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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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No Foul Play Expected
Kane-based state police say no foul play is suspected in the death of 38 year old James Evens of West Leechburg whose body was found Monday afternoon along a railroad track in Wetmore Township. The cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results. Evens was reported missing Sunday by state police in Kiski Valley. A search was initiated Sunday after his car was found along Route 6 two and a half miles west of Kane and resumed Monday involving members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Elkland search and Rescue and a State Police helicopter.

Details Released about Crashes Last Week
Coudersport-based state police overnight released details about a couple of vehicle mishaps taking place last week. Irene Fay Hauber of Coudersport received minor injuries Christmas Eve afternoon when her northbound Dodge van went off the west berm of the Dingman Run Road and struck an embankment. Charges of failing to drive at a safe speed are being filed against 66 year old Thomas Ragan of Rising Sun Maryland after his Chevrolet Tahoe wrecked on Route 144 in West Branch Township Friday evening. Troopers said Ragan’s pick up slid out of control while headed south on the icy road, skidded across the road, struck a tree, spun around, re-crossed the road and came to rest back in its own lane of travel. Ragan was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Harassment Charges Being Filed Against Lawrenceville Man
A 25 year old Lawrenceville man is being charged with harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at his home on the Tremaine Road in that town. State police say the incident began when Andrew Arnold called his mother threatening to burn down his house. She and a female victim arrived at the residence and an argument erupted, “spilling” into the house, then moved back out onto the yard. During the argument, Arnold allegedly struck the female victim numerous times with his fist, kicked her, kneed her in the stomach, smashed her head on the ground and threw her into her car. The two women left the house and returned to New York State and reported the incident the next day to Mansfield-based state police.

Couple Victimized by Access Device Fraud
Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into an Access Device Fraud victimizing a Genesee couple. Someone obtained bank account and/or debit card information belonging to Richard and Phyllis Ober and used it to make multiple online purchases between December 24 and 27 without their consent or knowledge.

Theft of Baby Jesus Replica Investigated
Troopers are also probing the theft of a plastic Baby Jesus from in front of the Andrews Settlement Church between Christmas Eve and Saturday and the theft of a license plate from a vehicle owned by Robert and Rosalind Eastman of Ulysses last week. It bears Pennsylvania registration YLC6573.

Lawmakers Lobby for Changes in Tourism Funding
Action continues on several fronts in an attempt to restore state funding for tourist promotion for many rural Pennsylvania counties. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer are pushing for action. The Potter County Commissioners are lobbying their counterparts in other rural counties to join the move. Unless state officials relent, Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will take a big hit next year, due to a new formula for distributing state funds. PCVA funding has been cut from $34,652 this year to $13,355. That’s a 61 percent decrease, largest proportional reduction in the state. Under Pa. Act 50 of 2008, tourist promotion agencies are awarded funding based on a formula that weighs the agency’s eligible expenses (i.e. spending on promotion, etc.), hotel room tax revenues and an evaluation of a marketing plan. Rep. Causer told BFB the changes have a negative impact on smaller tourist promotion agencies with relatively small room tax revenue and promotional spending. In the case of Potter County, the marketing plan received a favorable rating, but the other two factors have more than outweighed that high score. More news...

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