Tuesday March 5, 2019

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 24; Overnight low, 1







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Obituary: Edith Tweedie, Genesee

Penn State offers webinar on methane migration….Bradford man found guilty of terroristic threats…state police obtain warrant for Olean man on terroristic threat charges….Mansfield woman accused of dumping 25 bags of household garbage on someone else’s land….North Carolina driver and passengers escape injury in weather related accident in Elk County…

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Methane migration into water resources in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.Because Pennsylvania does not regulate private homeowner water wells, and naturally occurring methane is common, detection of the sources leaking methane has been difficult to determine. Recent Penn State research has found new tracers that can help determine impacts from recent gas migration.In the webinar, researcher Josh Woda, a graduate student in Penn State’s Department of Geosciences, will present the findings of the research. He believes they make it possible in many cases to find where methane leaking into water wells is coming from.“Very little is understood about how methane migrates in the subsurface and what geochemical changes it can induce along its flow path,” he said. “We studied an area containing elevated methane for over seven years to understand plausible causes of methane migration. Observed changes in metal concentrations and sulfate depletion at the study site might allow better prediction of what happens in the subsurface at other locations when methane is introduced, as well as revealing whether methane is natural or anthropogenic in origin.”The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage at http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/natural-gas/events. More information is available by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

Following one day of testimony in  McKean County Court,  Christopher Ausherman of Bradford was convicted of Terroristic Threats and Simple Assault by Physical Menace by the jury. On June 24, 2018, Sgt. Ray Douglas of the Bradford City Police Department responded to a call within the City.   He was assisted on scene by other officers from Bradford City and Bradford Township.  The jury found Ausherman had thrown an end table at a woman; threatened to burn down her house with  her and her dog in it and was intoxicated. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 28.

State Police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a terroristic threat suspect but say they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of the 33 year old Olean, NY man. Authorities claim the suspect sent multiple text messages to a 34 year old Smethport woman last Friday threatening her life.

A Mansfield woman is accused of scattering rubbish in Sullivan Township on February 11. Troopers allege 25 yearold Trisha Holley dumped approximately 25 bags of household garbage on property located along the Hulslander Road owned by Jarrod York also of Mansfield.

DUI charges are being field against a New Richmond,WI  driver by state police at Lewis Run. Troopers stopped 29 year old Joshua Torrey early Sunday morning at the intersection of Boylston and Kennedy Streets in Bradford for a traffic violation and determined he had been driving under the influence. He was arraigned before on-call District Judge John Engman and was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

A North Carolina woman and her two young passengers escaped injury in a weather-related accident Sunday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. State police report 62 year old  Susan Kinsey was going East on the snow-covered Toby Road when her Pontiac G6 slid into the other lane and stuck a road sign along the shoulder. Kinsey and two booys, ages 11 and 15 were all using seatbelts.

Two Bradford businesses have been cited by the Bureau of Liquor control Enforcement for violating state law. Authorities claim Bradford City Beers on West Washington Street failed to maintain required records between January 3, 2018 and January 3, 2019. The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.  The judge can also impose license suspension or revocation for the licensee based on the severity  of the charge brought . The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them about the requirements of being a licensee. An administrative law judge ordered Bosers Beers on South Avenue to pay a $1400 fine and comply with liquor Code requirements for one year for furnishing alcohol to a 19 year old on September 3, 2018.


Edith F. “Edie” TWEEDIE, 81, of Ulysses Township, Genesee, PA, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA.  Born November 3, 1937, in Bryn Mawr, she was the daughter of John Joseph and Frances Cecilia Mullen Leflar.  On August 25, 1956, in St. Matthews Church, Conshohocken, she married William D. Tweedie, who survives.  Edie owned and operated a restaurant for many years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of the H.U.G. Senior Center in Ulysses.  Surviving besides her husband, Bill, are:  two sons, William (Robyn) Tweedie of Sarasota, FL and Ralph (Caron Peruccio) Tweedie of Genesee;  four grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  a brother, Richard Leflar;  two sisters, Janice Hampton and Joann Conicelli;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, John Tweedie;  and two brothers, John Joseph Leflar, Jr. and George Leflar.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.