Friday October 18, 2019


Thursday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 41; .10” rain







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Obituary: Douglas “Doug” House, Austin & Coudersport

Genesee  man arrested for harming 5 year old Whitesville boy….Theft of medications from McKean County home investigated…Missisippi driver allegedly had pot in his vehicle when stopped by troopers in Tioga County…Criminal mischief to Smethport home probed….Two bridges on Route 449 in Potter County are re-opened…..Game Commission tries to clarify confusing information about muzzle loader bear season…

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A Genesee man has has been arrested  for harming a 5 year old Whitesville, NY boy. Coudersport based state police picked up up 30 year old Cody Kibbe  last Wednesday October 98 on a referral made by Allegany County NY Child Protective Services. Kibbe is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and harassment.

The theft of some pills from a home on Quinn Road in Corydon Township yesterday morning is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. The thief made off with 40 mg. tablets of Simvastain, 75 mg. of Diclofenac and 5 mg tablets of Amlodipine Besylate from the home of a  67 year old Bradford woman. After interviewing the victim, troopers canvassed the neighborhood  to no avail.

A Mississippi driver was arrested on drug charges after being s topped by Troopers at the Mansfield barracks Wednesday night in Mansfield. Stae police claim the found marijuana in Dwanye Pickett’s 2019 Ford when they pulled him over for a traffic violation on Route 15,

Vandalism to a house on Baker Road in Keating Township, McKean County is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Someone, using a pellet gun, shot windows in a house owned by Scott Head of Smethport Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising  regional drivers that two Route 449 bridges are now open to traffic. Work has been taking place since late August to replace the structures. The first bridge spans a tributary of the Genesee River near the village of Harmontown in Genesee Township and the other spans Pine Creek near the village of Brookland in Ulysses Township. Replacing the bridges, which are separated by roughly eight miles, will remove them from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition. Each bridge was replaced using half-width phasing, with traffic controlled in an alternating pattern by temporary traffic signals. With each of the bridges open to two-lane traffic, the temporary signals will be removed. The bridge spanning the tributary of the Genesee River carries an average of nearly 850 vehicles per day. The bridge spanning Pine Creek carries an average of more than 1,100 vehicles daily. Project work has included replacing the old bridges with new precast concrete box culverts, roadway widening, drainage improvements, approach paving, guide rail installation, pavement marking, and miscellaneous construction. Twin Tier Constructors, Inc. of Scottsville, New York has been the contractor on this $1.8 million project.

As we approach the beginning of the muzzleloader bear season, the Game Commission is trying to clarify some information and advises  those pursuing bears with a muzzleloader must leave any archery tackle behind, even if they have a valid archery license and deer tag in addition to their bear license. However, those eligible to participate in the special firearm deer and bear seasons on October 24 -26th, are permitted to use other approved sporting arms, enabling those hunters to be in possession of both a rifle and archery equipment when hunting bear or antlerless deer. We recognize and apologize for the confusion stemming from the overlap of multiple seasons and the addition of the first ever October muzzleloader bear season. If the Board of Commissioners continues authorizing the muzzleloader bear season in future years, the Board may revisit the question of which sporting arms an individual may be in possession of during the overlap of the bear season with archery season. For more information on seasons please check the Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at


Douglas H. “Doug” House, 75, a lifelong resident of Austin and Coudersport, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, after a lengthy illness.Born on Wednesday, August 2, 1944 in Odin, he was a son of Harold W. and Alice May Ayers House.Doug attended Coudersport High School.  He was a farmer and was employed as a truck driver hauling potatoes for area farmers in Sweden Township.  He had also worked for Max Greeley and Sons, driving water trucks and dump trucks for years.  Additionally he also worked for Sweden Township, plowing snow and performing general road maintenance.He was a former member of the East Fork Sportsmen’s Club.Surviving are two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Colburn of Howard and Fern Davis of Holly Grove, Arkansas; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Doug was predeceased by a son, Timothy Lee House; and a brother, David W. House.There will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959; the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 PA 244, Oswayo, PA 16915; or to a charity of donor’s choice.Doug’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Doug, please visit or the funeral home’s Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.