Monday June 24, 2019

Black Forest Express

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                           —  Gerri Miller                                        







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Two Buffalo Women arrested for dealing drugs in Bradford….Cause of major house fire in Elk County still undetermined…Vandals cause$2700 in damage to electronic sign in Tioga County…land lord/tenant issue being probed by state police at Lewis Run….Items damaged during fight at Emporium area motel….Port Allegany motorcyclist hurt in spill on Route 6 Saturday evening….

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The cause of a fire which resulted in some $250,00 in damage to a two story seasonal home in Highland Township Elk County late last Thursday night has not been determined. The house was owned by Patricia Gold of Greenville, PA. The house was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call state poice at 814.776.6136.

McKean  County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on June 21, 2019, Detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested BRIANA ROLLINS and LEONESHA BROWN, both of Buffalo, for crimes related to the sale of crack cocaine.  The Detectives charged ROLLINS and BROWN with selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant while under surveillance by the Drug Task Force.  Officers with the Bradford City Police then stopped their vehicle on Chestnut Street in Bradford.  The vehicle was reported stolen by Hertz Rental Company in Buffalo.  Officers searching the vehicle found money, baggies commonly used to package crack cocaine for sale, and a scale with suspected cocaine residue believed to have been used to weigh the crack cocaine prior to sale.  Upon arrest, Rollins was found to be in possession of additional crack cocaine.

ROLLINS was charged with 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver/Delivery – Felony; Conspiracy Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Misdemeanor; Possession of a Controlled Substance- Misdemeanor; Criminal Use of a Communication Facility – Felony 3; and Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana- Misdemeanor.

BROWN was charged with Possession with Intent to Delivery/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Felony Conspiracy Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor; Conspiracy Possession of a Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor; and Receiving Stolen Property (Vehicle)- Felony 3.  The McKean County Drug Task Force was assisted by Bradford City Police and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Police.

ROLLINS and BROWN were arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge David Engman who set bail at $75,000 for each suspect and they were remanded to the McKean County Jail.

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

Two items were damaged during a scuffle at the Prospect Motel in Emporium late last Friday night. State police report two suspects got into a physical altercation and a medium sized lamp and exterior door were damaged to a total of $310.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated a fisticuff involving two inmates at the McKean County Jail on the morning of June 12. One of the inmates is 27 years old and from Forbes Road, PA but no information was given about the second man.

A glass storm door window was damaged early Saturday morning when a fight broke out involving two women at a house on Parkway Drive in Emporium. Troopers say charges are pending in district court.

A landlord/tenant dispute in Liberty Township remains under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. The 44 year old Port Allegany man is accused of moving items out of a dwelling occupied by a 22 year old Port Allegany woman.

State police at Mansfield are looking for vandals who damaged equipment owned by X50Pilot Car Services while it was positioned on Fallbrook Road in Ward Township, Tioga County. Someone fired a round of ammunition into a digital speed limit sign. Photos were taken by that included one vehicle when they crime occurred at 3:40 am June 11. The Speed Alert 24 digital sign is valued at $2500 and the sign’s stand is valued at $200.

A camp burglary taking place between June 7 and 21 on Forest Road  in Lafayette Township, McKean County is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. Criminals broke a window to enter a camp owned by a 67 year old Wateford, PA . Police did not indicate if anything had been stolen.

Minor injuries were reported for a Port Allegany motorcyclist whose bike took a spill Saturday evening. According to Lewis Run state police, Gregory Falk was speeding when his Honda VTX wrecked on Route 6 near Pump Station Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Falk was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital by ambulance.

Both drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided on Route 660 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police explained 22 year old Beth Anderreg’s 2017 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and struck a Ford F15 driven by Mary Long of Johnsonburg.

DUI charges are pending against a 24 year old Bradford man whose 2019 Kia was stopped by state police at Lewis Run Sunday night after  patrol offices observed a traffic violation on Champlin Hill Road near East Valley Road. The driver’s name was not released and troopers say  charges are pending lab results.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at the record low set in April of 3.8 percent. State records go back to 1976.The national rate, at 3.6 percent, was also unchanged from April. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point from May 2018 while the national rate was down two-tenths over the same period. A survey of households found that Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or looking for work, was unchanged from April at 6,471,000. Employment rose by 1,000 to a record high, while unemployment declined 1,000.Total nonfarm jobs rose from April to a record high of 6,051,400. May was the sixth consecutive gain,as well as sixth consecutive record high for jobs. Jobs increased over the month in five of the 11industry supersectors. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,900.