Tuesday August 13, 2018

Black Forest Express



Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 83; Overnight low,61; .02” of rain

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Obituary: Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette


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Flooding continues in north eastern Pennsylvania with several roads in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Sullivan, counties are closed due to high water. More rain is in the forecast for today. Governor Wolf has directed emergency departments to respond to the area hit by floods twice within the past month.
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nsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working with county and local emergency management to ensure residents are safely evacuated and receiving necessary services as PennDOT monitors road closures.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Health sections to plan operations and staffing as needed. The Pennsylvania National Guard was given a warning order to ensure availability of personnel should they be needed in impacted areas.

Several people are homeless after a fire at a Coudersport apartment house. Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 6:00 pm to 391 Route 6 West in the borough. Star Hose volunteers from Port Allegany were summoned immediately along with Coudersport volunteers to a working fire. Borough police told responders that all tenants had been safely evacuated.

At approximately 6:20 pm second alarm went out bringing in Shinglehouse for specialized equipment and Roulette, Austin and Galeton.
Crews quickly brought the fire under control that had spread from the first floor to the attic with extensive damage .

In all some 77 firefighters answered the alarm with no injuries to fire personnel, or civilians. Due to the fire and water damage tenants from all six unitswere displaced and are staying with friends and family and being assisted by the Red Cross.
While enroute to assist Coudersport with this alarm Dept 10 Galeton was dispatched to a fire of their own.
All units returned at 8:45 pm and all Coudersport personnel were released at 11:30 pm with equipment and Apparatus placed into service.

The local department was assisted at the scene by : Coudersport Ambulance, Coudersport Borough Police, Roulette, Port Allegany, Galeton, Austin and Shinglehouse fire departments, helpers/supporters back at the station – cooking and feeding all of the responders.

Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting News this morning that an inspection by the fire marshal, police and himself, it was determined that an electrical short in a first floor bedroom wall sparked the fire which traveled into a downstairs closet and then went back up the structure to the attic. Damage to the building, owned by Shane Wilson Enterprises, amounts to an estimated $15,000 to $200,000. The building is insured and Wilson is a member of the fire department. Chief Phelps said, despite speculation, there was absolutely no connection between yesterday’s blaze and one in the same building in late May. That fire was caused, according to Phelps, by careless disposal of lint in the utility room. He added that yesterday’s fire is an example of what should be done. Working smoke alarms went off, alerting residents who immediately called 9-1-1 and evacuated. He said the department would rather respond to a call that didn’t materialize than to be delayed by an occupant’s hesitation. Chief Phelps said the two bridge replacement projects near the borough did not impact response for other departments. Roulette and Port Allegany had easy access from the west. Austin volunteers did have to use a local detour to reach the site.

DUI charges are pending against a Gifford man after a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Kane based state police allege 63 year old Robert Nortum was driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding when his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed the Droney Road about a half mile west of Nesion Avenue, hit a dirt mound, became airborne and collided with a tree before rolling over onto its side. Nortum was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center for facial injuries.

Kane based state police report DUI charges are pending against a 55 year old Gifford man who was stopped by patrol officers just before midnight last Friday. Trousers did not give the man’s name but say they pulled over his 2001 Jeep at the intersection of Zippo Drive and the Chestnut Street Extension in the City of Bradford for suspected drunk diving. He was taken to Bradford Regional Center for a blood draw . Authorities say charges are pending receipt of those results.

A 30 year old Mansfield resident is also facing DUI charges. State police in that town pulled the suspect over on the Appalachian Thruway /287 Sunday evening for a vehicle code violation and allege he appeared to have been driving under the influence . The suspect refused chemical testing, an automatic sentencing in Pennsylvania.

A Covington, PA driver was hurt Sunday morning when his pick up truck wrecked on Route 6 in Shippen Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police Cody Crum was going east when his For F-150 crossed the road to the other side, collided with a traffic sign and ran into a rock pile next to a driveway. The truck hit a ditch and continued in it before stopping when the left rear hit a tree. Crum was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. He was cited for failing to stay within his lane for not using a seatbelt.

No injuries were reported for a St. Marys teen driver after a car/deer encounter Monday morning on Cleveland Street in Jay Township. Ridgway based state police report 18 year old Nobuo Yamanaka Elder was headed east making a right hand turn when the white tail bounded onto the highway. Yamanaka Eldred lost control of his Hyundai when he swerved to avoid the deer.

The theft of some auto parts in Rutland Township, Tioga County, is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a Kenda Off Road tire, valued at $100; a Boristar 225/75/16 Off Road Tire valued at $50and a Brush Guard for a Jeep Laredo valued At $50. The items belonged to Scott Kent of Mllerton and were stolen between August 7 and 11.

And a thief helped himself or herself to a forgotten $20 bill at the Mansfield Walmart just before 1:00 pm last Thursday. Sarah Draper, 18 of Millerton, told police she had accidentally left the bill at the self –check out station and when she returned it was gone.

Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event celebrates the forty-third year to be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major University. Our exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.

With 500 exhibitors from 34 states and 4 provinces of Canada, we have something for everyone. Each year, farming families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states attend this three-day event. Of the 45,000 expected attendees, over 60 percent are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions. Come and learn about the latest innovations in the agricultural industry and spend your day with Penn State Extension educators.

Ag Progress Days features include:

80+ acres for crops and machinery demonstrations
55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.
The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.


Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie.
Frank was born on February 19, 1964 in Coudersport, the son of the late Robert L. and Margaret L. (Bossie) Nichols.
Frank was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1982, and a veteran of the Air Force. He worked for Flint Hills Resources in Illinois.
Frank was good with his hands and enjoyed custom building work. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, taxidermy and golfing.
Surviving are three daughters, Tiffany N. and Shaun Hornbeck of Ottawa, IL; Brittany R. Nichols of Marseilles, IL and Amy J. Nichols of Ottawa, IL; two sisters, Rose and Dennis Lloyd and Mary Nichols all of Coudersport; four brothers; James and Brita Nichols of Austin; Robert Nichols, Jr. of Roulette; Rex and Jodie Nichols of Coudersport; and Michael Nichols of Port Alleghany; a granddaughter, Cadence Hornbeck, numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Kristy Kaliszewski.
Family and friends are welcome from 6-8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday August 15th, with Pastor Doug Cameron, officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery, Roulette, with military honors provided by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Monday August 13, 2018


Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high 84; Overnight low, 61; .27” of rain, weekend total








 Genesee man charged with strangulation….bail denied for Elkland man accused of threatening victims with a gun and in possession of meth ingredients….State police believe they have solved several burglaries with arrest of Ulysses trio…Citizens advised not to  donate to phone caller claiming to represent state police…Man injured when house explodes in McKean County……Suspected pot plants found in Cameron County….Ag Progress Days being held this week…..

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A Genesee man is facing prosecution under a new Pennsylvania law. William Shutt. 42 of Genesee is accused of strangling a 37 year old UIysses woman during an argument July 17 on the Genesee Mills Road in Bingham Township.  Shutt was taken into custody by state police and arraigned before District Judge Kari Stubbs. Under a relatively new law, strangulation is now a stand alone crime.

District Judge James Edgcomb in Tioga County denied bail for an Elkland man accused of threatening victims with a handgun and possession of drug paraphernalia and items used to make methamphetamine. James Johnson III was arrested by Mansfield based Sate police Friday morning during a domestic violence assault Friday morning at 605 East Main Street Elkland. Johnson allegedly threatened two women, ages 19 and 51 with a pistol. Officers using a search warrant allegedly found the gun, drug paraphernalia and ingredients for making meth when they searched the home.

A 16 year old Coudersport girl has been arrested for harassment with physical contact after an argument in Sweden Township last Wednesday night. The teen is accused of shoving a 36 year old woman druing an argument taking place at about 8:45 pm.

State police at Coudersport believe they have solved several burglaries and thefts with the arrest of a trio of Ulysses residents. Christopher Hall, 33, Danielle Hall, 34 and 18 year old Elliott Hunter hall were jailed in lieu of %50,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge  Christopher Kalacinski. The suspects allegedly committed several  crimes in Hector, Bingham and Ulysses Townships.

Authorities are advising area residents of the latest phone scam. Several people have received telephone calls soliciting money on behalf of state police. Citizens are advised that such telephone calls are not from Pennsylvania State police as the department does not solicit donations by phone.

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of an explosion which  partially flattened a house on Kushequa Avenue in Hamlin Township last Thursday afternoon and injured a Corry, PA resident. The blast occurred just after 1:30 pm and blew the house off of its foundation. Kenneth Bernhard was able to make his way out of the rubble and was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Damage is estimated to be about $100,000.

DUI charges may be filed against the driver of a 2001 Ford Taurus which had a minor mishap late Friday night in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police did not release the driver’s name but report the car went off of the CCC Memorial Highway near the intersection with Alpine Way at around 10:30 pm and landed in a ditch. The driver was taken to PennHighlands Elk for chemical testing.

A Turtlepoint man is also facing DUI charges after showing up at police headquarters apparently “under the weather.” Benjamin Lane, 36 appeared at the Kane Barracks last Thursday afternoon to be fingerprinted for a previous arrest. Officers suspected he had driven his vehicle there while intoxicated. Lane allegedly failed to pass the field sobriety test.

A Rew driver also allegedly failed to pass the field sobriety test after being stopped by state in Lafayette Township Friday evening. Troopers responded to a report of an erratic driver whose red Ford Ranger  had turned onto Westline  Road from Route 219 southbound.  Officers determined Dowell was DUI and after he allegedly failed the field test, took him to the Kane Hospital  for blood work.

State police at Emporium discovered and eradicated 11 suspected marijuana plants Saturday morning it Shippen Township. Cops were tipped off by a complainant and allegedly found the pot transplanted next to a chicken coop at 115 Four Mile Road. The case remains open and charges may be pending.

A known suspect allegedly “stiffed” a Coudersport  business earlier this summer. The individual stayed at the Millstream Inn June 20-22 and left without paying the $467.68  tab. The investigation is continuing.

Troopers at Coudersport received a call from the National Suicide Hotline at around 2:30 Saturday morning telling them that a girl had called reporting her father was suicidal. Upon investigation, and with help from the Hotline, police determined the call was a prank.

Vandalism to a house on the Genesee Mills Road in Bingham Township early last Wednesday morning. Culprits inflicted about $50 worth of damage to the siding at theNorth Bingham home of 79 year old  Lee Scully and 83 year old Joanne Scully.


As many as 50,000 people from all parts of Pennsylvania and beyond, including agricultural producers, consumers and families, federal and state officials, Penn State faculty experts, Penn State Extension educators, and others will be attending Ag Progress Days at State College later this week.  The annual event will be Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ag Progress Days are being held at Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. Route 45. For maps of and directions to the site, visit the Ag Progress Days website at http://apd.psu.edu. For GPS, use 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days features more than 500 commercial and educational exhibits, guided research and conservation tours, workshops and presentations, machinery demonstrations, horse exhibitions, family and youth activities, and much more. Event descriptions and schedules can be found at http://apd.psu.edu.

















Friday August 10, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 58; .02” rain







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Bugs, bugs & more bugs…be on the lookout for two invasive insects….Backpack program requests now on waiting list….Port Teen accused of stealing cell phone…..Johnsonburg driver arrested for driving under influence of drugs…Vandalism to a parked car investigated in Elk County…..

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The identification was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL).

A single longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was identified on an adult, male wild white-tailed deer that was euthanized on July 10 by Game Commission personnel because it was exhibiting signs consistent with chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Justin Brown, agency wildlife veterinarian. The deer was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and no CWD prions were detected.

Ticks were collected from the deer at the laboratory as part of the Game Commission’s active longhorn tick surveillance program. The suspected longhorn tick was sent to and first identified by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga., and subsequently confirmed at the NVSL.

The longhorned tick, also known as the “cattle tick” or “bush tick”, is an invasive parasite native to Southeast Asia. It currently is not known when, where or how this tick was introduced into North America. However, it was first found and identified on a sheep in New Jersey during 2017. Since then, it has been identified in wild and domestic animals in other states, including Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Arkansas and North Carolina.

The longhorned tick, during its three life stages can be found on birds, wild and domestic mammals and humans. To date, the tick has been identified on goats, raccoons, horses, cattle, sheep, humans, an opossum, deer and dogs.

The longhorned tick can negatively impact the health of humans and animals both directly and indirectly. Longhorned tick infestations can reach very high numbers on an animal host, which can result in disease and, in some cases, death.

The longhorned tick, in its native range, can carry many pathogens that may cause diseases such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theleriosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan encephalitis in animals or humans. To date, none of these pathogens have been identified in longhorned ticks from North America. However, testing has been limited.

“The preventive measures currently used for our native ticks are the best way to protect yourself and animals from the longhorned tick,” Brown said. “They include frequent tick checks, prompt and proper removal of any attached ticks, avoiding or removing the high grasses or brush where ticks concentrate, and tick treatments.”

Concerns regarding ticks on humans or domestic animals should be addressed through consultation with a physician or veterinarian.

The recent identification of the longhorned tick in multiple states throughout the eastern United States suggests that it is likely established. Many questions remain about the ecology of this tick and the impacts it will have on the health of humans and animals.

The Game Commission will continue to conduct active surveillance for the longhorned tick on wildlife in collaboration with multiple state and federal agencies and academic institutions.

Additional information on the longhorned tick can be found on fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Penn State. Longhorned tick questions concerning wildlife should be directed to the Game Commission; humans, Pennsylvania Department of Health; and domestic/agricultural animals, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Penn State University provided an update on their work to control the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly – an invasive insect that has the potential to seriously impact the tree-fruit, grape, and timber industries, which are collectively worth nearly $18 billion to the state’s economy.

“Through this partnership, we have been able to successfully raise awareness about this pest: what it looks like, where it’s found, and the damage it could do,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This coalition has been the boots on the ground working to control the Spotted Lanternfly’s spread–and we’ve made significant strides–but we know there’s still much work left to do.”

Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly approved $3 million in dedicated state funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly as part of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget. This funding supplements $17.5 million in federal funding from USDA, received earlier this year. Redding noted that this funding has helped the coalition, which also includes numerous local partners, invest in a statewide survey, control and treatment services, grants, and research.

This year, the partners are engaged in a multi-pronged approach to control the invasive pest. PDA has taken responsibility for suppressing Spotted Lanternfly populations in the core infestation area, while USDA has established a perimeter extending 18 miles out from the core area, where they are working to eliminate any infestation. Between the two agencies, the entire spotted lanternfly quarantine area–13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania–are being covered. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has taken the lead on public outreach through its Cooperative Extension service.

“Our main operational goal this season is to treat all the known positives from last year, and treat any new properties this year into mid-September,” said Timothy Newcamp, USDA APHIS State Plant Health Director in Pennsylvania. “Our scientists are studying the effectiveness of different pesticides, working on trap and lure development, exploring biological control options, and studying alternative host suitability. This research, along with that of our partners, will not only help in the battle against this invasive pest, but it will also help shape the direction of the Spotted Lanternfly Program.”

“Penn State Extension and Research within the College of Agriculture Sciences is focused on increasing the public and industries awareness of the SLF and studying the pest to learn more about its biology, damage potential and how to more effectively manage its populations,” added Dr. Dennis Calvin, Associate Dean and Director of Special Programs at Penn State Extension.

Redding said that public outreach and education is critical to controlling the Spotted Lanternfly’s spread

“We want the public to not only understand the urgency of this problem, but also be able to help us in trying to eliminate it,” said Redding. “If people are aware of the pest, and know what it looks like, they can report sightings to us so that we can respond more quickly. If the insect is found someplace outside of the quarantine zone, the sooner we know about it, the sooner we can react and prevent it from spreading.”

Pennsylvanians are encouraged to report sightings of the pest through an online reporting tool found at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly or by calling the new hotline, 1-888-4BADFLY. The hotline will connect callers to Penn State Extension staff who will provide guidance and next steps.

The commonwealth is also engaging with the business community, stressing the risk that interstate and international commerce may be impeded. Businesses operating within the quarantine must obtain an operating permit, which requires training and passing a test to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the pest and quarantine requirements. Permits demonstrate that individuals can identify the pest and ensure that it is not present on transported items. New York, for example, has begun inspecting shipments moving from the quarantined areas of Pennsylvania into their state to ensure trucks are permitted. New Jersey also recently instituted a quarantine in three counties that may affect the interstate movement of goods from Pennsylvania.

Redding added that the Wolf Administration has been training employees and issuing permits to those state workers who have taken the test. The commonwealth also plans to permit state vehicles that travel through the quarantine zone.

“The commonwealth is leading by example, and has taken the important step of permitting its state vehicles. Thus far, state employees in a number of agencies have taken the permitting test online and are training their teams to know what to do when they’re traveling in a state vehicle,” Redding added.

Find out more about Spotted Lanternfly at agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly, www.aphis.usda.gov/hungrypests/slf, and extension.psu.edu/shopby/spotted-lanternfly.

The  To Fill A Backpack program ‘s application deadline was this past Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  After this date requests will be put on a list to be filled after the initial batch of backpacks is distributed.

Please remember…ask for them because you need them not because they are free. The program says  should never run out of backpacks to cover all the requests but you taking one just because it is free could ultimately cause them to do that.

Another reminder…if you request a backpack please be sure you are able to make arrangements to get them picked up or have a Family member or Friend to pick them up. We are unable to deliver them all so we have ultimately come to having you pick them up. We will try to get someone from each location that you can possibly be in contact with that is willing to at least get them to your area. We have a contact in Port Allegany, Roulette and Coudersport so far. I believe that we have one in the Emporium area. We need to find someone to take care of the Smethport, Westfield/Elkland, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Galeton areas. Anyone that is able to help us with that please let me know. You would need to be able to pick up the backpacks for that area and be available for people to pick them up from you of course at times that you choose to be available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to help with that so that we can get you on the list as our contact.

Please remember…ask for them because you need them not because they are free. We should never run out of backpacks to cover all our requests but you taking one just because it is free could ultimately cause us to do that.

Another reminder…if you request a backpack please be sure you are able to make arrangements to get them picked up or have a Family member or Friend to pick them up. The program is  unable to deliver them all so they  have ultimately come to having you pick them up. We will try to get someone from each location that you can possibly be in contact with that is willing to at least get them to your area. We have a contact in Port Allegany, Roulette and Coudersport so far. I believe that we have one in the Emporium area. We need to find someone to take care of the Smethport, Westfield/Elkland, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Galeton areas. Anyone that is able to help us with that please let me know. You would need to be able to pick up the backpacks for that area and be available for people to pick them up from you of course at times that you choose to be available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to help with that so that we can get you on the list as our contact.

To Fill A Backpack

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA  16746

Phone: (814) 544-2612

Email: info@tofillabackpack.org

Website: www.tofillabackpack.org

An 18 year old Port Allegany resident is facing theft charges. State police at Kane report the youth, whose name they did not reveal, took a cell phone from a 12 year old boy, also from Port Allegany while at the McKean County Fairgrounds. At first, it was believed the phone had been lost but police later determined the older boy had taken it. The phone was later recovered and returned to the owner.

State police at Ridgway claim Kenneth Dean Imbrogno , 22 of Johnsonburg  was driving his vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance when they stopped him for traffic violations on Long Level Road in Ridgway Township late Tuesday night. DUI charges are pending results of blood tests.

Vandalism to a car in Jay Township, Elk County Thursday afternoon has been investigated by state police at Ridgway. Culprits used a screwdriver to scratch the right passenger door and fender on a car owned by a 25 year old Force, PA woman while it was parked at 20185 Bennetts Valley Highway at around 5 o’clock.