Tuesday May 7, 2019

Black Forest Express

Monday’s high, 75; overnight low, 48; .01” of rain

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Obituary: Wayne Foust, Coudersport

Elkland man jailed for  attempted homicide ….Ridgway Borough police investigate shooting death of bar patron…Ridgway woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart….Voter fraud investigated in McKean County….State senate moves to strengthen strangulation law….

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Mansfield-based state police have arrested 36 year old Terrance Hood of Elkland for attempted homicide and related crimes for a shooting which occurred Monday at 116 Proctor Avenue in that town. Troopers were called to the house at around 3:12 am Monday and found a 25 year old Wellsboro man sitting on the porch with a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Hood allegedly fled the scene  in a small white four door vehicle headed north on Proctor Avenue but was located and taken into custody. Following arraignment on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possession of methamphetamine and associated charges, Hood was ordered to be held in the Tioga County Jail without bail by District Judge James Carlson.

This on the heels of a fatal shooting in the borough of Ridgway Sunday. Full details have not been released but the Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio confirms on man was killed by multiple gunshot wounds was killed a few minutes before 5:00 am. The name of the 42 year old victim has not been released, nor has the suspect’s name been confirmed.

Ridgway based state police have arrested a 22 year old Ridgway woman for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart Friday afternoon. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name by claim she concealed a Roku streaming video player in her purse and tried to leave the story without paying for it. The player is valued at $49 and retail theft charges are pending in District Court.

McKean County District Attorney, Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, says her office received a
report that signatures on two petitions for nomination for the Bradford City Mayor race had been
forged. Slim Lewis was seeking nomination for the office of City of Bradford Mayor.

The reports were investigated by the McKean County Detectives and charges have been filed as a result
of the investigation.Slim Lewis of 16 Mill St, Bradford; Lena Lewis of 16 Mill St, Bradford; Nikki Elliott of 4 Harris Ct, Bradford;
and Josef Godrey of 4 Harris Ct, Bradford have been charged in connection with the case.
Slim Lewis and Josef Godfrey were charged with the following offenses: Forgery, Tampering with
Records, Unsworn Falsification, and False Signatures and Statements on Nomination Petitions and
Lena Lewis and Nikki Elliott were charged with the following offenses: Forgery, Tampering with Records,
and False Signatures and Statements on Nomination Petitions and Papers.
Arraignments have been scheduled for all four defendants before Magisterial District Judge Richard Luther on May 17, 2019.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure today that would classify cases of strangulation as crimes of violence so those offenses can be considered in sentencing for subsequent crimes and in child custody proceedings, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30).

The General Assembly approved a law in 2016 that created the criminal offense of strangulation. Senate Bill 275 would fully integrate that offense in Pennsylvania’s laws to ensure strangulation is classified in the same way as other similar violent crimes.
Ward said the bill was especially important to protect victims of domestic violence. Nearly half of all domestic violence homicide victims had previously experienced at least one episode of attempted strangulation, and 47 percent of female domestic violence victims report being choked.

“The statistics regarding strangulation are chilling. The shocking number of cases of this crime highlight the need for lawmakers to make sure perpetrators are held accountable and are unable to continue to terrorize their victims,” Ward said. “There should be no doubt that this offense is a violent crime that needs to be taken extremely seriously, and I am thankful we are moving closer to that goal.”

The measure is supported by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
The bill was sent to the full Senate for consideration.


Wayne F. Foust, 83, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness. Born on Thursday, August 29, 1935 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harry and Goldena McCracken Foust. On July 20, 1957 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Virginia A. “Ginny” Timpano, who survives.Wayne was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957, attaining the rank of corporal. He received an expert marksmanship medal. For 45 years, Mr. Foust was employed as a mechanic by the former Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation in Port Allegany. After his retirement, he worked at his son-in-law’s faarm, Highland Farms, in Coudersport, and also at his son’s detail shop, Tim’s Car Cleaning in Coudersport.
Wayne was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and a member of American Legion Post #192 in Coudersport. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, boat, and volunteer at the parish fish fries at St. Eulalia Catholic Church. He loved to cook and was always repairing and building things for his family. His greatest love was his family. The light of his life was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years; three sons, Mark J. Foust, Timothy W. (Rose) Foust, and Dr. Terrance L. “Terry” (Ami) Foust, all of Coudersport; a daughter, Carrie A. (Ryan) Ruter of Coudersport; eight grandchildren, Adam W. (Christina) Foust, Eric J. Foust, Logan F. Ruter, Emilee A. Ruter, Sophia J. Foust, Gabriel W. Foust, Ellianna G. Foust, and Charlotte A. Foust; two step-grandchildren, Chad Zengerle and Ashley Zengerle; two brothers, Joseph (Sandy) Foust and John (Lana) Foust, both of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by four brothers, Edward Foust, Thomas Foust, Walter Foust, and Harry Foust; and a sister, Verna Sevinsky.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the gathering space at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A memorial mass will follow at noon on Friday in the church with Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wayne’s name to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Cole Foundation, attention Andrea Streich, for the Patient Activity Fund of the Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Wayne’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Wayne, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com