Monday May 13, 2019

Black Forest Express


Sunday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 41; 1.46” of rain






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Both drivers seriously hurt in Saturday night collision in Elk County…..All three St. Marys motorcyclists unhurt in pile-up on Wycoff Run, Saturday…Emporium woman arrested after allegedly hallucinating in front of troopers…Coudy teen arrested for allegedly having pot in car….Two area men arrested for physical assaults…Several items stolen from garage in Tioga County….. Click it or Ticket campaign underway in PA…..Work begins tomorrow to replace bridge near Kane..

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Both drivers were seriously hurt in a collision Saturday night on the Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township, Elk County. State police there report the collision took place when a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Acacia Chaplain of Ridgway crossed the center line while ggoing north and hit a Mercury Milan driven by Cecilia Jordan of Wilcox, head-on. Both women had to be extricated from their cars by volunteer firefighters. They were both flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Two young children, a two year old boy and a three year old girl in Chaplain’s car,  were in child safety seats and escaped injury.

One motorcyclist was slight hurt in a pile-up Saturday afternoon on Wycoff Run  in Gibson Township, Cameron  County. According to troopers at Emporium the collision occurred when Mitchell  Sanderson  and Kalab  Lechner  stopped their bikes, anticipating on entering a rest area off the northbound lane. Troy Caskey was unable to stop in time when the front  brake on his Suzuki Marauder locked up causing the machine to slide into Sanderson’s Harley Davidson Sportster which slid into Lechner’s  Harley Davidson Road King.  Caskey  apparently did not require medical attention for his minor injuries. Sanderson and Lechner, and a passenger on his  cycle were not hurt. All four are from St. Marys.

A 38 year Emporium woman is being charged with DUI after she allegedly hallucinated while talking to state police Friday afternoon on E,. 5th Street. Police did not release the suspect’s name but claim she told them a device had been installed on her 2015 Dodge Stratus which allowed persons she identified to talk to her through the vehicle’s speakers, control the wipers and windows and to turn the engine on and off. Officers made a thorough check of the car and found no such device but place the woman under arrest for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and took her into custody.

Coudersport based state police arrested a 17 year old Coudersport girl early Friday morning for DUI after stopping her white Dodge Pickup on Toles Hollow Road a few minutes after 1:00 am. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia.

Two Potter County men have been arrested for domestic violence assaults. Douglas Blauvelt, 28, of Shinglehouse was cited after allegedly push a victim and grabbing him by the arm during a disagreement On the night of May 1 on Kellytown Road. Justin Haynes, 31, of Galeton was cited for allagedly shoving a female victim inot a wall, kicking her in the stomach, slapping her across the face and shoving her in the neck wihthis thumbs on the night of May 4 on Germania Street in Galeton.

State police at Mansfield are investigating a theft taking place between last Wednesday and Friday on the West Branch Road in Delmar Township. Thieves took a Craftsman stick welder, circular saw a ½ inch Milwaukee drill, a hydraulic floor jack and a Yamaha Grizzly ATV from a garage owned by a 76 year old Wellsboro man.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are probing a burglary occurring between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm at 3920  Route 607 . Crooks made off with $350 in US currency and 30 to 40 hydrocodone pills from the home of Wendy Hulick and Yvonne Baird.

Two Lancaster, PA men were arrested for public drunkenness on the night of April 1  at 1115 on East Second Street in Eulalia Township. Coudersport based state police allege 25 year old Tyler Foltz and 59 year old Scott Foltz were “manifestly  under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree that they may have endangered themselves or others or property ;  or annoyed persons in their vicinity.”

Pennsylvania state troopers will take part in the “Click It or Ticket” traffic enforcement program, beginning today  and running through June 2.If a motorist is stopped for a traffic violation and is not wearing a seatbelt, they will receive two citations; the first will be for the traffic violation and the second for the seatbelt violation.  Troopers will be adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward any violation of the commonwealth’s seatbelt and child passenger restraint laws. In conjunction with this aggressive enforcement approach, troopers from across the state  will be conducting regulatory and child safety seat checkpoints .According to state police, by buckling up and using child safety seats properly, you “significantly increase” your chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash. Pennsylvania law requires that children under the age of 8 years old must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat when riding anywhere in a vehicle. Children aged 2 years and under must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat, and to help parents safely transport their children, troopers will offer free child passenger safety seat checks. Troopers will examine all child restraint seats for proper installation, and parents will receive instructions on how to correct any deficiencies. For more car seat safety information and a list of inspection locations, please visit the “Public Safety” link at

Work to replace a bridge spanning Kane Creek on Route 6 has been underway since mid-April. With roadway widening and drainage work complete, a detour for Lindholm Road/ Lower Lindholm Road (Route 3015) will go into effect on Tuesday, May 14, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

The bridge is located on Route 6 approximately one mile east of Mount Jewett in Hamlin Township, McKean County. The existing bridge dates from 1924. On Tuesday, Lindholm Road will be closed at the intersection with Route 6, and a detour will be in effect. The detour will follow Route 3011 (Bridge Street/Berg Lane) for two miles before returning to Route 6 in Mt Jewett. The detour will be in place through the remainder of the project, which is expected to be complete in early September. Route 6 will remain open to traffic, with reduced lane width of 11 feet eastbound and westbound in the construction zone.  An average of more than 2,100 vehicles move through this area daily. The bridge is being replaced using half-width phasing. Overall project work includes replacement of the bridge, approach paving. guiderail installation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction. Bob Cummins Construction Co. of Bradford is the contractor for this $1.2 million job.

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