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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Out Of The Blue Sky--Hail, Wind, Tornado Warnings

August 18, 2007- Residents of Central Pennsylvania were surprised Friday afternoon when a storm developed out of blue skies and dropped hail as big as baseballs, strong winds blowing over trees, and prompting a tornado warning as radar images indicated rotation.

Friday night, the Elmira area experienced strong winds which blew down trees and wires, when an unannounced thunderstorm hit that area.

Meanwhile the Potter County area was windy but only felt a sprinkle or two as a small disturbance skirted through the northern part of the county.

Evan Dana Reflects On Cross Country Bike Ride

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Seattle, WA (fin)

Here I sit in small diner chararacteristic of Seattle's unique style, reflecting on the past months of traveling and the preparation for it.

As the trip progressed, we not only learned about affordable housing issues across the country, but also about the origins of Bike & Build. Roughly speaking, the primary intent of Marc Bush (B&B's founder) was to influence youth towards community involvement and increased bike-awareness. He then chose to use affordable housing and biking across the country as the medium to wed and accomplish these goals. And, honestly, I do feel more of a desire to volunteer in my community and to bike instead of drive. I aim to combine community service into my career as a means by which to strengthen and broaden my skills and interests.

We biked roughly from 8am until 4pm, 6 days a week, and it was a time of mindless spinning and mindfull meditation. Being confident in my own pace proved to be the biggest challenge I faced the whole trip. (Ok, Shoshomi and Sioux City, you rest as the exceptions.) I was very self-conscious every time I sped on ahead because of the general "anti-competition" attitude of the group. Now, I wasn't racing against anyone else, but against my own willpower, determination, and burning legs. I spun smoothest and tolerated the hard saddle when I was pushing myself. What brought me to accept my own pace independent of others' was though discussing stories of another rider's similar struggle. Finding the viewpoint that there will be differing judgements regardless of my daily pace, helped me to choose my own path without worrying about possible disapproval. I see this mindset being helpful in making leadership decisions in a industrial design because of it's subjective nature.

I am honored to have shared the summer with 29 other amazing people, who each contributed positively to the group dynamics. With 2/3 of the riders over 21 years old, our group's average age was a bit higher than the typical B&B group. Everyone played some part in contributing to the calmer and more thoughtful attitudes that helped us to work together. For example, our weekly Town Hall Meetings (designed to allow concerns and compliments to be aired publically) became more enjoyable by starting with a getting-to-know-you-questions game. We also read anynonomous Way To Go's to bolster good feelings and recognize small acts of kindness. These tactics coupled with the non-competitive atmosphere really helped rollover petty personality conflicts without problems.

By traveling across the country, through places I may never visit again, I mulled the passage of time and circumstance. The weeks lurched by as we passed endless fields, hills, and towns of all sizes. By what scale should I weight my options for how I spend my time? Finding a balance between enjoying a good pace groove and poking around a small town store meant choosing between the physical moment and inquisitive mind. I listened to intuition and my body to decide where to go and at what speed, but most importantly, I was grateful for the opportunity to make the choice. Every choice yeilded a unique experience to enjoy and from which to learn. There are neat places I found unexpectedly hidden; neat and curious architecture, for example, that isn't charted on tourist information. Similarly, many people I met shared interesting stories and attitudes that weren't apparent from first glance. I am continually amazed by how much I don't know I don't know.

Riding down the chute through the finishline and splashing into the Pacific feels more like a transition than the end of the journey. I will move onward, more aware of myself and my country, promoting cycling and community service.

Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible though donations, organization, and of course, my fellow riders.

-Evan Dana

Friday, August 17, 2007

Sam Carmichael Posts From Seattle--Bike and Build

Friday, August 17, 2007


Our arrival in Seattle was the same as many other Bike and Build arrivals: late.

We left Everett, a sketchy little port town North of the city, at about 10:30 am, after dallying around the church eating pancakes and getting “Mocha Monday” coffees at the espresso shack across the street. Our crowd of 17 or so meandered down Route 99, the local business strip, blocking a lane of traffic and laughing and screaming and generally being ridiculous. Eventually the groups split for bathroom breaks, then split again, and all of a sudden we were down to seven people, at the very back of the pack. We (Derrick, Terra, Amelia, Terra, Emily, Whitney, and I) narrowly avoided missing the turn that everyone else overlooked and made it to the agreed-upon meeting point for our triumphant ride down to the park, and found out from Logan (who was waiting at the top of the hill, bum knee and all back on the bike) that everyone else had skipped the turn and would be arriving “momentarily.” Now, momentarily can mean anything from ten minutes to 2 hours, so we hunkered down to wait. Some time later—I’m not sure exactly how long, because my adrenaline was so absurd and I’d had a triple iced mocha—a group of stragglers showed up, and then a few more came in, and then a larger group, and eventually we were all there, together, finally.

The ride downhill to Golden Gardens park was exhilarating and gorgeous. The weather was warm, breezy, and as we wound through dappled forest we caught glimpses of Puget Sound laid out like a red (okay, blue…) carpet. Our screaming grew more pronounced as we reached sea level, and when we rounded a corner to see our family with banners and bunting and champagne and clapping we sped up, hearts and lumps in throats. My family was front right, beaming like a beacon, and we could all pick out other parents from their incredible resemblances to their progeny. It was a spectacular moment, on par with the first time I really kissed a girl and getting in to college and graduating from said college, but it was so much more. We’d accomplished an immense physical feat and this was our reward; a visible boundary, a tangible experience, the counterpart to our “wheel dipping” ceremony in Providence some 2 months and 3 days earlier.

So what did we do?

We ran screaming, fully clothed, shedding Camel Baks and helmets and shoes (some of us…) in our wake, into Puget Sound, like four-year-olds.

It was cold.

But we were full of adrenaline and love and joy. And that canceled all of the cold out, at least for about thirty minutes.

All of the shrieking and champagne-tossing and jumping and hugging portrayed below happened, and gradually the realization that we’d accomplished what we set out to do so long before sank in. And then we pulled our bikes out of the salt water (I’m terrified to think of the ramifications of that dunking) and rinsed ‘em off and pulled the kelp from the spokes and hugged families and hugged each other and ate too many hamburgers and drank more champagne and grinned like idiots at the world.

And it was cold. Like, hysterically cold, teeth-chattering like maracas and huddling together for warmth in the burger buffet line cold, seeking out sun and Dad’s jackets and little brother’s sweatshirts cold. But we got over that, too, because we’d gotten to Seattle on our bikes and nothing, not even the Pacific Northwest’s finicky, salty breezes and bone-chilling water temperatures, could quell the fiery pride that sang in our hearts that afternoon.

Biked and Built, baby.

More soon. Stay posted.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Golden Gardens, Seattle, an hour late but right on time in our books. Sorry 'bout the shaky camera work, I blame my brother (Joey "Blair Witch" Carmichael)...


I mean, what, you didn't think we would?

Rode into Seattle on the 13th, an hour behind schedule.

Police Reports

WFRM Reports:

Troopers say testing has confirmed that a Philipsburg driver whose truck crashed near Cross Fork late last month was drunk at the time. Keith Knepp, 52, was able to crawl out of his burning truck after it hit a tree off of Route 144 just after midnight July 26 Knepp was taken to an area near the Cross Fork Fire Department where he was picked up by a medical helicopter and taken to a regional facility for treatment of a broken leg and other injuries.

A charge of careless driving is being filed against 23 year old Keri Powell of Coudersport following a collision Tuesday morning at the intersection of the Peet Brook Road and Route 49 in Allegany Township. Troopers say Powell’s eastbound Nissan Xterra failed to negotiate a turn and struck the front corner of a GMC pick up truck driven by her neighbor, Terry Perkins which was stopped on the Peet Brook Road. Neither driver was hurt.

Update On Fatal 872 Accident

COUDERSPORT – A Galeton man died Thursday night when his car left Route 872 and struck an embankment and a tree.

Potter County Deputy Coroner Shane Wilson pronounced William J. Brown, 44, dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred between Thursday morning and 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

State police at Coudersport said Brown was driving a 1997 Subaru Legacy north on 872, just north of Heath Road in Homer Township, when the car traveled off the right side of the roadway onto an embankment. It traveled along the embankment for about 180 feet, then hit a tree, causing severe damage to the passenger compartment.

Police said Brown had left the home of his mother in the village of Costello, in southern Potter County, at 4 a.m. on Thursday. Shortly after 3 p.m., his mother contacted state police and told troopers she had not seen or heard from Brown. Troopers started an attempt-to-locate investigation, with a description of the car and driver.

A trooper was checking East Fork Road at 6:10 p.m. when a bicyclist found the crashed car over a steep embankment as she rode past. She contacted state police.

Troopers did not know on Friday whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

Coudersport firefighters and ambulance volunteers, paramedics and Wilson assisted troopers at the site of the crash. The investigation continues. From Elmira Star Gazette
Former state trooper faces multiple charges

CLEARFIELD -8-17-2007-A former state trooper is charged with soliciting sexual favors while serving with the Clearfield-based state police. The charges were announced at a press conference held at the Clearfield County 911 Center Thursday.

Charles T. Butler III, 37, Baughman Cemetery Road, Philipsburg, is charged with five counts of bribery in official and political matters, seven counts of official oppression, one count of indecent assault, six counts of stalking, 10 counts of harassment, and one count of unlawful use of a computer which stem from a year-long investigation into allegations from multiple victims, according to Clearfield County District Attorney William A Shaw Jr. and Cpl. Gregory Bernard of the state police Internal Affairs Division's Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards in Hollidaysburg.

The bribery and unlawful use of a computer charges are third-degree felonies that carry up to seven years in prison each.

The victims said Butler solicited them for sexual favors in exchange for his representation that traffic citations would not be issued or enforced. The allegations identify multiple instances where Butler would have sexual relations with victims while on duty in a state police vehicle. The complaint says Butler also used a state police computer to identify, locate, and contact potential victims in an effort to initiate personal relationships.

The investigation was conducted by the state police Internal Affairs Division after receiving an anonymous tip in June 2006. The investigation was able to identify seven alleged victims. Butler was placed on restricted duty in February while the investigation was conducted. He resigned from the police force Aug. 15.

Butler was arraigned Thursday by District Judge James Hawkins and was released upon posting $25,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

"It is an absolute concern when a police officer violates the public trust," Shaw said. "This case should not be taken as a negative reflection on the conduct of the Pennsylvania State Police. Instead, our community should recognize that the state police has no tolerance for inappropriate conduct by their troopers and they make every effort to guarantee the highest standards of law enforcement are followed.

We have many hard working and honest state troopers in Clearfield County and our community should have complete trust and confidence in these fine officers."
"I am appalled that a trooper would do this," Bernard said. "The Pennsylvania State Police will not tolerate, and do not condone this type of behavior."

According to an Associated Press report, one woman told police that she and Butler, a trooper for nine years, had a long relationship that included having sex on the hood of his patrol car more than a dozen times.

She said Butler let her drive despite knowing she had a suspended license and would stop at her house while on-duty to have sex, spending up to two hours per visit, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman said she and Butler even set a wedding date but that she broke off the relationship after she saw Butler walk into a restaurant with his wife.

Butler took another woman to a bar, knowing that she was violating her probation by drinking, then promised not to tell her probation officer, police said. Butler fondled the woman, repeatedly suggested they should have sex, police said. She said he eventually called her so frequently that she had to change her telephone number.

Another woman had a speeding ticket that Butler had a district judge change to a lesser violation without any "points" and even offered to pay her fine, authorities said. The woman told police that Butler repeatedly suggested they have sex, showing up where she worked and calling her often.

On another occasion, Butler used a state police computer used to trace vehicle registrations to track down a woman he was interested in, police said. Information from Dubois Courier Express
Friday at the McKean County Fair

It’s Family Day at the McKean County Fair today. The amusement rides begin at 3pm. The monster motorsports show is tonight at 8pm. Fireworks follow the motorsports show. Theres a pig demonstration by Pottsy too. Information from WESB news.
From WESB News: 08/17/07 - Galeton Man Dies in Crash

A Galeton man was killed in a one vehicle accident Thursday night on Route 872 in Potter County. 44 year-old William Brown was pronounced dead at the scene by the Potter County coroner.

State Police say Brown lost control of his SUV, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. The investigation is continuing.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two years later, police still search for answers in man’s death
By Rodney L. Sherman, Clarion News Editor

Patrick W. Ryan
Patrick W. Ryan

CLARION – “Whoever threw my son into the woods like a piece of garbage – well, there just has to be some kind of justice for that,” said the mother of a Clarion man found dead two years ago this month in a wooded area of Forest County .

Debbie Ryan, mother of Patrick W. Ryan, said nothing will bring her son back and whatever happened to cause his death “happened,” but to abandon Patrick Ryan’s body in the remote woods was a sickening blow to her family.

“Someone out there knows something – and we just need that person or those people to come forward,” state police Cpl. Guy Felmlee, head of the crime unit at the Clarion barracks said this week.

Ryan, 30, was last seen at the Capt. Loomis Inn in Clarion between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005 . Ryan was one of several people invited to a private party at a River Hill, Paint Township , residence. There is, however, no evidence that Ryan went to the party and no one has acknowledged seeing Ryan since the bar closed that Sunday morning.

A state Department of Environmental Protection employee found a man’s body around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2005 , along Watson Farm Road in Howe Township , northeast of Marienville, Forest County .

“We have the entire crime unit working on it,” said Felmlee. “Tpr. Keith Allen is the lead investigator but the other three troopers in the crime unit are up to speed on the entire case and we continue to follow up on leads.”

Felmlee said the case file has probably “doubled in size” since last year as troopers talk to people as they check out each lead they receive related to the case.

“The case is absolutely still active,” said Felmlee. “As we said last year, we believe there are multiple people involved in the incident.”

Investigators know how Ryan, 30, died, but how his body ended up more than 35 miles from where he was last seen remains a mystery.

Clarion County officials have not released the cause of Ryan’s death, but officials in Forest County said the death was drug-related.

Clarion County District Attorney Mark T. Aaron said he hopes someone will volunteer information in the case.

“I know the state police and Clarion Borough Police Officer (William) Peck (IV) have been working diligently on any leads related to the case,” said Aaron. “Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, needs to come forward. That information combined with what investigators already have might be the break we need.”

Peck, who has met with the Ryan family numerous times during the past two years, said he understands their frustration and their need to know what happened to their son.

“I know they struggle with this every day,” said Peck. “They know someone out there knows what happened and I strongly urge that someone to help this family put this to rest.”

Felmlee said part of the ongoing investigation is determining what crimes, if any, were committed the night Ryan died.

“Of course there is the question of how he ended up in Forest County ,” said Felmlee. “Someone out there knows the answer to that question.”

Dr. Peter and Debbie Ryan of Coudersport, Patrick Ryan’s parents, recently contacted the Clarion News to renew their plea for the public’s help in resolving the case.

“We don’t hate Clarion,” said Debbie Ryan. “We still like Clarion and we worry that whoever did this to our son is still in Clarion and could make this same decision again with someone else’s loved one.”

Patrick Ryan, who lived at 141 South 4th Ave., Clarion, was supposed to arrive in New Jersey Aug. 15, 2005, to drop off household items and personal property as part of his plan to move there and begin his career as a college instructor at Bucks County Community College.

According Ryan’s parents, their son conducted a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005 , at his residence to sell off items he did not plan to take with him to New Jersey .

When Ryan did not arrive in New Jersey as expected, his girlfriend contacted his parents who in turn contacted Clarion Borough police.

“I know it sounds odd, but there are times I still think he will call,” Debbie Ryan said of her son. “It’s a living nightmare.”

Anyone with any information about Ryan’s disappearance or death can contact Allen at his personal desk telephone number, 226-1619. Felmlee can be reached at 226-1719. Peck can be reached at 226-9140.

Officers said anonymous tips are welcome.

New Felony Charges For McKean Escapee

WFRM Reports:

The hunt for a former McKean County jail inmate who walked away late last month while on a work detail has intensified since state police in Cameron County have filed additional felony charges against him.

Joseph Chapman, 24, is now accused of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated indecent assault for crimes allegedly taking place between last November and this past April in that county.

Chapman served a five year sentence in state prison after pleading guilty to statutory sexual assault in 2002. He was on probation in April when he was arrested for DUI, eluding police and reckless endangerment and was subsequently transferred to the McKean County lockup on the probation violation. He was allowed to work outside the jail as a trusty and failed to report for lunch on July 30 after going outside some four hours earlier.

Police now say he should be considered dangerous and they reportedly are concentrating their search in the area of Austin and Keating Summit in Potter and McKean Counties.

He’s described as being 5’9”, has blond hair, blue eyes and weighs about 180 pounds. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest police department or 9-1-1.

Crackdown In Pennsylvania

From WFRM:

Law enforcement officers across Pennsylvania have begun a crackdown on impaired driving using specially trained police officers who can spot the symptoms of drug-induced impairment.

Thirty drug recognition experts, or DREs, will be used until Sept. 3 with DUI taskforces to stop impaired driving. As part of the enforcement effort, each of the 50 DUI taskforces funded by PennDOT has been asked to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 24.

Drug recognition experts are able to characterize and stop impaired motorists in seven major drug categories. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 31 million American drivers admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs in the past year.

Sam Posts From Seattle

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I mean, what, you didn't think we would?

Rode into Seattle on the 13th, an hour behind schedule. Lots of amazing things happened, all of which I'll write about very shortly. For now, internet access is spotty, and I'm traveling w/ the fam, so it'll be a lil' while. But I assure you, the next post will be extensive, nostalgic, and full of inspiring photography.

Love to all, and thanks for reading,

Sam Carmichael

Tommy Daigle Posts For Bike and Build

First Day Off the Bike Permalink 08/14/07 - 03:46:53 pm

Today we awoke at 4 am. Yes, that's right, the day after arriving in Seattle we woke up at 4 to catch a ferry to Vashon Island for our penultimate day of building. The Vashon build is going great-we have three houses to frame, four roofs to deck, and siding on several more houses. This is a great way to finish our trip. I don't really feel like writing more, so here's the speech I gave to the riders and families at our final dinner. *and thanks again to all our hosts and donors!*

I am very proud of this group.
We have ridden our bikes across the country, raised over $125,000 for affordable housing groups, built in several different states affecting families and communities in ways that we don't even know, and we have spread the news of our mission from coast to coast. All of this is great, but there is something about this group that is great than that. Over the summer I have spent time with each and every rider of p2s and I have come to realize that they are some of the most caring, genuine, and conscientious your adults that I have ever known. Everyday there would be examples of a rider reaching out to another, helping with something they didn't have to, engaging strangers in conversation. I've come to realize that this is who these people are-they are passionate about the world and people around them and they want to play an active role in it. This summer they did that and I am proud of this group.

I in hopeful of this group.
I used to be cynical about our generation. I say used to. These riders are full of life, are sometimes too crazy, and are all well versed in the art of laughing. Several will be serving their communities this year with Americorps, others are exploring it as a future option. One will spend the next year working with inner city youths, still others will be teaching. Most will be back in school and I venture to say that all will be volunteering in several different capacities. All have the option, if they choose, of being beacons in their communities, leading others in action. It may not always be easy for them, but I have hope in this group.
I am challenging these riders.

We have had a summer that we will never forget. I challenge you to remember the families and mission we have served and the people who we worked with along the way. I challenge you to go further, to take what you have gained this summer and build upon it. Find a cause that you are passionate about and pursue it. If there is a cause that you are passionate about but there are no outlets for you to follow, create them. You are young and there is power in youth. Here are your examples-Wendy Kopp created Teach for America while she was an undergraduate at Princeton. Michael Brown and Alan Kjazei started City Year while they were students at Havard Law. Gandhis' radicalization began when he was thrown off a South African train for refusing to downgrade his seat when he was 24. Decades later Martin Luther King saw a need and started the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at age 28. There is a raw power in passionate youth and I am challenging you to use it! Set your goals high and then set them even higher. Work towards these goals and bring others with you. I am challenging you to challenge other people, young and old, to work and make this world a better place.

I am challenging you.
I believe in this group.
On Saturday we climbed Washington and Rainy Pass, both over the north Cascades. It was a day that we all, with some anxiety, knew was coming. Two days prior to it a rider turned to me and said, "we're ready. If there is anyone ready to climb these passes, it's us." He was right. And if there is anyone who is ready to go out and make their marks on the world, it's you. I believe that you will never loose your positive attitudes. I believe that you will always laugh when going down a mountain and that you will run towards the person in need instead of walking in the other direction. I believe that you are ready to be challenged.
I believe in all of you.

godspeed ya'll!
prof ta'daigle
News: 08/16/07 - Thursday at the McKean County Fair
The McKean County Fair continues today in East Smethport. It’s Senior Citizens Day at the fair. There’s a demolition derby tonight at 7pm and the Burnin’ Hills Band performs at 8:30pm. Horse and pony judging is today too.

WESB News: 08/16/07 - Control Chief Founder Shields Dies
Control Chief founder Larry Shields died Wednesday. He was 80 Larry Shields was also chairman of the Bradford City Water Authority for the past 25 years. Shields vision after the 1979 giardiasis outbreak was to see that everyone in the Tuna Valley had adequate water at a reasonable price. Funeral arrangements are under the direcetion of the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

WESB News: 08/16/07 - Search for Fugitve Chapman Intensifying
State Police are stepping up their search for fugitive Joseph Chapman. Chapman escaped from a McKean County Prison work detail back on July 31 in Smethport. He was serving time for rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault. Law enforcement are now focusing their manhunt for Chapman in the Austin and Keating Township areas.

WESB News: 08/16/07 - Another Cow Shot Near Coudy
State Police say someone shot a cow at the Summit View Farm on Dingham Road in Coudersport Saturday. The cow is expected to survive. State Police say this is the third cow which has been shot in the past several weeks at the farm.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Potter County Court News From WFRM

A Roulette man has been sentenced to a jail term of 72 hours to six months for DUI. Raphael Eckert, 42, was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,075 all costs and fees, perform 25 hours of community service undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow through with recommended treatment and attend the Victim Impact Panel.

According to District Attorney Dawn Fink, Eckert was arrested on May 28, 2006 after he forced a state police car off of Reed Run Road. The troopers turned around and followed Eckert’s swerving vehicle for a distance before pulling him over. Eckert admitted to the officers that he had been drinking several beers and shots. His blood alcohol content was found to be .23% almost three times the legal limit.

Another area resident has been ordered to complete his DUI sentence after violating terms of the ARD program. Drew Watson, 28, of Coudersport was originally arrested in February 2006 by Coudersport Borough Police when he failed to stop at a four-way stop, and continued on toward another stop sign without signaling. His blood alcohol content was found to be more than twice the legal limit. Watson was admitted to the ARD program last August but subsequently was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

He was ordered to spend 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a $100 fine, all costs and fees, perform 25 hours of community service, undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow through with recommended treatment.

Antlerless Deer Licenses Sold Out In 2 Areas

From WFRM:
The state Game Commission says Wildlife Management Unit 2F has exhausted it’s entire allocation of 28,000 anterless deer licenses as of Tuesday.

The unit includes part of McKean County. WMU 2G which includes the area south of Route 6 in Potter, Cameron, McKean and Elk among others, ran out on Monday.

As of Wednesday morning, some 11,000 licenses remained in WMU 3A, the area north of Route 6 in Potter, Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties.
The Game Commission says hunters who did not get a regular license should inquire about DMAP coupons available in their desired county. Visit the Game Commission’s website . Just click on “DMAP” in the center of the homepage, then choose “Qualified Landowners” and then select the county of interest from the map provided or choose “Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Properties to reach DCNR’s website and their listing of state forests enrolled in DMAP/.

Police Reports From WFRM News

WFRM Reports

Several simple assault incidents have been investigated by area state police recently. State police here say 41 year old Douglas Mingo of Baytown, Texas and 43 year old Edward Spurlock of Joaquin, Texas are both charged after fighting with each other late last Friday night in the parking lot of the Northwoods Tavern on Route 6 in Eulalia Township.

Authorities are also investigating an altercation taking place early that morning at the Germania Hotel during which 32 year old Thomas Bayler of Galeton was punched in the face by an unknown assailant.

Adam Weston, 25, of Emporium has been committed to the Potter County jail on a probation violation after allegedly injuring Kenita Mlechick during an argument earlier this month on Wheaton Hollow Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County.
WESB News: 08/14/07 - Family of Missing Woman Starts Website

The family of Joey Lynn Offutt has started a web site to help bring attention to the 33-year-old Sykesville woman who's been missing for more than a month.

Offutt disappeared July 12 after a fire destroyed her home. Her car was found 70 miles away in State College on July 16.

The remains of a baby were found in the burned home and the family believes the baby may have been Offutt's six-week-old son. The results of an autopsy and official identification are still pending. Offutt's other 2 children were not in the home at the time of the fire and are living with family members.

The new web site is

Grant Awarded Austin Volunteer Fire Dept.

WFRM Reports:
The Austin Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded almost $184,000 in funding in the latest round of grants from the Department of Homeland Security according to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Program funds can be used for operations, safety programs and vehicle acquisition.
WESB News: 08/14/07 - Two Local WMUs Sold Out of Licenses

Two wildlife management units in this area have sold out of their antlerless deer licenses for this year.

The state Game Commission says WMC 2F, which includes the area from the New York Pennsylvania state line to Interstate 80 near DuBois and Routes 6 and 62 near Warren to the state line has exhausted its allocation.

Also, the area from Lantz Corners to Mansfield, Mansfield to Williamsport and Williamsport to DuBois has no more applications available.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

WFRM Website Back In Service


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This website is hosted by Northcentral Internet and many of its servers were struck by lightning, including the one on which this is located, on the afternoon of August 3. Northcentral staff worked round the clock to put websites back up within a few days, but it was not possible to update until now. We appreciate your understanding and have put the news you missed in the archives. We also want to thank Northcentral for working so diligently to restore service.

Fall From Horse Results In Injury At Burtville

Roulette ambulance and medic 6 were called to Burtville this afternoon where a person was reported to have fallen from a horse. A medical helicopter landed in the parking lot of D.E.Errick Co. which was used as a helipad. No further details were available.

Slain Officer Honored By Class of 77

Park bench dedication@Brian Gregg Memorial Park

Group shot of Brian's parents, John and Nancy Gregg, of Roulette, Potter County, PA, along with their son's classmates from Woodrow Wilson Class of '77, with the bench placed at the
Congress Street park in Newtown Borough. The popular Newtown police officer was murdered by a drunk driver who grabbed another officer's weapon and shot Gregg in the emergency room of St. Mary's hospital in Bucks County. To read more or see more pictures, click on the title of this article to go to the Class of 77 Blog.

Electric Power Outage Cancelled In Roulette Wednesday

Allegheny Power has announced a scheduled power outage for the Roulette Area on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. has been cancelled.

I have just found out that the power outage has been cancelled and the new date has not been announced. I would like to thank Ms Jackson for making me aware of the change.
WESB News: 08/14/07 - Tuesday at the McKean County Fair

Today at the McKean County Fair. There’s the 4-H horse and dairy shows. There’s a tractor pull and the Poverty Neck Hillbillies perform at 8pm. The amusement rides begin at 3pm.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

For Rigas to get new trial, court must be convinced of lie
August 12, 2007

If a star federal government witness says one thing on the stand, causing a defendant to go to jail, but later says something else in a lawsuit, is that sufficient grounds for the defendant to get a new trial?

Not necessarily. Mark Zauderer, a trial attorney at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer in New York City, says federal judges are loath to order new trials on the basis of recanted testimony.

"Courts understand that witnesses, for many reasons, sometimes tell a different story at a different date," Zauderer says. "That doesn't necessarily mean that what they said at trial was untruthful."

To get a new trial, he says, a court has to be convinced that testimony by a key witness was false and that the jury verdict likely would have been different if not for that false testimony. "It's a high bar."

Still, Zauderer says, it can happen. "It all boils down to the horse sense of the trial judge."

Adelphia founder John Rigas, 82, and his son Tim, 51, were convicted of securities fraud and are to report to prison today for 15 years and 20 years, respectively.

The Rigas family attorneys have asked for a new trial on the basis of what they say is contradictory testimony by James Brown, Adelphia's former vice president of finance, in a recent civil trial. During the Rigases' criminal trial, Brown testified that he repeatedly lied to auditors and investors to make the company look better on paper than it actually was. In the civil lawsuit, Brown said he did not lie, according to the Rigases' filing.

The government has until Sept. 7 to respond.

Zauderer reviewed the filing at Gannett News Service's request. In an e-mail, he noted that it's hard to assess the strength of the Rigases' arguments without seeing the government's response. It's "somewhat like trying to applaud with one hand."

The arguments "are well presented," he wrote. But because of the court's test, "They have a mountain to climb to win a new trial."

Brown declined to return calls.

His lawyer, Jonathan Bach, says any suggestion that his client's testimony was untruthful "is unlikely to withstand scrutiny."

Bill Johnson, chief of the securities and commodities fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney's office in New York, which prosecuted the Adelphia case, declined to comment.
WESB News: 08/12/07 - Court & Crime

Coudersport police are looking for a woman who was driving around Potter County with 2 people in the trunk of her car. Witnesses saw the car stopped on Hickox-Ulysses Road and heard a voice coming from the trunk. The trunk opened and a male got out and ran south for about 30 yards until the driver caught up with him and forced him back into the trunk. He and the female in the trunk are in their late teens to early 20s. The driver is in her late teens to early 20s and his about 5 feet three inches tall with a slender physique and brown hair. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Coudersport-based state police.

An Eldred man is accused of pawning 400 dollars worth of DVDs and PlayStation games and telling police they were stolen. Police say 35-year-old Rodney Mosher pawned the DVDs and games in Olean, then reported a burglary at his residence and told police they were stolen. The DVDs and games were lent to him by Kerry York. Police say charges of theft by unlawful taking and making false reports to law enforcement will be filed.

A 15-year-old boy is in the Tioga County Juvenile Detention Center after being charged with having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl in Potter County. Police say the boy forced the girl to perform oral sex on him on two separate occasions between June 30 and Friday. He's charged with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault.

A Roulette woman has been charged with a violation of the drug act after marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in her car. Police say while they were chasing a vehicle that was speeding near Route 872 32-year-old Cynthia Fernstrom threw a small amount of suspected marijuana in a plastic baggie from the passenger side window. After stopping the vehicle, police searched it and found rolling papers that she admitted using.

WESB News: 08/12/07 - Adelphia Founder Headed to Prison

Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas will report to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, to begin a 15-year sentence for a 2004 securities fraud conviction.

His son, 51-year-old Timothy Rigas, Adelphia’s former chief financial officer, will begin a 20-year sentence at an adjoining federal prison in Butner on Monday. A federal court denied their requests for extended bail and a delay in the surrender date.

The 80-year-old Rigas will be in the same detention site that held a number of high profile inmates, including Jim Bakker and former politicians Don Rostenkowski and James Trafficant.