Tuesday June 25, 2019

Black Forest Express


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Monday’s high, 83; overnight low 68; .34” of rain






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Rixford man found guilty of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and corruption of minors….Ohio man arrested for allegedly assaulting 21 year old Wilcox woman…..minor injuries reported for one driver following collision near Port Allegany….Ulysses woman accused of stealing potted plant from greenhouse….next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting

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Since last year, 123 additional free-ranging deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, and Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded again as a result of new cases according to the Game Commission. With CWD testing from the 2018 deer seasons now completed, there now have been a total of 250 known CWD cases in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania since 2012.New CWD cases were detected in the following counties: Bedford (65), Blair (10), Cambria (2), Franklin (3), Fulton (33), Huntingdon (4), Jefferson (1), Juniata (1), Perry (1), and Somerset (3).The Game Commission tested 9,631 free-ranging deer and 122 elk for CWD taken in the 2018 seasons. To date, no free-ranging elk have tested positive for CWD. A total of 6,525 deer tested came from existing Disease Management Areas (DMAs), with the remaining 3,106 deer tested from other areas in the state. The number of free-ranging deer tested increased significantly, compared to the 7,910 deer tested in 2017.

Expanded DMAs

Due to the detection of CWD, in both captive and free-ranging deer, DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded, while no changes will be made to DMA 4.For the most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries, go to www.pgc.pa.gov. While the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest once again will be provided free-of-charge to license buyers, in part to increase awareness of CWD and CWD management, updated DMA information could not be included because it wasn’t available by the print deadline.

DMA 2 now covers more than 6,715 square miles, an expansion of 2,101 square miles since last year. DMA 2 now includes all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. This expansion largely is due to the discovery of two new CWD cases in Juniata and Perry counties. Each of these cases is 20 miles or more away from the nearest previously documented case. Both of these deer were adults and one was displaying clinical symptoms of CWD at the time of death, which suggests CWD is established in the area and other deer in the area might already be infected.

DMA 3 has expanded by 203 square miles and now covers more than 1,119 square miles, due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Clearfield County. The captive facility will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive test was confirmed. DMA 3 now includes all or parts of Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in February announced that a buck tested positive for CWD on a hunting preserve near Curwensville. Shortly after, the Game Commission warned the public that this positive would push the DMA into the elk range. However, after careful consideration, the Game Commission has opted to keep DMA 3 south of Interstate 80 and out of the elk range.

DMA 4 was established in February 2018 due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Lancaster County. To date, no free-ranging deer have tested positive for CWD in DMA 4. DMA 4 covers 364 square miles and includes parts of Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Hunters are prohibited from exporting high-risk parts from DMAs. High-risk parts include: the head (more specifically the brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

Game Commission understand the prevalence and distribution of the disease in the local area.

CWD first was identified in Colorado in 1967. CWD since has been detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects members of the cervid family including deer, elk and moose.

On average, infected individuals don’t display symptoms for 18 to 24 months. Symptoms include lowered head and ears, weight loss, excessive drooling, rough-hair coat, uncoordinated movements, and, ultimately, death. Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment for CWD.

To date, CWD has not been found to infect humans. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people avoid eating meat from CWD-infected animals.

More information on CWD can be found at www.pa.pgc.gov

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, following a one day jury trial at the McKean County Courthouse,  22 year  old Anthony Schoonover of Rixford  was convicted of Indecent Assault (victim less than age 16) and Corruption of Minors.  The charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions against a juvenile female in Rixford in October, 2017.  The case was investigated by Otto Eldred Regional Police Chief Donald Nies.  Assistant District Attorney Jerry Grill prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2019.

An Ohio man has been arrested by state police at Ridgway for  physical harassment in Elk County. Troopers claim 26 year old Daniel Paladino of Northfield tried to kiss a 21 year old Wilcox woman and touched her inappropriately  when she gave him a ride from the Dam Inn on the night of June 8. Police said Paladino was a family friend.

Injuries  were reported following a collision Monday night in Keating Township, McKean County involving two Port Allegany women. According to state police at Lewis Run the collision occurred when a Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Brittany Andreano went off Route 6 between Pierce Brook Road and Pump Station Road while headed west, came back onto the pavement after  traveling about 75 feet , crossed the center line and hit a Hyundai Sonata  driven by Carrie Buchenshutz. She and a 16 year old female passenger were taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. Andreano was not hurt.

Both drivers escaped injury last Friday afternoon when their vehicles collided on West Street in Bingham Township. State police at Coudersport report the collision occurred when Karl Gundersen of Knoxville was going north when he swerved his Chevrolet Silverado across the double yellow line and hit a Chevrolet Cruz driven by Michael Fluty  of Ulysses. Authorities said Fluty tried unsuccessfully to avoid contact by swerving to the right off the pavement.

A Ulysses woman has been arrested for shoplifting at a greenhouse. Troopers assert 66 year old Bessie McPHerson took a patio tomato plant, valued at $13 from Leona’s Greenhouse on the North Hollow Road, Coudersport last Friday afternoon.McPherson’s ID was confirmed by “a reliable source”

Monday June 24, 2019

Black Forest Express

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                           —  Gerri Miller                                        







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Two Buffalo Women arrested for dealing drugs in Bradford….Cause of major house fire in Elk County still undetermined…Vandals cause$2700 in damage to electronic sign in Tioga County…land lord/tenant issue being probed by state police at Lewis Run….Items damaged during fight at Emporium area motel….Port Allegany motorcyclist hurt in spill on Route 6 Saturday evening….

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The cause of a fire which resulted in some $250,00 in damage to a two story seasonal home in Highland Township Elk County late last Thursday night has not been determined. The house was owned by Patricia Gold of Greenville, PA. The house was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call state poice at 814.776.6136.

McKean  County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on June 21, 2019, Detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested BRIANA ROLLINS and LEONESHA BROWN, both of Buffalo, for crimes related to the sale of crack cocaine.  The Detectives charged ROLLINS and BROWN with selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant while under surveillance by the Drug Task Force.  Officers with the Bradford City Police then stopped their vehicle on Chestnut Street in Bradford.  The vehicle was reported stolen by Hertz Rental Company in Buffalo.  Officers searching the vehicle found money, baggies commonly used to package crack cocaine for sale, and a scale with suspected cocaine residue believed to have been used to weigh the crack cocaine prior to sale.  Upon arrest, Rollins was found to be in possession of additional crack cocaine.

ROLLINS was charged with 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver/Delivery – Felony; Conspiracy Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Misdemeanor; Possession of a Controlled Substance- Misdemeanor; Criminal Use of a Communication Facility – Felony 3; and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana- Misdemeanor.

BROWN was charged with Possession with Intent to Delivery/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Felony Conspiracy Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor; Conspiracy Possession of a Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor; and Receiving Stolen Property (Vehicle)- Felony 3.  The McKean County Drug Task Force was assisted by Bradford City Police and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Police.

ROLLINS and BROWN were arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge David Engman who set bail at $75,000 for each suspect and they were remanded to the McKean County Jail.

If you suspect illegal drug activity, please contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or MCDTFtip@gmail.com.

Two items were damaged during a scuffle at the Prospect Motel in Emporium late last Friday night. State police report two suspects got into a physical altercation and a medium sized lamp and exterior door were damaged to a total of $310.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated a fisticuff involving two inmates at the McKean County Jail on the morning of June 12. One of the inmates is 27 years old and from Forbes Road, PA but no information was given about the second man.

A glass storm door window was damaged early Saturday morning when a fight broke out involving two women at a house on Parkway Drive in Emporium. Troopers say charges are pending in district court.

A landlord/tenant dispute in Liberty Township remains under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. The 44 year old Port Allegany man is accused of moving items out of a dwelling occupied by a 22 year old Port Allegany woman.

State police at Mansfield are looking for vandals who damaged equipment owned by X50Pilot Car Services while it was positioned on Fallbrook Road in Ward Township, Tioga County. Someone fired a round of ammunition into a digital speed limit sign. Photos were taken by that included one vehicle when they crime occurred at 3:40 am June 11. The Speed Alert 24 digital sign is valued at $2500 and the sign’s stand is valued at $200.

A camp burglary taking place between June 7 and 21 on Forest Road  in Lafayette Township, McKean County is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. Criminals broke a window to enter a camp owned by a 67 year old Wateford, PA . Police did not indicate if anything had been stolen.

Minor injuries were reported for a Port Allegany motorcyclist whose bike took a spill Saturday evening. According to Lewis Run state police, Gregory Falk was speeding when his Honda VTX wrecked on Route 6 near Pump Station Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Falk was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital by ambulance.

Both drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided on Route 660 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police explained 22 year old Beth Anderreg’s 2017 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and struck a Ford F15 driven by Mary Long of Johnsonburg.

DUI charges are pending against a 24 year old Bradford man whose 2019 Kia was stopped by state police at Lewis Run Sunday night after  patrol offices observed a traffic violation on Champlin Hill Road near East Valley Road. The driver’s name was not released and troopers say  charges are pending lab results.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at the record low set in April of 3.8 percent. State records go back to 1976.The national rate, at 3.6 percent, was also unchanged from April. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point from May 2018 while the national rate was down two-tenths over the same period. A survey of households found that Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or looking for work, was unchanged from April at 6,471,000. Employment rose by 1,000 to a record high, while unemployment declined 1,000.Total nonfarm jobs rose from April to a record high of 6,051,400. May was the sixth consecutive gain,as well as sixth consecutive record high for jobs. Jobs increased over the month in five of the 11industry supersectors. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,900.

Friday June 21, 2019 First Day of Summer!

Black Forest Express


Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                                                            Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 58; 1.00” of rain







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 Area residents can comment on Tri-County Comprehensive plan next week…..Slide repairs next week near village of Huntley in Cameron County….State police investigate discovery of possible stolen items near Keating Summit….Tioga County man suspected of stealing mother’s license plate and sticker…Cyclone man jailed after allegedly assaulting elderly couple….

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 Residents of Potter, Cameron and McKean counties have another chance to speak their minds about their communities’ future during a public hearing on the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan next week. A project of commissioners and planning boards from the three counties, the plan will guide decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy areas for the 2020-29 decade. Its implications will be felt in everything from economic development, environmental conservation, transportation, employment, education, small business, community facilities and other areas. After the first round of public input, during which nearly 2,400 people participated across the three counties, the top issues that have emerged for action are:


business attraction and workforce development;

protection of clean air, water and natural places;

expansion of infrastructure (including public works and high-speed internet);

enhanced attractions for tourism and recreation;

strengthening downtown amenities and community services;

investing in expanded housing;

addressing issues related to drug addiction.

Focus groups have been meeting to provide the framework. The public will have another opportunity to be heard during a three-county public meeting scheduled for 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 27, at Port Allegany High School. Input is also being accepted by planning directors Will Hunt (Potter), Jeremy Morey (McKean) and Cliff Clark (Cameron), and by consultant Joe Passmore at joseph.passmore@mbakerintl.com or 717-221-2061.

Initial research cited multiple public policy challenges that will be posed by declining population, combined with steady increases in median age. Implications will be felt in terms of needed services, changes in the job market, economics and other areas. While the master document covers a three-county region, the plan will include sections that are exclusive to each county. The plan is mandated by the state and must be updated every 10 years. Total cost is $115,000, with $80,000 covered by federal funding and the remaining $35,000 shared equally among Cameron, Potter and McKean counties. (Potter County Today, with permission).

PENNDOT is alerting area drivers to an upcoming Route 120 lane closure  in the Huntley area of Gibson Township, Cameron County. The restriction will be in effect Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27 along the westbound lane. Slide correction and repair work in the area makes the lane restriction necessary.

Traffic control will include flaggers during the day, and a self-regulated stop with stop signs during nighttime hours. All work is weather dependent.

This section of Route 120 carries an average of 700 vehicles each day

A Cyclone man has  charged with aggravated assault, harassment and criminal mischief after he allegedly attacked two people at a home  on Route 646 in Keating Township.  Police say that 51 year-old Donald Peterson entered the residence and damaged property.  He then reportedly struck a 68 year-old woman and threw a 77 year-old man on the ground, where he kicked him in the abdomen and hip several times.  The male victim was transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center  for treatment of a hip fracture.  Peterson was sent to the McKean County Jail.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a possible theft discovered late last month. A 34 year old Austin woman and a 41 year old Austin man told police they believe items that were in a towed 2009 Pontiac Vibe Sport Wagon may have been stolen. Troopers did recover several items which are believed to have been stolen.

Troopers at Mansfield say a known suspect is believed to have stolen a registration plate and inspection sticker from his mother, Tonya Huck’s vehicle  sometime between Mary 15 and June 10. The suspect, whose name was not given, allegedly gave the registration plate to another person who put it on his vehicle and operated the unit.