Thursday October 5, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 62: .73” of rain







Free CWD testing offered in two Disease Management Areas this season…..Sen. Scarnati is urging state house to pass legislation to fund budget…..Two people seriously hurt in speed-related McKean County crash…Jail inmate accused of hurting another…Burglary at Tioga County home investigated

Obituary: Krystal Howard (Coudersport)

Hunting season is here and those hunting deer within the state’s Disease Management Areas (DMAs) will have the opportunity to have their deer tested – free of charge – for chronic wasting disease (CWD), and at the same time help the Game Commission fight this deadly disease.

The Game Commission is installing large metal bins at 26 locations for the collection of harvested deer heads within DMA 2 and DMA 3. The bins, which are similar to those used for clothing donations, keep contents secure and will be checked and emptied every other day through the deer-hunting seasons.

All deer heads retrieved from the bins will be tested for CWD, and the hunters who submitted them will be notified of the results, likely within two weeks of drop-off.

This initiative not only will benefit the hunter by identifying deer that shouldn’t be consumed, it will help the Game Commission assess and monitor progress of the disease and the effectiveness of future management actions.

“CWD is an increasing threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk, and our hunting tradition,” said Wayne Laroche, Game Commission Special Assistant for CWD Response. “So far this year, the number of CWD-positive deer detected in DMA 2 has increased at a faster rate; the first free-ranging CWD-positive deer has been found within DMA 3; and three new deer farms have turned up positive within DMA 2.

Collection bins will be placed within both DMA 2 and DMA 3 by the second week in October. Until the bins are available to use, blue, head-collection barrels have been placed for temporary use at all established collection sites.

The exact locations of all collection sites is available on the Chronic Wasting Disease page at The page can be accessed through a link under “Quick Clicks” on the left side of the homepage. And those who purchased Deer Management Assistance Program Permits for Units 2874 and 2875 within DMA 2 and Unit 3045 within DMA 3 have been mailed a letter with the locations.

The permanent bins are white in color and clearly are marked for the collection of deer heads.

The bins are for the collection of deer heads only, and all heads submitted for testing must be lawfully tagged, with the harvest tag legibly completed and attached to the deer’s ear. The information on the tag is needed in order to notify the hunter with test results.

Because the collection bins are secure and will be emptied regularly, hunters can feel comfortable in leaving the tag attached to the ear – a legal requirement for all deer harvests.

All heads deposited in collection bins should be placed in a plastic bag and tied shut. This will help ensure the tag remains with the head, which is important for test-notification purposes. The head can be bagged before being brought to the bin, or hunters can use the bags provided at bins.


The skulls and antlers from heads submitted for testing will not be returned. Hunters who harvest antlered deer within a DMA may remove the antlers before depositing the head.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans encouraged all hunters who harvest deer within a DMA to deposit the heads of those deer inside one of the bins.

Other than taking a deer head to a lab for testing, dropping it in a collection bin is the only way to ensure a deer is tested for CWD, While Game Commission staff performs CWD tests on a sample of the deer brought to meat processors statewide, not every deer brought to a processor is tested. But every deer brought to a bin that can be tested, will be tested, and each hunter will be notified of the test results, he said.

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25)  has issued the following statement regarding the current status of the state budget plan. “Today the PA House of Representatives failed to pass their sustainable revenue package, to fund Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget deficit and to put PA’s current and future budgets on a stable path.

“I am disappointed that the House has not funded the budget which 173 of their 203 members voted to approve on June 30, 2017.  We must complete the task of providing Pennsylvania with the funding to support the balanced and responsible budget plan which was supported by an overwhelming number of legislators.

“The General Assembly approved a spending plan over three months ago – but without the revenue to support that plan, the decision of which budget lines are funded is at the discretion of the Governor.  The House’s inability to complete the budget has negatively impacted our Commonwealth and our S&P credit rating. The reality of our current situation is that we have a Democrat governor and Republican controlled legislature, which means that compromises must be made.  We will await further action and sustainable solutions from the House.”

Kane based state police are charging an inmate at the county jail with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Troopers claim 48 year old Steven Curcio (no address given) entered the cell of a 50 year old man who was sleeping and hit him in the face causing injury. The victim was taken to Bradford and then Warren for treatment.

A Kane driver and his passenger were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash at around 8:30 Wednesday morning in Wetmore Township. According to state police there, 31 year old Charles Greenman was speeding when he passed another northbound vehicle on Route 321.Ford Ranger traveled across the road, jumped the curb and hit two mailboxes. The pick up continued on going through the parking lot of the United Methodist Church where it struck the building. Greenman and his passenger, Karen Smith also of Kanew were trapped inside the wreckage and had to be extricated by fire department members. Both were flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie. The reportedly were not using seatbelts.

Minor injuries were reported for a Bradford woman who police say was traveling too fast for conditions Wednesday evening when here SUV spun off of wet  Route 46 in Keating Township. Blaire Christ John’s Chevrolet Trailblazer went off the western side of the pavement and hit an embankment before rolling over several times, coming to rest upside down.

Burglars apparently left empty handed after entering a Tioga County home early last Teusday, September 26. Criminals got inside Lydia Akey-Cleveland’s home on Moore Road in Richmond Township  shortly after midnight by going  through an unlocked window.



Krystal Lynn Howard, 31, of Coudersport, died in her home on Sunday, October 1, 2017, a victim of Domestic Violence.

Born on August 11, 1986 in Wellsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Daniel E. and Linda K. McDowell Brownell.

Krystal was a graduate of Wellsville High School and attended college in Williamsport.  She formerly had been employed by Howard’s Inc. in Coudersport.  At the time of her death, she was employed as the insurance verification representative at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and had previously held other managerial positions at the hospital.

She had formerly served as the secretary of the Potter County Snowmobile Club in Coudersport.  She enjoyed snowmobile racing, of which she excelled.  Krystal was an assistant coach for her son Duke’s Tee Ball team and had previously served as an assistant coach for her son Dylan’s soccer team.  She enjoyed jogging. She loved her dogs, Bella and Paris, but her greatest love was her family, especially her two sons, Dylan and Duke.

Surviving in addition to her parents of Wellsville, N.Y. are her two beloved sons, Dylan W. Howard and Daniel D. “Duke” Howard, both at home; her sister, Kay C. (Andy) Middaugh of Friendship, N.Y.; her former husband, Christopher W. Howard of Coudersport; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Krystal was predeceased by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Krystal’s life beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Willing Volunteer Fire Department, Route 19, Willing, N.Y.

Flowers are gratefully declined and memorials in Krystal’s name may be made to Joyful Rescues, 1319 Turock Drive, Cuba, NY 14727 or to an SPCA or shelter serving animals in need.

Krystal’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

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