Monday, June 18, 2018

Black Forest Express


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Sunday’s high, 95; low 51; no rain







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Preliminary hearing set for next week for Genesee man accused of shooting elderly relative….NY state man injured by own pistol in Roulette Township….Deer on the move and cause several  accident including two with motorcycles…..Items stolen from Elk County cemetery….couple steals several  hundred  dollars worth of electronic equipment from St.Marys Walmart….Antique rifle stolen from East Smethport home and BB gun f rom McKean County camp….Thieves take electric fencer from Ulysses area…..

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A 21 year old Gemesee man is in the Potter County jail after being arraigned on one count of attempted homicide; two of aggravated assault and one of reckless endangerment. State police at Coudersport over the weekend released the name of the suspect claiming that John Polen IV and 91 year old Turner Polen were arguing at a house located at 221 Corcoran Road in Genesee Township Friday afternoon when the younger man allegedly fired a h9 mm handgun hitting the elderly victim who was taken first by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and later flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Police have not revealed the victim’s condition nor the family relationship between the men. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Monday, June 25, 2018 before District Judge Kari McCleaft.

A 23 old Andover, NY man was treated at Cole UPMC for a gunshot wound Saturday afternoon. According to Sweden Township Police Chief, Bryan Phelps, Dylon Witter had cleaned his FNS-9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Friday and failed to fully reassemble it. He and a friend went to the shooting range on Railroad Avenue in Roulette Township Saturday morning  to target4 practice and when Witter inserted the clip and racked the slide the gun went off and struck Witter in the hand. He was treated at the hospital and released after being taken there by his friend.

Both elderly drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided last Thursday morning in Benezette Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, the collision occurred when 77yearold Howard Glessner of Punxsutawney turned left his Toyota Tundra from the Grant Road to Route 555 in front of a Ford Escape driven by Charles Lowe, of Driftwood, also 77.A passenger in Glessner’s truck, Richard Thames also of Punxsutawney also escaped injury.

No injuries were reported for a Towanda, PA driver whose SUV was damaged in a one-vehicle mishap last Tuesday morning on Route 6 in Roulette Township. State police at Coudersport,  say Kyra Snook was going west when she hit a dog or coyote. Snook continued for about a quarter of a mile before pulling to the side of the road when she noticed smoke. Her passenger, Leigh Rosenow of Williamsport wasw also unhurt.

Deer are on the run and are having more encounters with vehicles. Daniel Richner of Port Allegany was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center after his Kawasaki Vulcan hit a deer on Route 46 inn Keating Township, McKean County Saturday morning. ATioga County mortorcylist was slightly hurt last Tuesday afternoon when his Harley Davidson Road Glide struck a deer. Harry Mollenkopf III was going east and could not avoid impact. The bike went off the road and laid down before stopppig on the north shoulder. Mollenkopt did not require medical attention.

A Wellsboro woman escaped injury when her car collided with a deer last Wednesday on Route 287 in Delmar Township. Betty Butler was headed north when the white tail ran onto the road in front of Butler’s Subaru Outback.

DUI charges are pending against at  47 year old Shinglehouse woman according to state police at Coudersport. Troopers claim when they responded to a one-vehicle crash  Saturday morning on the Ceres Road in Ceres Township, they suspected the woman had been driving under the influence of alcohol and charges are pending lab results.

A  29 year old Port Allegany man is facing DUI charges after his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was pulled over on Route 446 in Eldred Township early  Sunday morning by state police from Kane. Charges are also pending lab results.

State police at Coudersport allege 41 year old list Wilkerson of Smethport was driving under the influence of alcohol  when they stopped her on East Second Street near Woodsedge Lane  in Sweden Township on the night of May 30.

The theft of some items from an Elk County cemetery is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Thieves stole two decorative saddles from headstones in the Holy Rosary Cemetery last Thursday or Friday. One is described as being a Red Rose bud headstone saddles valued at $54.99 and the other is a spr3ing cemetery arrangement headstone saddle valued at $58.99. They belonged to Jonesburg resident Pam Dilulio. Troopers at Ridgway are also looking for a couple who stole $1247,00 worth of electronics from the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday afternoon. The man and woman were seen leaving the parking lot in a green sedan after stealing an Apple Pencil, three 4K Apple Tvs, and two hard drives. And, a Stihl Weed Eater was taken from property along Settlers Crossing Road in Benezette Township Friday afternoon. The Weed Eater was propped up against a tree when two people got out a white vehicle, grabbed it and took off headed east toward Driftwood. Anyone with information about any of those crimes is asked to call state police at 814.77g. 6136.

State police at Kane investigated the theft of an antique gun from an East Smethport home discovered this past Thursday. The gun, owned by a 71 year old East Smethport man was stolen sometime since the first of October of last year. It is a .30-40Krag from the early 1900’s; has a cracked wooden stock and blued barrel in good condition. A pump action  BB gun was taken from a camper in Eldred Township between May 19 and this past Friday. The gun, valued at $50 belonged  to a N.Collins, NY man.

Unknown thieves walked off with a Solar Pak 6  electric fencer from property on  Burt Street in Ulysses owned by Lewis Lampman. The fencer is valued at $218.14 and was stolen on the weekend of June 9.



Friday June 15, 2018


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                            Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

                                         Thursday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 39; no rain







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Obituaries: Dorothy Smith, Roulette; Karl “Klutsch” KLUTSCHKOWSKI, Coudersport, and Barbara Elizabeth Hilfiger RUSSELL, Corning, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA

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Route 6 Alliance recognizes Sen. Scarnati with Lifetime Achievement Award…Laurel Festival continues in Wellsboro with parade Saturday one of the highlights….Bradford teen driver arrested for driving under the influence of pot….Troopers at Emporium look for owner of motorcycle half helmet….A number of activities this weekend  across the region …

The Board of the PA Route 6 Alliance recognized Senator Joe Scarnati, PA Senatorial District 25 & Senate President Pro Tempore with the honor, Do 6 Lifetime Achievement Award stating that the Senator has been a true friend of economic and communitydevelopment, heritage tourism and recreational efforts in the Northern Tier for many years.According to PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director, Terri Dennison, when PA Route 6 became a dedicated Pennsylvania Heritage Area, Senator Scarnati provided support and assistance in establishing the organization that wouldmanage the Heritage Corridor.Dennison added that many of the popular attractions along Route 6 within his district benefited from his involvement; noting that several would be lost if he did not champion the cause including Lyman Run Lake in Potter County. Senator Scarnati supported the repairs needed on the Kinzua Bridge. When a portion of the bridge was destroyed by tornado in 2003, he helped secure funding for the restoration and reinvention of the state park, including the new Visitor Center. He was a key proponent of the renovations at the PA Lumber Museum, supported the development of the visitor center near the PA Grand Canyon in Tioga County, and continues to champion the future of Denton Hill State Park.The DO 6 Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person or agency who exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances our mission through heritage development.

One of the events going on along Route 6 is the 77th annual State Laurel Festival in Wellsboro continuing today through Sunday. One of the most popular features is the Laurel Festival parade stepping off at 2:00 pm. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and string bands and high school marching bands will be performing in parade which leave the Wellsboro Area High School parking lot at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and reach Main Street by 2 p.m. The units will perform in front of the judges’ stand near the courthouse and then turn onto King and Walnut streets and disband at Central Avenue.Riding aboard floats themed “It’s Magical” will be 2017 Pennsylvania Laurel Queen Abbey Carleton and this year’s 27 Laurel Queen candidates.

Bands performing will be the Mighty St. Joe’ Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from Rochester, N.Y., Penn York Highlanders “Ladies from Hell” Pipes & Drums from Athens, Pa., the Hit Men Brass Band from Rochester, N.Y., the Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps from Wind Gap, Pa., the Penn Dixie Band from Kingsley, Pa., the Upper Schuylkill Marching Band from Shenandoah, Pa.; DownBeat Percussion from Elbridge, N.Y., the Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band from Binghamton, N.Y. and the Finger Lakes Pipes and Drums Band with members from Ithaca, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Binghamton in New York.

Also playing will be the Corning-Painted Post Hawks and Canaseraga high school marching bands along with the Wellsboro Area School Band, composed of seventh through twelfth graders directed by Morgan Shaffer.

Among the specialty units are the Jaffa Shrine Lil’ Vettes and Pennsylvania Bucktails. Adding to the festivities will be antique and classic cars and trucks, state-of-the-art fire engines, community floats and other units.

Parade chairs can be rented for $5 each beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday on the lawn in front of the Tioga County Courthouse. Proceeds will benefit the Wellsboro High School Girls Basketball team.

Immediately following the parade, members of DownBeat Percussion, most from the Syracuse, N.Y. area, will give a special performance on The Green. DownBeat Percussion is the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills football team. They perform at every home game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the Mansfield University SaxAlums under the direction of Joseph Murphy will perform on The Green. The 15 MU Music Department alumni will play classical, jazz and rock music on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. The group represents MU saxophone students from every decade since the 1970s.

For more information, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro or call 570-724-1926.

Kane-based state police arrested a 17 year old Bradford boy early this morning for DUI. The teen driver was pulled over on E. Main Street in the city a few minutes before 1:00 am for committing a summary traffic violation. While interviewing the suspect, they determined he was driving under the influence of marijuana. Charges are pending lab results.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks are looking for the owner of a motorcycle helmet found Thursday afternoon on the Sizerville Road. It is a  medium size black half helmet with eagle and bald eagle design and can be claimed at the Emporium state police barracks.

Talk about cold cases. The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Kane, continue their investigation into the missing child, Marjorie West.On May 8, 1938, four-year-old Marjorie West went with her family to the White Gravel Road area (near the present-day Kinzua Dam), Hamilton Township, McKean County, for a Mother’s Day picnic.  While the family was preparing the meal, Marjorie and her sister, 11-year-old Dorothea West, went into the nearby woods to pick flowers.  Dorothea left Marjorie alone to go talk to her mother, and when she returned her sister was gone.  The Pennsylvania Motor Police were called, and an extensive search of the area was conducted for several days/weeks.  Hundreds of volunteers searched for Marjorie, including a large number of oil field workers who were in the area working on a temporary basis.  Several leads were followed over the subsequent months and years, but Marjorie was ultimately never found.   The case has remained unsolved. In 2012, Pennsylvania State Police, obtained DNA from Marjorie’s cousin, which has been entered into the CODIS missing person’s database.  Other minor leads were followed in recent years, including a report of a woman living in a nursing home in Rochester, NY, who resembled the progressed photo of Marjorie, was close to her current age, and rarely had visitors.  Pennsylvania State Police ultimately interviewed the women’s niece, who provided documentation that the woman had immigrated with her parents in the early 1900’s. When Marjorie West went missing she was four years old, 3’0”, 50 lbs., red hair, blue eyes, and shoulder length curly hair.  This is one of the oldest missing children cases in the United States. WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.


Dorothy E. Smith, 90, formerly  of  Third St.,  passed away Thursday (June 14, 2018) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.      Born April 22, 1928, in Roulette, she was a daughter of Robert A. and Laura A. Young Tauscher.  On July 12, 1952, in Roulette, she married Leslie K. Smith, who died Nov. 9, 1993.   Dorothy was a cook having worked in the Roulette and Port Allegany elementary schools for 25 years, before her retirement.       Mrs. Smith was a lifetime resident of the area and a member of the Riverside Methodist Church of Roulette, member of Order of Eastern Star, Keystone Chapter 2, Duke Center, and Roulette Alumni. She was a Roulette historian and volunteered with the Potter County Historical Society of Coudersport. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting.  Surviving are two sons, Calvin K, (Ann) Smith of Coudersport, Russell C. (Sandra) Weimer of Allen, TX; a daughter, Rena M. (Michael) Baker of Roulette; three grandchildren, Christopher Weimer and Tricia (Kevin) Shafer both of Allen, TX, Kimberly Chapman of Virginia Beach, VA, two step-grandchildren, Allan and Andrew Chapell; six great-grandchildren; longtime companion Max Greeley, Sr. of Roulette; and several nieces and nephew.      She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leslie, a daughter, Ruth Weimer, two brothers, Norman and Robert Tauscher, and a sister, Rosalyn Rush.       Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday (June 20, 2018) in the Riverside Methodist Church, Roulette, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ben Zimmerman and Rev. Randall Headley, co-officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.       Memorials can be made to Riverside Methodist Church or Potter County Historical Society, 308 N. Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915.       Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Calvin K. Smith                          Rena M. Baker

326 Summit Rd.                         13 Ought St.

Coudersport, PA 16915             Roulette, PA 16746


Karl “Klutsch” KLUTSCHKOWSKI, 83, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in his home.  Born June 11, 1935, in Allenstein, East Prussia, he immigrated to the United States as a young teen.  He served honorably with the Army National Guard from 1953 – 1956.  On July 16, 1955, in Pottstown, PA, he married the former Joy L. Seiler, who survives.  Klutsch was a self-made tradesman.  He loved go-carting, dirt biking, hunting, and fishing.  His life passion was his wife and snowmobiling in Potter County.  He was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, the Potter County Snowmobile Club, and was a volunteer with Potter County Habitat for Humanity. Surviving besides his wife, Joy, are:  three daughters, Deborah Klutschkowski of Wyomissing, PA, Heidi Klutschkowski and Cheryl (Steve) Nordquist, both of Coudersport;  two granddaugthers, Emily Nordquist and Elizabeth Nordquist, both of Coudersport; and two great-grandsons, Emil Nordquist and Amzi Nordquist.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Manfred Klutschkowski.  Honoring his wishes, there will be no services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, 1450 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Potter County Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 82, Coudersport, PA 16915.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhom

Barbara Elizabeth Hilfiger RUSSELL, 85, of Corning, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Absolut Care at Three Rivers, Painted Post, NY.   Born August 29, 1932, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Maude Krusen Hilfiger.   She was married to Elwyn J. Russell, who predeceased her in 1986.   A 1950 graduate of Ulysses High School, she devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  Barbara was a volunteer at the Northern Tier Children’s Home Thrift Store in Wellsboro for many years and was a member of theWestfield Historical Society  Surviving are:  five children, Nancy Killigrew of Horseheads, NY, Susan Test of Corning, NY, Dana (Konni) Russell of Wysox, PA, Kim Russell of Atlanta, GA, and Brian Russell of Elmira, NY; seven grandchildren, Christopher Hayes, Tracey (Christopher Glick) Hayes, Amanda Russell, Scott (Meg) Test, Billy Test, Kathleen Russell, and Ashley Russell;  six great-grandchildren, Brody Hayes Glick, Braden Hayes Glick, Bayleigh Bennett, Quintin Russell, Ariel Russell and Violet Cramer;  and two sisters, Margaret Wright of Coudersport, PA and Frances Frost of Lampasas, TX.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Marian Payne and Helen Flynn;  and four brothers, Billy, Malcolm, Keith, and Kenny Hilfiger.   At Barbara’s request, there will be no public visitation or service.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Thursday June 14, 2018


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Gerri Miller

                                  Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

                                                   Wednesday’s high, 80; low 46; .24” of rain







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Possible tornado touchdown to our East last night…..Potter County Department of Aging is distributing Farmers Market checks…..WPSU is planning another “Our Town  Coudersport” Program in September and local residents are encouraged to participate…Winning PC Farmers Market posters on Face Book….Both people involved in a fight in Eldred Sunday are being charged….Three motorists arrested for drugs by state police in McKean and Tioga Counties…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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June 1 is the official start of hurricane season and it’s also the time for an increase in thunderstorms and tornadoes. The Black Forest Broadcasting service area was pummeled with a couple of intense thunderstorms last night prompting the National Weather Service to issue severe thunderstorm watches and later upgraded them to warnings which expired before 8:30 pm. However, more serious storms were reported across the state with hail and gusty winds. The National Weather Service will be in Wilkes Barre today to see if a tornado touched down in that community last night. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is  distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2018.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2018, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania.  Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,459 or less for a single person or $30,451 or less for a couple, or $38,443 or less for 3 people or $46,435 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2017.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks.

In order for an individual to pick up checks for another individual, you must pick up a proxy form that is to be completed by both individuals and then returned to the distribution spot.  This is also the procedure for husband/wife and wife/husband.  All distribution sites have these forms available now.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites. Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:


Ulysses Senior Center                                                       Mon. – Wed.

Ulysses Community Bldg.                                                9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

522 Main Street

Ulysses, PA  16948



Oswayo Valley Senior Center                                          Mon. – Wed.

128 Lyons Street                                                               9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Shinglehouse, PA  16748



Galeton Senior Center                                                      Wed. – Fri.

St. Bibiana Parish Hall                                                     9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

111 Germania Street

Galeton, PA  16922


Coudersport Senior Center                                              Wed. – Fri.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training  Ctr.         9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

171 Rt. 6 West

Coudersport, PA  16915



Potter County Human Services AAA

62 North Street

Roulette, PA  16746

814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560

Ask for Barb Kiel – Appt. Only

For more information, contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-256 According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that benefist eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce.  This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items.  It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program.  If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers below.

In a related note, some of the vendors at the Potter County Farm Market honor the Senior Checks. The Farmers market has made some changes this year. It is now open until 6:00 pm Friday to give those who work until 5:00 pm to take advantage of the offerings.  The Farmers  Market held a poster contest earlier this year for area students. The winning posters can be seen on their Facebook page: ttps://

The Coudersport Public Library announces  WPSU Penn State plans another Our Town: Coudersport special in September, and the library  helping to facilitate the production A small group of community leaders met earlier this week to begin plans a public meeting June 26 when anyone who wishes can put forth an idea for footage or an interview. Video cameras are available at the Library for check-out. It’ll be a great way to showcase our arts and music scene, local attractions, industries, history and people! Librarian Teri McDowell says” the  PBS crew was absolutely delighted to see our Great American Read display and also spotted and eagerly photographed the poster of photos from our Downton Abbey Tea in 2016!”.

No one was hurt in a work zone collision taking place earlier his month in Portage Township, Tioga County. State police at Emporium have just released details reporting that the collision took place when Peter Zheng of Port Jervis, NY suddenly stopped his  southbound Econoline E350  for a flagger controlling traffic on Route 155 near the intersection with Ensign Hollow. Jesse Winsor of Austin did not stop in time and his Chevrolet Traverse ran into the van’s rear end. Windsor was cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Both people involved in a scuffle Sunday morning on Indian Creek Road in Eldred Township are facing harassment charges. State police say a 32 year old Mt. Jewett woman pushed a 26 year old Eldred man in the face and he grabbed her by the wristed when an argument escalated.

State police in McKean and Tioga Counties have arrested three drivers on drug charges. Troopers at Kane report  a 29 year old Bradford resident was arrested when a patrol officer stopped his 1999 Honda Civic CRX De Sol on Boylston Street in the city for a traffic violation Saturday night. . Authorities claim they found the suspect in possession of drug paraphernalia, namely a glass smoking pipe. A  55 year old Genesee man was cited  after his 1999 Toyota RAV 4 was pulled over  on Main Street in Eldred Sunday afternoon. Troopers claim the driver had a joint of pot in his SUV. State police at Mansfield arrested a 23 year old Corning, NY woman when they forced her to stop on Route 287 in Lawrence Township just after 1:30 am on June 2 for erratic driving. She was subsequently arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Authorities promise to release names when charges are formally filed before the appropriate District Judge.