Tuesday January 15, 2018

Black Forest Express

Monday’s high, 29; Overnight low 18; no precipitation
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 An elderly Wellsboro man died in a collision Monday morning…..State police at Coudersport have yet to release details about a fatal crash last week in Potter County……Troopers at Mansfield say they have a suspect in a camp burglary where he allegedly used furniture to start a bonfire….Pennsylvania agencies team up to fight human trafficking…..

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An elderly Wellsboro man died in a collision Monday morning on Route 287in Delmar Township. According to Mansfield based state police, just before 7:00 am, a Buick Centruy driven by 59 year old Dale Dutcher crossed the center line while going south near the Coolridge Hollow Road and went into the northbound lane where it was hit by a Mack water tanker driven by Justin Burton of Morris Run. Dutcher was pronounced dead at the scene due to severe impact. Burton was not hurt.

Coudersport based state police have yet to release details about a fatal crash taking place one week ago on the Eleven Mile Road in Sharon Township. Nancy Raddick, 676 of Shinglehouse reportedly died at UPMC Cole from injuries she suffered in that accident. State police tell Black Forest Broadcasting News that the news release is awaiting the officer in charge’s signature.

State police at Mansfield say they have a suspect in a camp burglary taking place on the day after Christmas on Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township. The suspect allegedly broke into the camp owned by Clement Laskoski of Kulpmont, PA and tried to start a fire to stay warm. The suspect reportedly took furniture from the porch and placed it on the front yard where he started a bonfire. A wooden outdoor table, valued at $100 was destroyed.

Executives from the Pennsylvania departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Human Services (DHS), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs were joined by advocates and a human trafficking survivor last week to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking and educate the public on the issue.
Human trafficking is the exploitation of people using force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex, forced labor or domestic servitude.

According to the International Labor Organization, there are 21 million victims of human trafficking globally generating $150 billion annually for traffickers. January is recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, with Jan. 11 marking #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of trafficking.

PennDOT is one of the first state government agencies nationwide to educate its employees on human trafficking awareness, with all staff at driver’s license centers and Welcome Centers receiving training.

The training was also made available to other department employees, transit agency employees and is available online under the “Human Trafficking” Media Center at www.penndot.gov.
The National Human Trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888) is a 24/7 resource for victims and service providers that also collects data about human trafficking for every state and the District of Columbia. Since 2007, the hotline has received a total of 3,994 calls that generated 1,046 cases in Pennsylvania.

As of June of 2018, the hotline received 246 calls that led to 127 reported cases in Pennsylvania. Of those cases, 106, or 83 percent, dealt with sex trafficking.

Fourteen cases, or 11 percent, dealt with labor trafficking, three cases were not specified as either sex or labor trafficking, and four cases were a combination of both.

In 2017, 562 calls were received, and they led to 199 reported cases, of which 154 dealt with sex trafficking, 23 dealt with labor trafficking, 15 were not specified as either and seven were a combination of both.

Most of the individuals who placed calls were concerned community members who knew the signs of trafficking and how to report to the authorities.

Members of the PSP Organized Crime Task Force participate in human trafficking investigations that lead to arrests and prosecutions with multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the PA Office of Attorney General.
The public is urged to report potential human trafficking situations to the national hotline, which coordinates with law enforcement and other professionals, at 1-888-373-7888. While it is challenging to identify a trafficking situation, potential warning signs could include:

lack of knowledge of a person’s community or whereabouts;
restricted or controlled communication where people cannot speak for themselves;
people not in control of their own identification documents; or
signs of branding or tattooing of a trafficker’s name (often on the neck).

Concerned citizens are urged to say something if they see something. If you suspect a trafficking situation, it is better to call the hotline and be wrong than to not call at all.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, targeting the most vulnerable.

Representatives from the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, including Director Shea Rhodes and Survivor Leader Tammy McDonnell, participated in the event and shared first-hand experiences in human trafficking.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research also joined the event.
PennDOT has compiled resources from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to end human trafficking, Pennsylvania-based resources as well as related videos and graphics in its “Human Trafficking” Media Center at www.penndot.gov.

Monday January 14, 2019


Sunday’s high,28 ; Overnight low, 0; no precip.







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Obituary: Nancy Baddick, Shinglehouse

 Wilcox man jailed for firing shot toward another Wilcox resident…..Wellsboro couple charged with harassment after trying to stop car repossession…..Investigation continues into Kane House Fire….Brake failure causes Tioga County accident….Kane based state police still refusing to identify drivers and passengers……

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A dispute between two Wilcox men has resulted in one of them being charged with shooting at the other. Troopers at Ridgway explain Brandon Dilley, 33, went to the home of 34 year James Biel at 1905 Raselass Road last Tuesday night to retrieve personal property. A verbal argument escalated to the point where Biel allegedly fired a gun just passed Dilley’s head. Biel disappeared but a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was picked up last Thursday night., After being arraigned before District Judge Martin, Biel was committed to the Elk County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A Wellsboro couple is being charged with harassment after they allegedly tried to prevent a lawful vehicle repossession last Thursday night at 48 Route 549 in Richmond Township. Daryl Abplanalp, 27, and Jessie Catherman, 24 are facing a charge of disorderly conduct Jonathan Edmonson of Bloomsburg was sent to retrieve the 2012 GMC Sierra.

The investigation is continuing into a fire which destroyed a two-story wood frame house on Hacker Street in Kane Friday morning. Shawn Beimel, 43, was not at home when flames were discovered at around 19:40 am. Damage is estimated to be $100,000. There were no injuries.

A brake problem is said to have caused a one-vehicle accident in Tioga County early Friday morning. Mansfield based state police report Collin Bleiler of Arnot, PA was going west when the brakes system failed, causing the left front wheel to lock up. The 2014Subaru WRX skidded across the Charleston Road and hit a large rock before rolling over a couple of times, finally coming to rest against a utility pole.

Kane-based state police, despite being advised against their new practice by headquarters, continue to leave off the names of drivers and passengers, even when they are 18 or older. A 21 year old Smethport driver has been cited for speeding following a one-vehicle crash last Thursday night on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. Troopers said the driver was not hurt after his Dodge Ram 2500 skidded out of control on the snow covered road on a right hand curve and fishtailed into the opposite lane, went back into its own lane, went off the pavement and struck a bridge rail.

Another crash was reported in that same general area Saturday afternoon. Troopers said 1 29 year old Eldred man was going east on Looker Mountain Trail when his Ford Ranger fishtailed off the road and hit a ditch. The truck became airborne coming to rest upside down.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Friday afternoon on the Prentisvale Road in Eldred Township. State police at Kane said the fender-bender occurred when a 64 year old  Eldred man was traveling west and tried unsuccessfully turn left into his driveway. His Ford F350 hit the rear-end of  an eastbound  Ford Fiesta driven by a 19 year old Coudersport man.


-Nancy D. Baddick, 67, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Tamaqua, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

Born on January 17, 1951 in Coaldale, she was a daughter of Edward and Grace Bennage DeLay.  On February 3, 1984 in Tamaqua, she married Thomas Baddick, who survives.

Nancy was a graduate of Marian Catholic High School in Tamaqua.  She was employed as an x-ray technologist at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg for many years.

Nancy and her husband moved to Shinglehouse 10 years ago.  She loved her home here. Raising and breeding Decker Terriers was her passion.  She enjoyed canning and making jelly for family and friends. She also enjoyed growing vegetables and flower gardening.  She loved animals of any kind.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Seth R. Parfitt of Durham, N.C. and Bryce Thomas Baddick of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Dr. Marissa B. (Marco) Abreu of Indianapolis, Indiana; a granddaughter, Delaney Parfitt; two sisters, Barbara DeLay of Tamaqua and Carol (John) Schickram of Hometown; a nephew, Bryan DeLay; two nieces, Amy Rarick and Johnna Schickram; and a grandnephew, Dylan DeLay.

Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Nancy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Nancy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Friday, January 11, 2019



Thursday’s high, 22; Overnight low, 11







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Obituaries: Jerome “Jerry” Eckert, Galeton and Calvin “Cal” Fuller, Shinglehouse

Accidental fire destroys Sharon Township home….Coudersport man accused of making terroristic threats…Two Ulysses man charged for harassing Sabinsville resident…Three people hurt in head-on crash in Hebron Township…Theft of pills and camp burglary investigated by state police…..State Farm Show ends Saturday.

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The cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon on Butter Creek Road in Sharon Township cannot be determined, however officials say it was accidental. Shinglehouse fire fighters were dispatched at 5:15 pm to the home of Jeanie Jackson. Chief Doug Estes told Black Forest Broadcasting News, when he arrived on scene, the one and a half story wood frame house was engulfed. Jackson had left the house only moments earlier with her two dogs. Chief Estes said there were no injuries and fire fighters pumped water from a nearby stream. The operation was hampered by stiff winds and bitter wind chills. Fire departments from Alma, Bolivar, Allentown, Portville  assisted Shinglehouse at the scene while Coudersport  stood by at the Shinglehouse station. All units were back in service at about 9:15 pm.

A Coudersport man has been arrested for making terroristic threats toward another Coudersport resident early Sunday morning. State police assert 47 year old Jody Nudd made threatening comments toward 68 year old Ronald Schneck while holding a fillet knife.  Nudd allegedly threatened Schneck’s dog and then asked Schneckk “Do you want some too?” Nudd is being charged with one count each of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment.

Joshua Yonkin, 26 of Galeton is accused of damaging property belonging to Chrisin Piccone also of Galeton during an argument at 23 Germania Street  early New Year’s morning. A wooden make-up box ($30) a 42”Vizio TV ($230 and a PS4 controller ($49) were damaged.

A charge of harassment is pending against two Ulysses men in connection incidents allegedly taking place last Sunday between 6:00 and 1:43pm. Authorities explain 85 year old Fred Powlus and 52 year old Fred Powlus repeatedly called 44 year old Bruce Mainus of Sabinsville for no reason  and then hung up on him.

Three people were hurt in a  head-on collision Wednesday morning on Route 44 in Hebron Township. State police at Coudersport say The collision occurred while Kadeidra Murray of Coudersport was headed north when her Pontiac Torrent crossed the center line and hit a Jeep Compass driven by Janet Healy of Shinglehouse. Both drivers and a passenger Aidan Healy of Shinglehouse were taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of unknown injuries. Both lanes of the highway were closed to traffic for about a half hour.

No injuries were reported for a Roulette driver whose car went off the north side of Route 6 in Eulalia Township Monday afternoon and hit an embankment before coming to rest in a parking lot.. The 2008 Isuzu sustained front end damage but could be driven.

Troopers at Kane say Sydney Shepherd of  Greencastle, PA was speeding when her Buick LaCrosse failed to make  a left hand turn on the Looker Mountain Trail Thursday afternoon. Shepherd swerved causing the car to go back across the road and hit a ditch where it became disabled. She was not urt.

State police at Emporium are investigating a burglary taking place between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm Wednesday at a home at 318 East 5th Street.  Intruders poured an unknown liquid through the apartment  of an 18 year old male; let his dog out of its crate and apparently damaged an Xbox One gaming console. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.486.3321.

Troopers did not indicate if there is a connection between the two crimes but report a 19 year old Emporium woman is being charged for harassment. Police di not release her name but  say she assaulted her 18 year old boyfriend at his apartment on Wednesday afternoon and broke a window pane out of a door during a disagreement. A 48 year old St. Marys man , apparently the landlord was also listed as a victim.

The name of a 27 year old Emporium resident, facing harassment and  trespassing  charges, was also not released by troopers there. However, police claim the suspect was told by the 49 year old property owner, in the past, not to return to the residence after being gain told to leave Thursday  morning. However the suspect allegedly returned and threatened to “beat up” the property owner.

A case of theft by deception is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Michael Garrison, 62, told authorities that when he picked up a prescription for a narcotic at the Walmart Pharmacy Sunday, he discovered the prescription was tampered with and some of the pills had been partially removed.

Coudersport based state police investigated a camp burglary at 395 Telescope Road in Ulysses Township between November 27 2018 and January 4, 2019. Burglars broke a glass window on the west side of the cabin and tried to steal a TV.  Damage to the window is estimated to be $100. The camp is owned by John Beiler of East Earl, PA

And Frederick and Freida Gilbert told police someone entered their property at 133 Germania Street in West Branch Township while they were away between 3:00 pm last Thursday and 8:30 pm Friday  Access was gained  through the couple’s garage.

Both the driver and passenger have been arrested for  drug possession by State Police at the Coudersport barracks. Troopers claim when they stopped 34 year old Sean Duffin of Harrison Valley on East Main Street on the afternoon of December 29, they determined he was driving under the influence Authorities allege Duffin was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and his passenger Nicholas Jeffers, also of Harrison Valley was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say charges will be filed pending blood test results for Duffin.

Kane based state police say DUI charges will be filed against a 34 year old Kane resident whose 2001 Ford was pulled over for summary traffic violations Thursday afternoon on Hacker Street. Troopers allege they found the driver to be in possession of marijuana.

Today is Resource Conservatism Day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrrisburg.  The observation will highlight the work of our industry to provide for the future of our state, and our nation, through farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation.

Friday’s events include:

8:00 a.m.      Open Sheep Show (SA)

Dairy Cattle Show (EA)

Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)

9:30 a.m.      Horse Shoeing, Hoof Trimming, and Sheep Shearing Demonstration (NHA)

10:30 a.m.    All about Butterflies – David Folk (LFS

How to Construct Rain Barrels Cumberland Co. Conservation District (LFS)


11:30 a.m.     Supreme Champion Wool (SA)

Container Salad Gardening Good Grows (LFS)

The 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show is coming to a close .But the good news is you still have time to visit the annual agricultural extravaganza at the Pennsylvania Farm Show & Expo Center in Harrisburg. The show runs until 5 p.m. Jan. 12.And, there’s plenty to do. Stop in the food court for a smorgasbord of fair foods, from Smokey Cyclones and baked potatoes to deep-fried vegetables and Blended mushroom bugers. Check out the butter sculpture, hard-cider garden, farmers market and The Calving Corner.One of the biggest events during the Farm Show’s final weekend is the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo in the New Holland Arena. The rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 5 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets start at $15 for adults.The Pa. Preferred Culinary Connection stage will continue its lineup of cooking demonstrations with chefs. Friday is pork day with a full-slate of demonstrations. On Saturday, stop at 11 a.m. for a milkshake competition.

Also, on Saturday will be a lumberjack competition at 2 p.m. in the Equine Arena.

A full schedule can be found on the Farm Show’s website.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5 – 12, 2019. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.00 p.m.   The Best Sausage & Beer Competition present


Jerome J. “Jerry” ECKERT, 87, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, January 10, 2019 in his home.  Born November 14, 1931, in St. Marys, PA, he was the son of Ferdinand and Sara Wolfe Eckert.  On February 12, 1955, in St. Marys, he married the former Constance L. “Connie” Weber, who predeceased him on February 13, 2013.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army.  Jerry began his career as a heavy equipment operator on the Niagara Power Project, Kinzua Dam, and on numerous pipeline projects.  Beginning in the early 1960’s, he owned and operated several businesses including Allegheny Mountain Construction, Conn-E Construction, and North Penn Supply.  He was a member of St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, Knights of Columbus 4thDegree, Toastmasters, Galeton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Galeton Rotary. His most treasured roles were those of husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.  Surviving are:  four children, Debra Eckert of Galeton, Joseph (Wendy) Eckert of Galeton, Brian (Toni) Eckert of Bernville, and Karen (John Kohl) Eckert of York;  ten grandchildren, Benjamin, Holly, Matthew, Jessica, Kathryn, Carlene, Morgan, Harris, Jarred, and Alexandra;  ten great-grandchildren;  eight sibings, Peter Eckert, Michael Eckert, Patrick Eckert, Arthur Eckert, Ronald Eckert, Virginia Murphy, Faith Dankmeyer, Victoria Akre;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two daughters, Pamela Eckert and Patricia Eckert;  and four siblings, Alphonse Eckert, Margaret Mary Krug, Raphael Eckert, and Esther Keller. Friends may call at St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the Celebrant.  Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima School, 115 N Biesecker Rd, Thomasville, PA 17364.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed and florist information obtained at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Calvin H. “Cal” Fuller, 78, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after suffering an apparent heart attack.Born on August 22, 1940 in Raymond, Pa, he was a son of Herbert C. and Beulah P. Loucks Fuller.  On September 5, 1959 in the Ceres United Methodist Church, he married Patricia J. “Pat” Gustin, who passed away on January 24, 2013.Cal was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  He was employed by the former Viko Furniture Factory in Eldred for 5 years.  He then was employed as a machinist by Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y. for 38 years, retiring in 2004.  He also served as a Pennsylvania Deputy Fish Warden for 20 years, a job of which he was extremely proud. Cal was a member of the former Sharon Grange # 1247, where he held many offices throughout the yars.  He was a member of the Potter County Pomona Grange # 54, a member of the Pennsylvania State Grange, and a member of the National Grange, holding all eight degrees of the Grange.  He was a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, holding many offices throughout the years.  Cal worked tirelessly for many years running the Bingo program with other devoted members.  He also served as a fire policeman.  He was a member of the Allegany County (N.Y.) Fireman’s Association and a member of the Pennsylvania Tri-County Volunteer Fireman’s Association.  He was a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport.  He loved hunting, fishing and reading western novels.  In his early years, he was a member of several bowling leagues in Shinglehouse, Bolivar, and Olean.Surviving are five children, Sherry L. (Charles) Campbell of Akron, Ohio, Sue A. (Randy) Kemp of Wellsville, N.Y., Danny R. (Beth) Fuller and Sylvia J. Fuller, both of Shinglehouse, and Shirley K. (Greg) Fuller of Portville, N.Y.; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter to be born in April; two brothers-in-law, Dewey L. (Alice) Gustin of Shinglehouse and Norm (Becky) Milne of Eldred; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.In addition to his parents and wife, Cal was predeceased by a brother, Roderick L. Fuller; a sister, Virginia Milne; and a foster sister, Beverly Perkins.Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery.Members of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department will assemble on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family.  Memorials may be made in Cal’s name to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Cal’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Cal, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com