Monday, July 30, 2018




Black Forest Express

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Sunday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 51; .54 “   of rain weekend total.







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Shinglehouse motorycylist seriously hurt in Saturday collision….Gillett driver arrested  for speeding in Tioga County  after car rolls over….Ridgway ex-con arrested for having gun…Austin resident accused of criminal trespass and other crimes…Cyber crooks almost steal large sum of money from Emporium couple…..Smethport woman accused of stealing more than $300 in make-up and beauty products from St. Marys Walmart….Rep. Causer has table at Potter County Fair this week….

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Obituary: Eric Howard, Shinglehouse

A Shinglehouse man was seriously hurt Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Ceres Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, both Alvin Welch and Melissa Amidon, also of Shinglehouse were going north on Route 44. Amidon was stopped to make a left turn onto Bells Run Road, with her turn signal on waiting for northbound traffic  .When traffic cleared, Amidon started make the turn and her Dodge Journey was hit in the driver’s side by Welch’s Harley Davidson. He was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Amidon was not hurt, but two female passengers, ages 12 and 13 were slightly injured. They were treated at the scene.

No one was hurt when a pick up ran into three parked vehicles o North Main Street, Coudersport Friday afternoon. Borough police report Michael Schoonmaker of Jersey Shore was going south when he fell asleep at the wheel of his truck and ran into cars owned by Carol and Donald  Jackson of Coudersport, Derrick Morey of St. Marys and Burt and Cheryl  Ianson of Coudersport which were parked on the western side of North Main Street near Third Street. Several of the units had to be towed from the scene.

Minor injuries were reported for a Gillett, PA driver whose car rolled over on the Lower Mountain Road in Ward Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning. Paul Crispell’s Pontiac Grand Am went off the road and skidded for about 120 feet while spinning counterclockwise after he jammed on the brakes. The car went off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. Crispell was not using a seatbelt. He was taken by ambulance to Troy Hospital and has been charged with speeding.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a local man for DUI.  John Merrick, 63, was cited after receipt of lab results confirming alcohol in excess of the legal limit. He was stopped by patrol officers at the intersection of North East Street and East Fifth Street on the night of March 26.

Troopers in Ridgway have arrested 36 year old Scott Beck of Kersey for illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities explained that, as a convicted felon, is not allowed to have a gun but he was found in possession with ashotgun loaded with a slug Jul 17 on Airport Road in Jefferson County.

Clay Boucher, 19, of Austin has been jailed in lieu of bail after being arraigned for criminal trespass, defiant trespass, simple assault and harassment for and assault allegedly taking place July 22 on Railroad Street in that town. State police allege  Boucher assaulted a 48yr old Austin man and trespassed on the victim’s property when told to leave the residence.

A 16 year old Abbott Township boy has been arrested for harassment in connection to an assault reportedly happening on the afternoon of July 17.State police claim the youth pushed an 18 year old girl into a closet and struck her in the arm with a cardboard painting.

Troopers at Emporium say a resident of that town poses no threat even though he distburbed  customers in the Cabin Kitchen Saturday morning. James Williams stated that he was having a lot of issues with people where he lives and that he wished the Emporium Arms building would just “blow up”. Police report that Williams, although disgruntled, did not mean any harm, has no access to weapons and was just struggling with some mental issues.

An Emporium couple was almost bilked out of a large sum of money by cyber crooks. State police explain that James and Lori Eastman accessed an illegitimate  website claiming to be affiliated with “Apple Tech Support” .Criminals used the cite to access the Eastman\s Apple and PayPal account and attempted without success to steal $2800 from the victims’ PayPal account.

Elizabeth Geelen-Szuba of Smethport was arrested by Ridgway based state police for shoplifting at the Walmart recently .Authorities claim Geelen-Szuba stole $316.99 worth of make-up and beauty products on May 18,  Troopers claim she tried to steal $231.11 worth of clothing on June 5th and investigators discovered she  had stolen $11.32 in merchandise that day.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will offer information about a variety of state programs and services during this year’s Potter County Fair.

“Having a table at the fair is a great way to make government more accessible to people,” Causer said. “I encourage anyone with questions or concerns about state government to stop by and see us.”

Causer’s table will be staffed in the evenings from Monday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 3. The table will include state maps, as well as brochures and booklets on state programs and services.

People are also welcome to contact Causer’s full-time offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor; telephone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1; telephone 814-274-9769); and Kane (55 Fraley St.; telephone 814-837-0880); or by going online at or


Eric D. Howard, 52, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly in Shinglehouse at the home of his lifelong friend on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Born on August 6, 1965 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of C. DeWayne “Dewy” and Patricia A. “Pat” Washburn Howard.  In Germantown, MD, he married Susan Corfman, who passed away in 2006.

Eric was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Eric was employed as the IT manager for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

He enjoyed fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay and hunting in West Virginia.  His passion was computers.

Surviving besides his parents of Shinglehouse are a daughter, Megan (Mitch) Steffey of Honolulu, HI; a stepson, Kyle (Rosie) Corfman of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Scott D. (Lynette) Howard of Guilford, VT and Mark D. (Bev) Howard of Alvin, TX; a nephew; and several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to his wife, Eric was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

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