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Tuesday’s High 27; Overnight low, minus 5
WED-SUNNY, HIGH IN THE MID 30s
WED NIGHT-LOW IN THE LOW TEENS
THU-CLOUDS BUILD, HIGH IN THE UPPER 30s
THU NIGHT-LOW IN THE UPPER 20s
FRI-PERIODS OF RAIN AND SNOW, HIGH 37
FRI NIGHT-LOW 30
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Tougher hand-free cellphone law approved in state House….Ag Dept. reminds dog owners it’s time to get license……Sweden Township police investigating theft of equipment from parked trailer…Smethport woman and passenger escape burning pick up truck….Vandalism on gas company property probed by state police…
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After many months of deliberation, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announces that her hands-free cellphone legislation, House Bill 37, was passed by the House with a vote of (120-74).
House Bill 37 would establish the prohibition on using an interactive wireless communication device (cellphone) while a person is operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway.
The prohibitions in this bill include:
- For an adult (18 years or older) – They may not use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway. An adult is still able to use their cell phone through Bluetooth or as a GPS, if they don’t grasp or support the phone with any part of their body. In addition, an adult would not be able to use their phone to write, send or read any text-based communications, record or broadcast a video or picture, and/or watch a video or movie on a cell phone while driving. The violation of the prohibition for an adult is a secondary offense, which means a driver or a passenger can receive a citation but only after a driver has been pulled over for a primary offense.
- For a minor (under 18 years) – They may not control a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway. The only exceptions for a minor are calling law enforcement or other emergency services, using the phone as a GPS while it is affixed to the vehicle, or when the vehicle is stopped outside the roadway. The violation of the prohibition for a minor is a primary offense.
The penalty for violating this prohibition states that the individual will be subject to a $150 fine and a summary offense.
More information on this legislation can be found at legis.state.pa.us.
The state department t of agriculture is reminding dog owners that it’s time to license. your dog. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.In addition to finding a way home for lost dogs, dollars spent on a license allow the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to protect dogs in kennels, keep track of dangerous dogs and investigate reports from Pennsylvanians.All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.Dog licenses are available from local county treasurer and other licensing agents.
The Sweden Township police department is asking for help from the public in solving a theft occurring on the Coudersport side of Denton Hill over the past couple of weeks. Thieves stole a about $1000 worth of tarps, stakes and straps from a trailer parked along Route 5. Straps were also damaged during the theft. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 911 or the Sweden Township Police Department @ 814.274.0656.
Coudersport based state police have arrested a Warren woman for drug possession. Troopers claim when they stopped 29 year old Nikki Poland on Route 6 at the Loucks Mills Road on the afternoon of December 12, they determined she was driving her 2004 Chevolet Malibu under the influence of drugs and charges have been filed in district court.
A Coudersport woman escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Allegany Township. According to state police, Julie Thompson was going east, negotiating a right curve when her Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the pavement and into a ditch.
No injuries were reported for a Smethport woman and her passenger following a fiery one-vehicle accident Satruday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers say Alicyn Zuver was going north on Route 46 when her Chevy Silverado spun around about 180 degreebefore sliding into a utility pole. After impact, the pole fell onto the truck bed and caused the pick up to catch on fire. She and her 17 year old male passenger were able to get out the truck safely.
Vandalism to property along National Fuel Drive in Wharton Township, Potter County is being investigated by state police. Criminals damaged property owned by National Fuel & Gas between January 14 and yesterday.