Monday October 2, 2017


State police are investigating the deaths of two Coudersport residents….Accidental fire causes heavy damage to Elk County home….Two people seriously hurt in collision near Eldred….Kane man seriously hurt in one-vehicle crash…Equipment stolen from pick up near Shinglehouse and tools taken from shed near Coudersport…..PILT checks have been received by area municipalities….

Obituaries: Herbert Hanes (Sunderlinville) & Jay McGee, Sr. (Roulette)

Sunday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 36; no rain







Coudersport based state police are continuing their investigation into the death of two Coudersport residents this weekend. The bodies of 23 year  old  Brenton Tubbs and 31 year old Krystal Howard were discovered at their home on Williams Way in Home Township at around 6:00 am Sunday. Authorities did not release any more details but promised to issue updates as they become available.

A fire which caused $150,000 in damage to a Fox Township home last Thursday night has been ruled accidental. Heath Goodyear was home when the fire broke out at around 9:30 and was able to get out of the burning single structure wood frame house  on the Million Dollar Highway uninjured.

Two people were seriously hurt in a collision Saturday afternoon on the Prentisvale Road in Eldred Township. State police report the collision occurred when Harold Cummings of Buffalo was going south on the Barnum Road and failed to stop at the stop sign and drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee onto Route 346 where it struck a Hyundai Sonata driven by Vivian Shroyer of Eldred. Shroyer  and her passenger, Shannon Shroyer also of Eldred, were first taken to Olean General Hospital.  Shannon Schroyer  was later flown to Eric County Regional Medical Center in Buffalo.. Cumming’s and his passenger, Melissa Cummings of Sloan, NY were not hurt.

Serious injuries were also reported for a Kane driver following a one vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Wetmore Township. State police explained that August Rostan was going north on the West Kane road near Reigel Road when his Buick  Rainer went off the pavement on a left curve, hit a road sign and guard rail then collided with a stone wall, became airborne and rotated 180 degrees before stopping in a nearby stream. Rostan was taken to UPMC for treatment of serious injuries.

DUI charges are pending against 31 year old Robyn Scharf of Kersey. State police at Ridgway revealed that when they questioned Scharf after stopping her early Sunday morning on Brusselles Street  in St. Marys she appeared to have consumed alcohol before driving.

A theft on Pinneo Hill Roiad  south of the Eleven Mile Road August 23 or 24 is under investigation by state police at Coudersport. Thieves took a Pramac 2.5 kw generator with a red Honda engine, Stihl Model 026 chain saw various ratchet sets and McElroy tools for pipeline fusion were stolen from a pick up truck owned by James Maxson of Shinglehouse.

Burglars took two Surefire flashlights, two rolls of blue 5/16” tubing, fittings for maple sap, miscellaneous hand tools, and four lawn chairs from a shed on Jackson Road in Ulysses owned by Derek Hamilton. The theft occurred between September 17 and 27.

Vandals damaged the front yard at a camp on Browns Lane in Ulysses Township on September 20 owned by 75 year old John Brown of White Hall Maryland. A witness told police that a white dual wheeled truck hauling a trailer loaded with pipes caused the damage.

Kane-based state police are looking for culprits who knocked over a tombstone in the cemetery behind Falls Church of Charity sometime over the past month. The headstone belonged to Jenniver Klaiber of Wilciox

The Potter County Commissioners announced at last week’s meeting that the 67-percent increase of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for state forest and park lands approved by the state legislature after an intensive lobbying campaign has borne fruit. Checks were mailed out last week by the Treasury Department. As a result of the increase,  another $650,000 will be coming annually to Potter County, divided between school districts, local governments and the county. The increase applies to lands owned by the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources – increasing their total annual PILT amount from $3.60 to $6.00 per acre. Of that, $2.00 has been sent to the municipality, school district and county where the land is located. The $3.60 figure remains in place for property owned by the Pa. Fish & Boat Commission and Pa. Game Commission.

The higher payments will provide significant tax relief to some of Pennsylvania’s most stressed communities, particularly those in rural areas such as all of the counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel chaired. Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition which worked with lawmakers to have the increase materialize. Other leaders were Commissioners Pete Smeltz (Clinton), Phil Jones (Cameron) and Tony Mussare (Lycoming). Commissioner Chairman Doug Morely praised Heimel during the meeting, giving him credit for  pursuing the increase and accomplishing the goal. The group met individually with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and demonstrated the inequity between rural counties and urban communities. Morely said the increase is an example of what a small group can achieve,

Herbert L. HANES, 88, of Sunderlinville, PA, died Thursday, September 28, 2017 in his home.

Born June 5, 1929, in Pike Township, PA, he was the son of Leon C. and Vera Morgan Hanes.On June 5, 1951, in Sunderlinville, he married the former Naomi Johnson, who survives.

He was employed by the Elkland Leather Company, Eberle Tanning Co. in Westfield, and retired from Patterson Lumber in Galeton. Surviving besides his wife, Naomi, are:  six children, Rosemary (C. Earl) Kinter of Middlebury Center, PA, Wilma (Larry) Riley of Elmira, NY, Betty (Bob) Schurer of Oval, PA, Stuart Hanes of Scottsville, VA, Sandra (Sam) Fay of Lawrenceville, PA, and Ronald (Deborah) Hanes of Tioga, PA;  15 grandchildren;  12 great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Harry (Lucy) Hanes of Lawrenceville, PA, Robert Hanes of New Smyrna, FL, and Joseph (Judy) Hanes of Mills, PA;  a sister, Harriett (Frank) Arreola of Magna, UT;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Ross Young;  a son, Michael Herbert Hanes;  a grandson, Nathan Hanes;  and a brother, William Hanes.


Friends may call Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Dorothy Densmore will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. Memorials may be made to Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jay I. McGee, Sr., 88, of Burleson Ave., passed away Monday (Sept. 25, 2017) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.    Born June 15, 1929, in Betula, PA, he was a son of Gerald G. and Anna B. Leonard McGee.  On Jan. 11, 1956, in Frederick, MD, he married Lorraine E. Henry, who died 9/23/2003.  On Feb. 7, 2008, in Coudersport, he married Marion “June” Wright, who died 11/5/2013.     Mr. McGee had worked for North Penn Gas Co., Port Allegany, for many years, retiring in 1995.     Jay was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Navy.     He was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Smethport High School.       He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting & fishing.  He enjoyed visiting the girls at Drabee’s, but most of all he enjoyed his family.       Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Julie K. McGee of Roulette, two granddaughters, Amanda Edler and Jaden McGee, and a grandson, Jason McGee; 8 great-grandchildren: Brie, Rylee, Olivia, Emileigh, Kaitlyn, Drayden, Jayce, and Rennie; and several nieces and nephews.     He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Lorraine and Marion, a son, Jay I. McGee, Jr, who died Jan. 26, 2016, four brothers, Francis, Kenneth, Harold, and Gerald McGee; five sisters, Kathryn Prosser, Margaret Kinney, Helen Campbell, Lenora Laschesky, and Maude Murphy.     Friends will be received from 10- 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 7, 2017) in the Switzer Funeral Home, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randall Headley, officiating.     Memorials can be made to the Roulette Ambulance or Roulette Fire Department.

Condolences can be made to:  Julie K. McGee

P.O. Box 545

Wellsboro, PA  16901