Monday February 10, 2020

Black Forest Express


Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 35; overnight low, 31; up to 2” of snow in some locations







PA Route 5 Alliance seeking nominations for “Do Route 6” ….Galeton man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting young girl….$8000 worth of hand tools stolen from elderly Tioga County man’s garage…Lock Haven driver’s SUV wrecks on Wycoff Run Road….A couple of area residents arrested for drug possession…

A couple of inches of new snow overnight caused a two hour school delay this morning.  Penn Dot crews began working at midnight but reported many roads were snow and/or slush covered for the morning commute.

The PA Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers, and initiatives along the Heritage Corridor that made a difference in 2019 and is now taking nominations for the “Do 6” Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.The awards are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts that give new meaning to “DO 6” by supporting and implementing sustainable tourism development along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The award winners exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect, preserve and promote the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.The awards are presented in the areas of Heritage Partnerships, Leadership, Heritage Community of the Year, Heritage Tourism (projects or events), Artisan of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.Last year’s award winners included the Good Growing Gardens, Smethport (Heritage Partnership Award); Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival, Inc., Honesdale (Heritage Tourism Award); Tina Pickett, PA State Representative, 110th Legislative District (Heritage Leadership Award); Kane Borough, McKean County (Heritage Community of the Year Award); Stained Glass Reflections, Wellsboro, Tioga County (Artisan of the Year Award); and Randy Heller, Solid Waste Director/Recycling Coordinator, Wayne County (Lifetime Achievement Award).Nominations can be submitted by anyone along the PA Route 6 Corridor and are due by Friday, March 13, 2020. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the website at: Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. For more information, please contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706.

A 58 year old Galeton  man has been jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail after being arraigned for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl on West Street between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018. John  McCullough has been charged with numerous felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; involuntary sexual intercourse with a child; unlawful contact with a minor; aggravated indecent assault; corruption of minors and two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested a couple of area residents for drug possession. A 60 year old arrested a 60 year old Olean woman (no name released) after stopping her on Route 446 near Digel Hollow in Keating Township after initiating a traffic stop. Police claim they found she was driving under in the influence and had a small amount of marijuana.

Susan Schimp, 60, of Smethport was arrested on drug possession charges after troopers, responding to a tip to 2961 Bordell Road on the afternoon of January 20, for a possible Megan’s law violation allegedly found a small amount of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

A 38 year old Smethport woman has been arrested for furnishing an electronic cigarette to a 14 year old Shinglehouse boy last Tuesday morning on the Bells Run Road.  The suspect’s name also was not released.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks are probing a theft occurring sometime between last Tuesday and Thursday at 811 E. Main Street, Westfield. Thieves  stole about $8,000 worth of hand tools by entering  through the back door of a garage owned by 89 year old Carl Burrous.

A theft at a Port Allegany area home is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Someone entered the home of Cassie Bell at 125 North Brooklynside Road  between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm last Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Police did not reveal what, if anything was stolen.

No injuries were reported for a  Lock Haven resident whose vehicle went off of Wycoff Run Road after hitting a patch and snow of ice Friday morning . Police have charged Ryan Rothrock for speeding prior to the crash.


Friday February 6 2020

Photo by Gerri Miller


Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 26; more than 3” of snow







Complete Weekend Forecast:

DCNR announces grants for snowmobile and ATV project…..Legislation dealing with careless drivers receives bi-partisan support …ID theft investigated in Elk  County…..Mansfield woman cited after dog bites runner….

Today’s Podcast:

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in a department grant program benefitting snowmobile- and ATV-related projects throughout Pennsylvania.Grants are open to municipalities, and non-profit and private organizations. The application period opened February 3 and will close March 31, 2020.Proposed snowmobile and ATV related projects eligible for DCNR grants include:


Land acquisition




Purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction

Development of educational programs related to snowmobile and ATV trails and facilities

No match is required for this funding, however, applications providing matching funding will be given additional consideration.

With a few limited exceptions, all snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a registration issued by DCNR.Statewide, Pennsylvania has 29,562 active registered snowmobiles and 179,017 active registered ATVs.Grants are administered by DCNR with funding provided from $20 registrations required every two years.To apply for snowmobile or ATV grants, visit DCNR’s grants portal.

 Legislation to strengthen penalties for careless drivers who kill or injure a vulnerable highway user passed with wide bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield).Specifically, House Bill 1536 defines a vulnerable highway user as a pedestrian, a bicycle rider, an animal drawn vehicle driver (such as a horse and buggy), or similar user who travels while not encased in a motor vehicle.“Pennsylvania’s highways have a high percentage of users who are not riding in vehicles that serve as steel cages with air bags and seat belts,” Miller said. “We’ve all seen reports of the horrific tragedies that can result when these people are hit by a careless driver who is operating what is essentially a 4,000-pound projectile.”Along with defining this class of drivers, the legislation adds stronger penalties for individuals convicted of careless driving that results in death or bodily injury of a vulnerable highway user. These penalties include suspension of driving privileges and/or fines. Current law does not delineate penalties for careless driving around highway users who don’t have the benefit of safety protections inside a vehicle. Additionally, the legislation extends the protection of the four foot “buffer” that is currently required when passing bicyclists to all vulnerable highway users.Miller sponsored similar legislation that passed in the House during the 2017-18 Legislative Session. The current bill, which passed in the House by a vote of 191-4, now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

An ID theft occurring January 23 or 24 is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Diane Leithner, 62, of Ridgway told troopers several fraudulent charges were made on her bank account January 23 or 24.

Troopers at Emporium investigated a criminal mischief occurring on Old West Creek Road Monday afternoon. A tan Ford sedan made a U-turn in the yard of a 50 year old Emporium man’s home, causing damage.

State police at Mansfield have arrested a 52 year old Mansfield woman for allowing her dog to run loose. Authorities say as 19 year old Smethport man was running down Odell Road when the unleashed canine ran from a residence and scratched the runner in the left rear upper leg, His running uniform, valued at $42.50 was damaged in the attack.

A Wellsboro woman was not hurt Sunday just before 1:00 pm in a one-vehicle accident in Blossburg Borough. State police report Rachel Mertz was going south  on Route 15 when her Chrysler Sebring went out of control and struck a concrete bridge barrier on the western edge before finally stopping about 100 yards south of the point of impact.

Thursday February 6, 2020

Photo by Gerri Miller

(Audio will be posted later this afternoon)

Wednesday’s high, 48; overnight low, 31; 1/8 inch mixed precipitation





Causer, Owlett Invite Area Farmers, Ag Leaders to Breakfast with PA Ag Secretary… Bradford driver arrested  drugged driving after getting Jeep stuck in snow-covered field…Atherton PA man arrested for speeding after one vehicle rash in Lafayette Township, McKean County….Mechanical failure blamed for one vehicle accident in Keating Township, McKean Counthy…Would be thieves used a bobby pin to pick lock at a Ceres Township home…Kersey woman accused of using vehicle without permission….Two Elk County residents arrested for physical harassment in a car…Details released about tractor trailer crash in Tioga County …Galeton woman hurt in Tioga County accident…

Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) are inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.The Farmer Breakfast will be held on Friday, March 13, at 9 a.m. at Pine Creek Inn, 1637 Route 6 West, Galeton.To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP. Those residing in Causer’s district should contact the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or register online at Those residing in Owlett’s district should contact his offices in Wellsboro at 570-724-1390 or Troy at 570-297-3045, or register online at There is no charge to attend.

DUI Charges are pending against a 26 year old Bradford man following a mishap early Monday morning in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Troopers said when they investigated a disabled vehicle near the Lantz Corners intersection, they found the suspect had gotten his 2018 Jeep stuck in a snow-covered field. The man, whose name was not released, allegedly admitted to police that  he had been driving under the influence of a  controlled substance. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing.

Minor injuries were reported for a Brockport man following a one vehicle crash on January 25 in Lafayette Township. According to state police, Kaleb Atherton’s Honda HRV both lanes of Route 219 and overturned after hitting an embankment. Atherton declined treatment but has been cited for speeding.

A Duke Center woman also declined treatment for minor injuries after her pick up truck went off the road, hit some guardrails, traveled down a 20 ft. embankment on Route 46 and came to rest against a tree. Investigators say the steering mechanism on Kathryn Danieleson’s 1996 Ford F-150 XLT failed while she was headed north. Danielson was cited for driving an uninspected vehicle.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated an attempted burglary at a Ceres Township home Sunday morning. Would-be burglars used a bobby pin to pick a door lock at the home of  Richard Milliken.

Ridgway based state police have arrested 31 year old Atasha Simbeck of Kersey for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Authorities claim Simbeck drove a 2015 Jeep without the owner’s permission on January 25.She is also cited for giving false identification to police.

Two Elk County residents have been arrested for physical harassment after a fight in a vehicle. State police at Ridgway claim 57 year old Debra Penfield of St. Marys and 61 year old Keith Vansorsdale of were arguing in a 2013 Dodge Caravan while it was parked on Grant Road in Ridgway Township at around 11:00 pm January 26. When troopers investigated, they  arrested Penfield for being under the influence of alcohol and took her to Penn Highlands Elk for chemical testing.