Wednesday May 9, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Tuesday’s High, 73; Overnight low 41; no precipitation

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Obituaries: Reba Dickerson (Shinglehouse) and Emmaline “Bobbie” Perry , Hickox  (service information).

Charles Cole Hospital to pay feds to settle two allegations….Transportation grants awarded to three counties in region….Mansfield man accused of physically harassing child…..Shot fired at Mt. Jewett home last night…bikes stolen from Tioga County home…

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania announced today that on May 4, 2018, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, a
Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, agreed to pay the United
States $373,547.54 to settle allegations from two self-disclosures by Charles Cole to the Office
of Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (OIG)
through the OIG’s Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the first self-disclosure and the
investigation that followed, from August 1, 2007, through December 2013, alleged that Charles
Cole failed to bill under a particular modifier to reduce the Medicare reimbursement amount for
services provided by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in its pain management,
orthopedics, gastroenterology, and medical oncology physician office practices. According to
the second self-disclosure and the investigation that followed, Charles Cole allegedly failed to
perform required face-to-face encounters with some of its Medicare hospice patients prior to the
third benefit period recertification and every subsequent benefit period re-certification from
January 1, 2001 through February 1, 2014. Charles Cole has since taken corrective action and
voluntarily disclosed these matters. This settlement resolves the matter without the filing of

This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the United States
Department of Health and Human Services. This matter was handled by Assistant United States
Attorney Melissa Swauger for the United States Attorney’s Office.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced nearly $2 million in funding for transportation improvement projects in Bradford and Mount Jewett.
The grants were awarded as follows:

Bradford – $969,150 for improvements to Main Street, including replacement of curbs and sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements, bike lanes, ADA-compliant curb ramps, updated lighting, trees and bicycle racks.

Mount Jewett Borough – $980,504 for new sidewalks, drainage improvements, ADA-compliant curb ramps and lighting along Main Street/Route 6 in the Central Business District.

In addition to municipalities in the 67th district, Tioga County (68th) will be receiving $1,500,000 to extend the Pine Creek Rail Trail three miles to the west of Wellsboro, thereby closing a trail gap, promoting tourism, and increasing economic activity.
The grants were awarded by PennDOT through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside, funded by the federal government. Grants are used for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility; community improvement activities and environmental mitigation; trails that serve a transportation purpose; and safe routes to school projects.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
A 57 year old Mansfield resident has been arrested for harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault between 6:00 & 7:00 pm April 9 at a home on Wood Road in Richmond Township. State police allege the man shoved the head of a 10 year old boy in vomit.

Both people involved in a scuffle have been cited for harassment. Troopers at Mansfield report 48 year old Edward Larson and 42 year old Lynn Taft of Osceola assaulted each other during an argument at their home on Route 49 last Wednesday night.
State police at Kane are looking for the person who fired a gun at a house located at 11 Poplar Street in Mt. Jewett Borough just before midnight last night. A bullet went through a wall in the home but fortunately no one was hurt. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.
Two bicycles were stolen from a house on Charleston Road in Tioga County between 6:00 pm Sunday and 6:30 am Monday. The bikes belonged to Wellsboro residents Dyamand King and George Kinne. One of the bikes had a flat front tire, rusted chain and left brake lever and is valued at $100. The other is and Xtreme model, had a shock under seat, water bottle holder and seat cover. It’s value is estimated at $200.
DUI charges are pending against a 32 year old Cameron County man whose car was pulled over by troopers for a traffic violation on the CCC Memorial Highway early Saturday morning. Troopers claim the driver displayed signs of impairment was taken for a blood draw.

Reba M. Dickerson, 81, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, May 7, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on February 21, 1937 in Wilmington, Delaware, she was a daughter of Lewis and Vesta Webster Clark. On March 22, 1952 in Shinglehouse, she married Mark A. “Mickey” Dickerson, who passed away on April 24, 2013.Reba attended Shinglehouse High School. She was employed at Norton’s Building Supply in Shinglehouse for 23 years. Reba was a member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, and working for her church. Surviving are three daughters, Linda (Ken) Pierce of Shinglehouse, Valerie (Ray) Cope of Port Allegany, and Lori (Tom) Louser of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson who is arriving in June; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Reba was predeceased by a granddaughter, Angela Bridge; and a brother, Arthur C. “Art” Clark .Friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Friday, May 11, 2018 with Pastor Thomas J. Isaacson of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Reba’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Reba, please visit

Emmaline T. “Bobbie” PERRY, 92, of Hickox, PA, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Genesee Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at