Monday March 11, 2019

Black Forest Express




Sunday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 24







Obituary: Richard “Dick” McCarthy, Palmyra, NY

Coudersport firefighters answer two calls this weekend….Ice storm brings down trees and wires…New York State men accused of punching Knoxville resident in the face at a bar…..Driver hurt after car wrecks on icy road in Elk County…..Numerous charges filed against Wellsboro man after one-vehicle crash….

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Coudersport fire chief Bryan Phelps reports the department responded to two fires this past weekend where there were no working smoke detectors—at the time experts recommend changing batteries in the life-saving devices.  Firefighters were dispatched at 3:48 pm Friday to a working fire at 10 Woodlawn Avenue in the borough. Upon arrival, a second alarm was requested bringing in volunteers from Roulette, Port Allegany and Austin. Galeton volunteers were recalled enroute. A five inch hose was laid for 1100 feet and the blaze was quickly under control. After a joint investigation by the department, Borough Police and  State Police Fire Marshall it was determined to be accidental in nature causing approximately $35,000 in damage as well as furnishings and belongings of the renter who are  being helped  by family and the Red Cross ) some family pets were rescued but others  perished in the fire.

Then  at 4:41 am Sunday, firefighters were called to a house on Vader Hill Road in Eulalia Townshp where residents had been awakened by the smell of smoke. Responders encountered smokey conditions in the two-and a half story house upon arrival. The investigation found that during an ice storm, the negative wire was ripped off of the main electric line entering the residence causing a “much” over-loaded power strip in the kitchen to catch  fire and melt extension cords and nearby items. The fire was quickly brought under control and the electric company was notified. In addition to urging people to make sure smoke detectors are in good working order, Chief Phelps is asking residents to  make sure their house address is properly marked to help responders find the location easily.

An ice storm moving through the area early Sunday morning, caused several trees to fall and rip out power lines. Tri-County REC crews worked through the early morning hour into the afternoon to restore power to several members who were in the dark.

A couple of Woodhull, NY men are accused of assaulting a Knoxville resident back on February 10 on Case Street in Knoxville. According to Mansfield-based state police, 38 year old Andrew Cook and 61 year old Marion Cook both punched 34 year old James Tomb in the face while he waqited at a bar for food he had ordered.

Emporium based state police report a Montgomery, PA tractor trailer operator  escaped injury Friday evening in Lumber  Township. Wesley Hickok was trying to make a left hand curve on the CCC Memorial Highway while headed south when his Kenworth rig sideswiped some guardrails. Wesley Hickok was able to put off the road into a useful shoulder and notify police.

A Renovo driver escaped injury Saturday evening when his pick up truck hit an embankment on Route 555 in Benezette Township . Accoreding to state police at Ridgway, Gerald Kelley was going west when his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado went off the pavement and struck the end of a guardrail before colliding with the embankment.

A Ridgway woman was hurt Sunday morning when her Chevrolet Silverado slid off the Long Level Road after encountering  sudden icy road conditions, Sierra Simons, 25, was taken by ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Numerous charges have been filed against a Wellsboro man after a one-vehicle crash early last Friday morning. Troopers said Anthony Mulvaney was headed south on Locey Creek Road when his 1999 Ford Explorer went off the right side of the road on a left curve. The SUV than crossed both lanes of the highway and struck a tree before rolling over once down an embankment. Police claim Mulvaney left the scene of the crash without reporting it. In addition, he has been cited for speeding and failing to stay within his own lane.

DUI charges are pending against a 32 year old Ocala, Florida  woman after a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Heather Schoup was going south on Route 287 when her Dodge Neon went off the right side of Route 249, hit an embankment  and rolled onto its left side. Shoup was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital with minor injuries. In addition to DUI, she has been cited for speeding.

Troopers at Lewis Run claim a 22 year old Bradford man was DUI when his 2008 Chevrolet ended up in a ditch with a flat tire early Saturday morning. State police were dispatched to the intersection of East Valley Road and Champlin Hill road a couple of minutes before 4:00 am for a possible motor vehicle crash. The driver’s name was not released but his arrest is pending lab results.


Richard F. “Dick” McCARTHY, 77, of Palmyra, NY, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY. Born January 12, 1942, in Rochester, he was the son of Paul and Gertrude Callahan McCarthy, who predeceased him.  Surviving are:  his wife of 45 years, Nancy;  his son, Christopher R. McCarthy of Palmyra;  brothers, Paul (Lucy) McCarthy of Fairbanks, AK and Kevin Susan) McCarthy of Rochester; sister-in-law, Lynne Morley of Pittsford;  brother-in-law, James (Jeannie) Morley of Dillwyn, VA; nieces and nephews.   He served honorably with the US Navy from 1962 – 1966. Dick was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.  He owned and operated Three S Engine Machine Shop in Palmyra for 34 years.Throughout his life, he enjoyed a variety of pursuits including skiing, drag racing, auctions, and in recent years selling potatoes at the Rochester Public Market.  He always enjoyed meeting new people and spending time with his family and friends.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 10:30 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pirate Toy Fund, 1453 East Main St., Rochester, NY 14609( a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at