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Sunday’s high, 35; Overnight low, 32 2.00” weekend  precipitation (Freezing rain, sleet, snow)







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Obituary: Jean Newbury, Ulysses

Two inches or more of snow should help hunters tack deer….Sunday hunting will begin  next year in PA on three designated days…Bradford man arrested for allegedly delivering powder cocaine…Downstate motorist  and passenger unhurt in Wycoff Run accident….Several drivers  arrested in McKean County for DUI…..

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The snowfall should aid hunters in tracking deer as the 2019 season is underway after a Saturday start. And, Sunday hunting will come to Pennsylvania next year.

The statewide general firearms season runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the season’s first six days, with the antlerless and antlered seasons then running concurrently from the first Saturday, Dec. 7, to the season’s close. In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, however, properly licensed hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer at any time during the season.

Rules regarding the number of points a legal buck must have on one antler also vary in different parts of the state, and young hunters statewide follow separate guidelines.

For a complete breakdown of antler restrictions, WMU boundaries and other regulations, consult the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at the Game Commission’s website,

Hunters statewide must wear at all times a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. Nonhunters who might be afield during the deer season and other hunting seasons are asked to consider wearing orange, as well.

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year – one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.In Pennsylvania, Sunday hunting generally is limited to the hunting of foxes, coyotes, crows and feral hogs during open seasons.Introduced by state Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, Senate Bill 147 passed the state House of Representatives by a 144-54 vote Oct. 29, then passed the state Senate by a 38-11 vote Nov. 18.Game

Prior to passing the House of Representatives, Senate Bill 147 was amended to require all hunters on private land on the selected Sundays to carry written permission from the landowner. This requirement does not apply on Sundays when only foxes, coyotes, crows and feral hogs may be hunted.

The bill also gives Game Commission officers the authority to investigate private-land trespassing complaints and enforce trespassing violations as a primary offense. Previously, trespassing violations were referred to police unless a Game & Wildlife Code violation also was alleged. Once the new law takes effect, hunting-related private-land trespassing violations will be enforced year-round by the Game Commission.

McKean District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on November 27, 2019, Detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested Obot “Sammy” Essien, of Bradford, for delivery of suspected powder cocaine on East Main Street within the City.  The Detectives charged ESSIEN with selling cocaine to a confidential informant while under surveillance by the Drug Task Force.  Officers with the Bradford City Police then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle operated by ESSIEN and took ESSIEN into custody.    

ESSIEN was charged with Possession with Intent to Delivery/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Felony;  Possession of a Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor; and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility- Felony 3.  The McKean County Drug Task Force was assisted by Bradford City Police.

ESSIEN was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge William Todd who set bail at $20,000.  He was remanded to the McKean County Jail.  If you suspect illegal drug activity, please contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or

A Crabtree, PA driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Thanksgiving night in Gibson township, Cameron County. Emporium based state police say Joel Bucchi over steered on a right hand curve on the Wycoff Run Road causing his Subaru to cross to the other side, hit an embankment and roll over coming to rest on its roof in the southbound lane.  He and his passenger Jordan Labasik were using seatbelts but Bucchi was arrested for speeding.

State police at Lewis Run arrested three motorists for DUI over the Thanksgiving weekend.  A 41 year old McKeesport, man was pulled over for a summary traffic violation on Jay Lane at Route 66 in Wetmore Township Friday night and was allegedly found in possession of a glass smoking pipe commonly used for smoking pot. DUI charges are also pending against a 65 year old Bradford resident after police stopped his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado on Forman Street in the city early Saturday morning after he was allegedly observed committing several traffic violations.  And, DUI charges are also pending against a 25 year old Bradford woman who was pulled over at the intersection of Route 446 and 155 in Eldred Township for a summary traffic violation a couple of hours later. Police did not release the names of the suspects.


Jean A. Newbury, 97, of Ulysses, died Thursday (Nov. 28, 2019) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born June 22, 1922, in Bingham Center, she was the daughter of Claude C. and Mary M. Bunnell Young. On May 1, 1944, in Ulysses, she married William B. Newbury, who predeceased her in 2001.
Mrs. Newbury and her husband owned and operated Bill’s Grocery, in Ulysses, from 1950–1984. She was employed by Galeton Production, for over 10 years, and was an accomplished seamstress.
Jean was a life member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary.Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Darrington of Ulysses; two granddaughters, Tobi Renee Darrington and Courtney Darrington; three great-grandchildren, Danielle Stiles, Lexi McGill and Laci Berkofsky; a great-great-grandson, Jace Ryan Koslawy; and nieces and nephews.In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Edward B. “Ted” Darrington; a grandson, John William Darrington; two brothers, Joseph Young and Selden J. Young; and four sisters, Claudia Byerly, Ella Johnson, Marion Empson and Marie Kinter.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2019) at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 5, 2019). The Rev. Donald N. Miller, and the Rev. Paul G. Caram, will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, PO Box 156, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Ulysses Library, PO Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.
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