Tuesday August 27, 2019


Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 72; overnight low, 61







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Obituaries:  Lois Rooney, Austin

Olean man accused of  violating PFA arrested in McKean County…..Ulysses woman seriously injured when thrown off ATV….Mansfield man accused of driving off with cash left in car….Three people cited for shoplifting in St. Marys Walmart……

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A “rolling” domestic violence incident which began in Olean Sunday afternoon  ended in McKean County when Pennsylvania State police stopped a 2019 Nissan  Frontier at the intersection of Route  6 and 219. Ronald Pletl, 55 of Olean  was arrested for violating an active PFA filed by a 54 year old Olean woman who was riding in the SUV .Pletl was also charged with simple assault and harassment.

A Ulysses woman was seriously  injured last Tuesday afternoon when she was thrown from an ATV  on S. Main Street. Troopers have just released details reporting 32 year old  Aimee Gamble was riding a Polaris Sportsman operated by Jason Greiss also of Ulysses. Gamble was thrown off the machine when Greiss swerved to the center line in order to make room for a right hand turn while hauling a salvage truck. Gamble was flown by medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Greiss and another passenger, Larry Metcalf of Harrison Valley were not hurt.

DUI charges are pending against a couple of motorists stopped recently by area state police. Michael Dance, 42, of Erie was pulled over  by Coudersport based state olice on Horseshoe Court in Roulette on the night of July 27 for an alleged summary traffic violation. State police at Lewis Run cited 24 year old Jesse  Peffer of Smethport was stopped on the night of August 18.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 38 year old Jon Nellis of that town for theft. Troopers claim he drove off with $400 left on the passenger seat by 27 year old Lindsey Deming, also of Mansfield when she went into Walmart. Nellis allegedly did not return the money to Deming.

Three people have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart yesterday. A 42 year old St. Marys woman is suspected of failing to pay for $26.97 worth of merchandise in the self-check-out line prior to leaving the store a few minutes before 2:00 pm. Two Force, PA residents are accused of putting an air mattress worth $138 into a shopping car before leaving the building without paying for it. The suspects are said to be a 29 year old man and 23 year old woman. Police did not release the names of any of the suspects.

A roadway improvement project on Route 255 in Elk County is nearing completion, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).Work has been taking place since late March on Route 255 between Johnsonburg and the city limits of St Marys near the old roadside rest area.

Paving is currently underway and is expected to last into early next week. During paving, flaggers will be in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Motorists should plan for travel delays of up to 15 minutes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that work on a bridge replacement in Eulalia Township, Potter County, is underway. The bridge spans Lehman Run on Route 6, about three miles west of Coudersport near Olmstead Road. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

The bridge will be replaced using half-width phasing. Temporary traffic signals were placed last week and are currently set to flash mode. They will become fully operational on Tuesday, August 27, and begin enforcing an alternating traffic pattern that will see eastbound and westbound traffic take turns crossing the structure. The contractor will then begin demolition of the existing structure and half-width construction of the new precast concrete box culvert.Construction will begin on the right (eastbound) lane heading toward Coudersport. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the next phase of the project when work shifts to the left (westbound) lane heading away from Coudersport.The existing 10-foot structure was constructed in 1919 and carries an average of nearly 3,750 vehicles each day.The overall project entails replacement of the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge, approximately 700 feet of roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, and guide rail replacement. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to two-lane traffic by late-October.Horizon Construction Group, Inc. of Sandy Lake, PA is the contractor for this $800,000 project. All work is weather and schedule dependent.Once paving is complete, remaining work will be done under flagging, with short travel delays expected.Overall work on this project includes tree trimming, base repairs, roadway resurfacing, guide rail upgrades, and drainage improvements. Work is expected to be complete by mid-September.IA Construction Corporation of Franklin, PA is the contractor for this $4 million project.


Lois S. Rooney, 79, of Austin, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.Lois was born on March 7, 1940 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late George Washington and Lois (Purdy) McGuire. Lois graduated from Renovo High School and worked for 15+ years as a secretary for Emporium Specialties Company, Austin.   Lois was also an Army veteran, serving as a Clerical Processor at Ft. McClellan, AL from 1958-1960.Lois was active with the Kettle Creek Hose Company.  She was a pioneer for women in fire fighting in Cross Fork.  She was one of the first women, in the 1970’s, certified to fight wildfires.Lois is survived by four sons, Jamie Rooney of Austin; William Rooney of Austin; Richard Rooney of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Bryant Rooney of Somerset, KY; two brothers, George and James McGuire both of Cross Fork; five sisters, Leona McCurry of Cross Fork; Joan Proctor of Lancaster; Jeannine Frazier of Albion, NY; Judy Gunkle of Orlando, FL and Phyllis McGuire of Pittsburgh and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by two sisters, Ladora Spence and Leah Proctor.At Lois’s wishes there will be no visitation, a private burial will take place in the New Maple Grove Cemetery, Clinton County.Memorial contributions in Lois’s name can be made to, Kettle Creek Hose Company, 75 Fire House Lane, Cross Fork, PA 17729.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA.


Monday August 26, 2019

 Black Forest Express

 Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                            –Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 44






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Elderly Genesee woman dies in house fire….Port Allegany man jailed after allegedly attacking wife during argument…state police charge Emporium woman  for assault…vulgar word painted on truck parked in Otto Township…. elderly Emporium woman trapped in car some 29 hours..Snowblower stolen from Cameron County shed….

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 An elderly Genesee woman died in a house fire late Friday night. State police say they were called to the scene of a working fire at 11:30 pm and determined that 86 year old Helen Matteson had died as the result of the blaze. The investigating is continuing under the direction state police fire marshal Tyler Watson. Volunteer firefighters from Genesee, Shinglehouse, Ulysses, Coudersport, Whtesville, and Willing responded to the call along with the Potter County Coroner’s office.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 52 year old Adam Reinard of Port Allegany for assaulting his 51 year old wife during an argument in their home on Route 155 late Saturday night. Reinard was arraigned before District Judge Richard Luther for simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. Unable to post the $7500 bail, Reinard was committed to the McKean County Jail.

Troopers at Emporium are continuing to investigate an altercation taking place on E. 4th Street in that town early Saturday morning.  Brittany Stuart is accused of attacking a 21 year old Coudersport woman during  a dispute at around 3:00 am.

A  handwritten vulgar statement was placed of a pickup truck parked at 7 Maple Street in Otto Township Saturday afternoon.  The incident is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run.

No injuries were reported for a Canadian driver and her four passengers  after her Acura IXL hit some guardrails on Route 15 in Lawrence  Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning. Peta-Gay Burrell ove-rcorrected when  her car hit some guardrails on the east side of the road when she swerved to avoid a deer. The car spun off the road and went onto the median where it hit another set of guardrails.

Both drivers and their  passengers also escaped injury in a collision  last Wednesday morning on Route 6 in Gaines Township. According to Mansfield based state police report Bernadette Chiaramonte was passing a Nissan Frontier driven by Carl Cummings of Lebanon, MO as he was slowing down to make a left turn into a private drive with his turn signal activated. The Cummings SUV hit Chiaramonte’s Nissan Juke in the side.

Minor injuries were reported for a North Carolina couple when their motorcycle spilled on Route 66 in Wetmore Township, McKean County Friday afternoon. Norman Foster was going north making a right curve when his Harley Davidson Limited encountered some rocks on the pavement and slide across the road throwing Foster and his wife Theresa to the ground.  Both were taken to UPMC Kaneby ambulance.

A one-vehicle accident sent an elderly Emporium woman to UPMC Altoona for treatment of undetermined injuries Saturday afternoon. Norma Hopwood, 77, was going west on Route 46 near the Cameron County fairgrounds when her Chevrolet Cobalt went onto the berm. Hopwood overcorrected sending the car into a skid across both lanes before colliding with a PennDot sign.  Hopwood was flown by Stat Medevac  to UPMC Altoona  from a landing zone near the highway. She had been reported missing Thursday night and police believe the accident happened at about 8:00 am that day. She was found, responsive, a volunteer search party atabput 1:00pm Friday. Police thanked everyone who helped in that search.

The theft of a snow blower from a shed at 374 Meadow Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County is being investigated by state police at Emporium The Troy Bilt 2 Stage snow thrower is valued at $1680 and belongs to Evelyn Hooftallen of St. Marys.

State police at the Mansfield barracks are accusing  39 year old Jamie Cragg of Lawrenceville for failing to return a 2018 Nissan Versa to Mathews Motors in Covington despite the company’s attempts to contact her. Cragg allegedly had the car in  her possession from August 6-August 19.

Vandals “egged” a car parked on Skinner Creek Road in Liberty Township  last Friday morning. Troopers are looking for the vandals who damaged the car owned by a 52 year old  Port Allegany man.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for whoever dumped several bags of trash in an emergency pull-off between Cummings Creek and Route  287 last Tuesday morning.

State police at Lewis Run say a traffic sobriety checkpoint on August 10 resulted in 23 citations and 12 warnings being issued.


Friday August 23, 2019


Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 54






SUN NIGHT-partly cloudy, low 51

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Obituary : Joyce Stevens, Galeton

Duke Center woman accused of threatening to use a gun on co-workers…..Portville man arrested for violating PFA…Eldred resident charged for unauthorized use of a vehicle…Engagement ring stolen from McKean  County home…Two drivers and some passengers hurt in head-on crash Thursday in Elk County…Mushrooms may hold key to eradicating Spotted Lanternfly…..

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A 59 year old Duke Center woman is facing charges for allegedly making  terroristic threats  at a local business last  weekend.  State police did not release the suspect’s name but claim she threatened to harm three of her co-workers with a gun.

A Portville man is being charged for violating a PFA order on the Oil Valley Road in Otto Towsnhip Sunday morning. The order had been filed on behalf of a 28 year old Duke Center woman.

A charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is pending against a 37 year old Eldred man. Troopers at Lewis Run allege the suspect “borrowed” a 2008 Mercury  Mariner from a 56 year old Eldred woman August 4 without her permission.

Troopers at Lewis Runny also report investigating the theft of an engagement ring from a home on the North Branch Road in Eldred Township, on August 4.

Both drivers and passengers in one unit were hurt in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon in Ridgway Township. State police report the collision occurred when David Kronewetter of Clearfield was traveling too fast as he approached traffic stopped in his lane. Kronewetter swerved to the left to avoid running into the parked vehicles but hit a northbound Chevrolet Tracker driven by Lucia Guarnieri of Jamestown head-on. Kronenwetter was takento Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of unknown injuries. Guararnieri and her passengers, John Guarnieri, and a 7 year old girl declined treatment.

Joyce Stevens, 82, of Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in the Green Home, Wellsboro.  Born February 27, 1937, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of John V. and Junita Fabeann aSantarella Carlin.  On July 10, 1954, in Sunderlinville, she married Ray C. Stevens, who predeceased her on August 12, 2014.  She was employed by Galeton Production, Truck-lite in Wellsboro, and Galeton Foodland.  Joyce was a member of God’s New Beginnings Church in Harrison Valley.  Surviving are:  a son, Darwin (Hope) Stevens of Sabinsville;  five grandchildren, Tracey J. (Kezia) Stevens, Nicole Gill, Lucinda (Clayton) Duell, Amanda Stevens, and Nathan (Loria) Stevens;  17 great-grandchildren;  five great-great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Mark (Patti) Carlin of Aberdeen, WA and Anthony (Lynn) Carlin of Nelson;  two sisters, Patricia Arndt of Aberdeen, WA and Lorena Wyatt of Nelson; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Allen R. Stevens, on December 16, 2008; a brother, Cecil Carlin;  and a sister, Pauline Clark.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. David R. Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to God’s New Beginnings Church, 104 East Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.