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Obituary: Shirley Francis, Ulysses

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of

Pennsylvania has announced  that David Piaquadio, age 62, of Galeton, Pennsylvania, was

found guilty recently following a non-jury trial of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, Fentanyl

and Heroin, distribution of Oxycodone and Fentanyl, and attempted distribution of Oxycodone.

In finding him guilty of the four counts in the indictment, Chief U.S. District Judge

Christopher C, Conner also found that on March 12, 2015 Piaquadio delivered Fentanyl to an

individual who overdosed after using the drug. According to Judge Conner’s memorandum,

after receiving the Fentanyl from Piaquadio, the individual heated the drug on a spoon and then

injected it. The overdose victim was found by his mother unconscious with a syringe stuck in his

right arm in close proximity to a metal spoon containing fentanyl residue. In returning the guilty

verdict, Chief Judge Conner found beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of the Fentanyl

distributed by Piaquadio as charged in Counts 1 and 4 resulted in serious bodily injury to the

individual who overdosed. Based on that finding, at sentencing Piaquadio faces a 20-year

mandatory sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

In the memorandum filed in support of the verdict, Chief Judge Conner found that

Piaquadio admitted that he and his girlfriend, Jane Flynn, who is deceased, sold between 100 to

120 Oxycodone tablets and one or two Fentanyl patches per month. According to the

memorandum, on the morning of March 12, 2015 the day he delivered Fentanyl to the overdose

victim, Piaquadio filled a prescription for 150 Oxycodone tablets and 10 Fentanyl patches

U.S. Attorney David J. Freed commended the efforts of first responders from Galeton

Borough Police Department, Galeton Hose Ambulance, Medic 6, and the emergency medicine

staff at UPMC Soldiers and Sailors in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania in treating the overdose victim

who used Fentanyl supplied by Piaquadio. Mr. Freed noted that Chief Judge Conner found that

the overdose victim “suffered serious bodily injury in the form of a drug overdose that placed

him at serious risk of brain death or physical death without medical intervention.”

The federal investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General, U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services and the Pennsylvania State Police, with the assistance

of the Galeton Borough Police Department and the Potter County District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorneys Geoffrey W. MacArthur and George J. Rocktashel were

assigned to the prosecution of this matter.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide

epidemic regarding the use and distribution of Heroin and Opioids like Fentanyl and Oxycodone.

Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets Opioid traffickers

operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among

federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals

who commit heroin related offenses.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the

applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a 20-year

mandatory minimum sentence because the drug offense resulted in serious bodily injury, a term

of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing

Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the

nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the

defendant; and the need to punish the defendant for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific


No one was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police when Floyd MacAfoose of St. Marys was going south near the truck stopping lane and steered his Toyota Rav to avoid a truck slowing down in front of him and struck a car driven by  Charles Riccotta of Clearfield. Both drivers and two passengers in the MacAafoose unit were using seatbelts.


State police at the Lewis Run barracks are still trying to locate a hit and run vehicle which caused damage on Route 59 in Keating Township at around 10:30 am July 22. A Ford Taurus was going east and failed to make a right curve, crossed to the outher side, went off the road, traveled over an embankment and struck various small tees and shrubs. Debris was observed at the initial point of impact and evidence indicates the car was a 2000-2008 blue Ford Taurus.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

A  criminal mischief taking place  Sunday afternoon in Smethport is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Vandals intentionally scratched a Dodge Ram pickup while it was parked on East Main Street, shortly after 12:00 pm


Shirley B. FRANCIS, 90, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, July 26, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. Born October 28, 1928, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Frank Llewwellyn and Beatrice Ada Owlett Brown. n April 20, 1952, in Ulysses United Methodist Church, she married Robert H. “Bob” Francis, who survives. A graduate of Ulysses High School and Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean, NY, she was employed by Anchor Toy Factory in Coudersport.  She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses for 42 years. Shirley was a member of the Gold Church and Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary.  She loved to garden flowers and vegetables and had a passion for reading. Surviving besides her husband, Bob, are:  two daughters, Audeen (Jon) Vincent of Ulysses and Valerie Barrile-Jones (Rodney) Jones of Harrison Valley;  and wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by a sister, Thelma (Noble) Chilson;  and a brother, Malcolm O. (Elsie) Brown. Friends may call at the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.  A luncheon will follow in the church social room.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA 16948.Arrangements are under the direction of Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at