April 17, 2019









BFB Headlines (Wednesday April 17, 2019) Elderly woman dies in Elk County fire….Possible cruelty to animals near Port Allegany investigated…Mississippi Fugitive nabbed in St. Marys……State House passes legislation increasing penalties for strangulation and enhanced rights for crime victims…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Obituary: Elery Walizer, Ulysses

An elderly Elk County woman died in a house fire last night. State police fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti told Black Forest Broadcasting that 71 year old Geraldine Bauer was trapped in her two story wood frame building at 216 Mill Street, Johnsonburg when an accidental fire erupted just before 8 pm. Bauer was rescued by members of the Johnsonburg and Wilcox fire departments and taken to Penn Highlands Elk were she died about an hour later. Damage to the house is estimated to be about $50,000.

Troopers at Lewis Run report  they are investigating a reported cruelty to animals allegedly  occurring on Comb Creek Road outside of Port Allegany in Liberty Township.  Police responded to a report of calves and a dog being mistreated. Authorities say their report will remain open pending further investigation.

A fugitive wanted in Mississippi was nabbed by state police at Ridgway last Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities’, when they investigated a theft at the St. Marys Walmart, they had contact with  27 year old Ricky Kidd, Jr. from Prichard, Alabama who was staing at the Best Western Motel in St. Marys. A check of Kidd through CLEAN/NCIC  revealed Kidd was wanted in Harrison County Missississpi for a home burglary. Harrison County authorities sent a copy of the warrant calling for Kidd’s apprehension. He was  taken to the Elk County Jail where he is awating extradition to Mississippi,

A bill authored by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) which adds strangulation to the Crimes Code and Domestic Relations Code to a list of applicable “crimes of violence” passed the House this week.Currently, strangulation is listed as a primary offense, meaning those proven guilty of the offense would only face minor punishment such as a fine. Under House Bill 854, prior strangulation convictions will be recognized and considered upon the occurrence of subsequent related events and judicial procedures.

“My bill protects victims, especially women suffering from domestic abuse, from repeat violent offenses,” said Ecker. “It saddens me that such a horrible and dehumanizing act of violence is only treated as a primary offense still today. I’m glad to see my bill pass the House, and I thank my colleagues for their support of this important, life-saving legislation.”

Specifically, House Bill 854 will amend section 9714 of the Judicial Code, section 6711 of the Domestic Relations Code, and sections 5702 and 2709.1 of the Crimes Code.

The bill passed the House 188-10.

In a related note, a  package of legislation designed to enhance the rights of crime victims has  also been approved by the Pennsylvania House. The legislative package includes bills to ensure that tender years victims and those with disabilities will be able to submit out-of-court statements, shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination, and provide victims with a bill of rights. Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) said lawmakers should work to make sure that victims’ lives do not suffer more disruption than is necessary when interfacing with the judicial system.


Elery H. WALIZER, 90, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born June 16, 1928, in Mill Hall, PA, he was the son of Harry L. and Madaline A. Krape Walizer.  On July 12, 1955, in Bellwood, PA, he married the former Carolyn M. Chelgren, who predeceased him on May 31, 2008.  A 1945 graduate of Walker Township High School in Hublersburg, PA, he earned a bachelor of science from Lock Haven University and a master of education administration from Pennsylvania State University.  He retired from the Northern Potter School District in 1993 after over 45 years of teaching science and mathematics courses and serving 17 years as High School Principal.  Active in extracurricular work at school and civic work in the community, he coached Junior High and JV boys basketball, JV girls volleyball and Little League baseball. He served many years as class advisor, student council advisor, and director of class plays.  With his wife, he co-advised the Varsity Club.  Mr. Walizer was also the treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #530 for over 30 years, trustee of the Ulysses Library Association for 23 years, serving as president for 21 years, and a life member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, serving as Treasurer for over 10 years.  Traveling extensively, he and his wife visited all 50 states and 31 foreign countries. He was an associate member of the former Ulysses First Baptist Church.  Surviving are:  two sons, Herbert L. (Teresa) Walizer of Jacksonville, FL and Elery Jon (Charlinda) Walizer of Pennsdale, PA;  seven grandchildren;  16 great-grandchildren;  a great-great-granddaughter;  two nieces, Sherry McKee of Lewes, DE and Linda Irwin of Milford, DE;  and a nephew, Scott (Paula) Irwin of Port Matilda, PA.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Jean Irwin;  and a nephew, Kenneth Irwin. Friends may call at the Ulysses United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM.  The Rev. Thomas Shatto will officiate.  Burial will be in Wood Family Cemetery, Grampian, PA.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.