TUESDAY MAY 29, 2018



Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 63; .60” rain (weekend total)








 Obituaries: Verna Seviinsky,Coudersport & Cheri Lynn Swift, Bolivar

  Coudersport apartment dwellers temporarily homeless after  accidental fire Monday…State police arrest 28 year old suspect for neglecting mother dog and pups….Emporium man charged for hurting woman during domestic violence asaultlast Thursday…Betula resident allegedly threatened Olean man over the weekend…Thieves smash truck window to steal purse and personal items Sunday afternoon in Ellk County…Theft of trailer and criminal mischief also investigated by Ridgway police…..Causer reports on Denton Hill meeting….


Several Coudersport apartment dwellers are temporarily homeless following an accidental fire Monday afternoon at 391 Route 6 West . According to fire chief Bryan Phelps the blaze was due to spontaneous combustion in the laundry room. All occupants were safely evacuated and there were no injuries. The building was filled with smoke which caused the residents to seek temporary lodging. They are b eing assisted by The Red Cross. Crews remained on the scene for about 45 minutes after the 12:48 pm call. The department was assisted by the local ambulance company, borough police and Star Hose volunteers from Port Allegany.

Troopers at Kane have not released the name of the suspect but say a 28 year old man is facing charges of animal cruelty. When they responded to a complaint that a mother dog and her puppies were being neglected at a home on Beers Road in Eldred Township Saturday, they found the puppies were dehydrated, bleeding, covered with Feces, fleas and tickets. With the help of the SPCA the puppies were removed and given the treatment they needed. Burton Crowell, 57 of Emporium was arrested last Thursday evening for harassment. State police claim he grabbed Donna Crowell’s wrist causing significant pain during an argument at their home of Jenks Run Road.

Kane based state police have charged 28 yearold Brian Henderson of Betula with harassment. Authorities claim Henderson yelled at Gannon Roberts-Creed of Olean and threatened harm if he did not stop shooting guns.

DUI charges are pending against  27 year old Travis Kramer of Penfield, PA by state police at Kane. Police claim when they pulled him over on Route 255 while riding an off road dirt bike, he was under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw which he refused. A refusal in Pennsylvania is an automatic conviction of DUI.

John Johns, 21, of Port Allegany is also charged with DUI. Troopers claim when they stopped him recent they found he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

A theft from a motor vehicle on Beaver Run Road in Benezette Township during a brief period Sunday is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Police report the thief smashed the passenger side window in a pick up owned by Jonathan Warner of Furnace, PA to steal a purse and personal belonging of Susan Bedwsorth also of furnace. Amount of s tolen items is estimated to be $650 while damage to the window is estimated to be $200.

Thieves stole a Black 2005 Top Brand Trailer from W. Thjeresia Road in Fox Township between 8:00 pm May 24 and 12:30 pm May 25.

State police at Ridgway also investigated vandalism along McClintick Road in Weedville Saturday. Vandals dug up the gravel in a driveway at the home of a 78 year old man.


Verna L. Sevinsky, 85, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. She married Theodore “Sonny” F. Sevinsky in August of 1951. They shared over 40 years of marriage together prior to Sonny’s death in 1995. Verna was born on November 5, 1932 in Coudersport, PA, the only daughter of the late Harry and Goldina (McCracken) Foust.

Verna was employed as a machinist with the Pure Carbon Company for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the St. Eulalia Catholic Church, formerly serving as a Catholic Daughter. She was a strong advocate of women’s rights and actually helped raise all seven of her brothers as the only daughter in the family. Verna had many hobbies and interests including golfing, bowling, reading, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She also took great pride in riding her Vespa scooter around town. Most importantly, she loved to take camping trips with her children and grandchildren, whom she was so proud of and loved dearly. Verna will be remembered by family and friends for her great sense of humor and distinct laughter.

Left to cherish Verna’s memory are her four children, Ted (Diana) Sevinsky of Coudersport, Karla (Terry) Neefe of Coudersport, Penny (Jasper) Tingley of Hinsdale, NY and Nancy (Lynn) Grupp of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren, Lynn, Theodore, Jenna, Anthony, Jeff, Greg, Colby, Jim, Andy, Gary and Sarah; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne, Joe and John, all of Coudersport; several nieces and nephews; many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and late husband, Sonny, Verna was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Walter, Tom and Ed.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of her family. Memorial donations can be made in Verna’s name to the Coudersport Ambulance Association, 122 E. 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. To share your fondest memories of Verna or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com. Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport.

Cheri Lynn Swift, 51, of Bolivar, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 25,2018.

Born on August 20, 1966 in Olean, she was a daughter of Peggy A. Day Whitaker.

Cheri graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1985 and attended Jamestown Community College and BOCES in Olean, earning her Licensed Practical Nursing degree.  She was employed at Wellsville Manor and Jan and Bev’s Home Health Care in Wellsville.  She was currently employed as a personal care nurse for Terri Keenan in Olean.

Cheri had previously attended the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Little Genesee and was currently attending the Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Belmont.  She was an avid NASCAR fan, watching the races and attending races as often as she was able.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are her mother of Debary, Florida; a daughter, Kelly R. Swift of Bluffton, S.C.; a son Matthew K. Swift of Bolivar; a granddaughter, Madison Ratzel of Bluffton, S.C.; a sister, Char (Fred) Stone of Bolivar; a nephew, Michael (Ashley) Stone of Duncannon, Pa.; a niece, Amy Stone of Little Genesee; a grandnephew, Dominic Stone of Little Genesee; four grandnieces, Tia Jo Stone Walters and Olivia Walters, both of Little Genesee and Alina and Victoria Stone, both of Duncannon, Pa.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main Street, Little Genesee, NY 14754 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Cheri, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com