Monday April 15, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 46, 1.95″of rain






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Northern Potter student arrested for posting terroristic threats on social media….Indiana man arrested for violating PFA in McKean County….Elderly driver hurt in collision with tractor trailer Sunday in Potter County….Byrnedale driver escaped injury when pickup hits elk…chainsaws stolen in Tioga County….Two arrested for shouting match at Coudersport Dollar General…

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Coudersport-based state police have arrested a 14 year old boy for posting terroristic threats on social media last Tuesday while at the Northern Potter High School. The arrest was made after a full investigation by state police.

Troopers at Lewis Run have issued a warrant for 44 year old Brian Drake of Bristol, IN for violating a PFA Saturday night. The alleged crime took place at a ;home on Bells Run Road in Ceres Township in which a 34 year old woman was contacted by Drake.

An elderly Wesfield driver was seriously hurt Sunday morning in a collision with a tractor trailer. According to state police at Coudersport, the collision occurred at around 9:30 am at the intersection of Route 49 and Teed Hollow Road in Harrison Township when Lee Mitchell , also of Westfield whop was traveling north on Teed Hollow Road did not see a Buick LeSabre driven by 91 year old Howard Phillips and turned his Kenworth North west onto Route 49 causing the trailer to hit the bumper on the passenger car. Phillips was flown  from Harrison Valley by helicopter to Robert Pack Hospital in Sayre Mitchell was not hurt.

An Olean, NY driver is facing DUI charges after being stopped by Pennsylvania State Police on Route 155 in Eldred Township early Sunday morning. Troopers claim, when they initiated a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations, they determined 41 year old Frederick Russell had been driving his 2012 Lincoln Continental under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.

DUI charges are also pending against 40 year old Harry Lesher of Olyphant, PA who was stopped by  Mansfield based state police last Thursday night at the intersection of Sweden Hill and Trails End Roads in Charleston Township. Police said  a breathalyzer  test indicated a BAC of 0.281%, more than three times the legal limit.

A Byrnedale motorist was not hurt last Wednesday night when his pick up hit an Elk on the Bennetts Valley Highway I Jay Township. Troopers said Richard Micale was unable to avoid hitting the animal with his southbound Chevrolet  Silverado.

Mansfield based state police report a 23 year old Campbell, NY man escaped injury when his Chevrolet Cruze struck a guard rail on Route 15 in Richmond Township a few minutes before 5:00 am last Thursday. Donald Loucks fell asleep while going south and allowed his car to veer off the road.

The theft of two chain saws from Woods Field on Route 287 in Tioga Township is being investigated by state police at the Mansfield barracks. The Stihl 018C and Stihl M5250c were being held their for the annual consignment auction. A witness told police that a dark colored truck had driven onto the field at around 8:00 pm and then left the area.

Lewis Run state police claim a 27 year old Smethport  resident  stole several items belonging to a 54 year old Smethport resident last Thursday afternoon. However, police did not release the suspect’s name.

A criminal mischief taking place between New Year’s Day and this past Thursday is being investigated by state place at Ridgway. State police say someone fired shots at a sign and a gas regulator on Andnerson Street in Hamlin Township  owned by Knox Energy of Canton, OH. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.368.9230.

An Elk County juvenile has been charged with criminal mischief for shooting out a window on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township, Saturday evening. The victim is listed as a 43 year  old Rixford man.

Both people involved in a shouting match outside the Dollar General on East Second Street in Coudersport Saturday afternoon are being cited for disorderly conduct . Charges against 31 year old Uriah Perry and 26 year old Erica Benson were filed with District Judge Annette Easton.

Ridgway based state police are continuing their investigation into the death of 54 year old Donald Dinger of Smicksburg, PA whose body was found near 595 Hicks Run Road in Benezette Township Saturday night. Authorities say the cause and manner of death are unknown at this time


The deployment of rural broadband was one of the focuses of discussion at a roundtable event held by the House Majority Policy Committee at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Tioga County, said Reps. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

Te roundtable discussion featured nearly 50 educators, elected officials, business owners, nonprofit organizations, and representatives from various industries, namely health care, energy, construction, food service, engineering and real estate. The attendees included organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions within the Tioga County community.

“Thank you to the entire Tioga County community for welcoming us and talking to us about the issues important to your businesses and organizations,” said Oberlander. “From rural broadband to emergency response, we understand these issues are crucial to everyone in your area. We will take your concerns and ideas back to Harrisburg so that we can craft good public policy to address your needs.”

Two other major topics covered today included emergency response funding and recruitment, along with transportation infrastructure and upgrade of U.S. Route 15 to Interstate 99, from Lycoming County to the New York line. Much of the discussion involved an update about current efforts underway, the need to coordinate efforts and support, and ways to fund improvements on both issues.

“I want to thank the Policy Committee for coming to Tioga County to hear directly from our business owners, organization leaders and elected officials about how policies at the state level can directly translate into stronger rural communities,” Owlett said. “We covered a wide range of issues this morning, and I believe our conversation will make a difference when advancing legislation at the state Capitol.”

Other members attending were Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria).

The event was part of the House Republican Caucus’s #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.