Monday October 28, 2019

Black Forest Express

   Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 59; Overnight low 41; .85” of rain







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 Emporium man killed in three-vehicle collision…Port Allegany driver allegedly leaves scene after truck hits house…Elderly Austin resident hurt when truck lands on fence….Injuries reported in 3-car pile up in Elk County….Galeton man arrested for terroristic threats….Troopers claim Morris man assaulted victims with his vehicle…Abuse of dog probed by state police at Lewis Run….Five arrested for underage drinking party in McKean County…..Large quantity of pot and plants confiscated in Tioga County….

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An Emporium man was killed in a three-vehicle collision Saturday morning in Shippen Township, Cameron County, State police said the collision occurred on Route 120 when a Nissan Murano d riven by 55 year old Michael Smith crossed the center line while going easts near the Old West Creek Road and collided with a Ford F-150XLT on the shoulder driven by Christopher Hayes of Kersey then hit a Hyundai Sante Fe be fore rolling over in the center of the high way. Smith who was not wearing a seatbelt was partially ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two drivers and two passengers in Wendel’s SUV, his wife Patricia, and Erin Gavlock of Reno were all treated at Penn HIghlands Elk for minor injuries.

A Port Allegany driver was not hurt when his pick up ran into a house on South Main Street near Harrison Street in that town early Saturday morning. Brock Daniels, 24, was gong west when his Chevrolet Silverado went off the street and onto the sidewalk where it traveled for about 50 feet before colliding with a house. Daniels allegedly left the scene but was identified by the home owner.

Minor injuries were reported for an elderly Austin resident whose pick up truck landed on top of a fence along Foster Street last Thursday morning. Herman Beyer, 70, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

One driver  and and a passenger in another unit were hurt slightly in a collision Friday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police say the collision occurred when 77 year old Antonia Iddings of Brockway failed to stop  her Chevrolet Equinox at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Main Street and ran into a Mazda Tribute driven by James Kaveney of St.Marys. The impact caused his SUV to spin around and hit a Ford F-150 driven by Michael Cashmer of Kersey which was stopped at a stopsign on Irishtown Road. Iddings and Susan Kaveney were taken to Penn Highlands Elk. A passenger in the Iddings car, 18 year old Deja Iddings of Brockway and Cashmer and James Kaveney escaped injury.

Both drivers escaped injury when their vehicles hit the same deer on Route 15 in Tioga early Saturday morning. Troopers said the first driver stopped his Nissan Versa when he smelled smoke but determined it was caused by  the underside of the vehicle cooking the deer’s remains. A second vehicle ran over the deceased deer but police determined there was no damage and he continued on his way.

Injuries were reported for a Mansfield woman after a one-vehicle crash just before noon last Thursday.Sally Betts was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 59 year old Leon Main with terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place last Tuesday afternoon in Hector Township. Main is accused of remaining at a house on Little Phoenix Road, threatening 58 year old Anna Main and setting a fire on the premises.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have charged 23 year old Brandon Powell of Morris with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, hit and run of an attended vehicle and related traffic violations. Powell allegedly followed a 52 year old Lawrenceville woman in her 2018 Subaru Cross Trek on Route 287 in a close and reckless manner and then reportedly rear-ended the victim’s car two times shoving it off the road the second time. The Subaru traveled over a rototiller, light post and lawn tractor owned by a 73 year old Lawrenceville man and hit the driver’s side of a Chevrolet Spark owned by a 56 year old Lawrenceville man. Powell then allegedly drove over the curb at the intersectrion of Route 287 ad Junction Cross Road, hit a stop sign and parked his Dodge Durango before fleeing the scene. He was later located and committed to the Tioga County Prison.

Mansfield state police have also charged 32 year old Manuel Colon of Covington for harassment with physical contact claiming he pushed 75 year old George Brooks in the chest area during an argument on October 25 at 164 E. Hill Road.

Colby Pierce, 34 of Westfield has been charged with physical assault after he allegedly damaged a GMC Youkon belonging to a 35 year old Westfield woman on the evening of  October 9 on Route 49. The Suv’s left side mirror and sun visor were damaged to the tuen of $70.

State police at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate a cruelty to animals occurring at 159 Oil Valley Road in Bradord on the night of October 20. Cops said when they responded to an inactive domestic violence incident, they found the family dog was being abused.

Several motorists have been charged for DUI. Ryan Austin, 36 of Smethport was arrested when troopers stopped his 201 Jeep on the West Eldred Road early Saturday morning. Alan Freich. 52 of St. Marys was arrested during the early morning October 12 on the Rosely Road in St. Marys. Troopers claim 27 year old James Eckert of Kersey was driving under the influence of drugs when they pulled him over on Fairview Road in Fox Township just before midnight September 26.

Five people were picked up for an underage drinking party early Saturday morning at the Russell City Sportsman Club rifle range. Shawn Schreiber, 20 of St. Marys, Dakota Menteer, 20 of James City, 20 year old Monika Fisher of Mt. Jewett, 19 year old Makenzy Schreckengost of Kaane and a 17 year old Kane boy were all cited for underage consumption.

Brian Farnsworth, 37 of Osceola was  arrested for drug possession last Thursday night when troopers confiscated two large bags of pot and multiple raw marijuana plants.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated two natural deaths over the weekend. An 85 year old man from  died on his way to a Medivac landing zone early Saturday morning after falling down some stairs on the Jane Ware Road. A 51 year old Keating Township man was found deceased on the Irish Hollow Road in Keating Township Sunday morning.


Friday October 25, 2019

Thursday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 38







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St. Marys man accused of threatening neighbors with a pistol…Six people homeless after fire in St. Marys….Emporium man arrested for DUI….Game Commission advises motorists deer are on the run…State House is considering package of bills to help volunteer emergency services including some from area lawmakers…

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A St. Marys man has been jailed for making terroristic threats. Ridgway based state police claim 67yar old Gerald Lynn Hosack threatened his neighbors on Trout Run Road in Benezette Township with a pistol Thursday afternoon threatening to kill them. Hosack was taken into custody and committee to the Elk County Prison after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Brown on charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment  and using threatening or lewd language and terroristic threats.

Six people are homeless after a fire Thursday morning at 621 Brusselles Street in St. Marys. An investigation by the state police fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti found that the blaze originated a few minutes before 8:00 am due to an electrical outlet overheating with the operation of an electric heater. The occupants, 46 year old Tammy Anderson,46 year old Wendy Celinski,27 year old Danita Deemer, 22 year old Cody Anders, 22 year old Jeremiah Deemer and 25 year old Vinnie Allegretto are being assisted by the American Red Cross.Damage to the house owned by Rod Dippold of St. Marys is estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

State police at Emporium have arrested 50 year old Dale Berry of that town for DUI after encountering him in a parking lot at S. Wood Street and East 4th Street during the early morning of October 12. He was allegedly observed displaying several signs of impairment and was in control of a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.

With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight-saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.

Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel, sometimes several dozen miles, to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter.

When daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, there also will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.

Each year, insurance provider State Farm compiles a report on the likelihood drivers in each state will collide with a deer or other large animal, and Pennsylvania regularly is near the top of list. This year is no exception. In the 2019 report, released earlier this month, Pennsylvania remained third among states. According to the report, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-52 chance of experiencing a collision with a deer or other large animal.

Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Just paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a diffrence.

Deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.

A driver who hits a deer with a vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the Game Commission region office representing the county where the accident occurred and an agency dispatcher will collect the information needed to provide a free permit number, which the caller should write down.

A resident must call within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. A passing Pennsylvania motorist also may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.

Those taking possession of road-killed deer also are advised of rules related to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that prohibit the removal of high-risk deer parts – essentially the head and backbone – from any established Disease Management Area (DMA). Those parts must be removed before the deer is transported outside a DMA. For DMA maps, the complete list of high-risk parts and other information on CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website at


If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to maintain their distance because some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law-enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

 The number of volunteer first responders in Pennsylvania has declined from approximately 300,000 in the 1970s to less than 37,000 today.

he Pennsylvania House has begun to move a package of bills designed to help reinforce Pennsylvania’s ailing volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies. The Helpers and Heroes Package addresses an alarming decline in emergency services volunteers over recent years.

For state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield), it’s a matter of recruit, retain and respect.

One of Gabler’s contributions to the effort is House Bill 1705, which passed unanimously Tuesday and may now be taken up in the Senate.

The bill is one of several Gabler has had a hand in advancing through the legislative process as a first-time member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“I worked hard to join this committee because of how vital an issue this is in rural areas of the state like the one I represent,” said Gabler. “My hope is that our Senate colleagues realize how critical these bills are and quickly move them to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.”

Questions about this legislation or any state-related matter may be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688, his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301 or his Clearfield office at (814) 765-0593.

Thursday October 24, 2019


Black Forest

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 26







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Applications being taken for Potter County Leadership 2020….Police say Eldred woman was speeding before one-vehicle crash Tuesday….Troopers arrest Covington man for drug possession and other offenses after wreck in Charleston Township….Ridgway troopers look for person who dumped rubbish on private property….

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After 10 cohorts, Leadership Potter County (LPC) has had a makeover!  The revamped program is a great opportunity for residents from throughout Potter County to learn about themselves, participate in collaborative experiences and engage in opportunities to become more civic minded.

. Whether it’s coaching Little League, serving on a non-profit board, or being part of an organization or committee, one of the most critical needs in the county is strong leadership. Leadership Potter County 2020 will help participants expand their personal leadership skills, introduce them to key issues currently facing the region, and provide them with an understanding of future trends that may impact their community.

Over the course of twelve months, LPC 2020 will cover important topics that teach participants about their own leadership styles and connect them to valuable resources in the county. Another benefit of the program is meeting, networking and forming relationships with cohort members and county residents in their various roles.

The LPC mission statement is: “The mission of the Leadership Potter County program is to educate and develop a continuous group of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, can work collaboratively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged for the greater good of Potter County.” Leadership Potter County 2020 is scheduled to begin in January 2020. For more information or an application, call the Education Council at (814) 274-4877.

State police at Lewis Run have cited Lyn Higley of Eldred with speeding in connection to a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Eldred Township. Higley’s northbound Volvo C70 went off the Barnum Road and rolled over several times after hitting a ditch. She was not hurt.

A Covington man is facing several charges following a crash early Sunday morning  on the Cherry Flats Road in Charleston Township. Chase Onks, 25, was going south when he drove his GMC Sierra off the left side of the road and a right hand curve. The pick up  struck a ditch, spun around and hit two trees where it came to rest. Troopers claim Onks fled the scene before they arrived bu they notice a glass smoking device containing suspected burnt marijuana in the vehicle. After determining  Onks was the driver, they charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia….speeding, failing to stay within his lane, restriction on alcoholic beverages and failure to give immediate notice to police.

A litterbug who discarded rubbish on private land along Coder Road in Horton Township, Elk County is being sought by state police at Ridgway. The crime was committed this Tuesday or Wednesday. The property is owned by 76 year old William Sabatos of Brockport.