Tuesday February 27, 2018


MONDAY’S HIGH, 55; Overnight low 15; No precipitation






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Police look for stolen pick up truck…..Troy man accused of shoplifting at Walmart….Wellsboro woman arrested for stealing jewelry while working for Goodwill…..Truck driver unhurt when rig crashes near Smethport…DUI charges filed against Wellsboro driver following wreck earlier this month….Coudersport volunteer emergency services mop up after accident on Route 872 last night…and answer wildfire call….Another arson investigated in Clearfield County….Game Commission to announce later today another CWD Management area developed…..

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State police at Kane are looking for a pick up truck stolen between last Thursday and Saturday in Kane. The  white GMC flatbed truck bears PA registration YSK3679 and has Chittester Excavating on both doors. The truck is owned by Steve Chittester of Kane and was taken from 45 Old Smethport Road in that town . Anyone who information about the theft or location of the truck is asked to call the Kane Barracks @ 814.778.5555.

A36 year old Troy  man has been arrested for for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart Saturday night. Darrel Struble of Troy was apprehended by members of the store’s Asset Protection Tam for trying to take flea medicine and car audio items out of the building without paying for them. The merchandise was valued at a total of $132.85.

Troopers did not release the name of an 18 year old Wellsboro woman who is suspected  of stealing several pieces of jewelry while working at Goodwill Industries on Route 6 in Charleston Township between 1q1:30 and noon last Wednesday.

A camp burglary in Elk County earlier this month is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. The burglar was cut while breaking a window to enter the camp on Swamp Creek Road between February 10 and this past Saturday. The camp is owned by a St. Marys man .Police did not say if anything was stolen but report some went through the victim’s belongings.

A NY state tractor trailer operator escaped injury in a mishap Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police Lyndon Evans of West Clarksville was going east on Route 6 when his load shifted on a left curve. The cab came loose and hit a guardrail while the trailer continued on for about a quarter of a mile before colliding with another section of guardrail. The rig sustained only minor damage.

Minor injuries were reported for a Covington driver after an accident early Sunday morning in Chatham Township, Tioga County. Troopers relate Joshua Bolt was travelling north on Route 249 when the right front tire on his GMC Safari went off the pavement and into a ditch where it became entrenched and caused the SUV to roll over onto its roof.

DUI charges are pending against a Wellsboro motorist in connection to a one-vehicle crash on the night of February 9 in Delmar Township. State police explained Todd Kriner, 55, was traveling south on the Stony Fork Road when he his Chevrolet C/K 1500 went  off the road and became buried in a snow bank.

A 47 year old Ulysses man is facing DUI charges after a one-vehicle crash early Sundays morning in Hebron Towship. According to sate police at Coudersport, the suspect fled the scene after wrecking his vehicle on the West Hebron Road/ Route 44 North  but later turned himself in and was allegedly  found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Coudersport volunteer emergency services responded to a one-vehicle crash Monday night on Route 872 just south of the Route 6 intersection at Ladona. According to Coudersport  Fire Chief, a van went off the road,  collided with a guardrail and traveled some 300 feet before becoming embedded and stopping.  Volunteers cleaned up fluids that were leaking and running across the highway. Traffic was diverted to Mocking Bird Lane during the mop up .The driver refused  medical attention for minor injuries. Earlier in the day, the department was dispatched to a wildfire near the intersection of the West Hebron Road and Steerbrook Road  in Hebron Township .A Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op Pole had fallen and a wire ignited debris near the pole.

Out of the area but of interest. Another arson in Clearfield County is being investigated.  Someone intentionally lit a fire inside a garage on State Street in Curwensville at around 1:15 am Monday. There were no injuries but the extent of damage was not released by police. The garage is owned by 75 year old Barbara Witherow and 53 Allen Bietz.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a press conference to announce the new Disease Management Area that will be established in response to chronic wasting disease being detected at a Lancaster County deer farm.

The press conference is scheduled to today  at 1 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

The Game Commission plans to livestream the press conference on its YouTube channel, where it also will remain posted to view at later times.

Following the press conference, Executive Director Bryan Burhans also will be participating in a Facebook Live video to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD, which is always fatal to deer, elk and other cervids, first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams County. It has been detected among free-ranging deer in two areas of the state.

In areas where CWD is detected in captive-raised or free-ranging deer, the Game Commission establishes Disease Management Areas (DMAs), within which special rules apply regarding the hunting, feeding and transport of deer.

Hunters within DMAs are prohibited from using urine-based deer attractants, or possessing them while afield. Deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported whole outside the DMA. Their high-risk parts – including the head and backbone – must be removed and disposed of before meat, antlers and other low-risk parts are transported from the DMA. The feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the transport of live cervids.

The Lancaster County CWD-positive deer will result in DMA 4, the boundary of which is being finalized.