Tuesday October 29, 2019



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Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 50 Smidgen of rain







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Mansfield resident accused of knocking woman down with his truck and running over foot….Wellsville woman arrested for hurting Genesee Township man…Harassment charges filed against Mansfield man…..Credit card theft probed by Coudersport state police…Farmer escapes injury when tractor and manure equipment rolls over….Westfield man arrested after allegedly walking into telephone pole while drunk….Two McKean County men cited following altercation…Troopers arrest Millerton woman for disorderly conduct….Congressman Keller tells area residents pollsters will be watching what happens next Tuesday in Pennsylvania……

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Mansfield based state police have arrested a 26 year old resident of that town for assault with a weapon. Troopers claim, the suspect whose name was not released, was sitting in the cab of  his2007 Dodge Ram Promaster while arguing with a 23 year old Mansfield woman who was standing next to the driver side door on the night of October 17 along Route 6 in Richmond Township.The suspect allegedly backed up knocking the woman down with it driver side mirror and running over her foot causing serious injury. He reportedly left the scene without rendering aid but was later located and was committed to the Tioga County Prison.

A  48 year old Wellsville, NY woman was arrested for assaulting a 43 year old Genesee Township man on Commercial Street in  Genesee on the evening of October 10. State police claim the woman scratch the victim’s left hand and arm during a disagreement.

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 50 year old William Martin of Mansfield with physical harassment in connection to an assault allegedly taking place on the night of September 14 at 30 Black Top Lane in Richmond Township. Authorities claim Martin grabbed 40 year old Angela Wilkins by the arm and pushed 51 yea rold Mansfield resident Tammy  Button telling her he would shoot her. While investigating, state police allegedly found marijuana plants growing outside Martin’s home.

A case of theft by deception is being investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Apparently someone used a credit card belonging to Jennifer Gorda of Galeton on October 20 without her permission.

A Tioga County farmer escaped injury when his tractor and manure equipment overturned Saturday evening. Mansfield state police did not release the man’s name but say the farmer was driving a 2011 Case 140 Maxxum on the West Branch Road in Shippen Townshp during a rain s torm. While going down a hill, the manure tanker and pump weaved and then jackknifed causing the tractor to spin across the road and roll onto its right side. The manure pump broke free and landed on the east side of the road. The tractor and tanker came to rest alongside an embankment near a residential lawn. After being righted, the tractor and tanker were driven from the scene.

A Liberty driver escaped injury in a mishap Monday morning in Richmond Township. State police say Boyd Mitsifer was going about 70 mph on Route 15 when the driver’s side rear wheels came off. Mitstifer was able to bring the pick up to a controlled stop.

Police did not release the name of the driver of a 2004 GMC Yukon which hit a deer on Route 6 in Shippen Township late Sunday night. There were no injuries or property damage.

Troopers arrested a 44 year old Westfield man for public drunkenness Saturday afternoon. The suspect was observed walking along Route 49 in Westfield Township and walked into a telephone pole.

Charges are pending against two Rew residents following a fight early October e20 on the Northland Road in Keating Township. Police claim a disagreement between the two erupted into a physical altercation.

Michele Powlison. 67,  of Millerton has been cited for disorderly conduct following a  heated discussion with staff at Verizon Wireless in Mansfield Monday afternoon.

Pennsylvania’s Municipal Election is a week away. Voters will be choosing township and borough officials, county officeholders and statewide judges. Congressman Fred Keller, representing the new 12 congressional district was the featured speaker at the “Deplorables Luncheon” sponsored by the Potter County Republican Committee. Keller won a special election earlier in the year to replace Tom Marino who resigned shortly after taking office last January due to health reasons. Keller told the group assembled at the West End Grill that all eyes will be on Pennsylvania next Tuesday to see how many local and state seats will be filled by Republicans which will be a harbinger for the 2020 election and  the potential for keeping Pennsylvania for President Trump who according to pollsters, surprisingly won the usual “blue” state in 2016. You can hear Keller’s remarks on our website. Just click on Black Forest Trails.


LaDesssa Coats Chief, 61, of Rocklin, passed away on June 18, 2018, after a long illness.LaDessa was born in Moscow, Idaho to Durwood and Helen Longfors Coats (formerly of Alma, NY). Preceded in death by her father and her sister Helmi Coats. Survived by her husband Leonard Chief of Rocklin, California; her mother Helen Henderson of Park Rapids, Minnesota; her brothers, Bob (Carla) Coats of Thorofare, New Jersey and Aarne (Cindy) Coats of Lone Pine, California; and several nieces and nephews.

LaDessa waited tables to buy her first car, a 1969 Mustang fastback; she enjoyed owning sports cars throughout her younger years. LaDessa was a 1975 graduate of Sierra High School in Tollhouse, California. She attended Reedley Junior College for two years before enlisting in the US Air Force as an Electronics Technician. She served honorably for four years active duty at Travis Air Force Base in California, followed by nine years in the Air Force Reserves. LaDessa had many temporary duty assignments, including Okinawa, the Philippines, Korea, and Hawaii. While serving she made two close, lifelong friends, Cecelia and Martha.

Upon discharge from active duty in 1982, LaDessa went to work for AT&T as a Testing Technician where she worked until retiring in 2012. Her friend Cecelia also worked with her at AT&T. She married her soulmate, Leonard Chief, in 2000 and they enjoyed almost two decades of marriage. LaDessa never had children of her own, but deeply loved her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being a part of their lives through cards, letters, and visits. She was also very protective and supportive of her brothers and could be relied on for comfort at any time.

Like her father before her, LaDessa inherited Myotonia, a form of muscular dystrophy. It slowly took her health in her later years. Fortunately, Leonard was there for her and she remained independent of others and self-reliant.

LaDesssa will always be loved and missed by those whose lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa. The Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday.

LaDessa’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of LaDessa, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.