Wednesday April 10, 2019

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 38; .02” rain

Penn Dot announces construction projects for region… of undetermined origin damages house in Jones Township, Elk County….State police at Ridgway find hit and run driver….

Nearly 90 projects were highlighted this week as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced the work that will take place across District 2’s nine-county region during the 2019 construction season. Overall highlights in the 2019 construction season for District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties) include:
• approximately 106 miles of paving;
• approximately 39 bridges will be repaired or replaced; and
• approximately 387 miles of roadway will be seal coated.

Other notable ongoing projects that will continue this year include:
• Atherton Street (Business Route 322) in the State College area featuring roadway, drainage, and utility improvements;
• Route 879 bridge preservation of seven bridges in Clearfield County; $4.8 million; work will carry through October 2020;
• Route 120 bridge preservation of two structures in Grugan& Chapman Townships in Clinton County; $2.2 million;
• Route 255 roadway betterment St. Marys to Johnsonburg; $4.4 million;
• Route 35 bridge replacement over Cocolamus Creek in Fayette Township; companion project to 35/A08; bridges are close together; $2.6 million;
• Route 321 full depth reclamation; milling, reconstruction, drainage; $4.3 million; and
• Route 322 resurfacing from Reedsville to Burnham in Brown and Derry Townships in Mifflin County; $7.1 million.
Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:

• Route 120 slide corrections in Cameron County; $851,000;
• Route 26/I-80 study to consider potential safety improvements through the area of the westbound ramps in Spring, Marion, and Boggs townships; $663,000;
• Route 219 bridge preservation on two bridges over Slab Run near Falls Creek in Clearfield County; $1.7 million;
• Route 120 slide correction work in Grass Flats Run area of Clinton County; $677,000;
• Route 120 retaining wall project on Brusselles Street in the city of St Marys; $515,000;
• Route 333 roadway restoration & concrete rehabilitation in Thompsontown Borough and Delaware Township; $1.8 million;
• Route 346 bridge preservation on structure over Tunungwant Creek (City of Bradford); $2 million;
• Route 22 high friction treatment at various locations in Mifflin County including ramps at the 22/322 Lewistown interchange; $1 million; and
• Route 44 roadway reconstruction to address 13 miles of roadway; $4.5 million.
This is National Work Zone Safety Week which has the theme “Drive Like You Work Here.” As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep their safety and the safety of highway workers in mind. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state’s transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit
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The cause of a fire in Jones Township, Elk County Tuesday morning which caused $5,000 in damage to a home located at 1656 Maple Lane is undetermined. The fire broke out at around 7:20 am inside the house owned by Charles Steger of Ridgway. The damage was covered by insurance.

Ridgway based state police have cited a Johnsonburg man for hit and Sunday in the parking lot of Elk County Foods in that town. Police claim 56 year old Norman Brown was driving a Ford Escape which backed into a legally parked Chevrolet Equinox and drove away without notifying the owner or police.

Minor injuries were reported for a Mainsburg, PA motorcyclist after an accident Sunday afternoon on Route 287.Thomas Maxwell swerved his Harley Davidson to avoid a small animal on the road. The bike slid into a gravel pull off before coming to rest on the berm. The bike was drivable but Maxwell was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of his injuries.


Tuesday April 9, 2019




Black Forest Express

Check out our opinion on proposed law to keep guns temporarily away from unstable persons. Click on “Opinion” button on landing page.

Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 38

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Proposed bill would temporarily take guns away from unstable people….PA Wilds seeking RFP’s for a facility in McKean County…Area police advise residents about dangers of encountering hypodermic needles with the increase in outdoor activity…slush covered road blamed for Tioga County accident…

Governor Wolf, lawmakers and activists joined in a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to support legislation that would temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or others.

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The group Moms Demand Action hosted the rally in support of legislation that would empower families and police officers to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or others. Senate Bill 293 would allow a county common pleas court to suspend an individual’s access to firearms for up to a year. The proposed Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) would require such individuals to immediately surrender their guns to police. The ERPO would also prohibit them from buying, selling or possessing firearms during the suspension.

In issuing an ERPO, the judge could also refer the person in crisis for evaluation to ensure that they get the help they need. During the suspension period, the subject could request a hearing to have the ERPO rescinded. Once the suspension period ends, a hearing would be held to determine if the ERPO should be lifted or renewed.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of the PA Wilds Media Labs space in Kane, PA, McKean County.A link to the complete RFP can be viewed at:

The project is listed on PA Builders Exchange:
PA Wilds Center is seeking a Single Prime General Contractor for the project. The PA Wilds Media Labs is a tenant build-out on the second floor of the Broadbent-Stiteler building located at 59 N. Fraley Street in Kane, PA. The building is owned by the Laughing Owl Press Company, a letterpress business that occupies the first floor. Proposals are due April 19, 2019. An open house to view the space and meet with project stakeholders will be held on April 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Candidates interested in attending the open house may RSVP to Abbi Peters
The PA Wilds Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that strengthens and inspires communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds. PA Wilds Center is building rural PA’s largest network of creative entrepreneurs, and a lifestyle brand and commerce platform to help these local businesses get their products and services to market.

The PA Wilds Media Labs will be a new physical location to support this growing ecosystem. The PA Wilds Media Labs is a business accelerator space to support our entrepreneurial network through tools, technologies and professional development.
The project is approximately 5000 square feet of space. The construction scope will include all materials, work, means, and methods associated with general, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical construction. Preconstruction services may be required of the selected general contractor including estimating, scheduling, and technical input. Please refer to the full RFP for proposal requirements and work scope.

The selected contractor will need to be a team player willing to work with PA Wilds Center, and the professional design team to achieve the project goals for budget, energy efficiency, schedule, and any additional project imperatives.
Selection of the contactor will be made based on qualifications and interviews.

The PA Wilds Center has partnered with West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Collins Companies Foundation and Envinity Inc. to design and build this space. As an extension of our passion for rural development, sustainability, and conservation stewardship, we seek to understand how this project can be a model for revitalization of main street America and be as energy efficient as possible on a practical budget.

Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps is asking folks to be careful while enjoying the nicer weather as it is becoming common to find discarded needles.With the increase in Drug activity throughout the county, police have encountered and been alerted to discarded used drug paraphernalia in every municipality that his department serves( Sweden, Roulette Townships and Ulysses Borough.

Other police agencies within the county have encountered the same. We reported yesterday on two hypodermic needles being found at the intersection of Routes 244 and 449 in Genesee Township These items can cause harm and contain dangerous drugs and or diseases.

Chief Phelps says, “PLEASE check playground equipment, grassy areas, ball fields and parks or ANY place your children may be playing prior to letting them.If you find anything that looks dangerous or out of place, contact the police to check it out and to properly remove and dispose of these items. Checking these areas first can ensure a safe and healthy summer for all, share and help spread the word.”

A Gaines woman was hurt in a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in West Branch Township, Potter County. State police said Kristina Grant was going north on Route 144 when the right tires on her Volvo V70 dropped off the pavement. Grant made a sharp left turn and applied the brakes which sent the car into a spin hitting an embankment twice before stopping. Grant was taken by Tri-Town ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

About 90 minutes later, another Gaines woman was involved in a weather-related accident. Jessica Thornley was going east on Route 362 when her Ford Taurus spun out of control on the slush covered and hit an embankment before spinning into a ditch along the north side of the road.

A one-vehicle accident Friday night sent a Mansfield woman to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. According to state police Merridith Strain was traveling north on Route 549 in Jackson Township when her Ford Ranger went out of control on a left hand turn, traveled across both lanes , went off the road and struck a grove of trees where it came to rest.
A downstate man was slightly last night when his SUV hit a deer on Route 15 in Covington Township, Tioga County. Mehana Moosa was able to bring his Hyundai Tuscan to a controlled stop on the east berm. He did not require treatment at a medical facility.

Monday April 8, 2019

Black Forest Express


Sunday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 58; .60” of rain







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A Kersey man has been charged with strangulation and related crimes…State police at Coudersport arrest NY state man for drug possession…. Hypodermic Needles found in Genesee Township.. Jeannette driver facing DUI charges after McKean County crash….Westfield woman hurt in weather-related accident….McKean count troopers arrest erratic driver suspected of DUI from drug use…Several items stolen from shopping cart at St. Marys Walmart…..Sen. Scarnati to hold telephone town hall  Tuesday night…

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  A Kersey man has been charged with strangulation and related crimes…State police at Coudersport arrest NY state man for drug possession…. Hypodermic Needles found in Genesee Township.. Jeannette driver facing DUI charges after McKean County crash….Westfield woman hurt in weather-related accident….McKean count troopers arrest erratic driver suspected of DUI from drug use…Several items stolen from shopping cart at St. Marys Walmart…..Sen. Scarnati to hold telephone town hall  Tuesday night…

A 27 year old Kersey man has been arrested for strangulation, simple assault, harassment and harassment. James Eckert is accused by state police of committing the crimes against a 29 year old Kersey  woman on Dagus Mines Road in Fox Township on the afternoon of Sunday, March 31. District Judge Mark Jacob placed Eckert on ROR with $5,000 unsecured bail.

Coudersport based state police arrested 23 year old Daniel Odell of Rexville, NY for possessing drugs and paraphernalia. Troopers say the charges were filed after they went to a home located at 692 Route 6 West in Eulalia Township on the night of March 31 to check on the welfare of two children living at that home.  During the course of their investigation, police claim, drug paraphernalia was in plain view. Charges are being filed in district court.

And troopers at Coudesport are looking for the person or persons who left two hypodermic needles at the intersection of the Ellisburg Road and Main Street in Genesee. The needles were found  Saturday af around 11:30 am and anyone who can provide more information is asked to call the barracks at 814.274.8690.

Injuries were reported for a Westfield woman after an accident last Friday morning in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. Authorities say a Ford Fusion driven by Beatrice Treat went out of control after hitting a patch of ice and slush on Route 48. When Treat tried to regain control, the car slid off the north side of the road and hit a  utility pole where it came to rest. Treat was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for treatment  of unknown injuries.

A Millerton, PA driver escaped injury last Friday night when his Chevrolet Trail Blazer hit a deer on South Main Street in Richmond Township. Police said Samuel Hartwell  was unable to avoid the collision but was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.

State police across the region have made several  DUI arrests recently. A 58 year old Reynoldsville, PA is suspected of d riving his 2002 Chevrolet Blazer under the influence of drugs when he was stopped by troopers responding to a call about an erratic driver on Route 219 North near the Blackberry Lane intersection in Hamlin Township McKean County Saturday evening. The driver, whose name was not released, was takent to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. DUI charges are pending against 57 year old James Pratt of Jeannette, PA following a one-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon on River Road in Jay Township, Elk County. State police allege Pratt was driving his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado   under the influence when it crossed the highway . struck a culvert and traveled through a field stopping against a pile of cut firewood.  Pratt was taken to PennHIghlands Elk for treatment of injuries and a blood draw. When troopers stopped 59  year  old Wayne Pichler of Kersey for speeding on Shelvey Summit Road in Fox Township last Thursday afternoon, they allegedly found he was driving  his 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee  under the influence of alcohol. DUI charges are also pending against a 31 year old Port Allegany man who was pulled over by patrol officers after allegedly committing a traffic violation on Route 155 in Liberty Township,  Police say charges are pending lab results.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged  a parked unit in The St. Marys Walmart Parking lot at around 3:30 pm Sunday. The unknown, small black SUV backed into the rear of a legally parked Chevy Equinox. The male driver left the scene without providing required information.

An unknown thief stole several items from a shopping cart located at the Sl. Marys Walmart early Friday morning. A black Hollister jacket and white camo Champion backpack were taken along with a set of kees, CBR Title and Money Network ATM car belonging to  a couple of 9 year old Clearfild residents.

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) will gather input from community residents during a live telephone town hall event on Tuesday, April 9th, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Residents of the 25th Senatorial District can register to participate in the tele-town hall by visiting This link can also be used for audio streaming, which will be available immediately prior to the event.

The tele-town hall format encourages community residents to participate in a discussion on the issues without the need to travel throughout the region which is very large. Participants can ask questions or simply remain on the line to listen to the discussion.