Friday April 5, 2019

Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 51; OVERNIGHT LOW, 30 .94″ RAIN







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Obituaries: Wanda Long, Ulysses and Joseph Hallock, Bradford (Genesee)

 Jury convicts Shinglehouse man of drug-related manslaughter…Gifford woman bilked by cyber thief…..both Eldred residents facing harassment charges for domestic incident…Police make several DUI and drug possession arrests….Hit and run near Port Allegany investigated by troopers…

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After a three day Jury Trial between April 1-April 3, 2019, Defendant,26 year old  Oakley Mulkin of Shinglehouse , who was represented by Attorney Dawn Fink, was convicted of all counts filed by the Commonwealth. Mulkin was charged with a Distribution of a Non Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Designer Drug, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, and Involuntary Manslaughter. The charges were the result of an incident on May 11, 2016 where Mulkin delivered suspected heroin to 28 year old Jordan Whitsell  of Sharon Township, which ultimately was determined to be Furanyl Fentanyl. The victim injected the Furanyl Fentanyl causing severe respiratory depression and within hours died. This is the first case in Potter County where Furanyl Fentanyl was involved in a known drug transaction or death.

At the time of the offense, Furanyl Fentanyl was not yet classified as a controlled substance and was considered to be both a designer drug and a non-controlled substance. However, due to it’s very lethal effects, Pennsylvania classified Furanyl Fentanyl as a Schedule I Controlled Substance on August 8, 2016, after the incident.

This case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andy Watson. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Potter County Courthouse.

Lewis Run State police are investigating a scam victimizing Gifford woman recently. The 42 year old resident told police she had met a woman on a dating website and donated $1300 worth of gift cards  last week to the charity the criminal claimed be affiliated with. The victim realized too late it was a scam and reported the crime to police.

Both people involved in a scuffle Wednesday night at a home on Main Street in Eldred are facing harassment charges in district court. Troopers claim, when they went to the home for an inactive domestic violence incident, they found that the48 year old woman had left the scene after a physical confrontation with a 62 year old man.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have arrested a 73 year old Poughkeepsie man for driving while under the influence of drugs. Peter Vanschaick was stopped on the afternoon of March 13 on Telescope Road  in Ulysses Township. Police said they stopped his 2017 Toyocar Van Container after observing several summary traffic violations.

Drug possession charges were filed against an unnamed 19 year old Philadelphia man  who was stopped by Mansfield based state police on Route 49 in Nelson Township on the afternoon of March 9.Officers claim when they pulled over a 2003 Mazda Tribute driven by the suspect, they found him in possession of some pot.

A 43 year old Punxsutawney man is facing DUI charges after being stopped by Lewis Run State police Wednesday evening on Division Street in Mt. Jewett. Authorities allege the suspect was not only driving under the influence of alcohol, he was driving on a suspended license because for previous  DUIs. He was taken to UPMC Kane for a blood draw and charges are pending the results.

A hit and run occurring Wednesday afternoon  in Liberty Township, outside of Port Allegany. The unknown unit went off the western side of Wildwood drive at its intersection with the Forest Road and struck a mailbox. The driver failed to notify the property owner or police of the minor damage.

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Wanda Long, 67 of Ulysses died Monday in UPMC Cole.Born on Thursday, January 17, 1952 in Lancaster, she was a daughter of Thomas A. Reed and Doris M. McKinney Orr.Wanda was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown and prior to her senior year was a student at Hempfield High School in Lancaster.Wanda was employed in various positions throughout her life.Wanda loved classic cars and enjoyed cooking and decorating for the holidays.  She loved all of her pets. Her favorite place to visit was the beach.  Her greatest love was being a wonderful and loving person, especially with her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her longtime friend and companion, Erhard J. Reese of Ulysses; three children, Melissa L. (Kenneth) Gamet of Coudersport, James L. (Deborah) Long, Jr. of Mount Joy, and Michelle L. (James Jr.) Stoudt of Hudson, Florida; eight grandchildren, Darius C. Eckerd, Daysha L. Eckerd, Sebastian L. Gamet, Lance M. Stoudt, Ayla M. Gamet, Onica M. Gamet, David M. Long, and Taysen J. Gamet; four siblings, Bunny (Bill) Delnero of California, Denise Moore of Amarillo, Texas, Thomas (Sandi) Reed of Elizabethtown, and Glenn (Cindy) Orr of Marietta; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Wanda was predeceased by her stepfather, Henry G. “Hank” Orr; a brother, Guy Orr, and a brother-in-law, Clarence “Phil” Moore.Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Wanda’s life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Route 6, Coudersport, with Pastor Steven Small, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christmas House, Coudersport, PA 16915.Wanda’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Wanda, please visit

Joseph M. HALLOCK, 81, of Bradford, PA, formerly of Genesee, died Monday, April 1, 2019 in The Pavilion, Bradford.  Born October 10, 1937, in Belfast, NY, he was the son of Wendall and Thressa P. Lawton Hallock.  On April 19, 1957, in Knoxville, he married the former Colleen L. “Connie” Hackett, who predeceased him on October 3, 1987.  On July 23, 2000, in Bradford, he married the former Edna Franklin, who predeceased him on November 9, 2018.  He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville for 30 years and was an Amsoil Distributor for 35 years.  Surviving are:  two children, Janette (Gregory) Losey of Batavia, NY and Robert J. Hallock of Genesee;  four grandchildren, Jason (Teresa) Greeley, Janelle Greeley, Robert Dustin Hallock, and Ashley Lynn Hallock;  seven great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews;  brother-in-law, William Lusk of Canfield, OH;  and three step-children, Crystal (Greg) Easter of Marilla, NY, Donna Polcyn of South Wales, NY, and Robert Hagner. In addition to his parents and wives, he was predeceased by his step-father, Walter T. Burrell;  and two sisters, Thressa M. Lusk and Grace Prokopchuk.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. David Lawton will officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at