Wednesday July 17, 2019


Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 68







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Lawrenceville woman arrested for harassing relative….No injuries in Cameron County collision…..Elderly motorcyclist slightly hurt near Cross Fork…..Governor Wolf signs crime victim protection bills….

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State police at Mansfield arrested 28 year old Chyanne Parker of Lawrenceville for harassment with physical contact for an assault allegedly taking place Monday afternoon at 1273 Roundtop Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Parker physically attacked 62 year old Penny Parker of Wellsboro, threatened here and placed her hands on the victim’s neck while hitting her in the upper arm with a closed fist. Police did not say how the women are related.

No one was hurt in a collision Monday evening in Shippen Township, Cameron  County. State police report the collision occurred when an eastbound 2006 Subaru driven by 20 year old Brandon McCaslin of Smethport went out of control while making a right curve on Bryan Hill Road and left side panel and tire on a Ford F-150 driven by Paul Haviland of Emporium. Both drivers and passengers in McCaslin’s car, Tanner Thomas of Turtlepoint, a 16 year old Emporium boy and  Ty Bauer of Emporium were all using seatbelts.

A Port Allegany driver was not hurt when his Hyundai Santa Fe hit a deer on Route 46 just north of Columbia Hill Road in Keating Township, McKean County at around 6:30 am Tuesday. Mathew Carinci was going north when the whitetail entered the road.

Charles Beaver of Spring Grove, PA was slightly hurt last Saturday morning when his Harley Davidson Sportster wrecked on Pine Hill Road in Stewardson Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police the bike laid down on its side after failing to make a down hill left hand curve and burst into flames when it hit the berm. Beaver declined to seek treatment.

Coudersport based state police this morning released details about a collision taking place a week ago in Allegany Township. The collision occurred as Joyce Knefly, 76 of Ulysses was passing a PennDot truck while headed east on Route 49 just as William Morgan of Ulysses was starting to turn the Ford F-350 to the left for a turn. Both drivers escaped injury as did passengers in the PennDot truck, Parry Hilfiger of Harrison Valley and Cordell Cady of Westfield. Knefly was cited for improper passing.

A Westfield woman has been arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia. State police allege when they interviewed  25 year old Korinne Pierce on the evening of June 25, she was in possession of a metal pipe similar to those used to smoke marijuana that had burned vegetative residue in it.

State police at Lewis Run conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night into Sunday morning within their patrol area and made three DUI arrests issuing 7 citations and 19 warnings for traffic violations.

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was present for the signing into law of several bills brought before the General Assembly by the committee. These bills will serve to protect and support Pennsylvania crime victims.

“One of the bills signed into law was based on legislation I authored to protect more children from the trauma of testifying in court,” said Kauffman. “Both myself and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) authored similar legislation in both chambers to increase the chance that one of the bills would make it through the legislative process and be signed into law.”

Act 31 of 2019 expands the circumstances in which out-of-court statements by a child may be deemed admissible.

“This is ultimately about making it easier for young children to testify in court in order to hold their perpetrators accountable,” said Kauffman.

Other bills signed into law are as follows:

• Act 21 of 2019 establishes the offense of female genital mutilation, which involves the non-medical and non-necessary cutting of the female genitalia.

• Act 23 of 2019 ensures a victim is permitted to be present in any criminal proceeding unless the court determines the victim’s own testimony would be altered by hearing other witnesses.

• Act 24 of 2019 helps protect victims of rape by preventing prosecutors from bringing up the victim’s sexual history or prior allegations of sexual abuse while prosecuting certain crimes.

• Act 29 of 2019 makes updates to the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, including requiring the Pennsylvania State Police to create procedures for anonymous victims and establishing timelines for submitting, testing and storing rape kits.

• Acts 30 of 2019 expands the circumstances under which out-of-court statements may be used by including victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.

“The House Judiciary Committee led the way in championing this package of victim-centered legislation this session,” said Kauffman. “We recognize the need for improved laws regarding crime victims and are continuing to work hard on their behalf.”
In addition to these new laws, the General Assembly approved a proposed constitutional amendment first vetted by the Judiciary Committee to include a victim’s bill of rights, known as Marsy’s Law, in the Pennsylvania Constitution. Voters will have the opportunity to approve the proposed amendment in the upcoming November election.