February 28, 2019


Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 28: Overnight low, 12; 3” of snow

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Roulette man accused of indecent assault of juvenile…Troopers arrest Port Allegany man for harassment with physical contact….Cyber thief scams Sabinsville man….theft of items from Mainsburg home probed by state police at Mansfield…Governor Wolf proposes PA GI Bill to help families of National Guard members…..

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A Roulette man has been arrested for indecent assault and related crimes. Coudersport based state police claim 27 year old Joshua Gockley committed the crimes against a known juvenile between February 9, 2017 and August 9, 2018 in Austin Borough . He was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton on charges of public display of obscene/sexual material, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and criminal solicitations. Judge Easton set Gockley’s bail at $75,000.

State police at Coudersport have also arrested 52 year old Joseph Cirko of Port Allegany for harassment with physical contact. Troopers allege Cirko pushed and shoved a 39year old Port Allegany woman during an argument on the evening of February 17 on Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley tow ship. He was arraigned before District Judge Kari McCleaft.

A Sabinsville man was scammed out of $2,000 by a cyber thief earlier this week. Jason McPherson told state police he was given a fraudulent shack for a snowmobile but the check was s$2,000 more than his asking price. He was told to send the $2,000 overpayment to the “buyer” via Western Union and an online banking application. The investigation is continuing.

State police at Mansfield are probing a tangible theft. Someone cut multiple fetal scrub uniform as belonging to Pamela Seeley of Mainsburg on the morning of February 15 and stole a computer table, a 17.3” HP touch laptop, a firebox containing persona items and medications prescribed for Seeley. The scrubs were valued at $300.

Governor Wolf has proposed the Military Family Education Program, or PA GI Bill, enabling members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to earn college benefits for their spouse and children. Senator Williams will co-sponsor the legislation in the state Senate.

The PA GI Bill would be the first program of its kind in the nation. The education benefit will be available to Guard members and existing service members transferring into the National Guard who completed their initial military term and commit to an additional six years of Guard service. The program will provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s). The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Currently, National Guard members are eligible for the Education Assistance Program with their initial service obligation of six years that provides them a non-transferable educational benefit.