Thursday December 27, 2018




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New, tougher DUI laws in effect now before New Year’s Eve celebrations….Charges pending following scuffle near Smethport Christmas Eve……Shinglehouse woman hurt in collision near Port Allegany…..


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 New, tougher DUI laws in effect now before New Year’s Eve celebrations….Charges pending following scuffle near Smethport Christmas Eve……Shinglehouse woman hurt in collision near Port Allegany…..

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Just in time New Year’s Eve celebration,  a bill to enact stiffer punishments against habitual DUI offenders in Pennsylvania has been signed  into  law

Act 153 of 2018 includes a proposal by its sponsor,  Senator Scott l Martin, introduced to increase penalties for repeated DUI crimes and repeat offenders who cause the death of another person. Under the new law, any individual convicted of their third DUI with a BAC of .16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

The law also increases penalties for motorists who cause the death of another person as a result of a DUI, including a potential first-degree felony charge for repeat offenders.


In addition to the measures targeting repeat DUI offenders, the new law also includes stiffer punishments for motorists who drive on a suspended or revoked license, including additional jail time for motorists who are found guilty of aggravated assault by vehicle or homicide by vehicle without a valid license while DUI.

  Kane based state police report charges are pending completion of their investigation into a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place at around 7:30 pm Christmas Eve in Keating Township, McKean County . When they arrived at a home on Route 46 things had cooled down but they found that a 48 year old Smethport woman and an 18 year old Bradford woman had hit and shoved each other during an argument. A 47 year old Bradford man was listed as a victim but no further details were provided.

For some unknown reason, some troopers at the Kane barracks are refusing to release the names of adults involved in accidents and crimes even though  names of adults are public information except in the case of a sexual assault. Trooper Jacob Beers declined to name the drivers involved in a rear-end collision Wednesday evening on Route 6 in Liberty Township.  The fender bender occurred when a 25 year old Smethport woman could not slow down her Chevrolet Equinox for a Pontiac G6 driven by a 55 year old Shinglehouse woman which had stopped for an obstacle on the highway.  After impact, the sedan traveled for about 50 yards before stopping on the northern berm. The SUV stopped in the middle of the road. The Shinglehouse driver was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

A 22 year old Bradford woman escaped injury Wednesday morning when her SUV hit an embankment along Minard Run Road in Keating Township. Troopers did not give out the name of that driver either, but say she was trying to make a slight left hand curve just north of the Aiken  Road when her Nissan Rogue hit a patch of ice, slid across the highway, hit an embankment  off of the southbound lane. The impact caused both air bags to deploy disabling the vehicle.

Accidents are considered “Non-reportable” if there were no injuries or traffic violations  and the vehicles can be driven from the scene. In which case, names of those involved usually are not released. Such is the case for a mishap in Tioga County Saturday afternoon. a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz slid off of Route 14 in Liberty Township after encountering a patch of ice. The car bumped a guardrail but could be driven away with minor front-end damage.