Monday, November 12, 2018

Black Forest Express   


                                     Winter arrived Friday, November 9. 2018–Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 40; Overnight low 16; .96” precip. For weekend (snow & rain)







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Authorities continue to investigate standoff Friday on Route 6……Bolivar man accused of threatening Shinglehouse woman over the phone…..Numerous car/deer collisions reported across the region….Slippery roads also blamed for crashes….DEP advising residents to inspect home heating oil tanks…..

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McKean County authorities have not released the name of a Liberty Township man who  caused Route 6 between Port Allegany and Smethport to be closed to traffic for 14 hours Friday in a stand-off with police. The incident began when trooper responded to a domestic violence call in progress. The suspect said he was going to burn down the house with everyone inside  The family members all escaped and the suspect barricaded himself with a reported firearm in side the house. He was found hiding in the attic and allegedly refused to listen to commands. He was tazed and taken into custody. He was then taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for medical treatment and mental health evaluation Traffic was detoured over 155 to the Larabee Y and then to Smethport. Sate police were assisted by the Smethport and Port Allegany police departments, Smethport and Port Allegany fire departments Port Allegany ambulance and PennDot.

Troopers at Kane have charged 25 year old Derek Foss of Bolivar, NY for terroristic threats. Police claim Foss threatened a 24 year old Shinglehouse woman over the phone early on the morning of October 10. He is now facing charges in District Court.

It’s the rut season for deer and there have been numerous car/deer collisions reported across the region.  Thomas Gage of Fillmore, NY was not hurt when his Chevrolet Impala hit a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township, Potter County last Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported for Rebecca Smith of Wellsboro whose Hyundai Elantra collided with a deer on Route 6 just west of the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township, Potter County last Thursday evening. A Byrndale couple also escaped injury in a car/deer collision late Saturday night on the Buena Vista Highway in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Penny Vanalstine was going south on Route 321 when her GMC Sierra  encountered a white tail in her lane. She and her husband, James, were using seat belts at the time. Ali Kanji of Silver Spring Maryland was not hurt when his Volvo hit a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County late last Thursday night. And David Dixon of Emporium, could not stop his Subaru Forester in time to avoid a deer which was crossing Route 6 in Shippen Township, last Friday afternoon.

Slippery roads blamed for numerous accidents across the region. Minor injuries were reported for a four year old Emporium  boy after a one-vehicle mishap last Friday afternoon in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police report a Mazda driven by Crystal Hause of Emporium was going east on Route 120 when it slid off the road, went down an embankment and struck a utility pole before stopping. Hause and Jadelyn  Dengle also of Emporium were not hurt and the child did not require medical attention for his slight injury. Minor injuries were also reported for a Fairfax, VA woman whose Mazda Tribute slid off of Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County just before noon Friday. The car rolled over after hit and embankment. Lauren Blechl did not go to a hospital for treatment. A Muncy driver escaped injury early Saturday morning when his Dodge Ram 1500 slid off of icy Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County, hit a section of guardrails and then a  disabled Mack truck parked on the side of the road. Lawrence Lopez of Rochester, NY was not hurt when his Mack truck tractor slid off of icy Route 15 in Liberty Township Saturday morning and struck a guardrail where it became disabled. (This apparently was not the parked unit mentioned above as this accident occurred later that morning).A Sayre, PA man also escaped injury in a weather-related accident Saturday night in  Jackson Township, Tioga County. Matthew Isaacson was going north when his Volvo slid off of ice-covered Bailey Creek Road and hit a ditch. A Port Allegany teenager was not hurt when his car hit a guard rail along snow-covered Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County Friday morning. Gavin Minich, 18, was headed west at around 8:30 am. No one was hurt when a Vovlo struck the plow and front fender of an International Harvester in Foster Township, McKean County Friday morning. Miguel Cordova’s semi trailer  failed to make a left curve and went into the opposite lane.

Kane based state police say charges are pending against a Bradford driver whose vehicle hit a house located at 4262 Route 646 in Keating Township Friday morning. The  front porch and side wall of the house were damaged upon impact. The driver and his passenger were not hurt and there were no injuries for occupants of the house.  The vehicle could be driven from the scene and the driver’s name should be released once charges are filed.

Ashleigh Updike  of Tioga, PA wearing a seatbelt and avoided injury Saturday afternoon when her Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the  east side of Route 15 in Richmond Township and collided with a sign after traveling about 100 feet down an embankment.

Both the driver and passenger escaped inury Friday afternoon in roll-over  in Gaines Township, Tioga County. Kenneth Spear of Cushing  NY was headed  north on Shin Hollow Road when his Ford F-350 went off the east side of the road ands truck an embankment with the front end before overturning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is advising  residents to inspect and assess home heating oil tanks before the upcoming heating season to avoid leaks or spills that can be prevented.

Nearly one in five Pennsylvania households uses heating oil to stay warm in the winter. Owners of home heating oil tanks should inspect indoor and outdoor tanks for potential problems. Leaking heating oil tanks can contaminate drinking water and soils, diminish indoor air quality, create the potential for fires and explosions, and subject tank owners to very expensive cleanups, which may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies. With proper tank management, spills and leaks can be avoided. Tank owners who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil company for help.

DEP encourages home heating oil tank owners to routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment and follow these tips:

  • For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil.
  • Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports.
  • Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks.
  • Check for signs that the vent line is clogged by debris such as spider or bee nests.
  • Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.
  • Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground.
  • Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank system.

Tank owners should make certain that the home address is clearly visible and the tank’s fill line is clearly marked when heating oil is delivered. If a tank owner cannot be home when heating oil is delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of its location. Residents should ensure that any disconnected fill pipes that remain above the ground are permanently sealed and cannot be opened.

If a leak or spill occurs, tank owners should do the following:

  • Find the source of the spill or leak and stop or contain the release, using absorbent material like cat litter, sawdust, peat moss or newspaper to stop the release from spreading.
  • Call the heating oil distributor to remove as much oil from the tank as is necessary to prevent further release.
  • Immediately notify the municipality and DEP.
  • If heating oil odors are getting into the house, ventilate affected areas, and close off unaffected areas.
  • Contact environmental professionals to begin the cleanup.
  • Keep detailed, accurate records.
  • Contact the insurance provider.

For more information on home heating oil tanks, visit the new Home Heating Oil web page on DEP’s website at or call DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks at 717-772-5599.