Friday January 19, 2018

Thursday’s high, 19; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation








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Governor declares opiod criss a health emergency…..Charles Cole Hospital selected as facility to distribute Narcan to reverse drug overdoses…..Seven people hurt yesterday in Elk County house fire….Coudersport man cited for failing to keep dogs confined…Simple Assault and other charges filed against local resident…Woman accused of harassing Brockport resident…..Driver charged in parking lot fender-bender….Investigation reveals Genesee woman did not shoplift at convenience store…

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The heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth has now been declared a statewide disaster by Gov. Tom Wolf. More than 4,600 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to opioid overdose in 2016, and the 2017 numbers are expected to increase.

Among the goals set the administration are to enhance coordination and data collection to bolster state and local response; to improve tools for families, first responders and others to save lives; and to speed up and expand access to treatment.

The designation comes on the heels of the General Assembly’s passage of at least a dozen state laws aimed at stopping abuse before it starts through prescription limits and better education outreach, as well as efforts to increase the availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and improved treatment options.

A recent announcement issued to Cole Memorial from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), could save hundreds of lives in the northcentral region. Cole Memorial was selected as Potter County’s sole Centralized Coordinating Entity (CCE) for the receipt and distribution of Naloxone, also known as “Narcan”, a prescription medicine used to rapidly reverse heroin and other opioid-related overdoses. Act 139 or David’s Law was enacted in 2014 to make naloxone available to law enforcement, first responders, medical professionals or other persons trained to assist an individual at-risk of experiencing an overdose.

Cole Memorial’s Director of Pharmacy Dr. Gary Malacarne, PharmD, presented the hospital’s CCE program to over 15 judges, school administrators, members of law enforcement and human service agencies at the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board on January 11. Intranasal Naloxone kits were made available for the organizations in attendance after signing a

First responders are often in danger when encountering an overdose victim because exposure to the dangerous drugs can be lethal to them.

Cole Memorial will host a meeting to review the CCE program and its policies on the dissemination of Naloxone provided by the commonwealth. Potter County first-responders and other agencies trained to respond and administer Naloxone are invited to attend. The meeting will take place on January 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room. For more information, please call 814-274-5314.

The cause of a fire which destroyed a Ridgway township home early yestgerdaty remains under investigation. According to Sate police Fire Marshal l Cpl. Greg Agosti, seven people were hurt in the blaze. Chad Ecklund, 57, 48year old Tammy Ecklupnd, and 27 yer old Brsndron  Ecklund were taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of burns while 24 year old Patrick Ecklund was treated at Penn Highland Elk and released. All were able to get out of the burning home when the fire was discovered just before 2:00 am. Three firefighters and a paramedic received minor injuries. Agosti says it is not known how the fire started and the dollar amount of damage has not yet been estimated. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

A Coudersport  man has been cited for failing to keep his dogs confined. State police claim two dogs owned by Zachary Catherman went onto property along Hill Crest Drive  last Wednesday morning and killed several chickens owned by Robert and Heather Wargo.


State police at Coudersport have charged a local resident with simple assault and related offenses for an Eulalia Township. Troopers say, after completing their investigation, they determined that Derek James Cottrell assaulted a Port Allegany male juvenile and is facing charges of simple assault, endangering  the welfare of a minor and harassment in district court.

A harassment charge has been filed against 54 year old Sherry Ann Feely, no address given. Police claim Feely parked her vehicle outside of 35 year old  Krystsl Tami’s home on Shawmut Road Wednesday afternoon and walked around the perimeter with a broom. The day before  state police charged 31 year old Texas Feely of Brockport for hurting Tami in a domestic violence assault claiming he grabbed Tami’s hand and bent it backward causing bruising and swelling. Police did not indicate the relationship of those involved.

Ridgway state police have cited a Wilcox driver for failing to provide information after a fender-bender in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot  last Saturday morning. Troopers claim Jeffrey McCalee’s GMC Sierra struck the rear-end of a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Robert Merat of St. Marys but departed without giving require information. Neither Merat nor his wife, Lisa were hurt,


State police at Coudersport reveal  that a 33 year old Genesee woman will not be charged with retail theft after all. Authorities say upon further review  of video surveillance it appears the former suspect did not leave Reed’s Market with the item on January 6.