Wednesday December 5, 2018

Tuesday’s high, 21; LOW 8







BFB HEADLINES (Wednesday December 5, 2018) Committee announces expanded plans for Eliot Ness Fest 2019….State police warn of holiday phone scams….Emporium home burglarized Monday evening….Renovo driver hurt when his pick-up sideswiped a dump truck in Tioga County….state police warn of holiday phone scams….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

Drinkers toasted the end of Prohibition in the U.S. on this day in 1933. It had been 14 years between (legal) drinks. The long dry spell ended at 5:32 p.m., when Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (repealing the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited all booze).


In a related note, the schedule of events and activities is growing for the second annual “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable” scheduled for the July 19-21 weekend in Coudersport, Pa. With sponsorship by the Potter County Historical Society, an expanded planning committee has been busy laying the groundwork for a celebration that returns all of the highlights from this year’s event and adds several more attractions. Committee members emerged from last week’s meeting with several announcements:

–Plans are progressing for a dramatic re-enactment of the trial of Al Capone at the Potter County Courthouse. An effort is also underway for Eliot Ness Fest 2019 to host the first-ever reunion of the descendants of Eliot Ness and his band of “Untouchables.” Stay tuned for details!

–The popular Vintage Eliot Ness/Al Capone Era (pre-1933) Car and Truck Show will return, with most or all of last year’s participants already registered. A separate Vintage Ness Cleveland Era (late ‘30s and early ‘40s) Car and Truck Show is in the works for the street where Eliot Ness lived. Also, Law Enforcement Vehicles of various vintages and types will be displayed at the courthouse square.

–Street theater performances, an expanded parade, fireworks, and other entertainment are in the planning stages. Colorful historic interpretative bus tours will also be expanded.

–A number of prominent authors and historians will be appearing, presenting fascinating programs at the Coudersport Theatre, where feature films and fascinating documentaries will air all three days.

–An expanded Law Enforcement Spotlight is in the works, headquartered at the courthouse square, with a broad variety of exhibits, programs, and appearances by special guests.

–Many area businesses are already onboard with plans to partner with the committee in expanding the venues for the thousands of visitors who are expected.

Further updates will be posted on Facebook and on the official Eliot Ness Fest website (

The Bath VA Medical Center and the Elmira, Wellsboro, Wellsville and Coudersport, PA Community Based VA Outpatient Clinics will be seeing patients on Wednesday, December 5th during the National Day of Mourning for the passing of President Bush. Veterans with appointments, or those with procedures scheduled for that day, should go to their appointments as scheduled.

Emporium-based state police are investigating a burglary at a home on West Fourth Street in that town Monda y night. Burglars entered the home of a 57 year old man and 46 year old woman by unknown means between 9:00 pm 11:30 pm  and stole items valued at about  $3877. No one was home at the time.

Minor injuries were reported for a Renovo man after a collision Tuesday morning on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County.  Mansfield based state police report the accident happened when Daniel Snyder was making a right curve while headed west and drove into the oncoming lane where his Ford F-150 sideswiped a Peterbilt dump truck driven by Vaughn  Laubach of Williamsport. Snyder was taken tol Soliders and Sailors hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Laubach  was not hurt.

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high,40; overnight low, 26; .75” of snow preceded by .08” of rain






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Some Tri-County Co-op members will be getting share of capital credits….Potter County re-certified as “StormReady”….Force, PA man arrested for stealing merchandise from Walmart…..Medicine and legal document stolen from Harrison Township home……Northern Potter student arrested for disorderly conduct…Port Allegany bar cited by liquor control board….

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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be returning $1 million in capital credits to members and former members of the cooperative this month. The Tri-County board of directors approved the retirement of $1 million worth of capital credits allocated to members’ accounts in 1987, 1988 and 2017. Current Tri-County members who received electric service from the cooperative in the retirement years will receive a credit on their December electric bills.The cooperative will mail checks to all inactive Tri-County members who are entitled to a capital credits refund but have moved from the co-op’s service area. The checks will be mailed Monday, Dec. 10.Capital credits reflect margins the cooperative realizes at the end of each year. Margins are the excess of income over expenses.

Because cooperatives are member-owned, non-profit enterprises, margins are allocated back to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the allocation to a member’s account is based on that member’s energy consumption during the retirement years.

The cooperative retains margins for a period of time to be used as working capital to assist in the financing of plant replacement and to build and maintain the electric system. When the co-op is financially able to do so, it retires margins by returning capital credits, also known as patronage capital, to members.

This capital credits retirement marks the second year of the cooperative’s hybrid capital credits program, which allows for the return of patronage capital in full for mature capital credits allocated in 1987 and 1988, as well as the return of capital credits earned by members in the most recent year,

The cooperative has returned over $5 million in capital credits to members since 2010, retiring capital credits in eight of the past nine years.


With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric distribution service to more than 19,000 accounts in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) recently confirmed that the Potter County Emergency Management Agency has meet qualifications to be recertified, as StormReady which. The designation signifies readiness to receive and disseminate severe weather alerts over a period of three years, through November 2021. According to Barbara M. Watson, NWS meteorologist-in-charge in State College, Potter County met all criteria, including:

establishing a ’round-the-clock warning point and Emergency Operations Center;

at least four separate ways to receive NWS warnings;

at least two ways to monitor hydrometeorological data;

two or more ways to disseminate warnings;

weather information receivers in public facilities;

public education and training;

a hazardous weather operations plan;

automated siren controllers;

community preparedness and administration,

A 43 year old Force, PA man has been arrested for stealing merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday night. Ridgway based state police did not release the suspect’s name but say he was pictured on video surveillance taking the items. Charges will be filed in District Court.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for leads in solving a burglary which took place between November 16 and this past Sunday. Thieves entered the locked residence of a 73 year old Mills woman and stole a blood pressure prescription medication (Triamterne HCTZ) and a document f rom an attorney concerning her late husband.

A 17 year old Northern Potter student is being charged with disorderly conduct. According to state police at Coudersport, the girl tried to leave the school grounds Monday morning but staff found her hiding outside the school. Authorities claim this has been an ongoing occurrence.

The state Bureau of  Liquor Control Enforcement has cited a Port Allegany bar for violating state regulations. Authorities allege Shooters Grill and Bar LLC at 14 N. Main Street was not a bona fide restaurant because it did not maintain sufficient food items between July 11 and September 8, 2018 and also failed to adhere to conditions of an agreement with the board placing additional restrictions on the bar April 25 through September 18, 2018.


Monday December 3, 2018


Black Forest Express


” Contrasts”                                           Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high; Overnight low, 37; .95” of weekend precipitation







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 Port Allegany man accused of drug possession after confrontation with police….NY state fugitive nabbed in Tioga County by officers responding to an Amber Alert…..Father and son both face charges after a fight in Eldred over the weekend….Firefighters held flames to one room in Ridgway home…numerous crashes investigated over past week across the region—some weather related, others car/deer collisions…

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A 56 year old Port Allegany man has been arrested for drug possession after a confrontation with police at his home last week.. Troopers were called to the home at 19 Lanny Drive for a welfare check. When police arrived, the man whose name was not released was sanding on his front porch with a knife screaming that persons  were inside the house. Police were able to place him under arrest and found no one inside the house but did find drugs which they seized.

A man wanted in New York state was apprehended last Thursday night in Tioga County. Troopers at the Mansfield barracks responded to the Mansfield Walmart for an Amber alert and discovered  22 year old Guillermo Jose Tores Acevedo of Batavia. The missing juvenile was safely located. Acevdo was taken into custody to await extradition to Genesee County, New York.

Harassment charges are being filed against a father and son following an altercation in Eldred Township Saturday morning.  Troopers did not release the defendants’ names but said they were called to a home on Canfield Hollow Road just before 8:30 Saturday morning where a 49 year old Eldred resident and his 20 year  old son were arguing.

A fire of undetermined origin caused $25,000 in damage to a Ridgway home last Thursday morning. Fire fighters were able to contain the flames to an unpstais bedroom of the two-story house on Grant Road owned by John and Grace Hulings. The couple were home at the time and were alerted by a smoke alarm. Damage was said to be $25,000.There were no injuries

Slippery roads are blamed for a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday night in Homer Township, Potter County. State police report Mikayla Osborne was going north on Route 872 near Heth Road when her Ford Five Hundred hit a patch of ice, skidded across the road, hit and embankment and flipped over onto its roof. Osborne suffered minor injuries but did not require treatment at the hospital.

State police claim, a Port Allegany driver was speeding when his Chevrolet Tracker  rolled over last Thursday morning on icy Route 6 in Liberty Township. Jared Antrim was headed east near the Benson Hollow Road when his Chevrolet Tracker failed to make a left hand curve and crossed the road before going into a ditch where it rolled over. Antrim escaped injury.

A Coudersport family escaped injury in a car/deer collision Friday night in Ulysses Township. Police said Jonathon Anderson could not avoid hitting the whitetail which entered Route  6 in front of his westbound Jeep Liberty . Anderson was able to drive onto the side of the road after impact. He and his wife, Keri and a 16 year old boy were using seatbelts at the time.

Both drivers were unhurt when their vehicles collided with the same deer late Saturday night In Keating Township, McKean County. According to troopers at Kane, Mark Raslawsky of Cheektowaga, NY  was going west on Route 6 near the Little Bear Road when his GMC hit a deer and sent the body flying into the opposite lane where it was run over by a Toyota Corolla driven by Rashelle Bullers oif Smethport. Both drivers were using seatbelts as was a passenger in the Bullers car, William Bullers.

An elderly Emporium woman avoided injury Sunday morning when her car hit a deer in Shippen Township at around 8:30 Sunday morning.  Helen Wolfel, 91,, was traveling east on the CCC Highway when her Chevrolet Malibu encountered   the whitetail.

Minor injuries were reported for a passenger after a rear-end collision last Wednesday evening in Richmond Township, Tioga County.  According to Mansfield based state police, impact occurred when Robert Miller of Wellsboro stopped his Ford Escape for a stop sign at the intersection of Spencer Road and South Main Street in Mansfield. Brian Tice of Mansfield failed to notice Miller’s stopped Jeep Grand Cherokee and ran into the back of the Jeep. Both drivers were not hurt but Lisa Miller was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries.

Troopers at Mansfield claim 22 year oil Cody Tice of Mansfield failed to report a wreck occurring last Tuesday morning on Hemlock Hill Road in Sullivan Township.  A GMC Sierra driven by Tice went off the road while going north and hit some trees and shrubbery before stopping. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene..

DUI charges are being filed against 31 year old Christopher Tomb of Sabinsville after a crash last Tuesday evening on Route 49 in Deerfield Township. Authorities allege when they investigated the crash they determined Tomb had been driving his Chevrolet  Uplander under the influence of alcohol.

A 25 year old Weedville resident is also being charged with DUI. State police at Ridgway did not release the suspect’s name but claim when they investigated a one vehicle crash on the Bennetts Valley Highway at around 2:30 Saturday morning they determined the driver had been  driving his Toyota Tundra under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to  Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw .

Drug possession charges are pending against an Emporium man who was stopped by state police Saturday afternoon at the intersection of West Fourth Street and N. Maple Street in that town . Authorities say the 26 year old man displayed signs of impairment when they pulled him over on a warrant. Police claim they found him in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was committed to eh McKean County jail on the warrant.

A 62 year old Kane man was arrested for DUI Friday night after being stopped at the intersection of  N. Fraley and Taylor Streets in that town for failing to use a turn signal and driving with an obstructed license plate. Cops allege they smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the Dodge Ram and on the suspect’s breath. He reportedly failed the field sobriety test and was taken to UPMC Kane for a blood draw.

State police from Ridgway confiscated quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and related paraphernalia from a 2010 Chevrolet Impala Saturday night when they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Kane Street in Jones Township. With the help of K-( officer Shaffer and K-9 Nando, they determined drug activity had taken place. Ronald Lucore, 31, of James City, PA was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge Martin.

The theft of a child’s bicycle from a Ulysses area home earlier this fall was investigated by state police at Coudersport. The bike which was green, blue or yellow was stolen from behind a car port on Telescope Road  owned by Kathleen Becker September 27 or 28.

Elk County authorities are looking for vandals who damaged a street light along Route 3002 in Millstone Township last Sunday morning.T he 20 watt high pressure sodium street light was valued at $70 and belonged to a 28 year old West Mifflin resident.


Anita G. Geiser, 90, of Valencia, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa.    and Olean, N.Y., passed away with her loving daughter by her side on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot, after a short illness.

Born on February 14, 1928 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Herbert and Vesta Hasper Every. In St. Cloud, Florida, she married Arthur “Jeb” Geiser, who passed away on August 28, 2007.

Anita attended Olean schools.  She was employed by the former Acme Electric in Allegany, N.Y. for many years.  She then was employed at Mercury Marine in Kissimmee, Florida, where she retired after many years of service.

Anita, along with her husband, enjoyed clogging and square dancing.  She volunteered in the gift shop at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia for 20 years.  She enjoyed crafts, word searches, and playing cards.

Surviving are a daughter, Peggy A. (Ronald) Green of Valencia; a stepdaughter, Ginny (Jim) Jandrew of St. Cloud, Florida; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Anita was predeceased by a daughter, Bonita M. Caster; a son, William Press, Jr.; and two sisters, Donna Gaylor and Sandra Lippert.

Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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Marcia A. Lamar, 65, of Shinglehouse, a former longtime resident of Bolivar, N.Y. and also a former resident of Eldred, passed away at home with her loving son by her side on Friday, November 30, 2018, after a brief illness.

Born on July 1, 1953 in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Kenneth and Juanita  Prindle.  On April 10, 1973 in Port Allegany, she married Thomas W. Lamar, who passed away on March 23, 2016.

Marcia was a graduate of Port Allegany High School.  She was a 4-H volunteer in Smethport where she enjoyed club activities with her grandson, Johnny, who she dearly loved.

Surviving are two daughters, Leoma (Chris) Lowman of Eldred and Daisy Post of Bradford; a son, Danny (Marie) Lamar of Shinglehouse; eight grandchildren, John Post, Jr., Mikayla Post, Alex Post, Elizabeth Lowman, Kristopher Lowman, Casandra Lamar, Jonathan Lamar, and Ann Marie Lamar; a brother, Raymond (Nermie) Kelly of Smethport; six sisters, Dolly (Dean) Benson of Johnsonburg, Robin, Sis, June, Leona, and Tina; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Marcia was predeceased by a son, Denny Lamar; two brothers, Kenny and John; and a sister, Dale.

In keeping with Marcia’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Marcia’s family has entrusted her care and cremation to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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