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Saturday, August 2, 2008

New Hours For Roulette's Drabee's Mini Mart

9 River Street--Roulette, PA-- 814-544-8094
Monday-Saturday--6:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sundays--8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Anonymous James Jones said...

Thanks Brian & Lisa for providing this needed service to Roulette. Your investment in time and money is greatly appreciated by the residents of Roulette. It's dedicated people like you who make this a great community to live in. I pray that you prosper abundantly from your endeavors.

Saturday, August 2, 2008 6:33:00 PM EDT

Jack Russell Terrier Missing From Ulysses

I am hoping you will post an ad for my 84 year old dad.
Ulysses Man Needs Help Finding His
Missing Jack Russell Terrier

His Jack Russell terrier Daisy went out last night, Friday Aug. 1st at about 7pm and didn't return. She has never in her 3 years gone far from home or been out all night. He is heartsick, crying dejectedly.

We live on Lehman Road in Ulysses, PA. His name is Henry Somogyi, the phone number is 848-7952. She was not wearing her collar, so maybe someone picked her up thinking she was a stray? Or, more tragically, the coyotes may have gotten her...

There is a reward offered for anyone with information about her or upon her return.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether this is any consolation or not....but forget about the coyotes getting her. I've seen JRs in action out west rooting out coyotes, and can tell you any coyote that tangles with a JR is in a whole of trouble.

I hope you find your dog. Good luck.

Daisy's dad said...

Wonderful news!! Someone DID have her - gave her a bath and fed her and then dropped her off without stopping in to say anything to us. She just walked in like nothing special!! We are so grateful! Thank you for helping us!

SPCA Looking For Land To Buy

New Center To Employ 15-20
No Help From Local Real Estate Agents

By Kim Hoak Potter Leader-Enterprise

“We are looking for five to 10 acres of land to buy to begin building the new SPCA facility in Potter County,” Pennsylvania’s SPCA CEO Howard Nelson told the Leader-Enterprise Monday.

“So far, we have not had much luck, nor any cooperation from local realtors, in helping find some land to buy to begin building our facility. The local real estate realtors were not responsive to our needs. For whatever reason, we didn’t have much luck with your realtors. Not one single call was returned” Nelson said.

After the lack of interest shown by local real estate agents, Nelson said he and his Chief Operation Officer, Lisa Rogers, came to Potter County themselves and started looking for property.

“Lisa and I drove around parts of Potter County, but we didn’t have much success in identifying possible property sites ourselves.

“We’re a real buyer, with real cash to buy property. Thanks to the generosity of Helen F. Miller,” who left a “substantial sum of money” to build the facility. “We have all the money we need to buy the property, build the facility, and maintain and operated the facility,” said Nelson.

“Right now, we need to find the land in order to begin the project. We want to move forward as quickly as possible,” he said.

Nelson explained that the SPCA facility for Potter County is expected to be both the traditional shelter for lost or unwanted animals as well as a “long-term shelter, probably six months to a year for cruelty cases.”

“The shelter will be equipped to house and care for cats, dogs, small animals, foul, and large animals such as horses. It will be a state of the art facility and it will be designed to fit into the community,” Nelson explained.

“We can, and we will, be good neighbors,” Nelson said.

“We’re totally flexible about a lot of the details, but we have to build the facility in Potter County. That was Helen Miller’s specific instruction. We are looking at the central part of the county or the eastern part of the county – not the west side. We can build a new facility or we can renovate an existing structure. We’d like to be in the area of Route 6, or at least in close proximity to easy access to Route 6,” he said.

“We want to honor the estate of Helen Miller – we want to honor her wishes. We are looking to employ 15 to 20 people at this sanctuary, but first we have to find the property,” Nelson said.

The Leader-Enterprise contacted the Potter County Commissioners to inquire as to their understanding of the status of the SPCA facility being built in the county.

Chairman Doug Morley said, “I haven’t heard anything since being elected. I was still doing banking in Tioga County the last time I heard anything about the SPCA coming to Potter County.”

Morley said he would call Nelson and talk to him about any assistance the commissioners could give in getting the project started.

Commissioner Susan Kefover also said she had not heard anything “in six or seven months” about the SPCA. She was surprised to hear they were actively looking for property to buy and not receiving any local help.

Kefover called Nelson and told him she knew of several properties in the area that might “fill the need.”

“He was so glad to hear from someone here and to get the names of the people I knew who had property that might be for sale. He told me he had felt totally unwelcome up here,” Kefover said. “We are certainly going to do our best to change that.”

Though in the office, Commissioner Paul Heimel did not return several phone calls placed to him by the Leader-Enterprise.

The SPCA organization is chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Nelson explained. It is a non-profit private organization, dedicated to providing shelter, food, and medical attention when necessary, to displaced, lost or abused animals.

“There are different services and programs throughout the state. The proposed facility for Potter County is, again, a state of the art sanctuary,” said Nelson.

“The people we have talked to in Potter County are all thrilled about this investment and are thrilled that we’re coming... it really is an exciting opportunity for Potter County,” he said.

Anyone who has five to 10 acres of land for sale, that meets the basic criteria outlined by Nelson, can contact him by email at

“We are ready to get this project going – hopefully, it’s full speed ahead,” he added.

Republished courtesy of Kim Hoak and The Potter Leader Enterprise

Anonymous said...

What is in the water our real estate agents are drinking?

They consistently drop the ball for opportunities to promote and help the County.

No return phone call, how do they stay in business?

Are they all doing so well they don't need the business?

You would think the new owner of the big company would be all over this.

Anonymous said...

Dito on the realtors! Makes you wonder what in the world they are thinking. Maybe they could try for some of the Adelphia properties - several that are available for rent - they could probably move right in. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Lazy Agents again.

Your better off doing it yourself and saving the real estate fee.

Anonymous said...

Apathy among our real estate agents is in- excusable. First the New York Times story and now this. Often they are the first contact for new businesses and residents. They are killing our first impression. Something needs to be done, if karma has its way they will go out of business, we don't need "advocates" like this.

Anonymous said...

I know they have phones, they list the numbers on their web pages. Some even say "call us" on their web sites. Did they pay their phone bills? or maybe they were on vacation? The Realtors work hard, don't they? but for whom?

Mad Mike said...

The real estate business in our area is quite the racket. From personal experience, if I ever decide to move again, I'll be selling on my own.

I recently sold my Shinglehouse home (when I say I sold it...I mean, I sold it!) and moved further out in the country.

My house was listed with a local realtor. For three months after they received my listing, I never heard from the agent. In fact...they never came and retrieved their sign! I still have it...I suppose as a souvenir.

Dealing with the agent to purchase my new home only furthered my disgust. Deciept, lies, and no return phone calls. It was like a romance novel gone wrong. I never thought one would have to work so hard to provide someone else their comission.

I hope someone comes through for the SPCA in this case. That'd be almost as noble as their cause.

Men Charged With Falsifying Reports

Attorney General Corbett announces environmental crimes charges against sewage treatment plant operators in Elk & Clearfield counties

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section have filed criminal charges against the operators of two sewage treatment plants who are accused of falsifying information about the operation of those facilities, including fabricating data on monthly reports used to monitor the impact of the sewage treatment plant on local waterways.

John Forster

John R. Forster

Donald Rucinski

Donald A. Rucinski

Corbett identified the defendants as John R. Forster, 49, 155 Church St., Penfield, and Donald A. Rucinski, 55, 4987 Gardner Hill Road, Weedville.

Corbett said that Forster served as operator of the Huston Township Sewer Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Clearfield County, and also served as a back up operator for the Jay Township Municipal Authority Wastewater Treatment plant, located in Elk County. Rucinski served as the operator of the Jay Township plant, and both men allegedly prepared monthly operating reports for the plant that were submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

According to the criminal complaint, Forster and Rucinski submitted 1,497 falsified test results on monthly reports submitted to DEP between January 2006 and October 2007. The case was referred to the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section by DEP after suspicions were raised about the accuracy of the test results and reports being submitted by Forster and Rucinski.

Corbett said that Rucinski and Forster allegedly used a laboratory, located at the Jay Township Wastewater Treatment Plant to analyze testing data collected at both the Jay Township and Huston Township facilities and prepare the monthly DEP reports which are required for all sewage treatment plants. The reports are used by DEP inspectors to monitor the effectiveness of the plants and the quality of the discharge being released into the waters of the Commonwealth.

According to the criminal complaint, DEP inspectors determined that the laboratory at the Jay Township plant had only purchased 50% of the supplies necessary to perform certain tests, and had only purchased 25% of the supplies necessary for other testing. Additionally, Corbett said that DEP inspectors determined that nearly every result for fecal coliform conducted at the laboratory was false. Those tests are used to determine if the discharge from the plants has been potentially contaminated by human waste.

Forster is charged with four counts of unsworn falsifications to authorities, four counts of tampering with public records and two counts of unlawful conduct under Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law. Rucinski is charged with two counts of unsworn falsifications to authorities, two counts of tampering with public records and one count of unlawful conduct under Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law.

Both defendants were preliminarily arraigned on Thursday, July 31st, before St. Mary's Magisterial District Judge Donald A. Wilhelm and released on $5,000 bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for August 26th, at 2 p.m., before Magisterial District Judge Wilhelm.

Corbett thanked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Shirley Frances Bright, 72, Hebron Center, PA

Shirley F. Bright

“beloved wife, mother & grandmother”

Hebron Center, PA---Shirley Frances Bright, 72, of Hebron Center, PA, died Friday, August 1, 2008 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, after a short illness.

Born June 10, 1936 in Wellsburg, West Virginia, she was a daughter of Paul C. and Delores Lafollette Gress. On October 19, 1962 in Ohio, she married Forrest J. Bright, who survives.

She was a graduate of Wheeling High School, Wheeling, WV, class of 1955.

Mrs. Bright was a member of Hebron Union Church. She volunteered as a monitor at the Hebron Center Christian School. She enjoyed reading. She most especially loved being with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Jay A. (Jenny) Bright of Coudersport, PA and Brian D. Bright, of Hebron Center, PA; one granddaughter, Jordan L. Bright; and three grandsons, James A. Bright, Dane F. Bright, and Bryce R. Bright.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Hebron Union Church, Route 44, Coudersport, PA. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the church. The Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

Area Obituaries

OSWAYO--John H. Bonhoff Sr. of Oswayo, Pa. - died Wednesday (July 30, 2008) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., after a lengthy illness.

PORT ALLEGANY — James R. “Jim” McLaughlin, 73, of Cortland, N.Y., formerly of Port Allegany, died Thursday (July 31, 2008) in Rockville (Conn.) General Hospital. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anonymous Driller Takes Exception To Article

Marcellus Shale Gas Well Hits Bigtime!!

Gas Flame Shoots 100 Foot In The AirThe flame from the venting of this deep natural gas well
drilled into the Marcellus shale a mile deep in Roulette,
Potter County, PA could be seen for miles along Route 6
over the weekend.

The well was hydrofracked this week,
and obviously shows there is a lot of gas down there just
as the geologists have predicted. There are several wells
drilled and being now drilled in the Roulette area.

Click here to see more pictures of this well.

Anonymous said...

And the gas company wants to raise our prices by up to 60% for natural gas !!!

Anonymous said...

This is an uncontrolled mess. Nothing for the county. We will all pay for this in the end. Our water is in jeporday!!

Anonymous said...

I am curious, will you let this go through. You are typical of the junkie press today - didn't check any facts, just made it sound sensational, overblown and in many cases flat out lying. You post pictures, post made up stories and don't even try to check your information before you throw it out there. I thought people in this area might still have some integrity, but apparently, we have allowed our integrity to go by the wayside as have all the others - you credentials on your photos state you were a correspondent for a Buffalo paper and others, go back and take your misstated mess with you. Did you interview anyone to find out what really was happening at the wells site? Did you go on the well site and id yourself as a jouranlist and ask questions, or do your photos not lie and you made it all up from the roadside? Gas Boom? we have been drilling wells in this area for over a hundred years and now there's a gas boom? A lot of gas - have you ever seen a big well come in? I have - go south - you take a photo from the road side and make something up in the dark - you apparently work well there.

To Mr. Anonymous Driller,

Thank you for commenting on the above article.

Yes you are right. I took the pictures from the roadway.

Yes I interviewed one of the drillers on this well when it was first being drilled. That man told me that this well was being drilled around 6,000 feet deep. According to all reports I have read, that is where the Marcellus Shale is located in this area.

Yes, I made up the story from the roadside as warning signs depicting explosive gas and hard hat, ear protection, etc scared me off from approaching the scene.

Yes, there is a gas boom! Lease agents have been paying up to $3,000. an acre and 16% royalties in many areas of the state to drill this Marcellus shale.

No, I have never seen a BIG Gas Well come in, but that 100 foot flame sure wasn't salt water burning. Enough gas was burnt to heat my house and half the town for the next 50 years.(I made that up too, it's my unofficial estimate.)

And as the bottom two pictures show; when you saw me taking pictures, you apparently turned down the gas flow. The following night though, several people called me to alert me to the blinding gas flame from the well as they drove along Route 6, although I'm not skilled enough to get good pictures in the dark, I got the one in the article.

Yes, several people from town told me that your people are saying that this well is making more gas than all the other wells in this area combined.

Yes, if I were in the natural gas business, I wouldn't want anyone to think there was a gas boom either, until I was able to lease up all the land first.

As far as you being in the drilling business for 100 years in the area, you probably drilled the wells in Bolivar when I was a kid that polluted the creeks and drinking water, so we couldn't catch fish or swim without getting covered with BS.

And yes, I bet you won't be around to clean up the mess if your drilling contaminates our water and land in this area.

And yes, I certainly hope DCNR has both eyes open so you don't pollute our beautiful, fish filled, Allegheny River.

And yes again, if you'd like to make up a story about the gas well and put your name on it, I would be happy to publish the real truth of the matter. I apologize for lying.

James Jones
Solomon's words

The signs above are from another drilling location on
Fishing Creek being drilled for gas, but similar to signs
at the Rt. 6 location.

(above photo)--Gas was burning brightly in picture taken from
field across the street from my home
Flame was turned down to a flicker when I was seen
taking pictures from the side of the road.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Mr. Jones!!! We all know that gas and oil companies are making a killing while we shiver in our homes in the winter because we are afraid of turning up the thermostat.

Anonymous said...

First let me start by saying to Mr. Annonymous Driller, Why hide your name? Is it so you won't have to face the community with answers to why their gas prices are so high? Or the fact you are making millions drilling from Roulette to Wellsboro( Yes I know for a fact, not made up)!! Why turn the flame down when Jim was taking pictures? I'm fed up with you and the others who want to voice your ignorance and put down the one man who is putting in countless hours (for free) for local residents and those of us who are out of state to keep in touch with local news. Yet none of you have the balls to leave your name, why is that? If you don't like the info mister Jones puts out don't read his website!! If I don't like the BS I hear on the presidental debates I turn it off! Keep up the good work Jim, We enjoy reading it faithfully!! Thanks, Courtney Jones

Stretch said...

I believe we need a watchdog group. I recently came across an Ultra Resource site that was sucking water out of a small Class A trout stream that is barely flowing. I wonder who regulates these people?

Anonymous said...

Who is this guy?! What are you talking about? My dad spends countless hours everyday keeping us informed of whats going on in potter county and surrounding areas and does a great job with it! He is professional,accurate and unbiased in his reporting! He has readers all over the world and people compliment him all the time for his service! My dad is a good,religious man who has been in businesses all his life and tells it like it is!What is your problem?His blog is the 1st thing a lot of us check first thing in the morning!He does his homework and lives right across the street from this gas well on my brother in laws property! If you don't like his blog,please do a couple thousand of us a favor and don't read our favorite blog!!Just by reading your idiotic,anonymous comment,we don't even acknowledge your ridiculous opinion!Crawl back into your hole and go get yourself a subscription to the National Enquirer loser! Keep up the good work DAD! Brad Jones -

Anonymous said...

To: Brad Jones
While it is understandable to rush to the defense of your father, I think the site would be better suited if you refrain from doing so. Judging from the touch of gray in your father's hair, his bio and his postings, I think he is adequately able to handle confrontational posts. You're post was frankly childish and there by slightly diminishing the integrity of the site.

Concerning the "anonymous driller" and reading the post from a neutral point of view, I believe when he said "we have been drilling wells" I'm not sure he meant it as first person. With that said, the post itself was poor because it attacked the author instead of challenging his points or in turn submitting his own facts or stats.

To the elder Mr. Jones
While I'm not a big fan of your sites color scheme, I do enjoy and appreciate the time you take to post the news and events. If I could make a request / suggestion: resize your header photo (in this case 100_1108.jpg) to at least half of what it currently is. I believe your site is formatted for 800 x 600, however your header picture is 1600x1200. Following my suggestion would fix the issue of the photo not fitting on the page and secondly it would reduce the size of the photo for those who don't have a broadband connection.

Keep up the good work..... John

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,
Keep up the good work. It is nice to get the news when it news. Try to read the local potter enterprise if you want to see a editors opinion on everything. He slants the truth to express his opinion so poorly it is pathic!!

Mad Mike said...

Right on Jim! Tell it like it is!


Apparently, you had no real rebuttal to the author's explanation. Therefore, resorted to criticizing the blog's color scheme and picture. Weak! Let's be crystalline on the issue...what is it about the color scheme you don't like? Does it remind you of something bad from your childhood?

Next, the picture, albeit slightly annoying... I really don't think it's a deciding factor whether people will visit the blog or get in their vehicle, drive to town, and pay for D.G.'s personal opinion column.

(By the way Jim, I like the pictures.)

Where's your contribution? Where is your blog? How about shutting up until you have something useful to contribute? How about confronting your childhood demons to lessen our pain of having to deal with you?

By all means post your opinion but refrain from "childish" remarks about the blog. By the way, wasn't that what you were criticizing Brad Jones for? Of course, I never saw the issue there but who am I? I wonder what most people would find "childish"...defending your father or demeaning someone's hard work? Hmmm...

Get a life.

Editor's note: While sometimes, I will not publish comments that I feel are critical of other individuals, I will always publish comments critical of myself and how I run this News Blog.
For one thing, there is always room for improvement, John pointed out a problem that many are having with the size of the cover pictures, that makes loading the page difficult if you don't have broadband. While the detail in the pictures is great, cropping them and compressing them makes it much faster to download. I have implemented John's suggestion and am always open to suggestions to improve the website. If anyone wants to copy pictures in greater detail, contact me and I will send you the original by email. However, when you make a post, you open yourself up to other people's opinions of your post, just as I do when I write something on here, and I will post that comment too of it isn't too bad. We must remember that opinions are like @sz..les, and everybody has one.

Anonymous said...


Coudy Woman Gets Probation For Fake Checks

A Coudersport woman has been ordered to spend a year on probation by a McKean County Judge for theft, bad checks and disorderly conduct.

Lisa Fongwoo, 44, was arrested earlier this year after she tried to use fake travelers’ checks at the Bradford Wal-mart and became belligerent when confronted by store employees. Fongwoo was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

Rear End Collision In Hebron Township Work Zone

No one was hurt in a rear-end work zone collision Tuesday morning on Route 44 near the Tennessee Road in Hebron Township.

Troopers said the collision occurred when Alice Cady of Westfield and 87 year old Albert Carll of Oswayo were both headed north and came upon a properly posted PennDot Work Zone. Cady stopped for the flagger controlled stop sign, but police claim Carll was traveling too closely and could not s top his Ford Ranger from running into the back of Cady’s Grand Am.

Authorities said both drivers and a front seat passenger, Jamie Ruth Brimmer of East Westfield were all wearing seatbelts and two toddlers, ages 3 and 4 were in the back seat seated in proper child safety seats.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Kane-based state police are investigating several recent thefts in their area.

During the early morning hours this past Sunday, thieves took 10 catalytic converters from Ken’s Used Auto Sales on Main Street in Eldred. Thieves reached into Sable Hackett’s unlocked ’98 Chevy Cavalier last Saturday and removed her pink wallet, Pennsylvania ID, checkbook, debit card, social security card, credit card and $30 in cash while it was parked at the Wanderers Motorcycle Club in Lafayette Township between 1:00 and 9:30 p.m. Someone siphoned six gallons of gasoline from a 2007 Ford Escape belonging to Brandy Robson of Eldred overnight last Friday while the car was parked on Canfield Hollow Road.

Troopers at Emporium are investigating recent camp burglaries on the Norcorss Run Road in Grove Township. Thieves took several items from Camp Double L owned by Darryl Horner of Spring Grove sometime since Memorial Day and also entered one owned by Jeffrey Rummel of East Berlin, PA sometime since July 4th weekend.

Criminal mischief incidents are under investigation by state police here and at Kane. Sometime between 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Linda Smith on the North Fork Road in Westfield. Vandals tampered with the lids on both a septic tank and well.

Culprits struck the roof and cab front with a golf ball to damage a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado belonging to Jeffrey Neatrour of Crosby Saturday evening while it was parked near the Steve Jerman Memorial on Rote 66 in Wetmore Township.

Vandals used a blunt object to damage the mirror and post on a ’97 Chevrolet Cavalier owned by Kelly Swift of Smethport last Thursday or Friday while it was parked on East Main Street in Smethport.

Police Ask Public To Report Suspicious Activity

WESBNews: 08/01/08 - PSP: Dramatic Increase in Burglaries

McKean County police agencies are warning people about a dramatic increase in home burglaries over the past two months.

They say the current trend is to target homes that are for sale, as well as vacant homes. The actors then steal as much copper pipe as they can. Police say they believe most of the burglaries are happening late at night, but some people have been bold enough to park in a vacant garage while breaking into a house and removing the copper pipe.

Police say with the price of copper reaching record levels, it is imperative that the public knows about this trend. State police are encouraging people to be aware of suspicious activity around vacant houses, or houses that are for sale, and to report any suspicious activity to police.

Pastor Tim Minor In Special Sunday Nite Service

Sister Lorraine Minor has alerted us to a Special Evening Service this Sunday at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on the Port Allegany Road in Coudersport, PA.

Pastor Tim Minor from Virginia will be preaching the message. Pastor Tim is a spirit filled prophetic evangelist whose enthusiastic messages are always well received at the Tabernacle.

The public is always invited to the services at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.
Sunday morning services at 11:00 am. Sunday evening 6:30 pm.

Anonymous said...

A local shinglehouse man was in a bad accident on Sat.

His name is Terry Moyer, the family has 4 children.

He has been life flighted to the hospital in Sayre. The only details I have are broken ribs and possible blood on the brain. Any prayer from the people of Gospel Tabernacle could offer this evening would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you..

Anonymous said...

To All,
Thank you for the prayers and thoughts for Terry. I know it helped alot.

He is still in the hospital in Sayre. The MRI's of his head injurys have come back good.

The shoulder (not ribs as origannly thought) was completely shattered and surgery postponed for more xrays. Other cuts and brusies I'm sure.

He does not remember anything that happened, but from piecing it together, it may have been a hit and run Saturday night between 7+- and 9+- in Shinglehouse, near Newtons Market.

If anyone would have any information please contact the local or state police.

Thanks again & God Bless you and your work here on the Blog

Endeavor News Preview

By Alex Davis
  • This week's edition of Endeavor News, available starting on Friday in Emporium, Coudersport and Austin, examines steps area residents are taking to beat high gasoline prices.

  • There's news on new Pennsylvania Wilds tourist promotion and business development activities.

  • It's time to apply for antlerless deer licenses in Pennsylvania, while an outdoor writer calls for a temporary suspension of elk-hunting in the state.

  • A parade through Emporium on Monday will usher in this year's Cameron County Fair. Plans are being finalized for the second annual 'Weekend in the Wilds,' set for Aug. 15-17, Friday through Sunday in Emporium.

  • Habitat for Humanity will hold an open house at its latest completed project on Hill Street in Coudersport.

  • This week's Endeavor News also previews the Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic football game, takes a look at the Alle-Catt baseball playoffs and reports on local basketball players who have signed to continue their careers at the collegiate level.

Homer Township Homeowner Suspected Of Starving Animals

Animal Cruelty in Potter County

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A Potter County homeowner is under investigation after authorities say the person neglected and deprived a horse, dogs and chickens by starving them from food, water and veterinary care.

It happened at a home on Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township.

State Police based in Coudersport ask that anyone with information contact their barracks.
Anonymous said.

It is about time somebody did something about the terrible conditions those poor animals were living and dying in. I tried numerous times, but nobody seemed to give a darn, I'm just glad the remaining live animals were finally removed.

Anonymous said...

I'd say the owner needs some help to. That whole place is an eyesore. How many people bushhog their lawns instead of mow?

Mad Mike said...

Lock'em up and donate their property to the SPCA. Real estate issue solved and one less ignorant waste who shouldn't be allowed to share the oxygen with the rest of the world. Animal that p!sses me off!

Anonymous said...


Woman Sentenced 10 to 34 Years For DUI Deaths

Morgan gets maximum sentence
Courier Express
A Patton woman found guilty of homicide by vehicle for the death of a woman and her granddaughter was sentenced to state prison Thursday in Clearfield County Court.

Bobbi Jo Morgan, 23, 878 Magee Road, Patton, was found guilty of two counts each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and DUI after a trial in June.

Judge Paul Cherry sentenced Morgan to a total of 10 years and eight months to 34 years in prison. She was ordered to surrender her license, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment, and submit to DNA testing at a cost of $250. Morgan was also ordered to have no contact with the victims' immediate family. For three traffic summaries she was fined $755 plus costs.

The charges stem from an accident in Mahaffey July 25, 2007, when the vehicle Morgan was driving left the road and struck Bertha Kitchen, 63, who was walking with her granddaughter, Samantha Kitchen, 3, in a stroller. Both died as a result of their injuries. The defense claimed that Morgan was driven off the road by a truck.

Prior to sentencing, two family members detailed how the loss of their relatives affected them.

"Life will never be the same," Tammy Jo Kitchen, Samantha's mother said, adding that she suffers sleepless night because she hears her daughter crying for her mommy and daddy.

Marcy Kitchen said she finds it hard to get through the day without them. "You took my mother and best friend too, and our precious angel, Samantha," she said as she wiped away tears. "I never thought to say good-bye or 'I love you' and never will get that chance again."

District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. asked Cherry to consider the nature of the offense and the loss to the family. He asked the court to send a "message that there are severe consequences for this type of behavior."

Gaines Woman Charged With Stealing Pills

Woman charged with theft of pills

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - Tasha M. Cole, 26, of 32 Crest Lane, Gaines, was charged by state police with two counts each of theft, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly took pills from a cart at the Country Terrace assisted living facility, 1919 Shumway Hill Road, Charleston Township, Tioga County.

According to documents filed at District Judge Phillip Sweet's office, Cole took the propoxylene pills from the medication cart as it was parked in the hallway at the facility. She was issued a summons to appear.

Fugitive Nabbed After High Speed Pursuit/Car Crash

Chase ends in city crash, arrest

Sun Gazette

A Philadelphia motorist wanted in that city on drug charges led Old Lycoming Township police on a high-speed chase early Thursday morning that ended when the car he was driving crashed into the front porch of home in the 2600 block of West Fourth Street.

The driver, identified as Gilbert Bernard Palmer, 28, bolted from the crash scene about 3:10 a.m., but he was nabbed by a South Williamsport police officer who was assisting with the pursuit near Newberry Park.

Police allege Palmer was under the influence of intoxicants, and the driver admitted that he was "drunk" after consuming two beers.

Palmer has no driver's license and has repeatedly been arrested for driving without one, police said.

The pursuit, which at times exceeded speeds of 70 mph, began in Old Lycoming Township near Frederick and Marydale avenues and ended when Palmer's vehicle plowed into the porch at 2601 W. Fourth St., Sgt. Joseph Hope said in an affidavit.

It was at least the third high-speed pursuit in the region that ended in a crash within that last six weeks.

Palmer, who has "an extensive criminal record," is wanted in Philadelphia for failure to appear for a hearing to face charges of delivering illegal drugs, Hope said.

Automatically jailed on a bench warrant, Palmer was arraigned late Thursday afternoon before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of fleeing and eluding police, hit-run, driving under the influence of intoxicants, speeding and other summary traffic violations. He was recommitted to the Lycoming County Prison in default of $50,000 bail.

AG's Child Predator Unit Snares Another Suspected Internet Pervert

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of Internet predator in Montgomery County; 154th arrest by Child Predator Unit

Campbell-CPU154-250x275HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested a Montgomery County man accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year old girl, as well as sending nude and sexually explicit webcam videos to the girl. The "girl" was actually an undercover agent from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a child.

Corbett identified the defendant as Henry Flud Campbell, 64, 767 Hazelwood Drive, North Wales, a retired chemist and liquor store clerk.

Corbett said that Campbell, using the screen name "fludcamp" and posing as a 26-year old man, allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl. Within minutes on the initial contact, Campbell is accused of using a webcam to send the "girl" nude images of him masturbating in front of his computer. More.....

Female Student Complaints Get Prof Arrested

Teacher charged with pot, sex abuse

HOUGHTON - An adjunct professor and executive-in-residence at Houghton College faces charges following several allegations involving female students.

Amity-based state police Wednesday charged Craig W. Fellenstein, 55, of State Route 19, Houghton, with first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, unlawfully dealing with a child and fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He was arraigned by Belfast Town Justice Dawn Young and remanded to the Allegany County jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He has since posted bail and was released, deputies say. More...

Former Jail Supervisor Sentenced For Sex With Inmate

WESB News: 08/01/08 - Former Jail Supervisor gets Probation

A former McKean County jail supervisor has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to with having sexual contact with a female inmate.

44 year-old Jay Beeman of Bradford received 18 months probation and must perform 40 hours of community service. He was also ordered to submit a DNA sample to the Pennsylvania databank.

Frank J. Peljae, 79, Westfield, PA

PELJAE, Frank J.
Age 79, of 1679 California Road, Westfield, PA, passed away Monday, July 29, 2008, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

He was born March 9, 1929 in Sabinsville, PA. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Elkland Moose Lodge #746 and Knoxville V.F.W. #6753. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Korea.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Peljae, Birdsboro, PA and James Peljae, Chester, PA; and a grandson, Michael Peljae, Morgantown, PA.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Monday from 6 - 8:00 p.m. where Funeral Services will be conducted Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Rev. John Kita Officiating. Burial in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA with full Military Honors.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Southwestern New York Firemen's Convention

100th fire convention begins in Olean

WESTON’S MILLS - The first of an estimated 1,500 volunteer firefighters, families and friends descended on Weston’s Mills Wednesday for the first day of the 100th anniversary convention of the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.

Music At The Cherry Springs Woodsmen's Show

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 1, 2, 3,;

The Woodsmen’s show at Cherry Springs, will also feature on the music stage the high energy Bluegrass group Sweetwater at 10:00am on Friday, followed by Tioga county favorites Cornpone Sally at 1:00pm.

Then on Saturday, local folkies Jakob’s Hollow will host an all day jam featuring the Fifteen Bean Band, the Belles Trio from New York, and The Now Or Never Club from Philadelphia.

Sunday’s show will feature Old Timey Potter county favorites Enchanted Mountain Green at 10:00am, followed by Elk County Celtic favorites Fieldstone at 1:00pm.

Genesee Man Charged With Simple Assault

Simple assault charges have been filed in District Court against 24 year old Derek Jardine of Grover Hollow Road, Genesee.

State police claim Jardine struck a four year old child in the face Friday night at his residence, causing red marks and bruises.

Jardine was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Annette Easton

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with some of the men in Potter County?

Anonymous said...

And people are wondering what is wrong with our children today? This is what is happening, it's just most of it is either kept secret or swept under the rug. What a shame. I'd like to do some slapping.

Anonymous said...

I know... I know... I know... I dont have ALL the details or FACTS of the case... But WHY in the name of (enter you own Politically Correct-whatever) was this person only held on $5000.00 unsecured bail... not only what is wrong with people... and it is not just young people... There is that guy from Clearfield County too... OUR judicial system fails to protect children... PERIOD!!!!!!!! WAKE UP Ms. Easton....

Anonymous said...

It is a disgrace. They hit and beat their children, wives and girlfriends and they are back out on the streets with minimal bail. The dj's are not held responsible for future actions and we, the public are put in danger. Thanks for nothing easton.

Mad MIke said...

I don't know all the facts and I wholeheartedly agree that our children's safety should come first. I do not know the extenuating circumstances and won't pretend to. I also would like it known...I'm not a big supporter of excessive law enforcement in our communities.

With that said, I do have to show some support for Ms. Easton. I know her to be a compassionate, fair, and decent person who presides with heart. This is in stark contrast to the blatant disrespect that most of our law enforcement and DA's office shows the public.

I understand that, in this case, the child's age should be taken into account but for those of us who believe in corporal punishment...I certainly do not want the liberal goverment or public telling me how to raise or discipline my child. THAT'S what's wrong with our children today!

I sincerely hope this child is okay but I also hope that this wasn't some overblown drama thrust into the local news. I'd also like to think that Ms. Easton took into account Jardine's history, character, and demeanor when she made her decision.

Port Allegany Driver Faces Charges After Crash

A Port Allegany driver is facing numerous charges in connection to a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Roulette Township.

State police said 18 year old Jeffrey Jones was headed east on the Kim Hill Road when his Dodge Stratus failed to negotiate a left curve and traveled off the road for about 200 feet before hitting two trees.

Authorities say Jones fled the scene but later turned himself in. He was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries.

Charges of driving an unregistered vehicle, driving with suspended or revoked license, failing to give immediate notice to police, speeding and failing to stay within roadways laned for traffic have been filed before District Judge Barbara Easton.

Man Charged With Defiant Trespass In Sabinsville

Fred Powlus, Jr. 51 of Parker Hill Road Ulysses is being charged with two counts of defiant trespass for an incident allegedly taking place last Saturday afternoon in Sabinsville.

State police claim, despite being previously warned, Powlus went onto posted property on the Ridge Road owned by Nicole Mainus.

Passenger Gets Minor Injuries In Rt. 44 Motorcycle Crash

Minor injuries were reported for the passenger involved in a motorcycle accident on Route 44 in Stewardson Township Monday morning.

Troopers said Douglas Jackson of Kailua, Hawaii lost control of his BMW on a sharp turn. The bike went off the road into some dirt and gravel, then slid on its side for about 30 feet along the shoulder.

Jackson escaped injury, but his wife, Brenda suffered minor injuries.

Burglars Still Busy In Potter County

Troopers are investigating a burglary at a Galeton residence and one at a Summit Township camp.

Sometime between 10:00 a.m. Monday and 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, thieves forced their way into a shed owned by Thomas Shatto on Aspen Drive in West Branch Township and removed an olive green back pack valued at $75.

And thieves cut off a padlock on a door to gain entry to a camp on the East Fork Road sometime last week. Once inside, the intruders rummaged through cabinets in the camp owned by Daniel Pfeilstucker of Portage, PA.

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Man Who Raped 4 Year Old Spotted In Ohio

The man accused of raping a 4-year-old in Clearfield County on Monday was spotted last night on the Ohio Turnpike, about 180 miles west of Pennsylvania.

Police say 43-year-old Sherman Graham didn't have money to pay a toll so he rammed a toll gate Wednesday night.

Earlier on Wednesday, he was in Buffalo, where his ex-girlfriend lives. She called 9-1-1 after she told him to leave her house. Trooper David Patrick of the Clearfield State Police says they're working closely with Ohio authorities. Police say they aren't sure why Graham is in Ohio.

They don't believe he's armed but Patrick says, given Graham's criminal history, he could steal a weapon. Graham is accused of raping the girl Monday morning then running into a nearby wooded area.

After that, they believe he stole the pickup truck he was seen driving in Buffalo.

Jefferson County Courthouse Renovations Costly

BROOKVILLE - The twice delayed bid opening for the renovation of the Jefferson County Courthouse left the commissioners sitting in silence Wednesday.

The county had estimated the bid would be about $5 million. But, as the bids added up, it became obvious the project is going to cost more than the estimate. More....

Rape Suspect Still Being Sought

Courier Express
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield-based state police continue their search for Sherman Daniel Graham, 43, 366 McCool Road, Frenchville, who is wanted in connection with the Monday morning rape of a juvenile girl.

The warrant for his arrest includes charges of rape, statutory sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Graham is accused of sexually assaulting the girl sometime between 9:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday at a McCool Road home.

When the crime was discovered, Graham fled into the woods on foot near his residence. An extensive search is under way, but Graham has not been located.

Graham was last seen in South Buffalo, N.Y., at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in a dark blue, regular cab pickup truck. He is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with long brown hair, a mustache and a small goatee. He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt and possibly shorts.

Anyone with information regarding Graham or the truck is asked to contact state police at 857-3800.

Man Sentenced For Stealing Black Cherry Trees in ANF

WESB News: 07/31/08 - Man Sentenced for Stealing ANF Trees A 40-year-old Ridgway man who stole 11 valuable black cherry trees from the Allegheny National Forest has been sentenced in federal court to three years of probation that will start with six months of house arrest.

Joseph Harvey must also pay $9,020 in restitution. Harvey pleaded guilty in May. Harvey and a co-defendant, Michael S. Merritt, were accused of cutting down a stand of the trees in Elk County in the national forest, in September 2004.

The two were also accused of arranging for the sale of the trees, which are used for furniture and other wood products.

The case against Merritt is pending.

BS In Computer Information Systems & Technology

New Major at Pitt-Bradford

The world of computers is moving in a new direction at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. After years of a nationwide decline in enrollment in computer science programs, Pitt-Bradford is phasing out its program and introducing a bachelor of science program in computer information systems and technology.

Students can begin enrolling in the new major this fall. The last computer science majors will likely graduate from Pitt-Bradford in 2012.

“After listening to the industry in the region, we developed this program to respond to the times,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

The new major will be housed in the school’s Division of Management and Education.

“This program uses technology to address the needs of businesses,” Hardin said. “These graduates will have technical skills, but they will also understand the needs of the companies they work for.” More from 1490 NewsBlog.....

Fifth District Congressional Race

Another Congressional Candidate

A third person has decided he wants to run for the Fifth District Congressional seat being vacated by Representative John Peterson, who is retiring.

Roger Boyer of Brookville will seek the seat as a non-affiliated, independent candidate.

Republican Glenn Thompson of Howard in Centre County and Democrat Mark McCracken of Clearfield are currently on the ballot.

Boyer recently returned to Brookville after taking an early retirement from a 23-year career in a Department of Energy science lab.

National Fuel Goes Up A Third Starting Aug. 1

33% Increase from National Fuel

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National Fuel will be raising its price by more than 33 percent starting tomorrow.

The increase will raise the annual bill for a typical residential customer from $1,558 to $2,078.

Nancy Taylor, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, says, “This large adjustment is necessary to more accurately reflect the price of the natural gas the Company purchases for its customers. The amount is directly related to the dramatic increase in the market price of natural gas during the past three months.”
Anonymous said...

What about the latest and greatest Marcellus Shale gas that is supposed to be so great?? Its typical. The city slickers will benefit while we produce the gas here!!!

Anonymous said...

NatGas dropped last week about $4/1000 to under $10/1000. The top execs at National Fuel should be tarred, feather and sent to Cuba with the rest of the terrorist pigs.

False Automatic Fire Alarm At Morgan AMT

Coudersport firemen were recalled shortly before 1:30 pm this afternoon while responding to a automatic fire alarm at Morgan AMT on East Second Street. There was no fire.

A water leak at the plant was blamed for the triggering of the alarm.

Houghton College Prof Charged By State Police

Canisteo Valley News

State Police report that an adjunct professor at Houghton College is facing some serious accusations. According to troopers, 55 year old Craig Fellenstein is accused of one count of forcible touching, one count of unlawfully dealing with a child, and count of sale of marijuana.

Fellenstein was arraigned and committed to Allegany County Jail, $1,000 bail.

Officials say that Fellerstein has already posted bail.

Anonymous said...

Houghton College is a fine institution of education.. I have a niece attending. Just goes to show though, that creeps are everywhere and thinking your child is safe because they attend a church based college isn't always the case.. Educate them, don't shield them.. it does them no good in the end. These students did the right thing by turning him in. Now, if he gets a sentence fitting his crime, I will be surprised.. but, that's another issue. Personally, I think we should quit coddling these guys and bring back public floggings.. Scars are a wonderful reminder to stay on the straight and narrow.. especially when it comes to endangering the welfare of children! But, that's just me... =]