Thursday January 16, 2020

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 Obituary: John Tauscher, Port Allegany

State police confiscate more than $8 million worth of illegal drugs in 4th Quarter 2019…Troopers investigate theft of diesel fuel from Shinglehouse business….Emporium man and teenager charged after scuffle…..Vandalism at Tioga County church probed….

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The Pennsylvania State Police have  announced  that troopers confiscated $8,770,800 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and other illicit drugs in the fourth quarter of 2019.In total, state police seized more than $43 million worth of illegal drugs in 2019, including nearly 300 pounds of heroin and fentanyl. In 2018, troopers confiscated over $66 million in prohibited drugs from the highways and communities of the commonwealth, including 197 pounds of heroin and fentanyl.

Fourth Quarter Drug Seizure Totals

Drug      Total Seized        Total Value of Amount Seized

Cocaine                79.54 lbs.             $1,749,880

Crack Cocaine    3.94 lbs.                $63,040

Heroin   43.44 lbs.             $1,476,960

Fentanyl              60 lbs.   $960,000

LSD         286 doses            $5,720

Marijuana THC – Liquid 26.93 pints          $180,431

Marijuana THC – Solid   54.9 lbs.                $274,500

Marijuana Plants             101 plants           $16,665

Processed Marijuana     1,016.44 lbs.       $3,049,320

Methamphetamines      81.92 lbs.             $819,200

MDMA – Ecstasy              0.33 lbs.                $10,924

MDMA – Pills     197 pills                $2,955

Other Narcotics                8.11 lbs.                $16,455

Other Narcotics (Pills)    36,976 pills          $144,750

Total Value         $8,770,800

State police also collected 830 pounds of prescription and other medication as part of its drug take-back program in the fourth quarter of 2019. There are 65 drug take-back boxes at state police stations throughout the commonwealth, providing a safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit

`The theft of some diesel fuel from a Ceres Township business is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Sometime between 11:00 pm last Friday and 10:00 am Tuesday, thieves siphoned off about 200 gallons of diesel fuel from two parked vehicles at Wayne Paving and Contracting.

An Emporium man and a teenager have both been cited with physical harassment for a fight taking place over the weekend at  a home on Eddies Run Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police claim a 33 year old man and a 17 year old boy attacked each other during an argument a few minutes after 11:00 o’clock Sunday morning.

Vandalism at a Tioga  County church is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Unknown culprits, using a BB gun fired multiple shots at the Whitneyville United Methodist Church causing an estimated $700 in damage to the vinyl siding sometime last week. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.


 John H, Tauscher, 94, of E. Mill St.,Port Allegany passed away Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2020) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.   Born August 28, 1925, in Roulette, PA, he was a son of William and Sue B. Conrad Tauscher.  On Nov. 1, 1947, in Port Allegany, he married Gloria K. Kaziska, who died Aug. 21, 2003. They were married 56 years.     Mr. Tauscher was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Roulette High Schoolclass of 1943.       John was employed with the Pittsburgh Corning Co. formerly of Port Allegany, as a foreman in the Glass blocks department, before his retirement.     He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his family.     Surviving are three daughters, Romona M. (Paul) Barber and Bernadette B. Tauscher both of Port Allegany, Catherine A. (Brian) Tenney of Long Island, NY; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Gloria, two brothers, Kenneth “Sandy” and William Tauscher; and two sisters, Doris McDonald and Bernice Tauscher.      Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 17, 2020) with Rev. Deborah Mallery, pastor of the Faith Church of Charity, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be made to:  Romona M. Barber
73 Katherine St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743