Tuesday January 14, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 24

TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 47

TUE NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 35

WED-SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW, LOW 34

WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW, LOW 19

THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 31

THU NIGHT-SNOW, LOW 24

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Obituary: Dorothy “Dottie” Quimby, Gaines

Charges filed against teens pictured online for assaulting wounded deer….Burglary at Emporium home investigated…vandals caused $1000 in damage to Tioga County home…State police investigate several DUI cases….Potter County Seniors 2 Seniors receive funding from Northwest Bank Foundation….

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission filed charges late last week against two Brookville, Pa. teenagers who recorded social-media videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer.Charged are Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Each faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty, as well as several other misdemeanor and summary counts.A detailed list of the charges against each defendant and the possible maximum sentences based on those charges appears at the bottom of this news release.The Nov. 30 incident for which Smith and his accomplice were charged has been seen by thousands of people worldwide who viewed the videos. The Game Commission became aware of the incident soon after the videos were posted, when one viewer shared a video to the agency’s Facebook page. The agency immediately launched an investigation.Each defendant was interviewed as part of the investigation and confirmed they were hunting together Nov. 30 in an enclosed tree stand on property Smith’s family owns in Beaver Township, Jefferson County. The juvenile shot and wounded a buck, then missed with a follow-up shot. The deer was immobilized, video was taken, then shared through the messaging app Snapchat. One recipient of the video saved it to his phone and contacted the Game Commission, and his phone, as well as the defendants’ phones, were seized for forensic analysis.Smith was arraigned on charges before Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Paperwork containing the juvenile’s charges also was filed, which begins the process of the charges being sent to juvenile court.Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said the filing of charges brings to an end a thorough investigation about an incident that has drawn much attention and public outrage. Burhans said posts about the incident on the agency’s Facebook page have made clear the contempt hunters hold for the actions depicted on the video.

Posts by followers of the Game Commission’s social-media pages made it clear that many were keeping track of the case as the investigation continued. Some expressed frustration with the length of time it took for charges to be filed, but in cases where charges likely are to be brought under the state’s Game and Wildlife Code, it’s important to complete a thorough investigation before filing any charges because a hearing on the charges might be held soon afterward, and the case closed permanently.

Even in this case, where there was video of an unlawful act, investigators had to determine it happened in Pennsylvania, where the Game Commission has authority to file charges, as well as collect evidence to prove the teens committed the act and posted the videos.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission does not release the names of minors who are charged with violations of the state Game and Wildlife Code.

Charges filed

Charges were filed against two Brookville, Pa. teens who recorded social-media videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer. A list of the charges they face and the maximum penalties associated with each appear below.

Alexander Brock Smith    18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

Up to 7 years incarceration

Up to $15,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

Up to 7 years incarceration

Up to $15,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

Up to 7 years incarceration

Up to $15,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

Up to 7 years incarceration

Up to $15,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5533(a) – Cruelty to Animal – M2

Up to 2 years incarceration

Up to $5,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 6301(a)(1)(i) – Corruption of Minors – M1

Up to 5 years incarceration

Up to $10,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 4910(1) – Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence – M2

Up to 2 years incarceration

Up to $5,000 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2162(a) – Disturbance of Game or Wildlife – S1

Up to 3 months incarceration

$1,000 to $1,500 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2307(a) – Unlawful Possession Game or Wildlife – S2

Up to 1 month incarceration

$400 to $800 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2308(a)(10) – Unlawful Devices and Methods – S4

$150 to $300 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2102(a); 58 Pa. Code § 141.20 – Regulations; Protective Material Required – S5

$100 to $200 in fines

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

17-year-old juvenile

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 5533(a) – Cruelty to Animal – M2

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

18 Pa.C.S. § 4910(1) – Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence – M2

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2162(a) – Disturbance of Game or Wildlife – S1

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2307(a) – Unlawful Possession Game or Wildlife – S2

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2308(a)(10) – Unlawful Devices and Methods – S4

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

34 Pa.C.S. § 2102(a); 58 Pa. Code § 141.20 – Regulations; Protective Material Required – S5

Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

Multiple years of hunting license revocation

 

A burglary at an Emporium home  on January 7 is being investigated by state police there. A 20 year old woman told officers that she found her front door open at around 6:30 am. It had been locked when she went to sleep the night before. It does not appear anything was taken from the East Second Street home.

Vandals caused an estimated $1000 in damage to the siding and windows on a house owned by a 34 year old Mansfield between 10:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday by firing BBs at the  house on Ashley Hill Road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

State police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a Roulette woman suspected of DUI. The 27 year old was stopped while driving her 2002 Jeep on North Main Street in Port Allegany  early Saturday morning. One of  her passengers was taken to the McKean County Jail on a misdemeanor warrant.

Troopers at Ridgway did release the name of a DUI suspect. Timothy Raffeinner,50,  of Kersey  over on Fairview  Road in Fox Township early Saturday morning for traffic violations  while driving a 2018 Ford.

An 18 year old Whitesville, NY resident was arrested for DUI by Coudersport based state police who were called to the Acorn Market in Genesee Saturday afternoon for a male exhibiting erratic behavior at the gas pumps. Police allegedly found him passed out in his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and was taken to UPMC Cole for Chemical testing. His name also was not released by authorities.

The Potter County  Seniors to 2 Seniors Program recently received a big boost from the Northwest Bank Charitable Trust. The generous donation helps underwrite this important program where senior citizens are being taught basic computer skills, digital literacy and cybersecurity. This knowledge will enable them to utilize the many benefits of high-speed Internet. Area high school students assist instructor Brent Bryant, Seneca Highlands CTC Network Systems Technology Instructor, as he guides area senior citizens through a series of technology classes that cover staying connected to friends and family, utilizing telemedicine and online banking, and much more.

The Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections, the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, the Seneca Highlands CTC and our local school districts have teamed up to implement this county-wide initiative. The Seniors 2 Seniors technology course is being offered at each of the four senior centers in Potter County on an eight-week rotating schedule, meeting on Wednesdays from 12:45 – 1:45 PM (following the school districts’ calendars), throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The first Seniors 2 Seniors course at the Shinglehouse Senior Center has concluded, and the course at the Coudersport Senior Center will run until February 5th. The course is scheduled at the Ulysses Senior Center (February 12th – April 1st) and at the Galeton Senior Center (April 8th – May 27th).

Interested seniors  can register by calling the Potter County Education Council at (814) 274-4877, registering on the Potter County Education Council’s website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or stop by the Potter County Education’s Coudersport office at 5 Water Street.

 

Obituary

Dorothy D. “Dottie” QUIMBY, 80, of Gaines, PA, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.  Born December 16, 1939, in Gaines in the home her father built, she was the daughter of Rex and Elizabeth Leipold Davis.  A 1957 graduate of Galeton High School, she studied at the Williamsport School of Commerce.  On July 12, 1997, in Gaines, she married James W. “Jim” Quimby, who predeceased her on October 24, 2017.  In 1960, she began serving as a deputy under her mother, Elizabeth Davis, Tioga County Register and Recorder.  Dottie was elected Register and Recorder in 1976 and served until 1984.  She served as Tioga County Auditor from 1989 – 1996.  An active member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, she served as a Sunday school teacher, pianist, and youth group leader.  She was a member of the Gaines-Elk Council of Republican Women, Tioga County Council of Republican Women, Potter County Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Galeton Library, Order of the Eastern Star #53 in Galeton and Mary Wells Chapter in Wellsboro, Lady Rebekah Lodge #439 in Gaines, Gaines Thimble Club, and secretary of the Tioga County Historical Society.  Surviving are:  four children, Janet (Dave) Green of Gaines, Sharon (Patrick Hogston) Jones of New Braunfels, TX, Nell Jones of Ft. Wayne, IN, Darren (Sharley) Jones of Wellsville, NY;  five step-children, Robin (Mike) Kuleck of Emporium, Alan (Sharon) Quimby of Wellsboro, Andy Quimby of Germany, Tim (April) Quimby of Manchester, and Christopher (Amy) Quimby of Hudson, NH;  twelve grandchildren;  and eighteen great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Donald Davis. A funeral service was held on Monday at 11:00 AM at Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church. Pastor Nathaniel L. Reeve  officiated.  Burial will be in Homer Cemetery, Coudersport.  Memorials may be made to the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2, Galeton, PA 16922 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.