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Thursday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 23
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FRI NIGHT MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 37
SAT-RAIN, HIGH 44
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Routine traffic stop in Roulette leads authorities to meth “cooking” operation…..Unemployment improves in 4 out of 5 counties in the region….The Farm Show opens tomorrow in Harrisburg…Thieves steal $5600 worth of equipment from Potter County worksite….Dune buggy stolen in Tioga County…
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A routine traffic stop last month at the intersection of Route 6 and Fishing Creek led law enforcement to a methamphetamine manufacturing operation on both sides of the county line Potter County District Attorneys Andy Watson told Black Forest Broadcasting that after obtaining a warrant, officers found the ingredients and equipment for “cooking” meth at the Bisher residence on River Street in the village. In fact, plans were being made to “cook” the dangerous drug that evening, December 15. Further investigation revealed that Zachary Snyder of Port Allegany and Roulette was a major player in the operation. He was taken into custody and committed to the Potter County Jail awaiting a bail revocation hearing this coming Tuesday, January 8. Authorities also seized three shotguns in Snyder’s Port Allegany residence that day. The River Street house had to be secured by trained personnel as the manufacture of meth from common ingredients can cause an explosion. The DA also told Black Forest News that meth is now the drug of choice for many addicts who have moved away from heroin because of concerns about the amount of fentynal in the drug which has resulted in some deaths in this region as well as in the nation as a whole. DA Watson commended police departments for their enforcement of DUI laws. He said previously most DUI arrests were due to the consumption of alcohol but now arrests about 50% alcohol and 50% drugs. You can hear our entire interview with the by clicking on the “Black Forest Trails” tab.
The unemployment rate improved in four out of the five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting improved between October and November according to the state department of Labor and Industry. Unemployment dropped from 5.6% to 5,2%; McKean County realized a slight decrease from 4.9% to 4.8%; Cameron Couty’s rate imporved from 4.9% to 4.7% and Tioga County’s dropped from 5.2% to 5.1%, HBowever, Elk County’s jjobless rate went up from 3.9% to 4.0%. Chester County had the best rate of 3.1% an improvement from 3.3% and Forest which is at the bottom of the 67 counties also saw a decrease going from 6.5% to 6.0%. Pennyslvania’s unemployment was 4.2% for the period while the national figure was 3.7%.
Coudersport based state police report burglars stole more that $5,070 worth of equipment from a worksite on West String Trail in Hector Township earlier this week. The crooks forced open a lock ed office trailer and also entered an unlocked storage trailer on property belonging to Alvin J. Coleman and Son, Inc. of Conway, NH between 4:00 pm New Year’s Eve and 6:30 am January 2. The stolen items included 200 gallons of off road diesel fuel, two 100 gallon bulk tangs with pumps, two Wacker ppie saws, a Lincoln Mig welder, jumper cables, battery booster and three tow chains. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.
The theft of an UTV from Richmond Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. The Can AM Maverick X3 side by side belonged to James Holmes of Big Flats, NY and is valued at $20,500.00. The machine was stolen between October 17 and October 12 from 1699 S. Main Street.
A Good Spring , PA woman escaped injury in a car/deer collision Thursday afternoon in Oswayo Township, Potter County. According to state police at the Coudersport barracks, Janet Saladino was going north when the whitetail ran into her lane on the 11 Mile Road.
No details have been provided by Coudersport based state police regarding a one-car crash early Thursday morning in Coudersport on Route 6 west at the West Gate Inn. A passenger car rolled over after hitting an electric pole located off the berm. Power was knocked out for several hundred West Penn Customers for a period of time and one lane of the highway was closed to traffic. The driver was reported unresponsive and was taken to UPMC Cole by volunteer ambulance.