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Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 58







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Elderly driver killed in McKean County accident…No one hurt in Elk County collision….Car/deer collisions investigated in two counties…Pot plants seized near Ulysses…DEP officials meet today near Mansfield to discuss stream improvements….

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An elderly Leeper, PA man died in a collision Saturday afternoon in Hamlin Township, McKean County. According to Lewis Run state police, 74 year old Duane Schmader was going west on Route 6 when his Chevrolet Traxz crossed into the eastbound lane where it hit a Honda CRV driven by Emily Dissen of Baltimore, MD. He was transported to a landing zone but later died of his injuries. A passenger, whose name was not given was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries.  Dissen was flown to an out of the area hospital . The investigation is continuing. Several emergency services departments assisted troopers at the scene.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Saturday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police explained that collision occurred when Beverly Repko of Johnsonburg tried to re-enter  the Fairview Road after driving into a pull-off area, and did not see a Chevrolet Express driven by Dennis Wilson of Youngstown, OH. An 11 year old girl riding in Repko’s Mitsubishi also was unhurt.

No one was hurt in a collision last Thursday afternoon on S. St. Marys Street in Fox Township.   Troopers said 80 year old Ernest Plough attempted to make a left turn into a business parking lot and failed to notice a south bound Hyundai Elantra driven by a 17 year old St.Marys girl.

A Pittsburgh man and his passenger were unhurt in a one-vehicle crash Friday evening I Wharton Township. Accodring to state police at Coudesport, Tontong Jiang was making a right turn from Route 872 onto the East Fork Road when his Honda Civic hhit some guardrails. Jiang and his passenger Allan Wang were seat belted at the time.

Car/deer collisions are increasing in the region. Colleen McCullough of Waterloo, NY escaped injury when her Dodge Caravan struck a deer on Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning.  And, Jeffrey Johnson of Coudesport also escaped injury when his Chevrolet Silverado collided with a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township early Saturday morning.

Minor injuries were reported for two Emporium residents following a one-vehicle accident early this morning. According to troopers at Emporium, Erica Carpin was gong east on route 120 when her Chevrolet Cruz crossed the road, hit a shoulder and continued on before colliding with a section of guardrails where it stopped. Her passenger was identified as Derek Glove.

A theft occurring at 5840 Route 66 in Kane is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Sometime between 12:30 pm  last Monday and 6:00 pm last Tuesday, a package was stolen from a mailbox belonging to Caroline Dahl of Kane.

Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson has announced that on September 17, 2019, members of the State Police seized 6 large marijuana bushes from the Ulysses, Pennsylvania area.  This arrest was in conjunction with the District Attorney, Andy J. Watson, with information coming from a concerned citizen.  Troopers Kyle Wagner and Joel Miles led the investigation which resulted in the arrest of Brentley Willow who was growing the plants in an outdoor secluded area.  Members of the State Police removed the marijuana from the main stems of the plants and the approximate undried weight of the marijuana was 40 lbs.  Mr. Willow has been charged with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, both of which are ungraded Felonies.

The DA thanked  and commend the Troopers involved in the investigation and the processing of the evidence.  The District Attorney further thanks the concerned citizen who reported this matter and encourages the community to report any and all suspected drug activity to the District Attorney’s Office at 814-274-9450 or

A Criminal mischief charge is pending against a 36 year old Duke Center man following an incident Saturday afternoon on Main Street in Otto Township. Troopers say when they responded to an active domestic  violence assault, they found that the suspect, whose name was not released, had damaged the rear passenger door on a Nissan Kicks owned by a 34 year old Duke Center woman.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Northcentral Regional Office, Mansfield Borough, and Mansfield University officials met earlier today  with media to visit the site of a proposed stream improvement project and highlight how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal can address stream and flooding needs. The site, which is owned by Mansfield University and is adjacent to their baseball field, lies immediately upstream of the Clinton Street Archway, which has repeatedly flooded.

Following the media tour, DEP hosted  a public open house at the Mansfield Borough Building and provide vital information and resources to landowners and municipalities seeking to work in streams impacted by flooding and erosion. Attendees can speak one-on-one about their stream work and flooding questions with staff from DEP and five other state and county agencies and view educational displays and demonstrations.