Black Forest Express
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Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 45; .43” rain
FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 52
FRI NIGHT– SHOWERS MOVE IN, LOW 37
SAT-AM SHOWERS, PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 48
SAT NIGHT-LOW 36
SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 54
SUN NIGHT-LOW 44
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Obituary: Rebecca Monroe, Rochester, NY
Ridgway man accused of raping and molesting two young girls…..Bradford resident hurt in accidental shooting….Authorities continue to investigate car/pedestrian accident in Port Allegany….Mt. Jewett woman and infant hurt in collision caused by a passing vehicle…..It’s a national topic and Potter County board has established Criminal Justice goals….
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Ridgway based state police have arrested 26 year old Michael Chittester of that town on rape charges. Troopers allege Chittester raped a 10 year old girl and molested a five year old girl over a four year period beginning in October 2014, He was taken into custody Wednesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after being arraigned before District Judge Brown.
State police at Kane say they are continuing to investigate an apparent accidental shooting taking place between 11:00 PM last night and 12:40 this morning on Heather Lane in Corydon Township . A 26 year old Bradford man was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non- life threatning gunshot wound. His name was not released.
Port Allegany Borough police are continuing to investigate a car/pedestrian accident occurring Thursday afternoon. A vehicle turned left off of Mill Street onto Main Street and knocked down a pedestrian who was removed from underneath the vehicle by members of the Star Hose Fire Department and Port Allegany ambulance. The victim was transported by medical helicopter from the Port Allegany High School football field to Eric County Medical Center in Baffalo for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities did not release the name of the pedestrian nor the motorist.
A Mt. Jewett driver and her young passenger were slightly hurt Thursday afternoon in a Wetmore Township mishap. Troopers report Jade Jensen was going west on Route 6 near the Old Smethport Intersection when she had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with an eastbound vehicle which was passing another eastbound unit. Jensen’s Kia Spectra sideswiped a guard rail on the right shoulder before stopping. Jensen and a female infant were treated at Kane Community Hospital. The unknown car is believed to be a newer black Cadillac SUV with LED headlights was being driven by a woman with blonde shoulder length hair. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.
Kane based state police claim 36 year old Michael Coast of Duke Center fled the scene of a one vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Ceres Township. Troopers determined Coast was going north on Route 44 near the Ireland Lane intersection when his VW wen off the road on a left hand curve, struck two mailboxes traveled through a yard and came to rest in a creek bed. Coast was located about six hours later and apparently was not hurt.
Two area drivers escaped injury with car deer encounters occurring over the past few days in Tioga County . Alyson Yerrick of Galeton was headed east on Route 49 near the Merrick Hill Road intersection in Deerfield Township last Friday morning when a deer ran onto the road in front of her Ford Escape. Kaitlyn Bailey of Millerton was traveling in west on the Bottom Hill Road near Star High Road in Farmington Township Monday afternoon when her Nissan Rogue collided with a whitetail which entered her path.
You may have heard on news reports about Kanye West’s visit to the White House yesterday during which he made a stream of consciousness speech about a variety of issues including Criminal Justice Reform. However, you might not have heard him say mental health issues need to be addressed in reform efforts.That’s part of what is being considered by the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yestereday’s commissioners meeting that board members approved the basic elements of their 2019 strategic plan last week, setting the stage for formal adoption at the panel’s next meeting. It’s a detailed document that identifies the issues, challenges, priorities and steps that will be taken as the many elements of the county’s criminal justice system work together to improve outcomes. CJAB officers, re-elected at last week’s meeting, are: Judge Stephen Minor, chairman; Commissioner Paul Heimel, vice chairman; and Colleen Wilber, Potter County Human Services, administrator. Overall goals in the CJAB action plan for the new year include:
Partnering with the National Stepping Up Initiative for criminal offenders with identified mental health issues.
Continued work on a Pretrial Diversion Program for Potter County and development of more comprehensive re-entry services for inmates being released from the county jail.
Partnering with the National Data-Driven Justice Initiative to measure effectiveness and outcomes of criminal justice strategies, better inform decision-makers, and improve information sharing.
Continued collaboration for early education programs to identify and address the rise in juvenile anti-social behavior/mental health and criminal activity.
Transitional/half-way housing for offenders along with an increased focus on skills training and employment needs.
Rebecca R. MONROE, 88, of Rochester, NY, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in St. Ann’s. Born June 29, 1930, in Reedsville, PA, she was the daughter of Paul W. and Mary Muldoon Erhard. She was married to Oscar C. Monroe, who predeceased her on December 29, 2011. Surviving are: four children, Laura (Victor) Marzovilla of Rochester, Donna Jones of Macedon, NY, Eva (Sam) Polito of Webster, NY, and Mark Monroe of Rochester; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, T. Michael Jones; four brothers, Paul Erhard, Jr., Mervin Erhard, Everett Erhard, and David Raymond Erhard; and a sister, Esther K. Lewis. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.