Thursday March 29, 2018


Wednesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 37, trace of rain







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BFB Headlines (Thursday March 29, 2018)Roulette man jailed for alleged sexual assault of teen….Eldred resident accused of repeatedly punching  a woman…..Police in Ridgway accuse St. Marys man of shoplifting at Walmart….Causer to  hold gun rights and safety seminar……Slide repair begins tomorrow on Locey Creek Road in Tioga County…next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

Obituaries: Forrest “Pat” Bright, Coudersort & Shirley Rossi, Smethport

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A Roulette man has been jailed  on sexual assault charges and related offenses, including child endangerment,  for an incident reportedly taking place in his Main Street home on the night of March 19. Jedidiah Davis,32, was arrested the next day by Sweden Township police, who provide coverage to Roulette Township and unable to post bail after arraignment was committed to the Potter County Jail. A preliminary hearing which was originally scheduled for this week was continued until April 13. Authorities claim a 13 year old girl awoke at around 10:30 pm to find Dais in her bed attired only in his underwear and touching her inappropriately. According the arresting officer, Davis admitted wearing only underwear and he “felt” that was inappropriate.

State police at Kane have arrested an Eldred man for simple assault for an attack reportedly taking place Sunday morning at a home of Railroad Street  in that town. Troopers allege Justin Safford struck Amanda Taylor of Smethport several times in the head, face, leg and arm with a closed fist during an argument. He was charged with  simple assault, and harassment in District Court.

Yet another St. Marys resident has been accused of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart. State police assert 29 year old Alex Weiss stole three items valued at $63.42 Sunday afternoon. He’s now facing charges in district court.

A Liberty man escaped injury in a car/deer accident Sunday afternoon in Tioga Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police Todd Morehart swerved his southbound Jeep Wrangler to avoid a deer  on Painter Run Road causing the SUV’s right tires to go into a drainage ditch where it traveled for several feet until the undercarriage got caught on a culvert where it stopped


Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to a free Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, 121 S. Puritan St., Shinglehouse.

Speakers will include Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Sheriff Glenn Drake, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.

“Whether you already own firearms or are just thinking about making a purchase, this forum provides a great opportunity to learn more about your rights and how to handle your firearms safely,” Causer said.

People who wish to attend the seminar are encouraged to register in advance by visiting or calling the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769. Seating is limited.

A slide repair project on Route 4017 (Locey Creek Road) in Osceola Township, Tioga County, is set to begin this Friday. The project is located approximately 0.25 miles north of Briar Hill Road and approximately 0.5 miles south of Route 49.Work includes excavation, rock placement, drainage, paving, guide rail placement and line painting.A detour will be implemented beginning Monday, April 9 using Route 4027 (Cummings Creek Road) and Route 49. Work is expected to be completed in late August. Brubacher Excavating Inc. of Bowmansville is the prime contractor on this $1 million project.


Forrest J. “Pat” Bright, 90, of Hebron Center, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a short illness.

Born on March 22, 1928 in Bradford, he was a son of Clifford and Emma Skinner Bright.  On October 19, 1962 in Ohio, he married Shirley F. Gress, who passed away on August 1, 2008.

Forrest was employed as a truck driver and heavy equipment mechanic at the coal mines in Sterling Run, having worked for several companies, including Ted Quinn, John Rydesky and Ed Nestlerode.

He was a member of Hebron Union Church in Coudersport. He loved to tinker and put things together—making something out of nothing.

Surviving are two sons, Jay A. (Jenny) Bright of Coudersport and Brian D. Bright of Hebron Center; a daughter, Nancy (Bradley) Strahl of Emporium; three granddaughters, Jordan L. Bright, Maycee G. Bright, and Gina (Dana) Kepple; five grandsons, James A. Bright, Dane F. Bright, Bryce R. Bright, Gavin F. Bright, and Donald Osti; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Forrest was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.

Friends may call from 10am to 11am on Friday, March 30, 2018, at the Hebron Union Church, Route 44, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Pastor Hank St. Amour and the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus, officiating.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Forrest’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Shirley E. Rossi, 90, of Smethport, passed away Tuesday (March 27, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.She was born March 28, 1927 in Mt. Jewett, a daughter of Carl E. and Olga E. Johnson. On June 8, 1946 in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, she married Joseph P. Rossi, Sr., who died November 8, 1985.Mrs. Rossi was a graduate of Smethport High School and worked locally retiring from Backus Company of Smethport with over 40 years of employment. She was a volunteer at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport and for the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She is survived by:one daughter: Donna M. (“Crick”) Benjamin of Smethport,one son: Joseph P. (Sue) Rossi, Jr. of Smethport,five grandchildren: Paul and Todd Rossi, Tammy Nolte, Christopher and Ryan Benjamin,eight great-grandchildren: Kyle, Nicole and Matthew Nolte, Andrew and Evan Rossi, Ayden, P.J. and Autumn Benjamin,one great-great grandchild: Owen Nolte,two sisters: Gladys Reinard of Smethport and Bonnie F. Walter of Paw Paw, MI,and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne and Kenneth Johnson, along with one sister, Dorothy Herzog.Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 30 at 10:00 am from the Free Christian Evangelical Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Thomas Beam, pastor of the Hope Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.Memorials, if desired, may be made to Sena Kean Manor, Hope Lutheran Church, both of Smethport, or McKean County Hospice. Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.