Friday March 1, 2019

Black Forest Express

Update: Saturday March 2, 2019

Lewis  based state police finally released details last night about a double fatal crash taking place at 6:48 pm this past Tuesday night. According to their report a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by 34 year old Robert Gardner of Little Genesee, NY was going north at a high rate of speed when it went out of control, rotated clockwise in the northbound lane, traveled off the east berm and collided with a tree. The car continued on spinning clockwise and stopped facing southwest. Both Gardner and his passenger James Palidar, also of Little Genesee were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said both men were using seatbelts.


Thursday’s high, 29; Overnight low, 22; ½” new snow







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Still no details about double fatal crash Tuesday in McKean County….No one hurt in head-on crash in Tioga County…Emporium woman wrecks SUV while passing school bus this morning…..Police looking for vandal who slashed several tires causing more than $1400 in damage….Two Republican state senators plan on re-introducing bill requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or to seek job training…..State snowmobile association seeking nominations before state meeting next month  

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Republican Senators Scott Martin (R-13) and David G. Argall (R-29) will introduce a bill in the near future that will create commonsense work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.

The legislation will require medical assistance recipients to meet minimum qualifications to either work, seek employment, attend job training programs, or volunteer in their community in order to receive benefits. The measure is designed to encourage more recipients to seek and retain family-sustaining jobs.

Work requirements already exist for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The requirements would only apply to recipients who are physically able to work. A number of recipients would not have to meet the proposed requirements, including individuals who meet any of the following criteria:

under the age of 18,

over the age of 65,

disabled, pregnant, or incarcerated,

receiving mental health or addiction treatment,

the primary caregiver for someone who is permanently disabled, or receiving hospice care, or is under the age of 6.

According to the Department of Human Services, there are nearly half a million non-disabled state residents between the ages of 19 and 64 who report no income.

Similar legislation was approved by the General Assembly in 2017 and 2018, but Governor Wolf vetoed both bills.

The  annual membership meeting of the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Association will be held April 27 at Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel,1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801814-238-3001 .Registration is $25 and includes a luncheon. Awards will be presented to members who promote their club/Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) and snowmobile recreation.

Award Categories

Snowmobiler of the Year

Snowmobile Family of the Year

Snowmobile Teen of the Year

Snowmobile Dealer of the Year

Forester/Government Official of the Year

All nominees must have been a PSSA member or a business member since January 2018.  Government /Forest Officials do not have to be a member.  Send/email your nominations with a short resume to the Erie Office by March 25, 2019. (

Lewis Run state police have yet to release details about a double fatal crash occurring Tuesday night on Route 44 north of Shinglehouse. The department did confirm to Black Forest Broadcasting news thatit did investigate the crash where a small car hit a tree. However, despite the fact that funerals are being planned for the men, police have not provided any other information.

Both drivers escaped injury in a head-on collision just before 7:00 o’clock Wednesday morning  in Morris Township.  According to Mansfield based state police a Jeep Limited driven by Kathi  Crooks of Morris crossed the yellow center lines on Route 287 and hit a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Peter Rymarczuk of Wellsboro. Both drivers were using lap and shoulder belts.

Late Wednesday morning a South Carolina motorist escaped injury when his pick up truck slid out of control on snow-covered Route 15 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County. Troopers report Asher Gaeta of Travelers Rest was going north , rounding a curve when it went into an uncontrolled skid, traveled across both lanes, hit a guard rail, then slid back across the road and struck a concrete barrier before stopping.

No injuries were reported for an Emporium woman whose SUV wrecked this morning when she tried to pass a school bus on Route 15 in Shippen Township.Troopers at Emporium say Juneann Major was going north when she tried to pass the buss, Her Nissan Xterra went off the road and hit a section of guardrails then went broadside into the opposite lane before hitting a second set ofguardails head on-on.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a vandal who is suspected of slashing several tires on vehicles parked on Case Street in Knoxville at around 4:20 am February  5. The suspect is described as being a white male wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans. The vehicles belonged to Desta Brown of Knoxville and Charles Loucks of Westfield. Anyone who may have witnessed the crime or has details is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.