Friday August 30, 2019

Black Forest Express      


     Hebron Township Bee Balm —Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 54Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 54







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DCNR updates information on Potter County State Parks…..PennDot encourages motorists to use 511PA this holiday weekend…..Thousands of dollars of items taken from elderly Tioga County woman’s home….Dirt stolen from Bingham Township site…Hebron Township man arrested for assaulting state trooper….State police claim Austin teen’s report of sex abuse unfounded

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recent provided an update on projects in three area state parks: Lyman Run, Cherry Springs and Denton Hill. Here is the latest…

Lyman Run:

Currently conducting a two-season 2019-20 Pilot ATV-friendly camping program. During the Susquehannock ATV Trail Season, which is the Friday before Memorial Day through the last Sunday in September, DCNR has opened the Lower Campground of Lyman Run State Park to ATV enthusiasts, providing direct access from the campsite to the Susquehannock State Forest ATV trail system at the Lyman Trailhead. All operators must possess a valid driver’s license to drive on the campground road and make the connection to the trailhead from Lyman Run Road via Township Road. Persons between the ages of 8-16 must complete a prescribed safety course and carry the ATV training course certificate while operating on the Susquehannock ATV trail.

Cherry Springs:

Currently, Phase 1 Project in design will address immediate traffic issues to better facilitate park visitors arriving at Cherry Springs for the three main attractions: overnight astronomy viewing area, public programming area and the rustic campground. To accomplish this the following changes will be made to entering the park:

The entrance to the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field will move from its current location on the south side of State Route 44 (Highway to the Stars) to access from East Fork Road.

The main park entrance that provides access to the Night Sky Public Viewing Area and Rustic Campground will move from its current location on the north side of State Route 44 (Highway to the Stars) to a short distance further north that will provide access to the large parking area that will be redeveloped in the Phase 1 project.

A viable water well has been rehabbed within the park. The design will also incorporate a water treatment building and adequate storage to meet the park’s water needs.

Denton Hill:

The Bureau of State Parks continues to move forward with development for a bidding process to secure a potential concession operator for four-season operations at Denton Hill. DCNR’s goal is to have this process complete and an operator secured during the winter of 2020. Congruently, coordination continues with the Department of General Services to bring a consultant on board in the same timeframe that will enter into the design phase for a capital construction project for operational improvements at Denton Hill based on the master plan developed for Denton Hill that was finalized and presented to the public in May 2018.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is encouraging motorists to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at to plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this Labor Day weekend.

New this year, 511PA will also include travel information for every Penn State home football game, beginning with this Saturday’s game against the Idaho Vandals.

The Labor Day travel tool allows the public to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and on Labor Day in 2017 and 2018 compare to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded representation of traffic speeds to help determine the best times to travel during the holiday. 511PA also offers real-time, traffic speed information for thousands of roadway miles throughout Pennsylvania.

PennDOT will also remove lane restrictions and suspend construction projects wherever possible through the holiday period.

The new Penn State football page, hosted through the department’s traveler information website, is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are provided for each parking zone: West Zone (access via Atherton Street to Park Avenue); East Zone (access via U.S. 322/I-99 to Park Avenue); North Zone (access via Fox Hollow Road); and South Zone (access via University Drive and Porter Road from College Avenue/U.S. 26).

Users can see incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras, and traffic speeds on the map. The page also includes the 2019 Beaver Stadium Parking Map.

PennDOT’s Central Region Traffic Management Center is also supporting Penn State Football game days by posting real-time travel information on dynamic message signs and transmitting audio messages on highway advisory radio systems to assist travelers.

For more detailed information on work zones and roadway restrictions motorists may encounter in or around State College, visit the PennDOT website.

The public can use 511PA to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

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.

Burglars made off with thousands of dollars worth of property from the home of an elderly Tioga County woman earlier this month. Criminals forced their way into the home of the 85 year old victim between 8:00 pm August 17 and 2:00 pm August 19 and stole aaaaaa safe located in the basemen4t which contained seven certificates of deposit valued at more than $220,000; and $10,540 in US currency . Rings, necklaces and bracelets value at 1,000 were taken from a bedroom dresser.The 2x2x2 is valued at $500. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Thieves stole a quantity of dirt from 38 Cinder Hill Road in Bingham Township  this past Tuesday evening. State police at Coudersport did not release the value of the dirt.

A 37 year old Coudersport man was arrested last month on three counts of disorderly conduct, one  each of resisting arrest, Criminal mischief and public drunkenness after he allegedly attacked a state trooper who was called to a home at 61 Carpenter Road in Hebron Township on July 27 to check on the welfare of Shawn Page and to make a mental health evaluation .  Page was accused of causing a minor  injury to Trooper Kyle Butler while being taken into custody.;

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks say a report by a 17 year old Austin boy turns out to be false. The youth reported the youth alleged a kidnapping and sexual assault earlier this month.


Thursday August 29, 2019


                   Hebron Township Bee Balm                                               — Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 48; .65” of rain







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Bradford man found guilty of rape and related felonies…..Ulysses teen arrested for stealing merchandise from Mansfield Walmart earlier this summer and he might have had help…..Wellsboro woman accused of stealing clothing from  Wellsboro Goodwill store…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has  announced a recently started project on Route 1003 (Laucks Mills Road) in Potter County, that was made possible by a partnership between PennDOT at JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA.

The full depth reclamation project got underway with preliminary work in early August. Drainage work followed in mid-August. The project will prolong the useful life of the roadway while bringing safer and smoother travel to area drivers.

This work is part of a group contract to address 14.5 miles of roadway in Potter County.

Funding for the Loucks Mills Road work includes $900,000 from JKLM Energy which was matched by $900,000 through PennDOT’s Partnership Program.

The work zone begins about 1.5 miles north of the Route 6 intersection and stretches to Hardscrabble Road. Currently, flaggers in the roadway are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern as drainage work continues.

Laucks Mills Road will be closed temporarily in mid-September to perform full depth reclamation work in an efficient manner. PennDOT will issue an update on the schedule before the closure and detour go into effect.

Overall work on Loucks Mills Road includes drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $1.8 million project, which is expected to be complete in early October.

Pipelines criss cross the region and legislation designed to improve public safety by increasing information access related to natural gas pipelines was the topic of discussion at a House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing held recently in Harrisburg. Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who co-sponsored House Bill 1568, said he is primarily concerned with improving communication between agencies that must coordinate to ensure public safety in areas that host pipelines carrying hazardous materials.

Following a two day jury trial in Smethport   on August 26 and August 27, 2019,  28 year Christopher Ryan Yohe, of Bradford, was convicted of Rape (Felony 1); Sexual Assault (Felony 2); Aggravated Indecent Assault (Felony 2); Criminal Trespass (Felony 3); Indecent Assault (Misdemeanor 2); Unlawful Restraint (Misdemeanor 1); and Burglary (Felony 1).  No verdict was reached on a second count of Burglary. The charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions against the victim at a residence on Foster Township.   The crimes occurred this past June 14 when Yohe illegally entered the victim’s apartment and called her on the phone from inside.The case was investigated by Patrolman Shaun McDonald and Patrolman Michael Spencer of the Foster Township Police Department.  District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

A Ulysses teenager has been arrested for taking a variety of merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart on June 22. State police say several suspects were observed stealing various items at around 4:00 pm and one of them  has since been charged. Authorities say the crime is still under investigation.

Tammi Ferguson, 53, of Wellsboro has also been charged for retail theft. Troopers claim Ferguson concealed various clothing items on her person when she left the Goodwill Store in Wellsboro on the afternoon of July 21. The merchandise is valued at a total of $15.08.

A Texas resident escaped injury Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Hector Township. According to Coudersport based state police Guadalupe Valdez of Los Fresnos was going south when his Ram 2500 went off  the west side of Teed Hollow Road and hit some brush before stopping.

State police at Mansfield  have charged a Wellsboro man with multiple traffic violations following a one-vehicle crash this past Saturday in Delmar Township. Troopers allege 20 year old Aaron Buckwalter left the scene when his Ford F350 went off of West Avenue and collided with a culvert. He was later identified and cited for a variety of charges.


Wednesday August 28, 2019

Black Forest Express

Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                         –Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 64; .53” of rain







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Unemployment rate increases across region….Lebanon County Republican Lawmaker wants to end property taxes….Elkland man arrested for harassment  Lawrenceville woman…..Tioga County vandals spray paint white siding and burned pile of pallets……

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Unemployment in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area continues see sawing.  After showing improvement between May and June with decreases, all five counties in the region saw an increase in the rate between June and July. Potter County’s jobless rate went up from 4.7 to 5.2%; McKean County saw an uptick from 4.2 to 4.6%; Cameron County’s rate increased from  4.3 to 4.7%; Tioga County’s went   up from 4.5 to 4.8% and Elk County ‘s increased from 4.0 to 4.2%. Adams County had the best rate, with a 1/10 of a percent increase from 2.8 to 2.9% and Snyder, still feeling the hit from a major employer going out of business went up from 6.1 to 6.2%. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate went up from 3.8% to 3.9% while the national rate held steady at an all time low of 3.7%.

Legislation to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania was unveiled by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) Tuesday in the state capitol. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of school property taxes. Ryan’s legislation would broaden the sources for the funding of Pennsylvania’s schools to some expanded and new levies, so that burden of paying for education does not fall squarely on the backs of homeowners. Ryan added that these changes will also help prepare the state’s 500 school districts to deal successfully with an upcoming financial crisis.

A 33 year old Elkland man has been arrested for harassment. State police at Mansfield did not release the suspect’s name but allege he went to the apartment of a 34 year old Lawrenceville woman at around 8:30 pm August 12 and began yelling at her when she locked the door and refused to come out. The suspect then left the Pease hill Road residence in his 2003Ford Windstar.

State police at Mansfield have investigated a couple of  recent vandalism cases. Someone set fire to a pile of pallets on Route  6 in Richmond Township between 8 and 11 am July 11 which had been gathered by a 51 year old Mansfield resident for a bonfire. Damage to the yard and pile of pallets was estimated at $150.

Vandals also caused $150 in damage when they sprayed black paint on the white siding of a house on Route 6 in Richmond Township Monday evening. The house  is owned by a 36 year old Conneaut, PA woman between 4:00 pm Sunday and 7:00 pm Monday.