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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Shinglehouse Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct

At Emergency Room
A Shinglehouse man was charged with Disorderly Conduct Friday night after State Police were called to the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital emergency room at 9:26 PM for an unruly patient causing a disturbance.


Richard E. Allen, 45, Shinglehouse, is accused of causing a public inconvenience, alarm and annoyance when he started yelling and making unreasonable noise. He will answer the charge in District Court 55-3-01.

Roulette Man Charged With Harassment

Woman Harassed
Pennsylvania State Police responded to a residence at 39 River Street in Roulette Friday about 8:20 PM and investigated a harassment complaint.


Jerry Leroy Dowell, Jr., 39, of 39 River Street, is accused of subjecting a 44 year old female to physical contact. A non-traffic citation was filed at District Magisterial Court 55-4-01.

Lloyd N. Williams, 70, of Mills, PA

Lloyd N. Williams, 70, of Mills, PA, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 in his home.

Born October 11, 1938, in Mills, PA, he was the son of Bernard and Mildred Swetland Williams. A 1956 graduate of Harrison Valley High School, he served with the US Navy. He was employed with three department stores in New Jersey, working in displays.

In retirement, he was overjoyed to return to Mills and was devoted to the town and its people. He loved spending time with his family and going on day trips with his dear friend, Kay Mertsock. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, gardening, and watching birds. He looked forward to competing with his niece, Dawn, and roommate, Gwynn, each night when their game and competition shows were on TV. His favorite NASCAR driver was Jimmie Johnson.

He is survived by his companion of many years,
Gwynn Hoffman; three nieces and three nephews; six great-nieces and four great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, his twin Larry, Gordon, and Clinton; a sister, Bernice Anderson; and great-nephew, Ryan Bennett.

Friends may call at the Mills Union Church on Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. D. Lowell Watkins, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Mills Union Church, c/o Robert Nelson, 6083 SR 49, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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Natural Gas Industry Moving Into Potter County

marcellustankersThe natural gas industry has a growing presence across Potter County that industry officials say is just a preview of things to come. While 2008 was largely a year of securing leases and exploratory drilling, the actual production of gas from the deeply buried Marcellus shale formations that has been forecasted for more than a year will begin in earnest before year’s end and continue for a matter of decades, according to an industry spokesman.

Visible signs can be seen in some parts of the county already, including the location of water trailers along Pine Creek, just west of Galeton. When the time is right, the trailers will be filled with water from the creek through this pipe that includes a collector at the riverbed (see below). This particular water collection system has been set up, under Susquehanna River Basin Commission permitting, to supply water for a gas development known as the “Marshlands Play.” Millions of gallons will be injected at high pressure deep underground to fracture the Marcellus shale and cause it to release the natural gas.

The Potter County Commissioners have formed a Natural Gas Task Force to deal with the multiple issues that will arise as energy companies continue to move into the county. Task Force meetings are open to the public and are held at the Gunzburger Building on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Next meeting is July 14.

marcelluspiperriverAlready identified as areas that will require a considerable amount of research and work are: water quality and other environmental issues; economic development, public policy and taxation; public education; and job training/employment issues.

The Natural Gas Task Force mission statement is as follows: “To bring together knowledgeable representatives with divergent perspectives to most effectively guide the development/production of natural gas in the county in a manner that protects and preserves natural resources while maximizing the economic benefit.”

Later this year, Task Force members will tour a Marcellus shale well site operated by Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) of Warren. PGE has more than 100 gas wells in Potter County, including at least a half-dozen that have been drilled to extract gas from the Marcellus shale formation. Potter County Today

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45 More Laid off At Case Cutlery On Thursday

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. lays off 45

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. announced late Thursday the layoffs of 45 associates, effective earlier that afternoon, due to continued economic struggles.

News of the layoffs, the third round this year, came via a press release from Communications Manager Fred Feightner. More...

Friday, July 3, 2009

MVA Reported On South Kendall Avenue

At 11:30 pm on Friday night, there was a report of a car into a pole in the area of 157 South Kendall Avenue near Rew.

Coudersport Woman Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Yelling At 4:44 AM
A Coudersport woman was cited for Disorderly Conduct Friday morning at 4:44 AM after an incident at 307 South West Street in Coudersport Borough.


Coudersport troopers said Jennie Lynn Ahern, 30, of 263 Niles Hill Road, Coudersport caused a public inconvenience by yelling loudly at her boyfriend and PSP Troopers in a populated area.

Doors Kicked In On Main Street In Harrison Valley

Early Morning Mischief
Unknown actors kicked the front screen door and front entry door of a residence at 302 East Main Street in Harrison Valley at 2:30 AM Friday.


The residence of Alex Metcalf sustained $150.00 in damages. The actors fled the scene in a dark colored car in a westerly direction on Route 49.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Troy Man Found To Be DUI Early Friday Morning

DUI Charged
Philip M. Short, 55, of Troy, PA was stopped for traffic violations on State Route 6, 1/2 mile east of RT 44 in Sweden Township at 1:30 AM Friday.


State Police determined Short was DUI.

Charges will be filed in District Court 55-3-01.

Potter McKean 17--Northeast Bradford 11, Play In Mansfield Saturday

Potter McKean Girls Softball Tops
Northeast Bradford 17-11
Travel to Mansfield on July 4th


Potter McKean Girls Softball Team knew they had to come
back with a big
win on Friday to stay alive in the PA
District 15 bracket. Potter McKean
ladies will travel to
Mansfield where they face Southern Tioga at 11 am on

Saturday, July 4th at Smythe Park.

Kaylee Brooks makes an attempt to tag runner at 3rd base


PM Pitcher Brooke Roys (left handed pitcher)


PM Pitcher McKaila Daniels (righ handed pitcher)


Brooke Roys scores for Potter McKean


Hannah Glover rips a triple
Kathy Brooks Photos

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Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Happy July everyone! And Happy Independence Day! I pray
that as we
celebrate being a free nation, we also celebrate
having the freedom we
received from Jesus Christ. He paid
the ultimate price for me and for
you! Thank you Jesus!
Have a fun, safe and blessed holiday!


Leadership Training:
There will be NO leadership training on July 5th.

Prayer and fasting: July 27-31. This is a time to draw near to
God in
a special way to get more sensitive to God’s voice, to
hear from Him,
and to join Him in the work He is doing in
Bradford and beyond.


Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service:
July 31 from 6p-10pm.
Come and join us for prayer, praise, and communion.

Buildings & Grounds:
We need assistance in the cleaning and care of the buildings
and
grounds. If you are willing to help out please contact
the church or
connect with Brian Mahaney.

Have a fun ,safe and blessed holiday!
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Open Arms Community Church
http://www.openarmsbradford.org
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
openarms@openarmsbradford.org

Lewis Run Man's Tools Stolen From Truck At Bradford Airport

Tools Stolen From Truck
A Lewis Run man had his tools stolen from the bed of his truck while it was parked in the upper parking lot at the Bradford Regional Airport in Lafayette Township between June 2 and July 3.


Kane State Police said Raymond Zamiska of Lewis Run, PA reported a gray Craftsman Mechanic's tool box containing miscellaneous hand tools including wrenches, nut drivers, pliers, and sockets valued at $650.00 were removed from his truck.

Anyone with information should call PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Reuben Gibson Sends A Photo

Reuben Gibson Photo

I watched this bumble bee use a pansie as an umbrella, it wasn't much for company and soon took off......

Burglars Damage Douglasville, PA Man's Seasonal Residence In Potter County

Window Damaged In Burglary
Coudersport troopers are investigating a burglary at a seasonal residence at 191 Old Route 6 in Pike Township.


Jacob Mickievicz, of Douglasville, PA, reported that sometime between June 17 and June 20 someone attempted to enter the dwelling through a window, causing $40.00 in damage.

Anyone having information is asked to contact PSP at Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Mertztown, PA Man's Camper Damaged At Hebron Center

Senseless Destruction
Someone shot about 100 BB's into the side of a Fleetwood Camper which was parked at a private camp located off Route 44, near the Village of Hebron Center sometime between May 14 and July 1.


Raid Conrad of Mertztown, PA is the victim of the criminal mischief. It's being investigated by State Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 814-274-8690.

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Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Sued By E E O C

Job applicant sues Hawbaker

Man says firm wouldn't hire him after learning he has diabetes

Centre Daily Times

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a civil suit against Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., on behalf of a Tyrone man.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleges that in May 2007, Hawbaker had extended a conditional job offer to Christopher Woomer as a heavy equipment operator. However, when Woomer attended a post-job offer company physical, it was revealed that he has diabetes. The EEOC alleges Hawbaker rescinded the job offer once it learned about the condition.

In its suit, the EEOC alleges Hawbaker violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to hire Woomer.

When reached Thursday afternoon, the Hawbaker company declined to comment on the pending litigation More...

Bradford Mayor Tasered By City Police

Bradford City Police have three tasers donated

Any person who thinks the benefits of crime outweigh the risks should consider what it may feel like to have jolts of electricity coursing through one’s body.

Mayor Tom Riel volunteered to be tased by Bradford City Police Officer Gregg Boser, certified taser instructor, during the city’s training sessions for the three donated tasers being added to the arsenal of weapons available to police.

“It definitely was not a pleasant experience,” Riel said. “I pity anyone who deserves to be tased.” More...

Water Wells Ruined By Gas Drilling In Jefferson County

Gas Company Ordered To Fix Jefferson County Water Problems

WJAC TV

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered an Armstrong County gas company to fix water problems in Jefferson County.Three houses in Knox Township are affected by the problems.Residents first noticed natural gas bubbling up into their water wells in April. More...

Don H. Six, 78, of 153 Lincoln Street, Westfield, PA

Don H. Six, Age 78, of 153 Lincoln Street, Westfield, PA, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his residence.

He was born March 10, 1931 in Hundred, West Virginia, the son of George and Attie Himelrick Six.

He retired after working for "33" years for Dominion Transmission Corp. Don also worked nights hauling milk for local farmers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during the Korean War.

He is survived by his daughter, Belinda Flynn and Marlin Burrell, Westfield, PA; grandchildren, Patricia and Chad Carpenter, Sabinsville, PA, David Flynn and Jessica Crane, and Brandon Flynn, Westfield, PA; three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; sisters-in-law, Marian (Bob) Schultz, Buffalo, NY and Bonnie Schultz, Westfield, PA; brothers-in-law, Mike (Cleoria) McCullen, Westfield, PA and Roger (Theresa) McCullen, Westfield, PA; sisters, Nelda (Clyde) Woolery, Jefferson, PA and Betty Young, Waynesburg, PA; and brother, Kenneth (Marketta) Six, Rockcreek, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; brothers, George, Dorsey, Howard, Neil and Ralph Six; and sisters, Ruth Kozack and Velma Six.

The family will receive friends Monday from 1-2 p.m. at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA. A Memorial Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Aungst officiating. Burial in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA.

Memorial donations may be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society in Don's memory.

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Potter McKean All Star 11-12 To Play Northeast Bradford Today At Austin--3:00 PM

POTTER MCKEAN ALL STARS 11-12 YEAR OLD SOFTBALL TEAM WILL HOST NORTHEAST BRADFORD AT 3:00 PM TODAY, JULY 3RD AT THE GARY WILLIAMS LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD IN AUSTIN.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

X Box Stolen In Burglary On Route 607 Wednesday

X Box Ripped Off
Burglars entered a Portage Township residence on Route 607 Wednesday between 11:00 am and 10:00 pm and made off with a Microsoft X Box 360 and video game controller.


The electronics belong to Patrick Dow of 237 SR 607, Austin, PA. Anyone who may have any information should contact the PA State Police at Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Air Tools Stolen From Lewis Run Garage

Kane State Police are investigating a burglary on Lafayette Avenue in Lewis Run where unknown actors entered the victim's garage Thursday afternoon through a rear door and removed several tools including, but not limited to: A Craftsman, air sander, air grinder, air hammer, and paint sprayers with an estimated value of $835.00.

Anyone with information should contact Trooper Borden at State Police 814-778-5555.

Hit & Run Driver Cited In Abbott Township Crash

Driver From Wellsboro
A Wellsboro driver has been cited with several violations as a result of a hit & run crash at 1:20 last Sunday morning on the Rausch Road , 66 feet east of highway 144, in Abbott Township.


Troopers said the crash occurred as Colby L. Pierce, 24, of Wellsboro, drove a 1982 Chevrolet Silverado south on Rt. 144. As he turned east onto Rausch Road, he traveled off the south side of the road where he impacted a parked Ford truck owned by Susan Widnikiewicz. The impact drove the pickup into a parked 2001 Dodge Caravan owned by Widnikiewicz.

After the crash, Pierce fled the scene in his vehicle. He was not injured.

Pierce was charged with "Driving on the right side of the highway", "Depositing waste and other material on the highway, property or waters," Accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property," "Drivers required to be licensed", "Driving while suspended DUI," and "Careless Driving."

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GALETON DRIVER HURT IN TIOGA COUNTY CRASH

A Galeton driver was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Route 287 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County.

Troopers said Karl Runser was headed north and had just exited a curve when his Honda Accord crossed the road, spun around 180 degrees and went onto the shoulder where it struck a tree.

Runser was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of minor injuries. More news...

Oswayo Valley, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter Schools Get Technology Grant

Potter Co. Schools Get Grant Money

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced a $292,706 Department of Education Grant to four area school districts: Oswayo Valley, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter.

“These funds come under the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program,” said Thompson. “It is a highly competitive program and it says a lot for these school systems that they collaborated to obtain this grant and achieve their goal of helping 1727 rural, underserved students in kindergarten through 12th grade.”

C. Robert Wicker, superintendent of the the Oswayo Valley Area School District, said, “This federal funding will improve student performance on federal/commonwealth assessments; make possible the enriched delivery of family literacy programs; and enable our districts to increase community access to and employment of library text/technology resources.”

Superintendents Matthew Hutcheson, Austin, David Wishard, Galeton, and Scott Graham, Northern Potter said the funds will address child/adult illiteracy, train librarians and teachers, and teach both students and adults to access the Internet. They said it will help mothers and fathers learn to read to their children and help update library collections.

Forgotten Child Dies In Car Outside Day Care







Fire Alarm At Time Warner National Data Center In Coudersport, PA

At 6:26 PM on Thursday, Coudersport firefighters responded again for a general fire alarm at the Time Warner National Data Center at 512 Bank Street in the Boro.

An on scene report indicated nothing showing from the outside of the building. A chief issued a recall after the building was checked out.

This is the third alarm from that location in the last week. The first alarm was last Saturday at 9:00 am and again at 11:00 pm on Sunday.

The previous calls were also false alarms.

AT SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK THIS WEEKEND

The following programs will be offered this week

AT SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK

FRIDAY, July 3rd 2009

7:00 pm – Evening Kayak Paddle – Evening is the time when winds die and the lake waters calm. All is quiet and still, and the creatures of the night first venture forth. Join the park naturalist on an evening kayak paddle around the margins of the George B. Stevenson reservoir, and observe some of the park’s nocturnal residents as they begin their nightly rounds. This program is registration-only, and spaces are limited. Cost is $8.00 per person, or $20.00 per family group. Kayaks, PFD’s, and paddles are provided. Please call the park office at 814-647-8401 for more information, or to reserve your space.

SATURDAY, July 4TH 2009

1:00 p.m. - Smokey Bear - Kids! Bring your parents to the campground amphitheater to meet our most beloved fire-prevention symbol, Smokey Bear. Smokey and his friends will be on hand to talk about forest fire prevention and how Smokey became a nationally recognized symbol.

4:00 pm - Afternoon Adventures – Connect to the outdoors and nature on our afternoon adventure. Meet the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater and join us for a short butterfly hike. Hiking shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended.

7:00 p.m.Pennsylvania Symbols: Past and Present – Part of knowing our state understands what makes it special. Each of the symbols associated with Pennsylvania are rooted in history or pay tribute to a native species or product of great importance to Pennsylvania’s economy. Private Citizens originally suggested some of our state symbols to the House of Representatives. Please come and join us at the campground amphitheater as we explore all these interesting facts about our Keystone State.

Sunday July 5th, 2009

PONTOON BOAT EXCURSION at Sinnemahoning State Park. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic 45 minute tour of the dam as we explore wetlands and the Bald Eagles. Rides begin at noon, 1:30p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Our pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Reservations will be taken by calling the park office. You may also sign up in person at the park office until noon. Afterwards, reservations will be taken at the Eagle Watchers Tent at the boat launching area.

Please be at the boat launching area 5 minutes prior to departure or forfeit your space. For more information on tour dates and prices, call the park office at (814) 647-8401.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Diamond Is Looking For Someone To Love

Take Me Home

Diamond
Diamond is our featured pet this week. She is a shepard mix who lost her owner to cancer. She was very depressed at first but she has really perked up lately. She is 7 years old and has no issues. Diamond loves to play and is very obedient.

She would be a wonderful addition to a retired person's home. She is spayed, UTD on her vaccines and ready for a new home.

If you would like to make Diamond a part of your family contact Teacher's Pet Rescue at blackberrylane2002@yahoo.com for an adoption application.

Thomas J. Tracey, Jr., 65, of Coneville, PA, formerly of Philadelphia and Cape May, NJ

Thomas J. Tracey, Jr.
“beloved husband”

Coneville, PA---Thomas J. Tracey, Jr., 65, of Coneville, PA, formerly of Philadelphia and Cape May, NJ, died unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

Born April 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Thomas J. and Margaret Cox Tracey, Sr. In Melbourne, Florida he married Roberta A. Tripp, who survives.

Tom graduated from St. Thomas Moore High School in Philadelphia and was a self employed printer for many years in Center City Philadelphia.

He was a former member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport. He loved being on his boat fishing in the back bays of Florida. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Michael (Judith) Tracey of Deptford, NJ; a daughter, Michelle Tracey of Lawnside, NJ; two grandsons; three step-children: Tracey (Rod) Medeiros-Rodrigues of Aviano, Italy, Joseph Medeiros of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and David (Melanie) Medeiros of Fairhaven, Massachusetts; and three step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Tracey; and his longtime companion, Marie Walsh.

At Tom’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in St. Denis Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Ceres United Methodist Church, 9289 School Street, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; the Shinglehouse Food Cupboard, c/o Jean Taylor, 9451 School Street, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

DEP ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON STORMWATER PERMIT REVISIONS

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting comments on proposed revisions to a municipal stormwater general permit that are expected to reduce discharge of pollutants and to satisfy requirements of the Clean Water Act, according to DEP Secretary John Hanger. Since 2002, designated small municipal separate storm water systems have been required to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. By law, the permit must be reviewed and renewed every five years, and Pennsylvania is currently operating under an extension of the review.

Throughout June, DEP has conducted a number of public meetings and public hearings on the revisions to explain the NPDES general permit and solicit comments.

“This NPDES general permit is not a new requirement,” Hanger said. “It does not implement or relate to any new or proposed regulations at either the federal or state level; however it provides a template for meeting existing federal and state water quality regulations. “A proposed section relating to total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs, has been incorporated into the permit to assist those municipalities that are required to meet water quality standards where the waters are impaired,” Hanger explained. A TMDL is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive and still safely meet water quality standards. “This proposed section will help municipalities comply with these water quality improvement requirements,” he said.

Most municipalities that are required to obtain or renew their permit will be eligible to use this NPDES general permit. Municipalities can elect to use a more customized approach by using an individual NPDES permit process as an alternative to the DEP proposed NPDES general permit.

The public comment period for submitting written comments ends July 6. Comments should be submitted to Barry Newman, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Watershed Management, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8775, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774, or by e-mail to eppag13comments@state.pa.us. The Department will not accept comments submitted by facsimile or by voice mail.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Stormwater Management

PA Game Commission Charges 12 For Illegally Selling & Posessing Native Reptiles

Commission Files Charges Following Investigation of Reptile Sales

Harrisburg, PA – An 18-month investigation by the Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Bureau of Law Enforcement has resulted in a dozen individuals from three states being charged with illegally selling and possessing native reptiles.

“It is alleged that the defendants offered to sell reptiles unlawfully either via advertisements on the internet or at trade shows,” said Jeff Bridi, the commission’s assistant director of law enforcement. “Further investigation uncovered evidence of unlawful importation and possession as well as other criminal offenses.”

Reptiles which are native to Pennsylvania include wood turtles, eastern box turtles, spotted turtles, snapping turtles, timber rattlesnakes and copperheads.

As part of the investigation, PFBC officers posed as reptile collectors and made contact with many of the subjects through e-mail and in some cases directly at trade shows. After purchasing the reptiles, officers served search warrants at a number of locations to obtain additional evidence. The defendants are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Populations of many native species of reptiles and amphibians are in decline due to a variety of factors including habitat loss. “The unlawful collection of animals from the wild can be another stressor on populations and for this reason the sale of most native reptiles and amphibians is prohibited under regulations enforced by the Commission,” Bridi said. “Revised regulations which became effective in 2007 further limited the taking, possession and importation of species of reptiles and amphibians found in the state and made their sale unlawful.”

The Commission charges approximately 18 individuals each year with the illegal importation, sale or possession of native reptiles and amphibians. This was the largest undercover operation conducted by the Commission and resulted in the highest number of individuals being charged at one time.

Pennsylvania residents charged following the investigation include Wesley Allison and Nicholas Aponti of Schwenksville, Montgomery County; Paul Cooper of Lititz, Lancaster County; Debra Cross of Atglen, Chester County; Michael Percival of Throop, Lackawanna County; Kevin Stanford of Dunmore, Lackawanna County; and Peter Terefenko of Reading, Berks County. Those charged from out of state include Michael Brooks of Holbrook, N.Y.; Thomas Caucci of Mays Landing, N.J.; Frederick Lee of Berkeley Heights, N.J.; Justin Munsterman of Fishkill, N.Y.; and Darren Paolini of Newburgh, N.Y.

If convicted, the defendants face fines of $50 to $500 per offense. Bridi added that the investigation is still ongoing and that other individuals may still face charges.

The Commission received cooperation and assistance during this wide-ranging investigation from officers of other conservation agencies including the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife; the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Criminal Investigation; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Pennsylvania State Police provided invaluable support during aspects of the investigation as well.

For further information on Pennsylvania’s native reptiles and amphibians as well as a summary of the laws and regulations pertaining to them please visit the Commission’s website at www.fishandboat.com. The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.

Congratulations Kathy Brooks

When Kathy Brooks got a surprise call to meet with the Potter County Commissioners today, she probably thought she was getting the axe, but co-workers reported that the commissioners, instead, honored her with a Certificate Of Appreciation Plaque from PEMA and 911 for 25 years of dedicated service as the Potter County Emergency Management Agency Administrative Assistant.

Man Charged After Scuffle On Harrison Fox Hill Road

Domestic Incident
Coudersport based State Police are investigating a harassment that occurred at a residence on Harrison Fox Hill Road in Harrison Township on Tuesday morning.


Police say Paul Bethlehem, 18, of 391 Harrison Fox Hill Road, Westfield, PA entered into a verbal argument with a female victim. He is accused of pushing the victim against a wall inside the residence.

Charges were filed in District Court 55-4-03 for one count of PA/CC 2709(a)(1)- Harassment.

Coudersport Borough Schedules Public Hearing On Possibility Of Enacting A Snow Plowing Ordinance

PUBLIC HEARING

The Coudersport Borough will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday evening July 8, 2009 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at 43 Damascus Road, Coudersport Borough Maintenance Facility.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive input from anyone interested in snow plowing within the Borough or anyone that has concerns or comments regarding the handling of snow plowing within the Borough.

The Borough Council has been anticipating the possibility of an ordinance regulating snow plowing within the Borough, and to possibly require an application process to register those plowing commercially, as well as implementing certain regulations for snow removal.

This hearing is open to the public and council would like to hear your comments.

Currency Stolen From Drop Box At Ox Yoke Inn

A Galeton business reported a theft of $328.00 overnight on May 9-10th.

The Ox Yoke Inn on US Route 6 in Pike Township was the victim. Coudersport troopers said someone stole the money from the drop box located inside the inn and left the scene. The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to call PSP at 814-274-8690.

Motor Vehicle Accident Reported On West Eldred Road

MVA With Entrapment
At 2:00 PM on Thursday, Eldred Township Firefighters, Eldred Boro Ambulance and Medic 16 are responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the West Eldred Road in the area of Fowler Brook Road, where a person is reported to be entrapped.

Older Horton Gets 2 to 10 Years In State Prison For His Part In Oil Spill

Andrew Horton Sentenced

Andrew Horton will spend the next two to 10 years in state prison for conspiring with his son to cause an oil spill in the Allegheny National Forest because he was upset with his former employer.

Horton pleaded guilty in April to charges that he dropped off his son, 22-year-old Christopher Horton, to vandalize Snyder Brothers oil storage tanks in August.

Christopher Horton opened valves spilling 46,000 gallons of oil onto the forest and into a stream, killing thousands of fish and other aquatic life as well as several small mammals.

Christopher Horton is serving three to six years in prison for state and federal convictions.

The Hortons have also been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution.

Potter McKean Softball Tonite At Port Allegany

6:00 PM At Edison Bates LL Field

The Potter McKean 11 &12 year old softball team will be hosting Northeast Bradford tonight at 6pm at the Little League Field on Edison Bates Drive in Port Allegany. Please note – field location change.

PEMA, PA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASE SCHOOL EMERGENCY PLANNING TOOLKIT

PEMA RELEASE

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and state Department of Education announced today that the “All-Hazards” School Safety Planning Toolkit is now available for schools, school districts and emergency responders in Pennsylvania.

The planning toolkit includes essential resources, such as legal citations, guidelines and other reference material, to help plan for all types of emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made.

The kit is available at www.pema.state.pa.us. There, click on “Forms and Documents” and then “Plans, Guides and Presentations.”

“We want to provide every resource possible for our schools and districts to provide a safe and secure learning environment for their students,” said Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak. “We know that students excel when they’re in a safe and positive climate, which enables them to reach their full academic potential and become productive members of our workforce.”

“This toolkit is an invaluable resource that can be a starting point to open an emergency preparedness discussion with local emergency officials,” said Robert P. French, PEMA director. “That cooperation between schools and their local emergency management agency and first responders facilitates the development of an effective and thorough emergency preparedness plan that keeps students and faculty safe, as well as first responders who are called to an incident.”

The toolkit was developed by a team of personnel from PEMA and Department of Education, as well as the Center for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Pennsylvania State Police, South Central PA Task Force, participating schools and intermediate units, and private citizens.

Additional school safety and security resources can be found at PDE’s Web site at www.pde.state.pa.us.

Information about emergency preparedness for citizens and businesses is available online at www.ReadyPA.org.