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Local governments and conservation organizations reminded of available grants….Brynedale man arrested for selling drugs to overdose victim….Thieves steal dispel fuel from commercial building in Abbott Township….One driver hurt in Fox Township collision….Emporium man arrested for letting dogs run loose…

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Brett Chicola, 34 of Byrnedale is facing charges relating to a drug overdose early Saturday morning at 5368 Gardner Hill Road in Jay Township, Elk County .Authorities claim Chicola sold the drugs to an unnamed overdose victim.

State police at Coudersport are investigating a burglary taking place at 1431 Germania Road last Thursday night. Thieves entered  a commercial building and stole an undisclosed amount of diesel fuel.

Charges are pending in Tioga County District court against an unnamed suspect who allegedly stole merchandise from the  Mansfield Walmart last Wednesday evening.

A Wellsoboro resident was slightly injured in a one vehicle accident early last Friday in Blossburg. State police report Zong Shun  Zou was going north on Route  15 when his Toyota  RAV sideswiped a guardrail and attenuator as he exited the highway. Zou declined treatment.

One driver was hurt in a collision Saturday morning on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police the collision occurred when Monica Ellenberger of Driftwood was traveling north on Route 255 and was in the left turning lane to turn onto Route 248 Jamie Williams of St.Marys was going south on Route 255 and had her turn signal on to turn right onto Route 248 but then shut if off and continued straight allowing her Pontiac Sunfire to hit Ellenberger’s Chevrolet Suburban on the passenger side. Ellenberger was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment. Williams and her passengers, Anita Bennett, two  11 year old boys, 10 year old boy, all of St. Marys were not hurt.

DUI charges are pending blood test results for a DuBois drvier who was stopped by state police on on the Ridgway/St. Marys Road   in Ridgway Township iast Tuesday afternoon for traffic violaitons. Police allege he was found driving his 2002 Chevrolet Malibu under the influence of a controlled substance.

Troopers at Lewis Run have charged a 19 year old Warren woman with drug possession after stoping her for traffic violations on Route 66 in Wetmore Township last Thursday afternoon. Police did not reveal the woman’s name but claim they found her In possession ofa small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

An Emporium man has been cited for letting his dogs run loose. Troopers at Emporium claim Richard Earle’s two dogs were running at large along S. Mountain Road in Shippen  Township, Cameron Copunty last Thursday afternoon.



The  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding local governments and recreation and conservation organizations that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects.Funded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, grants benefit planning, acquisition, and development of:

Public parks

Recreation areas

Motorized and non-motorized trails

River conservation and access

Stream buffers

Open space conservation

Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

The 2020 grant application round closes Wednesday, April 22.

DCNR has scheduled two webinars to help potential applicants:

Wednesday, January 29:  Grants for Recreation, Conservation, Trail and Riparian Buffer Projects, 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Wednesday, February 19: Statewide and Regional Partnership Grant Program for public recreation, conservation, or heritage-area initiatives undertaken across a statewide or regional landscape, 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Primary source of grant funding is the Keystone Fund, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. Since 1993, the Keystone Fund has supported more than 300 trail projects, more than 2,400 community park development projects, and conserved more 117,400 acres throughout the commonwealth.

For more information, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program web page.

Learn more about DCNR’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.