenix Run Road in Hector Township last Thursday evening was investigated by troopers at Coudersport. An unknown vehicle, while going south, went crossed the road  and struck a mailbox on the left side of the road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

DUI charges are pending against 21 year old Dylan Bundy of Roulette after he was stopped by patrol officers  early November 26 on Railroad Avenue in the village. State police allege they found Bundy was under the influence while driving his 2001 Ford F-159 XLT and detected an odor of marijuana. A search of the truck turned up some suspected pot and drug paraphernalia

Suspected marijuana and paraphernalia were also allegedly found by Coudersport based state police on the night of November 23 during a traffic stop on |Route 6 West in Eulalia Township. The items were found in a 2000 Toyota driven by 19 year old Christine Martinez of Erie.

Troopers at Emporium say they are continuing to investigate a suspected case of drug possession. The name of a 23 year old woman was not released but troopers claim they seized drug paraphernalia at a residents located at 418 Broad Street in that town.

A 17 year old Port Allegany boy is facing DUI charges. According to troopers at the Coudersport barracks, the youthful driver was ruled over on Route 6 West in Roulette Township on the night of December 5 for equipment violations and was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs.

Harassment charges are being filed against a 16 year Genesee resident for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last Wednesday night on the Hickox Road in Genesee Township. Authorities claim the teen threatened a 43 year old man during an argument.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is announcing a Facebook contest running through Monday morning January 7.  Facebook users encouraged to “like” your favorite picture from an Emporium downtown merchant.  “This year the business owners went above and beyond decorating storefront windows,” said Tina Solak, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce director.  The business with the most “likes” will receive a 2019 chamber membership.

From Christmas trees, to mechanical displays that include elves, snowmen and even a window depicting a Christmas scene from the 1940’s, encourage people to take a walk along Fourth Street in Emporium.  The pictures are posted at https://www.facebook.com/CameronCountyChamber.

The winner will be announced on Facebook Monday January 7 at noon.

 

Friday December 28, 2018

 

Black Forest Express

 

 Nearly 30 state parks, including several in this region, will be participating in “First Day” hikes…DCNR provides information about winter activities at state parks…Johnsonburg woman accused of stealing lost purse and using money to by merchandise for herself….Emporium man picked up on warrant allegedly found with pot and paraphernalia…..Illegal alien nabbed in Pittsburgh will be prosecuted by feds……

Thursday’s high, 42 Overnight low, 40 (rain not measured)

FRI-SHOWERS, HIGH 55

FRI NIGHT –SHOWERS, LOW 31

SAT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN/SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 36

SAT NIGHT-LOW 25

SUN-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 34

SUN NIGHT-LOW 30

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Nearly 30 state parks, including several in this region, will be participating in “First Day” hikes…DCNR provides information about winter activities at state parks…Johnsonburg woman accused of stealing lost purse and using money to by merchandise for herself….Emporium man picked up on warrant allegedly found with pot and paraphernalia…..Illegal alien nabbed in Pittsburgh will be prosecuted by feds……

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To promote a healthy start to the new year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers at several parks across the state as DCNR again sponsors free, guided hikes in 29 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

“Our First Day Hikes help remind people that our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn said. “They are a great way to make a resolution to enjoy nature and get more exercise, and keep it on the first day of the year.”

The following Pennsylvania state park facilities are participating during daylight hours January 1, 2019:

 

Bald Eagle

Beltzville

Black Moshannon

Caledonia

Canoe Creek

Codorus

Cowans Gap

Delaware Canal

French Creek

Gifford Pinchot

Greenwood Furnace

    Hills Creek

Keystone

    Kinzua Bridge

Lehigh Gorge

Lyman Run

Moraine

Nescopeck

Parker Dam

Pine Grove

Prince Gallitzin

Pymatuning

Racoon Creek

Shawnee

    Sinnemahoning

Jacobsburg, Kings Gap, and Nolde Forest environmental education centers

Pennsylvania state park staff and volunteers lead the hikes, which are usually about one or two miles, but can be longer depending on the park and its terrain.

“Last year, we hosted over 700 participants who hiked more than 1,793 miles in our state parks across the Pennsylvania,” Dunn said. “

Organized by the National Association of State Park Directors to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks, all 50 states have cooperatively sponsored First Day Hikes since 2012.

Additional details can be found at the DCNR website; click on Events,” then select the “Hiking and Walking” link.

Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHikePA.

When winter weather returns, citizens can find activities going on  in state parks The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks.

The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season.

The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report also lists the snow thickness and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report is searchable by park and by winter outdoor recreation activity.

A Johnsonburg woman has been arrested for stealing lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake and theft by unlawful taking. State police at Ridgway report 75 year old Paula Sorg of Weedville forgot her purse in a shopping car in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot Wednesday afternoon. When she returned to the store she discovered someone had removed itl  After viewing video footage, authorities discovered 28 year old Sheilah Thomas had taken the purse and used the money tom purchase items in the store for herself.

Emporium-based state police are charging 36 year old Chad Delp of Sinnemahoning with possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug  paraphernalia.  Officers stopped Delp’s 2009 Chevrolett HHR on West Fourth Street last Thursday afternoon, December 20, on a warrant. While processing Delp, they allegedly found a small amount of pot and related paraphernalia.

Thursday December 27, 2018

 

 

 

    Black Forest Express

New, tougher DUI laws in effect now before New Year’s Eve celebrations….Charges pending following scuffle near Smethport Christmas Eve……Shinglehouse woman hurt in collision near Port Allegany…..

 

Wednesday’s high, 37; Overnight low, 24

THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 40

THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 37

FRI-SHOWERS ALL DAY, HIGH 54

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF MIXED PRECIPITATION, LOW 32

SAT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW, HIGH 35

SAT NIGHT-LOW 23

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 New, tougher DUI laws in effect now before New Year’s Eve celebrations….Charges pending following scuffle near Smethport Christmas Eve……Shinglehouse woman hurt in collision near Port Allegany…..

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Just in time New Year’s Eve celebration,  a bill to enact stiffer punishments against habitual DUI offenders in Pennsylvania has been signed  into  law

Act 153 of 2018 includes a proposal by its sponsor,  Senator Scott l Martin, introduced to increase penalties for repeated DUI crimes and repeat offenders who cause the death of another person. Under the new law, any individual convicted of their third DUI with a BAC of .16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

The law also increases penalties for motorists who cause the death of another person as a result of a DUI, including a potential first-degree felony charge for repeat offenders.

 

In addition to the measures targeting repeat DUI offenders, the new law also includes stiffer punishments for motorists who drive on a suspended or revoked license, including additional jail time for motorists who are found guilty of aggravated assault by vehicle or homicide by vehicle without a valid license while DUI.

  Kane based state police report charges are pending completion of their investigation into a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place at around 7:30 pm Christmas Eve in Keating Township, McKean County . When they arrived at a home on Route 46 things had cooled down but they found that a 48 year old Smethport woman and an 18 year old Bradford woman had hit and shoved each other during an argument. A 47 year old Bradford man was listed as a victim but no further details were provided.

For some unknown reason, some troopers at the Kane barracks are refusing to release the names of adults involved in accidents and crimes even though  names of adults are public information except in the case of a sexual assault. Trooper Jacob Beers declined to name the drivers involved in a rear-end collision Wednesday evening on Route 6 in Liberty Township.  The fender bender occurred when a 25 year old Smethport woman could not slow down her Chevrolet Equinox for a Pontiac G6 driven by a 55 year old Shinglehouse woman which had stopped for an obstacle on the highway.  After impact, the sedan traveled for about 50 yards before stopping on the northern berm. The SUV stopped in the middle of the road. The Shinglehouse driver was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

A 22 year old Bradford woman escaped injury Wednesday morning when her SUV hit an embankment along Minard Run Road in Keating Township. Troopers did not give out the name of that driver either, but say she was trying to make a slight left hand curve just north of the Aiken  Road when her Nissan Rogue hit a patch of ice, slid across the highway, hit an embankment  off of the southbound lane. The impact caused both air bags to deploy disabling the vehicle.

Accidents are considered “Non-reportable” if there were no injuries or traffic violations  and the vehicles can be driven from the scene. In which case, names of those involved usually are not released. Such is the case for a mishap in Tioga County Saturday afternoon. a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz slid off of Route 14 in Liberty Township after encountering a patch of ice. The car bumped a guardrail but could be driven away with minor front-end damage.