Wednesday March 20, 2019


Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 35; Overnight low 17

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Ridgway man accused of terroristic threats at a factory…..Roulette woman arrested for several morals charges including sexual intercourse with a child and a dog……Lewis Run state police investigate theft of gun from storage facility….Motorcycle  stolen in Tioga County…..PennDot is looking for volunteers to help with roadside clean-up….Last Super Moon of the year appears tonight…..

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Ridgway based state police have arrested 35 year old Christopher Cenni of Ridgway for terroristic threats. Troopers allege Cenni told a co-worker at TDK Manufacturing in Kersey Monday afternoon, “I want to shoot everybody up tomorrow. You better tell your wife you love her before you come to work.” Cenni was taken into custody on a warrant and was committed to the Elk County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail following arraignment before District Judge Martin.

A 30 year old Roulette woman has been jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge Kari Mcleaft on numerous morals charges. Autumn Renee Sutherland of 34 North Street. Roulette Township police are accusing Sutherland with several counts of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, indecent assault of someone less that 13 years of age, and knowingly or causing the act of being photographed, videotape depicted on a computer or filming a child under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual act. In the probable cause for her arrest, authorities allege she had oral sex with her son while he was between the ages of one and five years; she was allegedly filmed by her husband while doing the act and also had sex with a dog. The alleged crimes are said to have occurred between January 1, 2016 and last Friday, March 15. Chief Phelps also states in the probable cause that Sutherland told authorities that her husband, Robert, would ask and encourage her to participate in such acts and photograph or video them to stimulate him for sexual activities. She also claimed Robert would stimulate the dog. The child has been put into the custody of Potter County Children and Youth and the dog has been taken to animal rescue facility. Robert is facing a number of related charges.

Lewis Run State Police investigated the theft of a gun from the Kane Self Storage on Route 6 in Wetmore Township. The gun, which police did not describe, belonged to a 70 year old Kane man and was taken between August 1 and November 30, 2018.

The theft of a motorcycle from a Tioga County residence is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. The black 2008 KTM was stolen from the front yard of Johnathan Tice’s residence on Seymour Hill Road in Mainsburg between February 15 and March 5. Anyone who has information as to the theft and/or the location of the bike is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

The Farmers Almanac says it’s called the Worm moon because earth worm casts appear above the thawing ground heralding the return of robins . Northern tribes called it the Full Crow Moon. To the settlers it was the Lenten Moon or the full sap moon. Tonight’s full moon will be the last of the Super Moons this year . It turns 100% full on tonight at 9:43 p.m. EDT, a little less than 4 hours AFTER the equinox, so it’s the first full Moon of the spring season!

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, a campaign of statewide community cleanup activities that runs through May 31. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, are also encouraged to take part in the campaign.

Volunteering is easy. People can simply organize their own local event and register it at Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, or can register to participate in an already registered event. Gloves, trash bags, and safety vests for the cleanup campaign will be provided by PennDOT, DEP, and the GLAD Products Company, a national sponsor.

In addition, during “Pick It Up, PA Days,” April 13 – May 6, registered cleanup events have access to reduced or free disposal at participating landfills, through support from DEP and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries’ Association.
During last year’s cleanup, 108,638 volunteers collected over 6.5 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails, and shorelines. Over 5,300 events were held, with every county participating.

PennDOT’s AAH program contributed 25,927 volunteers, who cleaned up nearly 25 percent of the collected litter on 10,076 miles of cleaned-up roadway.

Through PennDOT’s AAH program, volunteers collect litter on a 2-mile section of state highway at least twice a year. The program currently has over 4,700 participating groups, more than 91,800 volunteers, and 10,244 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

PennDOT has created a comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available, from the Great American Cleanup of Pa and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety Training, Litter Brigades and more. Find it at, Roadside Beautification.
In addition to the department’s clean-up activities, PennDO

T is participating in a multi-agency initiative to promote plantings that will benefit Pennsylvania’s pollinators and native species. Volunteers can assist by applying to adopt pollinator habitats. More information on the department’s new Pollinator Habitat Plan can be found under Adopt and Beautify at
The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania is sponsored each year by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and other partners.

Tuesday March 19, 2019

Black Forest Express



Monday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 15

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Obituaries: Christopher Mitterer, Muderf (Coudersport), Sharon Kellogg, Shinglehouse, S. Becky Johnson, West Bingham, and Thomas, “Tommy” Clark, Derrick City (Shinglehouse)

Causer announces grants for area fire and EMS departments…Slide repairs being made on Route 144 in southern Potter County….Two Ithaca NY women nabbed in Potter County on drug charges….Emporium driver unhurt in car/deer encounter….

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Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $425,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announces.
“As our emergency response organizations continue to struggle financially, these grants are sure to be put to good use,” Causer said. “
The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $5.8 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. Grant recipients must submit their signed grant agreements to the OSFC by the end of May to ensure sufficient time to process payment.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:


Cameron County
Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $7,155.22.
Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,512.73.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,512.73.
McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $7,155.22 for EMS operations; $13,824 for fire company operations.
Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,646.43.
Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,007.52.
Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $12,007.52.
Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $6,478.60 for EMS operations; $11,512.73 for fire company operations.
Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,677.66.
Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, Hazlehurst – $11,512.73.
Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,677.66.
Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,677.66.
Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,512.73.
Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,842.59.
Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department, Ludlow – $11,512.73.
Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $7,155.22.
Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,677.66.
Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department, Crosby – $11,512.73.
Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $6,833.02 for EMS operations; $11,842.59 for fire company operations.
Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $14,481.50.
Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $7,155.22.
Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $12,007.52.
Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,172.45.
Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $13,162.04.
Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $7,155.22.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,821.77.
Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $7,155.22.
Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $3,620.32 for EMS operations; $11,512.73 for fire company operations.
Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,512.73.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $12,007.52.
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,162.04.
Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $4,698.62.
Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,512.73.
Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $7,155.22 for EMS operations; $11,842.59 for fire company operations.
Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $12,667.25.

We expect that Rep. Clint Owlett who represents eastern Potter, Tioga and Bradford counties will announce allocations for his district soon.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists that a one-lane traffic pattern and stop condition have been placed on a section of Route 144 in Potter County.

Due to a slide condition along the roadway, PennDOT is restricting the northbound lane on a section of Route 144, about 1 ½ miles south of Galeton. The self-regulating stop will enforce an alternating traffic pattern through the area.

Drivers will also encounter advance signage and message boards alerting them to the stop condition and alternating traffic pattern.
This traffic pattern will be in effect until funding is secured to resolve the situation. PennDOT reminds drivers to always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

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Drug charges were filed yesterday before District Judge Annette Easton in Coudersport for two Ithaca, NY women. Sarah Zaragozasmith and Victoria Varlak were arrested Febtruary 10 in Eulalia Township by state police and charge the women, whose ages were not provided were both in possession of controlled substances for which they had no prescription and related drug paraphernalia. Separate preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for the morning of April 15, 2019 before Judge Easton.

Emporium-based state police report a motorist from that town escaped injury in a car/deer encounter. Chad Barnhart was going east on Beechwood Road in Shippen Townwship early Monday morning when he swerved to avoid a deer standing on the road. His 2000Subaru Outback went off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and two trees. Barnhart brought the car under control but it became disabled when he tried to drive it home. The car had to be towed from the scene. Barnhart was using a lap and shoulder belt.

Christopher E. MITTERER, 60, of Munderf, PA, died Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Jefferson Manor, Brookville, PA. Born January 3, 1959, in Coudersport, he was the son of Marion E. “Jack” and Phyllis J. LukachMitterer. A graduate of Bucktail High School in Renovo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State University, he a science teacher in the Brockway School District. Chris served on the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Board, the Jefferson County Conservation District, and was a member of several equine organizations. Surviving are: his father of Coudersport; a brother, Joseph (Cathy) Mitterer of Albers, IL; nieces and nephew, Sarah (Eric) Lindow, Candace (Todd Moore) Mitterer, and Jeremiah Mitterer; grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Paige Kellerman, Ella Kellerman, GwendelynLindow, RenleyLindow, and Cullen Lindow; his girlfriend, Theresa Shick of Brookville; and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother on September 18, 2018. There will be no visitation or service. Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Penn State University, 186 Main St., Suite 3, Brookville, PA 15825 (memo line: Jefferson County Opportunity Award in memory of Chris Mitterer).
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at 

Sharon J. Kellogg, 79, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 17, 2019, after a short battle with cancer.Born on Thursday, July, 6, 1939 in Sandusky, Ohio, she was a daughter of Robert and Lula Bradt Stewart. On July 4, 1968, at the home of her parents in New Brighton, she married Gerald A. “Jerry” Kellogg, who survives.Sharon was a graduate of Zelienople High School, Class of 1957. She graduated from Clarion State College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education in 1961. In 1961, Sharon accepted a position as librarian at the Oswayo Valley Junior/Senior High School in Shinglehouse, teaching until 1968. She served on the Oswayo Valley Library Board of Directors for many years.Sharon was a very faithful person to the Lord and her family. She enjoyed family and friends and corresponding with them online. She enjoyed going on car rides.Surviving besides her husband of 50 years are three children, Leah J. (Jeremy) Stuck of Belmont, N.Y., Joshua D. (Jacquelyn) Kellogg of Gibsonia, and Daniel (Robin Baker) Kellogg of Shinglehouse; and five grandchildren, Taylor Stuck, Christian Stuck, Aaron Stuck, Faith Kellogg and Michael Kellogg.In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by a son, Laurie Gene Kellogg.In keeping with Sharon’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Sharon will be buried in the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, N.Y.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Sharon’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 Sharon, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.comebecca

S. “Becky” JOHNSON, 70, of West Bingham, PA, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 in her home. Born October 5, 1948, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Joseph T. and Rose Ella DeLappa Grover. She was employed by MedPlast in Westfield, retiring in 2013. Becky will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are: a daughter, Danette (Ryan) Wightman of West Bingham; three grandchildren, Zachary (Samantha Struble) Kamats, Jesse (Amber) McCutcheon, and Veronica Smoker; seven great-grandchildren, Brianna Kamats, Jason Kamats, David Kamats, Madalin McCutcheon, Macie McCutcheon, Bentlee Butler, and Braxlee Vanhorn; two brothers, Marvin (Brenda) Grover of Genesee, PA and John (Barbara) Grover of Shippensburg, PA; four nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her parents; a granddaughter, Jocelyn M. Saunders; and a brother, James Herbert Grover. There will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Thomas A. “Tommy” Clark, 76, of Derrick City, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, after a long illness.
Born on June 5, 1942 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Albert W. “Click” and Lucille H. “Lucie” Ahl Clark. On February 14, 1991 in Bradford, he married Kathryn A. “Kay” Frantz, who passed away on October 3, 2016.
Tommy was a graduate of Bradford High School, Class of 1961. He attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. He owned Clark’s Service Store in Shinglehouse, from 1971 until September of 1982 and later owned and operated T & C Enterprises in Derrick City.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bradford. Tommy spent many hours drinking coffee and chatting with his friends and associates.
Surviving are a son, Anthony “Tony” (Michele) Clark of Westminster, Maryland; a grandson, Keegan Clark; a granddaughter, Raegen Clark; and numerous cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, Tommy was predeceased by an infant daughter, Kimberly Ann Clark.
Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Tommy’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Black Forest Express






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Kane teenager accused of hitting father during argument Sunday morning….Cyber thieves fail at victimizing Genesee resident…Sabinsville woman wrecks car while listening to Audio Book…..Injuries reported for Coudersport woman after SUV wrecks while speeding….Minor injuries reported for another Coudersport driver and young passenger…Eldred motorcyclist treated at scene of collision…..Several drivers charged with DUI…..Coudersport Library hosting programming on gerrymandering this week…

Obituary: Richard Nelson, Wellsville (Coudersport)

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A 17 year old Kane boy has been arrested foe hitting his father during a quarrel  Sunday morning on Route 6 in Hamlin Township. The youth is accused of punching his father in the head two times with a closed fist. He is being processed through McKean County Juvenile Probation.

Would-be cyber thieves were thwarted last Monday when they tried to open multiple bank accounts at multiple banks using Genesee resident Gregory Cole’s name. Coudersport based state police report Cole was notified by and email from Experian. No accounts were opened in Cole’s name.

A Sabinsville woman  was not hurt in a one-vehicle crash last Tuesday night on the Phoenix Road in Gaines Township. State police say Jennifer Hanes Ferguson became distracted while listening to her Audio Book and allowed her Subaru Forrester to go off the road and hit four trees head-on.

State police claim Alisha Duman of Coudersport was speeding when her Jeep Cherokee went off of Route 872 at Ladona.  Duman overcorrected causing the SUV to cross both lanes and hit a tree head-on on the left side of the road. Duman was not using a seatbelt and was treated at UPMC Cole ;forehead and knee injuries.

Minor injuries were reported for another Coudersport woman and her young passenger following an accident Saturday morning in Hebron Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Courtney Gross was haded north on Steer Brook Road when  the rear end her Dodge Durango began to slide on a left hand curve. Gross over-corrected causing the car to go off the left side of the highway where it hit an embankment and traveled  into a ditch. Gross and a threey year old boy were taken by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance to UPMC. Police say Gross was using a seatbelt and the youngster was in a child safety seat.

An Eldred motorcyclist was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene of a collision Saturday afternoon in Otto Township. Lewis Run state police explained Seth Kronenwetter has traveling to closely  behind a Ford Transit 350 operated by Lawrence Schuessler and when Schuessler made a right turn, Kronenewetter’s Harley Davidson Street Bob FXDB ran into the back of the truck.

Weather conditions contributed to a one-vehicle accident in Jay Township, Elk County early Friday morning. According to state police at the Ridgway barracks, John Reiter of Emporium lost control of his Dodge Caravan while going south on Route 255 a few minutes after 4:00 am due to fog and the wet pavement. The van went into a ditch on the right side of the road, traveled across a driveway and collided with a tree.

Coudersport based state police have charged 56 year old James Pickering of Harrison Valley with DUI and various other traffic violations after stopping him on the evening of February 22 on the Harrison Fox Hill Road in Harrison Township for an alleged traffic violation and allegedly finding he had been driving his 2005 Ford Freestyle  under the influence.

Automatic DUI charges have been filed against a 60 year old Kane resident who was stopped by patrol officers at the intersection of Park Avenue and Poplar Street in Kane last Friday night. The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to UPMC Kane for a blood draw which he refused, which results in a license suspension of one year.

Troopers at Ridgway charged 42 year old Scott Lowe of Wilcox with DUI after they found  him, slumped over the wheel of his 2004 Ford Taurus parked on Rocky Run Road in Jones Township last Tuesday night.

A St. Marys man is facing DUI and related charges following a police chase late Saturday night. Authorities claim 25 year old Bryan Haberberger was speeding when they saw his 2019 GM Sierra hit the curb on Access Road in St. Marys.  When the patrol car began chasing Haberberger he continued onto West Creek Road where the SUV crashed while rounding acurve. Haberberger escaped inuy but is also facing charges of fleeing or eluding police.


Richard D. NELSON, 98, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Wellsville Manor Care Center.  Born August 24, 1920, in Woodville, PA, he was the son of Clayton and Annabelle Higley Nelson.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably from 1946 — 1947.  On October 31, 1948, in Wellsville, he married the former Dorothy J. Sutton, who predeceased him on November 27, 2012.  He was employed by National Fuel and then Clark Brothers/Dresser-Rand in Olean, NY until retirement.  Richard was well known for his skill as a hunter, receiving recognition several times for bagging Potter county’s largest buck and bear. He was a collector of all things. Surviving are:  a son, Richard C. Nelson of Coudersport;  four daughters, Janet (Vern) Vergason of Oswayo, PA, Donna Jean (Charles) Collins of North Chili, NY, Joy (Terry) Klimek of Coudersport, and Sharon (Gary) Jones of Wellsville;   13 grandchildren;  many great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by an infant son, Lloyd James Nelson;  two great-grandsons, Skye and Alex;  seven siblings, Alberta Dunn, Leona G. Nelson, Arthur Nelson, Robert Nelson, Donna Dunn, Della Schoonover, and Lena Nelson;  and a daughter-in-law, Joyce L. Nelson. Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  Pastor Ann Jenkins will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at