Thursday January 23, 2020

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Wednesday’s high, 25; overnight low, 1







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Obituary: William “Bill” Worden, Canisteo (Genesee)

Tioga County business receives $50,000 grant….Smethport man arrested for stealing gun…..Theft of items from parked vehicle investigated by state police at Coudersport….Two young children hurt in Elk County crash….

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 The popular Main Street Creamery in Wellsboro has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the state to expand its retail business to include a wholesale operation as well according to State Senator Joe Scarnati and  Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) . The grant was awarded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, an initiative created in state law under legislation authored by Owlett.

The Main Street Creamery, located at 17 Main St., makes homemade ice cream using 100% locally sourced ice cream mix from a Pennsylvania dairy. Sales have exceeded expectations and there is now a local demand to expand to a wholesale operation to include take-home pints and quarts.

The grant will be used to renovate the building to include a larger production kitchen to house a new ice cream machine and additional refrigeration units to store the cream used in production, and additional freezer space to store the finished product.

The total project cost is $58,951. The Main Street Creamery will provide $8,951 in matching funds.

The Dairy Investment Program is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

A 27 year old Smethport man has been jailed on burglary charges after being apprehended by Lewis Run  state police. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name, but claim he stole a gun f rom the home of a 53 year old man on Route 59 Wednesday afternoon. Troopers went to the suspect’s home. When he refused to come outside, he was subsequently arrested and taken to the McKean County Jail after being arraigned before District Judge Luther.

State police at Coudersport investigated a theft from a vehicle in Tioga County occurring between 1:00 and 5:00 am last Saturday. Multiple debit cards and a checkbook were stolen from a vehicle owned by Tracy Crawford of Galeton while it was parked at 21 Neal Park Lane in Richmond Township.,

Injuries were reported for a Brockway driver and two young passengers when an SUV went off the Toby Road in Fox Township Wednesday afternoon and hit a house. Kevin Klock was going north when his Toyota Highlander went onto the berm and hit a house before going down an embankment. Klock refused treatment but a male infant anmd aa two year old boy were taken to Penn Highlands Elk to be checked out.

An Erie driver escaped  injury in a car/deer encounter on River Road in Millstone Township Elk County Monday morning. Adam Wells lost control of his |Toyota 4-Runner when he tried to avoid a deer which came into his path. The SUV  veered to the right and hit an embankment where it became disabled.


William E. “Bill” WORDEN, 65, of Canisteo, NY, formerly of Bingham Center Road, Genesee, PA, died Friday, January 17, 2020 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.  Born October 25, 1954, in Wellsville, he was the son of Lawrence A. and Gretchen I. Cosper Worden.  Bill assisted on the dairy farm operated by his parents.  Surviving are:  a sister, JoAnne Cooney of Canisteo, NY;  two nieces, Mary Ann (Thomas) Donovan of Eastlake, OH and Joan (Edward) Merry of Arkport; grandnephews, Christopher Cooney, Jacob Merry, and Justin Merry;  two great-grandnephews, Brayden Cooney and Rogan Cooney;  and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother-in-law, Richard D. Cooney.  Friends may call at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM.  CLS Kathie Timpano will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA.  Memorials may be made to Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923.  Online condolences may be expressed at


Wednesday January 22, 2020

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Tuesday’s High 27; Overnight low, minus 5







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Tougher hand-free cellphone law approved in  state House….Ag Dept. reminds dog owners it’s time to get license……Sweden Township police investigating theft of equipment from parked trailer…Smethport woman and passenger escape burning pick up truck….Vandalism on gas company property probed by state police…

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After many months of deliberation, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announces  that her hands-free cellphone legislation, House Bill 37, was passed by the House with a vote of (120-74).

House Bill 37 would establish the prohibition on using an interactive wireless communication device (cellphone) while a person is operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway.

The prohibitions in this bill include:

  • For an adult (18 years or older) – They may not use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway. An adult is still able to use their cell phone through Bluetooth or as a GPS, if they don’t grasp or support the phone with any part of their body. In addition, an adult would not be able to use their phone to write, send or read any text-based communications, record or broadcast a video or picture, and/or watch a video or movie on a cell phone while driving. The violation of the prohibition for an adult is a secondary offense, which means a driver or a passenger can receive a citation but only after a driver has been pulled over for a primary offense.
  • For a minor (under 18 years) – They may not control a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway. The only exceptions for a minor are calling law enforcement or other emergency services, using the phone as a GPS while it is affixed to the vehicle, or when the vehicle is stopped outside the roadway. The violation of the prohibition for a minor is a primary offense.

The penalty for violating this prohibition states that the individual will be subject to a $150 fine and a summary offense.

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The state department t of agriculture is reminding dog owners that it’s time to license. your dog. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.In addition to finding a way home for lost dogs, dollars spent on a license allow the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to protect dogs in kennels, keep track of dangerous dogs and investigate reports from Pennsylvanians.All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year.  Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.Dog licenses are available from local county treasurer and other licensing agents.

The Sweden Township police department is asking for help from the public in solving a theft occurring on the Coudersport side of Denton Hill over the past couple of weeks. Thieves stole a about $1000 worth of tarps, stakes and straps from a trailer parked along Route 5. Straps were also damaged during the theft. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 911 or the Sweden Township Police Department @ 814.274.0656.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a Warren woman for drug possession. Troopers claim when they stopped 29 year old Nikki Poland on Route 6 at the Loucks Mills Road on the afternoon of December 12, they determined she was driving her 2004 Chevolet Malibu under the influence of drugs and charges have been filed in district court.

A Coudersport woman escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Allegany Township. According to state police, Julie Thompson was going east, negotiating a right curve when her Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the pavement and into a ditch.

No injuries were reported for a Smethport woman and her passenger following a  fiery one-vehicle accident Satruday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers say Alicyn Zuver was going north on Route 46 when her Chevy Silverado spun around about 180 degreebefore sliding into a utility pole. After impact, the pole fell onto the truck bed and caused the pick up to catch on fire. She and her 17 year old male passenger were able to get out the truck safely.

Vandalism to property along National Fuel Drive in Wharton Township, Potter County is being investigated by state police. Criminals damaged property owned by National Fuel & Gas between January 14 and yesterday.

Tuesday January 21, 2020

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Monday’s high, 26; Overnight low -2 (moving up during nighttime to + 11)







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Area emergency response departments awarded grants….Pittsburgh couple nabbed for drug possession in McKean County….Otto Eldred student and Tioga County resident charged with terroristic threats…Troopers look for tractor trailer which could have caused a catastrophe in McKean County……

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Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $420,000 in grants from the state, according to  Rep. Martin Causer.

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced that fire and ambulance companies located in the 68th Legislative District will collectively receive more than $375,000 in state grants thanks to the state’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. Grant recipients must submit their signed grant agreements to the OSFC by the end of May to ensure sufficient time to process payment.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County

  •              Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $9,192.44.
  •              Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,509.46.
  •              Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,509.46.


McKean County

  •              Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $14,248.03 for fire company operations.
  •              Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,248.03.
  •              Clermont Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,509.46.
  •              Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $11,920.24.
  •              Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $12,057.17.
  •              Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,646.38.
  •              Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,646.38.
  •              Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,646.38.
  •              Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,646.38.
  •              Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,509.46.
  •              Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $9,192.44.
  •              Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,646.38.
  •              Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department, Crosby – $11,509.46.
  •              Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $8,852.41 for EMS operations; $11,509.46 for fire company operations.
  •              Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $13,837.24.
  •              Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $9,192.44.
  •              Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $11,783.31.
  •              Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $11,920.24.

Potter County

  •              Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $12,878.74 for fire department operations.
  •              Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $12,878.74 for fire department operations.
  •              Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $9,192.44.
  •              Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,563.39.
  •              Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $9,192.44.
  •              Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $8,611.63 for EMS operations; $11,646.38 for fire company operations.
  •              Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,509.46.
  •              Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $12,741.81.
  •              Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $3,996.41.
  •              Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,509.46.
  •              Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $11,783.31 for fire company operations.
  •              Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Ulysses – $11,920.24.
  •              Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $12,331.03.

The following Bradford County fire and EMS companies in the 68th District received grants:

  • Innes Hose Company: $12,057.17.
  • Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company Inc.: $11,783.31.
  • Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,057.17.
  • South Creek Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $11,646.38.
  • Tri Township Ambulance Association: $9,192.44.
  • Western Alliance Emergency Services: $9,192.44.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in the 68th District in Potter County:

  • Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc.: $9,192.44.
  • Germania Fire Company: $11,509.46.

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in Tioga County:

  • Big ElmVolunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc.: $11,509.46.
  • Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association: $9,192.44.
  • Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department: $11,509.46.
  • Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company: $11,920.24.
  • Clymer Township Volunteer Hose Company: $11,783.31.
  • Crary Hose Company: $12,194.10.
  • Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department: $11,920.24.
  • Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company: $12,194.10.
  • Lawrenceville Fire Department: $12,194.10.
  • Lawrenceville Fireman’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $9,192.44.
  • Liberty Volunteer Fire Company: $12,057.17.
  • Mansfield Firemen’s Ambulance Association: $9,192.44.
  • Mansfield Hose Company: $12,604.88.
  • Middlebury Ambulance Association Inc.: $9,192.44.
  • Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,920.24.
  • Millerton Volunteer Fire Department: $13,426.46.
  • Morris Firemen’s Ambulance Association: $9,192.44.
  • Morris Township Fire Company: $11,509.46.
  • Nelson Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $11,646.38.
  • Osceola Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,783.31.
  • Sabinsville Firemens Ambulance Association: $4,661.77.
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital ALS: $9,192.44.
  • Tioga Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $11,646.38.
  • Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $9,192.44.
  • Valley Community Ambulance Association: $9,192.44.
  • Wellsboro Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $9,192.44
  • Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $12,604.88.

A Pittsburgh couple have been charged with drug possession after being stopped by state police Monday afternoon on Route 46 at the Bordell Road in Keating Township. State police at Lewis Run report when they stopped a 2009 Toyota Tundra they found 38 year old Edward Flynn and 33 year old Cathleen Flynn in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. After charges were filed in district court, the suspects were released from custody.

An Otto Eldred student is being charged with terroristic  threats for an incident taking place at the school on December 01. Police claim they youth made threatening and violent statements and is now being charged in district court.

Mansfield based state police have arrested a 21 year old Blossburg man for making terroristic threats back on December 8 in that town. Authorities claim the suspect brandished a folding knife during a fight with a 20 year old man, also from Blossburg.

Troopers at Lewis Run  investigating a criminal mischief  on Park Place in Kane between 7:30 pm Friday and 10:30 am Sunday at the “Smurf Pits”  on Forestry Road 133  in the Allegheny National Forest. A 2012 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Hunter Umpleby of Kane was vandalized.

A Turtlepoint PA teen driver was slightly hurt in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Liberty Township McKean County. According to state police , the 17 year old driver was going north on Route 155 when his Toyota Tacoma went off the road  and rotated about 180 degrees before hitting an embankment and rolling over onto the passenger side. The driver was not transported to a hospital but was cited for speeding. His passenger a 16 year old boy from Spartansburg, PA was not hurt.

DUI charges have  been filed against a 24 year old Wellsboro resident after his  east bound Dodge Ram pick up hit a Wellsboro  Electric pole and then a fence before coming to rest in a ditch. Police said when they investigated, they found 24 year old Daniel Saniga had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

An Elkland motorist was ahurt Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident in Tioga Township. Authorities explained  Kimberlee Siciliano was taken to Soldiers and Sailor Hospital after her Pontiac Grand Prix slid off the road when she tried to make a left turn. The sedan struck a guardrail, then spun around and hit it a second time before stopping.

One driver was hurt in a collision Sunday afternoon in Lawrenceville. According to troopers in Mansfield the collision occurred when 21 year old Mikalla Nolasco of Millerton, after stopping at a red light, turned her Dodge Caravan left on the green light  from Main Street onto Cowanesque Street in front of a Hyundai Sonata driven by Rhonda Wheeler of Millerton. Wheeler was taken by ambulance to Guthrie Cornmg Hospital by ambulance. Nolasco was not hurt but was cited for making an improper left turn.

Minor injuries were reported for a Cochranville PA woman following a one vehicle accident Sunday evening in Liberty Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield say Anna Rasmussen was going north pm Tpiyr 15 when she steered to the left when she felt her Honda Civic slide to the right. The car went off the west side of the road, hit the snow-covered median and hit some guard wires. The vehicle spun around about 180 degrees counter clockwise, continued north and hit some more wires with the rear end.  Rasmussen declined treatment.

A physical harassment charge has been filed against a 23 year old Kane man in connection to an alleged assault Sunday morning. The suspect is accused of pushing and shoving a 44 year old Kane woman during an argument.

Troopers at Lewis Run are still looking for a tractor trailer which could have caused a catastrophe in a hit and run Friday January 10 a few minutes after 6:00 pm in Keating Township. The rig passed the turn to go west and the operator drove through the parking lot located at 45 Sate Route 446. The trailing unit struck utility wires going from the white garage located at the south end of the property and the office building located at the north end causing a big arc and. The unit ripped the utility wires out of the pole and to the ground. The impact caused a leak in a gas meter on the north side of the garage. The operator left the scene without notifying authorities or the property owner.

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