Thursday May 16, 2019

Black Forest Express


Wednesday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 41


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New York state man killed in private property accident in McKean County Wednesday… Tractor trailer operator nabbed for hit and run in Emporium…..Austin man victimized by ID theft….unauthorized use of vehicle probed by troopers at Coudersport….Chief technology officer hired to oversee Tri-County REC broadband project…state Ag committee visits region today…

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Lewis Run State police report 60 year old John Morgan of Apalachin, NY died Wednesday morning in an accident on private property in Sergeant Township. John Morgan was driving a 2018 Ford F-150XLT and tried to cross a narrow bridge. The truck went off the bridge for an unknown reason and overturned into a stream where it came to rest upside down. Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt but was discovered inside the pickup when first responders arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill. State police were assisted at the scene by several police officers and emergency services departments.

A New Mexico truck driver has been charged in connection to a hit and run taking place Tuesday evening in Emporium. State police explained 70 year old Jesus Calzada of Las Cruces struck a West Penn Power pole with his a Kenworth T300 while trying to make a right turn from S. Spruce Street onto E. Allegheny Avenue. E The rig’s trailer hit the curb and Calzada continued on without reporting the damage. He was later located and charged.

Troopers at Lewis Run are looking for an unknown vehicle which struck a fence along the berm at 1040 Jo Jo Road in Wetmore Township early Sunday morning. The fence broke upon impact but the driver did not stop to report the damage.

An ID theft is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Albert Glover told police that someone used his bank card fraudulently on May 3.

Troopers are also probing an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Someone drove off in a 2011 Jeep Liberty Saturday morning from Shongo Street in Genesee at around 6:00 AM without the owner’s permission.

State police at Ridgway are advising motorists they will be conducting DUI checkpoints throughout the rest of the month all around Elk County.

Aaron Young of Mansfield has been hired as the chief technology officer for Tri-Co Connections, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s high-speed internet subsidiary.
Young will be responsible for creating and implementing technology plans and overseeing the fiber network buildout for Tri-Co Connections as it deploys a broadband system across Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s service territory.
Prior to joining Tri-Co Connections April 1, Young had worked for Empire Access/North Penn Telephone Co. for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s director of IP network engineering and information technology.
He will be working closely with Vantage Point Solutions, Tri-Co Connections’ consultant for engineering and project management services, to oversee a 6-year project to construct over 3,250 miles of fiber optic line across Tri-County REC’s service territory. Physical construction of the fiber network is expected to begin later this year, initially in the townships surrounding Coudersport.
Young holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mansfield University and is nearing completion of a master’s degree in networking, system administration and security from Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Annette, reside in Mansfield with their three children.
Additional information about Tri-Co Connections and the fiber-to-the-home project can be found by visiting the Tri-County REC website,, or by liking Tri-Co Connections on Facebook.
With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has served the residents of northcentral Pennsylvania since 1937. Today the cooperative provides electricity to over 16,600 members in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties.
Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), held an informational meeting to receive an update on the state’s forest products industry today at the Red Fern Inn located in Kersey. The meeting was being hosted by Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield).
The following state and local stakeholders were scheduled to participate in the meeting:
John Norbeck, deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
Jason Albright, assistant director of Forestry, DCNR.
David J. Gustafson, chief, Forestry Division, Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, Pennsylvania Game Commission.
D. Wayne Bender, executive director, Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council, and state Department of Agriculture.
Susan Swanson, executive director, Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG).
Chris Guth, resource manager, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., and president, AHUG.
Burt Craig, general manager, forestry and sawmill, Matson Lumber, and immediate past chairman, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.
Kenneth Kane, president, Generations Forestry Inc.