Friday October 25, 2019

Thursday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 38

FRI-CLOUDY, HIGH 61

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 38

SAT-RAIN, HIGH 55

SAT NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 48

SUN-MORNING SHOWERS, THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 63

SUN NIGHT-LOW 45

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St. Marys man accused of threatening neighbors with a pistol…Six people homeless after fire in St. Marys….Emporium man arrested for DUI….Game Commission advises motorists deer are on the run…State House is considering package of bills to help volunteer emergency services including some from area lawmakers…

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A St. Marys man has been jailed for making terroristic threats. Ridgway based state police claim 67yar old Gerald Lynn Hosack threatened his neighbors on Trout Run Road in Benezette Township with a pistol Thursday afternoon threatening to kill them. Hosack was taken into custody and committee to the Elk County Prison after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Brown on charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment  and using threatening or lewd language and terroristic threats.

Six people are homeless after a fire Thursday morning at 621 Brusselles Street in St. Marys. An investigation by the state police fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti found that the blaze originated a few minutes before 8:00 am due to an electrical outlet overheating with the operation of an electric heater. The occupants, 46 year old Tammy Anderson,46 year old Wendy Celinski,27 year old Danita Deemer, 22 year old Cody Anders, 22 year old Jeremiah Deemer and 25 year old Vinnie Allegretto are being assisted by the American Red Cross.Damage to the house owned by Rod Dippold of St. Marys is estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

State police at Emporium have arrested 50 year old Dale Berry of that town for DUI after encountering him in a parking lot at S. Wood Street and East 4th Street during the early morning of October 12. He was allegedly observed displaying several signs of impairment and was in control of a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.

With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight-saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.

Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel, sometimes several dozen miles, to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter.

When daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, there also will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.

Each year, insurance provider State Farm compiles a report on the likelihood drivers in each state will collide with a deer or other large animal, and Pennsylvania regularly is near the top of list. This year is no exception. In the 2019 report, released earlier this month, Pennsylvania remained third among states. According to the report, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-52 chance of experiencing a collision with a deer or other large animal.

Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Just paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a diffrence.

Deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.

A driver who hits a deer with a vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the Game Commission region office representing the county where the accident occurred and an agency dispatcher will collect the information needed to provide a free permit number, which the caller should write down.

A resident must call within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. A passing Pennsylvania motorist also may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.

Those taking possession of road-killed deer also are advised of rules related to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that prohibit the removal of high-risk deer parts – essentially the head and backbone – from any established Disease Management Area (DMA). Those parts must be removed before the deer is transported outside a DMA. For DMA maps, the complete list of high-risk parts and other information on CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.

 

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to maintain their distance because some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law-enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

 The number of volunteer first responders in Pennsylvania has declined from approximately 300,000 in the 1970s to less than 37,000 today.

he Pennsylvania House has begun to move a package of bills designed to help reinforce Pennsylvania’s ailing volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies. The Helpers and Heroes Package addresses an alarming decline in emergency services volunteers over recent years.

For state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield), it’s a matter of recruit, retain and respect.

One of Gabler’s contributions to the effort is House Bill 1705, which passed unanimously Tuesday and may now be taken up in the Senate.

The bill is one of several Gabler has had a hand in advancing through the legislative process as a first-time member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“I worked hard to join this committee because of how vital an issue this is in rural areas of the state like the one I represent,” said Gabler. “My hope is that our Senate colleagues realize how critical these bills are and quickly move them to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.”

Questions about this legislation or any state-related matter may be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688, his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301 or his Clearfield office at (814) 765-0593.