Monday October 30, 2017

Sunday’s high, 44; Overnight low, 35; 2.92” rain weekend total.

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BFB Headlines (Monday October 30,2017) NY State driver accused of running from police….Sleepy Harrison Valley man hurt in one-vehicle crash….Speeding charge filed against an Elk County teen….car/deer collisions on increase…..Potter County juvenile accused of harassment….Blossburg man arrested for trying to steal merchandise from Mansfield Walmart….attempted burglary and theft of false teeth investigated by state police at Coudersport…Mansfield state police have suspects in thefts of electronic games…Game Commission offers tips for avoiding deer on highway…….

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A Beaver Dams, NY man has been jailed in Tioga County after leading state troopers on a chase along Route 287 in Lawrenceville early last Sunday morning. State police claim 23 year old Bradey Smith took off after being stopped by the patrol officer. He was apprehended a short time later and allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned on charges of fleeing or eluding a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and a host of traffic violations.

Minor injuries were reported for an elderly Harrison Valley man who fell asleep at the wheel of his car Thursday morning. State police said 72 year old Thomas Harris was going west on Route 49 when he nodded off and caused his Mercedes Benz E350 to go off the road, hit a mail box and a tree before rolling over, coming to rest on its roof.

Saturday morning on the Laurel Mill Road in Ridgway Township. State police said the teen was going too fast on wet curvey road when his Dodge Dakota ‘s brakes locked up and sent the car off the side of the road where it entered a drain basis and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

Motorists are experiencing an increase in car/deer encounters across the region. State police report Dan English of Morrisdale was not hurt when his Chevrolet Malibu hit an embankment on Wyckoff Run Saturday morning. After he swerved to miss a deer while going north. The car rolled over an embankment before stopping. Tracy Parker of Tioga, PA escaped injury last Monday morning when his Dodge Journey hit a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township. An no injuries were reported for an Amherst, NY driver whose car hit a deer on Route 15 in Tioga Township last Thursday night. Gregory Murray was going north when the whitetail crossed the road in front of his Mercedes Benz S550.

A Potter County juvenile has been arrested for harassment. State police assert the boy repeatedly committed acts against Austin resident Penny Fuller last week.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against Gary Gerow of Blossburg. Mansfield based state police contend that Gerow tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart Friday night with merchandise without paying for the items.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are investigating an attempted burglary at a camper on the Loucks Mills road in Pike Township last week. Wouild-be burglars entered the camper owned by Gale Perovich of Galeton through the front door without damaging the door or lock and apparently nothing was disturbed inside.

But do they fit? Thieves stole a set of false teeth belonging to Douglas Hand from his vehicle while it was parked at his home on Route 49 West in Harrison Township btween 6:00pm on October 14 and 6:00 pm October 16.

State police relate they have three suspects in two separate thefts of electronic games. Cops did not release names but assert a 37 year old Wellsboro man is suspected of stealing a PlayStation 4, X Box 360,Xbox one and about 20 games from the home of Lyndsey Deming on Ore Bed Road, Mansfield between 7:00 am and 1:30 pm October 6. Two 23 year old Westfield men are blamed for illegally taking a PlayStation 4 from the home of Amanda Mead on McCallister Street om Wesfield between 8:00 pm October 14 and 6:00 am October 15.

The theft of a mailbox in Brockport is being investigated by troopers at Ridgway. The mailbox, valued at $40 belonged to Barbara Jackson and was taken sometime between 4:30 pm Friday and 10:30 am Saturday from her property on Askey Drive.

Earlier in this report, we noted car/deer encounters are in the increase across the region..- With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.
Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel, sometimes several dozen miles, to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter.
Add to this the fact autumn sees a number of people taking part in outdoor activities that might flush deer from forested areas or briar thickets, and that deer are more actively feeding to store energy for winter months, and it quickly becomes evident why motorists might be more likely to encounter deer on roads.
When daylight saving time ends Nov. 5, there also will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.
Each year, insurance provider State Farm compiles a report on the likelihood drivers in each state will collide with a deer or other large animal, and Pennsylvania regularly is near the top of list. This year is no exception. In the 2017 report, released earlier this month, Pennsylvania remained third among states. According to the report, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-63 chance of experiencing a collision with a deer or other large animal – a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.
Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Just paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a difference.

Deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.
A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the Game Commission region office representing the county where the accident occurred and an agency dispatcher will collect the information needed to provide a free permit number, which the caller should write down.

A resident must call within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. A passing Pennsylvania motorist also may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.
Those taking possession road-killed deer also are advised of rules related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) that prohibit the removal of high-risk deer parts – essentially the head and backbone – from any established Disease Management Area (DMA). Those parts must be removed before the deer is transported outside a DMA. For DMA maps, the complete list of high-risk parts and other information on CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website at

Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions either must be turned over to the Game Commission, or may be purchased for $10 per point by the person who claims the deer. Also, removing antlers from road-killed bucks is illegal.

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to maintain their distance because some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law-enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.