Friday March 29, 2019

Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 52; Overnight low 43







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Warrant issued for arrest of Kane attorney for fatal collision last September …Bradford resident sentenced to state prison for role in meth manufacturing….Counterfeit $50 bill passed at Mansfield convenience store where a $100 phony bill was rejected….Witness identifies female trespasser at  house in Richmond Township, Tioga County….

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A warrant  was issued yesterday for the arrest of Kane attorney Marc Nuzzo who  had been the subject of an investigation into a fatal car crash that occurred on Route  219 in McKean County last September 5. . Nuzzo has been charged by criminal complaint with Homicide by Vehicle; three counts of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle; Involuntary Manslaughter; 6 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person; and several summary violations. The complaint states that Nuzzo was traveling in the southbound lane when he crossed the double yellow lines entering the northbound lane, striking a vehicle traveling in the northbound lane driven by Stanley “Guy” Austin of Bradford  and occupied by five passengers. After impact, the Austin vehicle caught fire. Fellow motorists assisted the passengers by helping them escape the engulfed vehicle. The occupants sustained injuries and some were hospitalized. Austin was found on the ground behind his Ford Escape. He died in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo on September 20 from injuries suffered in the collision.

Corry Robinson, 35 of Bradford  was sentenced in McKean County Court Thursday to 6 years to 12 years in state prison following his  conviction  for various crimes related to methamphetamine. The sentence concludes the prosecution of the case that began after a three day jury trial in McKean County. He was convicted on January 31, 2019 by a jury,  of Conspiracy to Manufacture over 1,000 grams of methamphetamine (Felony); Conspiracy to Possess Precursor Chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine (Felony); Conspiracy Risking a Catastrophe (Felony 3rd); Conspiracy Operation of a Methamphetamine Lab (Felony); and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor 2). Robinson’s three co-defendants have already been sentenced after pleading guilty.

No details yet from state police at Coudersport  regarding a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in front of Sweden Valley Manor, Route 6 East in Eulalia Township.

Mansfield based state police are looking for the person who passed a phony $50 bill at the Aces and Eights convenience store at 1164 S. Main Street in Richmond Township recently. The counterfeit bill was discovered by a Northwest Savings Bank employee. A suspect was observed on video using the fake bill to buy items at around 8:15 pm on March 11. A month earlier, on February 10, a woman tried to pay for gas with a counterfeit $100 bill at the very same store. The cashier  quickly notice the money was fake and turned the customer away. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the Mansfield barracks 570.662.2151.

Troopers at Mansfield also investigated a criminal trespass at a vacant house on Newtown Hill Road in Richmond at around 12:30 on Tuesday March 19. An unknown person entered the house through  an unlocked window to allow  two women to go inside. An eyewitness told police she knew the two women. The investigation is continuing.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a burglary taking place on Biddle Street in Wetmore Township late last night. Criminals broke a lock to enter a building owned by a 33 year old Kane man and made off with some tools.

Senator Art  Haywood joined with PA Treasurer Joe Torsella and fellow lawmakers to say that legislation will soon be introduced to offer an automatic IRA program to Pennsylvania residents. Secretary Torsella says these retirement accounts would be deducted from participants paychecks, similar to the way Social Security is deducted.  The Treasury would use a management company to invest the money, and dividends would go into the retirement account. Torsella added that the program won’t cost employers anything.

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department Private Sector Retirement Task Force spent a year coming up with a report on the retirement status of Pennsylvania residents.  It found that the Commonwealth has the fifth largest population over 65 in the United States. The number of seniors in the state – people aged 65 to 74 – rose by 303,000, or 31 percent, between 2010 and 2017. That number will increase by 270,000 by 2025, for a total of 1.55 million. The Task Force report says that financially unprepared retirees will demand social services costing Pennsylvania an additional $14 billion between the years 2015 and 2030. It also found that more than 2.1 million Pennsylvanians work for employers that do not offer retirement plans.

Senator Haywood says that in 2020 – next year – one quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older. He added that the program wouldn’t just help older adults; it would also aid millennials, who are stuck deep in student debt, in saving for their eventual retirement.