Tuesday May 28, 2019

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 78; overnight low, 56; 1.26″ of rain over the weekend


TUE NIGHT-low 58






McKean County jail inmate accused of attacking guard….Woman injured by an accidental rifle discharge in Kane…Ridgway man accused of stuffing  Walmart merchandise in his pants and walking out with  paying for items…No one hurt in three-car chain reaction collision Monday in McKean County….Sinnemahoning State Park accepting watercraft and bicycle bids… Work is underway to replace bridge on Route 59…..

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Lewis Run State police are investigating an assault taking place early Friday morning at the McKean County Jail. An inmate, whose name was not revealed, is suspected of injuring a Corrections’ officer while being transferred to another holding cell for being unruly. The guard was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

A Kane woman was hurt in an accidental shooting Monday afternoon at 7045 Highland Road in Wetmore Township. According to state police at Lewis Run, Lisa Springer was trying to remove a Savage Mark ll .22 cal hunting rifle from the back seat of Dodge Ram when the rifle malfunctioned and caused an accidental discharge. Springer was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of her right index finger.

Troopers at Coudersport are continuing to investigate a report of child abuse allegedly occurring on the Hickox Ulysses Road on the evening of May 21.  Police were assisted by Potter County Children and You Services staff.

A Ridgway man has been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart on the afternoon of May 24. State police there claim 57 year old Mark Nelson removed a Samsung Sound Bar from its packaging, and put the bar down the front of his pants along with a Blue tooth charger, then left the store without paying for the items which are valued at a total of $268.

Minor injuries were reported for a Warren driver after his Hyundai Accent rolled over on PA Route 59 in Corydon Township last Thursday afternoon. Troopers said Michael Anderson was going west when the car drifted onto the shoulder and collided with an embankment.  Anderson was treated at the scene and refused further medical treatment.

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle pile up Monday afternoon on Route 46 in Keating Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run report the chain reaction collision occurred when Kassandra Manning of Smethp0ort was too closely following Dylan Overbeck, also of Smethport and when he tried to stop, her Chevrolet blazer ran into the back of his Pontiac G6 and shoved it into another Pontiac G6 driven by Kaleigh Keyes of Lewis Run.  Police said all of the drivers were using seatbelts and refused treatment.

State police at Ridgway have charged 28 year old Daniel Gadley of Kersey with criminal mischief. Police claim that last Friday night, Gadley intentionally destroyed property belonging to Randi  Hulings of Ridgway.

A tractor trailer operator was arrested by state police at Mansfield for DUI on the afternoon of May 15 in Liberty Township. The driver, whose name was not released, was pulled over when his 18 wheeled combination rig was observed driving erratically and the suspect was allegedly seen throwing beer cans out of the window on Boar Run Road.

Emporium based state police charged a 60 year old Philipsburg man for DUI after he was allegedly observed committing a traffic violation while operating a 2015 Harley Davidson on Route 872 during th evening of May 17.

A 20 year old North East, PA resident was also arrested by state police at Emporium for DUI. Officers stopped the underage drinker after his 2001 Toyocar Van Container Trailer was observed swerving in and out of the eastbound lane of Route 120near Memorial Springs early Saturday morning.

Lewis Run state police arrested 54 year old Paul Fuller of Kane for DUI after stopping him on N.Fraley Street in Kane early Saturday morning . Fuller was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and was taken  to UPMC  Kane for a blood draw.

Police did not reveal the name of a 55 year old Smethport man who was arrested for DUI after his 2017 Can-AM ATV was seen committing traffic violations on the West Valley Road on the evening of May 19. Charges are pending receipt of lab results.

Sinnemahoning State park is currently accepting bids the Watercraft and Bicycle.If you or someone you know may be interested in bidding on the contract, visit http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ConcessionBids/default.aspx for more information.Questions about the bid can be directed to the park office. Bid documents are available for review, both online and at the park office.The bid closes June 19, 2019.  Contact Sinnemahoning State Park for information about this exciting opportunity.  Call 814-647-8401 or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

PennDOT is alerting motorists that preliminary work on a bridge replacement in Lafayette Township began earlier today.The bridge spans Three Mile Run on Route 59, just east of Mount Alton. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

Initial work will involve mobilizing equipment, drainage work, roadway widening, clearing and grubbing. Flaggers in the roadway will enforce and alternating traffic pattern while this work is completed.

Once initial work is complete, the contractor will install temporary barrier closing one lane. The bridge will then be replaced using half-width phasing. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals that will be set to flash mode before becoming fully operational Tuesday, June 11.

The overall project consists of replacing the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge with a new precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approximately 600 feet of roadway reconstruction, drainage upgrades and guiderail installation. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to traffic by early September. Bob Cummins Construction Co. of Bradford, PA is the contractor for this $1 million project.The existing 15-foot structure was constructed in 1932 and carries an average of nearly 1,300 vehicles each day. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2. For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLL

Friday May 24, 2019







Black Forest Express



Thursday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 50







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Obituary: Donnie Whitsell, Genesee

One of the drivers involved in 4 fatality collision last month in McKean County was under the influence of drugs and alcohol….Coudersport driver and passenger unhurt after falling asleep at the wheel…fire at abandoned Elk County house was intentionally set. PennDot and various agencies held seat belt program Thursday in Tioga County….Road work will begin Tuesday on Routes 321 and Laurel Mills Road…..

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State police at Ridgway report one of the drivers in a head-on crash in McKean County on April 27 was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  Four Pittsburgh residents died in the 8:00 am collision when a 2019 Nissan Pathfinder driven by 30 year Ashley Smith traveled across the double yellow lines while going north  on Route 219 in Hamlin Township and was hit by a Ford F-150 driven by Michael Clawson of Mt. Jewett. Police said Clawson was unable to avoid impact.  Smith, 31 Teonna Herring, a 9 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. Clawson was flown to UPMC Hamot  for treatment of serious injuries.

A Coudersport driver and his passenger escaped injury last Wednesday night on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. According to troopers at Ridgway ,Eric Ditzler was going North on Route 255 just after 9:00 pm when he nodded off and allowed his GMC Sierra to go off the road, hit a utility pole and shearit off. The truck  went down an embankment and  a large wooden swing set before stopping.

The state police fire marshal has found that a fire at a building being demolished was intentionally set Thursday afternoon.  The building was located at 2130 Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township and volunteer fire fighters were summoned at 1:30 pm.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network (HSN), Safe Kids Tioga County, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Wellsboro Police Department today met at Laurel Health Systems in Wellsboro to highlight seat belt safety as part of a national “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative running through June 2, 2019.

The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.

During the event, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians held a free Car Seat Clinic. Parents and caregivers were able to have their child’s safety seat inspected and received instructions on how to install and use the seat correctly.

Chris Lengle, Program Coordinator with Buckle Up PA spoke at the event. “This project was created to change the behaviors of unbelted occupants and decrease traffic related injuries and fatalities.”

According to PennDOT data there were 14,309 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 378 fatalities and 911 suspected serious injuries in Pennsylvania during 2017.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. After turning 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.

The effort, which includes 350 Pennsylvania municipal agencies, supplements the national “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization which runs through June 2, 2019. As part of the initiative, PennDOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information on seat belt safety, visit PennDOT.gov/Safety.

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will resume improvement work on Route 321 in McKean County next week. Tree cutting and drainage work on the project took place in fall of 2018. This project will improve ride quality and extend the life of the roadway surface from Route 59 in Marshburg to Sugar Bay.

To perform full depth reclamation work in an efficient manner, a section of Route 321 will be closed starting Tuesday, May 28. The closure will be in place from Route 59 to Sugar Bay and is expected to last through project completion in late July. An official detour will be in place during the closure. The 32-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 59, U.S. Route 219, Route 4007 (South Avenue in Bradford), Route 4002 (Owens Way in Bradford), and Route 346.

PennDOT is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on this project– to the benefit of both agencies, as well as roadway users. Upgrades to Route 321 will make removal and hauling of pest-infested and at-risk trees easier and more convenient for the U.S. Forest Service. In turn, the Forest Service will provide tree trimming and tree removal along State Routes in the Allegheny National Forest—allowing for “daylighting” of roadways. “Daylighting” makes it easier for sunlight to hit roadway surfaces, which helps ice and snow melt more quickly.

Overall work will include drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction. IA Construction of Franklin, PA is the contractor on this $4.3 million job.


PennDot also announces that full depth restoration on Route 3002 (Laurel Mills Road) near Ridgway is set to begin Tuesday, May 28. This project will prolong the life of the roadway.

The work zone will begin approximately two miles west of Ridgway and continue for nearly nine miles toward the village of Hallton. Flaggers in the roadway will enforce an alternating traffic pattern through most of the work zone, but the road will be closed from the intersection with Arroyo Road to the Irwin Run Bridge.

During the closure, which is expected to last approximately two weeks, traffic will be detoured onto Route 949 and Route 3001 (Belltown Road) before reconnecting with Route 3002. The road will remain open to local traffic, allowing residents to access their homes.

Overall work includes restoration of the roadway, drainage improvements, guide rail replacement, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction.

Grannas Brothers Stone & Asphalt Co., Inc. of Hollidaysburg, PA is the contractor for the $3.7 million job, which is expected to be completed by mid-August.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in all work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.


PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting  www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.


 Donnie J. WHITESELL, 72, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Andover, NY, died Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in his home. Born September 14, 1946, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Irving and Edith Latten Whitesell. He was employed as a farmer and truck driver. Surviving are:  his companion of over 28 years, Betty Knauer;  four children, Sharon (Jeff) Bastianelli of Greenville, SC, Amy Whitesell of Greenville, SC, Deanna (Michael) McIntyre of Whitesville, NY, and Donnie (Chastity) Whitesell, Jr. of Rexville, NY; 14 grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren;  five siblings, Richard (Shirley) Whitesell of Wellsville, NY, Ron (Linda) Whitesell of Independence, NY, David Whitesell of Almond, NY, Thelma “Betty” Patrick of Wellsville, NY, and Darla Williams of Wellsville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Tonya Chase;  and a brother, Milford Whitesell. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.


Thursday May 23, 2019

Black Forest Express







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Travelers encouraged to check 511 for traffic conditions this weekend….Wellsboro woman facing assault charges….Ulysses man victim of ID theft…..Coudersport troopers investigate burglary…

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The National Weather Service has already posted severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area for the next several hours. Heavy downpours, thunder lightning and gusty winds are all possible.

State officials are reminding  travelers they can log onto 511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.

Mansfield state police did not release the suspect’s name but say a 36 year old Wellsboro woman is facing charges of harassment with physical contact for an incident allegedly taking place between 11:00 pm last Wednesday and midnight at a home on Wetmore Street in Wellsboro. The victim is listed as a 38 year old Wellsboro man.

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating an ID theft and a burglary. Unknown crooks used  Ulysses resident Thomas Williams’ personal information over the past month to try apply for a loan in multiple credit cards. Someone entered a home at 122 Union Street Shinglehouse through a back door  last Sunday morning but fled in an unknown direction.  Anyone with information regarding the 8:00 am incident is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Apparently no one was hurt in a collision involving an SUV and a motorcycle Tuesday morning in Covington Township, Tioga County. State  police at Mansfield did not release details but report the collision occurred when the operator of a Harley Davidson FXR began to turn right into Eisenhauer Harley Davidson on Main Street in Covington Township and the driver of the Nissan who was traveling behind, applied his brakes but clipped the right side of the motorcycle causing to go off the road and slide for a short distance before stopping.  Police did not reveal the names or addresses of those involved as it may have been a “non-reportable” collision since there were no injuries or property damage and the vehicles could be driven from the scene.