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Monday, December 31, 2007

Winter Storm Warning

Statement as of 8:53 PM EST on December 31, 2007

... A fast moving storm will bring snow to ring in the New Year
followed by windy and colder conditions with snow squalls and
areas of lake effect snow into Wednesday...

... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 5 am Tuesday to 3 PM EST
... Winter Storm Watch no longer in effect...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Storm Warning... which is in effect from 5 am Tuesday to 3 PM EST
Wednesday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Snow showers and locally heavy snow squalls will accompany a cold
front as it arrives shortly before dawn Tuesday morning. South
winds will increase to 2o to 30 mph... causing poor visibility with
areas of blowing and drifting snow. 2 to 3 inches of accumulation
is expected with this first round of snow.

Snow showers... heavy at times... will continue from late Tuesday
morning through Wednesday afternoon... with continued blowing and
drifting snow as west to northwest winds gust between 30 and 40
mph. Near whiteout conditions may occur at times with significant
additional accumulation.

By late Wednesday afternoon... total snow accumulations should
range from 6 to 10 inches in many areas... with locally higher
amounts in the favored lake effect snow belt of northwest Warren
County... and on the ridges of Somerset County.

2 Railroads Sold

An Exton, Pa. company has acquired the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, a 38-mile freight line, and the Tioga Central Railroad, which operates a scenic passenger train.

The Myles Group said it acquired the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad from its owner, Richard D. Robey. It had been operated as a subsidiary of the North Shore Railroad, based in Northumberland, Pa.

In a separate but related transaction, the Myles Group acquired Tioga Central Railroad, which operates a scenic train ride from Wellsboro Junction located off Route 287 just north of Wellsboro. From Star Gazette

Principals in the new ownership group are A.T. Myles, president and chief executive officer; A.T. Myles IV, chief financial officer, and W.B. Myles, chief operating officer.

Rep. Martin Causer Schedules Hours

Here For You
Satellite Office Hours in January
Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season. In 2008, I will continue my efforts to make government more accessible to you by scheduling monthly outreach office hours in communities throughout the 67th Legislative District. Here is our January schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 3:

Emporium Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Port Allegany Borough Office – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Eldred Borough Office – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 7:

Ulysses Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Galeton Borough Office – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WW2 Museum To Charge Admission

WESB News: 12/31/07- Museum to Start Charging Admission

Because of rising costs, the Eldred World War II Museum will begin charging admission for the first time, beginning with the New Year.

Adults will be charged $5. There will be no charge for anyone 18 and younger.

The current display — the End of the War — focuses on 1945, with pictures, newspapers, manuals, medals and other artifacts of the returning World War II soldier on display in the museum’s Blue Room.

Woman Under Influence Crashes On West Bingham Road

A Salamanca woman suffered major injuries Saturday night when her car rolled over twice during a one-car crash on West Bingham Road in Genesee Township, Potter County.

Valerie S. Tucker, 40, was traveling north on West Bingham Road when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a berm, causing her car to roll over.

Tucker was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville before being flown to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for treatment.

Pennsylvania State Police allege that Tucker was driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance at the time of the crash. Charges are pending.

From Star Gazette

Portville Woman Critically Injured In Peet Brook Crash

A Portville woman was critically injured Saturday night in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Peet Brook Road in Allegany Township, Potter County.

Susanne E. Isaman, 60, was traveling north on Peet Brook Road when her car and a vehicle heading south and driven by Emily M. Martin, 20, of Genesee, met at the crest of a blind spot hill top.

Pennsylvania State Police say that Martin swerved to avoid a collision and struck Isaman's car head-on.

Martin, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Isaman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital before being life-flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

Police cited Martin for a summary traffic violation. From star Gazette.

Cops Chase Stolen Car 31 Miles In McKean County

A Kentucky man was sent to McKean County Prison in Smethport after leading Bradford Township Police on a 31-mile high speed chase starting on Minard Run Road and ending in Kane Borough Saturday night.

Francis E. Wilkins, 20, of Owensboro, Ky., was driving a truck involved in an accident at 7:09 p.m. Saturday on Minard Run Road when the truck was attempting to back into a driveway at 118 Minard Run Road, according to Bradford Township Police.

Upon investigation, officers discovered that Wilkins’ truck was stolen from Florence, Ky. Wilkins was handcuffed and placed in the back of a Bradford Township Police patrol car where he escaped through a window, fled on foot and headed into the woods, police said.

Information from Bradford Era--Click on Title to See the whole story in the ERA.

State Farm Show: An ‘udderly’ fun time

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Abigail, above left, and Alexis McEwen, of Harrisburg, attempt to “milk” a plastic cow at the 90th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg in this 2006 photo.
December 30, 2007

My idea of dying and going to Heaven would be to spend eternity at the Pennsylvania Farm Show food court.

Fortunately, I shouldn’t have to wait until I leave the land of the living for that to happen. The farm show is set for Jan. 5 through Jan. 12 at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

The food court, which is comprised of 11 Pennsylvania commodity groups such as the state Dairymen’s Association and state Livestock Association, offers visitors a snapshot of the diversity and quality of Pennsylvania food producers.

A partial list of featured food items include ice cream, milk shakes, cheese sticks, deep-fried mushrooms, fruit and vegetable salads, barbecued beef and pork, burgers and hot dogs, lamb stew, baked potatoes, maple syrup products, blooming onions, chicken wings, apple dumplings, fresh-cut french fries, doughnuts and pastries, soups and chowders.

Last year, the food court sold more than $1.

Man Injured At Hawbaker Quarry

Volunteer firefighters prepare to load an injured man into a medical helicopter late Sunday morning at the Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.’s quarry on Sulpher Springs Road in Armstrong Township. The victim, believed to be a Hawbaker employee in his 40s, apparently was injured when the tractor he was operating went over a steep embankment while he was logging about 400 yards from the quarry’s entrance, according to Barry Hohman, chief of Citizens Fire Co. in South Williamsport. Firefighters needed to use ropes and rigging gear in order to reach the man, whose identity was not released. It is believed the mishap occurred about 9:30 a.m., but it was another 45 minutes before another employee discovered it, Hohman said. The victim was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, for treatment of head and leg injuries. Efforts to reach a Hawbaker spokesman were unsuccessful. Firefighters from South Williamsport, DuBoistown, and Nisbet as well as a paramedic supervisor assisted at the scene.

UPDATE: Steve Lorson, 48, of DuBoistown, remained in serious condition in Geisinger, a hospital spokesman said.

Lorson was injured while operating his own farm tractor at the Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. excavation site along Sulphur Springs Road about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Herman Logue, vice president for construction at Hawbaker’s.

“He was cutting firewood at the site for his own personal use,” Logue said of Lorson, who is employed by the company as a truck driver.

“As he was dragging a log, the log snagged on a tree. The tree then hit him in the head, knocking him out. The tractor then went down a 100-foot embankment,” pinning Lorson underneath it until volunteer firefighters freed him, Logue said.

Lorson’s brother was at the excavation site, and ran to get help after witnessing the mishap, Logue said he was told.

Woman Critical After Being Run Over

WESB News: 12/31/07 - Woman Backs Over Another in Parking Lot

A Bradford woman is in critical condition after being run over by a vehicle Sunday morning in a bank parking lot.

20-year-old Alissa Cameron was taken to Hamot Medical Center after an SUV driven by 19-year-old Nikole Smock backed over her.

Smock is accused of leaving the scene after the incident. Smock was arraigned on several charges and was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of 50 thousand dollars cash bail.

Area Obituaries

ANDREWS SETTLEMENT, Pa. - Marjorie T. Burnett, 87, of Andrews Settlement, Pa., died Saturday (Dec. 29, 2007) in her home.

LITTLE GENESEE - Richard N. Ploetz,27, of 415 Sanford Hollow, Little Genesee, and 98 Kent Blvd., Salamanca, died Thursday (Dec. 28, 2007) in the Olean General Hospital emergency room.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Nancy R. Burnham, 63, of Shinglehouse, Pa., formerly of Crosby, Minn., died Monday (Dec. 24, 2007).

Sunday, December 30, 2007

PUC cracking down on 'Amish taxi' drivers
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Bonnie Huzinec, 56, is an outspoken neighbor of Amish families near Luthersburg, Pa., who provides transportation to the Amish families in her area.

LUTHERSBURG, Pa. -- Bonnie Huzinec was stacking bags of groceries in her van when a cluster of bonnet-clad women approached and discreetly asked whether she was busy.

Like Mrs. Huzinec, the Amish women had been shopping at the Sav-a-Lot store in Dubois, Clearfield County. Unlike her, their religious prohibitions against owning or operating vehicles had forced them to hire a driver for the 10-mile round trip to town and back to their tidy farms.

But when the driver didn't show up for the return leg, the women asked Mrs. Huzinec if she'd take them home. So began her relationship with her Amish neighbors, who for five years now have sought her help and her white Chevy Blazer to get to weddings, funerals, midwives and destinations involving too many miles and congested highways to manage in horse-drawn buggies.

"I go wherever they want me to go. They call me or knock on my door,'' said Mrs. Huzinec, 56, who grew up near this rural village, moved away as an adult and returned six years ago to settle in a white bungalow on a hillside tucked between Amish fields.

"It's been a gift for me to be part of another culture. They're like family, and you take care of your family," she said.

Mrs. Huzinec and others around Luthersburg estimate that she is one of as many as 300 "English,'' or non-Amish, people who serve as drivers for a thriving enclave of more than 350 Amish families spanning the boundaries of Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties.

A few drivers have paid for official certificates and commercial insurance required by state regulations. By far, most have not, operating instead within a jitney-style system in which they are compensated with cash, bartered goods or promised services.

But complaints in recent months have prompted the state Public Utility Commission to crack down on unlicensed "Amish taxis'' operating here and elsewhere in the state.

PUC stakeouts

In November, PUC enforcement officers held a public meeting in Luthersburg to explain certification requirements and potential fines for violations to more than 200 people, many of them Amish -- a rare turnout for a non-Amish gathering.

Officers have been staking out and confronting drivers who are believed to accept money for transporting Amish people. In the past year, the PUC also has issued 95 letters of warning in the three counties and is considering $1,000 fines for those who refuse to stop.

The PUC also plans a similar campaign aimed at Amish residents and unlicensed drivers in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties, spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said.

The stepped-up enforcement has been the talk of Luthersburg and surrounding communities, creating tension between people who supplement their incomes by driving Amish people and those who support state efforts to bring drivers into compliance.

"Oh, it's crazy. It's very big out here,'' said Val Henry, 38, who, with her husband, Dan, runs a market and auto repair business in Luthersburg. She said 75 percent of her customers hire out as Amish taxis because they are laid off from other businesses, on disability or retired with tight incomes.

"Some people, all they have to do is to drive,'' she said. "But some people really have a problem with it."

Amish people summon non-Amish drivers in person or by telephone. Some have their own cell phones and some borrow them, Mrs. Henry said. Others walk to modest three-sided wooden shanties built along country roads to house telephones, then dial a number selected from lists tacked to the walls.

Drivers are cagey about what and how they charge. But generally, compensation is pegged to time, gas prices and mileage. Meals and lodging are provided during overnight stays or longer trips to other states.

"There are secrets," said Mrs. Huzinec, a feisty widow who lives with her mother and two youngest children. "But if I need work done around here, [Amish friends] do it.

"I get gifts. My kids get gifts. It's bartering," she said. "What is the problem?"

Mrs. Huzinec, other residents who wouldn't give their names, and even two Amish men who broke with tradition to speak briefly while walking on a snow-packed road outside Luthersburg, said they were particularly upset that PUC officers had confronted and warned drivers and Amish passengers in Dubois and Punxsutawney.

That hasn't happened to her, Mrs. Huzinec said, but she said she knows drivers who "were scared to death" by those encounters. She contended that state enforcement officers have unfairly targeted her placid community to "profile" Amish passengers.

She also complained that most drivers lack funds to comply with state requirements, and that some drivers who do meet the requirements charge exorbitant rates for short trips.

"To me, it's extortion. Pennsylvania does not realize what the Amish do for this state," she said, ticking off farms, lumber businesses, food stores and other Amish businesses in her community. "A lot of people are very rude, very ignorant about the Amish."

What the PUC wants

But Ms. Kocher said the PUC requires anyone who transports others for compensation to obtain a certificate of public convenience, which costs $350 and is renewed each year. Drivers with certificates are monitored to ensure they and their vehicles adhere to rules covering rates and territories, meet safety standards and maintain commercial insurance, Ms. Kocher said.

"It's different than something occasional, like taking a neighbor to a grocery store," she said. "We understand that people who are being looked at in one area think they are being picked on. But we are trying to protect the public interest and public safety."

The commission issues certificates for two categories of for-compensation vehicles: metered taxis, which must meet more stringent regulations; and paratransit carriers, which include passenger cars to 15-passenger vans, Ms. Kocher said. Commercial insurance fees vary for paratransit vehicles but can cost up to $6,000 annually, she said.

The paratransit category includes vehicles used to drive people "whose personal convictions prevent them from driving or operating a vehicle,'' including Amish people, Ms. Kocher said. Regulation is necessary to guarantee safety of drivers and paying passengers who, in the event of an accident, would not be covered by non-commercial insurance, she said.

Only six drivers have obtained paratransit certificates from the PUC's district office in Altoona, Blair County, which covers Clearfield, Jefferson, Indiana and a dozen other counties in central Pennsylvania, Ms. Kocher said. Since the enforcement campaign began, 13 others have applied for certificates, she said.

Ms. Kocher said nine enforcement officers work out of the Altoona district office and 40 officers work statewide, responding to "surges of activity." They investigate complaints from tipsters as well as drivers who comply with regulations but must compete with those who do not.

"We're not targeting weddings or funerals or functions,'' she said. "We're targeting routine trips where people who are certificated and are following the rules are saying, 'Wait a minute here.' "

Ms. Kocher said officers have authority to conduct stops and safety checks. But they generally wait outside a suspected destination and question drivers and passengers when they arrive or are about to leave, she said.

Officers may be in uniform or in plainclothes, but will have identification. They will ask to see a suspected driver's state certificate and, if one is not produced, will question passengers about the circumstances of their trip, she said.

Or, they may merely note the driver's license number and send a cease-and-desist letter later, Ms. Kocher said. Officers also may send letters to people whose telephone numbers have been posted inside publicly accessible Amish phone shanties, she said.

The PUC pursued fines for paratransit violations against two drivers in the Altoona district and five others around the state in the past year, but Ms. Kocher could not say if those cases involved Amish passengers. By contrast, she said, the commission issued more than 450 warning letters in the past six months and 45 fines in the last two years against unlicensed jitneys, which the commission classifies as taxis rather than paratransit vehicles, in Pittsburgh. The PUC does not have jurisdiction over cab operations in Philadelphia. The commission issued 337 warning letters to unlicensed paratransit operators around the state in the last year.

Mrs. Huzinec said she and other drivers recently contacted the American Civil Liberties Union about their contention that Amish drivers have been unfairly singled out for enforcement because their passengers are more easily identified.

Witold Walczak, legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, confirmed that his organization is looking at the issue. The ACLU recognizes the PUC's authority to regulate transportation for hire, but wants to determine if PUC officers first obtain evidence to justify stopping and questioning people suspected of "Driving while with Amish,'' Mr. Walczak said.

"The fact that you've got an 'English' person giving rides to one or more Amish persons does not constitute probable cause that this is an illegal jitney service," he said. "If we acquired evidence that these stops are occurring routinely, we would strongly consider going into federal court. You wonder why is the government spending these kind of resources?''

In the meantime, the threat of potential fines does not faze Mrs. Huzinec. She said her phone shanty and her Blazer will be remain available to Amish neighbors, who've invited her to weddings and funerals and have given her a treasured, painstakingly stitched blue-and-white Starburst quilt.

"I told other drivers, 'If you turn your back on this, it's like how Hitler started.' A lot of them have quit, [saying] 'I can't afford a fine,' " she said. "But I'm not [quitting.] I'll do it for spite.''

Cindi Lash can be reached at or 412-263-1973.
First published on December 30, 2007 at 1:50 am

Drunk Driving--Troopers Have Spies

By James Jones

Used to be if you stopped for a few drinks and managed to drive home without wrecking your car, you got away with driving drunk. There were only a few troopers to cover entire counties and chances are you could get home without being noticed.

But that was before police enlisted thousands of volunteers to watch your driving.

With the advent of cellular phones and working cell service on many of the highways in the area, there is hardly a day that goes by that area police are not alerted to at least one driver who is not driving properly and appears to be under the influence.

Other drivers, recognizing that a driver may be impaired, call 911 or their local PSP barracks and give police a play by play report of where the drunk driver is located, what he is doing, and where he stops.

Police cars are dispatched immediately, and if there is not a trooper in the area, a local police officer is sent to intercept.

Once intercepted, the driver is subjected to field sobriety tests, possibly an intoxilizer test and maybe dragged off to the nearest hospital for a blood test. Pennsylvania law has reduced the amount of alcohol in the blood from .1 to .08 for legal intoxication.

Penalties have become so severe that a person definitely can not afford a DUI conviction. License suspension, prohibitive car insurance rates, stiff fines, and possible some time in jail have made drinking and driving not compatible.

And thats only if you don't have an accident. If you are drunk and have an accident, you could end up in jail for 7 years if someone is killed.

Bottom line: If you plan on drinking this New Years, do it at home, or make sure you have a non-drinker to transport you.

Best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year.

Storm To Bring Snow Sunday Night

Statement as of 2:10 AM EST on December 30, 2007

... Fast moving storm to bring snow to northern Pennsylvania...

... Snow Advisory in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 am EST

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Snow
Advisory... which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 am EST

Light snow will move into the area from the south late this
afternoon and early this evening... and continue through most of
the night. The heaviest snow will most likely fall between 8 PM
and 3 am. The snow should taper off around sunrise on Monday

Expect accumulations of generally 2 to 3 inches with 4 or 5
inches possible on the hill tops.

A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel
difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited
visibilities... and use caution while driving.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Two Car Accident On Peet Brook Road


Fire/rescue personnel from Genesee, Wellsville, and Coudersport are on to the scene of a two car motor vehicle accident near 1876 Peet Brook Road.

Initial reports indicated injuries involved. A medical helicopter has been requested.

Area Obituaries

GORG, Terry "Gordy" A. ,52, of Galeton, PA, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2007, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born April 9, 1955 in Wellsboro, he was the son of Arnold and the late Helen (Steadman) Gorg. He was a graduate of Galeton High School. In 1986, in Galeton, he married the former Betty Stiles. Mr. Gorg was a truck driver for many years, owning and operating his own truck. He was a former member of the Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose #826 and the Galeton VFW, Post 5956. Terry greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren. Surviving are: his loving wife and best friend, Betty Gorg; father, Arnold Gorg of Galeton; a son, Nathan (Misty Gleason) Bennett of Galeton; daughters, Tasha (Ricky McCullen) Gorg of Sabinsville, PA, Janelle (Aaron Stahley) Gorg of Galeton; a brother, Clifford Gorg of Coudersport; grandchildren, Brooklynn McCullen and the joy of his life, Boppy's Boys, Preston "Bubba" Pond and Devin "Little Bugger" Stahley; aunts, Irene Mashula of Galeton and Helen Lazorchak of Germania; uncles, Perry (Pauline) Gorg of Gaines, PA, and Joseph (Jackie) Steadman of Galeton; mother-in-law, Margie (Remo) Lostracco of Niagara Falls, NY; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Helen Gorg and his father-in-law, James Stiles. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA on Sunday, December 30, 2007, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Monday, December 31, 2007, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate. Pallbearers will be Albert "Sonny" Gorg, Jody Gorg, Jeff Lazorchak, Lance Tarr, Craig Rukgaber, and Terry Allen. Interment will be in Parker Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gale Hose Ambulance Association or the Goodyear Fire Company.

JORDAN, Charles L. ,73, of Galeton, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007, in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Born December 8, 1934 in Port Allegany, he was the son of Elsie (Jerles) Wilson and the late Walter Jordan. He was a graduate of Galeton High School. Mr. Jordan was retired. He was a member of the Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose #826 and the Galeton VFW, Post 5956. Charlie was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Surviving are: his wife, Betty (Harris) Zinn-Jordan; his mother; a son, Jon (Irene) Jordan of Rochester; daughters, Laurie (Burley) Chillcott of Webster, NY, Margaret Jordan of Rochester, NY, Heather Durant and Heidi Tellez, both of Portland, OR; a stepdaughter and granddaughter, Amy and Hannah Rose Zinn of Galeton; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Charles Jordan in 2006. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Friday, December 28, 2007, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the West Pike Baptist Church on Saturday, December 29, 2007, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

BURNETT, Marjorie T.of Andrews Settlement, PA, 87, died Saturday, December 29, 2007, in her home. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

LOUCKS, Doris Bertha, Age 80, of 78 Southard Road, Middlebury Center, PA, formerly of Westfield, PA, passed away Friday, December 28, 2007, at her residence. She was born February 12, 1927 in Livingston Manor, NY, the daughter of Frank and Mabel Page Rosengrant. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Marsh Creek Fellowship Baptist Church. Survived by daughters, Regina Springman and Alan Guill, Elkland, PA, Brenda (Zachary) Thoman, Codorus, PA; sons, Dennis (Jane) Loucks, Elkland, PA, Samuel Loucks and Elizabeth McCullen, Westfield, PA, Frederick (Carol) Loucks, Mt. Jackson, VA, Randy (Vicki) Loucks, Little Marsh, PA; brother, Bennie (Linda) Rosengrant, Middlebury Center, PA; 26 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, David; daughters, Elsie Hanes and Sandra Loucks; grandson, Sheldon Kennedy; great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Kennedy; and two brothers and two sisters. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Monday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., immediately following the visitation. Pastor Everman, Offc. Burial in Tioga County Memorial Gardens, Mansfield, PA.

WELLSVILLE - Florence R. Carpenter, 89, formerly of Wellsville, died Friday (Dec. 28, 2007) at St. John’s Home in Rochester, where she had resided since November 2001.

DOUSMAN, Wis. - Nancy R. Burnham, 63, of Dousman, Wis., formerly of Emily, Minn., and Shinglehouse, Pa., died Monday (Dec. 24, 2007).

LITTLE GENESEE - Richard N. Ploetz, 27, of 98 Kent Blvd., Salamanca and 415 Sanford Hollow, Little Genesee, died Thursday (Dec. 28, 2007) in the Olean General Hospital emergency room.

Police Reports

•Ryan W. Schrader, 25, of Texas, was arrested Dec. 19 on an outstanding warrant. During the arrest, Schrader also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Steven C. Heindel, 50, of Coudersport, was charged Dec. 23 with simple assault. He was arraigned on the charges in Galeton District Court and released on $5,000 bail.

•Everard F. Marvin, 49, of Roulette, was charged Dec. 23 with driving under the influence after a traffic stop on U.S. Route 6 in Roulette Township.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Ryan Dexter Jailed In Shinglehouse Burglaries

WESB News: 12/28/07 - Shinglehouse Man Charged with Burglary

A Shinglehouse man has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing three businesses earlier this month.

25-year-old Ryan Dexter is accused of breaking into Newton's Subs and Pizza, Vinny's Auto and Hunt's Car Wash.

After a short investigation, police search Dexter's house and found several items taken from the businesses, along with burglary tools. He's also accused of taking about 13 hundred dollars. Damages are in excess of 1 thousand dollars.

Dexter was remanded to Potter County Jail.
HARRISBURG -- Eight people were killed in traffic crashes investigated by State Police during the five-day Christmas holiday driving period, State Police Commissioner Col. Jeffrey B. Miller said today.
In addition to the eight fatalities, 236 people were injured in the 964 crashes to which troopers responded. Miller said 118 of the crashes, including two of the fatal crashes, were alcohol-related. Six of the eight people killed were not wearing a seat belt, he said.
Miller said troopers issued 2,264 speeding citations during the holiday driving period; arrested 308 people for driving under the influence; cited 161 operators for not wearing seat belts; and issued 18 citations for not securing children in child safety seats.

Senator Arlen Specter Was In Pakistan

WESB News: 12/28/07 - Specter in Pakistan During Assassination specterbhutto.jpg
Senator Arlen Specter had been scheduled to meet Thursday with former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and President Pervez Musharraf.

They were advised to leave the country by the State Department after Bhutto's assassination.

Specter says that he and Congressman Patrick Kennedy were to dine with Musharraf and meet later in the night with Bhutto.

He said he heard about the attack on Bhutto as he was dressing for the dinner with Musharraf. He says our foreign policy had relied on her presence as a stabilizing force.

After learning that she was dead, Specter, Kennedy and Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, laid flowers under Bhutto's photograph at her campaign headquarters in what they described as an unsettling atmosphere. Specter said he felt apprehensive about being an American there out at night.
Photo Courtesy of Senator Specter's Office

Roulette Man DUI After Snowmobile Hits House

WESB News: 12/28/07 - Man Charged with DUI on Snowmobile

A Roulette man was arrested Thursday and charged with driving a snowmobile into a house on December 20th.

State Police say Dustin Mahon lost control of his sled and drove into a home owned by Joe McDowell also of Roulette. There was property damage to the house in the accident.

Mahon is facing DUI charges and other summary offenses.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Terry Harris Guilty On All Counts

A former Harrison Valley man was found guilty recently by a Potter County jury of all counts involving the sexual assault of an 8 year old left in his care, while she was in the third grade.

Terry Lee Harris, 37, is free on $25,000. bail while it is determined if he is a sexually violent predator. After that determination is made, he will be sentenced. He faces a mandatory 5 year minimum sentence. The girl, who is now 13, testified via video camera from the Judges Chambers.

Harris faces another trial in the alleged sexual assault of another young girl in the near future.

Information from an article in the Potter Leader Enterprise by Kimberley Hoak. See the complete article in the December 19, 2007 issue.

Gasoline Goes Up A Dime Today

Gasoline went up a dime today. Had to make an early morning trip to Port Allegany. Stations there were raising the price of gasoline from $2.99 a gallon to $3.09 a gallon

Stocks Take A Dive

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States To Battle Invasive Species

WESB News: 12/27/07 - PA, New York Battling Invasive Species

The Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council has launched a new website for consumers and producers to learn more about how the state is protecting against invasive plants, animals and insects. The council is made up of agency heads responsible for the conservation of agriculture and natural resources, and for the protection of public health.

You can learn more about the council at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January or, if you're not going to be in Harrisburg during the next couple of weeks, you can you can get information online by clicking on Invasive Species Council at the state agriculture department web site.

Meanwhile, New York has just established the Office of Invasive Species, which will map and record threats to native wildlife. The new DEC office will involve biologists and forests in developing ways to combat invaders, while raising public awareness.

Accident North Of Shinglehouse On Rt. 44

Shinglehouse firemen have responded to a one vehicle accident north of the Boro on Rt. 44 where a woman is reported injured.

Area Obituaries

JORDAN, Charles L. ,73, of Galeton, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007, in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Born December 8, 1934 in Port Allegany, he was the son of Elsie (Jerles) Wilson and the late Walter Jordan. He was a graduate of Galeton High School. Mr. Jordan was retired. He was a member of the Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose #826 and the Galeton VFW, Post 5956. Charlie was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Surviving are: his wife, Betty (Harris) Zinn-Jordan; his mother; a son, Jon (Irene) Jordan of Rochester; daughters, Laurie (Burley) Chillcott of Webster, NY, Margaret Jordan of Rochester, NY, Heather Durant and Heidi Tellez, both of Portland, OR; a stepdaughter and granddaughter, Amy and Hannah Rose Zinn of Galeton; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Charles Jordan in 2006. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Friday, December 28, 2007, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the West Pike Baptist Church on Saturday, December 29, 2007, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

PALMATIER, Philip F., 79, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, December 24, 2007, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Born on August 15, 1928 in Coudersport, he was the son of Harry C. Palmatier, Sr. and Sophia Mosch Palmatier. On September 3, 1949 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he married Alfreda Osborne who survives. Mr. Palmatier was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was formerly employed as an appraiser with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He has also worked at Agway and with the American Silver Truss Co. and was a lifetime farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Navy, where he retired as Captain after 33 years of service. He was a member and twice commander of American Legion Potter Post 192 in Coudersport. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post 7810 of Austin, Eulalia Lodge #342 F.&A.M., Coudersport Consistory, Potter Commandery #69 Knights Templar, and a past member of the Coudersport Rotary Club. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Curt (Judy) Palmatier of Montrose, PA, Chris (Jami) Palmatier of Virginia Beach, VA; five daughters, Connie (Bill) Plummer of Westfield, PA, Carol Bliss of Marion, NY, Cindy (Kevin) Sharp of Ulysses, PA, Cathy (Brent) Cole and Celia (Robert) Kio, both of Coudersport; a daughter-in-law, Beryle A. Palmatier of Spring Mills, PA; 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry C. (Eugenia) Palmatier, Jr. of Coudersport; a sister, Irene (Almon) Freeman of Ulysses, PA; a brother-in-law, Milton Freeman of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Commander Philip F. "Jet" Palmatier, Jr.; two grandsons, Matthew Allen Palmatier and Jeremy Kio; and two sisters, Eleanor Dingman and Betty Freeman. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2007, at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday at the American Legion Potter Post 192 in Coudersport with Reverend H. D. Youngblood, Jr. officiating. Military Rites will be accorded at the service by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Care Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

PORTVILLE - Roger Sutter of 154 Brooklyn St. died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2007) in his home following a long illness.

Nelson Sues Commissioners In McKean

WESB News: 12/27/07 - Former EMA Director Sues Commissioners

Steve Nelson, the former director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency has filed a civil suit against the three McKean County Commissioners.

Nelson is suing commissioners Clifford Lane, Bruce Burdick and John Egbert individually.

Details of Nelson’s departure from the emergency management agency remain unknown.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

House Fire In Galeton

Galeton, Germania, and Clymer fire departments are responding to a working structure fire on Park Lane in Galeton at 8:45 pm.

Tractor Trailer Burns

WESB News: 12/26.07 - Fire Threatens Lewis Run Crosby Mart

Firefighters were called to the Lewis Run Crosby Mart for a tractor-trailer fire that was endangering the building.

The fire started with brake problems in the rig at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the flames were about 40 feet from the building at one point.

Lewis Run firefighters were on the scene until just before 8 p.m.

Movie Gallery Files Plan

Movie Gallery Inc. has filed a reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and hopes to complete the process by mid-2008.

The Dothan, Ala.-based movie rental company has a Jan. 29 hearing with the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond to consider approval of the plan.

Movie Gallery expects to ask the bankruptcy court to confirm the plan early in the second quarter of 2008 and hopes to emerge from bankruptcy shortly thereafter.

Movie Gallery, once the second-largest movie rental company in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy in October after two years of losses and an accumulation of $1 billion in debt after purchasing Hollywood Video in 2005.

Robbery Suspect Captured

WESB News: 12/26/07 - Lewis Run Mini Mart Robber Captured

A Bradford man who robbed the Lewis Run Crosby Mart Christmas Eve was apprehended shortly after the robbery by Bradford City Police.

State Police say 48 year-old Dennis Fuino was identified by store employees in a photo lineup as the man who robbed the mini mart. Cash, jewelery and women’s leather coats were discovered in his truck by city police.

Police say a knife was displayed during the robbery. Fuino was sent to McKean County Jail

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Where Are You Chris Houghtaling???

Community Dinner Today At Gospel Tabernacle

A free Community Dinner is open to everyone on Christmas Day.

Serving begins at 2 p.m. at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

The dinner was organized by community volunteers after a similar Christmas Dinner held for many years at the Austin Firehall was discontinued.

Anyone who has nowhere to go for Christmas dinner, as well as all those who would like to mingle or make new friends, are welcome to attend.

Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle is located along Rt. 6, at the Dingman Run Road intersection, west of town. On the menu will be turkey, ham and many other foods.

From WFRM News

McKean Prison Overcrowded

Members of McKean County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board last week discussed options for dealing with overcrowding at the county jail.

Unless other arrangements are made, the county will have to build a bigger jail.

Board members are studying options for reducing inmate populations. These include alternative treatment of prisoners with mental health issues; changes in sentencing patterns; and the broader use of technology such as ankle bracelets for house arrest.

Warden Tim Woodruff said the jail staff has focused on equipping inmates with skills that will make them more employable when they are released, reducing the likelihood of their return to jail.
From WFRM News

Troopers Charge 4 With DUI In McKean County

State police from the Kane barracks cited four drivers with DUI over the weekend.

Early Saturday morning, they stopped 23-year-old Marshall Dulski of Smethport in Farmers Valley for a traffic violation and found that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Dulski was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday morning at about 1 o’clock, police stopped 69-year-old Walter Gulnac in the Borough of Lewis Run for a traffic violation and determined that he was operating his car under the influence of alcohol. He was remanded to the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail.

About three hours later, at 4:30 Sunday morning, troopers from Kane were summoned to a one-vehicle crash on Rt. 46 in Keating Township. Twenty-four year-old Jeremiah VanderMark of Cyclone told officers he fell asleep at the wheel of his Jeep Wrangler, which drifted off the road and struck a utility pole near Columbia Hill Road. Further investigation determined that VanderMark was driving under the influence of alcohol.

And a Turtlepoint driver who was stopped for a traffic violation in Eldred Borough was cited for DUI. Troopers identified the driver as 24-year-old Christopher McFall.
From WFRM News

Taj Mahal Sale Didn't Close As Scheduled

Ownership of the massive Adelphia Operations Center in downtown Coudersport did not change hands, as scheduled, last week.

No one from Adelphia or from the real estate company handling the sale was available to respond to questions from WFRM about the sale.

One source did confirm that a scheduled closing on the property did not take place.

A real estate investor was the high bidder on the former corporate office building, offering $3.4 million. Should the investor be unable to find a buyer, sources say, it is possible that the building – which was constructed at a cost of about $30 million – could be demolished and sold for salvage.

About 25 employees currently occupy the building as the final staffers with the bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corporation. Adelphia selected internet real estate auction specialist LFC Online to sell most of its remaining real estate assets. Proceeds are being used to settle with creditors as the company dissolves. From WFRM News.

Pope Urges Leaders to End Conflicts

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI issued a Christmas Day appeal Tuesday to political leaders around the globe to find the "wisdom and courage" to end bloody conflicts in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan and Congo.

Robbery In Lewis Run

WESB News: 12/25/07 - Lewis Run Crosby Mart Robbed

Police are looking for the person who robbed the Lewis Run Crosby Mart Monday afternoon at about 4 o'clock.

State Police say a white male with gray hair, possibly in his 50s, claimed to have a weapon. Police didn't say if the man got any cash or merchandise before leaving the store.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact State Police in Kane.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Governor Appoints Nelson Student Rep

Gov. Ed Rendell recently appointed Nicole Leigh Nelson as the student representative on Edinboro University's Council of Trustees.

Nelson, a third-year music with teacher certification major, will serve on the Council of Trustees, the university's governing body, until her anticipated graduation in May 2009.

A native of Coudersport, Nelson has been involved in campus and philanthropic activities.

She serves as president of the Edinboro University Chapter of the Music Educators National Committee, president of the Edinboro University Singers, and is a member of Company, a student organization providing musical entertainment for students and the community.

You're Invited To Christmas Dinner

“We're having turkey, ham, mashed potato, sweet potato, the whole nine yards,” says John Minor, one of the volunteers helping to organize the annual Christmas Dinner for the community at the Gospel Tabernacle church in Coudersport.

"Anybody who doesn't have a place to go for Christmas dinner is welcome.," said Minor.

The dinner , which begins at 2:00 pm on Christmas day is free and open to everyone.

"If you'd enjoy meeting new people or seeing old friends, please feel free to join us." reads the poster for the event.

There will also be Christmas presents for the children.

Area Obituaries

WHITE, Clara Wynick
Harrison Valley native
Age 86, of Bradford, PA, formerly of Glen Cove, NY, and Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, December 22, 2007, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.

Born June 15, 1921 in Page, WV, she was the daughter of Charles William and Mary E. Senzel Wynick. A World War II veteran, she served with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. On February 7, 1947 in Queens, NY, she married Arthur E. White, who predeceased her in 1970.

She was employed as a pediatric nurse at the Glen Cove Hospital and as charge nurse at the Mont Clair Nursing Home in Glen Cove. Surviving are: a son, Allan A. (Dru Cary) White of Eldred, PA; a granddaughter, Tonia White of Gainesville, FL; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Charles E. (Jeannette) Wynick and Kenneth J. (Virginia) Wynick, both of Harrison Valley, PA; two sisters, Evelyn (Keith) Wheaton of Ulysses, PA, and Arlene Haskins of Westfield, PA; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Clarence Wynick. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, on Wednesday, December 26th, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.

Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.

Ruth Dunbar, 87, of Genesee, Pa., died Friday (Dec. 21, 2007) in Highland Healthcare, Wellsville.
Born Jan. 16, 1920, in Hickox, Pa., she was the daughter of Luman and Winifred Hart Whitaker. On June 4, 1936, in Whitesville, she married Merle V. “Mike” Dunbar, who predeceased her in 1987.
Mrs. Dunbar and her husband owned and operated Dunbar’s Grocery in Hickox for 17 years. She was employed by Cooper Slide in Genesee for 12 years and the U.S. Postal Service in Genesee for 20 years. She was a member of the Hickox Union Church.
Surviving are a son, Donald (Angela) Dunbar of Genesee; a daughter, Ada (Leonard) Palmatier of Genesee; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Betty J. Palmatier; a grandson, Cory Dunbar; a brother, Preston Whitaker; and a sister, Addie Elliott.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2007) at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hickox Union Church, the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, or the Genesee Library, all in Genesee, PA 16923.

COUDERSPORT — Philip F. Palmatier, 79, of Coudersport, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2007) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of Fickinger Funeral Home.

PORTVILLE - Roger Sutter of 154 Brooklyn St. died Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2007) in his home following a long illness.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Williams Appeals To Supreme Court

Stretton appeals Williams case to U.S. Supreme Court

The attorney for convicted cop killer Timothy Williams is taking his case to the highest court in the country.

West Chester attorney Sam Stretton has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Williams’ case.

Williams, 27, formerly of Coudersport, was found guilty of third-degree murder, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license in 1999 in the death of Kane Borough Police Officer Steven Jerman.

Jerman, a long-time veteran of the police force, was killed Feb. 20, 1999, after he pulled Williams’ over in what started as a routine traffic stop.

“I believe the appellate courts didn’t fairly review this case,” Stretton told The Era, adding the state Superior Court “misread the facts of law.” The state Supreme Court declined hearing the case.

Click on the title of this article to read the rest of this story in today's Bradford Era.

Roll Over Crash West Of Port A


Port Allegany emergency services are on the scene of a one vehicle roll over crash on Route 6 near the Jehovah Witness church west of Port Allegany. Early reports indicate that the vehicle is in the roadway, and the occupant is self extricated and declining treatment .

Christmas Eve Communion Service

There will be a Christmas Eve communion service at 6:00 pm at the Coudersport
Gospel Tabernacle on the Port Allegany Road in Coudersport.

You're Invited To Christmas Dinner

“We're having turkey, ham, mashed potato, sweet potato, the whole nine yards,” says John Minor, one of the volunteers helping to organize the annual Christmas Dinner for the community at the Gospel Tabernacle church in Coudersport.

"Anybody who doesn't have a place to go for Christmas dinner is welcome.," said Minor.

The dinner , which begins at 2:00 pm on Christmas day is free and open to everyone.

"If you'd enjoy meeting new people or seeing old friends, please feel free to join us." reads the poster for the event.

There will also be Christmas presents for the children.

Lauren Geiser Gets Lead In "Damn Yankees"

Lauren Geiser of Coudersport, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, won the female lead role for the production, "Damn Yankees".

She is the daughter of Lynn and Lynne Dee Geiser. She is a 2007 graduate of Coudersport High School. She is studying political science and philosophy as a major with a minor in theatre.

In Coudersport, she has appeared in local community and high school musicals and was a member of the Pennsylvania All-State Choir. She studied under Coudersport music instructor Larry Herbstritt.

Roulette Woman Hits Guard Rail On RT.6

WESB News: 12/23/07 - Roulette Woman Injured in Crash

A Roulette woman received minor injuries after her car struck a guide rail on Route 6 in Liberty Township Friday afternoon.

Irva Blauvelt was driving east and took a turn too wide, striking the guide rail.

She was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for treatment of her injuries. She is charged with operating her vehicle at an unsafe speed.

NWS State College Issues Wind Advisory

... Wind Advisory in effect from noon today to 2 am EST Monday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind
Advisory... which is in effect from noon today to 2 am EST Monday.
The high wind watch is no longer in effect.

Strong winds are expected mainly along and after the passage of
the cold front. Wind gusts of 35 to 55 mph are possible.

Strong winds can blow lose items around. Secure garbage pales and
other lose items to include high profile Christmas lawn
decorations. High winds can also down limbs and wires causing
sporadic power outages.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Forecast For Potter County

Cloudy with an isolated rain shower with patchy drizzle. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
A chance of rain showers along with an isolated thunderstorm in the morning...then rain showers along with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Breezy and not as cool with highs in the upper 40s early...then temperatures falling into the upper 30s in the afternoon. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Sunday Night
Cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening... tapering to just a chance of snow showers after midnight. Total accumulation up to 1 inch possible. Blustery and cooler with lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

High Wind Warning For Olean/Wellsville Area






Former Olean Principal Had Child Porn

WESB News: 12/22/07 - Former Olean Principal Charged With Child Porn

A Florida man who served many years as the principal of East View Elementary School in Olean has been charged with possession of child pornography.

John Stelmack, now residing in Lakeland Florida was arrested on Friday and charged with having several photographs of children he taught at the elementary school superimposed onto images of naked adolescents. He is being held in Polk County jail in lieu of one hundred thousand dollars bail. Authorities seized a briefcase, laptop and desktop computer and the investigation is ongoing.

He resigned from the Olean School District in 2004 and worked in the Elmira School District, also as principal. He then left that school district in 2006 to take the job as principal of the Scott Lake Elementary School in Lakeland. He was placed on administrative leave – with pay.

Man Guilty Of Rape Of 15 Year Old

WESB News: 12/22/07 - Man Admits to Rape

A man from Wellsville plead guilty in Allegeny County Court to a felony charge of second degree rape.

21 year old Paul Kitchen of Wellsville admitted to having sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 15 in October. In addition to the rape charge he was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.

Sentencing will be in February.

Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — Ruth R. Dunbar, 87, of Genesee, died Friday (Dec. 21, 2007) in Highland Healthcare, Wellsville, N.Y. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — Clara Wynick White, 86, of Bradford, formerly of Clen Cove, N.Y., and Harrison Valley, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2007) in the Bradford Manor, Bradford. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses.

Humidifiers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 84,000 Chinese-made humidifiers are being recalled.

The “Warm Mist Carefree” humidifiers were sold by the Hunter Fan Company.According to the company, water can leak into the electrical component, posing a fire hazard. The humidifiers are white or black with blue or green tinted water tanks. “Hunter" and "Niteglo" are printed on the unit.

For more information you can call the consumer product safety commission recall hotline at 800- 638-2772.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Police Look For Red Ranger

Vicky Repp of Genesee told troopers here that when she returned to her home on the Bingham Center Road Wednesday morning at about 11:30 she saw a stranger standing on her property, holding three plastic gasoline cans.

When he saw her, he took off and got into a red compact pick up truck which sped away.

The truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevy S-10 had a temporary registration sticker in the rear window.

Anyone who may have information about the truck is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690.
From WFRM News

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Thieves forced their way through a basement door at the home of Allan White on Indian Creek Road between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Thursday. A Zon 5-string bass guitar, black in color with Tiger’s eye maple was taken. It has the word “Legacy” written on the hand stock, was in a hard shell case and is valued at $8,000. Thieves also took a 1972 Gibson Hummingbird Standard acoustic guitar valued at $2500. It has a blonde top and rose wood sides. A green metal tool box containing various automotive tools was also taken.

Thieves also eight 15 inch automobile wheels from Andrew’s Salvage Auto on Route 155 in Eldred Township Wednesday night.

And someone forced their way through the front door at a home on the Open Brook Road near Port Allegany between 2:30 and 11:50 p.m. Thursday. Approximately $50 in damage was done to the door frame during the burglary, but apparently nothing was taken.

Potter Commissioners Make Appointments

During their regular meeting yesterday, the Potter County Commissioners:

· APPOINTED – John McLaughlin has offered to serve on the Planning Commission. He would fill the vacancy available in January when Bill Hunt’s term expires. His term will run from 2008 through 2012.

· APPOINTED– The Potter County Farmland Preservation Board requests the reappointment of Larry Hamilton, Bill Grandin and Alan Acker, whose terms are due to expire in January 2008. All of the appointments will be for a 3 year term.

· RE-APPOINTED– PCHS Aging Director Sherry Hoffman has recommended the re-appointment of Alyce Reese to the Aging Advisory Council. Here new term would be from January 2008 – January 2011.

APPOINTED Deb Hamilton to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Advisory Board to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Darlene Abbey. Ms. Hamilton’s term will run from January 2008 through January 2011.

From WFRM news.

The Connection Coming To Olean-600 New Jobs

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Hundreds of New Jobs for Olean

Olean is getting an early Christmas present – the promise of about 600 new jobs by spring.

The Connection, a Minnesota-based customer service call center will be moving into the former Cattaraugus County Empire Zone business incubator building on Wayne Street.

The company hopes to be in Olean by February or March. Most of the new jobs will be full-time with benefits.

Click on the title of this article to read another article published today in the Olean Times Herald with information on how to apply for a job.

Employment At Record Level In Pennsylvania

“Pennsylvania’s job count added 6,200 jobs this month reaching an all-time high of 5,815,200 – meaning more Pennsylvanians are working now than ever before,” Governor Rendell said. “Our growing economy is creating more opportunities for businesses and workers that will allow us to continue to capitalize on this success. Pennsylvania has added more than 187,000 jobs since January 2003.”

In addition to the record-high job count, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in November, bringing it half a percentage point below the national rate of 4.7 percent. November is the 49th month out of the past 59 that Pennsylvania’s rate has been at or below the nation’s rate, and the 10th consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has been below the nation’s unemployment rate.

In the Potter County area, Empereon Marketing, now occupying the former Adelphia/Time Warner call center in Coudersport is functioning and expects to have 100 or so employees working by the first of the new year, with projections of eventually having 500 or more. Many people who moved away when Time Warner shut down are returning to work for the new company. With three experienced job promoters taking over the County Commissioners office shortly, we can expect an all out effort to bring more jobs to Potter County.

Governor Promotes Mansfield U. Grad To BCI Post

HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today said he will appoint Jon D. Kurtz, the director of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, as the department’s deputy commissioner of staff.
“Major Kurtz has served with distinction in crime, patrol and vice units during his 23-year career,” Governor Rendell said. “He is a seasoned commander who comes highly recommended by Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller.”
As deputy commissioner of staff, Kurtz will hold the rank of lieutenant colonel and will oversee the operations of the State Police bureaus of forensic services, records and identification, research and development, staff services, and technology services.
“One of Major Kurtz’s primary missions will be to ensure that the department continues its effort to deploy the latest technology to help our troopers provide the best possible service to the citizens of the commonwealth,” Col. Miller said.
Kurtz, 47, of Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, enlisted in the State Police in 1984. As he progressed through the ranks, he served at stations in Montoursville, Dunmore, Stonington, Lamar and Harrisburg and with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He also has served as commanding officer of Troop H, Harrisburg, and commander of State Police Area I, which includes Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop J, Lancaster; Troop L, Reading, and Troop T, Pennsylvania Turnpike.
He has been the director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation since March 10, 2007.
A native of South Williamsport, Kurtz received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Mansfield University in 1983. He is married to the former Beth Ellen Fetterman. They have two sons, Joshua and Justin.

Kurtz replaces Coleman McDonough, who is retiring after more than 23 years of service with the department. Kurtz’s appointment is effective Jan. 12.

Potter County Owed $2.3 Million

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Billions Owed to State in Court Costs

Pennsylvania court officials say criminal defendants currently owe $1.55 billion in restitution, costs, fines and fees.

2 point 1 million of that is owed in McKean County; 2 point 3 million in Potter County; and 2 million in Elk County.

Across the country, states are turning to a variety of techniques to increase collections, from putting a hold on vehicle registration to hiring private agencies to go after the money.

In Pennsylvania, about a quarter of the total is owed by men and women who are currently incarcerated.

Other amounts owed in counties throughout the region include Cameron, $172,000; Forest, $1.6 million; Jefferson, $7.1 million; Venango, $5.1 million; and Warren, $3 million.

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Old Glory Flies Again

This extra large flag flies again in front of Close's Lumber Company on Route 6 in Roulette. The old flagpole crashed to the ground a couple of months ago. The flag can be seen waving for a long distance by area residents. Great job getting it back up.

Accident Reported On Route 6 East Of Port


Emergency crews from Port Allegany have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 6 east of Port Allegany. Callers reported possible entrapment.

Accident Reported South Of Eldred On RT. 155

BREAKING NEWS: A one car accident on Route 155 South of Eldred in Eldred Township has been reported. Early reports indicate the operator is not at the scene. Emergency services are responding.

Post Office To Close At Noon

A sign in the Roulette Post Office states that the post office will close at 12:00 noon on Christmas eve. Post offices in NY's southern tier are also closing at that time.

Head -on Crash On RT. 646

Emergency responders in McKean County are on the scene of a two car head-on crash on Route 646 in front of the Baptist Church at 12:24 pm on Friday, December 21, 2007. Reports from the scene indicated 3 persons injured and a second ambulance responding.

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Log Truck Accident Near Coryville

Emergency services have responded this morning to a report of a log truck off the road near Coryville, with a possible injury on scene. Later reports indicated that the road is shut down at that location.

PSP Looking For Trespasser

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident late Wednesday night when a Genesee woman came home to find someone on her property holding three gas cans before the person fled in a waiting vehicle.

Vicky Ann Repp, 39, reported that the individual fled to a car waiting on a road adjacent to her Bingham Center Road home after she arrived.

The vehicle was described as a red compact pick-up track, possibly a Ford Ranger or a Chevy S-10, with a temporary registration sticker in the rear window.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the PSP-Coudersport at (814) 274-8690. FRom Star Gazette

Employee To Inmate For Bradford Man

WESB News: 12/21/07 - FCI McKean Emplyee Sentenced to Prison

A former employee of FCI McKean was sentenced to at least 10 months in prison Thursday in McKean County Court.

Martin Grove of Bradford pleaded guilty last March to accepting a $2,000 dollar payment from an inmate at FCI McKean for contraband. Grove will serve his time in a Northwestern Pennsylvania prison.

Leave Your Guns At Home, Boy

WESB News: 12/21/07 - New Security Measures at Courthouse

The new security procedures at the McKean County Courthouse begin today.

All visitors will have to enter the building through the main entrance. County Administrator Michele Alfieri-Causer says people with offices in the courthouse have been issued proximity cards which will allow them to enter the other doors into the courthouse.

After entering the front door visitors will go through a security checkpoint where a metal detector and X-ray machine will be set up.

Burglary In Eldred Township Thursday Night

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Guitars and Other Items Stolen in Eldred

State Police are investigating a burglary Thursday night between 8pm and 10pm on Indian Creek Road in Eldred.

Troopers say someone forcibly entered the home of Allan White and removed a bass guitar and black hard shell case. Unknown actors also took an acoustic guitar and various automotive tools.

The total value of the stolen items is over $10,000 dollars.

No More Swap Meets

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Zippo Cancels Swap Meet

Zippo Manufacturing will no longer hold a Zippo/Case International Swap Meet.

Zippo is looking to develop a new event for both collectors and the local community. Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth says they will have a bigger and better event. The next swap meet was scheduled for next summer.

The swap meet had been held biennially since 1998.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

State Police Not Notified For 4 Hours After Murderer Escapes

WESB News: 12/20/07 - Disciplinary Action Pending After Escape
At least six prison workers, including the superintendent, will face disciplinary action as a result of the November 25 escape of Malcolm Kysor from the state correctional institution at Albion.

Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard says the escape would have been prevented if employees had been following state policies and the internal procedures. He says it also took too long for senior officials to be informed of the escape, noting that state police were not alerted until four hours after Kysor was gone.

Kysor had been serving a life sentence since 1988 for an Erie County murder in the early 1980s. He remains on the loose today.

Kysor escaped from a food service area of the kitchen that was off-limits to prisoners sentenced to life. Another inmate, John Gromer, helped Kysor get in a trash can, covered him up and loaded the bin onto a pickup truck.

Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk has said Gromer, 26, could be charged by Christmas for helping Kysor's escape.

2 Teens Arrested For Murder

WESB News: 12/20/07 - Second Teenager Arrested for Murder

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the weekend killing of 18-year-old Dusty Elderkin in the Chautauqua County Town of Stockton.

A 15-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention facility in Buffalo. Thursday, District Attorney Dave Foley said they are also holding a 14-year-old in connection with the crime.

Sheriff Joe Gerace said Elderkin was repeatedly stabbed and that the suspects then tried to dump his body in Cassadaga Creek.

Event Listings Needed For PCVA Calendar

The Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) is encouraging area groups to have their events listed in its Calendar of Events. The Calendar of Events is printed four times per year as well as being available online at

There are no fees and there are no limits to the number of submissions a group makes. PCVCA Communications Director Cindy Capatch told WFRM PCVA is hoping groups will use the calendar as a point of reference to avoid scheduling conflicts and that PCVA is attempting to make the Calendar of Events a tool the entire County can use, not only to inform visitors, but residents as well.

The Calendar of Events is an easy way to gain free publicity, for all types of public events. Since Jan 1st, 2007, there have been over 3500 event calendars mailed out along with our Visitors Guides.

People like to plan their activities ahead of time and the Calendar of Events is an easy way to reference local activities, which PCVA hopes will result in increased public participation.

If you have an event you would like added to the Calendar, you are asked to submit the information by Friday, Jan 18th, 2008. The events can be submitted electronically to, by phone at 814-274-3365 or stop in personally. The office is located on North Main Street in downtown Coudersport.

From WFRM News
WESB News: 12/20/07 - Holiday Greetings from the Troops
On the radio, we can only let you listen to the holiday greetings from area troops. But, thanks to the Internet, we can show them to you, too. Holiday Greetings from the Troops.

Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — John Homer, 87, of Knoxville, died Tuesday (Dec. 18, 2007) in Three Rivers Health Care Center, Painted Post, N.Y. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses.

PORT ALLEGANY — Virginia Kallenborn, 95, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Dec. 19, 2007) at her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.'

HOMER, John of Knoxville, PA
87, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Hospitals Get Grants

WESB News: 12/20/07 - BRMC and Kane Hospital Get Grant Monies

BRMC and Kane Community Hospital are among several hospitals in the region sharing a $1.8 million dollar federal grant from the Federal Comunications Commission.

The grant provides support for telehealth services, specialty care and telepharmacy is 18 rural counties in northwestern Pennsyvlania. Senator John Peterson says the grants will help rural hospital like BRMC and Kane provide affordable health care to residents.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Event Calendar Via WFRM News

December 20

The Jacobs Brothers will have a concert at the Free Methodist Church on South Main Street in Coudersport beginning at 7:00 p.m.

December 21

There will be an outdoor live nativity at the Hebron Union Church, located 9 miles north of Coudersport on Route 44 in Hebron Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

December 21

The Jacobs Brothers will have a concert at the Bingham Center Bible Church on Collins Hill Road, Genesee beginning at 7:00 p.m.

December 22

There will be no Bingo at the Roulette Fire Hall. Bingo will resume on Sunday, December 30.

$500.00 Grants For Disabled Vets

Potter County Director of Veteran Affairs, Joe Becker has been notified by
the National Office of the American Legion that they will distribute $500
grants to service members who have a 30 percent or higher disability rating
as a result of injuries sustained while serving in the theaters of operations for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF).

This is a national endeavor sponsored by the American Legion partnered with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

Person's believing themselves to be qualified may contact Mr. Becker at 274-8290 extension 210 Tuesday's or Thursday's between the hours of 8:30 and
3:00 PM. From WFRM

Coudy Chamber Meets

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday watched the video appeal produced by a local citizens’ group in an effort to save the JCPenney store in Coudersport.

The 10-minute video, featuring testimonials and interviews with community leaders, customers and JCPenney employees, will eventually be delivered to senior executives at the company’s corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Tom Lamb, a member of the Renaissance Committee that has been working for the long-term betterment of the community, introduced the video and updated Chamber members on the effort to save the local store.

Lamb said earlier plans to hand-deliver the video to Texas have been put on hold. Committee members are instead working to determine which JCPenney leaders should be approached. He also pointed out that, even if the push to save JCPenney fails, the issue has helped to galvanize the Coudersport community to work together in facing economic challenges.

Both Lamb and Renaissance Committee member Doug Morley invited Chamber members to attend the organization’s meetings, held every Wednesday morning at 7:30 in the Potter County Education Council offices.

At this point, the JCPenney store in Coudersport will close in February, removing a key attraction to the downtown business district and putting 12 people out of work. From WFRM

Man Dead In RT. 219 Crash

WESB News: 12/18/07 - Lewis Run Man Dies in Route 219 Crash

A Lewis Run man died when his car pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning on Route 219 near Route 59.

82-year-old Edward Fabic was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill. State Police say Fabic's car pulled onto Route 219 from Huskins Road and drove into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by 64 year-old Earl Geisler of Cheektowaga, New York.

Geisler wasn’t injured.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Oil Tank Farm Fire Proves Challenging for Pennsylvania Crews

A slow organized plan of attack resulted in success

JAY K. BRADISH User-submitted Photo Story

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9:20 a.m., the Corydon Township and Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a battery of oil tanks on fire on Route 321 in Corydon Township.

At the time of the incident, McKean County was under a snow advisory and was experiencing heavy, blowing and drifting snow with a temperature at 20 degrees without the wind chill. The fire was located in the Allegheny National Forest in the southwest portion of Corydon Township resulting in extended response times due to the weather and poor road conditions.

Click on the title of this article to see this great article with graphic pictures of this area oil tank fire

WESB News: 12/18/07 - 2 Vehicle Crash on 219 Tuesday Morning

A 2-vehicle accident on Route 219 had traffic stopped for several hours today. The accident remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police as of 6 o'clock and WESB will pass more information along as it is received from authorities.