Monday September 30, 20109


Black Forest Express

                         Photo By Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 54: .02” rain (overnight)






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Three Bradford residents arrested on meth charges….woman accused of not returning young child to custodial parent apprehended…..Two Tioga County men arrested for two different assault cases…Johnsonburg man accused of violating PFA by email…..

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McKean County District Attorney, Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, reports that, on September 28, 2019, Detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested three people within the City of Bradford following a delivery of Methamphetamine.  Detectives with the Drug Task Force, acting on a tip, began an investigation into illegal trafficking of Methamphetamine and set up surveillance within the City.  Their investigation resulted in the arrest of JORDAN JOHNSON, WILLIAM DORAN, and CHRISTY CUTLIP all from Bradford. The complaints filed against the three allege that CUTLIP arranged for the sale of Methamphetamine by text message and conspired with JOHNSON and DORAN to deliver approximately .9 grams of Methamphetamine for $40.  Detectives allege that JOHNSON delivered .9 grams of Methamphetamine to another party and received $40 that he, then, handed to DORAN.

Detectives and Officers with the City of Bradford Police were in nearby surveillance and proceeded to take JOHNSON and DORAN into custody.  The complaint alleges JOHNSON was found with an additional bag of suspected methamphetamine with a weight of between 20 and  30 grams.

Detectives charged CUTLIP with Criminal Use of a Communication Facility (Felony 3) and Conspiracy Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Felony).

Detectives charged JOHNSON with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (approx. .9 grams of methamphetamine) (Felony); Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (between 20 and 30 grams of methamphetamine) (Felony); 2 counts Conspiracy Delivery/Possession with Intent to Deliver (co-conspirators CUTLIP and DORAN) (Felonies); Criminal Use of a Communication Device (Felony 3); Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor); and Possession of Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor).

Detectives charged DORAN with Conspiracy Delivery/Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony) and Conspiracy Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor).

All three were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Dominic Cercone who set bail for JOHNSON and DORAN to $50,000 cash and no bail on CUTLIP.  All three were remanded to the McKean County Jail

These arrests were the result of a tip into the distribution of Methamphetamine.  Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug- dangerous not only to the user but to those close to the manufacturing location as it is highly explosive and unstable during the manufacturing process.  Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office by calling (814)887-3312 or email:

Troopers at Lewis Run report that a Kane woman wanted for failing to return a child to her custodial parent has been apprehended. Authorities explain 25 year old Paul McMahon of Kane is the biological father of two year old Maggie Grace McMahon and has been awarded legal custody of the youngster. The child was taken from McMahon’s home on August 1, 2019 by her mother Faith Marvin and she did not return the two year old to her father .Authorities believe Marvin left the area with her boyfriend who has yet to be located. Marvin was picked up on a felony warrant.

Mark Pequignot, 45 of Blossburg, has been arrested by state police for harassment. Troopers allege Pequignot assaulted 72 Edward Burgason also of Blossburg during a disagreement Saturday afternoon a 1169 South Main Street in Richmond Township.

Troopers at Mansfield have also charged 46  year old Chad Wilson of Tioga PA punched 35 year old Joseph Heck in Blain, PA in the nose Saturday afternoon during an argument on School Road at Hillview Lane Lawrence Township.

Ridgway based state police have arrested a 21 year old Johnsonburg man for violating a Protection from Abuse order last Thursday by emailing a 22 year old St. Marys woman. The suspect’s name was not released but he was committed to the Elk County Jail after being arraigned before District Judge Martin.

A St. Marys driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Shippen Township, Cameron County. According to state police at Emporium, Timothy Eckert fell asleep at the wheel of his Pontiac Torrent while going east on Route 120 at around 5:00 pm. The SUV went off the road, traveled into the woods, and hit a ditch on the edge of a creek.

Troopers at Emporium report Jonathon Shroyer  of Bradford was speeding when his Chevrolet Monte Carlo went off the road on a left hand curve in Sylvan Heights and hit a mailbox on Huckleberry Hollow Saturday night and hit a traffic sign then left the scene. An investigation allegedly revealed Shroyer was the driver.

An Elizabethtown truck driver escaped injury when his Volvo D13 caught fire early Friday morning in Covington Township, Tioga County. State police say Bryan Fettro doused the engine flames with a fire extinguisher after bringing the rig to a controlled stop on the west berm of Route 15.


Friday September 27, 2019


Black Forest Express

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Thursday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 36







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Obituaries: Timothy Vaughn Porter, Bradford and Mary Lou, Lewis, Coudersport

State House committee approves several bills to help local EMS organizations….Eldred teen driver hurt in one-vehicle crash….Tioga County man accused of “stiffing” veterinary clinic…

With Pennsylvania facing a crisis as the number of volunteer emergency responders plummets and communities lose protection, state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) and his colleagues on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Tuesday approved a package of bills aimed at recruiting and retaining volunteer first responders.

There were approximately 300,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. In recent years, that number has plummeted to below 30,000.

Gillen and his colleagues voted to approve a package of bills aimed at reversing the trend.

House Bill 1834 would reauthorize the $30 million annual fire and emergency medical services (EMS) grant program.

Other bills in the package are aimed at helping first responders with common issues posed by the positions. House Bill 432 would add post-traumatic stress injuries to the list of illnesses and injuries that qualify someone for worker’s compensation benefits. House Bill 1459 would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to establish a mental wellness and stress management program for Pennsylvania first responders.

Some of the bills focused more on supporting the volunteer companies and ensuring they are properly equipped. House Bill 1838 would increase the penalties on certain traffic violations and use the increased revenue to support the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, which helps with training and equipment costs. House Bill 1816 would increase loan limits for volunteer fire and EMS companies.

All of the bills now head to the state House for consideration.

An Eldred teen driver was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Thrusday afternoon in Otto Township. State police say 18 year old Brandyn Delong was agoing east on the Prentisvale Road when his Ford F250 Supercab veered off the pavement on a left turn, went into a ditch, hit a  culvert and overturned several times before landing upside down. DeLong was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 41 year old Matthew Campbell of Wellsboro for theft by bad check. Police claim Campbell wrote a check to the Wellsboro Small Animal Hospital on Augsut 5, 20109for $265 but the check bounced due to insufficient funds and has not been made good. A charge has been filed in District Court.


Timothy Vaughn PORTER, 60, of Bradford, PA, died Monday, September 23, 2019 in Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.   Born July 10, 1959, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Harlow D. “Hal” and Sue Jackson Porter.  On July 29, 2017, in Mapleton Depot, PA, he married the former Mary Kay Good who survives. He was employed as a welding inspector on pipeline construction.

Surviving besides wife, Mary, are:  his mother, Sue Porter of Genesee;  a son, Lucas Timothy Porter of VT;  five step-children, Mathew McCormick, Tony McCormick, Thomas (Tasha) Everly, David Everly, and Keith Everly, all of Bradford;  13 step-grandchildren;  four sisters, Lori (Joseph) Wunderlich of Genesee, Joni (John) Prouty, Jr. of Ulysses, Wendy Porter of Sheffield, and Bethany (Kerry) Harley of Bluffton, SC;  an uncle, Wayne (Elizabeth) Porter of Andover, OH;  four aunts, Carol Ann Kinney of Lubeck, ME, Jean Siriano of Ashville, OH, Gail (Joe) Ayers of Coudersport, and Mikki (Richard) Vargas of Long Island, NY;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father, Harlow D. “Hal” Porter;  and a sister, Kelly S. Porter.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. Private services will be held by the family with Rev. Rick Vargas officiating.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.orgor any charity benefiting children.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Mary Lou R. LEWIS, 85, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, September 21, 2019 in her home.  Born August 1, 1934, in Ithaca, NY, she was the daughter of Clifford G. and A. Isabelle Perry Reynolds.  On March 30, 1951, in Mills, she married Howard N. Lewis, who survives.  Mary Lou was employed by North Penn Gas Co. in Westfield and First Citizens National Bank in Ulysses.  Surviving besides her husband, Howard, are:  three children, Debora A. (Richard) Cowburn of Coudersport, Vanessa M. (Bradley) Nortum, Sr. of Wilcox, and Kevin N. (Sarah) Lewis of Aurora, CO;  three grandchildren, Chad (Rachel) Cowburn, Mathew (Crissy) Cowburn, and Daniel Lewis;  five great-grandchildren, Evan, Mackenzie, Maddyson, Joshua, and Braeden;  and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by four siblings, Rex Reynolds, Clifford G. Reynolds, Jr., William Reynolds, and Beverly J. Hess.  A private service will be held at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thursday September 26, 2019

Black Forest Broadcast

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Wednesday’s high, 72; OVERNIGHT LOW, 53







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Two male relatives killed in Elk County crash…PennDot seeks opinion of its job from motoriests…Port Allegany woman hurt in one vehicle accident near Roulette…Wellsboro man accused of harassing estranged wife….PennDot truck stolen in Tioga County….

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Two related men died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Jay Township, Elk County. State police say a Dodge Ram driven by 69year old Luther Wolff of St.Marys went off the Bennett’s Valley Highway near Micale Road and into the gravel parking lot at Rose’s Hilltop Diner. The3 truck went out of control, struck an embankment on the right side of the road and rolled over several times. The driver and 53 year old Stephen Wolff of Byrnedale were pronounced dead at the scene.

A Port Allegany woman was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of injuries she suffered Wednesday afternoon in an accident on Route 6 in Roulette Township. According to state police, Emily Turner was going west east of the Burtville Road when her Mercury Mountaineer went onto the westbound shoulder, hit a boulder and rotated about 180 degrees before stopping.

Dustin Perry, 31 of Gillett PA has been arrested for harassment by state police at Mansfield. Troopers say Joan Perry of Wellsboro told them her estranged husband was riding his motorcycle past her house at 136 A Street in Duncan Township last Friday afternoon and revved the engine with the intent to annoy and harass. Charges have been filed in district court.

The theft of a motor vehicle owned by PennDot is being investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. A 1988 Ford L8000 flatbed truck was taken from Locey Creek Road at French Hill Road between 3:00 pm Tuesday and 1:00 pm Wednesday and was driven to Tubbs Road in Farmington Townsihp where it was driven into a dirt pil off the eastern edge of the road and abandoned. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 570.662.2151.

PennDot  is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through October 22 at

The 16-question survey asks how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations in construction and maintenance activities. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to the department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 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.

Information on projects occurring or being bid this year is viewable at Visit the “Regional Offices” page at to sign up for travel alerts in a specific area.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news at Follow PennDOT on Twitter at, like the department on Facebook at and Instagram at


Pictured left to right Gia Allen, Kelly Green, Brittany Bollhorst, Tiffany Gledhill and Lydia Husson

The Coudersport Pool Committee would like to thank Fox’s Pizza in Coudersport, for allowing a donation jar at their counter.  Thanks to this prime spot, and the generosity Fox’s patrons, $235.64 was collected for the pool renovation.