Monday July 15, 2019

Black Forest Express

Early Arrivals                                                                                                                                Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 85; Overnight low 54






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St. Marys caregiver arrested for neglecting elderly patient…Olean man accused of punching a Shinglehouse resident in face….Smethport driver seriously hurt in crash…Ceres woman arrested for writing bad check…Tri-axle load of logs stolen from  Homer Township log yard…Power washer stolen from Tioga County residence…Thieves remove chainsaw from logging site in Cameron County…

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Leann Schloder, 48 of St. Marys has been arrested for neglecting an elderly woman in her care. State police at Ridgway allege Schloder was found unconscious in her vehicle between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm June 22 on Ridge Road. While investigating, troopers found Schloder was intoxicated and had left the house with a stove unattended and a 92 year old Kersey woman, with dementia,  in potential danger. Schloder has been charged with neglect of a dependent person and reckless endangerment.

State police at Coudersport have charged 49 year old Lee Wheeler of Olean with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of July 5 on the Kellytown Road in Sharon Township. Wheeler is accused of punching  28 year old Darren Blauvelt of Shinglehouse during an argument.

A Smethport woman was seriously hurt early Saturday morning when her Chevrolet Impala rolled over on Champlin Hill Road just after 2:00 a. Wheeler was going west when her 2006 Chevrolet Impala crossed the highway went off the road and struck a ditch, became airborne and spun around before stopping upside down. Wheeler was trapped inside and had to be extricated from the wreckage. She was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment.

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested 33 year old Kelly Ann Plants of Coudersport for writing a bad check Authorities clam Plants wrote  a check for $110  to Timothy Burdick and has failed to make the check good.

A tri-axle load of logs was stolen from a lumber yard at the intersection of Route 872 and Heth Road in Homer Township between July 3 and 5. The logs, valued at $2400 belonged to Duran Kanpp of Coudersport .

State police at Mansfield are investigating the theft of a power washer from a location on Route 549. The washer valued at $268 belonged to a 44 year old Tioga man  and was  stolen on the evening of July 29. It is valued at $268.

Troopers at Emporium are looking for a thief who stole a chainsaw from a logging site at May Hollow Road and Thomas Ryan Road between 3:30 pm Friday and 10am Saturday. The saw is owned by a 52 year old Clearfield man and is valued at $1200.

Unknown vandals smashed a front window at a camp located at 775 West Chapel Road by throwing a rock through it last Friday afternoon.

A glass front door at a house located at 48 Slack Hollow Road Eldred was shattered Sunday night while the victim was out of town.

Culprits cut a barb wire fence surrounding  a pasture holding 3 cows 138 Combs Creek Roads in Liberty Sunday evening.




Friday July 11, 2019


Early arrivals                                                                                                                                  Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 88; Overnight low 66







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Oil and gas report published….new law will  help farmers moving large equipment…Smethport man accused of unauthorized use of a vehicle….Wilcox woman arrested for setting a small fire….

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The 2018 Oil and Gas Annual Report released today by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows that internal restructuring and continued expansion of electronic tools increased permitting and inspection efficiency, while also increasing the overall strength of DEP’s oversight, even as unconventional gas production reached a record level in Pennsylvania.

The report notes that DEP personnel completed 36,873 compliance inspections at conventional and unconventional well sites last year, about 585 more than in 2017. The surface activities inspection process moved to tablet computers, making it much more efficient and getting the results to operators and the public faster. All inspections are now done electronically.

The year also brought advancements in permitting. DEP launched an updated Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit, ESCGP-3, in electronic format and provided extensive training to industry on both the new requirements and the electronic application. This surface-activities permit is the second permit to go online, following the subsurface well-drilling e-permit, which rolled out in 2017.

Electronic permit applications eliminate DEP data entry, ensure that applications are complete when submitted, and enable operators to pay permit fees online.

In addition, DEP simplified its internal oil and gas permit review structure statewide, grouping personnel into surface and subsurface programs for enhanced communications and teamwork. By the end of the year, average review time for the ESCGP had dropped to 157 days in the southwest and 85 days in the rest of the state. The average time to review well-drilling permit applications shortened to about 39 days statewide. Across DEP permit backlog has been reduced from more than 8,700 in early 2016 to just 635 in June 2019. Inspection efficiency has also improved by approximately 20 percent through the use of portable tablets and other technological improvements.

DEP issued 1,868 unconventional well permits in 2018, about 160 fewer than the previous year. Sustained low commodity prices coupled with longer wellbores contributed to a decline in permit applications. An interactive map shows well drilling locations by county.

Unconventional well operators produced 6.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, an increase of .8 trillion cubic feet over 2017 and the largest volume of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania in a single year.

Through a comprehensive outreach program, DEP assisted operators in achieving a record high 97 percent submission rate for required emergency response plans in 2018, capping several years of effort to increase compliance in this area.

The interactive, multimedia annual report offers several levels of data: the year in review; deeper detail and historical data; and educational overviews of drilling and the regulatory process statewide. For example, users can compare how much gas was produced over the past 10 years, and drill down to see production by individual well.


The annual report also features a section on the many ways the public can stay up-to-date on regulations, for example, by signing up for email notifications or attending Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Meetings in person or by webinar.

A new law was designed to remove a barrier which results in frustration for farmers who have to haul combines on Pennsylvania highways. The new law increases the allowable width for farm equipment under the vehicle code from 16 feet to 18 feet. Over the years, farm machinery  has grown in size as it becomes more technologically advanced. The bill’s sponsor says it’s time for state law to evolve.

A 25 year old East Smethport man is being accused of unauthorized use of a vehicle late last night. When Smethport Borough police located the 2003 Chevrolet Caviler and tried to make a traffic stop, they driver failed to yield and tried to flee. He was apprehended and arrested for active McKean County warrants then was remanded to the McKean County Jail. His name was not released by authorities.

A 57year old Wilcox woman is facing an arson charge for torching an abandoned house located at 66 Oak Street in Jones Township, Elk County. The damage to the building owned by Lea Mowrey, also of Wilcox is estimated to be $100 but is not covered by insurance.


Thursday July 11, 2019

Black Forest Express


Early Arrivals                                                                                                                               –Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 66







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Coudersport pool nearly done….Lawmakers criticize Governor Wolf for vetoing voting machine legislation….Charges pending against man suspected of making terroristic threats…Louisiana driver picked up for suspected drug-related DUI….Vandalism to a mailbox in Otto Township probed..

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The new Coudersport Swimming pool is nearing completion soon. With the hot weather we’ve been experiencing, that’s welcome news for area children and adults. The water is in put there needs to be some final tweaking according to Borough Manager Bev Morris. It is the only public pool in the county, although there is one at the Port Allegany High School, just across the county line. That pool was recently renovated as well.   The original Coudersport pool  was built in the early 1950’s. The current half million dollar project has been financed by a variety of community fundraisers and grants. There were several college students lined up to be lifeguards and according to Morris, many were looking forward to receiving money they could use toward their education. With the delay in the schedule, it looked as though they would not be earning the money they had anticipated. However, Coudersport Borough Council agreed to have the students work on other projects around the town while they wait for the pool to open. You can hear our interview with Morris  about the progress and the students on this website by clicking on “Black Forest Trails.”

A growing number of state house members are  criticizing Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to borrow funds without legislative approval to assist county governments with the purchase of new voting systems.

The governor announced his plan on Tuesday, days after vetoing Senate Bill 48, a bipartisan proposal from the General Assembly that provided the same amount of county funding and made some election reforms, including the ending of straight-party ticket voting.

Some House members are saing “We believe the governor does not have the legal authority to bypass the General Assembly and unilaterally borrow $90 million to help counties pay for mandated voting system upgrades. By coming up with this questionable borrowing plan, he appears to be bowing to political pressure to preserve the straight-party voting option.

When he vetoed the proposal, the governor said eliminating straight-party voting would increase waiting times at the polls and discourage voter participationSenate Bill 48 was a bipartisan piece of legislation that would have provided the necessary county funding and made changes to improve our elections.

A charge of terroristic threats is pending against a suspect in a domestic violence assault early this morning on the East Valley Road in Keating Township, McKean County. State police did not release the suspect’s name by claim he hit a female victim several times while threatening her.

Police also did not release the name of a 23 year old Houma, LA man accused of DUI. Troopers report, while on routine patrol  on E. Main Street near the intersection of Woodside Drive in Keating Township, they observed a 2015 Ford Fiesta making numerous traffic violations and suspected the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance. After the stop, drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found in the car. Additional charges are pending blood results.

Vandals damaged a mailbox at the home of a 48 year old Rixford woman Monday evening. The mailbox was located at 1501 Looker Mountain Trail.