Thursday May 31, 2018


Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low 67







BFB Headlines (Thursday May 31, 2018) Shinglehouse man accused of involuntary manslaughter for drug death…Shots fired at people tubing on Sinnemahoning Creek…..Wellsboro woman suspected of slashing  tires….Thirsty burglars steel beer and other items from Smethport area garage…..

A Shinglehouse man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned yesterday before District Judge Kari McCleaft on charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession of a designer drug and criminal use of communication facility. State police allege 25 year old Oakly Zeddy Mulkin provided drugs to a victim who died from the drugs. No further information was available at news time including the victim’s name and date of death. Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

Troopers at Emporium say no charges are pending for an incident of reckless endangerment taking place Saturday between 5:00 and 5:30p pm in a field neart Floyd’s Road along Sinnemahoning Creek one or two miles downstream from 749 Castle Garden Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County. A 44 year old Driftwood woman told police when she and three other people were tubing down Sinnemahoning Creek she heard gunfire followed by bullets hitting the water and trees around her. After screaming to make her presence known, an unknown male road an ATV to the creek bank and apologized for shooting toward them. Authorities explain due to the suspect being unknown, no charges will be filed at this time.

Mansfield based state police have arrested 30 year old Brittany Kerr for criminal trespass in connection to vandalism taking place last Thursday. Authorities claim, Kerr was seen hiding in the back seat of her boyfriend’s SUV and pointed to the tires on vehicles belonging to Amanda and Adam Black of Wellsboro. The tires were slashed later that night.

DUI charges are pending against a 47 year old Fox Township man after a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on the old Kersey Road. His vehicle went out of control, and rolled over an embankment hitting a tree with its roof before stopping. The driver was taken to Elk Regional for treatment of injuries and a blood draw.

A burglary at a Smethport residence between last Wednesday, May 23 and yesterday is being investigated by state police at Kane. Burglars entered a garage at 4652 Route 46 in Keating Township and made off with $5 worth of change, a case of Coors Light and a bottle of Rumchata. The stolen items are valued at $65. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).

As part of the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has updated its executive order prohibiting the importation of high-risk deer parts into Pennsylvania.

While the order has always prohibited whole deer from being brought into Pennsylvania from most U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD exists, it previously permitted deer harvested in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia to be brought in, so long as the deer weren’t reported to have been harvested in any county where CWD has been detected.

Now that the updated order has taken effect, there are a total of 24 states and two Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.

The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Those harvesting cervids in the identified states and provinces must leave behind the carcass parts that have the highest risk for transmitting CWD. Those parts are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.

Hunters who are successful in those states and provinces from which the importation of high-risk parts into Pennsylvania is banned are allowed to import meat from any deer, elk, moose, mule deer or caribou, so long as the backbone is not present.

Successful hunters also are allowed to bring back cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.

Pennsylvania first detected chronic wasting disease in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams County. The disease has since been detected in free-ranging and captive deer in parts of southcentral and northcentral Pennsylvania. To date, 104 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected in Pennsylvania.

The Game Commission in late February also established its fourth Disease Management Area, DMA 4, in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties in response to CWD turning up at a captive deer facility in Lancaster County.


Hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in a state or province where CWD is known to exist should follow instructions from that state’s wildlife agency on how and where to submit the appropriate samples to have their animal tested. If, after returning to Pennsylvania, a hunter is notified that his or her harvest tested positive for CWD, the hunter is encouraged to immediately contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which they reside for disposal recommendations and assistance.

A list of region offices and contact information can be found at by scrolling to the bottom of any page to select the “Connect with Us” tab.

First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the disease is always fatal to the cervids it infects.

As a precaution, CDC recommends people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or that test positive for CWD.

More information on CWD can be found at CDC’s website,

There currently is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine. Clinical signs of CWD include poor posture, lowered head and ears, uncoordinated movement, rough-hair coat, weight loss, increased thirst, excessive drooling, and, ultimately, death.

Much more information on CWD, as well as a video showing hunters how they can process venison for transport and consumption, is available at the Game Commission’s website.



Newly elected state representative for the 68th Legislative District, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), has announced he will be operating out of the same offices as former Rep. Matt Baker at 74 Main St. in Wellsboro, telephone (570) 724-1390, and 121 Canton St. in Troy, telephone (570) 297-3045. Both offices will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.






Services Owlett’s two offices provide include:

  • Property Tax/ Rent Rebate applications.
  • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
  • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork.
  • PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.
  • Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.
  • State tax forms.
  • Student aid applications.
  • Free state maps and state park information.
  • Copies of legislation.
  • Copies of birth and death certificates.
  • Scheduling tours of the State Capitol.
  • Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters.

Veteran assistance hours will also be offered at the Troy district office. A service officer will be at the office on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in speaking with the department service officer should call the Troy office at (570) 297-3045 to schedule an appointment.

Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services.

The 68th Legislative District includes all of Tioga County and portions of Bradford and Potter counties.  Owlett will take the oath of office on Tuesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The ceremony will be streamed live on his website at


Arthur F. DuBOIS, 90, of Coudersport, PA passed this life on May 27, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born June 7, 1927, in Coudersport, he was the son of Arthur W. and Helen Welfling DuBois and the grandson of William and Nellie Olmstead DuBois and Charles and Emma Kortz Welfling. On June 26, 1965, in Waverly, NY, he married the former Phyllis D. Wright, who survives.A graduate of the Coudersport Public Schools, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, discharged as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate Third Class.

He earned a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and he was elected to the Phi Etta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa honorary societies.  He completed graduate work at Syracuse University; was graduated from the Bell Telephone Laboratories Communications Development Training Program; attended Commanders’ Radar Bombing School at Mather Air Force Base; and attended ECM Familiarization School at Keesler Air Force Base.

From 1951 through 1954, Mr. DuBois was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories as a member of the technical staff participating in the development of radar for strategic and technical aircraft.  In 1955 through 1957, he was vice president of Coudersport Insuring Company, a business owned by his family.  Mr. DuBois began his 25-year career with IBM’s Federal System Division in 1957.  There he held various staff and managerial positions related to the development of avionics for strategic aircraft; digital sonar; communications equipment; and electronic warfare systems.  Following his retirement from IBM, Mr. DuBois formed Defense Analysis Corporation and continued to consult in similar technical fields until 1992.

He was a member of the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Force Association, the Association of Old Crows, the American Legion, and the Potter County Historical Society.  Mr. DuBois was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department for which he served as an active firefighter for 55 years. Mr. DuBois served as a board member for the Eulalia Cemetery Association and the Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  He served as a director and vice president of The First National Bank of Coudersport and also as a director of Commonwealth Bancshares, Commonwealth Bank, and Commonwealth Bank-North.

Friends may call at the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Warren Cederholm and the Rev. Donald Caskey will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Eulalia Cemetery Association, the Potter County Historical Society, or the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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