Thursday December 6, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 25, trace of snow






        SAT NIGHT-LOW 16

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Citizens  in three counties are being asked for input on a regional comprehensive plan…..Police looking for missing James City man…..Tioga County teen charged with terroristic threats….Roulette man jailed on felony warrant…

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“Potter County Today” is reporting that citizens will have an opportunity to help plot the region’s future by sharing their views as part of the first-ever Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan. A project of commissioners and planning boards from Potter, Cameron and McKean counties, the document will guide decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy areas for the 2020-29 decade. Its implications will be felt in everything from economic development, environmental conservation, transportation, employment, education, small business, community facilities and other areas.

Focus groups have been meeting, with the assistance of a professional planner, to provide the framework. Dozens of people from many walks of life and areas of interest have been engaged. Now it’s time for the public to be heard in identifying priorities, areas of need, and other issues of interest or concern.

All citizens are encouraged to complete the online community survey, open until Jan. 9, at Copies of the survey form are also available by contacting Joe Passmore at or 717-221-2061. Citizens will also be able to share their views during an open house on the comprehensive plan from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Jan. 23 at Port Allegany High School.

While the master document covers a three-county region, the plan will include sections that are exclusive to each particular county. The plan, funded in part through Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission, began in August and will be completed next summer. Further information is available at each county’s planning office.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a James City man who has been missing since the first of September. Frank Arhtur Gillespie is 53 years old and was residing in James City until recently. He was known to have frequented the James City Café. More recently, he was believed to be living in Kane and frequented the Kane Eagles Club. He does not have a vehicle and is not known to drive. When a relative was unable to make contact with Gillespie, state police were asked to help. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6126 and ask for Trooper Reiner.

A 13 year old Tioga County boy has been charged with terroristic threats. State police at Mansfield allege they boy threatened to “shoot up” the North Penn  Liberty High School and a 13 year old female student on November e30.

Coudersport Based state police have charged 24 year old Jeffrey Buchanan of Shinglehouse with harassment in connection ot a domestic violence incident on the afternoon of November 17. Police claim that Buchanan assaulted a 77 year old man and damaged the residence of a 51 year old man in Shinglehouse. A dry wall interior wall was damaged to the tune of $150.00 and a wooden door received $100 in damage.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed driver after a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ash Lanwe and Railroad Avenue in the Village of Roulette on Halloween night. Authorities claim when they investigated the crash of a 2003 Mitsubishi Ecllipse, the driver appeared to be under the influence.

Zachary Snyder, 26 of Roulette was committed to the Potter County Jail after being stopped by patrol officers on the Old Colesburg Road in Coudersport early Monday morning. Troopers say they pulled Snyder of ver for a traffic violation and  found drug paraphernalia inside his 2000 VW Jetta. He was jailed on a felony warrant and was said to have been driving with a suspended license.

State police also allegedly found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of pot at n Oswayo Township home on November 18. The discovery was made when troopers were called to make a welfare check at 655 Brizzee Hollow Road.





Wednesday December 5, 2018

Tuesday’s high, 21; LOW 8







BFB HEADLINES (Wednesday December 5, 2018) Committee announces expanded plans for Eliot Ness Fest 2019….State police warn of holiday phone scams….Emporium home burglarized Monday evening….Renovo driver hurt when his pick-up sideswiped a dump truck in Tioga County….state police warn of holiday phone scams….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

Drinkers toasted the end of Prohibition in the U.S. on this day in 1933. It had been 14 years between (legal) drinks. The long dry spell ended at 5:32 p.m., when Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (repealing the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited all booze).


In a related note, the schedule of events and activities is growing for the second annual “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable” scheduled for the July 19-21 weekend in Coudersport, Pa. With sponsorship by the Potter County Historical Society, an expanded planning committee has been busy laying the groundwork for a celebration that returns all of the highlights from this year’s event and adds several more attractions. Committee members emerged from last week’s meeting with several announcements:

–Plans are progressing for a dramatic re-enactment of the trial of Al Capone at the Potter County Courthouse. An effort is also underway for Eliot Ness Fest 2019 to host the first-ever reunion of the descendants of Eliot Ness and his band of “Untouchables.” Stay tuned for details!

–The popular Vintage Eliot Ness/Al Capone Era (pre-1933) Car and Truck Show will return, with most or all of last year’s participants already registered. A separate Vintage Ness Cleveland Era (late ‘30s and early ‘40s) Car and Truck Show is in the works for the street where Eliot Ness lived. Also, Law Enforcement Vehicles of various vintages and types will be displayed at the courthouse square.

–Street theater performances, an expanded parade, fireworks, and other entertainment are in the planning stages. Colorful historic interpretative bus tours will also be expanded.

–A number of prominent authors and historians will be appearing, presenting fascinating programs at the Coudersport Theatre, where feature films and fascinating documentaries will air all three days.

–An expanded Law Enforcement Spotlight is in the works, headquartered at the courthouse square, with a broad variety of exhibits, programs, and appearances by special guests.

–Many area businesses are already onboard with plans to partner with the committee in expanding the venues for the thousands of visitors who are expected.

Further updates will be posted on Facebook and on the official Eliot Ness Fest website (

The Bath VA Medical Center and the Elmira, Wellsboro, Wellsville and Coudersport, PA Community Based VA Outpatient Clinics will be seeing patients on Wednesday, December 5th during the National Day of Mourning for the passing of President Bush. Veterans with appointments, or those with procedures scheduled for that day, should go to their appointments as scheduled.

Emporium-based state police are investigating a burglary at a home on West Fourth Street in that town Monda y night. Burglars entered the home of a 57 year old man and 46 year old woman by unknown means between 9:00 pm 11:30 pm  and stole items valued at about  $3877. No one was home at the time.

Minor injuries were reported for a Renovo man after a collision Tuesday morning on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County.  Mansfield based state police report the accident happened when Daniel Snyder was making a right curve while headed west and drove into the oncoming lane where his Ford F-150 sideswiped a Peterbilt dump truck driven by Vaughn  Laubach of Williamsport. Snyder was taken tol Soliders and Sailors hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Laubach  was not hurt.

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high,40; overnight low, 26; .75” of snow preceded by .08” of rain






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Some Tri-County Co-op members will be getting share of capital credits….Potter County re-certified as “StormReady”….Force, PA man arrested for stealing merchandise from Walmart…..Medicine and legal document stolen from Harrison Township home……Northern Potter student arrested for disorderly conduct…Port Allegany bar cited by liquor control board….

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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be returning $1 million in capital credits to members and former members of the cooperative this month. The Tri-County board of directors approved the retirement of $1 million worth of capital credits allocated to members’ accounts in 1987, 1988 and 2017. Current Tri-County members who received electric service from the cooperative in the retirement years will receive a credit on their December electric bills.The cooperative will mail checks to all inactive Tri-County members who are entitled to a capital credits refund but have moved from the co-op’s service area. The checks will be mailed Monday, Dec. 10.Capital credits reflect margins the cooperative realizes at the end of each year. Margins are the excess of income over expenses.

Because cooperatives are member-owned, non-profit enterprises, margins are allocated back to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the allocation to a member’s account is based on that member’s energy consumption during the retirement years.

The cooperative retains margins for a period of time to be used as working capital to assist in the financing of plant replacement and to build and maintain the electric system. When the co-op is financially able to do so, it retires margins by returning capital credits, also known as patronage capital, to members.

This capital credits retirement marks the second year of the cooperative’s hybrid capital credits program, which allows for the return of patronage capital in full for mature capital credits allocated in 1987 and 1988, as well as the return of capital credits earned by members in the most recent year,

The cooperative has returned over $5 million in capital credits to members since 2010, retiring capital credits in eight of the past nine years.


With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric distribution service to more than 19,000 accounts in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) recently confirmed that the Potter County Emergency Management Agency has meet qualifications to be recertified, as StormReady which. The designation signifies readiness to receive and disseminate severe weather alerts over a period of three years, through November 2021. According to Barbara M. Watson, NWS meteorologist-in-charge in State College, Potter County met all criteria, including:

establishing a ’round-the-clock warning point and Emergency Operations Center;

at least four separate ways to receive NWS warnings;

at least two ways to monitor hydrometeorological data;

two or more ways to disseminate warnings;

weather information receivers in public facilities;

public education and training;

a hazardous weather operations plan;

automated siren controllers;

community preparedness and administration,

A 43 year old Force, PA man has been arrested for stealing merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday night. Ridgway based state police did not release the suspect’s name but say he was pictured on video surveillance taking the items. Charges will be filed in District Court.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for leads in solving a burglary which took place between November 16 and this past Sunday. Thieves entered the locked residence of a 73 year old Mills woman and stole a blood pressure prescription medication (Triamterne HCTZ) and a document f rom an attorney concerning her late husband.

A 17 year old Northern Potter student is being charged with disorderly conduct. According to state police at Coudersport, the girl tried to leave the school grounds Monday morning but staff found her hiding outside the school. Authorities claim this has been an ongoing occurrence.

The state Bureau of  Liquor Control Enforcement has cited a Port Allegany bar for violating state regulations. Authorities allege Shooters Grill and Bar LLC at 14 N. Main Street was not a bona fide restaurant because it did not maintain sufficient food items between July 11 and September 8, 2018 and also failed to adhere to conditions of an agreement with the board placing additional restrictions on the bar April 25 through September 18, 2018.