Tuesday May 21, 2019

Black Forest Express

Monday’s high, 68; low 44, a few sprinkles

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Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania….Polls are open until 8:00 pm…..Disabled Military vets arrive for Healing Waters Event in Potter County…..Suspected drug dealer nabbed in McKean County….Tioga County driver unhurt when pick up hits mailbox and tree….Lewis Run State police look for ATV operators trespassing on Knox Kane Rail Trail……

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Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania and a Special Congressional election in the 12th District . Polls are open until 8:00 pm. Registered Republicans and Democrats will be selecting their party’s nominees for local and county offices and statewide judicial positions. Meanwhile, voters will choose one of two candidates to fill a congressional vacancy in a special election. All registered voters can cast a ballot for either Democrat Marc Friedenberg or Republican Fred Keller. Voters in the special election will not be bound by party affiliation. Republican Tom Marino won the seat last November but resigned soon after taking office due to serious health problems. Governor Wolf decided to hold the special election today to fill the vacancy on the same day as the Primary Election to make it more convenient for voters and less costly for the state and local municipalities. President Trump was in Montoursville last night campaigning for Keller who was nominated by Republican Committee members. Friedenberg ran for the seat last November but was defeated by Marino. Potter and Tioga Counties are now in the 12th Congressional District, having been moved out of the 5th when the congressional map was re-drawn by the state legislature. Cameron, Elk and McKean remain in the 5th Congressional District.

Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters arrived in Potter County earlier today. The vets stopped first at the Oswayo Valley School in Shinglehouse, traveled through  downtown Coudersport cheered by citizens along the walks; stopped at the American Legion on Route 872 at Ladona before going to the Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve where they will spend the next three days. County Commissioners Paul Heimel, Doug Morley and Susan Kefover invite members of the public to borrow an American flag from county offices and line the streets of town to greet these special guests.

Project Healing Waters, now in its 12th year locally, is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation. All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs. Participants came to Potter County from VA hospitals and will be headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.

Alex Ita–Photo submitted

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on May 20, 2019, following an investigation into the illegal delivery of crack cocaine within the City, detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested Alex Ita of Langmaid Lane, Bradford. The Detectives charged the defendant with delivering 7.4 grams and 4.7 grams of crack cocaine, respectively, on two separate dates between May 8, 2019 and May 20, 2019 within the City. The Detectives charged the defendant with 2 Counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver/Delivery of crack cocaine – a Scheduled II controlled substance – Felony; 2 counts of Possession of crack cocaine – Misdemeanor; and 2 counts of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility – Felony 3. The McKean County Drug Task Force was assisted in the investigation by officers from Bradford City Police and Bradford Township Police. The defendant was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Dominic Cercone who set bail at $50,000. Illegal drug activity remains a primary focus of law enforcement across the county. If you suspect illegal drug activity, please contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or MCDTFtip@gmail.com.

A Columbia Cross Roads driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident late last month. State police at Mansfield have just released details about the April 27 crash in the borough of Roseville. Jeremy Spencer, after backing out of his brother’s driveway headed east on Benson Avenue and lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado which went off the road and hit a mailbox and then a tree on the north side of the road. The pick up had to be towed from the scene.
State police at Lewis Run are looking for trespassers on Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township between May 5 and yesterday. Photographs of possible suspects operating ATV’s on the Knox Kane Rail Trail have been obtained and the investigation is continuing.

Troopers there have charged 52 year old Kip Carpenter for allegedly trespassing at 10 Phillips Street in Mt. Jewett between 5:15 pm and 6:00 pm Monday.

DUI charges are pending against 20 year old Makena Carleton of Wellsboro, pending lab results. State police at Mansfield say Carleton was found in a field at 85 Canada Road in Covington Township at around 6:20 pm April 20. Authorities claim they determined she had been driving a 2016 VW Jetta while under the influence of alcohol.