Monday January 13, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 62 (early); Overnight low, 33







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Cause of McKean County house fire investigated….icy roads blamed for accidents in two counties…Sheffield driver cited for speeding after McKean County crash with injuries…Theft of large sum of cash from Austin home being investigated by state police…Scarnati sworn in again as president pro tempore of state senate….

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The cause of a fire which destroyed a two-story frame dwelling on Route 6 in Hamlin Township Friday morning is being investigated. Flames broke out just before 7:30 in a second story bedroom  at the home occupied by a 60 year old man, 39 year old woman and 13 year old girl. Everyone was able to get out safely and no injuries were reported. Damage is estimated to be $100,000.

Icy roads are blamed for some accidents across the region. Robert Clark of Weedville escaped injury when  his GMC Envoy slid across Four Points Road in Fox Township Elk County early last Thursday morning and hit a tree.

James Lehman of Emporium also escaped injury in a weather related accident Saturday morning  a few minutes after 7:00 o’clock. He was going south on Route 155 when his Ford Ranger XL fishtailed due to icy and hit some guardrails, continued fishtailing until it came to rest against a tree.

One passenger was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in  Hamilton Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run cited 50 year old Sharon Munt of Sheffield for speeding after her eastbound  Nissan Sentra went off of Route 6 on a left hand curve and crossed to the other side hitting some concrete stairs at a residence when Munt overcorrected. One passenger, Mackenzie Munt, 22, of Sheffield was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of unknown injury while the driver and two other passengers escaped injury.

A Lewis Run driver refused treatment for a minor injury following a one vehicle crash Saturday evening in Lewis Run. Charles Harpster was going north on Lafayette Avenue when his GMC Envoy went off of the road when he tried to turn left to travel south , traveled about 33 feet, struck a traffic sign then continued another e12 feet before hitting a second traffic sign and four fence posts on private property. Harpster reportedly fled thw scene headed south but has been cited for careless driving.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary occurring last Friday morning. Thieves stole $4800 in currency from the home of  Jeremy Glover on Costello Avenue in Austin a little after 11:00 am.

The Pennsylvania Senate convened earlier this month in Harrisburg.  During session, State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was once again unanimously re-elected by members of the Senate to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2020.

This is the fourteenth time Senate colleagues have elected Senator Scarnati to the third-highest constitutional office in the Commonwealth.  The Honorable Chief Justice Thomas Saylor administered the Oath of Office to Scarnati.  Following being sworn-in as President Pro Tempore, Senator Scarnati offered brief remarks encouraging bi-partisanship and cooperation.

“I thank the Members of the Senate for their trust and faith in me to lead this Chamber.  We have much that we can accomplish in the coming year.

“By working together and compromising we can help improve the economic well-being of working families across our Commonwealth.”

Senator Scarnati is currently serving his fifth term in the Senate. He was born and raised in Brockway, Jefferson County, and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.