Thursday June 20, 2019

Black Forest Express

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                           Gerri Miller







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Flash flood watch in effect….Owlett’s proposal to help dairy farmers has moved forward….Reynoldsville man accused of threatening witness…..State police arrest former treasurer for stealing thousands belonging to Genesee PA Fire and Ambulance Department…Attempted ID theft investigated by Coudersport state police…injuries reported in two area collisions…..

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The National Weather Service in State College has issued a issyed a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of central Pennsylvania,

including the following areas, Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria,

Cameron, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk,

Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon,

McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northern Centre, Northern Clinton,

Northern Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill,

Snyder, Somerset, Southern Centre, Southern Clinton, Southern

Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Warren, and York.


* From noon EDT today through late tonight


* Recent rainfall has made the ground very wet. A few rounds of

showers and thunderstorms will affect the region today into

early tonight. The heaviest rain will occur in thunderstorms

which are expected to form this afternoon and last into the

evening. The rain may be heavy enough to cause flash flooding.


Flooding has already occurred in some nearby New York Counties. Basements have been pumped and water rescues have taken place. An unconfirmed tornado touched down near Centerville this morning.

The state House this week unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) to provide financial support to the state’s dairy industry.

“It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s dairy industry is struggling,” said Owlett. “One way in which we can help support the industry is with the creation of the Dairy Investment Program as outlined in my House Bill 1590. This would be a program dedicated solely to the prosperity of the dairy industry here in the Commonwealth.”

Owlett’s Dairy Investment Program would be created under the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). This fiscal year, the CFA was allocated $5 million from the First Industries Fund to issue grants to support the state’s dairy industry under guidelines the CFA adopted.

House Bill 1590 would statutorily provide parameters for the CFA to evaluate and approve these grants, and would include consultation with the Department of Agriculture to make sure the funding is targeted to the most appropriate projects that would support the dairy industry.

To view Owlett’s video comments on the bill, go to

House Bill 1590 now goes to the Senate for consideration.


As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Owlett has also recently supported passage of legislation that would ensure a quick state-level response to threats such as invasive species or disease; establish a Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center to help farmers create a business plan, transition plan or succession plan; enhance youth exposure to opportunities in the agriculture industry; boost enrollment in the veteran farmer Homegrown by Heroes program; and provide specialty crop block grants. He also supported the passage of a state House resolution to support congressional legislation to offer whole milk in schools.

“I grew up on a dairy farm and am passionate about helping our farmers and the agriculture community as a whole succeed and prosper,” said Owlett. “This is just the start of my work in this area and I look forward to where we go from here on this issue.”

A Reynoldsville, PA man has been arrested for retailiation against a witness. State Police at Lewis Run allege 58 year old Christopher Calhoun, after a preliminary hearing Monday threatened a 40 year old Wilcox woman and followed her to  her car.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 35 year old Scott Luce of Genesee for theft. Troopers claim that while Luce was treasurer of the Genesee Fire and Ambulance Department, he put direct deposits and checks intended for the company into his personal bank account. The alleged embezzlement took place over the past year and amounted to $93,000. After being arraigned on 128 felony and misdemeanor accounts, Luce was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

An attempted ID theft is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Someone used the identity of Coudersport resident Todd Williams to try to buy a new cell phone at a Verizon store on June 5.

Troopers are also investigating a burglary at the home of 21 year old Jacob McConnell and 47 year old Tracey McConnell on Route 49 in Harrison Valley last Friday night. Entry was gained through the front door.

A Wellsboro driver was slightly hurt Wednesday morning in a wreck in Charleston Township, Tioga County. According to state police, Kayla Stains was headed east on the wet and gravel covered Charleston Road when her Jeep Cherokee, after cresting a hill, went off the road and traveled into a ditch.  Stains told police she would get a ride to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of a minor injury. Two children, a 4 year old girl and a 5 year old boy were riding in child safety seats and were nor hurt.

Minor injuries were reported following a collision Monday morning in the village. State police report the accident happened when Brittany Fessenden of Roulette, while traveling west on Main Street turned left onto Rive rStreet while Chad Nichols of Rixford had stopped his Harley Davidson  at a stop sign northbound on River Street. The Fessenden Jeep Cherokee clipped the cycle when it failed to complete the turn. Kelly Haggard of Roulette, a passenger on the bike, was slightly injured but did not require medical attention. Two children, a 4 year old girl and a5 year old boy were in booster seats and were not hurt.

State police at Emporium say a 54 year old man from that town is facing drug possession charges. Authorities claim when the served a warrant on him at 427 E. Third Street Tuesday afternoon they discovered he was in possession of illegal drugs.

The investigation is continuing into an alleged theft on German Settlement Road in Horton Township, Elk County.  A 45 year old Ridgway man told police a local contractor has failed to complete work after being paid for the services.

Both drivers escaped injury at a collision Monday afternoon at the Lantz Corners intersection. A Ford E-350 driven by Braeden Heverly of Dover, PA traveled  on Route 59 through the intersection and struck the side of a Toyota C-HR driven by Jonathan Anbueg no address given.






Wednesday June 19, 2019

Black Forest Express


Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                               –Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 78 overnight low, 61; .16” rain







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Obituary: Lois Maryette Duell, Millport

Hundreds of dairy farmers rallied in Harrisburg Tuesday to support initiatives….Eldred man arrested for strangling Bradford woman….Downstate driver slightly injured in Tioga County car/deer collision….several drivers arrested for DUI/drugs…One driver hurt in  rear-end collision Tuesday near Smethport…..

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Hundreds of Pennsylvania dairy farmers rallied in the state capitol Tuesday to ask for support of federal efforts to recognize the value and health properties of whole milk, and the importance whole milk plays in children’s physical growth. Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter, Cameron) announced his committee’s unanimous support for House Resolution 222, sponsored by Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester/Lancaster), that would urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the standard of identity for milk and milk products; and House Resolution 402, sponsored by Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana), that would recognize the value of whole milk and support federal legislation to ensure whole milk would again be available in schools.

Committee Chair Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter, Cameron) offered the following comments at the event.

“We passed two resolutions in support of what the congressmen are doing in Washington DC. They are providing the leadership that we need to help our dairy farmers and get milk back into schools…and we’re urging the FDA in Washington to enforce their own rules and make sure that only milk is labeled milk.”

A 21 year old Eldred man has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arrested for strangling a 20 year old Bradford woman during an domestic violence assault last night at an Annin Township home. Stae police at Lewis Run claim Caleb Tobola choked, hit and pushed Melanie Turner several times at a house on Sun Valley Road near Newell Creek Road. He was arraigned before Distinct Judge Dominic Cercone  on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment. Under a relatively new law in Pennsylvania, strangulation is a stand alone crime.

A Montgomery PA driver was slightly injured and his vehicle was severely damaged in a collision with a deer on in Covington Township, Tioga County Monday morning. Paul Stryker was headed south on Route 15 and was unable to avoid hitting a deer which came onto the road in front of his Chevrolet Colorado

One driver was hurt in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 59 in Keating Township, McKean County. State police report the accident occurred just west o the Route 646 intersection when Joseph Tacconelli of Smethport failed to notice that Brenda Adamoski had slowed her Chevrolet Equinox down for a vehicle making a left turn into a driveway and allowed his Dodge to hit the rear-end of the SUV. Adamoski was taking to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury. Tacconelli and his wife, Theresa, and a 15 year old boy in Adamoski’s vehicle were not hurt.

Several drug related DUI arrests have been made recently across the region. Troopers did not release the names of any of the suspects. A 23 year old Camby, IN  man and a 21 year old Niagara Falls, NY man were arrested by Mansfield based state police who responded to a welfare check on a 2019 Toyocar van container trailer at the intersection of Route 287 and Route 15 just before 10 am on May 25. Marijuana and paraphernalia were allegedly found in the vehicle. A 31 year vold Mansfield woman was arrested after troopers allegedly found marijuana and paraphernalia in her 2012 Toyocar Van Container on Route 15. Two 19 year old Buffalo women were charged after police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and cocaine in their 2015 Dodbe Caliber on Route 15 in Bloss Township at around 9:45 pm May 4.

Emporium based state police arrested a Cameron County man Monday afternoon when he was allegedly found in possession of two controlled substances and paraphernalia while in the ER at Penn Highlands Elk after an EMS call to his home at 54 Wennin Road and transportation to the hospital.

State Police at Lewis Run are advising motorists that they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint over the next 30 days in McKean County.


Lois Maryette Duell, 69, of Millport, went home to her heavenly Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, June 17, 2019, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Friday, August 12, 1949 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of William K. and Theo A. Richardson Dickerson.  On September 26, 1970 in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, she married Chester “Chet” “Bill” Duell, who passed away on September 9, 2013.

Lois was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  She was employed as a Friendly Home Toy Party representative, an Avon representative, and by McDonald’s in Wellsville, N.Y.  She was also employed at the former Olean Tile Plant in Olean, then in the kitchens in the Oswayo Valley Elementary and High Schools, and was also a self-employed caterer.

Lois was a member of the Millport United Methodist Church, where she also served as treasurer and was a member of the Missions Circle of the church.  She was a former member of the Chrystal United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the former Shinglehouse Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, holding every position in the organization.  She was a member the Tri-County Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary where she formerly served as secretary.  She also was a member of the Allegany County (N.Y.) Ladies Firemen’s Auxiliary where she served as chaplain and a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.

In the past, Lois enjoyed knitting and crocheting, bowling on the Ladies league in Shinglehouse, canning, entering items in the Potter County Fair, and family camping.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandsons.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents of Shinglehouse; a son, Neil C. (Sharon) Duell of Coudersport; two grandsons, Joshua N. Duell and Shawn M. Duell; seven brothers and sisters, Lila S. Curry of Genesee, Karl J. Dickerson, Carolyn J. (Dave) Gustin, Earl W. (Sharon) Dickerson, Donald G. (Judy) Dickerson, and Rod D. (Kim) Dickerson, all of Shinglehouse, and Brad G. (Carla) Dickerson of McConnellsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Lois was predeceased by an infant daughter, Sheilla Duell; a sister-in-law, Susan Dickerson; and a brother-in-law, Ed Curry.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Millport United Methodist Church, officiating.  Committal and burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Millport United Methodist Church, 57 South Branch Canada Hollow Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lois entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

Black Forest Express

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                                                                    Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 70: Overnight low, 64; 1.06” of rain



WED-RAIN (of course) HIGH 78




State House has approved Causer’s legislation for quick response to agricultural emergencies….Bath VA hospital is looking for nurses…..Theft of 2019 car in Tioga County investigated by state police….NY State man arrested for stealing Lawrenceville woman’s car … Numerous items stolen from Wellsboro area garage….No one hurt in McKean County collision…One driver hurt in similar collision in Tioga County…Emporium man cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness……

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No surprise here. Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps tells Black Forest Broadcasting News the story about a man with a knife threatening children last Friday in Ulysses was a total fabrication. Several law enforcement personnel and volunteers combed the area on foot and on ATVs but found no suspect. He reports that with the assistance of Coudersport State police and follow-up interviews it was determined there was no such person and the incident did not occur. The juvenile who first reported the alleged incident has since recanted the claim. Until suspicions can be confirmed or found untrue, media must assume they are as reported by authorities.

State police at Mansfield are looking for the person who stole a 2019 Blue Subaru Impreza Outback in Bloss Township between 6:00 pm May 18 and 8:00 am May 19.  Troopers explain Collin Blieler of Covington parked the car on the Arnot Road to go camping on the upper Arnot Road  at around 6:00 pm and when he returned in the morning the car was missing. Blieler started walking towards Arnot, PA when he saw his car parked in a cemetery. It appeared to have collided with a deer. He was able to drive the car back tohis residence before contacting state police. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2152.

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 21 year old Dylan Smith of Lindley NY for auto theft. Authorities allege Smith stoled a 2001 Ford Explorer owned by Julienne Wallce of Lawrenceville June 5 or 6.

A burglary at a Charleston Township home on the afternoon of June 11 is also being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals entered a garage owned by an 81 yearold Wellsboro woman and a 23 year old Wellsboro manand made off with several items including a 100 foot yellow extension cord, gray jump pack, red double stack Craftsman air compressor, weed eater, small black generator and a 2003 Hond Cfr230 with a batman and joker sticker on the number plate. Value of the stolen items is estimated to be $2175. Anyone with information about that crime is encouraged to call the Mansfield barracks (number above).

No one was hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Eldred. Lewis Run State police report the rear-end collision occurred when James Green of Port Allegany and Sadie Bell of Eldred were stopped on the Prentisvale Road at a stop sign. Green went through the intersection without realizing Bell was still stopped and his Dodge Charger ran into the back of Bell’s Nissan Frontier.

Injuries were reported for a Middlebury Center man after a collision in Charleston Township last Friday morning. Richard Casper was going south on the Catlin Hollow Road approaching the intersection with the Charleston Road and forgot about the stop sing. When he noticed a tractor trailer traveling on the Charleston Road, Casper applied the brakes on his Chevy Suburban but continued through the intersection and struck a utility pole, causing it to break in half and land on a Dodge Caravan driven by Allan Hemker4 of Mansfield. The impact caused the Hemker van to roll over before coming to rest against another pole. Casper was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital while Hemker escaped injury.

State police did not release the name of the driver of a car which hit a bear on Route 6 in Charleston Township early Monday morning. The only damage to the Pontiac G6 was a broken headlight. Since it could be driven and there were no human injuries the accident is considered a “non-reportable.” There was no information on the bear’s injuries.

State police at Emporium have arrested 58 year old Stven Malesovich of that  town for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Authorities claim Malesovich got into an argument with a 36yearold woman about a 58 year old male  last Friday afternoon on Fourth Street.