Monday May 21, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Sunday;’s high, 64; Overnight low, .25” rain (weekend total)







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Obituary: Myrl Knickerbocker, Coudersport

Downstate man dies in Elk County accident…..Two St. Marys women hurt in rear-end collision…Charges filed after ATV crash in McKean County….Numerous charges lodged  in Cameron against Clymer, PA driver who led police on high speed chase with stolen vehicle…Emporium man accused of punching 16 year old victim and shoving him to the ground…Young Austin girl receives inappropriate message through Instagram…Theft of wind chimes and other items investigated by state police at Ridgway….”Do 6” awards presented….

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A downstate man lost his life in a one-vehicle crash ear;y Saturday morning in Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police 65 year old Roger Gamble was going east on Route 66 near Pin Camp Road at abuit 1:15 am when his Dodge Ram pick up went off the road and hit a large tree.

Injuries were reported for two St. Marys women involved in a collision Saturday afternoon on the Quehanna highway in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium report the collision occurred when Mellissa Laughlin and Luke Caskey, also of St. Marys were travelling in a caravan west of Wyckoff Run when Caskey slowed down  his Jeep Cherokee to make a left turn. Laughlin could not stop her Jeep CJ5 in time and attempted to swerve to avoid contact but hit the rear of Caskey’s  Jeep in the rear. The impact caused the load in Laughlin’s vehicle to shift and overturn into a ditch. She and her passenger Katherine Renaud were tackle to Elk Regional in Dubois for treatment of serious injuries while 18yerold Caskey was not hurt.

Patrick Laird of Emporium escaped injury at around 6:30 Saturday morning in a mishap on Route 120  in Shippen Township Cameron County. Troopers explained Laird was going south when his Toyota Tacoma went off the road.

A Driftwood driver and her passenger escaped injury when her SUV became stuck on the May Hollow Road in Shippen Township Cameron county just after 4:00 am Saturday. Heidi Kennedy was going south when her Kia Spoartage  became stuck due to wet and soggy conditions. She and her passenger Jennah Nishida of Clearfield were using seatbelts at the time.

A Johnstown resident was slightly hurt in an ATV accident in Norwich Township McKean County last Friday night. According to state police at Kane  67 year old Douglas Bowser was thrown off  of his E-Z-Go Sportsman 400 when it overturned as he was turning into a parking lot on Route 46. He did not require treatment but has been cited for careless driving.

DUI charges are pending against 32 year old Lawrence Stadden IV of Emporium who was pulled over by state police at around 1:30am May 5 on the CCC Memorial Highway in Shippen Townshp for an alleged traffic violation. Police claim he showed signs of impairment and took him into custody for a blood draw.

Numerous charges  have been filed in Cameron County against a Clymer, PA man who was caught May 7 after state police deployed spike strips which flattend all four tires on the stolen vehicle he was driving on Wycoff Run Road. Joseph Gillo Jr. was wanted in Cambria and Indiana Counties for a variety of crimes including robbery/ car jacking and vehicle theft. Authorities claimed Gillo was driving a truck he stole from his own father when he was apprehended. State police at Emporium were notified that Gillo might be heading to a camp on Wycoff Run Road in Grove Township. When the truck was spotted, troopers tried to stop Gillo but he took off leading them on a chase. Following capture, Gillo was arraigned and jailed awaiting extradition to Cambria and Indiana counties. Before allowing him to be extradited, state police at Emporium charged Gillo with several crimes allegedly taking place in Cameron County,  including receiving stolen property, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, failing to obey stop and yield signs, resisting arrest, littering, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and related offenses.

John Charles Wilson, 21 of Emporium has been arrested for harassment. State police allege Wilson punched a 16 year old Empoirum boy in the chest and shoved him to the ground, causing abrasions during an argument on the afternoon of April 21at the intersection of West Fourth and Vine Streets in that town.

Two NY men have been arrested by Troopers at the Coudersport barracks for illegal possession of firearms. State police were notified last Monday evening that 41 year old Jason Mesler of Friendship  would be in the Shinglehouse area to hunt with hisnephew  and was discovered on Plank Road. Mesler was on parole with the stipulation which did not allow him to leave NY state and was not authorized to possess a gun. During the investigatin, Mesler allegedly got out of the vehicle and fled into the woods but later emerged and surrendered. Police also learned 25 year old William Carpenter of  Olean was also prohibited from having a gun. Both men were charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Mesler was additionally arrested for flight to avoid apprehension.

The theft of a license plate from an Allegany Township vehicle remains under investigation by state police in Coudersport. The plate, bearing PA registration MG8438G was taken on the afternoon of May 8 while the machine was parked on Cobb Hill Road.

Elk County woman is asking thieves who took a sentimental wind chime off her porch between 8:30 pm Friday and 11:00am Saturday to return it as it had been given to her by a family member who recently passed away. The wind chime has the words “If tears could build a staircase to heaven” on it; is about 2 ft. long with six chrome bars, a wooden top and wooden hanging pendulum. A hanging flower basket containing pink and purple flowers and a Steelers thermometer were also stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.6136.

Kenneth Ruppert, 33 of Ulysses has been cited for criminal trespass. State police allege Ruppert was asked to leave  properly posted property on Grove Street owned by Zabrina Rupper, 30, several times on May 9,but refused to do so until he was advised officers were on their way.

An 11 year old Austin girl reportedly received an inappropriate message through her Instagram account on May 9 and state police at Coudersport are investigating.

The PA Route 6 Alliance presented the annual “Do 6” awards at the annual meeting in Warren last week. Winners were:

Heritage Partnership Award –

Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park Association

Heritage Tourism Award -Venango General Store

Artisan of the Year – Curt Weinhold, Weinhold Photography; (Coudersport)

Heritage Leadership Award  Dan Glotz, Warren County Planner, Warren County;

Heritage Community of the Year-, Dorflinger Glass Museum andDorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary;