Thursday March 7, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 12; Overnight low, -3; trace of snow

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PA House approves legislation regarding telemarketers…..Donations being collected for charity auctions in Wellsboro….Rew driver slightly arrest warrant issued for Smethport man….

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If we’re not complaining about the weather, we’re complain about robo calls, telemarketers and “spoofing”. Well the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation to help consumers and businesses stop unwanted telemarketing calls by updating the state’s do-not-call list requirements, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), who has been working on this issue since 2015.

House Bill 318 would make do-not-call list registrations permanent until the phone number switches subscribers or the original subscriber asks to be removed from the registry. The current do-not-call list requires registrants to re-register their phone number every five years.

In 2015, Farry amended similar legislation to include an opt-out provision for robocalls. This language was included in House Bill 318.

“We added a requirement that telemarketers using a robocall system would have to provide an opt-out option within the first few seconds of each call for the person who receives the solicitation,” Farry said. “People don’t have time to listen to a five-minute recording just so they can opt-out.”

Additionally, Farry amended House Bill 318 to allow Pennsylvania businesses to add their numbers to the registry. Currently only residential and wireless phone numbers can be registered.

“A local mechanic explained to me that every time his business line rings, someone puts their work on hold to take the call, which they assume is a customer,” Farry said. “When you think about this, it’s easy to see how frequent unwanted telemarketing calls can be frustrating for small businesses.”

House Bill 318 now awaits consideration by the state Senate.
Members of the community and of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce are asked to contribute items for auctions being held during the Wednesday, March 20 Chamber Mixer.

There will be “live” auctions of items at various times during the event and a silent auction. Auction proceeds will benefit the chamber-sponsored Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival Family Day and Children’s Health Fair being held on The Green on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This is a day for children and their parents to discover the many health services available in our area and encourage healthy choices,” said Julie VanNess, chamber executive director. “During this free day of fun activities, children can find out how easy making healthy choices can be.”

Items donated for the Chamber Mixer auctions directly support this event. “The auctions add a little fun and excitement to the mixer for our members and the public, and the proceeds help area children,” VanNess added.

Those who plan to donate items for the auctions are asked to contact VanNess on or before Monday, March 11 by calling 570-724-1926 or emailing her at

Lewis Run state police have issued an arrest warrant for 28 year old Leonard Winslow of Smethport. Troopers allege Winslow hurt a 38 year old Smethport woman during a fight Tuesday morning at a home on Rou46 in Keating Township. Winslow had left the house in a vehicle going in an unknown direction before cops arrived. The woman was treated at the scene by Priority Care Ambulance personnel for facial injuries.

Ann Confer of Rew was slightly hurt Tuesday afternoon when her southbound Pontiac  Grand Prix slid out of control on slush covered Route 46 in Keating Township crossed to the other side and hit a utility pole. . Confer declined treatment at a hospital but was cited for speeding.

No one was hurt in a three vehicle pile up last Friday morning on the Toby Road in Horton Township, Elk County.  According to Ridgway based state police, Jess Sheasley of Ridgway was turning his  Peterbilt tractor trailer left onto the Toby Road from the Ceriani Fuel parking lot to travel east. David Park of Brockway was unable to  stop his Ford Expedition and swerved to the right to avoid a collision but his SUV went off the road and hit a utility pole and a parked Mitsubishi Outlander being driven by Steven Fields also of Brockway. All three drivers  and an 11 year old girl in the Outlander escaped injury.

An Allegany, NY resident has been arrested by Lewis Run state police for drug possession. Troopers claim they pulled 27 year old Adam Spears over for traffic violations on Main Street in Hamlin Township, on the afternoon of February 22.    Police allege Spears exhibited signs of impairment and a search of his 2009 Mitsubishi Galant  was conducted  turning up some pot and related drug paraphernalia.

DUI charges are pending against a 21 year old Kane woman who was stopped by state police on Route 46 in Norwich Township early this morning for a summary traffic violation. Police did not release the suspect’s name but say her arrest is pending lab results.