Monday March 9, 2020

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 60; Overnight low 25







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Obituary: Marion, “Jack” Mitterer, Coudersport

Theft and vandalism at Hebron Township building investigated…..Austin teen cited for physical harassment…..One driver hurt in McKean County collision Friday afternoon….Elderly couple escape ijury in Elk County accident….State House issues a bi-partisan statement on coronavirus……

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Coudersport based state police are investigating a theft occurring on Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township, February 28, or 29th. Thieves went into the Hebron  Township building near the intersection with route 44 and stole a $2500 diesel fuel pump from a white diesel tank located behind the building. When the pump was removed from the tank, someone ripped the pump from the electrical wiring causing approximately $1,000 in damage

An  18 year old Austin resident has been arrested for physical harassment. State police at Coudersport allege Zachary Thomas pushed a juvenile to the ground and struck him in the back with his hand last Thursday afternoon in the borough.  Charges are being filed in District Court.

 One driver was hurt in a collision occurring Friday afternoon in Liberty Township McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred when Chelsea Vidonish of Port Allegany, was stopped at Coleman Mills Road attempting to make a left turn onto Route 6  and failed to notice John Boswell of Smethport  who was traveling East. The Viudonish Ford Fiesta continued to turn left and collided with Boswell’s Ford Escape. Vidonish  was taken to Olean General Hospital  for treatment of minor injuries.

 Mansfield based state  police report, a State College woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Friday afternoon on Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga  County. Lori Guay was going north when she reached down to unplug her phone, causing her Toyota Camry to veer off the western berm,  hitting the rumble strips.  She applied the  brakes causing the car to slide into the right lane and back across the left lane where it struck a guardrail.. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt. The car had to be towed from the scene.

State police at Lewis run are charging a 35 year old Kane man  with DUI after they were called to a location in Hamilton Hamilton Township on Route 6 Saturday evening for an erratic driver. A  traffic stop was conducted and the operator was said to be driving under the influence of alcohol. And they’ve also charged a 62 year old Brookville man for DUI after pulling him over at Lang Lane and South Avenue in Lewis run Saturday morning for a traffic violation. Upon investigation. troopers determined he’d been driving his 2008 Chevy Colorado under the influence of a controlled substance. He was placed under arrest and taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a legal blood draw. However, troopers did not release the names of either of those defendants.

State police  at Ridgway report an elderly St. Mary’s man and his wife escaped injury in a car/deer collision  occurring between Elm Street and  Route 255. last Thursday evening. 71 year old Raymond Blair was going north when a deer entered  the east side of the road and was struck by his Toyota Camry camera causing disabling damage. Blair and his wife, Donna, declined EMS  care and said they were not hurt.

The Pennsylvania House Leadership from the Republican and Democratic caucuses issue the following statement regarding the COVID-19 virus:“The House of Representatives continues to work with the legislature, the governor’s administration, multiple state agencies and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on statewide preparedness plans along with addressing potential impacts on our employees and their families. Meetings have occurred over the last few weeks to be as prepared as possible. We are ready to work to adjust state resources as necessary to address any COVID-19 related effects.“Our efforts to protect Pennsylvanians as much as possible will continue and we will provide legislative updates through our caucus websites and our members’ social media accounts. ”For more information on COVID-19 visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at

 Sinnemahoning State Park advises that the restroom in  Wildlife Center are closed today through Thursday for water well testing .The park office and Wildlife Center will remain open to visitors and a portable toilet will be available outdoors for visitors convenience. Anyone with questions should call the ceremony State Park at 814-647-8401.



Park advisory: Restrooms at Wildlife Center to be CLOSED Monday 3/9 – Thursday 3/12.




Water well testing at the Wildlife Center will require the water to be turned off and the inside restrooms closed for four days. The Park Office and Wildlife Center will remain open to visitors.  A portable toilet will be available outdoors for visitors’ convenience. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at or 814-647-8401.


Marion E. “Jack” MITTERER, 90, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, March 6, 2020 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born August 14, 1929, in Fox Hill, Ulysses, PA, he was the son of Franklin E. and Dorothy May Mitterer.On October 25, 1953, in Clairton, PA, he married the former Phyllis J. Lukach, who predeceased him on September 18, 2018.A 1948 graduate of Ulysses High School, he was employed by DCNR at Ole Bull State Park for 26 years, retiring as a foreman. Jack was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA, the Audubon Society, Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses, and the Coudersport Consistory.Surviving are: a son, Joseph (Cathy) Mitterer of Albers, IL; three gramdchildren, Sarah (Eric) Lindow, Candace (Todd) Moore, and Jeremiah Mitterer; five great-grandchildren, Paige Kellerman, Ella Kellerman, Gwendelyn Lindow, Renley Lindow, and Cullen Lindow; a brother, Marvin A. (Ellen) Mitterer of Trumansburg, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Christopher E. Mitterer on March 19, 2019; and two sisters, Marlene A. Patrick in 1984 and Maxine Graham in 2011. Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948. Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Ulysses. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.

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