Black Forest Express
Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel Gerri Miller
THU-SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HEAVY RAIN HIGH 74
THU NIGHT-HEAVY RAIN, LOW 67
FRI-AM SHOWES THEN PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 72
FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY,LOW 49
SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 74
SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY LOW 61
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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 https://youtu.be/YomEfPZj6ZE.
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.