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Sunday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 60; 1.06” of rain, weekend total







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Rings stolen from Coudersport home…..Wallet containing cash stolen in St. Marys….Knoxville woman accused of making harassing phone calls….Coudersport borough council member arrested for DUI…Vandals damage Game Commission tractor in Elk County…..TV and humidifier dumped on praise land in Hebron Township Potter County…….State ag committee to meet with Congressmen tomorrow to discuss increasing milk options in schools….

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Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary taking place on Saturday June 8 on Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township. Thieves made off with a diamond wedding band valued at $2.000 and a  diamond   wedding ring valued at $2500 during the early evening. Anyone with information is asked to call state police @814,274.8690.

Troopers in Ridgway are looking for a thief who stole a mislaid wallet at the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday night. The black leather wallet owned by Denise Dillen of Emporium contained $285 in cash. Anyone with information is asked to call state police @814.766.6136.

Judith Moon, 23 of Knoxville has been arrested for harassment . Stae police at Mansfield claimMoon repeatedly made phone calls to Tristin Ahearn, 20,for to annoy  him after being told to stop.

A thorough search of the area of Water and Church Streets in Ulysses Friday afternoon did not turn up a man who allegedly frightened three children playing in a back yard. The man was said to be 30-40 years of age, was wearing a blank tank top, darker jeans or pants and  had long messy hair. He reportedly was carrying a knife, 8-10 inches long and told the children he would come back for them. The children ran into the house and reported what they had witnessed. Police officers and volunteers searched the area on foot and  on ATV’s but could not locate the suspect.

A Coudersport business man and borough council member has been arrested on two counts of DUI by troopers locally. Brian Ruane, 43, was stopped by patrol officers just after 1`:00 am June 1 at East Maple and Cartee Streets in the borough and  blood tests have apparently confirmed intoxication by alcohol.

A California driver was arrested for DUI by troopers at Lewis Run who pulled over his 2020 Kia on Greeves Street and Edgar James Street Kane just before midnight Friday. Police claim the 32 year old Sunnyvale man was found to be driving under the influence of marijuana.

A hit and run occurring just after 9:00 am, last Thursday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. An unknown vehicle struck phone wires hanging across Cherry Flats Road causing the police to snap in half. Investigators could not determine in which direction the unknown vehicle was traveling.

A criminal mischief to Game Commission Equipment in Benezette Township Elk County is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Vandals broke a side window on a 2004 John Deere  tractor between 4:00 pm last Wednesday and 7:30 am Thursday  while it was parked on State Game Lands 34 about two miles north of the Merrill Road on an unmarked road. Damage is estimated to be $250.

Vandalism to a vehicle on Route 49 in Westfield Township is being investigated by troopers at Mansfield. Someone sprayed the numbers “69”  with red paint on the rear of a broken down Dodge Stratus owned by a 41 year old Wesfield woman.

Nathan Hose, 63 of Colud4epaor t reported to state police that someone had ripped open a manila envelope containing his medicine  Thursday  afternoon at his residence on Oak Lane.

State police at Coudersport are looking for the persons or persons who dumped items on land along Bryant Hollow Road in Hebron Township between June 1 and 14. A Zenith TV and a dehumidifier were left on property owned by Tina Daughenbaugh.

The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), will host an informational meeting with Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson at the state Capitol tomorrow  to discuss his federal legislation to increase milk options at schools across the country.

U.S. House Resolution 832, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019, would allow flavored and unflavored whole milk to be offered in school cafeterias. The bill was introduced in response to the decline in milk consumption among students after schools were forced to offer only skim flavored milks.


“Milk has great nutritional value for all of us, but especially for growing children,” Causer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about Congressman Thompson’s initiative and what we can do at the state level to support his efforts.”


“Milk is the No. 1 source of nine essential nutrients in the diets of our students, but if they don’t drink it these health benefits are lost,” Thompson said. “Milk consumption has been declining in schools throughout the nation because kids are not consuming the varieties of milk being made available to them. I look forward to discussing my bill with the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in Harrisburg. It is my hope that the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act will bring a wider range of milk options to American lunchrooms so students can choose the kind they love best.”


Prior to the informational meeting, committee members are expected to vote on House Resolution 402 offering formal support for Thompson’s bill. They are also slated to consider House Resolution 222, which urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support the standard of identity for milk in the face of a growing number of plant-based products being marketed as “milk.” This resolution supports federal legislation known as the Dairy PRIDE Act.


Marketing products made from soy, almonds, cashews and other plant-based products as milk is believed to be causing confusion among consumers and is detrimental to the dairy industry.

The meeting to vote on the resolutions will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, and will be immediately followed by the informational meeting with Thompson, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller and a nutrition expert who wll discuss the benefits of milk consumption for children.

At 11 a.m., lawmaker and representatives of the dairy industry from across the state will rally in support of Thompson’s bill and related measures in the state Capitol rotunda.