Wednesday July 31, 2019


Black Forest Express

Bee Balm in Hebron Township                                                             –Gerri Miller


Tuesday’s High 83; Overnight  low, 63; .49” of rain







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Causer’s first Senior Expo of the year will be held Friday in Bradford…Both drivers escape injury in Tioga County collision Sunday afternoon…No one hurt in later collision Sunday…..License plates stolen in two counties….

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(Scenes from Potter County Fair at end of this report)

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is reminding area senior citizens of the 17th annual Senior Citizens Expo this Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Gymnasium. Due to the expo, Causer’s offices in Bradford and Kane will be closed all day. The office in Coudersport will remain open and may be reached by calling 814-274-9769.
The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about a variety of issues. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. A new addition to the event this year features two informational sessions about REAL ID. PennDOT officials will discuss who needs to obtain a REAL ID and the documentation required to obtain it. The seminars will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Additional expos are scheduled Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kane Community Center, and Friday, Oct. 11, at the Roulette Fire Hall. Both events also will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford office at 814-362-4400. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

Both drivers and their passengers escaped injury in a collision Sunday afternoon in Nelson Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the collision occurred when 74yearold Rosemary Phelps turned her Ford Escape onto Lakeview Road from Route 49 and hit a Toyota Corolla driven by Clifford Dickersosn of Knoxville.  Two young children in the Phelps unit were in child safety seats and both drivers and Dickerson’s wife, Flora, were using seatbelts.

An Addison, NY driver was issued warnings about speeding and staying in his lane of travel after his Chevrolet Impala went off of Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County Sunday evening and hit some guide wires before stopping on the median. Noah Blanchard was not hurt in the crash.

Troopers at Lewis Run are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a 2006 Jeep Liberty parked in front of a residence on Dawson Street4 in Kane at around 3:30 am Tuesday. The driver left the scene without notifying police or the owner of the Jeep.

State police in two counties are investigating thefts of  license plates. Thieves removed a PA Trailer plate XCD0934 from a 2019 Carrie Craft parked on Pine Run Road in Lafayette Township Saturday afternoon.  And a license plate was taken from a car owned by Catherine Rotino of Wellsboro between June 1 and July 26 along with a carbon monoxide detector. The items total $100 in value.


Bill Gerski (l) VP of Tri-Co Connections explains the company’s deployment of Broadband services in the

service area to Co-op members.

Gerri Miller continues a long-standing tradition of broadcasting live from the Potter

County Fair


Rides, festival foods, exhibits are all part of the annual Potter County Fair.

Tuesday July 30, 2019


Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 62







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Obituary: Shirley Francis, Ulysses

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of

Pennsylvania has announced  that David Piaquadio, age 62, of Galeton, Pennsylvania, was

found guilty recently following a non-jury trial of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, Fentanyl

and Heroin, distribution of Oxycodone and Fentanyl, and attempted distribution of Oxycodone.

In finding him guilty of the four counts in the indictment, Chief U.S. District Judge

Christopher C, Conner also found that on March 12, 2015 Piaquadio delivered Fentanyl to an

individual who overdosed after using the drug. According to Judge Conner’s memorandum,

after receiving the Fentanyl from Piaquadio, the individual heated the drug on a spoon and then

injected it. The overdose victim was found by his mother unconscious with a syringe stuck in his

right arm in close proximity to a metal spoon containing fentanyl residue. In returning the guilty

verdict, Chief Judge Conner found beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of the Fentanyl

distributed by Piaquadio as charged in Counts 1 and 4 resulted in serious bodily injury to the

individual who overdosed. Based on that finding, at sentencing Piaquadio faces a 20-year

mandatory sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

In the memorandum filed in support of the verdict, Chief Judge Conner found that

Piaquadio admitted that he and his girlfriend, Jane Flynn, who is deceased, sold between 100 to

120 Oxycodone tablets and one or two Fentanyl patches per month. According to the

memorandum, on the morning of March 12, 2015 the day he delivered Fentanyl to the overdose

victim, Piaquadio filled a prescription for 150 Oxycodone tablets and 10 Fentanyl patches

U.S. Attorney David J. Freed commended the efforts of first responders from Galeton

Borough Police Department, Galeton Hose Ambulance, Medic 6, and the emergency medicine

staff at UPMC Soldiers and Sailors in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania in treating the overdose victim

who used Fentanyl supplied by Piaquadio. Mr. Freed noted that Chief Judge Conner found that

the overdose victim “suffered serious bodily injury in the form of a drug overdose that placed

him at serious risk of brain death or physical death without medical intervention.”

The federal investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General, U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services and the Pennsylvania State Police, with the assistance

of the Galeton Borough Police Department and the Potter County District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorneys Geoffrey W. MacArthur and George J. Rocktashel were

assigned to the prosecution of this matter.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide

epidemic regarding the use and distribution of Heroin and Opioids like Fentanyl and Oxycodone.

Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets Opioid traffickers

operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among

federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals

who commit heroin related offenses.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the

applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a 20-year

mandatory minimum sentence because the drug offense resulted in serious bodily injury, a term

of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing

Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the

nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the

defendant; and the need to punish the defendant for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific


No one was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police when Floyd MacAfoose of St. Marys was going south near the truck stopping lane and steered his Toyota Rav to avoid a truck slowing down in front of him and struck a car driven by  Charles Riccotta of Clearfield. Both drivers and two passengers in the MacAafoose unit were using seatbelts.


State police at the Lewis Run barracks are still trying to locate a hit and run vehicle which caused damage on Route 59 in Keating Township at around 10:30 am July 22. A Ford Taurus was going east and failed to make a right curve, crossed to the outher side, went off the road, traveled over an embankment and struck various small tees and shrubs. Debris was observed at the initial point of impact and evidence indicates the car was a 2000-2008 blue Ford Taurus.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

A  criminal mischief taking place  Sunday afternoon in Smethport is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Vandals intentionally scratched a Dodge Ram pickup while it was parked on East Main Street, shortly after 12:00 pm


Shirley B. FRANCIS, 90, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, July 26, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. Born October 28, 1928, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Frank Llewwellyn and Beatrice Ada Owlett Brown. n April 20, 1952, in Ulysses United Methodist Church, she married Robert H. “Bob” Francis, who survives. A graduate of Ulysses High School and Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean, NY, she was employed by Anchor Toy Factory in Coudersport.  She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses for 42 years. Shirley was a member of the Gold Church and Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary.  She loved to garden flowers and vegetables and had a passion for reading. Surviving besides her husband, Bob, are:  two daughters, Audeen (Jon) Vincent of Ulysses and Valerie Barrile-Jones (Rodney) Jones of Harrison Valley;  and wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by a sister, Thelma (Noble) Chilson;  and a brother, Malcolm O. (Elsie) Brown. Friends may call at the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.  A luncheon will follow in the church social room.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA 16948.Arrangements are under the direction of Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Monday July 29, 2019



Black Forest Express

Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                                  Gerri Miller







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Coudersport man arrested for pushing female victim…Ligonier woman hurt in Cameron  County motorcycle accident….Galeton resident arrested on numerous drug charges…Neither driver was hurt when their vehicles hit the same elk within moments of each other…

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Coudersport based state police have arrested 42 year old Richard Bliss for harassment with physical contact. Troopers allege Bliss pushed a 41 year old woman during an argument on  North Main Street in the borough at about 6:00 am July 15.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Saturday afternoon in Stewardson Township. According to Coudersport based state police the collision happened when Adam Evancho of Lock Haven was traveling east on Forest Road when he over compensated on a left hand curve and allowed his Subaru Forester to enter the middle of the road and hit a Ford Expedition driven by Stacy Duffield of Jersey Shore, PA.

 A Ligonier  motorcyclist was life flighted to Altoona Hospital following a accident early Saturday morning in Grove Township, Cameron County. According to state police, 58 year old Mellony Harr was going east when a deer ran in front of her Harley Davidson Street Glide causing Harr to be thrown into a drainage ditch. The bike continued on for a time before crossing to the other side and laying down in a grassy field.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged 36 year old Jan Widnikiewicz with drug possession after stopping his car in Pike Township on the evening of July 12.Police claim the 2005 Ford Focus was not registered, was not inspected  and had a license plate from another vehicle. A search of the car allegedly turned up suspected crystal methamphetamine, a scale, multiple glass pies, and hundreds of drug bags.

An Austin resident has been arrested for  DUI after  patrol officers stopped his ATV on Cemetery Lane in Sylvania Township early June 22. Police claim 26 year old Gavin Dynda failed a field sobriety test and was taken to UPMC Cole for additional testing which ultimately showed a BAC of.135%, .10% is the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

DUI charges have also been filed against 26 year old Jonathon Jones of Coudersport after he was stopped on Avenue A at Metzger Street in Coudersport at around 1:30 am June 28 for an alleged traffic violation.

Both drivers escaped injury when their vehicles  hit the same elk in Jay Township  Elk County Saturday night. State police explained Stephen Tingle was going south on Route 255 when hihs Dodge Durango hit the animal when it ran in front of him from the west berm. The elk fell into the northbound lane where it was hit by a Lexus1s300 driven by Joshua Craig of St. Marys. The elk landed in a nearby ditch The Durango stopped in a parking lot and the Lexus  stopped along the east berm.

The theft of an iPhone 6 owned by a 12 year old Emporium girl last Friday evening remains under investigation by state police at Emporium. The phone was reportedly taken from South Maple Street in Emporium.

A criminal mischief in Lumber Township, Cameron County over the past month has been investigated by state police in Emporium Someone drove a logging turk several times on land along Coal Hollow Lane and Barr Hollow Road.