Monday April 15, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 46, 1.95″of rain






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Northern Potter student arrested for posting terroristic threats on social media….Indiana man arrested for violating PFA in McKean County….Elderly driver hurt in collision with tractor trailer Sunday in Potter County….Byrnedale driver escaped injury when pickup hits elk…chainsaws stolen in Tioga County….Two arrested for shouting match at Coudersport Dollar General…

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Coudersport-based state police have arrested a 14 year old boy for posting terroristic threats on social media last Tuesday while at the Northern Potter High School. The arrest was made after a full investigation by state police.

Troopers at Lewis Run have issued a warrant for 44 year old Brian Drake of Bristol, IN for violating a PFA Saturday night. The alleged crime took place at a ;home on Bells Run Road in Ceres Township in which a 34 year old woman was contacted by Drake.

An elderly Wesfield driver was seriously hurt Sunday morning in a collision with a tractor trailer. According to state police at Coudersport, the collision occurred at around 9:30 am at the intersection of Route 49 and Teed Hollow Road in Harrison Township when Lee Mitchell , also of Westfield whop was traveling north on Teed Hollow Road did not see a Buick LeSabre driven by 91 year old Howard Phillips and turned his Kenworth North west onto Route 49 causing the trailer to hit the bumper on the passenger car. Phillips was flown  from Harrison Valley by helicopter to Robert Pack Hospital in Sayre Mitchell was not hurt.

An Olean, NY driver is facing DUI charges after being stopped by Pennsylvania State Police on Route 155 in Eldred Township early Sunday morning. Troopers claim, when they initiated a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations, they determined 41 year old Frederick Russell had been driving his 2012 Lincoln Continental under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.

DUI charges are also pending against 40 year old Harry Lesher of Olyphant, PA who was stopped by  Mansfield based state police last Thursday night at the intersection of Sweden Hill and Trails End Roads in Charleston Township. Police said  a breathalyzer  test indicated a BAC of 0.281%, more than three times the legal limit.

A Byrnedale motorist was not hurt last Wednesday night when his pick up hit an Elk on the Bennetts Valley Highway I Jay Township. Troopers said Richard Micale was unable to avoid hitting the animal with his southbound Chevrolet  Silverado.

Mansfield based state police report a 23 year old Campbell, NY man escaped injury when his Chevrolet Cruze struck a guard rail on Route 15 in Richmond Township a few minutes before 5:00 am last Thursday. Donald Loucks fell asleep while going south and allowed his car to veer off the road.

The theft of two chain saws from Woods Field on Route 287 in Tioga Township is being investigated by state police at the Mansfield barracks. The Stihl 018C and Stihl M5250c were being held their for the annual consignment auction. A witness told police that a dark colored truck had driven onto the field at around 8:00 pm and then left the area.

Lewis Run state police claim a 27 year old Smethport  resident  stole several items belonging to a 54 year old Smethport resident last Thursday afternoon. However, police did not release the suspect’s name.

A criminal mischief taking place between New Year’s Day and this past Thursday is being investigated by state place at Ridgway. State police say someone fired shots at a sign and a gas regulator on Andnerson Street in Hamlin Township  owned by Knox Energy of Canton, OH. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.368.9230.

An Elk County juvenile has been charged with criminal mischief for shooting out a window on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township, Saturday evening. The victim is listed as a 43 year  old Rixford man.

Both people involved in a shouting match outside the Dollar General on East Second Street in Coudersport Saturday afternoon are being cited for disorderly conduct . Charges against 31 year old Uriah Perry and 26 year old Erica Benson were filed with District Judge Annette Easton.

Ridgway based state police are continuing their investigation into the death of 54 year old Donald Dinger of Smicksburg, PA whose body was found near 595 Hicks Run Road in Benezette Township Saturday night. Authorities say the cause and manner of death are unknown at this time


The deployment of rural broadband was one of the focuses of discussion at a roundtable event held by the House Majority Policy Committee at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Tioga County, said Reps. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

Te roundtable discussion featured nearly 50 educators, elected officials, business owners, nonprofit organizations, and representatives from various industries, namely health care, energy, construction, food service, engineering and real estate. The attendees included organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions within the Tioga County community.

“Thank you to the entire Tioga County community for welcoming us and talking to us about the issues important to your businesses and organizations,” said Oberlander. “From rural broadband to emergency response, we understand these issues are crucial to everyone in your area. We will take your concerns and ideas back to Harrisburg so that we can craft good public policy to address your needs.”

Two other major topics covered today included emergency response funding and recruitment, along with transportation infrastructure and upgrade of U.S. Route 15 to Interstate 99, from Lycoming County to the New York line. Much of the discussion involved an update about current efforts underway, the need to coordinate efforts and support, and ways to fund improvements on both issues.

“I want to thank the Policy Committee for coming to Tioga County to hear directly from our business owners, organization leaders and elected officials about how policies at the state level can directly translate into stronger rural communities,” Owlett said. “We covered a wide range of issues this morning, and I believe our conversation will make a difference when advancing legislation at the state Capitol.”

Other members attending were Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria).

The event was part of the House Republican Caucus’s #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.










Friday, April 12, 2019



Thursday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 43







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Obituaries: Harlow, “Hal” Porter, Coudersport and Galen Kennel, Port Allegany


Port Allegany grandfather charged with trying to strangle 14 year old….Driftwood resident accused of shooting Emporium cat with bow and arrow…..Judge sentences Shinglehouse man to state prison for his role in drug death…..State House ag committee heard testimony on Causer’s bill to help dairy farmers affected by bad weather….Bridge rehab project begins next week near Ridgway….PA’s trout season opens tomorrow……

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State police at Lewis Run are charging 64 year old Harry Fleck of Port Allegany with strangulation after a confrontation with his grandson at a house on Green Hollow Road in Liberty Township Thursday night. When police interviewed the complainant,  a 35 year old woman and the 14 year old boy, they determined the teen had suffered injuries during a verbal and physical altercation with Fleck.  The defendant was arraigned at the state police barracks and charges  are pending in district court.

Emporium based state police have charged 21 year old Keaun  Kennedy of Driftwood with animal cruelty. Troopers allege Kennedy shot a cat on Songer  Lane in Emporium with a bow and arrow Monday night. The cat, owned byu Kevin Small of Emporium had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. Following arraignment at the Cameron County Courthouse  bail was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled soon.

Potter County Senior Judge John Leete this week sentenced a  Shinglehouse man to a state prison sentence of 36-72 months in state prison related to a drug death nearly three years ago. Following a three-day jury trial, Oakley Mulkin  was found guilty of all charges, including distributing a designer drug, criminal use of a communications facility (cell phone) and involuntary manslaughter. For the  death of 28 year old Jordan Whitsell  of Sharon Township,  on May 11, 2016 where Mulkin delivered suspected heroin to which ultimately was determined to be Furanyl Fentanyl. Whitsell  injected the Furanyl Fentanyl causing severe respiratory depression and within hours died. It was  the first case in Potter County where Furanyl Fentanyl was involved in a known drug transaction or death.At the time of the offense, Furanyl Fentanyl was not yet classified as a controlled substance and was considered to be both a designer drug and a non-controlled substance. However, due to it’s very lethal effects, Pennsylvania classified Furanyl Fentanyl as a Schedule I Controlled Substance on August 8, 2016, after the incident.

Dairy farmers, milk haulers and public safety officials appeared before the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which which is chaired by Rep.Martin Causer at the state Capitol on Wednesday to discuss his legislation that would exempt milk trucks from weather-related commercial vehicle travel bans. Causer introduced House Bill 915 in response to the Wolf administration issuing disaster emergency declarations this winter in which commercial vehicles were banned three times from some or all of the state’s interstate highways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulations. There is no question the travel bans had a significant impact on both dairy farmers and milk haulers. The cows produce milk every day, regardless of weather. Farmers have limited storage capacity and rely upon the milk haulers to move their product to market and make room for the next milking. Otherwise, they are forced to dump their milk, along with hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the size of the dairy, down the drain. Our struggling dairy farmers simply can’t afford to do that. The meeting gave the dairy farmers and milk haulers the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns not only with the members of the committee but also with state officials who are involved in making the decisions about issuing travel bans.

Causer says he thinks  we all understand the need to be proactive when dealing with extreme weather conditions and the public safety consequences. However, we need to also consider the consequences of issuing travel bans prematurely or in what most would consider to be typical winter weather conditions. It was helpful to hear from state officials about the process they go through in making such decisions.










This Saturday, April 13, marks the statewide opening day of trout season. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. To participate, anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a Trout/Salmon Permit, both available at or at more than 700 issuing agents. Multi-year licenses are also available in 3-year, 5-year and 10-year increments. Prices for licenses and permits remain the same as last year. Youth anglers ages 15 and under do not require licenses or permits.

Work to rehabilitate a bridge on Grant Road (Route 4001) near Ridgway will begin Monday, April 15, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Restoration will improve the bridge’s condition from “poor” to “good”.

The bridge spans Alyworth Run in Ridgway Township, just outside of Ridgway Borough. It carries an average of almost 850 vehicles each day.

On Monday, the contractor will begin water and sewer line relocation work and will perform that work during daylight hours. An alternating traffic pattern will be enforced by flaggers in the roadway.

Later this summer, the bridge will be closed so that repair work can take place. Prior to that closure, PennDOT will issue an update on the project and detail a local detour that drivers will use while the bridge is closed.

The overall project includes wing replacement, joint grouting, drainage improvements, water and sewer line relocation, structure repairs, paving, and miscellaneous items. PennDOT expects the bridge to be finished in early September. Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake, PA  is the contractor on this $876,000 project.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


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Harlow D. “Hal” Porter, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born May 23, 1936, in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the son of David and Laura Card Porter.  On May 3, 1958, in Shinglehouse, he married the former Sue Jackson, who survives.  He was employed by Pierce Glass in Port Allegany for 32 years.  Hal was a member of Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport and the Christian Motorcycle Association, serving as president of the Twin Tier Chapter for many years.  Surviving besides wife, Sue, are:  five children, Timothy (Mary) Porter of Linden, Lori (Joseph) Wunderlich of Genesee, Joni (John) Prouty, Jr. of Ulysses, Wendy Porter of Sheffield, and Bethany (Kerry) Harley;  13 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren;  two siblings, Wayne (Elizabeth) Porter of Andover, OH and Carol Ann Kinney of Lubeck, ME; nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; and a daughter, Kelly S. Porter; and a brother, Austin Porter.  Friends may call at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Rte. 6 West, Coudersport, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 4:00 p.m.  The Rev. John Minor will officiate.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Galen Ralph Kennel, 77, of Port Allegany, PA passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Lakeview Healthcare Center in Smethport, PA.


Born on April 10, 1941 in Gap, PA he was the son of Rev. Calvin S. and Elsie Beiler Kennel. On February 4, 1979 he married Judith M. Dow, who passed away on March 17, 2008.


Galen was a resident of the Port Allegany area since 1955 and graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1959.


He completed a formal apprenticeship at G.T.E. Sylvania in Emporium and was employed there for 11 years. Before retiring in 2005, he was employed at Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany for 29 years. He was a Financial Secretary of American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 1019 for over 25 years and also Chairman of the PC Federal Credit Union for over 20 years.


He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Allegany and served as an elder. He gave of his time willingly to help others in both church and community projects. He was an avid outdoorsman who accomplished miles of hiking and biking.  Over the past 20 years, he conquered a large portion of the Appalachian Trail. He was an artisan very skilled in carving, woodworking, and wine making.  His gardens were plentiful and flowers abundant. He loved to travel with friends and family, but he made the most impact in his community where he was widely respected.


He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Kimberly and Brett Butterfield of Katy, TX and Kristi and Michael Freeman of Port Allegany; one step-son, Scott Dow and his wife Jennifer of Corry, PA; two step-daughters, Lisa and Brett Trott of Colorado Springs, CO and Leslie and Douglas Stewart of Erie, PA; eight grandsons, Calvin (Jessica) Freeman, Gerad (Sara) Freeman, Dane Butterfield, Zachary Dow, Graham and Griffen Stewart, Nathan and Brenden Trott; four granddaughters Tara (Matt) Nagel, Anna and Maggie Dow, and Natalie Trott; three great-grandchildren, Luke and Tyler Nagel, and Zoe Butterfield; one brother, Calvin (Jim) Kennel and wife Kathy of Colorado Springs, CO; one sister, Vera Houben of SunCity, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Judy; three brothers, Leonard, Vernon and Gordon; and two sisters, Lynda King and Glenda Kennel.


The family will receive friends on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home in Port Allegany from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A graveside service will be held at the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery, Amish Road, Gap, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany on Monday, April 15th at 11:00 am.


In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany or to a charity of choice.


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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany, PA.

Thursday April 11, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 30; Dusting of snow


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Obituaries: Christine Neefe Baumann, Coudersport and Travis Fuhrer, Ulysses

Two of Rep. Owlett’s bills regarding children have been passed by a House committee….$1000 in cash stolen from safe in Eldred area home….Mansfield police give details of accidental shooting….Two people arrested for allegedly driving under influence of drugs…Cruelty to animals case in Austin under police investigation….Ridgway man accused of public drunkenness…

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Two House committees this week approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) that would help infants and children impacted by the state’s opioid crisis and ensure parents use private health insurance for their children, if available and financially feasible, before relying on Medical Assistance.
“Pennsylvania has been one of the states hardest hit by an epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse that is plaguing our country,” said Owlett. “One of the more tragic consequences of this crisis is the devastating impact it has had and continues to have on infants and children. Newborns are suffering through withdrawal from opioids because they’ve been exposed to these drugs in the womb, and fatalities, near-fatalities, abuse and neglect of infants and young children have all been linked to parental substance abuse.”

Two House committees this week approved bills sponsored by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) that would help infants and children impacted by the state’s opioid crisis, and require the custodial or non-custodial parent of children for whom Medical Assistance is sought to enroll their children in their own health insurance plan before the state would begin paying for medical care.

Statistics reveal that between 2010 and 2104, more than 7,500 infants in Pennsylvania who were born on Medicaid were diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) after their mothers had used heroin or were prescribed opioids during pregnancy. Sixty-one of those infants died before reaching their first birthday.

Furthermore, of the 1,400 infants in Pennsylvania who were removed from their homes and placed in protective custody in 2014, 817 of them (56%) had parental substance abuse as a contributing factor in their placement.
Owlett’s House Bill 316 would establish a task force that would focus on improving the safety, well-being and permanency of substance-exposed infants and other young children adversely affected by their parents’ substance abuse disorders.
The task force would be charged with identifying strategies and making short- and long-term recommendations to prioritize the prevention of substance-exposed infants; to improve outcomes for pregnant and parenting women striving to recover from addiction; and to promote the health, safety and permanency of substance-exposed infants and other young children at risk of child abuse and neglect, or have been placed in foster care due to parental alcohol and drug abuse.
The composition of the task force would include representatives from various Commonwealth agencies as well as non-governmental stakeholders and experts in the field, including behavioral health treatment providers, obstetric and pediatric physicians, early intervention providers, and providers of home-visiting programs.

House Bill 316 was unanimously approved by the House Children and Youth Committee and now goes before the full House for a vote.
During a House Health Committee meeting, members also approved Owlett’s House Bill 833. This legislation would require the non-custodial parent of children for whom Medical Assistance is sought to enroll their children in their own health insurance plan before the Commonwealth would begin paying for medical care.

“Medical Assistance is a taxpayer-funded program and, as such, it should be the payer of last resort and used only for those most in need,” said Owlett. “Unfortunately, some children are enrolled in the program who have a parent who could add them to his or her health care plan, but don’t for any number of reasons. Even if a parent does not have custody of the child, or only has partial custody of the child, they are required to provide health insurance to their children.

“I believe, whether or not that parent has custody of the child, he or she bears a certain level of responsibility of care and should, therefore, provide health care coverage if able,” continued Owlett. “We want to make sure our tax dollars and health care resources are being put to the absolute best use and are not being used for individuals who have other access to coverage.”
House Bill 833 is also set to go before the full House for consideration.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a burglary taking place over the past month at a ho9me on Artline Road in Eldred Township. Approximately $1,000 was stolen from a safe in a home owned by a 79 year old Eldred woman. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 814.368.9230.

Troopers at Mansfield investigated an accidental shooting occurring at around 5:00 pm March 24 at 32 Central Avenue, Wellsboro. An unnamed ma was hurt when he was shooting a 9mm pistol at a steel target and a bullet fragment hit his face near the corner of his ey and the bridge of his nose. He was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

Two people have been arrested for drug possession. Coudersport State police say charges are pending against the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado which they stopped in the 3700 blockof US Route 6 W in Ulysses Township on the afternoon of March 28.

State police at Ridgway claim a 32 year old Brockway woman was driving under the influence when her 2014 Chevrolet Cruze went off the Million Dollar Highway Tuesday night, while headed north, and collided with a vehicle parked in a driveway. The woman, whose name was not released, was not using a seatbelt and was taken to the St. Marys Hospital for chemical testing.
An alleged cruelty to animals case at 109 Thorn Street in Austin Tuesday evening remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersport barracks. No further details were released.

Bruce Woodford, 53 of Ridgway was arrested by state police for public drunkenness. Authorities allege Woodford was observed urinating on the bushes in front of CNB Bank in Ridgway early last Saturday morning.


Christine Neefe BAUMANN, 96, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Honeoye Falls, NY, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in her home.Born May 19, 1922, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Thomas J. and Lavana M. McCloskey Neefe.On December 19, 1942, in Rochester, NY, she married Harold J. “Hal” Baumann, who predeceased her on November 8, 2011.She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls, All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA, Burroughs Audubon Society in Rochester, Susquehannock Trail Club, Genesee Valley Hiking Club, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.Surviving are: a son, R. Wayne Baumann of Coudersport; two daughters, Sandra Hayner of Eureka, CA and Loren (Joel) Taylor of Rochester, NY; a granddaughter, Carly Przysinda of Vail, CO; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Philip J. Neefe, Hollis Neefe, and Walter N. Neefe.Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Janis Yskamp will preside. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be expressed at

Travis W. FUHRER, 38, of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, April 6, 2019.Born November 28, 1980, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Brian and Sherry Van Etten Fuhrer.On September 27, 2003, in Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church, Westfield, he married the former Katrina M. Lamb, who survives.A graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by Westfield Tanning Co. and Dresser Rand in Wellsville.Travis attended the Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville and was active with Genesee Youth Baseball.Surviving besides his wife, Katrina, are: two sons, Garrett Fuhrer and Ethan Fuhrer; his parents of Harrison Valley; two brothers, Brandon (Jessica) Fuhrer of Knoxville and Justin Fuhrer of West Bingham; grandparents, James Erickson of Ulysses, Elwin Van Etten of Harrison Valley, and Kathleen Fuhrer of Fishers, IN; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by grandparents, Faye Erickson, Helen Van Etten, and Stanley E. Fuhrer. Friends may call at Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 4:00 PM. The Rev. Frank Mickle and the Rev. Jeremy Gorham will co-officiate.Memorials may be made to Genesee Youth Baseball, c/o Julie Copp, 220 Academy St., Genesee, PA 16923.Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.Online condolences may be expressed at