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Monday, April 27, 2009

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri Miller.com

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Contact: gerrimiller@pennswoods.net

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ANOTHER BUSY WEEKEND FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Sunny, dry and windy conditions worked together to create a busy Saturday for area fire departments.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Fighters were called out at about 5:05 pm Saturday to Jeans Lane off of Marvin Hill Road in Sweden Township to battle a wildfire sparked by a welder at the James Williams residence. Sixteen firefighters and five officers responded with three patrols, an engine and tanker.

Assistant Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest News that sustained winds of 15-20 mph on the hill fanned the blaze causing a second alarm to go out bringing in volunteers from Roulette who approached the scene from the northwest through the Knowlton Farm and Ulysses through the Green Forest Road off of Sweden Hill Road to protect a housing development.

Most units had returned to their stations by 7:30 pm. There were no injuries and Phelps said all operations went very well.

Earlier in the day, Coudersport assisted Galeton who was called out to douse several wildfires and stood by for Shinglehouse who assisted firefighters in blazes in the Eldred and Portville areas.

Austin was called out to help Emporium firefighters in the afternoon and before evening, Galeton was called out to help battle another fire, this one in Tioga County.


SEVERAL TIOGA COUNTY CRASHES INVESTIGATED
Minor injuries were reported for a Lawrenceville driver whose car struck a large rock along route 49 early Friday morning when he swerved to avoid three deer which ran in front of him near the Davis Road. Troopers said Scott Bailey was headed east when the accident occurred just after 3:00 am.

Injuries were also reported for a Blossburg woman whose car overturned on the East Creek Road Saturday morning after going out of control on a right hand curve. Heather Hemlin was traveling west at the time of the 8:45 am crash.

Both the driver and passenger suffered major injuries in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on the Charleston Road in Charleston Township. Troopers said 25 year old Erich West of Wellsboro tried to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone but due to oncoming traffic and limited visibility on the downhill slope, he was forced immediately to return to his own lane and lost control of his Hyundai coupe. The car went off the road, onto the berm and struck a ditch and embankment before rolling over. West took off on foot but was captured by state police after a lengthy foot chase. His passenger was identified as 24 year old Jessica Patt also of Wellsboro.

DUI charges are pending against 40 year old Christie Martin of Mainesburg following a one-vehicle crash Sunday night on Route 549 in Rutland Township. Authorities said Martin’s Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned after it swerved off the road and struck an embankment. While being transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Martin allegedly admitted consuming alcohol prior to driving.


GUARD RAIL DAMAGE INVESTIGATED
Coudersport-based state police are probing a hit and run recently discovered along Route 449 just a quarter mile south of the New York State Border in Genesee Township. Sometime since mid-February, an unknown vehicle damaged a section of guard rail owned by Penn Dot but the driver failed to report the damage to authorities.

HARASSMENT CHARGES FILED FOR HEAD-BUTTING, ETC.
Curtis Fuller, 45, of Lawrenceville has been charged with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Friday night along Heffner Hollow Road in Lawrence Township. State police claim that Fuller, head butted Julie Reynolds, grab bed her fingers and twisted them and the stomped on her bare foot during an argument.

THEFT OF EQUIPMENT PROBED
Mansfield-based state police are continuing their investigation into the theft of some equipment from vehicles parked along Route 6 in Delmar Township over the past three weeks. Thieves helped themselves to a red and black Honda power washer valued at $800 and a Honda 8 hp blower valued at $1,000 owned by Steven Whittle of Wellsboro.

POP MACHINE ENTERED
The theft of some $60 in coins and dollar bills from a Pepsi machine in Roulette Township is under investigation by state police at Coudersport. The money was taken from the machine located in front of Close’s Lumber sometime between April 13 and 24.

PA CLEANWAYS CLEANS UP ILLEGAL DUMP
The McKean County Chapter of PA CleanWays coordinated an illegal dump clean up in Annin and Eldred Township this past Saturday, as well as several sites including the final clean up of State Game Lands 301 in Eldred and once again Pine Grove Road, which the chapter has adopted.

The clean up involved 13 volunteers from PA CleanWays and the McKean County Adult Probation Program. In addition, Township Officials, Rustick Landfill, Penn State Extension, McKean Conservation District, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the state office of PA CleanWays, who provided the tipping fees from a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Thirty-five tires and a filled dumpster of garbage were removed these sites. The clean up was held as a part of the Keep PA Beautiful Campaign and benefited from a $10,000 check issued through the state Attorney General’s office as part of the settlement paid by Norfolk Southern Railroad for the train derailment in June 2006 which dumped some 44,000 gallons lye onto the land and Sinnemahoning Creek.

The next PA CleanWays project will be helping with the Unwanted Medication Collection Event at the Bradford Regional Medical Center on May 16th, from 8AM to noon. The group is also planning a tire recycling event for August 1st.
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