Wednesdays October 2, 2019


Black Forest Express

                 Photo by Gerri Miller


WED-High 66; Overnight 61






Unemployment improves in some area counties and worsens in others….Real ID is a one-year away…Police look for person or person who shot and killed a heifer in Ulysses Sunday night or Monday morning…two McKean County businesses fined for violating state liquor law…..

The unemployment rate in some of the counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area improved between July and August while the rate worsened in other counties according to the state Labor and Industry department. Unemployment went up slightly from 5.3 to 5.4% in Potter County and from 4.2 to 4.5% in Elk County and from 4.2 to 4.5% in Tioga County . Improvements were seen in McKean County where the rate went down from 4.7 to 4.6% and  in Cameron County from 4.8% to 4.7% . Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was 3.9% while the country’s rate was 3.7% for the period. Adams County had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 2.9% the same as last month and Snyder County reeling from the closing of a major employer held steady at 6.2%.

PennDot  reminds customers that in exactly one year, on October 1, 2020, federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide. Beginning October 1, 2020, federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards have been available at the customer’s option since March 2019.To date, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020.“We are pleased that so many Pennsylvanians have been proactive, and have chosen to get their REAL ID,” said Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards. “We encourage our customers who are interested but haven’t yet obtained one to start the process now,”Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:

Proof of Identity: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport;

Proof of Social Security Number:  Social security card, in current legal name;

Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address; and

Proof of all Legal Name Changes (if applicable): Certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name, or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics

If residents need to obtain replacement documents, they should contact the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics, Social Security Administration and/or obtain Certified Marriage Certificate(s) from the County office in which the marriage license was issued.

Customers can bring the required documents to any PennDOT Driver License Center. More info about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Customers who choose to get a REAL ID will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license, $31.50 for a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

Customers have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product:

If a customer has been pre-verified, customers may order their REAL ID online and receive their REAL ID in the mail within 15 business days.

Customers can visit one of PennDOT’s 63 Driver’s License Centers, have their documents verified, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days;

Visit one of the 12 REAL ID Centers have their documents verified, pay the one-time fee, and receive their REAL ID product over the counter at the time of service.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. … If you do not get a REAL ID, you must have an alternate form of federally-acceptable identification (valid passport, military ID, etc.) to board domestic commercial flights and enter certain federal facilities after October 1, 2020.

Of the 12 PennDOT centers, seven are existing driver’s license centers upgraded to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona, Norristown and South 70th Street in Philadelphia). In addition to these upgraded sites PennDOT added 5 new locations, which are open for business:

1025 Washington Pike, Rt. 50, Bridgeville;

​143 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia;

​1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown;

429 North Enola Road, Enola; and

2090 Lincoln Highway East., Lancaster.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. … If you do not get a REAL ID, you must have an alternate form of federally-acceptable identification (valid passport, military ID, etc.) to board domestic commercial flights and enter certain federal facilities after October 1, 2020.

Sweden township police are looking for the person or persons responsible for fatally shooting a two year old Herford heifer on private property in Ulysses between 7:00 pm Sunday and 7:00 am Monday.  The heifer was owned by Holly and Christopher Hyde and was their daughters FFA project and family pet. The Heifer was in the Hyde’s pasture at 420 Baker Street with her calf and a steer. Chief Bryan Phelps says a fragment of the bullet has been sent to a lab for analysis and there are numerous trail camera covering  the area so the crime may have been captured on video tape. The animal was valued at $1200 and anyone with information is asked to call  Sweden Township police at 814.274.0654

Two McKean County businesses have been cited for violating state liquor laws. The Hotel Holley in Bradford was fined $600  for allowing smoking  in a public place where smoking is prohibited and failed to adhere to the conditions of an agreement between the bar and the Liquor Control Board placing additional restrictions on the business from August 26, 2016 through May 28, 2019. The Holley was also cited for failing to adhere to an agreement with the Board placing additional restrictions on the bar this past June 12. Kane Beer was fined $1250 for selling, furnishing or permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor 18 years of age on June 12, 2019.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Black Forest Express


                       Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 63





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East Smethport man found guilty of strangulation and assault with a weapon…..vandalism probed by state police in Mansfield….Legislation protecting senior citizens from scams and other crimes moves forward in state House…

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Following a one day jury trial in McKean County Monday,   46 year old Mark Carlson of East Smethport was convicted of Strangulation, Aggravated Assault, three counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (deadly weapon used), two counts Terroristic Threats (deadly weapon used), and Simple Assault. The crimes stem from the defendant’s actions on April 6, 2018  . The charges were filed by Trooper Nicholas Anderson of the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant District Attorney Ashley Shade prosecuted the case on behalf of the commonwealth.  Sentencing will occur in November.

Carlson was  jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail for a  domestic violence assault at his home located at at 20 Water Street  just before 8:00 pm Carlson had threatened to kill  his wife, 45 year old Heather Carlson and her daughter,23  year old Jada Priest with a machete and had strangled one of the victims. A one year old boy was in the house at the time. Mark Carlson left the scene before police arrived but was apprehended and committed to the McKean County Jail  after being arraigned on charges of strangulation and aggravated assault. Under new Pennsylvania law, strangulation is a stand alone felony crime.

A criminal mischief taking place last weekend on the Odell Road in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state  police, vandals intentionally broke a mailbox post into two pieces causing $50 in damage. The mailbox ix owned by a 58 year old Mansfield woman.

 Legislation sponsored by Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) to help protect older Pennsylvanians from telemarketing scams was unanimously voted out of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee this morning at the state Capitol. House Bill 1061 would help to improve interagency communication concerning suspected cases of elder financial exploitation. Specifically, Schroeder’s bill would require the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to notify the state Department of Aging of any investigations and enforcement actions taken within the purview of the PA Telemarketer Registration Act when those actions involve a consumer who is 60 years of age or older. “Under current law, the attorney general is required to submit an annual report to the General Assembly detailing investigations and enforcement actions taken in the preceding fiscal year, said Schroeder. “My proposal would ensure that such actions involving older individuals are brought to the attention of the state Department of Aging. This would enable the department to coordinate with local protective services professionals to identify and prevent financial exploitation, such as scams and sweepstakes fraud.” The Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit, created in 2006, investigates and prosecutes those who cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians. Senior citizens are prime targets for many kinds of consumer fraud including identity theft and charity, telemarketing and sweepstakes fraud. In fact, financial exploitation is the fastest-growing category of elder abuse in the Commonwealth. House Bill 1061 now goes to the full House for consideration.  We have reported on numerous such cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area over the past several months.