Black Forest Express

By Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 77; Overnight low 51







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Obituaries: Dorothy Weder, Coopersburg (Roulette) and Lynn Skinner Westfield

Austin teen arrested for threatening school shooting….Genesee man arrested for terroristic threats…Strangulation investigated by troopers…off road dump truck taken for short ride…Ridgway burglar changed lock after breaking in to an apartment….Turkey sighting reports due tomorrow….

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A 16 year old Austin student is in custody after allegedly threatening a shooting at the Austin school at lunchtime yesterday. As the result  of receiving a hang up call 911 dispatch notified Coudersport Borough Police who then contacted state police. The youth was identified and charged with one count each of  felony terroristic threats, and misdemeanors harassment and disorderly conduct.  He was taken to the Tioga County Shelter in Wellsboro. State police say there are no other threats to Potter County schools. Meanwhile, Austin school superintendent Reese notified parents via automated call this morning advising state troopers will be at the school today as a precaution.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 23 year old Tyler Harris of Genesee for terroristic threats, simple assault and two of harassment following a domestic violence assault Sunday night on Academy Street in Ulysses.  The victims were identified as a 23 year old man from Knoxville; a 21 year old Sabinsville woman and a 48 year old Coudersport man.

Without releasing any further details, Coudersport based state police report investigating a strangulation at around 1:30 pm August 26.  The suspect’s name and location of the incident  were not provided.

Troopers at Coudersport did release the name of a female victim (we will not) but not the suspect  in an indecent exposure case. The suspect is accused of committing the crime on the afternoon of August 26 as the woman walked down Church Street to her home on Church Street in Genesee.

The theft of a 2015 CAT Offroad dump truck in Hector Township  Potter County is being investigated by state police at Coudersport.Someone caused about $100 damage when they drove the machine into an 8 Wheel drive Oshkosh. The equipment is owned by Omega Morgan of Hillsboro, Oregon. The incident took place at 623 Bump Road between 6:00 pm Augusts 26 and 7:00 am the 27th.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a the man who broke into an apartment on Commons Lane in that town on the afternoon of August 27. The suspect forced his way into the apartment by prying open the door and lock  but it is not known if anything was taken. However, before departing, the burglar replaced the damaged lock.

An old wooden desk and a 50 gallon drum full of barbed wire were s tolen from a shed somewhere in Potter County however Coudersport based state police did not release any other information.

A theft  at the Galeton Dollar General at about 8:45 am August 23 is also under investigation.

DUI charges have been filed against 51 year old Nikola Chatham of Shinglehouse following a hit and run at 4:00 pm August 23 at the Acorn gas station in that town.

September’s arrival ended the Pennsylvania Game Commission survey on wild turkey sightings, but participants can report their July and August sightings through Friday, Sept. 6.

Reports must be filed online, either by visiting – and clicking on “August Turkey Sighting Survey” in the Quick Clicks section, or through mobile apps available at the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. To find the app, search for “Pennsylvania Game Commission,” then select Turkey Sighting Survey.

Participants are requested to report the numbers of wild turkeys seen, along with the general location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions. Reports must be from sightings between July 1 and Aug. 31.

Please note, your specific location information is NOT shared or stored; it is used solely to help determine the county, township and wildlife management unit of each sighting.

Many factors affect wild turkey productivity, including spring weather, habitat, previous winter-food abundance, predation and last fall’s harvest. The 2019 statewide spring turkey population was about 212,200, which is 8 percent below 2018’s total of 228,800 birds, but similar to the previous 3-year average.

Pennsylvania’s turkey population in the early 2000s reached its peak of about 280,000 birds as a result of restoration efforts through wild trap-and-transfer, habitat improvement, and fall-turkey-hunting-season restrictions.

It then declined sharply to levels below 200,000. Since 2011 it has been fluctuating between 204,000 and 234,000, depending on summer reproduction and fall harvest.

then went off the road again hit some trees before stopping. The youth was arrested for driving an uninspected vehicle.


Dorothy M. Weder, 107, of Coopersburg, Bucks County, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Valley Manor Health & Rehab Center, Coopersburg.Dorothy was born on June 14, 1912 in New Hampshire, the daughter of the late William F. and Edna (Nightlinger) Holland.  She married William Weder who preceded her in death in 1954.Dorothy was a self taught artist and operated an Antique Collection and Restoration business with her late husband. At Dorothy’s wishes there will be no visitation, a private burial will take place in Lyman Cemetery, Roulette.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.Dorothy M. Weder, 107, of Coopersburg, Bucks County, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Valley Manor Health & Rehab Center, Coopersburg.

Lynne A. SKINNER, 83, of Westfield, PA, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Born December 28, 1935, in Roulette, she was the daughter of Lynn and Louise Thielges Caulkins.  On October 24, 1959, in Roulette, she married Glenn W. “Skip” Skinner, who survives.  A graduate of Roulette High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School in Buffalo, NY, she was employed by North Ridge Industrial Corp. as a secretary for Eliot Ness in Coudersport, secretary for Westfield Township, secretary/treasurer for the Potter Brook TV Association, and was a self-employed Notary Public.  Lynne served as secretary/treasurer of Riverview Cemetery Co., Inc. for many years and was a girl scout leader, cheerleading advisor, and church youth group leader.  Surviving besides her husband, Skip, are:  a daughter, Tami V. (Jeffrey) Carmichael of Grand Forks, ND;  a grandson, Spencer J. Carmichael;  a sister, Virgina (Robert) Russell of Port Allegany;  and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, James A. Skinner;  two sisters, Frances Vota and Agnes Nolder;  and a brother, David Caulkins.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  A luncheon will follow the service.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.  Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16015 or Riverview Cemetery, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950.

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