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Saturday, November 3, 2007

1 Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled In PA

Product Label Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination (Nov 3, 2007; PDF Only) | En EspaƱol PDF
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., a Wyalusing, Pa., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,084,384 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The more than 1 million pounds of ground beef that is being recalled because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria was produced between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 at a plant in Wyalusing, Pa.

The meat was distributed it to retailers across the country including Giant, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans and Weis.

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Area Obituaries

MILLPORT - Orrin P. Oakley Jr., 77, of Millport, formerly of Olean, passed away Friday (Nov. 2, 2007) at home after an extended illness, surrounded by his loving family.

ELDRED — Harley E. Ford, 73, died Friday (Nov. 2, 2007) in the Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Turn Clocks Back This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday, when we gain an hour by turning back our clocks at 2 a.m.

DST is four weeks longer this year than last due to the Energy Policy Act in 2005. It extends DST from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

Judge Cheryl L. Allen Only Superior Court Candidate To Visit Potter County Voters

Judge Cheryl L. Allen was the only candidate for the PA Superior Court to visit Potter County voters.

Judge Allen is Highly Recommended by the Pa State Bar.

She spoke on April 1 at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

She is running in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2007.

Final Roundtable Show At Denton Hill Saturday

The final Songwriter’s Roundtable show for 2007 will be the annual fundraiser open stage at the Denton Hill Ski Lodge on Saturday, November 3rd, beginning at 3:00pm and going all day until 10:00pm.

All are invited to bring your instruments and voices and take to the stage, as this month we spotlight the talent that resides right here in Potter County and the surrounding communities!

We will also be featuring and displaying the work of local visual artists Nanci McKee-Turker (fine art painting, beadwork, jewelry) and Jennifer Adams (various painting and drawing mediums).

Julie and Linda will again be serving up smothered burritos in the spirit of “no belly left behind”, with meals at $8, small children $5, and tickets for the show at $10, small children $5.

We encourage those wishing to participate in the open stage to email the Roundtable at , or call Steve at 814-274-9336 to sign up.

For more details on the Songwriter’s Roundtable or for directions, please visit the website at:

Potter County Voters To Choose Commissioners Tuesday

by James Jones

Potter County voters have a choice of a blue ribbon slate of candidates for Potter County Commissioner in this year's general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2007.

Doug Morley (R), Paul Heimel (R) Susan Kefover (D and Cathy Bowers (D) are competing for 3 commissioner seats for the next 4 years.

While every one of these candidates has a long list of credentials qualifying them for the job of running the county and plotting our future, one candidate stands out in my mind as a must elect.

This slender, unassuming woman does not particularly stand out in a crowd, until she opens her mouth and speaks.

She is a soft spoken person who exudes a positive, can do attitude. She acts as a catalyst to bring people together, and inspires them to make things happen.

She has an impressive list of qualifications, eminently qualifying her for the Potter County Commissioner job and probably for President of the United States.

Her neighbors love her, and I have never heard anyone say a bad word about her.

Making her your commissioner can be nothing but a win-win proposition for Potter County voters.

That candidate is Susan Sullivan Kefover, and she has the experience of previously serving two terms as Potter County Commissioner.

Here is her background.

Susan graduated from Galeton High School in 1966. She is a 1970 graduate of the Lock Haven University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has attended classes at Penn State University, including the EAC/JS Managers Conference, a Basic Economic Development Course and a Computer Anxiety Course. Susan has also participated in the Department of Community Affairs Municipal Finance for Elected Officials program.

In 1988 Susan ran for the United States Senate, has served as a Potter County Commissioner for two terms, the President of the Galeton Borough Council, President of the Pennsylvania Appalachian Capital Alliance lending organization, Chairman of the Potter County Employer Advisory Council, judge for Central Penn Business Journal and Department of Community and Economic Development of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business.

She has also held memberships on various boards, including the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, The Potter County Hospital Authority and the North Penn Health Services Advisory Board.

Susan continues to be an active member of her community, working with the Potter County Redevelopment Authority, working to retain, develop, and advance business in Potter County, and participating in the Potter County Educational Council, Galeton Water and Sewer Authority, and the Galeton Borough Planning Commission.

Susan also produces and hosts a television talk show called "Issues and Answers" on WGCB-TV in the Harrisburg area.

Susan and Jay Kefover have been married for 33 years. They live in Galeton and appreciate the quality of life and closeness of knowing the community. They have no children of their own, but enjoy countless children in their lives. They are 30-year members of the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Church. They are active in ministry in their church and in ministry outreach in the United States and Romania.

Susan is daughter of Lois Sullivan Furcron and the late John P. Sullivan. Her sisters are Terry Cole and Gail Howey; her brothers are Frank Sullivan and John Sullivan.Susan enjoys keeping fit, jogging, studying the Bible, reading a broad range of topics, meeting and talking to people, learning of different cultures, traveling, and watching HGTV, enjoying the flowers, wildlife, scenic views and tranquility of Potter County at its best.

Click to go to for more information on Susan Sullivan Kefover.

State Police Investigate Thefts

Coudersport-based state police are investigating a variety of recent thefts. Mikell Haskins of Coudersport told authorities that someone has been using her identity to charge items against her checking account for items purchased over the internet. The crimes have been taking place since late August.

Sometime over the past week, thieves entered an unlocked vehicle owned by Earl Gustin of Shinglehouse while it was parked in his driveway in Sharon Township and removed the inspection sticker from the windshield.

And, authorities say they “exceptionally cleared” a theft at the Northern Potter High School. A 16 year old Genesee boy is suspected of stealing a wallet containing $5.00 belonging to a 13 year old Ulysses boy. Troopers say the wallet was recovered but the money was missing. They say the case resulted from an investigation into a drug paraphernalia possession case involving the same suspect and added that the victim did not wish to prosecute the case any further. From WFRM News

Austin Woman Injured In Car/Deer Crash

State police at Emporium say Crystal Earle of Austin suffered a minor arm injury when the van in which she was a passenger hit a deer on Route 155 just north of the Four Mile Run Road in Shippen Township Wednesday night.

The driver, Dustin Earle escaped injury. Authorities said both were wearing seatbelts.
From WFRM News

Coudersport Man Gets 50 Criminal Charges + 9 Traffic

By George Osgood
Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

COUDERSPORT – A 29-year-old Coudersport man who police said went on a rampage last month now faces 50 criminal charges plus nine traffic counts.

State police at Coudersport initially arrested Michael F. Gallina, 29, of Ross Street, Coudersport, on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, DUI, terroristic threats, stalking, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident illegally, public drunkenness, reckless driving and failing to notify police of a traffic crash.

Troopers filed an amended complaint, and Gallina now faces trial on 12 counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, six counts of disorderly conduct, four of reckless endangerment, three each of stalking and criminal mischief, two of criminal attempt and single counts of DUI, possessing a controlled substance, terroristic threats, indecent exposure, open lewdness, leaving the scene of an accident without providing information, harassment and public drunkenness, plus the traffic charges.

He waived a preliminary hearing this week before Coudersport Magisterial District Judge Annette Easton and also waived his right to appear at a formal arraignment, which means the court will automatically enter a not-guilty plea on his behalf. He is due to appear in Potter County’s Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 2 for a conference.

Troopers said witnesses saw Gallina at 7 a.m. on Oct. 2 in his 1985 Buick Electra station wagon on the area of the PennDOT office along Locust Street. The car struck an unattended parked vehicle there, and when Gallina attempted to flee, his vehicle hit a metal light pole, police said.

Gallina then drove onto South Main Street and twice rammed a car occupied by three adults, police said. He followed that vehicle to the Coudersport Police Department, where he rammed it again, police said.

The victims then drove the car to the Sheetz convenience store on South Main Street, where Gallina rammed it again, police said.

He then put the car in reverse, backed onto Route 6 and fled east on Chestnut Street, police said. Near the intersection of Borie Street and Allegany Avenue, Gallina struck another vehicle, this one occupied by a woman and her 2-year-old and 7-year-old children, police said. None were injured.

His car then traveled across a sidewalk and into a yard, then he drove to his apartment on Ross Street, where he was apprehended.

Police said Gallina was drunk, damaged the interior of a state police car and a wall at the state police barracks, used loud and offensive language in public, spit at troopers and made threats against them and members of their families.

He is free on $125,000 bail.

Man Killed By Semi On I-80 After Crash

CLEARFIELD - A man was killed early today while standing along Interstate 80.
Clearfield-based state police said the name of the 26-year-old man is being withheld, pending notification of the next of kin.

The incident occurred at 3:57 a.m. today at milemarker 115 westbound in Lawrence Township. The man was involved in a previous crash and had left his Mazda MX3 coupe and was standing on the road beside it. The Mazda was disabled in the left lane and its lights were not working.
Police said several uninvolved vehicles pulled off the right lane and onto the north berm in response to the crash.

William H. Seaman Jr., 57, 115 Coolidge Ave., Ortley Beach, N.J., was driving a 1998 Kenworth W900 tractor-trailer behind the traffic and moved into the left lane.

Police said Seaman did not see the disabled Mazda on the road until it was too late, and the right side of the truck hit the left side of the Mazda. After hitting the car, the center front of the tractor-trailer hit and killed the man.

Gas Up, Oil Down Locally

WESB News: 11/02/07 - Gas Prices Top $3, Oil Price Down

Gas prices are up to an average of $3.05 a gallon in the Bradford area.

But despite a rise in oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange, oil prices are down locally. American Refining Group is paying $88.50 for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil Friday. That's down a dollar from Thursday's price.

Rendell Offers Foreclosure Help

New Help for Pennsylvanians Facing Foreclosure

Governor RendellA growing number of Pennsylvanians are losing their homes due in part to predatory lending practices and unaffordable adjustable rate loans. Statewide, the number of foreclosure filings during the third quarter skyrocketed by 31 percent -- almost identical to the rate of increase reported nationwide. Fortunately, two new resources are available to help the thousands of hardworking Pennsylvania homeowners caught in mortgages they can no longer afford.

The two new loan programs — REfinance to an Affordable Loan, or REAL; and Homeowner Equity Recovery Opportunity, or HERO — will help thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, or PHFA, will manage both programs statewide.

The REAL program offers refinancing to homeowners whose adjustable-rate or other exotic mortgage has become unaffordable. By combining 100 percent financing with flexible credit underwriting, REAL provides relief for homeowners with good credit who can’t otherwise qualify for typical refinance programs. A network of 72 lending institutions will handle REAL program loans. A list of participating lenders is available at or by calling 1-800-822-1174.

HERO offers loans for homeowners who, because of credit or other issues, can’t afford their current mortgage payments and are not eligible for other programs that could save their homes from foreclosure. Unlike the REAL program, HERO loans are directly made by PHFA, which may negotiate with current mortgage-holders to reduce the amount owed on applicants’ properties.

Area Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, November 2, 2007

COUDERSPORT — Kathryn B. Kerns, 88, of Coudersport died Wednesday (Oct. 31, 2007) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Mary Ann Kubo, 58, originally from Port Allegany, died July 1, 2007, following a long illness.

ELDRED — Erwin LeRoy Austin, 95, of Sartwell Road, died unexpectedly Thursday (Nov. 1, 2007) in his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse

McCULLEN, Clara "Kate"
Age 68, of 9 Penn Ave., Apt. D-4, Galeton, PA, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born September 23, 1939 in Sunderlinville, PA, the daughter of Harold and Mayjol Snay Monroe. She was a homemaker and she formerly worked for Galeton Production. Kate was a member of the Galeton Assembly of God Church. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Wynnette McCullen, Galeton, PA, Curtis and Debbie McCullen, Galeton, PA; son, Jack McCullen Jr., Galeton, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Bill Main, Galeton, PA, daughter, Donna Geiser, Galeton, PA; sisters, Carolyn Setzer, Elkland, PA, Carole Putman, Galeton, PA, Corral (Vane) Gunn, Knoxville, PA, Cleoria (Mike) McCullen, Knoxville, PA, Cynthia Swimelar, Westfield, PA, Crystal (James) Thorne, Middlebury Ctr., PA; sister-in-law, Joanne Monroe, Westfield, PA; brothers, Andrew (Jeanie) Monroe, Sayre, PA, Anthony Monroe, Galeton, PA, Albert (Alice) Monroe, Knoxville, PA, Alan (Sherry) Monroe, Westfield, PA; brother-in-law, Tom Haner, Wellsboro, PA; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by sisters, Cora Haner and Connie Monroe; and brother, Alex Monroe. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Saturday from 4-6:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Rev. David Brelo officiating. Burial in White's Corners Cemetery, White's Corners, PA. Memorials may be made to the family to help with Kate's final expenses.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Stock Market Scary Day After Halloween

DJIA13567.87 -362.14 (-2.60%)
NASDAQ2794.83 -64.29 (-2.25%)
NYSE10022.08 -289.53 (-2.81%)
S&P 5001508.44 -40.94 (-2.64%)

Barn Fire On Hickox-Ulysses Road

Fire companies from Ulysses, Genesee, Willing and Whitesville have just been dispatched to a barn fire on the Hickox-Ulysses Road near the Whitney Road. Firemen are responding to the 10:18 pm alarm in Bingham Township. No other information is available.

Pike Township Voting Place Moved

The Potter County Commissioners are gearing up for next week’s election and into the future.

During the October 11 meeting, the board voted to move the Pike Township polling place to Larry’s Sports Center on Route 6 at the request of Earl F. Dean, Inc. which had housed the voting booths for several years. Chairman Ken Wingo said the move will be a good one for the voters in that district

. And, during the October 25 meeting, the board approved a contract with Premier Election Solutions, formerly Diebold, for support and maintenance of the county’s voting machines at annual rate of $17,000 . From WFRM News

E. Coli In Frozen Pizza Recall

WESB News: 11/01/07 - Tops Markets Recalls Frozen Pizza

Tops Markets has announced today a product recall of Totino’s and Jeno’s frozen pizzas. The items are being removed from stores due to the possible contamination with E. coli in the pepperoni on these pizzas. These products include:

§ Totino’s Party Pizza Supreme, 10.9 oz., UPC 4280010700
§ Totino’s Party Pizza Pepperoni, 10.2 oz., UPC 4280011400
§ Jeno’s Pepperoni Pizza, 6.8 oz., UPC 3530000572
§ Jeno’s Combination Pizza, 7 oz., UPC 3530000576
§ Jeno’s Pizza Supreme, 7.2 oz., UPC 3530000561

Penn Grade Crude Goes To New High

WESB News: 11/01/07 - Another Record-High Price at ARG

American Refining Group has set yet another record-high price it pays for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil. Thursday's price is $89.50 per barrel.

That's up 4 dollars from yesterday, and 12 dollars and 25 cents from the price ARG paid on October 1.

Stock Market Taking A Hit This Morning

DJIA13684.92 -245.09 (-1.76%)
NASDAQ2810.62 -48.50 (-1.70%)
NYSE10076.65 -234.96 (-2.28%)
S&P 5001518.90 -30.48 (-1.97%)

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Ruth D. Burr, 79, of U.S. Route 6, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2007) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

ULYSSES — Vincent L. Guide, 83, of Coudersport, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2007) in the Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Taj Mahal Buyer Not Disclosed Pending Approval

Bloomberg News

John Rigas's `Taj Mahal' Draws Top Auction Bid of $3.4 Million

By Bob Ivry

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The headquarters John Rigas built for Adelphia Communications Inc. as the cable television company he founded slid into bankruptcy drew a winning bid of $3.4 million after a three-week Internet auction.

The 72,056-square-foot, three-story office building in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, boasts polished granite interiors and is worth $30 million, said LFC Group of Cos., which conducted the auction. It's an enduring symbol of the company that was once the biggest employer in this town of 2,650 and remains its claim to fame.

``People call it the Taj Mahal,'' said Dolores Gartside, a Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce board member who runs John White's Second Street Gallery. ``It's beautiful, don't get me wrong, but it's a little strange to have this big building in such a small town. It sits right next to the McDonald's.''

The offer for the building was received on Oct. 29 and will be submitted to the U.S. bankruptcy court for approval today, said LFC. The buyer wasn't disclosed.

This week, LFC was offering for sale nine other former Adelphia properties in Coudersport.

Adelphia sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2002 with $20 billion of debt amid the fraud scandal. Adelphia, founded by Rigas in 1952, went ahead and finished building the headquarters in 2004. Company executives subsequently moved to Greenwood Village, Colorado, and the Coudersport building now stands empty.

``It's a shame they didn't get a chance to use it more,'' said Kelly Lovegrove, director of communications for Newport Beach, California-based LFC. ``It's a very remote rural little town and as you come into town on a hill you see this magnificent building.''

The buyer's name is being withheld pending approval by the bankruptcy court-appointed administrator, Lovegrove said.

Coudersport is located on the Allegheny River in north central Pennsylvania, 180 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and 120 miles southeast of Buffalo, New York.

On its Web site the Chamber of Commerce calls the area ``God's country.'' Logging trucks rattle the windows on Main Street and the town comes to a stop when the high school's Falcons play football, said Marlin ``Mud'' Moore, Coudersport's borough manager.

``If there's a bright side it would be the fact that the facilities are here and the workers who know how to handle that type of work are here,'' Moore said.

Bidding for the building began Oct. 11 on a ``last call'' basis, meaning the auction closed when the high offer was not topped within 24 hours. Moore and others at borough hall were monitoring the bids, he said.

``It's a gorgeous building,'' Moore said. ``It could be in any big city in the U.S. and that city would be proud of it.''

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Ivry in New York at .

Potter Commissioners Buy Phone Service From Zito

During their October 25 meeting, the Potter County Commissioners approved a contract Between Potter County and Zito Media for installation and operation of an upgraded telephone system for the Gunzburger Annex and the Courthouse Proper at a cost of $13,000.00 for the initial installation and recurring monthly charge at $4,000.00.

Both the one time installation fee and the monthly charges will be allocated between Potter County Human Services and the rest of the county offices.

PCHS will be billed 63% of the total and the rest of the county offices will be billed 37% of the total. These costs will also include an upgrade in internet service to the county to a fiber optic ten megabit connection. The price for this service will remain unchanged during the five year term of this contract.

Coudersport State Police Investigate Thefts

Coudersport state police are investigating a couple of recent thefts.

Thieves took 20 pieces of 4 x 8 sheets of Green Guard insulation board from a work site at Cherry Springs State Park between 4:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday. The material belonged to Lobar Construction of Dillsburg and is valued at $400.

And, sometime between October 13 and 20, thieves forced their way through the back door at a camp on Sperl Hollow Road in Clara Township and stole two hammers, a big game scale, two tree stand seat cushions and an ax valued at a total of $70. The camp is owned by Kenneth Sechrist of Wellsville, PA. Information from WFRM News.

Zippo To Light Other Fires

/WESB News: 10/31/07 - Zippo Planning to Diversify

Zippo is looking to diversify, and want 50 percent of its products to be unrelated to smoking by 2010.

The plan is to try to offset losses due to anti-smoking legislation enacted around the country. New products will include a line of multi-purpose lighters to be used for fireplaces, barbecues and outdoor activities.

Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth says the company will continue to do what they do best – make products that generate flame – but those products will be non-smoking related.

NY Governor Relents On Indian Gas/Cigarette Taxes

WESB News: 10/31/07 - Spitzer Backs Down on Collecting Taxes

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has backed down on his plan to collect sales tax on gas and cigarettes sold on Indian land – at least for now. During his campaign, and the early part of his administration, Spitzer pledged to collect the taxes. The issue could resurface in the spring, however.

Meanwhile, Seneca Nation President Mo John says he commends Spitzer for honoring the nation's sovereignty. Seneca retailers, who dominate the tax-free cigarette sales market among Indian tribes nationally, say ancient treaties give them the legal right to sell without collecting taxes.

National Fuel Lowering Gas Rates

WESB News: 10/31/07 - National Fuel Gas Lowering Rates

National Fuel Gas is lowering its rate effective Thursday. The new price will lower the annual bill for a typical residential customer by about 40 dollars. The decrease is the result of lower costs than what was projected in August.

New Link For Potter County Jobs

Solomon's words has updated the Potter County Job link so that it takes you directly to the listing of new jobs. Check it out--saves a few steps for you.

Poll: Radar For Local Cops Is A Tie

Eighteen readers chose to express their opinions in our online poll as to whether local cops should be able to use radar for speed enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Final results showed 9 for and 9 against. The results will be forwarded to our local representatives in the state legislature. Thanks to those who participated. With well over 3,000 readers each month, it is surprising more people didn't vote in this poll.

14 Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested

WESB News: 10/31/07 - Drug Bust in Allegany County

Several police agencies rounded up more than a dozen drug suspects Tuesday in Allegany County.

14 suspects were arrested by police after being accused of trafficking crack cocaine and marijuana into the Southern Tier from Buffalo.

The arrests stem from a long term investigation by the Southern Tier Drug Task Force

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Former Roulette Residents Tie The Knot

Former Roulette residents, Brad Jones and Courtney Dangro were united in marriage at the Salem United Methodist Church in Manhiem, PA on Saturday, October 27, 2007.
Several friends and relatives from the Roulette and Port Allegany area were there.

The couple now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Legislation: Drug Testing For Welfare

WESB News: 10/30/07 - Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients?

US Congressman Phil English believes taxpayer dollars should support American families.... and not drug or alcohol addiction.

That is why the Congressman is introducing legislation in the US House of Representatives that would require drug testing for a welfare recipient, if there is evidence that he or she is taking illegal substances.

He says he knows there will be some 'civil libertarians' who will argue against his effort, but he feels that substance addiction is a significant contributor to poverty

Sinnemahoning State Park On Funding List

WESB News: 10/30/07 - Airport, Wilds on List for ARC Funding

Money for a multi-tenant center at Bradford Regional Airport and a visitors center just north of Benezette are on the list of projects being sent to the Appalachian Regional Commission for funding.

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission has 10 projects on its list for A-R-C funding. The requests include 250 thousand dollars each for the airport's mult-tenant center and the Elk County Visitors Center.

Other visitor centers are planned for the Penfield exit of Interstate 80 and at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Also on the list is 275 thousand dollars for the food matrix of the Pennslvania Wilds
Agricultural Heritage Alliance.

Ryder Truck Stolen At Bradford

WESB News: 10/30/07 - Police Agencies Search for Stolen Truck

Several police agencies spent part of Tuesday morning looking for a truck stolen from a Bradford Regional Medical Center parking lot.

The truck is a white, Ryder box truck and was taken by a white male at about 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

It was last seen on Interstate Parkway headed toward New York State. Bradford City, Bradford and Foster township, Pennsylvania and New York State Police, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department and Allegany State Park Police were all involved in the search.

The truck hasn't been located

State Supreme Court Refuses Tim Williams Appeal

WESB News: 10/30/07 - Cop Killer Won't Get New Trial

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of the man convicted of killing Kane Police Officer Steve Jerman.

27-year-old Timothy Williams, formerly of Coudersport, is serving 22-47 years in prison for shooting and killing Jerman during a traffic stop in 1999.

Williams's attorney, Sam Stretton, was seeking a new trial, saying that Becky Lucrezi Olson, who was in the car when Williams shot Jerman, later admitted that she actually shot Jerman.

The court ruled that any admission made by Lucrezi was not enough to grant a new trial.

Marian Nersinger and Michelle Nelson were also convicted of perjury in May of 2006 for testifying that they heard Olson admit to shooting Jerman. Both were sentenced to three to 23 1/2 months, but are currently out on bail while appealing their cases.

Sale Pending On Taj Mahal--No New Bids

Property Type Office

Approx Sq Ft
Suggested Value
Minimum Bid
Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment
Sale Pending
Bid Deadline 10/30/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,400,003Pow384Last Call 10/29/200719:59 EDT

Shinglehouse Driver Uninjured In Cameron County Crash

A Shinglehouse driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County.

State police at Emporium say 20 year old Matthew Bell was headed north when his ’95 Chevy Monte Carlo went off the road and struck the west embankment and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.

Authorities said Bell was wearing a seatbelt. He has been cited for failing to stay in roadways laned for traffic. From WFRM News

Pennsylvania Ready For Winter Weather

The Rendell administration says, even though forecasters are predicting a mild weather, they will be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

At a news conference Monday, PEMA director General Robert P. French, Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler and State Police Commander Col. Jeffery B. Miller outlined the state’s preparation for winter and beyond.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has developed procedures to escalate the staffing level within the state’s emergency operations center when there is advanced warning of major weather events, like last February’s storm; according to the announcement.

State police have
  • Created the position of department watch officer to monitor all state police activities during emergency situations and to ensure that the same information is provided to state police commanders at all levels, including other agencies involved in the emergency response. Five watch officers have been appointed and are developing protocols for the PSP watch concept, which also will include the creation of station watch officer positions at each station.
  • Installed a state police mobile office computer terminal at PEMA’s emergency operations center to give state police personnel working at the emergency operations center full access to all state police computer system information now available to troopers through their in-car computers.
  • Distributed BlackBerries to all 16 troop commanders to enhance the sharing of information during emergency situations.
  • Developed specific plans with officers from State Police Troop L, Reading, Berks County, and PennDOT representatives for dealing with weather-related traffic incidents on I-78.
  • Developed, with PennDOT and PEMA, protocols for closures of interstate highways during weather-related incidents statewide. PennDot has

Increased salaries for temporary winter equipment operators in areas of the state where recruiting has been difficult. This includes the Interstate 81 corridor, areas east of that corridor and the urban areas of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions.

· Contracted with a weather forecasting service to provide automatic notification of approaching storms to PennDOT.

· Started pilot testing of automatic vehicle locators in PennDOT’s trucks in Districts 5 and 8 (Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg areas), which will improve PennDOT’s situational awareness capability and its ability to re-direct resources as necessary.

· Installed PennDOT, PEMA and State Police incident reporting information at PennDOT’s central traffic communications center. All three incident systems are also installed at PEMA and State Police.

· Developed with State Police and PEMA an interstate road closure protocol.

PennDOT’s reviews showed that the problems last winter stemmed from the agency not following established procedures, processes and guidelines. Hundreds of motorists were stranded for days along Interstate-78 following a blizzard when PennDot failed to adequately prepare and respond. From WFRM News

Suspected Bomb Closes I-80 Off Ramp

CLARION - PennDOT employees found what appeared to be a homemade explosive device on the Interstate 80 off-ramp in Monroe Township, Clarion County
The incident occurred at 11 a.m. Monday at the eastbound off-ramp at Exit 62, according to Clarion-based state police.
The employees were working along the interstate when they discovered a plastic bottle filled with liquid, with batteries attached using duct tape and wires leading between the batteries and the contents of the bottle.
A state police explosive unit was flown in from Harrisburg and the Erie Bomb Squad responded to assist.
Police said a staging area was established nearby with assistance from Clarion fire crews and Clarion Hospital Ambulance.
The explosives unit and the bomb squad worked together and tried to detonate the device. The device failed to detonate and was then collected as evidence. It will be sent for analysis in an attempt to identify a suspect.
Police closed the off-ramp during the incident and reopened it at 2:45 p.m.
From the DuBois Courier Express

Area Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PORT ALLEGANY — Dorrie A. Ayers, 51, of Roulette, died Monday (Oct. 29, 2007) at her residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany. Friends may call at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Coudersport on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 9:00 am until noon at which time funeral and committal services will be held.

PORT ALLEGANY — Florence L. Sinsabaugh, 86, formerly of Third Street, Roulette, died Monday (Oct. 29, 2007) in the Edinboro Manor, Edinboro. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Switzer Funeral Home.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Rep. Causer Schedules Local Hours For November

Here For You and Your Neighbors:
My Satellite Office Hours
in November
Dear Friends,
Continuing my commitment to making government more accessible to you, I have scheduled the following office hours in communities throughout the 67th Legislative District during the month of November:

Monday, Nov. 5:
Ulysses Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Galeton Borough Office – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8:
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.
You are also welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor, telephone 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour).
Feel free to contact me if I may assist you with any state-related matter:
Toll-free at 1-866-437-8181
Visit my Web site:
I look forward to hearing from you.

Weekend Crashes In Area

A downstate man is being charged with DUI following a one-vehicle crash Friday night on the East Fork Road in Wharton Township. State police say 49 year old John Covington of Salladsburg was DUI when his Toyota Tacoma went off of the East Fork Road, traveled 20 feet up an embankment and overturned coming to rest on its roof in the road. Covington escaped injury but was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for chemical testing.

Summary traffic charges are pending against 25 year old Jeremy Reed of Coudersport in connection to a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Route 144 two miles north of Cross Fork. Troopers said Reed lost control of his 2004 Pontiac Grand Am while rounding a right hand curve. The unit spun off the road and struck a drainage ditch before traveling 12 feet up an embankment. Reed was able to back the car down onto the road and drove to a pull off area. He was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Minor injuries were reported for a Port Allegany driver following a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening on Route 155 about two miles south of that town. Authorities said Larry Galentine was traveling north when his 2004 Ford Explorer went off the road for “unknown reasons,” re-entered the road and veered to the other side and rolled over onto its roof. Gallentine was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Port Allegany volunteer ambulance. The investigation is continuing. From WFRM News

A Saturday morning crash on I-180 South of Williamsport Saturday morning around 8:30 resulted in the death of one occupant and serious injuries to two others. According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the car went out of control and hit the guardrails. Witnesses driving by the scene described the damages as massive.

Tioga Central Railroad Up For Sale

By George Osgood, Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

WELLSBORO – The Tioga Central Railroad, a popular tourist rail line, has made its last run unless a new team of investors shows up to keep up steam.

Tioga Central partners confirmed Monday that the 23-year-old rail line was up for sale and that unless it was sold intact, they would sell rolling stock off piecemeal or even auction all railroad assets.

A shortage of certified volunteers – brakemen, conductors, engineers and others – doomed the rail line, which hauled about 20,000 passengers in the season that ended Saturday. That left three people to actually run the day-to-day operation of the railroad, though more volunteers handled daily tasks, said partner David Dropkin of Wellsboro.

“It’s going to go, one way or another,” Dropkin said. “We can’t go on like this.”

Jerry Bertaldo of Attica, N.Y. is a partner who has been involved with railroads for more than 30 years.

“Selling the operation is the only realistic way to go at this point,” he said.

Penn Grade Crude Up Again To New High

WESB News: 10/29/07 - ARG Sets Another Record High Oil Price

A-R-G has set another record-high price that it pays for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil. Monday's price is $86.75, up one dollar from Friday's price.

Former Call Center Worker Sentenced

Scio woman avoids jail time in death of granddaughter; Debra Jaeckle sentenced to probation, community service

By JOHN ANDERSON/Daily Reporter
Published: Monday, October 29, 2007 9:44 AM CDT

BELMONT — The Scio woman who was charged with manslaughter while baby-sitting her 6-year-old granddaughter when she was shot dead by another child, avoided jail time during sentencing in Allegany County Court Friday.

Her family, however, has an order of protection against her and the child who pulled the trigger is in the “juvenile equivalent of jail,” said Allegany County District Attorney Terrence Parker.

Debra L. Jaeckle, 48, of 2968 Peterson Hill Road, was sentenced by Allegany County Court Judge James Euken to five years probation and 200 hours of community service. She was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, first-degree reckless endangerment, a Class D felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Parker said the family of the victim, Cassandra Congdon, felt the sentence was better than jail and Parker said the boy who pulled the trigger is in the equivalent of a jail for a juvenile.

On June 22 at Jaeckle’s home, Congdon, 6, of Wellsville, was shot by her 10-year-old cousin in the head and died while under Jaeckle’s care. Parker said the maximum Jaeckle could have served in jail — if convicted — was 16 months behind bars.

“The (parents of the deceased girl) were straightforward in saying they did not want (Jaeckle) to go to prison — if she was locked up and then let loose, it would give the impression everything went away — they wanted it to go longer than that,” said Parker. “So the ones who suffered the loss, we have to give their input great weight.”

Parker said the Congdon family “did ask for, and the court did grant, an order of protection for the next five years. That was the longest we could grant under the law.”

Reading from a prepared speech and sobbing, Jaeckle explained her feelings to the court. The Congdon family was not present.

“First your honor, there is nothing I can say to replace the loss (and what) the rest of Cassandra’s family, including all the members of my family, are feeling because of my actions,” said Jaeckle. “I take full responsibility for the events of June 22. And in hindsight, I realize I should have never allowed them boys to have weapons or to shoot the weapons unless I was standing right next to them.”

Jaeckle then explained her grandson who pulled the trigger, is better off today because he is being treated for a behavioral disorder.

“I realize I overcompensated by letting him do things he should not have because of things he did not have,” said Jaeckle. “I am thankful for the foster family he had. They took care of him. “I just want to say, I have made no attempt to contact my daughter and her family, even when the five years is up, I won’t attempt to contact them,” she added. “That is something they have to want. That is all I have to say your honor.”

Parker said Jaeckle’s grandson, who pulled the trigger with Congdon’s 9-year-old brother present, remains in the foster home. A family court hearing was held after criminal court case and Jaeckle was unable to get the boy back in her care.

“He is a juvenile in detention in a foster home,” said Parker. “Being removed from his normal living situation is equivalent to jail. And he is not home and he does not have any freedom, so from a juvenile standpoint, that is equivalent to jail time.”

Jaeckle’s attorney, Ralph Lorigo of West Seneca, said Jaeckle “has to live with the tragedy every day.”

Lorigo went on to point out Jaeckle was a first-time offender with no prior criminal record. Lorigo also pointed out, “It is a tragedy certainly in Cassie’s family, but it’s also a tragedy to my client. And she has to live with the fact she is responsible for this tragedy.”

Euken explained during the sentencing to probation that Jaeckle may not have weapons for five years or leave a certain area without permission.

She will be allowed to visit her grandson, who Parker said is in a group home in the Buffalo area.

Jaeckle, who is active in her church, will not choose how the 200 hours of community service are served. Parker said that will be directed by the probation department.

Area Obituaries

WOOD, Addie Eugertha
of Coudersport, PA
Age 101, died Sunday, October 28, 2007. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Widespread Frost After Midnite

The National Weather Service is predicting a widespread frost tonight after midnight when temps will dip into the mid twenties. Tender vegtatation should be picked or brought in tonite.

New Systems Soon At 911 Centers

By George Osgood==Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

WELLSBORO -- The Northern Tier soon will add computer-aided dispatching (CAD) to its 911 call centers, streamlining emergency dispatching and adding services that may well save lives.

Bradford County may offer computer-aided dispatching within a month from its 911 center in Towanda.

The emergency communications center in Wellsboro dispatches emergency crews and police for Tioga and Potter counties and portions of Bradford and Lycoming.

Workers there expect to have increased dispatching capabilities in place within six months.

They trained last week, and the 911 center in the basement of the Tioga County Courthouse Annex got a complete overhaul.

"We have new work stations, new phones, new computers," said David Cohick, Tioga County's emergency services director.

"We basically have a new center from the inside out."

Part of the upgrade will allow dispatchers to plot the locations of people who use cell phones to call 911, a potentially life-saving service.

"There are basically three phases," Cohick said.

"In phase zero, which is where we are now, we just receive a cell phone call and no more information. We don't even get the caller's phone number.

"Phase one is the next phase, and that gives the caller's number.

"In phase two, we locate the caller by getting information from the cell phone tower," Cohick said.

"We can tell what tower the caller is hitting and what antenna on the tower the caller is hitting.

"This will let us pinpoint the location of the caller within 100 meters at least 67 percent of the time," he said.

"We can get within 300 meters at least 95 percent of the time."

And that can be crucial information for hurt hunters, lost hikers, visitors in disabling car crashes in remote areas and others.

"Two years ago, we got a cell-phone call from a hunter who had fallen out of his tree stand and broken his leg," Cohick said.

"We couldn't locate the hunter by the tower he was hitting because we didn't have that technology then. But he was able to give a physical description of the area.

"We dispatched the appropriate fire department, and they were able to call the hunter on his cell phone, and he directed the firefighters to him," Cohick said. "That worked out as well as it could.

"But in the new system, we would have known where he was without him having to tell us. So the system is going to work even better."

Tioga County is skipping phase one and going directly to phase two of implementation, he said.

That's for improved efficiency in an age when the use of cell phones is expanding exponentially.

"Some 911 centers in Pennsylvania are already receiving more cell phone calls than calls from hard-wired phones," Cohick said. "And it's just going to keep going."

Computer-aided dispatching provides benefits for people with traditional hard-wired phones, too.

Currently, when users of wired phones call 911, their address appears on dispatchers' screens.

When computer-aided dispatching kicks in, dispatchers will see a map on their screens giving the caller's exact location, eliminating any question about what fire department or ambulance association to dispatch and accelerating the dispatching process.

That may be in place by spring in Tioga County.

It should be available to Bradford County residents much sooner, because that county started the process of converting to computer-aided dispatching well before Tioga.

"We have already started dry-testing with our wireless callers," said Rob Repasky, in charge of Bradford county's 911 system.

"We are making sure the towers are properly aligned. We have some testing to do before we switch over to CAD and mapping. It should be done in the next month."

After testing in Tioga County, Cohick will notify wireless-service providers that he's ready to proceed.

"They have up to six months to get their towers to provide callers' latitude and longitude," he said.

"Then we're ready to go."

Sign Language Classes At Coudersport

Sign language classes scheduled

The basics of sign language will be taught in a six-week course by former Mansfield University Sign Language instructor Lynn Stroud at the Potter County Education Council Coudersport office, 227 N. Main St.

This workshop will teach how to use the alphabet, short sign words, and how to read sign language from others.

It also will hone skills for signing in schools, business and for personal use.

Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning this week.

The cost is $120 a person and includes the American Sign Language Dictionary.

Information, registration: Call the PCEC at (814) 274-4877, 642-2295 or 435-9490.