Thursday August 29, 2019

 

                   Hebron Township Bee Balm                                               — Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 48; .65” of rain

THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 67

THU NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW IN THE MID-50’s

FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 76

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 51

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 76

SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW  55

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Bradford man found guilty of rape and related felonies…..Ulysses teen arrested for stealing merchandise from Mansfield Walmart earlier this summer and he might have had help…..Wellsboro woman accused of stealing clothing from  Wellsboro Goodwill store…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has  announced a recently started project on Route 1003 (Laucks Mills Road) in Potter County, that was made possible by a partnership between PennDOT at JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA.

The full depth reclamation project got underway with preliminary work in early August. Drainage work followed in mid-August. The project will prolong the useful life of the roadway while bringing safer and smoother travel to area drivers.

This work is part of a group contract to address 14.5 miles of roadway in Potter County.

Funding for the Loucks Mills Road work includes $900,000 from JKLM Energy which was matched by $900,000 through PennDOT’s Partnership Program.

The work zone begins about 1.5 miles north of the Route 6 intersection and stretches to Hardscrabble Road. Currently, flaggers in the roadway are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern as drainage work continues.

Laucks Mills Road will be closed temporarily in mid-September to perform full depth reclamation work in an efficient manner. PennDOT will issue an update on the schedule before the closure and detour go into effect.

Overall work on Loucks Mills Road includes drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $1.8 million project, which is expected to be complete in early October.

Pipelines criss cross the region and legislation designed to improve public safety by increasing information access related to natural gas pipelines was the topic of discussion at a House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing held recently in Harrisburg. Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who co-sponsored House Bill 1568, said he is primarily concerned with improving communication between agencies that must coordinate to ensure public safety in areas that host pipelines carrying hazardous materials.

Following a two day jury trial in Smethport   on August 26 and August 27, 2019,  28 year Christopher Ryan Yohe, of Bradford, was convicted of Rape (Felony 1); Sexual Assault (Felony 2); Aggravated Indecent Assault (Felony 2); Criminal Trespass (Felony 3); Indecent Assault (Misdemeanor 2); Unlawful Restraint (Misdemeanor 1); and Burglary (Felony 1).  No verdict was reached on a second count of Burglary. The charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions against the victim at a residence on Foster Township.   The crimes occurred this past June 14 when Yohe illegally entered the victim’s apartment and called her on the phone from inside.The case was investigated by Patrolman Shaun McDonald and Patrolman Michael Spencer of the Foster Township Police Department.  District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

A Ulysses teenager has been arrested for taking a variety of merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart on June 22. State police say several suspects were observed stealing various items at around 4:00 pm and one of them  has since been charged. Authorities say the crime is still under investigation.

Tammi Ferguson, 53, of Wellsboro has also been charged for retail theft. Troopers claim Ferguson concealed various clothing items on her person when she left the Goodwill Store in Wellsboro on the afternoon of July 21. The merchandise is valued at a total of $15.08.

A Texas resident escaped injury Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Hector Township. According to Coudersport based state police Guadalupe Valdez of Los Fresnos was going south when his Ram 2500 went off  the west side of Teed Hollow Road and hit some brush before stopping.

State police at Mansfield  have charged a Wellsboro man with multiple traffic violations following a one-vehicle crash this past Saturday in Delmar Township. Troopers allege 20 year old Aaron Buckwalter left the scene when his Ford F350 went off of West Avenue and collided with a culvert. He was later identified and cited for a variety of charges.