Wednesday November 20, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high 38; Overnight low, 29

WED-MOSTLY HIGH 44

WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 31

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 48

THU NIGHT-RAIN,  LOW 42

FRI-SCATTERED SHOWERS, HIGH 47

FRI NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 27

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Obituary: Michel Bowen, Springfield, MO (Galeton)

State Senator introduces legislation to close a loophole in sexual assault cases….Safety Grants will be available for faith-based institutions and non-profits….NY state truck driver hurt when rig tips over in McKean County….

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In Pennsylvania, a police officer who sexually assaults a person in custody can use sexual consent by the individual as a defense in court. While state law bars consensual sex between corrections officers and prison inmates and between mental health workers and patients, no such protection exists for a person arrested or questioned by officers in the field. Senator Muth has sponsored Senate Bill 851 as a way to close this legal loophole in Pennsylvania’s sexual assault law. The legislation would expand Pennsylvania’s definition of institutional sexual assault to include law enforcement officers and any person in the officer’s custody. By doing so, it would eliminate sexual consent as a defense, making any sexual contact between an officer and a person in custody a third-degree felony.

Faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations will be eligible for grants to boost security at their facilities under a new law approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor. Act 83 of 2019 will make funding available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups or institutions listed by the FBI as at risk for hate crime incidents. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000. Faith-based institutions and nonprofits could use the money for a variety of security planning, equipment and technology needs, including surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments and building upgrades.The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. It will be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Applications are expected to become available early next year.

The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. It will be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Applications are expected to become available early next year.

 

A New York  tractor trailer operator suffered minor injuries in a crash Tuesday morning in Lafayette Township McKean County  Lewis Run state police report Seth Darrah was going west on Route 59 when he overcorrected after his freightliner dropped onto the berm. The rig went off the road again and and collided with a ditch with the cab rolling onto the passenger  side and hit a utility pole Darrah was trapped inside and had to be removed by first responders  using  the jaws  of life. Darrah was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center and has been cited for failing to stay within his lane.

Obituary

Michel P. BOWEN, 55, of Springfield, MO, formerly of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 in his home.  Born February 25, 1964, in Coudersport, he was the son of Perley and Suzan K. Richar Bowen.  A graduate of Galeton High School, he was employed as a cabinetmaker and welder.  Surviving are:  his mother, Suzan Richar of Wellsboro;  his father, Perley R. (Nancy) Bowen of Galeton;  two daughters, Malina Bowen of Pittsburgh and Larissa Bowen of Elizabethtown;  a step-daughter, Jessica DeMalia of Springfield, MO;  two sisters, Kelle Johnson of Wellsboro and Aimee (Patrick) Anderson of Lancaster;  nephews, Karl Welfling of Frederick, MD, Jon Welfling of Wellsboro, and Maxwell Johnson of Wellsboro;  a niece, Samantha Johnson of Montoursville;  an aunt, Mary Ann (David) Lugalia of Galeton;  an uncle, George Bowen, Jr. of Galeton;  and cousins.  A graveside service will be in held 3:00 PM, Friday, November 22, 2019 in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.  The Rev. Thomas E. Brown will officiate.  Memorials may be made to any local food pantry.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.To send flowers to Michel’s family, please visit our floral section.