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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

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Area Residents to Be Sentenced
A Tioga, PA resident will be sentenced June 3 in Potter County Court after recently pleading guilty to simple assault and escape for and incident taking place last September 4 in Coudersport. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, 21 year old Ryan Penner and 19 year old 19 year old Kevin Jensen of Coudersport went to the home of Michael Smith for the sole purpose of physically assaulting him. When Smith answered the door, the defendant and the co-defendant beat him until he fell, at which point they kicked him in the head. The defendant’s then ran when Coudersport Borough Police arrived. Smith sustained numerous injuries and required medical attention at Charles Cole Hospital. Jensen will be sentenced on April 29.

A former Roulette resident, 37 year old Jeffrey Jones, now of Smethport, will be sentenced on May 13 after pleading guilty to simple assault. According to the DA, last June 6, while incarcerated in the Potter County Jail, the defendant recklessly struck a Guard in the throat when the Guard entered the defendant’s cell to investigate a possible suicide attempt. No treatable injuries were sustained.

Austin Man Cited for DUI
Coudersport-based state police are charging 34 year old Richard Bennett, Jr. of Austin with DUI after stopping him Monday night on Route 155 near Keating Summit for an alleged traffic violation. Police claim when they interviewed Bennett they found him to be driving under the influence.

Volunteers Sought to Help Clean Up Route 6
The Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corp. is inviting all residents to participate in the 2009 Great American Clean-up -- "Pick Up 6" event this weekend. According to Heritage Corporation Executive Director Terri Dennison, last year 250 volunteers picked up litter along 103 miles of the 400-plus mile scenic highway. Local schools, businesses and service organizations cleaned a portion of the highway in all 11 counties. To take advantage of the incentives and prizes, volunteers should register by contacting the Heritage Corp. at (814) 435-7706 or visit under the Heritage Corridor section.

Johnsonburg Borough Authority Awarded Grant

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today approved a $12,611,000 grant for phase 2 of the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority wastewater treatment plant renovation project, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority will use the grant to expand its regional wastewater treatment plant’s average capacity to 2 million gallons per day. Scarnati said the authority’s collection and treatment facilities are currently overloaded, and during wet weather sewer overflows bypass the system and untreated sewage ends up in the Clarion River. The Authority is currently under a consent order from the Department of Environmental Protect to correct the capacity problems.

Spring Gobbler Season Opens Saturday
This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Keystone State’s spring gobbler hunting season, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting turkey hunters should expect to find opportunities afield as they head out for both the season opener on Saturday. In 2008, hunters took 40,522 bearded wild turkeys in the spring gobbler seasons (including 1,954 with second spring gobbler licenses) from an estimated statewide spring population of about 335,000. The spring wild turkey population peaked in 2001, when it numbered 410,000. The preliminary 2008 spring gobbler harvest was the sixth highest on record according to the Game Commission, nine percent above the previous three-year average, and just three percent below the previous 10-year average, which included a period when Pennsylvania logged five consecutive harvests of more than 40,000 gobblers. More news...

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