Friday September 28, 2018


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Thursday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 48; .23” rain







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 Obituary: Anthony De’Angelo, Coudersport

PennDot says “round abouts” have saved lives….Coudersport based state police finally release details about recent accidents……Sweden Township police arrested two drivers for DUI…Emporium man accused of resisting arrest, harassment and other offenses…Shinglehouse resident accused of defiant criminal trespass….

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There’s a debate among area residents about the roundabouts in Olean. Well  the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that according to department data, crashes, injuries, and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts after they were installed.

PennDOT recently reviewed data for 11 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that were previously stop or signal controlled. These roundabouts were reviewed based on having at least three years of data available before and after the roundabout’s installation. These 11 are all the roundabouts on state routes that met the review parameters. Department data based on police-submitted crash reports spanning the years 2000 through 2017 shows:

Fatalities were reduced by 100 percent (from two to zero);

Serious injuries were reduced by 100 percent (from seven to zero);

Minor injuries were reduced by 95 percent (from 19 to one);

Possible/unknown severity injuries were reduced by 92 percent (from 49 to four);

Crashes causing only property damage decreased by 2 percent (from 49 to 48); and

The total number of crashes dropped 47 percent (from 101 to 54).

In addition to the 11 roundabouts meeting the review criteria, 32 other roundabouts have been installed on state routes and 26 are in design. The roundabouts included in the review were:

Roundabouts are frequently installed to address intersections with safety issues, but may also be installed to improve traffic flow as well as other reasons such as traffic calming, and to facilitate pedestrian mobility.

Although roundabouts are safer and typically more efficient than traditional signalized intersections, in many cases they may not be the best option due to topography or other reasons, such as property impacts, capacity issues and proximity to other intersections.

To educate Pennsylvanians on how to navigate a roundabout, the department created a video that shows viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot. The video can be accessed by visiting the roundabout page on or by visiting the department’s YouTube channel.


Following a two day jury trial at the McKean County Courthous Shaine Miller of Kane, PA, was convicted Thursday of Aggravated Assault – Felony; Terroristic Threats – Misdemeanor; Recklessly Endangering Another Person – Misdemeanor; Simple Assault by Physical Menace – Misdemeanor; and Disorderly Conduct – Misdemeanor.  Sentencing has been scheduled for November 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm.  District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case.  The Commonwealth charged – and the jury found – that the defendant possessed and used a firearm to commit the above crimes during an exchange with a resident on Greeves Street in Kane.  The use of the firearm in the commission of the crimes increases the sentencing options available to the Court when the defendant is sentenced.

Coudersport based state police are getting caught up on their paperwork, releasing details overnight about three vehicle accidents occurring in Potter County. Jacob Weber of Warsaw, NY escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when his tractor trailer spilled some of its load after tipping over on the Genesee /Mills Road in Bingham Township. Troopers report Weber was going east when he pulled his Kenworth onto the berm to allow a vehicle to pass. The shoulder gave out causing the rig to roll down an embankment and dump a small amount  of feed being hauled in a tanker. Minor injuries occurred to a Canadian motorcyclist whose bike wrecked Sunday afternoon in Stewardson Township. Jawad Sheikhzada of Barrie, Ontario was going north on Route 44/The Pine Hill Road when the front tire on his Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle lost traction on a curve and rolled onto its left side. Sheikhazada was taken to UPMC Cole by Kettle Creek Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Details were finally released about a motorcycle/deer collision on Route 6 between Coudersport and Roulette last Saturday night. Charles Biddlecom of Plainview, NJ was through off his Kawasaki Ninja when he was unable to avoid hitting a deer, Biddlecom landed in the eastbound lane of the  highway. He was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of serious injuries. Police said both motorcyclists were wearing a helmet,. Eye protect and appropriate protective clothing.

The Sweden Township Police Department is reporting on social media that 63 year old Vicky Brimmer of Westfield was arrested after crash on April 11, 2018  around noontime when she was traveling East and left her lane of travel, crossed the west bound lane and went off the road and struck a large sign cluster destroying it and the through the intersection of Route 6 and the Brookland Road  and then crossed once again both Lanes of SR 6 and came to rest in the weeds and nearby yard.

Brimmer failed Standardized Field Sobriety Test and was taken to CCMH for a legal test to determine her BAC. Recent test results showed that at the time of operation of a motor vehicle her BAC was .103%.

Charges were filed  in District Court and Brimmer has waiver her preliminary hearing.

A Felony Arrest Warrant has been issued for a 23 year old  Bradfordwoods, Pa resident after she was stopped for texting and driving on SR 6 Roulette at 4:00 pm July 7. Police allege Emma Weidenhammer was traveling to Galeton fireworks  and found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A search of her vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 60-80 grams of Marijuana, Drug paraphernalia utilized for resale($20-40 dollar bags), packaging, weighing, smoking, and containing. Also seized was $1845 of U.S. Currency in common denominations of 100”s, and 20 dollar bills that were in her purse along with drugs and paraphernalia. A test of the suspected marijuana showed presumptive positive for THC and sent to crime lab to determine the exact weight.

Charges have been filed and warrant issued in district court 55-4-01 Shinglehouse.

DUI charges are pending against a driver whose name and address were not released by state police. When troopers responded to a call about a “suspicious” person at 104 South Main Street in Coudersport early Tuesday morning. Upon interviewing the driver of the black pick up was impaired and charges hinge upon blood test results.

Emporium-based state police have charged 24 year old Nathan Ostrum of that town with resisting arrest and several other offenses in connection to a couple of incidents taking place early Thursday morning at a home on West 6th Street. Authorities claim Ostrom was told at around 12:30 that he was no longer allowed on property owned by a 71 year old room. Ostrom then reportedly returned a short time later and entered  the home repeatedly then, allegedly tried to drag a 22 year old woman from her bed and made threats to her. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived but was nabbed awhile later following a foot  pursuit.

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested 53 year old Randy Gee of Coudersport with criminal defiant trespass claiming he went to the home of Matthew Gockley on the Wapsena Road in Sharon Township Tuesday evening and stayed on the property after being told multiple times to leave. Gee then allegedly went onto the front porch before finally leaving .Gee has been charged in district court.

Cody McMullen, 21, has been arrested by Coudersport based state police for criminal mischief in Sweden Township on September 16. Troopers  claim McMullen damaged a field on A-Frame Road owned by Leonora Irish  by driving his 2002 Chevrolet Blazer over the property.

A scuffle taking place Wednesday afternoon on the Sizerville Road in Shippen Township , Cameron County. Two people became involved in an argument which escalated to a physical altercation. Police say their investigation is continuing.


Anthony B. D’Angelo, 78, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on August 31, 1940 in Rochester, N.Y., he was a son of Samuel and Mary Incavo D’Angelo.

Anthony was a graduate of Charlotte High School in Charlotte, N.Y.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and later enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy.

Anthony was a self-employed carpenter by trade.

Anthony was an avid outdoorsman in his younger years, enjoying many hunts across the United States. A visit to his home greeted all who entered with the warm smell of pipe tobacco & numerous trophy mounts across the walls of his home. He greatly enjoyed visits to Potter County over the years, and later decided to settle down in Coudersport, PA. Visits with his grandchildren were a consistent joy to him, and consisted of stories of his life, rifle or archery lessons, and four wheeler rides on the back trails.

Surviving are three children, Scott (Lori Dynda) D’Angelo of Roulette, Todd (Paula) D’Angelo of Rochester, N.Y. and Michele D’Angelo Catherman of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Maria (Jonathan) Kosa, Zachary (Shannon Haskins) Catherman, Katlyn D’Angelo, Stephanie (Mark) Cammilleri, and Benjamin D’Angelo; five great-grandchildren, Camrin, Maverick, Dominic, Lillian and Mia; two brothers, Vincent (Pat) D’Angelo and Samuel D’Angelo, Jr., both of Rochester, N.Y. and many very cherished nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Anthony was predeceased by a sister, Rosalie Fusco.

A private celebration service will be held in Rochester NY at a later date. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Skilled Nursing Facility Patient Activity Fund at UPMC Cole, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Anthony’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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