Tuesday October 31, 2017

Monday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 33; .12” rain

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BFB Headlines (October 31, 2017)Flooding reported to our east….Police warn parents about pot laced treats….Cyber thieves open credit card accounts in local woman’s name….DuBolis woman accused of not returning U-Haul truck….items stolen from storage units in Tioga County….Speed blamed for McKean County crash….traffic flow improves in Coudersport and two area bridges have been re-opened…nex on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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While we have received three inches or more of rain over the last few days, there have been no reports of severe flooding in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. However, several counties to our east have not been so lucky. Numerous roads in Bradford, Lycoming, Union and Snyder were closed Sunday due to flooding and some have not yet re-opened.

Just in time for Halloween, state police are advising parents to be on the look-out for marijuana laced candy and treats.
There have been multiple recent reports of candy and other edible forms of marijuana in New Jersey and nearby states. These edible forms of marijuana pose a great risk to users, especially children who could accidentally receive them during the Halloween season.
Marijuana candy contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. The THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90 percent compared to 10-20 percent found in marijuana vegetation.[1]
Marijuana candy products can come in many forms, including but not limited to, cookies, brownies, lollipops, gummies, chocolates, and other hard candies. Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite, and slow reaction time. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and short-term forgetfulness.
In May 2017, a ten-year-old boy from Ramapo, New York was sent to the emergency room after ingesting a marijuana-infused sour gummy candy. The boy experienced symptoms of nervousness and nausea.
Recommendations for Halloween Candy
Adults should check for unusual candy packaging, such as homemade, plastic bag packages.
Adults should also check for an odor that is similar to the smell of a marijuana plant.
Read the packaging of name brand candy, as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone.
Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves when checking the candy.
Immediately contact your local police department if you believe that your child has received marijuana candy.
Immediately seek medical assistance if you believe that you or your child has ingested marijuana candy.

Coudersport based state police are investigating an ID theft victimizing a local resident. Criminals opened numerous credit cards in Carrie Bowman’s name on October 16. A $900 charge was made on one of the accounts.

Troopers at Ridgway probing a motor vehicle theft occurring earlier this month. Authorities claim a DuBois woman rented a U-Haul 15 foot box truck from Mack’s Auto Brynedale and failed to return the truck on October 12 as per the rental agreement. Police say Macks Auto has made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the woman

Burglars forced their way into several storage units at Evergreen Self Storage on Route 6 in Tioga County between October 17 and 27. Items were stolen from some of the units. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

Tioga County authorities apprehended a fugitive on October 17 in Lawrence Township. No details were provided but troopers say 50 yer old Edward Cushing is wanted in New York State.

Charges may be pending against a known suspect who is accused of writing a bad check to Moon’s Farm Yard Center in Ulysses on October 2. State police allege the suspect, whose name they did not release, paid the business $212.00 for lawn mower repair with a worthless check.

A Kane driver escaped injury in a speed related crash Monday evening in Wetmore township. According to Kane-based state police 22 year old John Welch was going to fast while headed north on Highland Road when his Mazda 6 spun off the road on a left curve, hit an embankment and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

A hit and run on in Oswayo Township last Friday afternoon remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersport barracks. An unknown southbound vehicle went off of either the Kibbeville Road or Big Hollow Road and struck a pole; holding several mailboxes, one of which received minor damage.Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

With the arrival of colder weather and the approaching end of road construction season, there’s some good news for area motorists. Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting that while the Main Street Bridge will not ready to be opened for at least a week, most Main and East Second Streets have been re-opened to traffic after months of re-construction. Until the bridge is re-opened, the detour still on Eulalia Street for traffic going West on Rt. 6 will remain in The traffic lights at Mill and East Second have been deactivated and will be taken down. She reports crews will be resurfacing Eulalia Street sometime, but of course everything now is weather dependent. The street has received additional wear and tear serving as the westbound detour throughout the Main Street renovation project.



PennDot announces the new Route 44 bridge near the village of Clara in Potter County, reopened to traffic on Friday, October 27. The bridge spans Clara Creek in Clara Township.
A West Branch Road (Route 2002) bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County, has also reopened to traffic.. The bridge spans the west branch of Potato Creek near the Village of Betula.
With the bridges reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridges until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.
The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in Spring 2018.

The bridges are two out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

The Oswayo Valley High School has been designated a Title I High Achievement reward school. To qualify for this distinguished award, schools must meet the following criteria: Highest five percent Title I schools based on combined mathematics and reading proficiency for PSSA or Keystone exams, meet all four annual measurable objectives (AMOs) including: Test participation in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone exams, graduation rate, closing the achievement Gap in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone exams, closing the achievement gap in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams for historically underperforming students; and, not a priority or focus school. The school will be recognized at the Federal Programs Conference in January. Superintendant Dr. Michele S. Harzell congratulated students, teachers, administrators, and staff for their outstanding work in achieving the honor