Monday October 8, 2018


Black Forest Express


Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 64; .16” rain







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 Scarnati is inviting middle and high school students to compete in vi8deo contest…State police warn of yet another scam….Details just released about a collision late last month which seriously injured an elderly Genesee woman.. Minot njuries reported for Mt. Jewett driver who failed to stop for a car ahead waiting for students to get off a school bus…Two hit and runs investigated by state police at Kane…Harrison Township man accused of hitting another man on the head with a closed fist…car and hayfield vandalized in McKean County…Numerous pieces of furniture and household itmes dumped over bank in in Eulalia Township…

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Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is encouraging local middle and high school students to share their perspectives on improving school safety by participating in the second annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition.

The contest, which is sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12, including all public school, private school and home school students. Participants are encouraged to submit online video entries of no longer than three minutes, which highlight ways to make schools safer.

A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.

Scarnati explained that funding for school safety initiatives has been one of his top priorities.  The 2018-19 includes $60 million in new money for initiatives to protect schools and students from violence.  The new funding is in addition to the $10 million dedicated to an existing grant program created in 2013 by a law authored by Scarnati.

The contest will remain open through December 7, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2019. For more information on the contest or to submit a video, please visit:

Troopers at Coudersport are advising the public of another scam. They were called last week by a Eulalia Township woman who told them she was contacted by Irvine Infotrade to run a virus scan on her computer and askedher for payment by credit card. Once credit card information was received, the caller related that it had taken too long and requested a check be sent by fax. While the faxed check would not be negotiable, the criminals could obtain enough information from the copy to use for ID theft.

An elderly Genesee woman was seriously injured in collision on Sunday September 30. Coudersport based state police over the weekend finally released the details reporting the collision occurred on the  Northern Potter Road in Bingham Township a few minutes after 1:00 pm when 69 year old Linda Tubbs of Ulysses made a left turn at Sandy’s Country Cottage Restaurant to travel west and drove  in front of an eastbound Volvo driven by Delores Wyatt also of Ulysses. Both drivers were treated at UPMC Cole for serious injuries. A passenger in the Tubbs VW Beetle was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries.

Minor injuries were reported for a Smethport driver after a rear end collision last Wednesday afternoon in Hamlin Township. State police at Kane said the collision occurred when Joseph Saltsgiver failed to stop his Dodge Avenger for a Jeep Wrangler driven by Nancy Dart also of Smethport which was stopped for a school bus discharging students. Saltsgiver was taken to Charles Cole Hospital while Dart was not injured.

Both drivers escaped injury when their cars collided Friday morning in Hamilton Township, McKean County. Catherine Neuts, 26 of South Fork PA fell asleep just after 10:00 am while going east on Route 6. Her Toyota Corolla  went across the center line and collided with the rear fender  on a Chevrolet Cruz driven by Brandon Meeker.

State police at Kane have recently investigated a couple of hit and runs. An unknown westbound  vehicle crossed the center line and went into the opposite lane forcing the eastbound driver to swerve sending a Dodge Neon into a ditch where it became stuck Saturday morning. Later that night, an unknown unit failed to make a right hand curve on the Looker Mountain Trail, went off the road and collided with a concrete barrier. The vehicle turned around and fled the scene making a right hand Turn onto the Columbia Hill Road….

Mansfield based state police arrested Mary Daly of Painted Post for speeding after her car hydroplaned on Route 15 in Richmond Township last Tuesday morning  and struck a guardrail The Subaru Forrester continued on for about 100 feet, then impacted the guard rail a second time, traveled another 100 feet before stopping on the eastern side of the road, Daly was not hurt.

Earl Tubbs, 50,of Harrison Township was arrested last Tuesday by troopers at the Coudersport barracks for harassment. Authorities claim Tubbs grabbed a 67 year old Westfield man without provocation and hit the victim on the head with a closed fist.

Two assaults on a Genesee resident on September 26 within hours of each other were investigated by State police at Coudersport. Justin Fuhrer of Genesee told officers the attacks took place at 7:00 pm and again at 10:15 pm on the Hickox-Ulyses Road. Police said they interviewed several people involved in the incident.

Cops did not release the name of a 40 year old Millerton resident accused of assault for an incident last Thursday night on Route 328 in Jackson Township. The man is accused of hitting a 39 year old  Millerton woman in the face twice.

A sign of the times. Two people have been cited for harassment by communications for continually sending messages back and forth via Facebook Messenger Friday afternoon after being asked to stop. The 32 year old Mount Jewett woman and a 36 year old Wilcox man will answer charges in district court.

Troopers at Kane have investigated two vandalism incidents occurring last week. Culprits broke the rear window and scratched the hood  on a Ford Escape owned by Crystal Hicks of Duke Center while it was parked on Sweitzer Drive between 10:30 and 11:15 pm last Thursday. And someone caused $350 in damage to a hayfield on Tara Lane in Hamilton Township last Thursday or Friday by “turfing up” the field.

Dana Grovanz, 37, of Emporium was arrested by state police last Thursday afternoon on charges of public drunkenness and simple trespass. Grovanz allegedly went onto property on East Second Street owned by Geraldine Britton.

Major litterbugs are being sought by state police at Coudersport. Someone dumped two sectional couches, a wooden TV stand, five small throw pillows mattress and several toys over an embankment on Grom Hill Road in Eulalia Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.