Tuesday August 27, 2019


Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 72; overnight low, 61







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Obituaries:  Lois Rooney, Austin

Olean man accused of  violating PFA arrested in McKean County…..Ulysses woman seriously injured when thrown off ATV….Mansfield man accused of driving off with cash left in car….Three people cited for shoplifting in St. Marys Walmart……

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A “rolling” domestic violence incident which began in Olean Sunday afternoon  ended in McKean County when Pennsylvania State police stopped a 2019 Nissan  Frontier at the intersection of Route  6 and 219. Ronald Pletl, 55 of Olean  was arrested for violating an active PFA filed by a 54 year old Olean woman who was riding in the SUV .Pletl was also charged with simple assault and harassment.

A Ulysses woman was seriously  injured last Tuesday afternoon when she was thrown from an ATV  on S. Main Street. Troopers have just released details reporting 32 year old  Aimee Gamble was riding a Polaris Sportsman operated by Jason Greiss also of Ulysses. Gamble was thrown off the machine when Greiss swerved to the center line in order to make room for a right hand turn while hauling a salvage truck. Gamble was flown by medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Greiss and another passenger, Larry Metcalf of Harrison Valley were not hurt.

DUI charges are pending against a couple of motorists stopped recently by area state police. Michael Dance, 42, of Erie was pulled over  by Coudersport based state olice on Horseshoe Court in Roulette on the night of July 27 for an alleged summary traffic violation. State police at Lewis Run cited 24 year old Jesse  Peffer of Smethport was stopped on the night of August 18.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 38 year old Jon Nellis of that town for theft. Troopers claim he drove off with $400 left on the passenger seat by 27 year old Lindsey Deming, also of Mansfield when she went into Walmart. Nellis allegedly did not return the money to Deming.

Three people have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart yesterday. A 42 year old St. Marys woman is suspected of failing to pay for $26.97 worth of merchandise in the self-check-out line prior to leaving the store a few minutes before 2:00 pm. Two Force, PA residents are accused of putting an air mattress worth $138 into a shopping car before leaving the building without paying for it. The suspects are said to be a 29 year old man and 23 year old woman. Police did not release the names of any of the suspects.

A roadway improvement project on Route 255 in Elk County is nearing completion, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).Work has been taking place since late March on Route 255 between Johnsonburg and the city limits of St Marys near the old roadside rest area.

Paving is currently underway and is expected to last into early next week. During paving, flaggers will be in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Motorists should plan for travel delays of up to 15 minutes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that work on a bridge replacement in Eulalia Township, Potter County, is underway. The bridge spans Lehman Run on Route 6, about three miles west of Coudersport near Olmstead Road. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

The bridge will be replaced using half-width phasing. Temporary traffic signals were placed last week and are currently set to flash mode. They will become fully operational on Tuesday, August 27, and begin enforcing an alternating traffic pattern that will see eastbound and westbound traffic take turns crossing the structure. The contractor will then begin demolition of the existing structure and half-width construction of the new precast concrete box culvert.Construction will begin on the right (eastbound) lane heading toward Coudersport. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the next phase of the project when work shifts to the left (westbound) lane heading away from Coudersport.The existing 10-foot structure was constructed in 1919 and carries an average of nearly 3,750 vehicles each day.The overall project entails replacement of the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge, approximately 700 feet of roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, and guide rail replacement. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to two-lane traffic by late-October.Horizon Construction Group, Inc. of Sandy Lake, PA is the contractor for this $800,000 project. All work is weather and schedule dependent.Once paving is complete, remaining work will be done under flagging, with short travel delays expected.Overall work on this project includes tree trimming, base repairs, roadway resurfacing, guide rail upgrades, and drainage improvements. Work is expected to be complete by mid-September.IA Construction Corporation of Franklin, PA is the contractor for this $4 million project.


Lois S. Rooney, 79, of Austin, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.Lois was born on March 7, 1940 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late George Washington and Lois (Purdy) McGuire. Lois graduated from Renovo High School and worked for 15+ years as a secretary for Emporium Specialties Company, Austin.   Lois was also an Army veteran, serving as a Clerical Processor at Ft. McClellan, AL from 1958-1960.Lois was active with the Kettle Creek Hose Company.  She was a pioneer for women in fire fighting in Cross Fork.  She was one of the first women, in the 1970’s, certified to fight wildfires.Lois is survived by four sons, Jamie Rooney of Austin; William Rooney of Austin; Richard Rooney of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Bryant Rooney of Somerset, KY; two brothers, George and James McGuire both of Cross Fork; five sisters, Leona McCurry of Cross Fork; Joan Proctor of Lancaster; Jeannine Frazier of Albion, NY; Judy Gunkle of Orlando, FL and Phyllis McGuire of Pittsburgh and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by two sisters, Ladora Spence and Leah Proctor.At Lois’s wishes there will be no visitation, a private burial will take place in the New Maple Grove Cemetery, Clinton County.Memorial contributions in Lois’s name can be made to, Kettle Creek Hose Company, 75 Fire House Lane, Cross Fork, PA 17729.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA.