Thursday October 4, 2018

                                    Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, the same 68

Leashed dogs now allowed to help recover large game …..Proposed legislation would eliminate statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases….McKean County DA says investigations of two fatal crashes continue….Rural mail carrier suspected of DUI in Cameron County…

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Obituary: LeRoy White, Coudersport

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season started this past Saturday. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 29 to Nov. 12, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.The statewide season was moved to end on a Monday this year so it could include the Veterans Day holiday.As the statewide deer seasons kick off, hunters will have their first opportunity to recover big game they’ve shot by tracking the animal’s escape trail with a leashed dog.
Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year signed into law a bill that allows for the use of leashed tracking dogs to recover big game that cannot be recovered by hunters.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mario M. Scavello, provides another choice for hunters who have shot and inflicted injury on a white-tailed deer, black bear or elk, but lose the trail.
Big-game hunters may use tracking dogs to recover big game in the 2018-19 seasons. Dogs cannot be used to locate big game unless an animal has been shot.
During hunting hours, big game can be tracked with a sporting arm, which can be possessed only by the hunter. After hunting hours close, a sporting arm cannot be used to dispatch downed big game. This includes Sundays and the day after season closes.
In addition, hunters tracking big game after hours, or on Sundays are asked to contact the Game Commission region office serving the county where the animal will be tracked, to alert the local state game warden of the recovery effort. It’s possible the game warden might accompany the tracker.
During tracking, the hunter and the tracker (dog owner) must be licensed for the big game being tracked and meet the season’s florescent orange requirements. In addition, the longstanding expectation for hunters, and now trackers, to respect private property boundaries remains in place.
Trackers do not register with and are not certified or licensed by the Game Commission. Trackers might charge for their services, but the Game Commission will not resolve differences between trackers and hunters. Commercial activity on state game lands is prohibited so tracking dog owners cannot charge for their services there.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that in the wake of the recent news about child sexual abuse within the Catholic church in Pennsylvania, the state House has approved legislation that would greatly expand the ability of child sexual abuse victims to seek and acquire justice.
Senate Bill 261 specifically would loosen the statute of limitations for both civil and criminal proceedings related to sexual abuse. A statute of limitations establishes a time period within which a victim must file suit. Once the period has expired, the victim is unable to seek justice through the courts.
Child sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania currently have up to 12 years after they turn 18 years old to file a civil suit related to the action. Children must essentially file suit before they turn 30 years old.
The bill approved by the House would expand the civil statute of limitations from 12 years to 32 years, allowing a child sexual abuse victim to file a civil suit any time before he or she turns 50 years old.
The bill also would establish no criminal statute of limitations for a variety of charges related to child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in general.
The House amended the bill. The amendment would create a two-year window in which victims could file civil lawsuits that otherwise would be unallowable due to existing statute of limitations provisions. For example, despite the fact that current law allows only 12 years after a victim’s 18th birthday to file a civil suit, this provision would provide them with a two-year window to file a suit, regardless of when the previous statute of limitations ran out.
Such a provision would essentially retroactively change the law. Courts in the past have struck down similar provisions as unconstitutional.
Because the bill was amended in the House, it now must head back to the Se


Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney has isseda news release regarding the investigations into two recent crashes continue. On September 5, 2018, a vehicle driven by Marc Nuzzo of Kane left its lane of travel and entered into the oncoming lane of traffic on Route 219, striking a vehicle driven by Stanley “Guy” Austin and occupied by several passengers, causing the Austin vehicle to erupt in flames. Mr. Austin died at a Buffalo hospital.On September 8, 2018, a car driver by Danial Oaks left the roadway in Duke Center, striking a porch and a truck before coming to rest, killing the passenger.A Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Specialist with the Pennsylvania State Police has been engaged in both cases to determine the cause of the crashes. More information will be released upon the completion of the reconstruction report.
A rural mail carrier is facing DUI charges after being pulled over by state troopers Tuesday on the Bucktail Highway in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police explain they were tipped off about an erratic driver stopped the 2016 Jeep Renegade driven by a 43 year old woman on her mail route just before 2:00 pm. She was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw and the investigation is continuing.
LeRoy C. WHITE, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in his home.

Born November 11, 1935, in Coudersport, he was the son of Clifford Thompson and Virgie Elizabeth Denson White.

He was married to the former Eileen E. Watson, who survives.

A graduate of Coudersport High School, he attended Bucknell University and served honorably with the US Army Reserves.

He was employed by L.H. Lincoln, Agway, Pure Carbon, and owned and operated a farm for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Eulalia Lodge #342 F & AM, Central Grange, Potter County Historical Society, Conservation District, and Farm Credit Bureau. He was an outdoorsman and loved taking his collies for rides.

Surviving besides his wife, Eileen, are: two children, Rebecca J. (Dennis) Campbell of Duke Center and Jeannine (Dan) Drummond, both of Duke Center; two step-children, Gwen Hankins of Altoona and Melody Hankins of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen C. (Barbara) White and James R. (Laurie) White, both of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a nephew, Theodore White.

A Memorial Service, to be held at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

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