Tuesday October 31, 2017

Monday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 33; .12” rain

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BFB Headlines (October 31, 2017)Flooding reported to our east….Police warn parents about pot laced treats….Cyber thieves open credit card accounts in local woman’s name….DuBolis woman accused of not returning U-Haul truck….items stolen from storage units in Tioga County….Speed blamed for McKean County crash….traffic flow improves in Coudersport and two area bridges have been re-opened…nex on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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While we have received three inches or more of rain over the last few days, there have been no reports of severe flooding in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. However, several counties to our east have not been so lucky. Numerous roads in Bradford, Lycoming, Union and Snyder were closed Sunday due to flooding and some have not yet re-opened.

Just in time for Halloween, state police are advising parents to be on the look-out for marijuana laced candy and treats.
There have been multiple recent reports of candy and other edible forms of marijuana in New Jersey and nearby states. These edible forms of marijuana pose a great risk to users, especially children who could accidentally receive them during the Halloween season.
Marijuana candy contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. The THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90 percent compared to 10-20 percent found in marijuana vegetation.[1]
Marijuana candy products can come in many forms, including but not limited to, cookies, brownies, lollipops, gummies, chocolates, and other hard candies. Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite, and slow reaction time. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and short-term forgetfulness.
In May 2017, a ten-year-old boy from Ramapo, New York was sent to the emergency room after ingesting a marijuana-infused sour gummy candy. The boy experienced symptoms of nervousness and nausea.
Recommendations for Halloween Candy
Adults should check for unusual candy packaging, such as homemade, plastic bag packages.
Adults should also check for an odor that is similar to the smell of a marijuana plant.
Read the packaging of name brand candy, as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone.
Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves when checking the candy.
Immediately contact your local police department if you believe that your child has received marijuana candy.
Immediately seek medical assistance if you believe that you or your child has ingested marijuana candy.

Coudersport based state police are investigating an ID theft victimizing a local resident. Criminals opened numerous credit cards in Carrie Bowman’s name on October 16. A $900 charge was made on one of the accounts.

Troopers at Ridgway probing a motor vehicle theft occurring earlier this month. Authorities claim a DuBois woman rented a U-Haul 15 foot box truck from Mack’s Auto Brynedale and failed to return the truck on October 12 as per the rental agreement. Police say Macks Auto has made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the woman

Burglars forced their way into several storage units at Evergreen Self Storage on Route 6 in Tioga County between October 17 and 27. Items were stolen from some of the units. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

Tioga County authorities apprehended a fugitive on October 17 in Lawrence Township. No details were provided but troopers say 50 yer old Edward Cushing is wanted in New York State.

Charges may be pending against a known suspect who is accused of writing a bad check to Moon’s Farm Yard Center in Ulysses on October 2. State police allege the suspect, whose name they did not release, paid the business $212.00 for lawn mower repair with a worthless check.

A Kane driver escaped injury in a speed related crash Monday evening in Wetmore township. According to Kane-based state police 22 year old John Welch was going to fast while headed north on Highland Road when his Mazda 6 spun off the road on a left curve, hit an embankment and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

A hit and run on in Oswayo Township last Friday afternoon remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersport barracks. An unknown southbound vehicle went off of either the Kibbeville Road or Big Hollow Road and struck a pole; holding several mailboxes, one of which received minor damage.Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

With the arrival of colder weather and the approaching end of road construction season, there’s some good news for area motorists. Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting that while the Main Street Bridge will not ready to be opened for at least a week, most Main and East Second Streets have been re-opened to traffic after months of re-construction. Until the bridge is re-opened, the detour still on Eulalia Street for traffic going West on Rt. 6 will remain in The traffic lights at Mill and East Second have been deactivated and will be taken down. She reports crews will be resurfacing Eulalia Street sometime, but of course everything now is weather dependent. The street has received additional wear and tear serving as the westbound detour throughout the Main Street renovation project.



PennDot announces the new Route 44 bridge near the village of Clara in Potter County, reopened to traffic on Friday, October 27. The bridge spans Clara Creek in Clara Township.
A West Branch Road (Route 2002) bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County, has also reopened to traffic.. The bridge spans the west branch of Potato Creek near the Village of Betula.
With the bridges reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridges until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.
The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in Spring 2018.

The bridges are two out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

The Oswayo Valley High School has been designated a Title I High Achievement reward school. To qualify for this distinguished award, schools must meet the following criteria: Highest five percent Title I schools based on combined mathematics and reading proficiency for PSSA or Keystone exams, meet all four annual measurable objectives (AMOs) including: Test participation in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone exams, graduation rate, closing the achievement Gap in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone exams, closing the achievement gap in PSSA or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams for historically underperforming students; and, not a priority or focus school. The school will be recognized at the Federal Programs Conference in January. Superintendant Dr. Michele S. Harzell congratulated students, teachers, administrators, and staff for their outstanding work in achieving the honor

Monday October 30, 2017

Sunday’s high, 44; Overnight low, 35; 2.92” rain weekend total.

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BFB Headlines (Monday October 30,2017) NY State driver accused of running from police….Sleepy Harrison Valley man hurt in one-vehicle crash….Speeding charge filed against an Elk County teen….car/deer collisions on increase…..Potter County juvenile accused of harassment….Blossburg man arrested for trying to steal merchandise from Mansfield Walmart….attempted burglary and theft of false teeth investigated by state police at Coudersport…Mansfield state police have suspects in thefts of electronic games…Game Commission offers tips for avoiding deer on highway…….

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A Beaver Dams, NY man has been jailed in Tioga County after leading state troopers on a chase along Route 287 in Lawrenceville early last Sunday morning. State police claim 23 year old Bradey Smith took off after being stopped by the patrol officer. He was apprehended a short time later and allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned on charges of fleeing or eluding a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and a host of traffic violations.

Minor injuries were reported for an elderly Harrison Valley man who fell asleep at the wheel of his car Thursday morning. State police said 72 year old Thomas Harris was going west on Route 49 when he nodded off and caused his Mercedes Benz E350 to go off the road, hit a mail box and a tree before rolling over, coming to rest on its roof.

Saturday morning on the Laurel Mill Road in Ridgway Township. State police said the teen was going too fast on wet curvey road when his Dodge Dakota ‘s brakes locked up and sent the car off the side of the road where it entered a drain basis and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

Motorists are experiencing an increase in car/deer encounters across the region. State police report Dan English of Morrisdale was not hurt when his Chevrolet Malibu hit an embankment on Wyckoff Run Saturday morning. After he swerved to miss a deer while going north. The car rolled over an embankment before stopping. Tracy Parker of Tioga, PA escaped injury last Monday morning when his Dodge Journey hit a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township. An no injuries were reported for an Amherst, NY driver whose car hit a deer on Route 15 in Tioga Township last Thursday night. Gregory Murray was going north when the whitetail crossed the road in front of his Mercedes Benz S550.

A Potter County juvenile has been arrested for harassment. State police assert the boy repeatedly committed acts against Austin resident Penny Fuller last week.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against Gary Gerow of Blossburg. Mansfield based state police contend that Gerow tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart Friday night with merchandise without paying for the items.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are investigating an attempted burglary at a camper on the Loucks Mills road in Pike Township last week. Wouild-be burglars entered the camper owned by Gale Perovich of Galeton through the front door without damaging the door or lock and apparently nothing was disturbed inside.

But do they fit? Thieves stole a set of false teeth belonging to Douglas Hand from his vehicle while it was parked at his home on Route 49 West in Harrison Township btween 6:00pm on October 14 and 6:00 pm October 16.

State police relate they have three suspects in two separate thefts of electronic games. Cops did not release names but assert a 37 year old Wellsboro man is suspected of stealing a PlayStation 4, X Box 360,Xbox one and about 20 games from the home of Lyndsey Deming on Ore Bed Road, Mansfield between 7:00 am and 1:30 pm October 6. Two 23 year old Westfield men are blamed for illegally taking a PlayStation 4 from the home of Amanda Mead on McCallister Street om Wesfield between 8:00 pm October 14 and 6:00 am October 15.

The theft of a mailbox in Brockport is being investigated by troopers at Ridgway. The mailbox, valued at $40 belonged to Barbara Jackson and was taken sometime between 4:30 pm Friday and 10:30 am Saturday from her property on Askey Drive.

Earlier in this report, we noted car/deer encounters are in the increase across the region..- With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time soon to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.
Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel, sometimes several dozen miles, to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter.
Add to this the fact autumn sees a number of people taking part in outdoor activities that might flush deer from forested areas or briar thickets, and that deer are more actively feeding to store energy for winter months, and it quickly becomes evident why motorists might be more likely to encounter deer on roads.
When daylight saving time ends Nov. 5, there also will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.
Each year, insurance provider State Farm compiles a report on the likelihood drivers in each state will collide with a deer or other large animal, and Pennsylvania regularly is near the top of list. This year is no exception. In the 2017 report, released earlier this month, Pennsylvania remained third among states. According to the report, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-63 chance of experiencing a collision with a deer or other large animal – a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.
Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Just paying attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs can make a difference.

Deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.
A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the Game Commission region office representing the county where the accident occurred and an agency dispatcher will collect the information needed to provide a free permit number, which the caller should write down.

A resident must call within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. A passing Pennsylvania motorist also may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.
Those taking possession road-killed deer also are advised of rules related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) that prohibit the removal of high-risk deer parts – essentially the head and backbone – from any established Disease Management Area (DMA). Those parts must be removed before the deer is transported outside a DMA. For DMA maps, the complete list of high-risk parts and other information on CWD, visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions either must be turned over to the Game Commission, or may be purchased for $10 per point by the person who claims the deer. Also, removing antlers from road-killed bucks is illegal.

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to maintain their distance because some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law-enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Friday October 27, 2017

Thursday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 24; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Friday October 27, 2017) Area businesses encouraged to apply for façade grants….Potter County to participate in national program recognizing Vietnam veterans……Roulette resident caught “red-handed” trying to burglarize home….Police looking for Pennfield man accused of assaulting teenage girl…..Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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Obituaries:Henry Whitsell, (Rexville, NY), Walter Larnerd (Harrison Valley), Richard O’Brian (Coudersport) and Brant Pekarski service (Coudersport) Geraldine Davis service

The PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PAWilds Center) have launched a regional façade grant program for communities along Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds with the goal of enhancing the attractiveness of the small towns by helping commercial property owners and business owners in Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga County improve the lookof their buildings. Deadline for applying for the program is December 22,2017.
The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Façade Program will provide funding tocommercial building owners and business owners (with property owner approval) as well as non-profits, with the restoration of building facadeswithin the targeted area. Eligible types of restoration activities include design assistance, a fresh coat of paint, new signage, and repairing or replacing an awning. Façade improvements do not need to be costly and will greatly improve the façade of the building, making a lasting effect on the community.According to Terri Dennison of the PA Route 6 Alliance, the Façade program will fund about 32 façade projects at a maximum of $5000 each with a required 1:1 match. It will also make smaller matching signage grants available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow.Guidelines, applications and a link to the PA Wilds Design Guide can be found at http://www.paroute6.com/facade.> http://www.paroute6.com/facade.Gwen Auman has been hired to coordinate the program for PA Route 6. She is available to meet with interested property and business owners. For more information about the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program or to schedule an appointment with Ms. Auman, contact the PA Route 6 Alliance in Galeton at 814-435-7706. During the October 12, 2017 Potter County Coimmissioners’ meeting, Susan Kefover said she is disappointed that the number of applications is far below the amount of money available and encouraged businesses to apply.The program is made possible thanks to an $183,000 Keystone Communities grant from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED), andproject support funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation & NaturalResources (DCNR).

Potter County has been accepted as a partner in a project to honor Vietnam veterans. Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yesterday’s board meeting that the county has received a letter from Major General James T. Jackson director USA Vietnam War congratulating the county on becoming a partner in the national Commemoration of the Vietnam War Initiative, a project of Congress and the Defense Department. Heimel said plans are being made to hold a local high-profile Vietnam Veterans Recognition Dinner and Memorial Service next year. Meanwhile, the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. The Oct.-Dec. 2017 edition reports on the recent ceremony to honor Korean War casualty William Sadewasser at the Ulysses Cemetery; a poignant account of a Galeton family’s reckoning with the loss of Navy sailor Anthony Bernard Caracciolo in the sinking of the USS Juneau; an American Legion/Boy Scouts flag retirement ceremony in Shinglehouse; updates on the Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Project; special statewide honors for Coudersport American Legion Post 192; and reports on new scams that are targeting veterans and on proposals to expand the reach of VA health care through telemedicine. The Oct.-Dec. 2017 edition and all past issues of Potter County Veterans News are available on the county website, pottercountypa.net, or by contacting Dawn Wooster, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274- 8290, extension 207.

An 18 year old Roulette resident has been jailed for an attempted burglary Thursday morning in the village. According to Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps, because of recent events taking place officers have been patrolling the community at targeted times and locations. He said that with the help of an alert citizens, Wyatt Dean was apprehended at around 11:00 am trying to burglarize a home.
After being captured, Dean was arraigned in front of Judge McCleaft( Shinglehouse ) and was committed to the Potter County Jail when he was unable to post the $25,000 (% bail ). While performaing their duties, corrections officer reportedly found suspected narcotics/contraband in his sock. Once in side the jail, in the performance of their duties correction officers located suspected narcotics/contraband in his sock, Chief Phelps says additional Drug-related charges are pending against Dean. Sweden Township police cover Roulette under a contract and were assisted by members of the Coudesport Borough police department. helps said officers appreciate assistance from the public and encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to contact 911.

State police in Ridgway are looking for a Penfield man suspected of attacking a teenage girl Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Upper Front Street and Depot Street in that town. Troopers claim the suspect shoved the 16 year old girl in the shoulder and slapped her hand when she tried to keep him from assaulting another pedestrian. The known suspect allegedly fled the scene before being apprehended but charges are pending against him in District Court.

Henry W. WHITESELL, 55, of Rexville, NY, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in his home. Born April 5, 1962, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Francis Melvin and Marjorie Faulkner Whitesell.
Henry worked as a farmhand, logger, and woodcutter and was a jack of all trades. He was the type of man that would give you the shirt off his back. If there was something that you needed, he would give it to you or let you borrow it with no questions asked. He would stop whatever he was doing to help you out. Henry loved all his kids and tried to the best of his ability to give and provide for them so they could have the best life possible.
Surviving are: five children, Jeanette (Walter) Hammond, Ashley (Steve) Gallaher, Betty Sue Whitesell, Dustin W. Whitesell, and Kiley Whitesell; three grandchildren, Anthony Limprun, McKayla Gallaher, and Riley Gallaher; six siblings, Nancy (Jeff) Empson, Ann Whitesell, Lillian (Shawn) Delill, Amy (Robert Lewis) Whitesell, Dennis Whitesell, and Shirley Ryan; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and longtime friend, Helen Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Vicki Whitesell.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM. The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Walter A. LARNERD, 67, Harrison Valley, PA, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in his home.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the West Pike Baptist Church, West Pike, PA. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Richard W. O’Brien, 88, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA. 10 days short of his 89th birthday.
Born October 31, 1928 in West Haven, CT, Richard lived in Connecticut most of his life. He was the son of the late Stephen A. O’Brien, attorney and Edith MacDonald, his parents had divorced when Richard was quite young.
Richard grew up on Hoydens Hill in Fairfield, CT at his Uncle Walt’s dairy farm. He attended grammar school in Fairfield, CT and graduated from the Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, CT , in 1946. After serving in the Army for two years, stationed in Germany after the war, he then attended and graduated from UCONN, The University of Connecticut, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was a lifelong member of Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, in Easton, Ct., and a 50 year member of the Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 in Easton, CT. Richard worked at Marsh Dairy until they closed and then for Electric Maintenance in Black Rock for many years as accountant and bookkeeper retiring in 2006.
Richard is survived by one nephew, Denis O’Brien of Pelham, MA and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother; Thomas O’Brien and a nephew, David O’Brien both of the Amherst area of Massachusetts.
Later in life, Richard relied on the care of his cousin Warren Cederholm. He moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania nine years ago to be closer to his cousin, he resided at Cole Manor in Coudersport, PA . While he was able, he attended Park United Methodist Church. In keeping with Richard’s wishes, burial will be private in the Lawn Cemetery, Huntington, CT. The Reverend Cederholm will preside at the service. Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA.
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Family and friends of Brant Pekarski are invited to attend a celebration of his life Sunday at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192.Visitation will be from 1-2p with a memorial service following at 2:00pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Howard Funeral Home.

Geraldine DAVIS, 84, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 28, 2017 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Steven Small will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service.   Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette, PA.  Memorials may be made to Sweden Valley Manor Activity Fund, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.