Tuesday April 10, 2018


Black Forest Express



Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 26; .75” snow







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Two Tioga County women fight over social media post….Bradford juvenile facing charges in Potter and McKean Counties related to theft of car….Slippery roads contribute to several Tioga County accidents…Both Scarnati and Causer participate in broadband hearing….PennDot begins Route 6 project in Kane…..

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Two Tioga County women came to blows last Wednesday  morning over a social media post. According to state police at the Mansfield barracks, 20 year old Karley Latimer of Blossburg has been arrested for threatening physical contact after she and 19 year old Danielle Kennedy of Covington argued about a post while at a location on the North Williamson Road in Covington Township.

A Bradford juvenile is being prosecuted in Potter Juvenile court in connection to a car theft last weekend. The youth was picked up on Maple Street in Roulette by Sweden Township Police who provide coverage to Roulette. The 12 year  had apparently taken a car belonging to a relative and then drove it to Roulette. He may also face charges filed by Bradford City police.

Last week’s slippery roads are blamed for a couple of accidents in Tioga County. Melissa Boyer of Westfield and three young passengers escaped injury just before 8:00 am when their  SUV spun off of snow covered Route 249 in Westfield Township. State police report Melissa Boyer’s northbound  Chevrolet Suburban slid off the road when she braked after encountering  snow on the pavement. The vehicle struck a ditch, then continued sliding into an adjacent field. Boyer, two boys ages 10 & 14 and a 15 year old girl were all using seatbelts. Later that night, two Mainsburg resldents were hurt in a one-vehcle accident in Covington  Township. Troopers explained Eil Clemenswas headed west on East Hill Road when her Nissan Xterra went off the road, hit a ditch and rolled end over end be stopping upside down in a ditch. Clemens and her passenger, James Baxter were taken by ambulance to Soldiers and
Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. A Covington woman  was also taken to Soldiers and Sailors when r her Dodge Durango went off of icy  Shumway Road in Covington Township and rolled over onto its roof.  Cops said all three drivers were going too fast but did not ticket any of them.

State police in Emporium investigated a hit and run taking   place yesterday on Simon’s Way in Shippen Township. The unknown vehicle damaged a gate just off of Mason Hill Road between 4pm and midnight.

Troopers there are also probing a burglary at a home on Woodland Avenue Friday or Saturday. Burglars forced their way into George Banther’s house through a basement window while he was away.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania held  a public hearing last Thursday in  Wellsboro at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5, to hear from broadband service providers and consumers about the issues, challenges, and opportunities of delivering broadband services in rural Pennsylvania.

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report, 39 percent of rural Americans, or 23 million people, lack broadband internet access.

In Pennsylvania, 30 percent in Potter County; 29 percent of the population in Tioga County, 39 percent in Bradford County, , 69 percent in Sullivan County, and 11 percent of the population in Lycoming County do not have access to fixed, advanced telecommunications.

Both Senator Joe Scarnati and Representative Martin Causer participated in the hearing. Rep. Causer says access to broadband is a necessity in rural areas such as ours and he believes providers are going to need some help from the government to hook everyone up….

Participants also  included representatives from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Blue Ridge Cable, Indigo Wireless, Tri-County Rural Electric, Progress Authority-Bradford County, UPMC Susquehanna, JC Blair Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro School District, local development districts, and the PA Route 6 Alliance.

Work has begun  on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Route 6 improvement project in Kane. This work will extend the useful life of the roadway and improve overall ride quality.

On Route 6, the project stretches from Easton Street to the intersection of Route 6 and Route 321. Local street names for Route 6 are North Fraley Street, Greeves Street, Edgar James Street, and Biddle Street.

Overall work includes roadway restoration, drainage improvements, signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction.

This road work is being done in phases, with initial work requiring alternating traffic patterns enforced by flaggers in the roadway. Drivers should expect delays as work takes place.

As work progresses and construction phases change, a detour will be in effect for eastbound traffic. That change is anticipated to take place by late May. PennDOT will issue a project update prior to that change.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion, PA is the contractor on this $5 million job, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. All work is weather and schedule dependent.