Monday, February 26, 2018



Sunday’s high, 56; Overnight low 26







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Obituaries: Melva  Louise D’Almeida, Westfield and Ernest “Ernie” Robinson, Shinglehouse

Galeton man jailed for assault….Police warn of new scam coming to the region….Thursday’s mixed bag of weather caused several accidents in Tioga County…..McKean County bar fined by LCB….Rep. Causer says proposed bill would make stiffer penalties for sex offenders…..

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 A Galeton man has been jailed  in lieu of bail for an alleged domestic violence attack occurring last Wednesday night at a residence  on West Main Street in Galeton. State police report 29 year old Curtis Short and a 29year old woman were arguing at the kitchen table when Short picked up the table and slammed it down on the victim’s foot. She went to a  neighbor’s apartment and called 911. After being arraigned for simple assault and harassment, Short was taken to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $5,000 percentage bail.

Ridgway based state police are advising area citizens of the latest scam to come to the region. Criminals call unwitting victims telling them they are representatives of software company and need to update the victim’s computers. Police say it is extremely important to not give out an personal information or to follow any instructions from the caller. Those who wish to update their software should research companies and make sure they are legitimate before proceeding.

Thursday’s mixed bag of weather contributed to a number of traffic accidents in  Tioga County. Joshua Causey of New Orleans, LA escaped injury at around 10:30 am when he braked while going down hill on snow covered Route 49 in Nelson Township. The truck slid across the road and rolled over onto the driver’s side. A few minutes later, A Williamsport woman’s Pontiac G6 slid off of route 15 in Covington Township during the snow storm and hit a guardrail. Troopers said Brittany Lisson was speeding at the time. She and her two teenage passengers were using seatbelts and were not hurt. An Elderly Williamsport woman was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident a couple of h0ours later on |Route 15 in Liberty Township. Lieselotte Kimble, 80, was a passenger in a car driven by nancy Butler of Montoursville which slid off of snow-covered Reputes 15 in Liberty Township, hit a guardrail end point, and rolled over onto a grassy median coming to rest on the passenger side. Both women were taken to Williamsport General Hospital. An hour after that accident, Leah Wright of Mansfield escaped injury when she applied the brakes on her Dodge Caiber after noticing a car ahead which was sliding. Wright’s car slid off the south side of the road and hit a small tree on the Charleston Road in Charleston Township. She was not hurt.

A medical problem caused a Lawrenceville man to wreck his Chevrolet Silverado Thursday afternoon on Route 328 in Jackson Township. Zachary Croft’s truck while going east, went off the north side of the  road and traveled across a drainage ditch before going up a five foot embankment where it came to rest. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital with minor injuries.

Coudersport based state police say  drug charges are pending against a passenger whose vehicle was stopped on North Main Street in Coudersport borough on February 16. Authorities clam the suspect was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. Troopers were assisted by Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps and K-9 Jay.

Troopers at Coudersport arrested 47yer old Kimberly Malaczewski of Gaines for drug law violations. Officers allege she was found to be impaired by a controlled substance while in the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton of January 15.

DUI charges have been filed against 28 year old Logan Shultz of  Orrtanna, PA  who was pulled over by a patrol unit on the Wharton Road in Wharton Township at around 10:30 pm February 9. Police claim they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the passenger compartment of his vehicle and subsequently determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol

An administrative law judge fined the Buckhorn Hotel in Kane $2,000 for failing to maintain and complete truthful records covering the operation of the bar for a period of two years immediately preceding December 16, 2016.The judge also found the business had failed to adhere to the conditions of an agreement with the board which placed additional restrictionsn on the licensee on four different occasions September 2-December 15, 2016.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcsting News  Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 631 into law, now Act 10 of 2018, the primary intent of which is to provide for greater public safety by ensuring convicted sexual offenders remain subject to registration requirements in the wake of recent court decisions impacting Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico, would ensure that as many as 12,000 sexual offenders remain on Pennsylvania’s registry and subject to the regulations in place at the time of their offense – either a 10-year or lifetime registration.

“I am proud to sign this bill, which helps to keep Pennsylvanians safer by maintaining a comprehensive list of sexual offenders,” said Governor Wolf. “We must maintain confidence in our judicial system, especially for victims of sexual abuse crimes. This bill works to help do that.”

HB 631 provides guidance on Commonwealth v. Muniz, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the commonwealth’s sexual registration statute, commonly referred to as the Adam Walsh Act, could not be applied retroactively.

Without this legislation, any person whose offense occurred prior to the enactment of SORNA in December 2012 would not be required to register as a sexual offender and those placed on the registry for offenses committed prior to that date would have been subject to removal.

Muniz held that offenders couldn’t be held to the stricter provisions of the 2012 version of SORNA.

This bill also addresses gaps in supervision of sexual offenders by providing for a mandatory three-year probationary period at the completion of their maximum state sentence.

“I took a hard look at strengthening our laws regarding sex offenders who pose a serious risk to public safety when they reenter the community,” Rep. Marsico said. “This legislation requires the courts to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to any term of total confinement for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Megan’s Law. With this, probation and parole supervision can help keep law enforcement and the community informed about parolees’ work and home locations.

“As lawmakers, our priority is to keep the communities in our commonwealth safe and I am confident this law will achieve that goal. I want to thank the members of the House and Senate for passing this legislation and the governor for signing it into law today.”

The SORNA provisions in the new law take effect immediately; the mandatory three-year probation takes effect in 60 days.


Melva Louise D’ALMEIDA, 90, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Roswell, NM, Edison, NJ and Newark, NJ, died Monday, February 19, 2018 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA.

Born May 24, 1927, in Allamore, TX, she was the daughter of Melvin E. ad Carrie M. Jarrell Bristow.

On November 21, 1945, inLas Cruces, NM, she married Manuel J. D’Almeida, who predeceased her on August 26, 2013.

She raised four children while helping to run her husband’s business, Manny’s Service Center in Newark, NJ for many years.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving are:  a son, John D’Almeida of Marlboro, NJ;  three daughters, Louise (Karl) Paintner of Westfield, PA, Mary (Arthur) Hynes of Union, NJ, and Shirl (LaNora Klatt) D’Almeida of Maricopa, AZ;  12 grandchildren, Frank, William, Luke, Floyd, Amy, Dina, Tara, Austin, Amber, Brian, Daniel, and Cara;  19 great-grandchildren;  and five great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Eamonn Hynes;  a brother, H.F. “Buddy” Bristow;  and two sisters, Dora Shipman and Bena Pulley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Holy Spirit Church, 970 Suburban Road, Union, NJ 07083.  The Rev. Armand Mantia was the Celebrant.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

Arrangements were entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.c

Ernest D. “Ernie” Robinson, 81, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on October 30, 1936 in Portville, N.Y., he was a son of Dean E. and Ruth Brant Robinson.

Ernie was a graduate of Portville Central School, Class of 1956 and studied welding at New York City College of Technology, graduating in 1958.  He was employed as a welder for 42 years at Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, retiring in 2000.

In his early years he raced stock cars and helped his son with go-cart racing. He loved to hunt and fish.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Theresa) Robinson and Daniel L. (Kim) Robinson, both of Shinglehouse, Dawn (Rick) Robinson of Roanoke, Virginia, and Tina L. (Gino) Cobin of Wellsville, N.Y.; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Joyce) Robinson of Bolivar, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Winans; and a brother.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm in the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery, Obi, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ernie’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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