Tuesday November 19, 2019


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Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 33







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Obituary: Thelma Swift, Coneville

State officials remind motorists Real ID goes into effect next October….. PSP @ Lewis Run investigate nude photographs of young girls in McKean County….Two teens charged for allegedly transmitting photos sexually explicit photos at Tioga County school……Troy woman accused of sending nude photos to victim’s relatives…..Emporium man arrested for burglary…..

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PennDOT and  the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA),held an event at the Harrisburg International airport yesterday to  remind Pennsylvanians who want to continue using their driver’s license or photo ID card as identification to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility to upgrade it to a REAL ID-compliant version before federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins on October 1, 2020.

This will be the last holiday travel season before REAL ID enforcement begins, and we encourage our customers who are considering upgrading their license or ID card to take care of it sooner rather than later.”

Beginning October 1, 2020,a federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards have been available at the customer’s option since March 2019, and to date, more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:

Proof of Identity: Examples include original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport;

Proof of Social Security Number:  Social security card, in current legal name;

Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Examples include a current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address; and

Proof of all Legal Name Changes (if current legal name is different than what is reflected on proof of identity document): Examples include a certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics. If current name is the same as what is reflected on proof of identity document (usually birth certificate or passport), a customer does not need to show proof of legal name changes.

Customers can take the required documents to any PennDOT Driver License Center. More info about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a possible incident involving nude photographs of Juvenile females taking place earlier this month in McKean County.

Meanwhile, two teenagers have been arrested by state police at Mansfield for the transmission of sexually explicit images of a 13 year old girl. The accused are a 13 year old Wellsboro girl and a 15 year old Michigan boy and the crimes allegedly occurred at the Rock. L. Butler Middle School in Middlebury Township on November 5.

Mansfield troopers have arrested a 56 year old Troy woman for harassment by communications. Authorities allege the suspect sent multiple messages over  Facebook to a 25 year old Mansfield woman’s mother and sister including nude photographs of the victim.

A 42 year old Emporium man has been arrested for burglary. Emporium based state police claim the suspect whose name was not released, committed the crime early Sunday morning at a home on Howard Circle occupied by a 46 year old woman.


Thelma E. Swift, 100, of Coudersport, formerly of Coneville, passed away with her loving family by her side, Saturday, (Nov. 16, 2019) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Monday, Oct. 27, 1919, in Pleasant Valley Township, she was a daughter of George and Agnes Reed Meacham. On April 25, 1942, in Port Allegany, she married Elton E. Swift, who passed away on April 12, 2004.Thelma was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1938 and was a graduate of Eleanor Beauty School in Buffalo, N.Y. She worked as a hairdresser in Shinglehouse for one year, and then in Coudersport until 1944, and lastly in her home in Hebron.Thelma was a member of Hebron Union Church. She enjoyed knitting and volunteering at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. She most especially loved spending time with her family.She will be sadly missed by her wonderful caregivers at Sweden Valley Manor.Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie J. (Wayne) Hathaway of Coudersport and Kim M. (Ivan) Work of Marysville, Ohio; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, David Moyer of Montoursville; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Thelma was predeceased by infant twin sons; a daughter, Sandra Lee Moyer, who died in 2017; a grandson, Allen Hathaway, who died in 2018; four brothers; and 10 sisters.Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday (Nov. 21, 2019) at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services follow at noon, with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, and Pastor Harold Kiel, of Bingham Center Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Union Church, 1149 State Route 44 N., Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activities Fund, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.Thelma’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Thelma, please visit ww.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or visit the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.