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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Peterson--Legislation To Stop Tolls On I-80

WESB News: 09/08/07 - Peterson Legislation Would Ban I-80 Tolls

Congressman John Peterson has offered legislation to prohibit tolling along existing federal highways. Peterson’s bill will be the House companion to Republican Policy Chair Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s measure in the Senate

Peterson says this bipartisan measure would bar the U.S. Department of Transportation from approving tolls on existing federally funded highways.

Currently, states may apply to the Transportation Department – as Pennsylvania intends – to toll existing federal highways. As part of its transportation funding package, the Pennsylvania state Legislature approved a plan for tolling of Interstate 80.

Peterson is tentatively scheduled to be on WESB's LiveLine Thursday to talk about this issue.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Hay Barn Fire On Plank Road This Afternoon

Locally Shinglehouse firemen were called to a hay barn fire on the Plank Road this afternoon. Other departments and ambulances were called in to help fight the fire in this afternoon's sweltering heat. No more information was available.

Fire Next To Antlers Inn In Rexford

Fire destroys two Rexford buildings
September 7, 2007
By George Osgood
Star-Gazette

REXFORD, PA. – Fire destroyed two buildings and damaged a mobile home early this morning – the three buildings closest to the brand-new Antlers Inn.

Flames destroyed the old Antlers, for 80 years a Tioga County landmark, on May 9, 2006.

A state police fire marshal from Lamar, Pa. will try to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed two small, unoccupied houses and damaged a mobile home occupied by 92-year-old Orpha Lundgren, mother of the late Ron Lundgren, who owned the Antlers with wife Sandi Lundgren.

About 75 firefighters from fire departments in Galeton, Wellsboro, Westfield and Clymer Township responded to the 1:11 a.m. alarm in 13 fire vehicles.

Galeton Fire Chief Tim Martin said no fire cause was readily apparent.Fire destroyed the old Antlers on May 9, 2006.

Ron Lundgren died of pulmonary fibrosis on June 19, 2006. The new Antlers Inn opened to widespread acclaim on May 9, 2007.The buildings destroyed this morning were insured, Martin said.

$2,000.00 Reward For Information On Joe Chapman

WESB News: 09/07/07 - Reward Offered for Prison Escapee

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to 2 thousand dollars for information leading to the whereabouts of Joseph Chapman. Chapman escaped from McKean County Prison on the morning of July 30.

He had been selected to be a trustee inmate, which allowed him to go outside the building to perform various tasks unsupervised. He was in jail for statutory sexual assault, and had been transferred to McKean County from Cameron County after a probation violation.

Aside from the escape charge, he is also facing more sex-related charges in Cameron County. Investigators believe he may be in the Jamestown area.

Republicans Study Impact of Closing Forensic Unit

WESB News: 09/07/07 - GOP Policy Committee Meets in Warren

The state House Republican Policy Committee met in Warren this morning to talk about the closing of state hospitals, and the impact it could have on patients and prisons.

State Representative Kathy Rapp hosted the meeting, and she says lawmakers learned that Warren State Hospital's Forensics Unit serves 33 counties in the state.

If it closes, sheriff's departments in this region will have to transfer people to Norristown, across the state.

Tom Urban, president and CEO of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems was one of the people who spoke during the meeting.

Rep. Causer Wants Study Of State Lottery Fund

WESB News: 09/07/07 - Causer Calls for Lottery Fund Study

With thousands of Pennsylvania seniors relying on the state’s lottery fund to help make prescription drugs, property taxes and other services more affordable, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is calling for a study to examine the fund’s future.

“About one of every five people in our state is age 60 or older, and for many of them, these lottery programs are life-savers,” Causer said. “Without prescription assistance, some seniors may not be able to afford the medications they need to stay healthy, and without property tax and rent rebates, some seniors might have to give up their homes.

“With so many seniors relying on these vital programs, now is the time to take a look at a number of factors that are impacting our lottery funds so we can take the steps necessary to preserve these senior programs,” added Causer, who serves as Republican Chairman of the Subcommittee on Programs and Benefits of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.

81 Year Old Charged With Killing Elk

WESB News: 09/07/07 - Man Charged with Killing Elk

An 81-year-old man has been charged with killing an elk on his Renovo property.

The game commission says Arthur Gavlock killed a female elk on August 24 with a small caliber rifle.

Officials say they had previously told Gavlock he could not shoot elk for eating apples on his property.

Last fall, the US Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Gavlock and other Renovo-area residents who say game commission officials violated their constitutional rights while investigating the shooting of an elk.

Warren County Ranked #2 By Progressive Farmer

WESB News: 09/07/07 - Warren County Ranked One of the Best

Warren County has been ranked by a national magazine as one of the best places to live in rural America.

The Progressive Farmer Magazine ranked Warren County second out of 2 thousand rural counties in the country.

One of the main reasons for the high ranking is the picturesque scenery throughout the county. Other factors include cost of living, crime rates, air quality and education.

Drake Well Gets Money For Preserving Oil Objects

WESB News: 09/07/07 - Drake Well Museum Gets Grant Money

Drake Well Museum near Titusville has received state and federal grants to conserve and restore artifacts. The 147 thousand dollar Save America's Treasures grant is being matched with a 150 thousand dollar grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The money will be used to conserve and restore as many museum objects as possible, from drilling rigs to documents and maps.

Area Police Reports

Troopers here are continuing to investigate a hit and run involving a commercial vehicle just before 7:00 p.m. on August 28 on the Reed Run Road near the Route 6 intersection in Roulette Township. Authorities say the truck tractor was hauling a white full box trailer with the name “Arnold” printed on the side when it backed into a portion of the guard rail causing disabling damage.

An elderly Ulysses resident has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arraigned Monday before on-call District Judge Barbara Easton for criminal trespass. State police claim 77 year old Carl Labar illegally entered a garage next to the home of Anna Lewis on the Fox Hill Road. A warrant was obtained for his arrest late last week and he was taken into custody on Monday.

Troopers have charged 62 year old Cheryl Card of Roulette with disorderly conduct allegedly taking place last Friday evening in the village. Authorities claim Card told a third party that she had shot and killed her husband, Ray Card. The other person called police who responded with lights and sirens activated causing a public inconvenience for motorists on the highway. She was recently cited for shouting obscenities in a public area near her home on Railroad Avenue.

A camp burglary taking place over the past month at a camp on the Neefe Road in Sweden Township is under investigation by state police here. Burglarlars took some $800 worth of items including a Marlin bolt action rifle with Bausch and Lomb scope, a bottle of Tanqueray gin, a bottle of Seagrams VO, two yellow flashlights, an ATV key and window screen from the camp owned by Randall Wenk of Abbottstown, PA. Entry was gained through a basement window.
McKean County authorities are probing the theft of a lawn mower and trailer from a location along Route 446 in Smethport over the past week or so. Police believe the thieves loaded the 1970’s model cream-colored Cub Cadet mower onto the cream colored trailer and drove off with it. The equipment belonged to the Joseph Visalle estate. Information from WFRM

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Warren State Hospital Will Remain Open

SECRETARY OF PUBLIC WELFARE RESPONDS TO WARREN STATE HOSPITAL CLOSURE
RUMORS

HARRISBURG - In response to reports about the potential closure of Warren State Hospital, Public Welfare Secretary Estelle B. Richman today reassured employees that the civil section of the facility would remain open.

"The department has no intention of closing the civil section of Warren State Hospital and will continue to provide the quality level of care in which residents and counties have come to depend," said Richman.

The Department of Public Welfare recently announced plans to close the civil section of Mayview State Hospital and is exploring the consolidation and privatization of forensic services currently provided at Norristown, Mayview and Warren state hospitals.

Such a move would enable DPW to improve the delivery of forensic services while saving taxpayer dollars and would not affect the services currently provided in the civil section of Warren State Hospital. "Ensuring the success of those transitioning to the community from the state hospital must be a collective effort," Richman said.

"While we appreciate the advocacy efforts of those concerned about the well-being of individuals living with mental illness, it is imperative that, collectively, we remain focused on promoting recovery for our residents as they face this next step of life beyond the state hospital."

Update On Teacher Charged With Abusing Boy

Ulysses woman charged with abusing boy
September 6, 2007
By George Osgood Star-Gazette

GALETON – A woman who formerly taught special education at Northern Potter Children’s School has been charged with repeatedly abusing a mentally retarded boy.

Heather Marie Spriggle, 38, of Ulysses, was charged by State Trooper James Yoder with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary count of harassment.

The charges were filed on July 25 and Spriggle’s preliminary arraignment took place before Shinglehouse Magisterial District Judge Barbara Easton on Aug. 10. Easton set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 16. It has been continued until Oct. 2 before Galeton Magisterial District Judge Delores Bristol.

Spriggle did not have to post bail, but would have to pay $15,000 if she fails to appear for court as scheduled.

Spriggle could not be reached for comment.She worked at Northern Potter Children’s School, adjacent to Northern Potter High School in Bingham Township in northeastern Potter County. But she was employed as a special education teacher by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine, based in Coudersport.

She had not taught in the Northern Potter school since the 2005-2006 school year, Northern Potter Superintendent of Schools Scott Graham said.“She has been suspended,” said Ron Mancia, special education supervisor for the intermediate unit. “She is not in the classroom.”Mancia declined to comment further on the matter.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the alleged abuses took place between Sept. 1, 2005 and May 30, 2006. The alleged victim during that period was 13 and 14 years old and had the mental ability of a 5-year-old.

A classroom aide, Crystal Hepfner, told police she had seen Spriggle “grab the victim by his shirt, pick him up and throw him into a wooden shelf…bend the victim’s finger to the point he screamed and she heard a popping sound.

“She advised that on another occasion Spriggle took (the victim) out into the hall and when they returned to the classroom (the victim) was upset,” according to the affidavit. “(Hepfner) pulled up the victim’s shirt and observed red marks she believes were pinch marks. She advised that she observed Spriggle slam (the victim) into a cubbyhole area, pinch and twist his side, pinch and twist the skin on his arm and bend his fingers."

Another aide, Jeannette Barker, told police she saw Spriggle “bend fingers, twist arms pull hair, pinch and verbally abuse the victim.”

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Teacher Charged---News Report Delayed By Police

An IU9 teacher has been charged by Coudersport based state police with endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault, and harassment for incidents allegedly taking place in her classroom located at the Northern Potter Children’s School between September 2005 and May 2006.

Authorities allege that 38 year old Heather Spriggle caused bodily injury to a 14 year old boy and that the incidents were witnessed by teacher’s aides.

The charges were apparently filed on July 25, 2007 but state police did not issue a news release until prodded yesterday by Donald Gilliland, Editor of THE POTTER LEADER ENTERPRISE. Authorities told Gilliland that it was due to “an oversight” that the public information was not released to area media including WFRM.

Today’s news release did not indicate if Spriggle had posted bail or not. Scott Graham, the new superintendent at Northern Potter told WFRM that Spriggle had not been reassigned by the IU9 to the Northern Potter School this fall. From WFRM

Rear End Crash A Result Of Tractor Cutting Grass

Charges are pending against a Wellsboro driver for a rear end collision taking place just before 11:00 a.m. Wednesday on Route 6 in Sweden Valley.

Authorities say 29 year old Rebecca Reese did not notice that Lawrence Tasillo of Coudersport had stopped on the highway for a tractor cutting grass and allowed her Suzuki Forenza to run into the back of Tasillo’s truck.

Both drivers declined treatment. From WFRM news.

Former PA Trooper Sentenced 3 to 12--Nude Photos

A former state trooper who posted photographs of his ex-wife nude on the Internet pleaded guilty to harassment today and was sentenced to three to 12 months in Lehigh County Prison.

"You need to put your hands behind your back," Judge Robert L. Steinberg told Luke J. Heller after the hearing ended. Before sheriff's deputies led Heller from the courtroom, defense lawyer Patrick Reilly asked the judge if he would consider house arrest.The judge said no.

Heller, a 14-year veteran of the state police who worked at the Dublin barracks, left his job in June.Heller, 37, of Lower Macungie Township, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to the same charge, a misdemeanor of the third-degree.

But the judge later threw out the plea agreement because he was concerned about reports that the trooper continued to deny his actions.

Heller, who also was fined $2,000, was scheduled to go to trial next week on charges of identity theft and harassment.

Today, he admitted posting photos of his former wife on a bondage and sadomasochism Web site, with some information about her and a solicitation to contact her to engage in violent sexual acts.-- Reporting by Debbie Garlicki, The Morning Call

Motorcycle Accident Near Farmers Valley

Police are investigating a motorcycle accident on Route 46 North of Smethport near the intersection with Route 446, where injuries have been reported. No further information is available at this time.

News: 09/06/07 - One Man Hurt in Farmers Valley Accident - Update

One person was injured in an accident at 9:50 Thursday morning at the intersection of routes 46 and 446 in Farmers Valley.

Police say a motorcycle driven by Timothy Allen Lea of Grand Ledge, Michigan, didn't stop at the intersection and hit a motorcycle driven by Michael Howard of Grandview, Michigan. Lea sustained minor scrapes on his face and was treated at the scene by personnel from Priority Care Ambulance. Howard was not hurt.

Police Action Reported By WESB News

News: 09/06/07 - Potter County Teacher Arrested A Northern Potter Children’s School teacher is facing child endangerment charges after an incident last Friday at the school. 38 year-old Heather Spriggle of Ulysses is also facing assault and harassment charges too. Spriggle is free on her own recognizance.




News: 09/06/07 - Kane Woman Charged in Burglaries
State Police have arrested a Kane woman and charged her with a string of daylight burglaries in the Kane area between April and September of this year. State Police and Kane Borough Police charged 30 year-old Heidi Horton with eight counts of burglary and eight counts of theft in connection with the break-ins in the Kane and Wetmore Township. Horton was sent to McKean County jail on $50,000 dollars bail.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Punxy Man Gets 500 Years For Sexually Abusing Child

WESB News: 09/05/07 - Punxsy Man Sentenced to 500 Years

A Jefferson County man convicted of sexually abusing a child for more than a decade has been sentenced to more than 500 years in prison.

Clarence Thomas of Punxsutawney was found guilty in March on nearly 1,000 counts of child sex abuse and incest.

Judge John Foradora said the case was "one of the most sick and disgusting cases" he had ever seen, then sentenced Thomas to 113 consecutive jail terms. Thomas' attorney says he'll appeal the sentence.

Potter-McKean Still In Drought Situation

WESB News: 09/05/07 - McKean County Still Under Drought Watch

26 Pennsylvania counties have been removed from the drought watch declared on August 6, but McKean County is not one of them.

Besides McKean, other counties still under a drought watch include Cameron, Elk, Forest and Potter.

A drought watch is the first level, and least severe, of the state's three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

Police Reports From WFRM

Travis Schultz, 27 of Genesee was released on $3,000 percentage cash bail following arraignment before District Judge Barbara Easton on a simple assault charge. State police claim during the early morning hours Monday, Schultz choked Elizabeth Webster so hard she couldn’t breathe before leaving their Bingham Township home. Judge Easton ordered Schultz to have no contact with the victim pending further court action.

A 16 year old Harrisburg boy was hurt Monday afternoon in an ATV crash on the Cushing Hollow Road in Ulysses Township. Police said the youth was operating a 1998 Yamaha Warrior which became airborne while cresting a hill at Nauman Road. The machine landed on a grassy berm, slid about 50 feet into an embankment, traveled another 60 feet before ejecting the operator and continued on another 40 feet before crossing to the other side of the road where it continued for another 50 feet before coming to rest over an embankment. The boy was flown by helicopter to Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira.

A Marion Center driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on the Nelson Run Road in Sylvania Township. Troopers said Joshua Stonebraker was driving a Ford F-150which failed to negotiate a sharp right turn, slid off an embankment and overturned.

Michael Langworthy, 38 of Coudersport has been charged with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Monday afternoon at his home on the Troupe Road in Eulalia Township. Authorities claim he used a hammer to smash the windshield and passenger side of a van owned by Sherri Rodriguez of Roulette.

State police are also looking for those responsible for a couple of other criminal mischief incidents.

An unknown driver caused about $800 in damage to a corn crop in Genesee Township owned by Ronald Silsby Sunday night or Monday by driving about 200 feet through the field and then turning around and driving back through.

Vandals cut seven cables on a satellite dish located on Vader Hill Road owned by ZitoMedia Saturday between 4:45 and 5:00 p.m. causing $30 in damage.

Florida Man Jailed In Potter County For Rape, Theft

A Florida resident has been jailed here in Potter County after being returned on warrants for various crimes.

Jed Appleton, 20, of St. Eustis, Florida is accused of stealing $1000 in cash from the home of Todd and Brenda Langan while staying with them on June 20, 2007.

He is also accused of statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a 15 year old Potter County girl during the same period of time and of stealing a van.

State police say Appleton was dropped off at the Gold Store on the night of June 22 after drinking in nearby New York State and started walking to the home of friends where he was staying and in his intoxicated condition, became confused and walked west on Route 49 instead of North on Route 449. During his walk, he came upon a van owned by Wending Creek Farms and discovered that the keys had been left inside. He drove the van back to his friends’ house were it was recovered by troopers the next day.

Appleton was remanded to the Potter County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge Delores Bristol on the sexual assault and theft of cash charges and in lieu of $35,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton on the theft of the van. From reports of WFRM news.

Coudersport Man Charged In Statutory Sexual Assault

COUDERSPORT – A Potter County man currently serving time at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill has been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old Coudersport girl.

State police at Coudersport charged Colt Michael Stinger, 24, of Coudersport with felony counts of statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault and misdemeanor counts of corrupting the morals of a minor and indecent assault.

Police said Stinger had sexual relations with the girl at her Coudersport apartment during the early morning hours of June 27.

Troopers said the incident occurred on the night before Stinger was sent to state prison, while he was out on bail on unrelated charges.

State police filed the new charges before Coudersport Magisterial District Judge Annette Easton on Wednesday. No date has been set to return Stinger to Potter County for preliminary arraignment. From the Elmira Star Gazette.

Oswayo Valley School Gets $41,000.00 Tech Grant

WESB News: 09/05/07 - Area School Districts Get Tech Money

Three area school districts are receiving technical grants from the state. The Bradford Area School District is expecting a grant of around $330,000 dollars.

The Classrooms for the Future initiative grant can be used on laptop computers and wireless Internet service in the classrooms.

The Smethport Area School District is getting $117,000 dollars from the program and Oswayo Valley $41,000 dollars.

Under Gov Ed Rendell’s plan all Pennsylvania school districts will receive grants for the initiative by 2010.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Accident Reported At Rt. 646 and Woodard Road

Emergency services are on the scene of an automobile accident with entrapment on rt. 646 near Woodard Road. A medical helicopter has been requested.

No Details Yet on Area Crashes

Details are not yet available regarding an ATV crash taking place Monday afternoon on Cushing Hollow Road in Ulysses Township where early reports indicated a 12 year old was unresponsive after a rollover. Mercy Flight was called to transport a victim.

And, details are also lacking about as well about a motorcycle crash Saturday on Route 6 about a mile west of the Sylvania Inn. 9-1-1 dispatch reported at least one person was injured.

WFRM Lists Police Reports

Troopers are also investigating the theft of a 20 inch Sea Star Huffy bicycle from an apartment along the North Brooklynside Road in Port Allegany between August 20 and 22. The bike, which is blue with a white seat and white handlebars belonged to Tabbatha Skillman.

A Kane woman is wanted on a warrant for hindering apprehension or prosecution. State police say when they went to the home of Georgia Johnson last Saturday to serve a warrant on David Walters, she denied he was in the home but he was spotted by another trooper leaving the rear of the house and was taken into custody.

A 15 year old Mansfield boy is facing drug charges through Potter County Juvenile court after being apprehended Thursday evening at the West Pike Motel on Route 6 in Pike Township. Authorities were called to the motel by the owners who detained the youth after he allegedly admitted to stealing a small package of potato chips. When police searched him, they reportedly found a small smoking pipe containing suspected marijuana residue on his person.

5 Arrested For Drugs In Emporium

WESB News: 09/03/07 -

Five people were arrested Thursday on drug charges in Emporium.

Emporium Police say the arrested include 51 year-old Faith Banks, 18 year-old Britt Graham, 23 year-old David Pifer, 26-year-old Christine Young and 23 year-old Sarah Petitt.

All five were charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance and intent to deliver. They are being held on $25,000 dollars bail.

Emporium Police say more arrests are planned.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Cops Still Searching For Escaped Prisoner


Authorities recently released a more current photo of fugitive Joe Chapman, a former Cameron County resident who continues to elude a manhunt. Police have been tight-lipped about their investigation, which was initially centered in Cameron, Potter and McKean counties.

Imprisoned for violating probation, Chapman walked away from the grounds of the McKean County Prison while on work detail July 30.

A week later, Emporium Borough Police filed charges against him, based on allegations that he sexually assaulted a child in the borough between November 2006 and April of this year.

Chapman, 24 years old, is five-foot-nine and has blue eyes. At the time of his escape, he had blond hair, was clean shaven and weighed about 180 pounds.

Giant Hogweed In Potter But Not In Tioga Or Lycoming


By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com

WELLSBORO — Brush up against some giant hogweed and you’ll soon know it. The plant’s juices react with the individual’s skin and, when exposed to sunlight, an adverse reaction occurs within 24 to 48 hours.

The noxious weed can cause blistering rashes or even blindness in sensitive individuals.

Thankfully, the plant hasn’t yet been spotted in Tioga or Lycoming counties, but it does grow in Potter County.

Giant hogweed first was introduced into this country in the 1900s from Eurasia. Its imposing size and attractive flowers made it desirable for arboretums and gardens.

The plant was legal to sell and plant until 1983, according to Melissa A. Bravo, a botanist at Penn State University.

Bravo, a former resident of Tioga County, now serves as the Cooperative Extension associate and botanist-weed scientist for the state Department of Agriculture.

She is responsible for implementing and managing the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed Control Program including weed management and control relative to invasive and noxious weeds of the commonwealth.

The weed, a member of the parsnip and carrot family, often is mistaken for cow parsley or Queen Anne’s Lace, which are much smaller members of the same family, Bravo said.

Its huge size helps to distinguish it from other weeds.

“The stem of giant hogweed is twice the size of the cow parsley,” Bravo said. It also is thick and hairy with purple spots.

Giant hogweed can grow to more than 12 feet tall.

Locally, a small patch of it grows in Potter County near Germania, Bravo said, but that is the only nearby location where it has been spotted, reported and identified.

More than 500 plants were treated with herbicide along six miles of Kettle Creek and a new batch of the noxious weed recently was found in the Altoona area, Bravo added.

“There are sporadic instances across the other Northern Tier counties, Erie, Venango, Warren and McKean, but none at all in Bradford, Tioga or Lycoming counties,” she said.

Since 1995, more than 600 patches have been identified and treated in Pennsylvania, according to a report by Bravo, found online at the state Department of Agriculture Web site, www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

After three years of no growth, sites are released from the system, the report stated.

As of fall of last year, 426 viable sites remained in the state, including eight in Potter County.

By the end of this year, the number of sites should be down to about 292, the report said. However, it can take up to seven years of repeated herbicide applications to eradicate a growth of giant hogweed.

A news report out of Schuyler County, N.Y., in mid-August resulted in some calls from Tioga County residents who thought they might have the plant on their properties, Bravo said. However, all of the instances turned out to be cow parsnip or some other “look-alike” weed.

Even with the false alarms, Bravo said if homeowners believe they have the plant on their properties, they should contact the extension service via its Giant Hogweed Hotline at (877) 464-9333 rather than try to deal with it themselves, due to the extreme reactions caused by exposure to the weed.

More information and photos also are available online at www.cas.psu.edu.

To read Bravo’s report in its entirety, go to www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/lib/agriculture/plantindustryfiles/noxious_weed/2007WSSAGHBravo.pdf.

This article by Cheryl Clarke appeared in today's Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Women's Prayer Breakfast In October

Fall 2007 Women Without Walls Prayer Breakfast

When: Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cost: $20.00 per person (Click here for Mail-In Ticket Order Form)

Time: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Location: Main Ballroom

Speaker: Judge Cheryl L. Allen

Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
Reservations: Toll Free 1-888-201-1718
Telephone: (717) 763-7117

www.radisson.com/camphillpa

Rex Waddington's Address--Send A Card

For friends of Rex Waddington, who may want to send a card, his address is Rex Waddington,C/O Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857. Rex suffered double pneumonia and is recovering at the nursing home.

Bad Bridge In Salamanca

WESB News: 09/02/07 - Salamanca Bridge Red-Flagged

A State DOT inspection on Thursday resulted in 11 red flags for structural problems on the Center Street Bridge in Salamanca.

The state has shut down traffic to one lane, and reduced the weight limit to 15 tons.

The Salamanca Public Works Superintendent says 80-percent of a support beam is defective and repairs are needed immediately, but there's a dispute over who is responsible for the repairs because it's on Seneca Nation territory.

Mayor Jeffrey Pond says he's asking state and federal leaders to push the state to speed up replacement plans before the bridge gets any worse.

Cuba Seniors Charged With Having Child Porn

WESB News: 09/02/07 - Police: Elderly Couple Had Child Porn

An elderly Cuba, New York, couple has been charged with having child pornography on their computer.

Police say 75-year-old Richard Hall and 70-year-old Doris Hall were charged following an investigation that started in October after a computer repairman came across inappropriate pictures while fixing the Halls' computer.

Police say they found numerous photos of children under the age of sixteen behaving in a sexual manor.

Richard Hall is the former owner of Ace Hardware in Cuba and his wife is a former village clerk.

Bicyclist Injured When Trucks Wheels Fall Off

WESB News: 09/02/07 - Wheels Fall Off Truck; One Person Hurt

One person was hurt when the wheels fell off a truck Saturday afternoon just north of the McKean County Fairgrounds.

State police say when the left rear dual wheels fell off the truck, one of them hit a parked SUV belonging to Heather Degolier of Gifford. It caused moderate damage to the SUV.

The other wheel hit a bicycle ridden by Todd Snyder of Gifford, then sheered off a utility pole.

Snyder was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

The driver of the truck, Kevin Hardy of Bradford, was not hurt. The owner of the truck, Universal Well Services, will be cited for an equipment violation.

Man Lifeflighted After Potter ATV Rollover

WESB News: 09/02/07 - Two Injured in ATV Accident

Two people were hurt in an ATV accident Friday night on Harrison Rooks Road in Potter County.

State police say an ATV driven by Kenneth Clark of Telford went out of control while trying to avoid another ATV on the road. Clark's vehicle slid into an embankment and rolled over. He and his passenger, Mark McReynolds of Telford, were thrown from the vehicle.

Clark suffered minor injuries. McReynolds was taken by medical helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries.