Wednesday August 8, 2018



Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 84; Overnight low 69; .24 “ rain

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Wolf administration announces grant to expand broadband access in region…..Three Emporium women facing charges for yelling at man digging ditch…..Teen driver hurt after falling asleep at the wheel in Cameron County….Gifford woman injured when SUV collides with parked unit….Elderly Delaware man causes collision by making U-Turn on Million Dollar Highway….Cyber thieves open accounts using Tioga County woman’s ID information….Money stolen from wallet at Tioga County bar…..

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Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover and  PA Commerce & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin visited the Potter County Artisan Center Tuesday August 8, 2018

Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin was in Coudersport Tuesday to announce a $1.5 million grant for Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative to expand broadband services.
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Clint Owlett (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga) applauded the release state funds for the project.

The funding was awarded to Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project program.

“Quality broadband service is vital to the livelihood of the rural communities we represent, affecting our local economy, educational opportunities and access to health care,” Scarnati said. “This is an important and much-needed investment in our future.”
The funding will be used by Tri-County Rural Electric to provide broadband service to approximately 1,383 customers in portions of Potter County, including approximately 830 residential, 540 seasonal and 13 commercial customers who currently lack access to adequate internet speed. It includes the construction of 103.1 miles of fiber, attached above ground on poles owned by the cooperative and in rights of way already acquired by it.

“I commend Tri-County Rural Electric officials for their initiative in addressing the need for broadband service in our communities,” Causer said. “In today’s world, quality internet access is becoming just as important as the electric service the cooperatives made possible decades ago. This is great news for our region.”The governor for releasing this funding for the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative Fiber to Home project,” said Owlett. “I was happy to advocate for this injection of funds, which will help improve broadband access for the region. This is a total game changer and just the first step in increasing service to the entire Northern Tier.”
Craig Eccher, president and CEO of Tri-County Rural Electric, notes the project is the just the first phase of a long-term effort to boost internet speeds in the cooperative’s sevice area.

“Our goal is to bring broadband to rural communities just like we brought electricity to them back in the 1930s,” Eccher said. “The entire initiative is a six-year project with 2,700 miles of fiber delivering high-speed internet to our members. We are excited to get started on phase one.”

Secretary Davin toured the Coudersport business district and told a group at the Potter County Artisan Center that Governor Tom Wolf became committed to broadband expansion last fall when he visited Charles Cole Hospital and had spotty cell phone service.

Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act.

For some unknown reason, state police at Emporium have chosen not to release names of drivers 18 and older or of suspects arrested for harassment. Troopers say three Emporium women, ages 34, 55 and 75 have been cited for harassment in connection to a shouting match allegedly taking place on the morning of July 28 on Sunny Lane in Shippen Township. The trio is accused of yelling at a 33 year old Emporium man working on a ditch on a right of way and calling him names. The women were reportedly asked to leave the victim alone several times but continued to yell at him and call him names until police arrived. Police say the charges have been filed with District Judge Barry Brown but Black Forest Broadcasting could not find evidence of the arrests.

The name of an 18 year old driver was also concealed by troopers at Emporium. For the past several years, it has been state police policy to hide the names of drivers UNDER the age of 18 but to release the names of those 18 and older. An18 year old St. Marys boy was hurt Tuesday morning when his pick up truck rolled over on Beechwood Road in Shippen Township. The teen was going east on Route 120 when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford F350 minutes after 7:00 am causing the truck to go off the road, travel down an embankment and roll onto the passenger side before coming to rest in a creek of the western side of the road. The driver was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

Minor injuries were also reported for a 19 year old Gifford resident after her SUV collided with a parked car on Route 646 in Keating Township, McKean Count about a half hour earlier. According to state police at Kane Aimee Burke was headed south when her GMC Terrain went onto the shoulder and rrear-ended am unoccupied parked Pontiac owned by Joshua Crum of Cyclone pushing it off the road and into a house. The SUV spun around clockwise before coming to a s top in the southbound lane. Burke was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

A Ridgway man suffered minor injuries in a collision Monday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers report the collision on the Million Dollar Highway occurred when 76 year old Thomas Spangler of Dover, DE who made a U-turn with his Chevrolet Tahoe to head north and drove into the path of a Ford Mustang driven by Brandon Quail. Spangler and his passenger 73 year old Jerry Spangler were not hurt but Quail was taken by ambulance to PennHighlands Elk with minor injuries.

An unknown cyber crook apparently tried to open credit card accounts and use existing store credit cards illegally using the identity of Sherry Vanhorn of Roaring Branch, PA. State police at Mansfield report the attempted crime took place between July 14 and this past Monday.

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating the theft of some cash late July 25 or early July 26 at that “Damn Bar” on Route 287. An unknow thief took $230 from a wallet belonging to Savannah Dunlap of Blossburg.