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Obituary: Kenneth “Ken” Martin, Coudersport
Lawmakers warn of holiday scams and provide resources for verifying charities….Olean man convicted in McKean County for delivering morphine…Harassment charges filed against Rixford man for an alleged assault last month at the Eldred Legion….Wellsboro man accused of injuring a Wellsboro woman….Several motorists arrested fro DUI…..Burglars steal small amount of cash from Tioga County business….
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Crooks take advantage of the generosity most Americ ians and come up with all sorts of scam, especially during this holiday season. Rep. Martin Causer Black Forest Broadcasting News there is a way citizens can check to see if a charity is a bonafide non-profit institution. The Pennsylvania Department of State bureau of corporations and Charitable Organizations administers the state’s charitable Institution law. It also maintains registration and financial information on over 13,000 charities soliciting in the state. To check on an organization visit the website, www.dos.pa.gov and click on the “Charity Search Link”. You can also call Toll Free: 1-800-732-0999.
As if that isn’t enough, Congressman Tom Marino of the new 12th congressional district says during the holiday season, it is more important than ever to protect your personal information from fraud and scams. Fraudsters contact individuals demanding sensitive information claiming to be representatives of the Social Security Administration (SSA). These individuals are even been able to have the incoming call appear to come direct from the SSA. The SSA has confirmed that you should avoid providing information such as your social security number and bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet. If you have been contacted by one of these individuals and believe it to be fraudulent, please call the number below or file a complaint online. • Phone: 1-800-269-0271 • File a complaint with the Social Security Administration’s Inspector General online
On December 12, 2018, following a two day jury trial in the McKean County Courthouse, Jeremy Carrier was convicted of Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Felony and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility – Felony 3. The defendant was accused of selling morphine pills and utilizing a cell phone to arrange the sale of the narcotic on January 11, 2017 in Foster Township. The McKean County Drug Task Force investigated the case. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Morphine is a Schedule II narcotic under the Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. Sentencing is scheduled for January 10 at 1pm.
State police at Kane are charging a 54 year old Rixford man with harassment for an altercation at the Eldred American Legion on the night of November 25. Authorities claim the suspect, whose name was not released, physically assaulted a 45 year old Eldred woman during a disagreement.
A 32 year old Wellsboro man is accused of assaulting a 31 year old woman from that town Wednesday afternoon. Mansfield based state police allege the suspect hit the victim in her face causing a bruised left eye. The suspect’s name also was not released.
No injuries were reported for a Wellsboro man whose car hit a tree next to Route 362 in Shippen Township Tioga County. State police report Terry Drake was headed east when his Ford Freestyle went onto the berm on a left hand curve.
Frederick Wescott, 54, of Sabinsville has been arrested for drug possession. According to Mansfield state police, Wescott was found unresponsive in his 2003 Buick Century on the Pritchhard Hollow Road at around 1:30 pm December 4 and a syringe was allegedly found in his hand.
DUI charges have been filed against 47 year old Stacey Teel of Lawrencevville. Her arrest came after troopers pulled her 2015 Subaru Crosstrek over for a traffic violation on Route 287 in Lawrence Township during the early morning hours November 24.
Terry Clark, 21, of Arnot was also arrested for DUI after patrol officers stopped him on Rpute 6 in Charleston Township early October 2.
A theft at Florida Fried Chicken on Route 287 in Tioga Township overnight November 11 is being investigated by state police. Burglars caused $200 in damage to a Casio PCR 1495 cash register while stealing about $10.
Kenneth W. “Ken” Martin, 60, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in the home he built, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born on November 4, 1958 in Silver Creek, N.Y., he was a son of James W. and Alice F. Silleman Martin. On January 8, 2011 in the Swedish Union Church in Tidioute, he married Autumn L. Shoemaker, who survives.
He was a graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville, N.Y., Class of 1976. Ken honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1981, predominately in Germany. Upon discharge, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Ken was employed for many years at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport, starting first as a master mechanic, then becoming service manager. At the time of his death, Ken was the fleet manager. Despite his illness, he worked until November 21, 2018.
Ken was a member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192. He loved to travel. He enjoyed dirt track racing and NASCAR. His greatest love was his family.
Surviving besides his wife are his beloved mother, Alice Martin, of Allegany, N.Y.; three stepsons, Jason Bohn of Coudersport, Jerrad (Lacey) Rimel of Cambridge Springs, and Jed (Katrina) Rimel of Coudersport; six grandchildren; a cousin, Ralph Silleman, Jr., of Forestville, N.Y., who was like his brother; and his mother-in-law, Lillian Shoemaker of Holiday, Florida.
In addition to his father, James W. Martin, Ken was predeceased by his father-in-law, Thomas G. Shoemaker.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Frank Mickle, pastor of Gold Church, Gold, Pa., officiating. Burial will be in Swedish Union Cemetery, Tidioute.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Ken from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Ken’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Ken, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com