Wednesday August 29, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 64; no rain

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Lapse in news about police shoot out explained…Bank alert spares Potter County woman of ID theft….Coudersport man suspected of DUI after pot and paraphernalia found in car…hit and run fender bender investigated in Elk County…..Unemployment rate improves in four out of five counties in region….100 year old Galeton woman explains reason for long life……

State police have explained the lapse in information about the death of 42 year old Chad Setzer of Port Allegany Monday afternoon. A couple of hours before the shooting, the Kane barracks issued a news release reporting a warrant had been issued for Setzer’s arrest and asked for anyone who knew of his whereabouts to contact police. Almost exactly two hours later, Setzer was killed in a reported shootout with state police at his home on Route 155 between Port Allegany and Emporium when they tried to serve the warrant. Information about Setzer’s death was released t o some area media by the McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and state police Troop C headquarters in Punxsutawney—not by the Kane Barracks. The investigation is continuing. There is no indication who shot first.
Setzer was accused of several crimes in connection to a domestic violence assault Sunday a few minutes before noon. Kane based state police allege Setzer threatened to kill a 36 year old Port Allegany woman’s boyfriend and damage his truck. Setzer then reportedly confronted the woman while she was operating a vehicle in Liberty Township. Setzer allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed the tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The victim was able to get out of the area to a safe place from where she called police. Setzer left the location and has not been seen since. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police at 814778-5555. Police did not indicate the relationship but listed a two Danville, NY residents as additional victims—a 40 year old man and 61 year old woman. Setzer was arrested last week on a criminal mischief charge. Troopers claimed he smashed out a I Troopers at Kane have charged 42 year old Chad Setzer with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Friday afternoon in Liberty Township. Police claim Setzer punched out the driver side window on a vehicle owned by a 36 year old Port Allegany woman, presumably the same victim.

An alert area bank prevented a Ulysses woman from being a victim of ID theft. Coudersport based state police explained someone tried to withdraw $300 from Pauline Kleintrop’s account on August 6 through Pay Pal. The charged was flagged by Kleintrop’s bank and no theft occurred.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a vehicle parked in the St. Marys Walmart lot Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30 pm.. The unknown driver of a silver Toyota Rav- fled the scene after striking the rear bumper on a 2015 GMC Sierra owned by Lynn Prechtl of St. Marys.
DUI charges are pending against a 43 year old Coudersport man after police stopped him for an equipment violation a few minutes after 2:00 am Tuesday August 21 at the intersection of Steer Brook Road and Route 49 in Eulalia Township. Troopers claim they found the driver of a 2004 Hyundai Elantra driving under the influence sand say they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car. The suspect’s name was not released.

The jobless rate in four out of five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting, improved between June and July according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. Potter County saw a slight decrease from 5.2 t 5.1%; McKean County realized a decrease from 4.6 to 4.3%;and Tioga County’s rate went down from 5.0 to 4.7%. However, Cameron County had an increase from to 5.8%. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was 4.2% during the period while the national figure dropped to an all-time low of 3.9%. Chester County had the best rate in Pennsylvania, dropping from 3.0 to 2.0% while Forest County was at the bottom, even with a decrease from 6.6% to 5,7%

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Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) presented a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Eleanor Lychalk in recognition of her 100th birthday on July 20. Lychalk was born in Galeton and is currently a resident at Broad Acres Nursing Home. She has three children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. When asked what the secret to her longevity was, Lychalk said, “Minding your own business.”