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Tuesday’s high, 33; Overnight low 29
WED-CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SNOW HIGH IN THE MID 30s
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW, OW IN THE UPPER 20s
THU-CHANCE OF MORNING SHOWERS, THEN CLOUDY HIGH IN THE MID 30s
THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW IN THE MID 20s
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY,CHANCE OF SNOW, HIGH IN THE UPPER 30s
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Obituary: Frisco Short, Coudersport
State Police Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Results….Gov. signs bill to help curb opiod addiction….Several people hurt in Tioga County pile-up….Butler driver cited after McKean Coounty crash..possible Megan’s law violation investigated by state police at Lewis Run….
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The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 1,116 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, 2019, including seven collisions in which eight people were killed.
Of the 1,116 crashes investigated, 73 were alcohol related and 247 people were injured. State police made 729 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend. The total represents a 14 percent increase from the 637 DUI arrests made during the same period in 2018. Troopers also issued 14,028 speeding citations, 1,366 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 205 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.
These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
Total Crashes Fatal Crashes People Killed People Injured Alcohol-Related Crashes Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2018 1,116 4 4 213 80 0
2019 1,116 7 8 247 73 1
DUI Arrests Speeding Citations Child Seat Citations Seat Belt Citations Other Citations
2018 637 13,863 136 1,256 18,320
2019 729 14,028 205 1,366 19,144
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
While there were injuries, no one was seriously hurt in a multi-vehicle pile up including tractor trailers Monday evening in Tioga Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police the collisions began when Holly Partyka of Fairport, NY applied the brakes on her southbound Ford F-150XLT while making right curve. The truck spun around and the U-Haul Trailer it was hauling overturned on the road. Bobir Kurbanov of Philadelphia who was a behind Partyka tried unsuccessfully to avoid impact by steering his Volvo Tractor Trailer to the left. The rig continued on for a short distance and then collided with two concrete barriers. Both units were disabled. Then, a minute or so later, while Harinder Bains of Brampton, ON and Richard Innocent of Miami, FL parked the rigs along side the road, as Milan Milosavljevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario approached, he braked but his Volvo slid out of control on the icy road and hit the trailers hauled by the other two semis, one on each side of the road. Partyka and her passenger, Francis Connelly of Penfield, Milosavljevic and Innocent were all taken to area hospitals. Bains and Kurbanov were not hurt. Partyka was arrested for possessing marijuana.
Troopers at Lewis Run cited a Butler, PA driver for failing to stay within her own lane after a one-vehicle crash. Elizabeth Rodriguez was going east on Route 6 near Detrick Road in Wetmore Township Sunday afternoon when her Chevrolet Trail Blazer went off the road, hit two road signs and a ditch before stopping. Rodriguez was not hurt.
Coudersport based state police cited a Lancaster driver for failing to stay on the right side of the road after a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Abbott Township. Authorities say Andrew Fridy was going south on Club Hill Road when his truck hit an embankment, struck a tree, reentered the highway and then rolled over. Fridy had to be extricated by the Jaws of Life and was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with unknown injuries.
A suspected violation of Megan’s Law on Route 446 in Eldred Township remains under investigation by state police at Lewis Run. A suspect reportedly failed to comply with verification requirements.
Frisco W. Short, 90, of Coudersport passed away Friday November 29, 2019 at Sweden Valley Manor. Born November 12, 1929 to Mark and Eloise (Harding) Short in Afton, OK, Frisco entered the US Army in 1952 and served for 25 years earning the rank of Colonel. Mr. Short was active in the churches where he lived and taught Sunday School, served on boards and provided security for his church. He loved his family and his country, and wrote a book with President Gerald Ford.
Frisco is survived by a son: Scott Short (Laurie) of Red Lion, PA; a daughter: Sallie Culberth (Tim) of Hot Springs, AK; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a brother: Colonel Jim Short (Rose) of the Philippines. He was preceded in death by: his parents, wife, and 1 brother: Mark Short.
In accordance with his wishes, Colonel Short will be interred, with military honors, in a private ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. His family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA 16901 with his arrangements. To share a memory of condolence, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com
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