Thursday August 30, 2018

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Wednesday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 64; .97” of rain from evening thunderstorm

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Obituary: Dalton Osgood, Shinglehouse

Coudersport Dollar General held up by knife-wielding local resident….McKean County DA says man who died in a gun fight with police Monday fired the first shots….Several thefts and burglaries across region investigated….Police will be joining “Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over” campaign this weekend….

A Coudersport man has been jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail after being arrested for holding up the Coudersport Dollar General Store Wednesday evening. Borough police were summoned to the Chestnut Street store at 6:30 pm where staff notified them That a white male wearing a red shirt and black shirt had pulled out a knife and directed the cashier to empty the cash drawer. John Edward Bunnell, 54, reportedly left the store in a black pick up with white top headed west on Route 6 and was stopped a few miles down the road by Coudersport Borough, Sweden Township and state police. He was taken into custody without incident and committed to the county jail after being arraigned by on-call District Judge Kalacinski. No on was hurt in the hold-up or its aftermath. Police say a yellow Dollar General bag, a knife and cash were found in Bunnell’s vehicle. For those who are not familiar with Coudersport borough, the police department is located a few feet from that Dollar General.

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer has issued the following statement regarding the shooting death of a Port Allegany man Monday afternoon.

“The investigation has continued into the officer -involved shooting that occurred on August 27, 2018 on Route 155 near Port Allegany. The autopsy was conducted as indicated by coroner Michael Cahill. The investigation has confirmed that, while officers prepared to execute an arrest warrant, the decedent fired more than one shot at the officers present. One shot was fired by law enforcement. The single shot fired struck the decedent. More information will be released as the investigation continues.There were five State troopers and one officer from a nearby police department present.”

State police across the region have been kept busy investigating thefts and burglaries. Burglars forced their way into a cabin on Route 59 in Corydon Township between August 5 and 27 and made off with about $50 worth of food while causing $400 in damage to the main door of the camp owned by an 81 year old Ontario man. A thief took various items from a 2003 Nissan X-Terra and a 2009 Ford Fusion parked on Route 446 in Eldred Township between midnight and t:00 am Monday. The vehicles are owned by a 54 year old Eldred woman and a 42 year old Eldred man. Stolen items included about $2.00 in change, a USPS union bag, a Northwest Bank check book and savings account book.

Burglars forced their way into the Tyoga County Country Club in Pro Shop on Route 660 in Delmar Township during the night of August 12. The crooks stole $250 in currency and a money bag valued at $30.A window and exterior door were damaged to a tune of $400 total during the break-in.

Criminals weren’t as successful while trying to enter Dana’s Diner on Cowanesque Street in Lawrenceville between 8:00 pm last Thursday and 4:30 am Friday. Despite damaging exterior lights would-be burglars could not enter the building and left empty handed.

Someone stole a seat from a Triton Boat in Jones Township Elk County between 3:00 and 4:00 o’clock last Sunday afternoon. The boat is owned by Anthony Perry of Moshannon. The seat valued at $200 was taken while Perry was inside the Dam Inn located at the intersection of Ketner and Glen Hazel Roads.

With the approach of the Labor Day weekend, one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Trauma Society’s Pennsylvania Division are teaming up to caution motorists against driving while impaired.
The campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” runs from Friday through Sept. 3, sending a message about the dangers of driving while drunk.
Drunken-driving crashes claimed 10,497 lives across the United States in 2016, with 433 lost over the Labor Day holiday, according to the NHTSA.
According to PennDOT, there were 153 alcohol-related crashes throughout the state during the 2017 Labor Day holiday, resulting in three fatalities. That was a drop from nine fatalities, but an increase from 118 crashes involving alcohol, during the same period in 2016.
Of Pennsylvania traffic fatalities that occurred during all holiday weekends last year, 37 percent were related to alcohol use.
This year’s NHTSA campaign is paired with another message aimed at curbing drug-impaired driving: “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI.”
State and local law enforcement will step up enforcement during the campaigns. The state police patrol unit at the Greensburg barracks will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an unannounced Westmoreland County location during the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3.
According to the NHTSA, 42 percent of drivers killed in crashes in 2015 tested positive for drugs. The agency’s 2013-14 survey found that nearly one in four weekend drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could impair their ability to drive safely.
Research has shown that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects — slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.
The NHTSA advises those who intend to travel, especially when celebrating Labor Day, to plan ahead. Don’t drive high or drunk; instead, ride with a designated driver, use public transportation, or call a ride-
Statewide, DUI deaths have been on a downward trend over the past five years, from a high of 381 in 2013.
Drunken driving had the deadliest impact last year among drivers between the ages of 26 and 30, accounting for 42 percent of all driver fatalities in that age group.
The NHTSA developed the SaferRide smartphone app as part of its effort to curb impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
A DUI conviction can cost a motorist some $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work , higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs according to officials.
Sate police will be enforcing speed limits, seatbelt and child passenger seat laws. State police say speed is the leading cause iof crashes throughout Pennsylvania. The department also says passengers, who are properly restrained are less likely to be injured or killed in a crash. According to Pennsylvania law, children under the age of two years, must be properly secured in an approved rear-facing child safety seats. Children ages two to four years should be placed I an approved forward facing seat and Children four to eight years should ride in an approved booster seat.
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Dalton Lee Osgood, 18, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Town of Alma, N.Y. on Thursday, August 23, 2018.Born on September 8, 1999 in Wellsville, N.Y., he was a son of Justin Osgood and Beth Carr.Dalton attended Oswayo Valley School in Shinglehouse. He was employed by Shutt Logging in Genesee and Top Notch Enterprises.Dalton was an avid hunter, fisherman, and video gamer. From his childhood, he also valued following in his father’s paths in logging and operating heavy equipment, making him an excellent operator, and also fueling his love of diesel trucks.Surviving besides his father of Shinglehouse and his mother of Shinglehouse, are two brothers, Reece Osgood and Brent (Jenna Maxson) Dietze, both of Shinglehouse; his maternal grandparents, Shirley Carr of Shinglehouse and Tommy Carr of Shinglehouse; paternal grandparents, Gayle and Dennie Clark of Belmont, N.Y. and Ray and Sandy Osgood of Sabinsville; many special friends, including Leo Shutt, Corey James, Shawn Jones, and Spencer Cole; and many aunts, uncles and cousins, including special cousin, Makenzie Carr.
Family and friends are invited to share memories at a celebration of Dalton’s life from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
These arrangements for Dalton have been entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
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Jean E. Lent, 87, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.

Jean was born on November 19, 1930 in Tulsa, OK, the daughter of the late Wray Johnson and Minnie Kemery.

She was a graduate of Zion Bible Institute, class of 1951. Jean was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport.

Jean’s greatest passion was teaching music and working with music ensembles. Jean traveled all over the globe. During her travels she participated in missionary work in Israel teaching music to blind children.

Jean is survived by three adult children, a sister and many grand and great grand children. Son, Timothy Lent of PA; daughter Clarissa and her husband Vincent DiPilato of CT; daughter Priscilla and her husband Gary Davis of IL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Linden Hosley, a brother, Wilbur Johnson and a grandson, Dylan Langworthy.

A private memorial service will be held at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport followed by a private burial in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations in Jean’s name be made to either of the following: Zion Fellowship for sound system upgrade, c/o Dr. Paul Caram, 835 SR 49 West, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Coudersport Area School District for musical equipment for the elementary school, attn: the Business office, 698 Dwight Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Theresa A. Robinson CAPTION “beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Theresa A. Robinson, 59, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
Born on July 6, 1959 in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Wallace W. and Kathleen Brodfuehrer Greene. On July 31, 1988 in Smethport, she married Michael J. “Mike” Robinson, who survives.
Theresa attended Smethport High School and Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. She had previously been employed at the former Hadden’s Store in Ceres.
Theresa formerly attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed reading and flower gardening. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving besides her husband are four children, Ryan T. Schultz and Melissa M. Payne, both of Shinglehouse, Michael J. (Alexandria) Robinson of Alexandria, Virginia and Patrick J. (Jessica) Schultz of Appleton, N.Y.; thirteen grandchildren; three brothers, David (Helga) Greene of Germany, Larry (Debbie) Greene of Albion, and Raymond (Valerie) Greene of Bradford; two sisters, Betsy Sweet of Bradford and Rose Jackson of Clarendon; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Theresa was predeceased by two brothers, John Greene and Thomas Greene; and a sister, Karen Schneider.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Theresa’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Theresa’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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