Monday April 29, 2019

Black Forest Express



Sunday’s high, 55; Overnight low 20 .92” of rain over weekend







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Two Pittsburgh women and two children killed in McKean County collision Saturday….Port Allegany driver taken to hospital after accident  last week…Coudersport man unhurt in car/deer collision….Both drivers escape injury in rear-end collision….Reading driver hurt in Elk County accident…Tioga county swindled out of $48,000 in common scan…Vehicle destroyed by fire in Elk County…House bill would permit Fish & Boat Commission to set rates…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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Two Pittsburgh women and two children were killed in a collision Saturday morning in a McKean County collision. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred just after 8:00 am on Route 219in Hamlin Township near the intersection with Town Line Road when a 2019 Nissan Pathfinder driven by 30 year old Ashley Smith traveled across the double yellow lines while going north and was hit by a Ford F-150 driven by Michael Clawson of Mt. Jewett. Police said Clawson was unable to avoid impact. Smith,31 Teonna Herring, a 9 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. Clawson was flown to UPMC Hamot  for treatment of serious injuries.

A Port Allegany driver was hurt Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Liberty Township. State police report Dallas Kio was going east on Route 6 when his Ford F-150 went off the road and collided with a section of guardrails. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Lewis Run also report a Luthersburg truck driver was injured slightly last Thursday on Route 6 in Liberty Township. Todd Donahue was headed west near Old Bush Hill Road when he applied the brakes on his International Harvester to avoid a vehicle ahead which had stopped to make a left turn. The trailer went across the double yellow line and struck an embankment.  A fuel line was punctured upon impact. Donahue did not require treatment at a hospital.

Mansfield based state police said Marvin Francis of Coudersport avoided injury Friday night when his Mazda Speed 3 hit a deer on Route 49 in Lawrence Township. Francis was going west when the whitetail entered the road.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision  on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning. Magdalena Callahan failed to stop n her Honda Civic behind a Ford F-350 driven  byTyrus Borden of Willsboro which had stopped to make a left turn.

A Reading woman was flown to UPMC Altoona  last Wednesday for treatment of unknown injuries after her Subaru Forester crossed Route 219 just south of Cenni Lane in Horton Township ,Elk County. Troopers said Jodi Paul was going south at around 5:00 pm. She was cited for careless driving.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed driver stopped by Coudersport based state police on East Second Street in the borough late last Thursday night. The driver was stopped after a 2104 Ford struck a curb while speeding.

A Tioga County couple lost  $48.000 to a scammer lasr week, according to state police at Mansfield. The couple sent the money to a scammer after being advised  that their grandson had been arrested and needed money to pay legal fees. The caller warned them to keep quiet about the legal troubles as they were under a “gag” order.  Authorities say this is a common scam and advise people receiving such calls to use caution to verify the origin prior to taking any action. Check with police and/or other relatives .

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 2005 Ford Explorer early last Friday minoring on Laurel Lane in Fox Township,Elk County. The truck, owned by David Stahle Sr. of Kersey was valued at $5,000. The blaze originated in the engine compartment.

Thieves stole a scrap copper pipe valued at $2.00 from a home on the North Brooklynside Road home near Port Allegany early last Monday morning.

A bill from Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) would allow the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set its own fees, rather than requiring those fees be established by legislation.

House Bill 808 passed the House recently and has gone to the Senate for its consideration.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent administrative agency that is not supported by General Fund revenues. It relies on user fees to offer its services.

House Bill 808 would allow fees to be established by regulation following a public-comment period. Fees would have to be considered by the agency’s commissioners at two separate public meetings.

The authority granted to the commission would be for three years, at which time it would be re-evaluated by the Legislature.