Monday April 9, 2018


Black Forest Express



Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 32; Overnight low, 16;  no precipitation







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Authorities investigate deadly helicopter crash near Smethport….Cause of massive fire early Sunday  in Emporium is unknown…..Smethport man jailed after allegedly threatening his wife and her daughter with a machete over the weekend…Tioga County teen arrested for spreading rumors have contacting victim repeatedly….Friday’s mid-morning wet snowfall resulted in several traffic accidents….Roulette man accused of drug and paraphernalia possession… Manager assigned to Sinnemahoning  State Park…..

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Representatives of the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be in the Smethport area today investigating a deadly crash of a helicopter Sunday afternoon. Kane based state police report the chopper went down just before 5:30 pm along the East Valley Road in Keating Township. McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill pronounced two of the occupants dead at the scene. A third person was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Troopers believe the accident happened when workers tethered to the ‘copter were performing maintenance on the lines.

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a massive fire which leveled an apartment building and single family home on East Allegheny Avenue in Emporium early Sunday morning.   Emporium firefighters were dispatched a couple of minutes before 1:00 am Sunday. They were assisted at the scene by members of the Austin,  Port Allegany, St.Marys and Ridgway departments. Many worked there for the better part of the day. Fortunately, there were injuries. At least seven people are homeless from the fire and are being helped by the Red Cross.

A Smethport man has been jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail for a  domestic violence assault allegedly taking place Friday night at his home Keating Township home. State police were called to the home located at 20 Water Street  just before 8:00 pm on a report that 45 year old Mark A. Carlson had threatened to kill  his wife, 45 year old Heather Carlson and her daughter,23  year old Jada Priest with a machete and had strangled one of the victims. A one year old boy was in the house at the time. Mark Carlson reportedly left the scene before police arrived but was committed to the McKean County Jail  in lieu of $85,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of strangulation and aggravated assault. Under new Pennsylvania law, strangulation is a stand alone felony crime.

A 17 year old Tioga, PA boy is being prosecuted in juvenile court on a harassment charge. Troopers at Mansfield claim the youth repeatedly spread rumors about 18yarold Nicole Young of Millereton and contacted her numerous times even after being asked not to.

Two weather-related accidents in Tioga County Friday morning resulted in injuries to four people. According to Mansfield based state police, William Eltz of East Islip was traveling on Swede Hill Road, , in Charleston Township just before 10:00 am when his Ford Explorer slid on the ice and snow covered dirt road and traveled through a nearby yard before the undercarriage got caught on an embankment. Elts was able to keep the SUV from hitting a house. He and his passenger, Harry Lesher of Olyphant, PA did not require medical attention for their slight injuries. About 45 minutes later, 19 year old Ryan Osgood of Wellsboro was injured when his Pontiac Grand AM slid off of the Cherry Flats Road during the snow storm, while going downhill on an “S” curve. The car continued going straight, and the undercarriage collided with a culvert before skidding into a tree.  Osgood was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

All four drivers escaped injury Friday morning when their vehicles wrecked near each other on Route 6 in Liberty Township a few minutes before nine o’clock.. East of Port Allegany. Kane based state police report 18 year old Dylan Lloyd was going east when his Jeep Cherokee slid off the  road and rolled onto the driver’s side. A Chevrolet Silverado driven by Thomas Johnson of Port Allegany was ‘rear-ended” as he slowed down at the accident scene, by a Hyundai Elantra driven by Nicole Austin of Smethport, When Edith Vangorder of Bradford braked, her Kia Sorento slid across the highway and got stuck in some mud.

Troopers at Kane are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked truck on the Bells Run Road  in Ceres Township Saturday afternoon. The northbound unit sideswiped a legally parked 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 causing minor damage to the mirror and hood.

Minor injuries were reported for a Towanda, PA driver and his passenger after a one-vehicle crash last Wednesday at aroundn8:15 am  in Allegany Township, Potter County. Coudersport based state police this morning, released details saying  William Slocum was headed west on Route 49 just past the North Hollow Road when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Chevrolet Silverado causing it to go off the pavement and  collided with the guide wire to a telephone pole. The truck, traveled through a field and struck a small tree before stopping. Slocum and his passenger, Roy Salsman of Wyalusing did not require medical attention.

A Roulette man has been arrested on charges of drug possession and paraphernalia . State police claim when they stopped 41 year old Timothy Kiser on the West Branch of Fishing CreekRoad on the night of March 17, they smelled booze and allegedly found Kiser had been driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance. Drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found in his 2001 Ford Exploer Sport Trac.

A retail theft charge has been filed against a 17 year old  St.Marys resident. State police assert the youth alked out of theSt. MarysWalmart on Easter afternoon without paying for an item valued at $1.79.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has  announced the appointment Tracy Zupich as manager of Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron and Potter counties.

Zupich was named to head Sinnemahoning operations after a three-year assignment managing Reeds Gap State Park Complex, based in Mifflin County. She also oversaw the nearby Poe Valley State Park and lake, and Poe Paddy State Park, both in Centre County. She assumes her new post after hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

At Sinnemahoning, she will oversee 1,910 acres of parkland in Cameron and Potter counties; a 145-acre reservoir created by the George B. Stevenson Dam, which provides excellent fishing and water recreation opportunities; and the Widlife Center, all of which draw visitors into the Pennsylvania Wilds. The state park is one of 29 in the Wilds area, and part of its 2.1 million acres of public land.

“For those who lov the outdoors, it’s all here at Sinnemahoning —  the elk, fishing, kayaking — they all keep drawing visitors back,” Zupich. “I am truly honored to be entrusted with this outdoors jewel, and I’m committed to making all visits memorable ones, regardless of the season.”

A native of Lucinda, Clarion County, Zupich said she welcomes the chance to manage the park’s Wildlife Center, offering state-of- the-art and hands-on exhibits about natural habitats, resource management, and area history. Exhibit gallereries contain information and displays that orient visitors and provide a centrally located starting point for exploration of Sinnemahoning State Park and the Pennsylvania Wilds. Also featured is wildlife watching and photography, outdoor recreation, green camping, local history and conservation heroes.


Before her Reeds Gap complex assignment, Zupich worked as assistant manager at the 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park, near Howard, Centre County. She began working for the Bureau of State Parks in 2009 as a DCNR ranger at the Little Pine State Park Complex in Lycoming County. She later worked as a ranger at Parker Dam State Park, Clearfield County.

Zupich, 33, holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on Sinnemahoning and Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks, telephone 1-888-PA-PARKS from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s state parks web page.



Attached photo courtesy of Solomon’s Words to the Wise