Thursday May 2, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 55; .03” of rain

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Obituaries: Norman “Norm” Milne, Eldred; Robert, “Bobby” Dingman, Jr., Coudersport (Coneville)

State senate approves change in Lt. Gov. election…..Roulette man jailed for allegedly sexually assaulting young victim……state police arrest Galeton resident for making too much noise…..Old ID theft investigated by state.

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Perhaps learning a lesson from Governor Wolf’s first term, the state senate has over whelmingly earlier this week, with a vote of 46 to 2, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to amend the state constitution to change how the lieutenant governor is selected in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 133 amends the state’s constitution to permit candidates for governor to choose their lieutenant governor candidate after the primary election – a process that mirrors how presidential candidates currently select their vice presidential running mates.

“In the past, we have seen a leadership team separate into two warring factions that spent weeks not talking to one another,” said Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), the primary sponsor of the bill. “If we want to succeed in Pennsylvania, then the Commonwealth’s top two executive officials need to see eye-to-eye on the issues and not get distracted by petty rivalries.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. If approved by that chamber, it will again be voted on by both chambers during the 2021-2022 Legislative Session. In Pennsylvania, constitutional amendments such as Senate Bill 133 must be approved during two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly before they are finally approved by the voters.

During Governor Wolf’s first term, Michael Stack was elected lieutenant governor. The two men rarely spoke and the governor took away some of Stack’s “perks” because of allegations that he and his wife had verbally abused staff. John Fetterman defeated Stack in the 2018 Democrat primary and he and Wolf ran as a team.

A Roulette man has been jailed on two counts of sexual assault. Coudersport based state police allege 28 year old Joshua Gockley sexually assaulted a female juvenile in Austin Borough between September 8, 2010 and September 8, 2011. And, that he committed similar crimes between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 on the Ridge Road and Cowley Hill Road against a 15 year old girl. Gockley was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton for felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children for the first case and aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a Minor, corruption of minors (felonies)and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children for the second case. Judge Easton set bail at $30,000 for each case and Gockley was committed to the Potter County Jail. Police allege in the second case, Gockley solicited the teenager for sex. Troopers did not indicate if there is only one alleged victim or if there are two, However the same officer investigated both cases.

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested 33 year old Robert Foster of Galeton for disorderly conduct in connection to an incident allegedly taking place last Saturday evening on Bridge Street in that town. Authorities claim Foster caused public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm ar recklessly created a risk for no legitimate purpose by making unreasonable noise, obscene language or made an obscene gesture. He will answer the charges in district court.

State police at Lewis Run are following a cold trail of ID theft. A Lafayette Township man told authorities he had incurred false charges totaling $4,800 in his banking account sometime during 2012,

Norman L. “Norm” Milne, 72, a longtime resident of Eldred, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, April 29, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after an unexpected illness of a few days.
Born on Monday, January 20, 1947 in Olean, he was a son of Kenneth B. and Lorena B. Stiles Milne. On February 10, 2010 in Smethport, he married Rebecca L. “Becky” Irwin, who survives.
Norm attended Otto-Eldred High School and graduated from Portville (N.Y.) High School, Class of 1964. Norm enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 serving in Vietnam as a hospital corpsman from 1969 to 1970.
Norm was employed at the time of his death at Portville Truck in Portville, N.Y. and prior to that was employed a service manager for Terry’s Automotive in Olean, N.Y. For several years he also owned and operated Norm’s Citgo in Demopolis, Alabama, a full service garage and muffler shop before moving back to Eldred in 1999. He was very proud of his business “Indian Creek Deer Processing”, which he ran for several years.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed participating in bass tournaments or just fishing with his wife, Becky. He loved his many dogs, including his current dogs, Becca and Hunter.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Becky; six children, Tammy L. (Dan) Lindsay, Laurie (Darcy) Knapp, and Terrie (John) Austin, all of Port Allegany, Shawn Milne of Richburg, N.Y., Norma Sue “Susie” (Kurt) Jandrew of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Rebecca Pangburn of Demopolis, Alabama; four stepchildren, Dayton (Gay) Mix, John (Judy) Mix, Laura Rutherford, and Eric (Tosha) Schoolmaster; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur (Darlene) Milne and Patrick (Jenny) Milne, both of Portville, N.Y. and Diane (Brad) Babcock of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Norm was predeceased by an infant daughter, Lorraine Sue Milne; a grandson, Aaron David Mix; and a brother, Steven Milne.
Family and friends are invited to call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the First Church of God, Main Street, Eldred, where a celebration of Norm’s life will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jim Kazimer, officiating. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery, Myrtle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Church of God, 142 Main Street, Eldred, PA 16731; to the SPCA in Cattaraugus County, 2944 NY 16, Olean, NY 14760; McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Norm’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Robert F. “Bobby” Dingman, Jr., 87, of Coudersport, formerly of Coneville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, with his family at his side, after a short illness.
Born on Thursday, September 17, 1931, in Coudersport, he was a son of Robert F. and Mildred B. Meacham Dingman.
Bobby attended the former Coneville Country School and was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. Along with his family, he owned and operated the former Dingman’s Store in Coneville for many years until his retirement.
Bobby was a member of Hebron Union Church in Hebron Center. He loved visiting with his customers and many friends.
Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Joyce L. Lambert of Coudersport; a niece, Janice (Grant) Darrah of Coudersport; a nephew, Jerry (Doris) Lambert of Frenchtown, Montana; several grandnieces and grandnephews; an aunt, Thelma Swift of Coudersport; and several cousins.
Bobby was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Hank St. Amour of Hebron Union Church and the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Bobby entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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