Thursday February 7, 2019




Wednesday’s high, 49; overnight low, 33; light steady rain






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Obituaries: Joan Appleby, Coudersport;

Owlett introduces legislation to help volunteer firefighters….theft of license plate being probed by state police at Coudersport….DUI charges filed against Ridgway driver for crash occurring last month….State police are asking help from public in solving homicide earlier this week on I-81

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In an effort to support Commonwealth firefighters, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) earlier this week introduced legislation to help those volunteers who pay for firefighting equipment out of pocket.

“It can never be stressed enough that we have fewer and fewer men and women volunteering to serve as firefighters in our local communities,” said Owlett. “It is a service that demands a great deal of sacrifice and training and the companies themselves continue to face financial challenges. These financial challenges are what lead the dedicated men and women we do have to sometimes purchase their own gear. Although their commitment to service is to be commended, I don’t think they should have to purchase the equipment needed to perform their duties and keep them safe.”

House Bill 376 would enact a tax credit of up to $500 for volunteers who purchase firefighting equipment using their own money.

This tax credit would provide financial assistance to those volunteers who spent their own hard-earned money in order to purchase supplies that are designed to protect them.

House Bill 376 has been referred to the House Finance Committee.

Coudersport based state police are probing the theft of a license plate from a car parked on Justice Lane in Ulysses earlier this week.  The plate was a Maryland State Temporary registration Tag #t813079 and was taken between 4:00 pm Monday and 7:00 am Tuesday off a car belonging to Bessie McPherson. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

A Ridgway man has been charged with DUI in connection to a one-vehicle crash a few minutes before midnight  January 25 in Fox Township, Elk County. State police say 25 year old Codey Colson was going west on the old Kersey Road when his Ford F-150 crossed to the other side of the road and hit an embankment. Colson was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

Dauphin County I-81 Homicide Investigation UPDATE. Troopers are still looking for any commercial vehicle recording equipment that consists of a dash cam or Mobile Video Recording (MVR) footage of the location of the scene. The footage may have captured critical information that may help solve the investigation, specifically on February 4, 2019 between 6:00 PM-11:15 PM. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.343439 Longitude: -76.7438832

–Authorities are continuing to investigate  a Homicide that took the life of 46-year-old Tyrone M. Shaw of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Monday evening on I-81 North at mile marker 75.4, West Hanover Township, Dauphin County and are seeking help from anyone who may have been traveling in that area beween 6:00 and 11:15 pm.

A Trooper discovered a 2004 black GMC Yukon pulled off the side of the Interstate with its lights and hazard lights activated with a flat rear tire at approx. 11:13 PM Monday night. Upon further investigation, the Trooper found Shaw lying between the guide rail and his vehicle deceased with a gunshot wound to the head.

The State Police continue to seek the public’s assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information about the victim or if they saw the victim’s vehicle is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Harrisburg at 717-671-7500. A cash reward is still available through Crime Stoppers; anonymous tips can be submitted at ➡️; phone 1-800-4-PA-TIPS or (800) 472-8477.

The Troop H Major Case Team continues to investigate along with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office.

Reference Incident # PA19-148032; Investigated by the Troop H Major Case Team. #I81HarrisburgHomicide



Joan Elaine Appleby, 86, of Coudersport, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at home.Joan was born on August 18, 1932, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Allen and Viola (Miller) Rickert. In 1952 she married her high school sweetheart, Charles Robert “Chuck” Appleby and they celebrated 58 years of marriage together until his passing on August 18, 2010.Joan graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1950.  She was known for her love of music and her excellent singing voice.  She was very active in church choir, community chorus and the Consistory’s Passion play.  Joan also was an active volunteer for the Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.  Joan is survived by a son, Robert C. Appleby of Coudersport; a daughter, Elaine A. (Jim) Russell of Coudersport; a son-in-law, William (Donna) Sallade of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Megan Sallade Fetzer, Minelle Sallade Snay, Matthew Sallade, Alexander Appleby, Michael Russell and Kristin Russell and eight great grandchildren.Joan was the youngest daughter and the last survivor of ten children.n addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Ann Sallade, five brothers and four sisters.In accordance with the wishes of Joan and her family there will be no viewing or service.  A private burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.The family encourages memorial contributions in Joan’s name be made to the Eulalia Cemetery c/o Donna Lehman, P.O. Box 226, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.