January 2, 2020


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McKean County Chiropractor killed in New Year’s Eve collision….DUI charges pending against Kersey man after Tuesday afternoon crash…..Port Allegany man unhurt when tire from tractor trailer comes off and hits his vehicle….. …State police say accidents were down over the Christmas Holiday with no fatals…. New Phone system on line for Potter County Human Services

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Obituary: Betty Hurler Kibbe, Harrison Valley

A McKean County Chiropractor died New Year’s Eve in a collision on Route  155 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. According to Emporium based state police, 55 year old Mark Shaffer of Port Allegany was going south when his 2016 Ford F-250 crossed the center  line and collided with a Chevrole Colorado driven by Robert Setzer of Emporium. Shaffer was pronounced dead at the scene. Setzer was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of serious injuries.  Neither driver was using a seat belt.

DUI charges are pending against a Kersey man after a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Jay Township, Elk County. State police at Ridgway report Joseph Wonderly was going east on Cleveland Street when his Ford F-150XLT failed to make a right curve and struck a tree on the north berm. Wonderly was not injured.

No one was hurt in a mishap Monday evening on Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run explained a wheel came off of a trailer being hauled by a Kenworth semi operated by Cory Wilcox of New Brighton, PA and ran into a Ford Explorer driven by Martin Rosenswie of Port Allegany causing disabling damage.

The Pennsylvania State Police responded to 376 crashes and made 179 arrests for driving under the influence during the three-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, 2019. Troopers did not investigate a single fatal collision over midweek holiday – a welcome change from last year’s four-day Christmas enforcement period, which saw six people killed in five separate crashes investigated by state police.In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 1,885 speeding citations, 181 seatbelt citations, and 17 child safety seat citations.

These statistics cover only incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.


​                Enforcement Period       Total Crashes     Fatal Crashes     People Killed      People Injured  Alcohol-Related Crashes                Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes

2018       4 days   622         5              6              128         54           0

2019       3 days   376         0              0              78           40           0



​                Enforcement Period       DUI Arrests         Speeding Citations          Child Seat Citations         Seat Belt Citations                Other Citations

2018       4 days   330         2,460     58           289         5,543

2019       3 days   179         1,885     17           181         3,800

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

Potter County Human Services is upgrading its incoming telephone system for greater efficiency and public convenience. The numbers remain the same: 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560. A voice will welcome the caller and provide dialing options for each extension and/or individual.Once the selection is made, a receptionist will respond to assure that the call is directed to the appropriate party. Callers can press “0” at any time to access live assistance. The new service TOOK effect today.


Betty L. Hurler KIBBE, 83, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in her home.Born September 6, 1936, in Brookfield, PA, she was the daughter of Charles and Mildred Briggs Hurler.On September 24, 1954, in Harrison Valley, she married Edwin C. Kibbe, who survives.Betty was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for many years. Surviving besides her husband, Edwin, are:  two sons, Michael (Nancy) Kibbe and Donald (Deborah) Kibbe, both of Harrison Valley;  five grandchildren, Debbie (Craig) Gilbert, Charlie (Tara) Kibbe, Jack Fitzwater, Sheri (Matt) Slater, and Mike (Ciara) Kibbe, Jr.;  nine great-grandchildren, Dakota, Rhiley, Wyatt, Dylan, Myah, Maleah, Chelsea, Kinslee, and Jayde;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Hurler, Jr.;  and a sister, Pauline Smith;  a great-granddaughter, Shelby.Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, January 4, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Donald N. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co., 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927 or Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.To send flowers to Betty’s family, please visit the floral section.Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co., 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927 or Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.