Tuesday January 23, 2018



Fishing Creek, looking north—Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 48; Overnight low,, 39; light rain/drizzle






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Genesee area business destroyed by explosion and fire…. Emporium man accused of hitting another with deer antlers… Both drivers hurt in Elk County collision….Icy roads blamed for Tioga County accident…Elderly McKean man scammed out of large sum of money…Westfield woman accused of trying to steal products from Walmart….State police warn of “Sweetheart” scams…..

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Obituaries: Alice Newman, Smethport & Carolyn O’Donell, Smethport


A Genesee business was destroyed by an explosion and fire Monday morning. Genesee Volunteer Fire Chief John Kuhn told Black Forest Broadcasting news, the explosion occurred at LC Garage on the Genesee Mills road when workers were  preparing to remove an automobile gas tank and a spark ignited the fumes. Fortunately there were no injuries. Chief Kuhn said when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw flames shooting through the wooden roof. Tri-Town volunteers from Ulysses pumped water from Easton’s pond. Tankers from Willing, Whitesville, Harrison Valley Genesee and Ulysses shuttled water to the burning structure. Whitesville had an engine at the site. All units were back in service some three hours later. Chief Kuhn, said the garage owned by Lewis Cook was a total loss.

An Emporium man has been cited for harassment following an attack last Thursday morning on Wheaton Hollow Road in that town. State police allege  51 year old Keith Lucanik hit 56 year old Thomas Krivonyak with a set of deer antlers during an argument. The victim was not hurt in the assault.

Both drivers were hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, impact occurred when Richard Pichler of Kersey pulled  his Chevrolet Silverado out of a driveway intending to head north on Route 255 and failed to see a northbound Dodge Ram driven by Hilary Jones of Weedville. Jones and Pichler were taken by ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

A Roaring Branch man was not hurt Saturday night in an accident in Union Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained Curtis Schmelzle was headed south on the Ogensburg Road just north of the Old Road when his Honda CRV slid downhill on a left curve, went onto the berm and collided with an embankment before rolling over onto the driver’s side. Police noted that the road was completely ice covered at the time.

Kane-based state police relate that an elderly man has been bilked out of a large sum of money in a phone scam. The 81 year old victim residing on Klondike Road in Corydon Township sent a and disclosed amount of money to a crook pretending to be a family member in need of help.

A charge of retail theft has been filed in Tioga County District Court against a Westfield woman. Authorities claim 26 year old Vanessa Sackett tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart last Friday afternoon with merchandise concealed on her body but was apprehended before she departed.

Troopers at Kane say drug charges are pending against a 26 year old woman whose name they did not release. The woman was a passenger in a vehicle stopped Saturday morning on Minard Run Road near High Street and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia associated with selling/delivering.

A Weedville resident is accused of DUI and possessing drug paraphernalia. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks contend that they found 21 year old Tristan Cheatle in possession of the items when they pulled him over for an equipment violation on Route 255 Saturday night.


Valentines Day is just around the corner and Pennsylvania State Police remind the public, particularly users of dating and matchmaking websites, to protect themselves against online sweetheart scams.

Also referred to as a romance scam, the sweetheart scam, is a common way for thieves to trick strangers into sending them large amounts of cash. The perpetrator typically preys on the loneliness of their target to quickly build trust and will then solicit money by saying they need to purchase a passport or plane ticket, to pay off medical bills, to buy a new computer, or something similar.

Although the targets of sweetheart scams are often men and women over the age of 60, victims come from all walks of life.

In many instances, successful, educated people send their life’s savings to someone they have never met because they believe they are in love, but once that money is sent, it is almost impossible to get it back. These scammers typically operate in foreign countries, making it exceedingly difficult to track them down.

Unfortunately, many people fail to report these types of crimes because they are embarrassed or ashamed, but simply stopping the flow of cash isn’t enough. Once scammers have gained access to personal or sensitive information, they have been known to continue targeting their victims through blackmail and identity theft.

The Pennsylvania State Police offers the following reminders to prevent sweetheart scams:

Never wire money to someone you have not met in person. Scammers use wire transfer services like Western Union because the transactions are difficult to trace. Other methods include pre-paid credit cards and gift cards.

Take it slow. A new romance is certainly exciting, but be wary of someone who says they are “falling in love” after a handful of online conversations.

Talk to your family and friends. A scammer will likely come up with a reason why the relationship must be kept secret. A trusted friend or relative may be able to offer valuable perspective and spot red flags you have missed.

Do your research. Scammers will often use stolen pictures and information to create their online persona. A simple internet search may yield multiple profiles with similar photos and information.

Trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel right. If you think you have fallen victim to a sweetheart scam, report it to police.

According to the FBI, Americans lost $197 million to romance scams and similar frauds in 2015.

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.



Alice Marie Newman, 84, Smethport  passed away Sunday (January 21, 2018), surrounded by her family, at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, where she had resided for the last several years.She was born August 1, 1933 to the late Albert Durphy and Mildred Durphy Morgan. On April 5, 1952, Alice married the late Floyd Newman, Jr., who passed away on November 21, 1993. She never remarried.Alice was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved making quilts and blankets for her children and grandchildren. Her love of sewing was passed on to many in the family. She loved playing bingo, music and baseball. She loved her dog “Princess”. She touched many lives and will be sadly missed.She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She organized several fund raising events, made lap blankets for local disables veterans and delivered them to many nursing homes. She attended several churches and was a member of the Christian Missionary Church of Eldred. Alice was a woman of strong faith.She is survived by:Nine children: James Newman of Port Allegany, Laura Burt of Olean, NY, Kendrick Newman of Smethport, Linda (Gilbert) Witte of Olean, NY, Loretta Ford of Smethport, Lenore (Donald) Glotz of Youngsville, Lisa Hadden of Smethport, Brodrick (Julie) Newman and Tina (Robert) Bly, both of Bradford 23 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren One brother: Kendrick (Winifred) Durphy of Eldred .One sister: Loretta Williams of Smethport And several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Newman, a daughter in law, Linda Newman, and a grandson, Todd Burt.Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held on Wed. at 12 noon with the Rev. Robert Brest, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum in Oak Hill Cemetery, Bradford.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or the McKean County Disabled American Veterans: McKean County #72, 911 Center, Smethport, PA 16749. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Carolyn E. O’Donnell, 69, of Smethport, passed away on Friday (January 19, 2018) in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.She was born May 31, 1948 in Irondequoit, NY, a daughter of John and Josephine Fagen Berry. On July 13, 1968, in Rochester, NY, she married Gary W. O’Donnell, who survives.Mrs. O’Donnell was a graduate of Irondequoit High School and had attended Geneseo College in Geneseo, NY. Carolyn and Gary moved to the area after retiring, and she enjoyed her life with her family and friends in the Marvindale and Smethport community.Carolyn was a former secretary for the Livonia Sportsmen’s Club.In addition to her husband, she is survived by:Four daughters: Heather (Jon) Peterson of Smethport, Lori O’Donnell of Myrtle Beach, SC, Suzanne (Ian) Scott of England, and Kristin (Bill) Mering of Honeoye Falls, NY.Grandchildren: Daniel, Adam, Lydia, Noah, Samuel, Kylie, Madeline, Thomas and Tyler.She was preceded in death by her parents.There will be no visitation. A service will be held with the family at a later date. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle -tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.