Monday March 4, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 30; Overnight low 18







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Obituaries: Robert Garden,Little Genesee, NY and Dorothy Maxson, Shinglehouse

Meth operation found in Bradford…..Two people arrested by state police in Potter County for harassment…McKean County woman complains to police about harassment by parents….Credit card theft victimizing elderly Cameron County man investigated….Several people suspected of stealing items from Emporium residence…Wallet containing credit cards and cash stolen from Tioga County home…

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McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and Bradford City Police report that on March 2, 2019, Bradford City Police, acting on a tip, responded to a residence where suspected Methamphetamine was being manufactured. City officers then contacted the McKean County Detectives and they confirmed there was a “one-pot” used to manufacture methamphetamine at the residence.  Detectives then contacted the PSP Clandestine Lab Team who responded to the location. The members of the lab team seized the one-pot bottle, other bottles suspected to have been used in manufacturing meth, and other items that are ingredients in the meth manufacturing process. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone who has additional information is asked to contact the Bradford City Police. Methamphetamine manufacturing is extremely dangerous to residents and first responders due to its explosive nature. In nearly every meth investigation, evidence of a fire is found. The ingredients of Methamphetamine are extremely unstable when mixed and can ignite or explode easily. If someone comes into contact with suspected meth manufacturing, they should immediately call 911 and evacuate that location.  Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity is asked to report it to the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at 814-887-3312 x3 or by email at

A 30 year old Coudersport man is being charged with harassment for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last Wednesday afternoon on Rag Hill Road in Genesee Township.  Troopers allege th4e suspect threatened the wellbeing of a 24 year old Genesee woman and smached various items in her house with a plastic shovel.

Coudersport based state police also say a 17 year old Genesee girl iris being charged with harassment for biting a 40 year old Genesee woman during an argument last Monday evening at a home of Rapley Road in Allegany Township.

Lewis Run state police report they investigated harassment between a Kane woman and her parents. No charges will be filed but the woman told authorities her parents made unwanted contact with her multiple times over the past 10 years.

A police pursuit on the afternoon of February 16 in Elk County resulted in the arrest of a 23 year old Weedville resident. State police claim when they responded to a one-vehicle crash on Mt. Zion Rad in Jay Township, the involved car took off from the scene. They determined it was being driven by Eric Sidelinger who was apprehended and taken before District Judge Mark Jacob who set bail at $5,000 unsecured.

Minor injuries were reported for an Eldred woman after weather related accident  Sunday night in Annin Township. According to Lewis Run state police Alisha Stuckey’s Toyota Tundra slid off of Route 155 at a high rate of speed while going north. The SUV rolled over several times before stopping Stuckey was transported to Olean General while her passenger, Thomas  Pritt was not hurt.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Thursday night in Wellsboro. State police at Mansfield report impact occurred when Colleen Krise of Wellsboro backed her GMC Sierra out of a driveway on Conway Street and hit a Ford Expedition driven by Michael Smith of Duncannon, PA Krise was cited for improperly emerging from a driveway.

No one was hurt in a similar collision Friday morning on Locey Creek Road in Osceola Township, Tioga County. While backing out of Steve’s Service Center Parking lot, a Chrysler Town and Country driven by Kyle Hefner of Ellkand hit a Subaru Forester driven by Barbara German of Mansfield.

A New York State driver was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle after a mishap last Thursday afternoon in Nelson Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained Steven Tedone of Painted Post was going East on Route 49 when his 2007 Honda Civic went onto the berm, sideswiped a section of guardrails, traveled into a ditch for about 60ydards and then came to rest against a traffic sign.

A speeding charge has been filed against Bowen Croke of Ulysses after his Ford F250 hit  the back of a Chrysler PT Cruiser  driven by Zachary Cooper of Westfield  while both units were traveling west on Route 49 in Westfield Townshp Friday afternoon.

A burglary at a home on Camp Brook Road in Osceloa Township is being investigated by state police at the Mansfield barracks. Sometime between February 8 and 9, someone stole a black leather purse belonging to a 61 year old Osceola woman. The purse held a black leather wallet containing about $60 I cash and a debit card.

State police at are probing a credit card theft victimizing an 86 year old Emporium man No further details were provided.

Troopers at Emporium claim they have multiple suspects in a theft at a home on Costello Avenue in Portage Township belonging to a 20 year old St. Marys woman. The crime reportedly occurred on the afternoon of January 24.

Burglars stole a a quantity of black coded copper wire from a locked barn  Brookfield Township  in Tioga County between January  1 and February 25.

Vandals damaged a lock on a camper parked on Skinner Creek Road, in Liberty Township, McKean County this past weekend. Damage is estimated to be $25 at the camper owned by a 46 year old Port Allegany man.

A criminal mischief occurring last Thursday in Jay Township Elk County remains under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Unknown persons caused an  estimated $700 in damage  to a Green 170 Franklin Skidder owned by Justin Hamaker of Punxsutawney while it was parked on the Old Dodge Road. Crooks cut hoses, a serpentine belt and wires on the skidder.



Robert M. “Bob” Garden, 34, of Little Genesee, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from injuries sustained in a car accident.Born on January 30, 1985 in Barstow, California, he was a son of Brian E. and Lucille G. “Lucy” Green of Shinglehouse.  On August 14, 2010 in Westons Mills, he married Kelly L. Gilliland Garden, who survives.Bob attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He was a self-employed contractor, owning and operating Bob’s Construction in Little Genesee.Bob was a car enthusiast and had the knack to fix anything be it a car, truck, snowmobile, four wheeler or anything with a motor.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bow hunting and fishing.  He especially enjoyed time with his family and friends, no matter the occasion.Surviving besides his wife and his parents are a daughter, Kenna L. Garden and a son, Cole E. Garden, both at home; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ken and Judy Gilliland of Bolivar, who he loved as parents; a sister, Holly Jo (Jeremy) Linden of Shinglehouse; a brother, Levi E. Green of Shinglehouse; his best friend who he considered a brother, Corey (Sierra) Canfield of Montana; his maternal grandmother, Gladys Lute Miller of Olean; his paternal grandfather, Leonard “Butch” Green of Ceres; three nieces; his biological father, Michael B. Garden and his wife, Christina, of Phoenix, Arizona; and a host of friends.Bob was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Robert Lute; his step-grandfather, Richard “Bopa” Miller; and his paternal grandmother, Bonnie Green.Family and friends may call from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Bob’s life will follow at 6pm with Pastor Curt MacDonald of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Community Bank, Bolivar Branch, Attention K & C Garden Benefit, 308 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715.Bob’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements 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 Bob, please visit

Dorothy J. Maxson, 80, of Shinglehouse, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, February 28, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.Born on August 29, 1938 at home on Kings Run Road in Ceres, Pa., she was a daughter of Clair and Charlotte Hackett Austin.  On October 6, 1956 in the Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse, she married Edward A. Maxson, who passed away on December 29, 2016.Dorothy was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1956.  She was employed at the Olean Times Herald and later in the trust department at the former Manufacturers Hanover Bank in Olean until her retirement in 1992.Dorothy was a charter member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse where she enjoyed serving her Lord.  She served in several capacities over the years, including as church organist until her death.  She had also served as church secretary, choir director and hostess.  She was also a member of the Bell Run Community Club.  After her Lord, her greatest love was for her family.  She very much enjoyed cooking and baking. She liked to help in the kitchen during syrup season.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. Dorothy enjoyed serving and caring for others.Surviving are a daughter, Beverly D. Maxson of Shinglehouse; a son, Gregory A. (Pamela) Maxson of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Kyle (Shauna) Maxson of Shinglehouse and Blake Maxson of Wellsboro; a great-grandson, Finn Maxson; three sisters, Delores (Carl) Johnson, Deborah (Paul) Dietze, and Donna (Phillip) Shreckengost, all of Shinglehouse; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Neil W. Paddison.Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and husband.Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coons Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Bell Run Community Club, c/o Becky Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Dorothy’s family has entrusted her 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, please visit