Monday February 25, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 21; 1” new snow, gusty winds







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Elderly Emporium man killed when hit by a truck…..Slippery roads blamed for two Tioga County accidents…Two McKean County fires traced to electrical shorts…..Weedville woman accused of stealing more than $1100  in merchandise from St. Marys Walmart over past several weeks…

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An elderly Emporium man was killed Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle on Fourth Street in that town. Troopers there say 81 year old Robert Herbstritt was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:00 pm accident by the Cameron County Coroner. Herbstritt was crossing Fourth Street near Spruce Street when he was hit by a 2003 Dodhge 2500 pick up driven by James Ramey of Springville. Police say the investigation is continuing.

Serious injuries were reported for a Ludlow resident following an ATV crash Saturday afternoon in Hamilton Township, McKean County. Kane based state police said DUI charges may be pending against 36 year old Jake Avenali whose ATV went off of  West Main Street at the intersection with Overbrook Road and hit an electric pole. He was taken to UPMC Kane for evaluation and treatment. The investigation is continuing.

A Dayton, PA woman was hurt in a one vehicle accident Sunday morning on Laurel Mill Road in Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Linda Ziembecki was headed west when her SUV slid out of control on the icy road, spun around, traveled backwards for a few feet and went of the road before overturning. Ziembecki did not require treatment for her injuries.

Icy roads are blamed for two Tioga County accidents last week. Matthew Mosher was unhurt when his Chevrolet Silverado slid off of ice covered Rice Road in Charleston Township at around 5:30 pm last Wednesday and collided with a utility pole. A few minutes later, James Colton of Canton, PA escaped injury when his Chevrolet Cruz slid out of control on an uphill left hand curve, went up an embankment and rolled over coming to rest in the southbound lane.

Electrical shorts are blamed for two fires in the City of Bradford over the weekend. Damage is estimated to be $50,000 for a two-story home on Miller Street where a fire broke out just before 5:00 am Saturday. The blaze originated in the attic of the Richard Wison residence. Three people and two dogs were able to get out of the house safely with no injuries. Early Sunday morning, a fire on Chestnut Street caused an estimated $100,000 to a building owned by James Andrews which housed a Laundromat on the first floor and two apartments on the second. One resident was home and asleep when flames erupted but he was helped out of the burning building by City police and was treated for smoke inhalation. The blaze originated on the front entrance of the first floor.

A Weedville woman has been charged with retail theft for stealing merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart over the past few weeks. State police at Ridgway allege 43 year old Hope Senior stole  a total $1113.75 worth of items from the self- check out counter on several occasions between December 2, 2018 and January 5, 2019. Charges are being filed in district court.

A 35 year old Bradford woman is facing DUI charges after being stopped early this morning on E. Main Street in Bradford. State police did not release the suspect’s name but claim when they pulled over 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe Sunday evening for an alleged traffic violation, they determined she was driving under the influence. Charges are pending blood test results.


Jack U. Ford, 80, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, after a short illness.Born on December 18, 1938 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, he was a son of O. Glenn and Eva Sherwood Ford.  On October 28, 1967 in Coudersport, he married Della M. Green, who survives. Jack attended school in Shinglehouse. For a period of time he was employed by the former Olean Tile Company in Olean and was later employed in the local oil fields.  In 2000, Jack retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean after 33 years of service.  Throughout his years of employment, he also was a general contractor.Jack was a longtime member of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, where he faithfully served his church in many capacities.  He loved his farm and doing woodworking.  His greatest loves were his Lord and his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are eight children, John Feely of Bolivar, N.Y., Brenda (Tom) Robinson of Richburg, N.Y., Melinda Berkheart of Grey Court, South Carolina, Paula (Ken) Dillard of Inman, South Carolina, Michael (Cherry) Feely of Bolivar, N.Y., Thomas (Linda) Feely of Englewood, Florida, Timothy Feely of Olean, N.Y., and Brian (Melissa) Ford of Shinglehouse; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Teresa) Ford and Dennis “Sam” Ford, both of Shinglehouse; a sister, Jessie Schoonover of Eldred; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Jean Feely; two brothers, Orville Ford and Rollie Ford; and three sisters, Lorena Pratt, Loretta McCaffrey, and Agnes “Aggie” Pratt.

Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Monday, February 25, 2019, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor, Pastor Jack Gregg of the Regular Baptist Church, Smethport, and the Rev. Roger Hain of Olean, officiating.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. Jack’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Jack, please visit