Tuesday June 5, 2018

Black Forest Express



Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 50

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Overlooked note may have prompted fifth evacuation of Truck Lite Plant….Mansfield police looking for suspects who injured two in a fight….Minor injuries reported for passenger after minor collision involving passenger car and tractor-trailer….Galeton man charged with drug possession…Alleged child abuse in Ulysses unfounded…..State police at Emporium are investigating an assault taking place last month in Sinnemahoning….

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Mansfield based state police now believe a note which sparked a fifth evacuation at the Truck –Lite plant this past Friday had been previously overlooked. . Brandon Andrews, 31, of Wellsboro was arrested Thursday for making four bomb threats to the Truck-Lite Plant in Mansfield between May 15 and 31. Andrews was arraigned before District Judge Engman on four counts of terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, criminal mischief and making false reports to law enforcement authorities and was committed to the Tioga County Prison without bail. Troopers using a search warrant scoured his home and vehicle Thursday but reported they found no bomb making materials or any other items which could be used to make explosives. Authorities allege Andrews first made a bomb threat on May 15 and put a note in the bathroom stating “tic-toc, tic-toc. The Bomb goes off at 12 o’clock. A second note was found on May 22 and read “Truck-Lite Company of Nazi’s and Slavery. So the question becomes Will it show or will it blow?” a third note was located last Friday, May 25 that read “Truck-Lite, Warehouse Mechanics, the Most Racist of them all. When will Threats become promises? Also, How Well do things burn.” An additional note was located Thursday morning that read”Tic Tic BOOM!”Truck Lite Racist will pay, but when?”. Andrews was identified as the suspect and was takien into custody and committed to jail in lieu of bail. The plant was evacuated after each threat was received and a PSP K9 Explosives Team cleared the building after each threat.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for suspects involved in a fight at around 5:30 am Saturday at 12 Route 328 in Lawrence Township. Hannah Hillman, 19 and Todd West, 23, both of Lawrenceville were injured while trying to break up the fisticuff. Hillman was hit in her face and West was kicked in his face. Those involved in the scuffle fled the scene before police arrived.

A New York State woman was slightly injured in a minor collision involving a passenger car and tractor-trailer on Route 15 in Richmond Township last Friday evening. According to state police the fender bender occurred when Mathew Stahlnecker, 32, of Waterloo, NY was passing the Volvo operated by Frances Walker of Wellsburg, NY. Stahlnecker’s Honda Civic went out of control and struck the left side of the trailer. Both vehicles were safely driven to the west side of the road. Stahlnecker, and 59 year old Marilyn Adler of Seneca Falls, NY were not hurt. Stahlnecker’s wife, Amanda, was treated at the scene.

State police at Coudersport are charging 21 year old Christopher McGarry of Galeton with drug possession. McGarry was arrested when he was pulled over during a traffic stop at the intersection of First Street and West Branch Avenue in Galeton on April 15. Authorities allegedly found McGarry was in possession of marijuana and related paraphernalia.

A case of terroristic threats and simple assault reportedly taking place on the night of May 26 in Sinnemahoning remains under investigation by state police at Emporium. Assailants apparently also damaged the right front quarter panel on a 2004 Chevrolet owned by the 50 year old male victim.

A reported child abuse in Ulysses between 700 and 7:30 pm May 2 was unfounded according to state police. Authorities say when they investigated the determined the parent’s actions fell within the guidelines of parental discipline and no charges will be filed.

Members of the House and Senate will be joined by dozens of EMS personnel from across the Commonwealth at a press conference Wednesday morning to rally support for legislation to increase reimbursements for services provided by ambulance companies. The specific focus will be on House Bill 699, which would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates, and House Bill 1013/Senate Bill 1003, which would require reimbursement for treatment provided when no transport takes place. Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), prime sponsor of House Bill 699; Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and prime sponsor of House Bill 1013; Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence), Democrat chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee; Sen. Don White (R- Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland), chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1003; Dean Bollendorf, president, Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania; Bob Marnatti, manager, Ridgway Ambulance Service; Robert Sorg, general manager, St. Marys Area Ambulance; and Bill Hagerty, president/executive director, EmergyCare Inc. Additional lawmakers and EMS personnel will also be on hand. The event will be held at 10:00 am in the Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg. Barring any technical difficulties, it will be streamed on Causer’s website, www.RepCauser.com