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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Coudersport Man Jailed For Running Over Woman With Jeep

A Coudersport man is in Potter County Jail, charged with Felony AGGRAVATED ASSAULT and a list of other charges after running over a woman Wednesday night.

William J. Lindsley, 40, of 154 Mitchell Hollow Road, Coudersport, PA, is accused of hitting Michelle Lynn Nelson, 31, of the same Coudersport address on Wednesday night with his Jeep Cherokee.

Troopers were dispatched to Mitchell Hollow Road, Sweden Township, in the vicinity of their residence, for a report of an assault.

After speaking with Nelson, it was learned that she and Lindsley got into an argument while driving on Nelson Road in Summit Township. Nelson exited the Jeep Cherokee and began to walk home.

Troopers said that Lindsley then hit Nelson with the Jeep and ran over her leg. Nelson suffered multiple contusions and soft tissue damage from the incident.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Lindsley had been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident.


Lindsley was arraigned before District Judge Delores G. Bristol at 3:30 am on Thursday. She set bail at $100,000.00 straight. Lindsley was remanded to the Potter County Jail, when he was unable to post bail, to await a Preliminary Hearing set for June 29, 2010.

Blanchard, PA, Residents Unhurt In Crash On Route 44

Car Rolled Once After Sliding Into Embankment
No one was injured in a crash Saturday at 3:50 pm on Route 44, about 4/10 of a mile North of Ives Hollow Road, in Abbott Township, Potter County.

Troopers said Miriah Rae Miller, 19, of Blanchard, PA, was driving on Route 44 in a southbound direction, and when she attempted to negotiate a right curve, the rear end of her vehicle began to spin clockwise.

The vehicle spun about 90 degrees and traveled off the roadway and onto the southbound shoulder, sliding into an embankment, causing it to roll over one time, coming to rest on the shoulder.

Both Miller and her passenger, Matthew James Munro, 24, of Blanchard, PA, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.


Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Dr. Charles Stanley "Holding Too Tightly"

140 Days of Prayer

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"Holding Too Tightly"

God is the source of every blessing. But when we treasure His gifts more than relationship with Him, sometimes He strips away good things for our benefit. Read this article about relying on God's plan rather than our own.

Galeton BPW Garden Tour & Plant Sale Sunday

Report of Structure Fire in Bradford

At 7:15 PM on Saturday, Bradford City and Bradford Township Fire Depts. are responding to a report of a structure fire.

Smoke In Basement At World War II Museum In Eldred

Possible Structure Fire In Eldred Recalled
At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Eldred Firefighters are responding to a possible electrical fire in the basement of the World War II Museum on Main Street in Eldred, PA.
Coudersport was dispatched to this call as well as other depts.

Chief 420 issued a recall at 3:37 pm.

$100.00 Will Be Added To Unpaid 2008 Taxes On July 1, 2010

Tax Delinquents Face Important June 30 Deadline

auctionHundreds of Potter County real estate owners who still owe their 2008 taxes face a deadline of Wednesday, June 30, to avoid higher fees and posters being placed on their delinquent properties.

On July 1, additional sale preparation fees of more than $100 will be added to any outstanding bill.

As of Friday, the number of delinquent properties had been reduced to about 450, as county personnel continue to make personal contacts with those who still owe, hoping to help them avoid the added costs.

Potter County Tax Claim Bureau accepts monthly installments on back taxes to make the redemption process easier for owner-occupied properties.

Those who don’t make payment arrangements face the sale of their property to the highest bidder at the bureau’s Sept. 13 auction.

Another important deadline for those who still owe their 2008 taxes is July 16. That is the date by which payment must be made to prevent public advertisement of a property for the sale.

The Tax Claim Bureau office is located in Suite 203 of the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915; telephone (814) 274-0488, option 1.


Illinois Firm Recalls BBQ Chicken Pizza Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

Josh Wolf To Perform Saturday, June 26, 2010 At Olga In Coudersport

University Of Pittsburgh At Bradford To Name New Residence Hall For Sarah Dorn
Sarah B. Dorn and her son, George Duke, co-owners of Zippo Manufacturing Co.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will name its new residence hall in honor of Bradford philanthropist Sarah B. Dorn, co-owner of Zippo Manufacturing Co.

The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved the naming of Sarah B. Dorn House at its annual meeting today in Pittsburgh.

Dorn House will become home to 103 students this fall. Pitt-Bradford broke ground for the $5.42 million residence hall, which is located near Fisher Hall, in November.

“Sarah Dorn is a longstanding and very generous supporter of our campus, and the naming of this new residence hall in her honor is a reflection of our profound and sincere gratitude to her,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “Sarah Dorn will forever be remembered as one of the pillars upon which this beautiful campus stands.”

Dorn, who is the daughter of Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell and held various positions in the company, has been an honorary member of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board since 1999. With her son, George Duke, co-owner of Zippo and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., Dorn has provided generous gifts to Pitt-Bradford, including $1.2 million from Zippo and $1.3 million from the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, as well as individual gifts.

Dorn’s gifts have supported academic programs, scholarships, international travel funds for students and faculty, technology enhancements, athletic programs, a library memorial fund and the arts.

In 1993, she and her sister, Harriett Wick, were honored with the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the highest honor given by Pitt-Bradford. Prior to that, Dorn and Wick founded the Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell Annual Scholarships, which has helped more than 2,000 students who have attended Pitt-Bradford.

In 2005, the Blaisdell Family, including Dorn, Wick and Duke, was inducted into the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning Society.

Dorn House will bring the on-campus resident capacity to nearly 1,000 students. It is a three-story building with two-, four- and five-person suites. Each bedroom will have a private bathroom, cable hookup, telephone jack and computer port. Students will share a living room, kitchen and storage area.

A formal ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony is planned for Sept. 10.

Dorn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Dorn and Wick assumed ownership of Zippo following their father’s death in 1978, and Dorn served as vice president and treasurer of the company.

In 1999, Dorn and her sons, George Duke and Paul C. Duke III, bought the company from Wick and her children.

Dorn and her husband, Richard B. Dorn, live in Bradford.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yard Sale Saturday, June 26 th To Benefit CC SPCA

Cameron County SPCA Yard Sale
Next to My Place in front of Olivett's Market
Saturday June 26th From 10:00 to 1:00
Cancelled if raining



The Friends of Lyman Run State Park will be sponsoring a "Learn to Swim" program this summer at Lyman Lake.

This will be the American Red Cross swimming program and will be held in two sessions, one in July and one in August. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings and students need to plan to attend both days. Each session lasts for 4 weeks.

Class size is limited to 8 students per age group. A parent or guardian is required present for each child for each class, and their participation is encouraged. They must participate (be in the water) with the 4 - 6 year old group.

Cost per student for the total session is $65.00 for non-Friends members, $55.00 for Friends members. A $30. 00 deposit is required at pre-registration and the remainder will be collected at the first class session.

The Friends of Lyman Run group is trying to bring some of the cost down by accepting donations - any business wishing to contribute to this program should contact the Lyman Run office at (814) 435-5010.

Lyman Lake has a long legacy of being the place where most Galeton and Potter county residents have learned to swim and the Friends group would like to continue this tradition. It is important that children learn how to take advantage of the beautiful water resource at the park and be able to enjoy it fully and safely.

Class times are as follows: 12 to 14 yr olds will meet at 8:00 a.m.; 10 to 11 yr olds will meet at 9:00 a.m.; 8 to 9 yr. olds will meet at 10:00 a.m.; and 4 to 6 yr. olds will meet at 11:00 a.m. Classes will run 50 minutes.

The July session will begin on Saturday, July 10th and run until Sunday, August 1.

The August session will begin on Saturday, August 7 and conclude on Sunday, August 29.

If your child has a personal flotation device (life vest) please bring that along. Changing facilities and restrooms are available at the beach house.

To register your child for this class or if you have any questions, please call the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010.

Man Lying In The Road Was Teenage Prank

Man Reported Lying In The Roadway
At 10:50 pm on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept., Ambulance 3 and Priority Care Medic 16 responded to a report of a person unresponsive lying in the roadway on Route 155 south of Port Allegany near the Potter County line.

Unit were recalled after finding that it was a teenage prank.

Homeless Camp Gets Extra Week To Get Out

Harrisburg homeless camp given a week's extension to leave South Front Street property

T.W. BURGER, The Patriot-News

The little tent city in the woods along South Front Street in Harrisburg is even quieter than usual now, a week after city police told the residents that they had a week to vacate the spot.

About half of the 25 or 30 people who lived at the camp last week are already gone from the 10-acre tract near the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Riverfront Office Center.

Those remaining apparently have a little more time to move. The deadline has been extended to July 7, according to representatives for the property’s owner. More...

Gov. Rendell Says He's Ready To Go

Gov. Ed Rendell says he's ready to leave office

IVEY DEJESUS, The Patriot-News

Gov. Ed Rendell this morning told The Patriot-News that in his three decades in public office he has always looked with dread toward the end of his career. That has changed — particularly given the unsubstantiated media frenzy this week spawned by rumors that he is having an affair with a staffer.

“I’m ready to get out,” he said. “It’s everything. Everything is so partisan ... and nobody cares any more about doing the right thing. It’s mind-boggling to me that I’m looking forward to Jan. 18th, but I’m ready to go.” Rendell, a Democrat who was elected in 2002, will end his second term in office in January.

This week, amid the intense negotiations and a looming deadline to ratify a state budget, the governor had to quell rumors that he is having an affair with Kirstin Snow, 40, director of Commonwealth Media Services. More...

Hornell Man Charged With Murdering HIs Wife

Police: Hornell man kills wife, then claims she died in ATV accident

Bradford faces murder charges after 7-month investigation

By Ray Finger and Jason Whong •
Star Gazette

The husband of a Lindley woman who initially reported his wife's death as an ATV accident has been charged with murder and other felonies, state police in Painted Post said Friday.

Daniel Bradford Jr., 32, of Hornell Street in Hornell, also was charged with criminal contempt, aggravated criminal contempt, offering a false instrument for filing and tampering with physical evidence in the death of his wife, Jennifer S. Bradford, 28, of Gibson Road, police said in a news release.

The charges are a result of a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday in Steuben County Court and a seven-month investigation, police said. Police said Daniel Bradford staged the accident in order to cover up her slaying. More...

Dairy Farmers To Get More $$ With Payment Change

Change in payment distribution could mean millions more for Pennsylvania dairy farmers

A change in how a milk premium is distributed will put money in Pennsylvania dairy farmers' pockets.

The price of milk sold in Pennsylvania includes 25 cents a gallon that covers what is called an over-order premium. That revenue, which is factored into the wholesale price of milk, is meant to be passed from retailers to processors and on to the farmers.

But some dairy processors -- those that buy milk from out-of-state farms -- have not been paying out the full amount of the over-order premium that they have been collecting. More...

Camp Cadet Graduates Another Class Of 12 & 13 Year Olds

Another Successful Northern Tier Camp Cadet

campcadet-formationAnother successful Northern Tier Camp Cadet concluded on Friday with the traditional graduation ceremony. The weeklong event at Mansfield University provides an atmosphere of a police academy and emphasizes self-discipline for 12- and 13-year-olds from Potter, Cameron and Tioga counties.

Among the driving forces of Camp Cadet is Robin Freeman of Potter County. Senior Judge John Leete was also an active participant at this year’s camp.

Northern Tier Camp Cadet is designed to create a better understanding between the youths of the three-county area and professional law enforcement. This year’s cadets participated in tactical team exercises, crime scene processing, communications, orienteering, and swimming.

campcadet-001They also interacted with municipal officers, probation officers, state troopers, and other members of the law enforcement community to gain a better understanding of, and respect for, their roles.

The cadets are shown here as they rehearsed for the graduation ceremony at Mansfield University’s Straughn Hall.

Roulette Fire Chief To Donate Hair At Relay For Life In Coudersport Tonight

Roulette Fire Chief Ray Kulp Will Have His Hair Cut To Donate For Cancer Patients At about 8:30 PM--Everyone is invited to come to CARP and Watch.................

There are many events scheduled for the 24 hour event, and all are welcome to attend and participate. There are many local teams raising money for the event.

Coyote Nites Entertainment will be providing FREE non-stop music and entertainment for the entire 24 hours.

Ellie Ambrose Gibble Appears At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Ellie Ambrose Gibble has made her appearance at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 21, 2010.

She weighed in at 6 lbs 11 ounces.

Ellie is the daughter of John A. Gibble and Nicole L. Snyder of Shinglehouse, PA.

Maternal Grandparents are Cathy and Doug Blauvelt of Shinglehouse, PA.

Paternal grandparents are Bonnie Sue Gibble of Shinglehouse, PA and William N. Gibble of Lancaster, PA.

Kelloggs Recalls 4 Popular Cereals Sold Nationwide

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Select Packages of Kellogg's® Corn Pops®, Kellogg's® Honey Smacks®, Kellogg's® Froot Loops® and Kellogg's® Apple Jacks®

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is implementing a voluntary recall of certain breakfast cereals due to an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package.

Only products with the letters "KN" following the Better If Used Before Date are included in the recall. Products with a "KM" designation are NOT included in the recall. In addition, no products in Canada are affected.

Kellogg's® Apple Jacks®

  • UPC 3800039136 1: 17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011
  • UPC 3800039132 3: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's® Corn Pops®

  • UPC 3800039109 5: 12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
  • UPC 3800039111 8: 17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
  • UPC 3800039116 3: 9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's® Froot Loops®

  • UPC 3800039118 7: 12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
  • UPC 3800039120 0: 17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
  • UPC 3800039125 5: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's® Honey Smacks®

  • UPC 3800039103 3: 15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

While the potential for serious health problems is low, some consumers are sensitive to the uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell and should not eat the recalled products because of possible temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea.

No other Kellogg's products are part of this recall. The recalled products were distributed nationwide.

"We apologize to our consumers and our customers and are working diligently to ensure that the affected products are rapidly removed from the marketplace," said David Mackay, president and chief executive officer, Kellogg Company.

Those with questions or who would like a replacement may contact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163 from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time.

Mailbox Stolen On East Valley Road

Mailbox Theft
Unknown actor(s) stole a gray plastic mailbox valued at about $80.00 from the bottom of a driveway on East Valley Road, 8/10 mile north of Pierce Brook in Keating Township, McKean County.

The mailbox belongs to David Scott Stratton of Smethport, PA. Anyone with information please contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Scott Nelson is the investigating officer.

Beverly Mae Moore, 76, of Austin, PA

Beverly Mae Moore, 76, of Austin, PA died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

Born on May 23, 1934 in Lock Haven, PA she was the daughter of Maurice C. and Minnie L. Bowersox Orndorf. On December 19, 1949 in Lock Haven, she married Fredrick J. Moore who died on August 5, 2006.

Mrs. Moore had lived in the Austin area since 1961. She was formerly employed with Emporium Specialties Co. in Austin.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Bauman of Lock Haven, PA, Darlene M. (Gerald) Rees of Austin, PA, one son, Maurice F. (Carolyn) Moore of Orchard Park, NY, seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, a sister, LaFirn (Veto) Tasselli of Lock Haven, PA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three grandchildren, Jodi, Stacie and Graydon, and a sister, Frances Gundlach.

There will be no visitation. Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Guy In A Tie Tonight At Olga Cafe'

Scant Interest By Public At Stormwater Management Hearing

County Stormwater Management Plan Nearing Adoption

stormwaterrunoffPotter County’s stormwater management ordinance is nearing a vote by the Board of Commissioners. A handful of township supervisors and a real estate developer attended a public hearing on the plan, held on Thursday, June 24, at the Gunzburger Building. The document has been developed over the past two-plus years by the county’s Planning Commission, an engineer, and a team of township and borough leaders.

A major component is a requirement that certain land developments be accompanied by measures to control water runoff, to reduce flooding and to protect water quality. Arrangements could include everything from rain gardens and dry wells and planting trees.

Under the draft plan, developments that create non-permeable surfaces (primarily building foundations and paved areas) up to 5,000 square feet would be exempt from meeting standards for stormwater management.

Barry Newman, chief of stormwater planning and management for the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, indicated at Thursday’s hearing that DEP would likely approve the 5,000-sq.-ft. exemption after initially recommending a cutoff of 2,500 square feet. DEP has 90 days to accept the county’s plan, after which time it will be sent to all Potter County townships and boroughs for adoption within 60 days.

Pa. Act 167 requires each county to develop standards to prevent flooding, soil erosion, road damage and related problems from improperly directed stormwater. Phase I of Potter County’s plan pinpointed some 125 areas where water runoff is being deflected in an irresponsible and/or hazardous manner. Phase II is the management plan now before the commissioners.

Townships and boroughs must administer the ordinance locally, according to Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich, who has been working with a consulting firm, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic (HRG). Majority of the funding for the plan has come from the state.

Copies of the Potter County Stormwater Management Plan are available by contacting the Planning Office at 274-8254. The plan can also be accessed on the internet by clicking here.

Margery J. Lehman, 88, of Duke Center, PA

Margery J. Lehman
former Duke Center postmaster

DUKE CENTER, PA - Margery J. Lehman, 88, of Duke Center died Sunday (June 20, 2010) at Warren General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born Nov. 25, 1921, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Karl and Thelma Neal Beyeler. On Jan. 6, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, she married Harry I. Lehman, who passed away May 20, 2006.

She was a 1939 graduate of Bradford High School and had resided in Duke Center for more than 50 years.

She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for more than 25 years, retiring as postmaster.
Mrs. Lehman was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church for many years, a member of the Duke Center Garden and Study Club, was active in the Parent-Teacher Association of Otto-Eldred and had held several offices, member of Keystone Chapter #2 Order of the Eastern Star of Duke Center, Smethport Country Club where she was active with the women's bridge group and the Red Hat Society of Duke Center. She was an avid reader and was very supportive of the Bradford Area Public Library.

Surviving are a son, Neal (Marilyn) Lehman of Tulsa, OK; a daughter, Suzanne (Av) Painter of Warren; six grandchildren. Scott (Holly) Lehman, Bryan (Maren) Lehman, Curtis Lehman, Courtney (Daniel) Halle, Paige (Corey) Boyer and Dustin (Cari) Painter; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Matt (Twila) Beyeler of Russell; and a sister, Betsy Maitland of Stuart, FL.
She was predeceased by a brother, Wade Beyeler.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Duke Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Sheesley, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

The family requests memorials be made to the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 W. Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, PA.

Shooting Was Justified In Standoff With Police In Potter County

Potter DA: Police acted properly in fatal shooting

Sun Gazette
COUDERSPORT - Potter County District Attorney Andy J. Watson has declined to prosecute the state police Special Emergency Response Team member who fatally shot an armed and deranged man March 7.

About 9:45 a.m. that day, dispatchers received an anonymous call from police that Joshua C. Wheeler was walking around in Harrison Valley near his residence on School Street while "drunk, acting crazy and carrying what was believed to be an AK-47 assault rifle." More...

Legislature Looking At Several Tax Plans For Gas Drillers

Several Natural Gas ‘Severance Tax’ Options Considered

aerialgaswells1An extraction tax on natural gas is back in front of the state legislature as work continues on the 2010-11 state budget. Several versions of the “severance tax” are being discussed, including some that would share a substantial part of the revenue with counties and municipalities.

Earlier this week, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted 17-9 to report out HB 1489, which includes a severance tax on natural gas production and includes a tax credit to help drilling companies hire Pennsylvania workers.

It’s just one of many plans under consideration. Leaders of both House caucuses are discussing the issue with their members to determine what conditions would have to be included for bipartisan support of an extraction tax.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Coudersport State Police Reports

Coudersport State Police Reports

6-11-10--Theft--3 Motley Crue Compact Discs stolen from a mailbox at 1857 Eleven Mile Road, Oswayo Township by unknown actors. Travis Kottwitz is the victim of this theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact Coudersport PSP.

6-16-10--Disorderly Conduct--Further investigation into an incident on Toles Hollow road where Jerome Dubots was charged with Harassment, revealed that Sandra Shutt and Kylie Bahr had committed acts of Disorderly Conduct diring the verbal altercation. Both individuals will be charged with one count of DISORDERLY CONDUCT in District Court 55-3-01.

6-20-10--Harassment--On June 21 at about 5:00 pm, a report was made of a verbal altercation that turned physical on 6-20-1- at 8:00 am at 1318 Germania Road in Germania. A 35 year old female was allegedly grabbed by a male for control of a cellular phone and the female slapped the male in the face. The investigation continues.

6-20-10--Simple Assault/Domestic Violence--Richard L. Davis, 27, of 224 N. Main Street, Genesee, PA, is alleged to have caused bodily injury to a 19 year old female in the form of numerous bruises on various parts of her body. The incident took place within a residence from 4 to 6 pm. Davis was arrested and arraigned before on-call District Judge Annette Easton on charges of Simple Assault and Harassment. Judge Easton set bail at $5,000.00 straight and Davis was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail. The case will continue in District Court 55-4-01.

6-22-10--Harassment--5:15 pm--Gloria M. Wilson, 68, of Shinglehouse and Mary Ann Duell, 31 of Shinglehouse got into a verbal altercation, about gestures and words said as Wilson had driven by Duell's residence. During the verbal altercation, Wilson allegedly threw water out of a plastic bottle onto Duell and then struck Duell in the side of the head with the water bottle in her hand. Wilson is charged with HARASSMENT in District Court 55-4-01.

6-22-10--Disorderly Conduct--Lisa Gail Louwerse, 49, of Oswayo walked down the street to the residence of Kalub James Hanchett, 29, of 101 School Street, Oswayo, and started screaming profanities at him from the road. A non-traffic citation for DISORDERLY CONDUCT was issued to Louwerse in District Court 55-4-01.

9-18-07 to 6-22-10--Burglary--A camp owned by Philip John Wojcinski, of Northwood, Ohio, was entered by forcing and removing a side door. Nothing was discovered damaged or stolen inside the camp. The camp was located off Tyoga Road in West Branch Township, Potter County.
Anyone with info is asked to call PSP Coudersport. Trooper Timothy Nicewonger is the investigator.

6-22-10--Domestic Violence/Harassment. A verbal altercation between A 25 year old male and a 21 year old female from Emporium that turned physical at 163 Railroad Street in Austin Boro at 8:10 pm. Both sustained minor scratches and bruises. Summary HARASSMENT charges were filed on both participants in District Court 55-4-03.

6-22/23-10--Criminal Mischief/Theft by Unlawful Taking--Unknown actor(s) stole about $20.00 in gasoline out of a Jeep Wrangler gas tank at 120 Ivajen Road in Harrison Township. The actor(s) also cut a 15 inch slice in the Jeep's bikini cover. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact PSP Coudersport at 244-8690. Trooper Erik J. Barlett is the investigator.

6-19-10--DUI/Underage Consumption/Harassment/Criminal Mischief--During an aniversary party at 958 Clara Road in Clara Township, Dustin McDonald, 19 of Shinglehouse, PA, consumed alcoholic beverages, then got into an argument with a known 26 rear old female from Shinglehouse, pushing her into a window, breaking the window. When the homeowner, Ashley Siebert, 25, of Shinglehouse, confronted McDonald about the broken window, he pushed her into the door of the residence. McDonald then fled the scene in his Chevrolet pickup truck. During the interview with McDonald, troopers determined he operated his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Charges will be filed in District Court 55-4-01.

CCMH to Hold Breastfeeding Support Group

CCMH to Hold Breastfeeding Support Group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a breastfeeding support group at 6:30 p.m., July 1 at the hospital’s obstetric unit. Moms and babies are invited for an evening of fellowship, sharing, and a time to ask questions. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1243.

Williamsville Motorcyclist Thrown From Bike Avoiding Pickup That Crossed Into His Lane

A motorcycle crash on Wednesday, 7 1/2 miles south of Austin in Wharton Township, resulted in only a minor injury to a Williamsville, NY man.

Troopers said the crash occurred at 2:03 pm as Charlie Riggs, 60, of Williamsville, NY, was traveling north on Route 872 on his 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage.

As Riggs was negotiating a left curve in the roadway, he encountered an oncoming red pickup truck that made a wide turn negotiating the curve in the highway. Riggs swerved and locked up the brakes to avoid hitting the red pickup. He lost control of the motorcycle and slid on loose gravel, traveling to the eastern roadside ditch where he was thrown from the bike.

After striking a grassy area, the bike spun in a clockwise direction coming to rest facing south on the eastern roadside of Rt. 872.

The red pickup truck continued traveling south without stopping.

Riggs came to rest on the east side of Rt. 872 facing east. He was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for a minor injury by the Austin Ambulance. Police said he was wearing a helmet.

David J. Gibson, 83, former Shinglehouse resident

David J. Gibson
“former Shinglehouse resident”

Shinglehouse, PA---David J. Gibson, 83, entered the next world on June 4, 2010. His parents were the late Earle and Hettie Chamberlin Gibson. He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School.

Debbie Gibson Graham sailed with her husband Derrick from their home in Cape Town, South Africa on their 45 foot sailboat to be with her aging parents.

As David’s condition worsened Hope Gibson Wagner, a registered nurse, flew David to Portland, Oregon, to care for him.

In World War II, David served aboard the high speed cutter the Owasco.

After the war, he attended St. Bonaventure University obtaining a degree in mathematics. At St. Bonaventure he participated in the ROTC program being trained in Field Artillery. He was then sent to Korea act as a Forward Observer directing fire of a battery of 105 Howitzers.

Mr. Gibson played taps for all the deceased military members in the Tampa, Florida area. He also played taps on Memorial Day at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Shinglehouse in 2009.

He served as an engineer for a number of companies.

He leaves behind two daughters mentioned above; two grandchildren; and a brother, Larry (Jan) Gibson.

His wife of 58 years, Faith Stearns Gibson, passed away 1 year earlier. His son, David E. Gibson, passed away in 2001.

A brief graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 12 noon in the Wells Cemetery, Oswayo, PA with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors at the cemetery.

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

PA Talking Marcellus Gas Tax--Don't Give Away The Farm

Two-thirds of Marcellus gas could be exempted from taxes, study says

By Donald Gilliland

The Patriot News

Even if Pennsylvania adopts a tax on gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale, two-thirds of it would be exempt under proposals being considered, says a Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center study released Thursday. More...


Illinois Firm Recalls Imported Beef Products Due to Potential Animal Drug Contaminant

400 Cats Removed From St. Mary's Shelter

Hundreds of Cats at Pennsylvania Animal Sanctuary Rescued by ASPCA, With Assistance from American Humane Association & PetSmart Charities

ST. MARY'S, Pa.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Elk County Humane Society, is removing approximately 400 cats living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions from a sanctuary known as the Animal Friends of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Mary's, Pa., with assistance of responders from the American Humane Association and PetSmart Charities, Inc.

A search warrant was executed Thursday morning for the removal of the cats, based on complaints from individuals. The ASPCA is also collecting evidence for the investigation, as well as lending the services of its Field Investigation and Response and Animal Forensics teams.

The cats were living in overcrowded conditions on the first floor of a two-story commercial building at 930 S. St. Mary's Road, about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

"The ASPCA is grateful to be in a position to provide resources and assistance in this overwhelming situation," said Tim Rickey, the ASPCA's Senior Director of Field Investigation and Response. "Right now, our primary concern is to get these animals the care and treatment they so desperately need."

"Our community desperately needs a resource for unwanted cats," added Joanne Smith, a humane police officer for the Elk County Humane Society. "Our goal today is to help as many cats as possible and alleviate suffering, and then look at the bigger picture to determine where we go from here."

The cats were relinquished to the Elk County Humane Society by Animal Friends and are being transferred to an emergency shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will be triaged by Dr. Melinda Merck, Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences for the ASPCA, Dr. Jason Byrd, Associate Director of the Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Dr. Julie Levy, also with the University of Florida, a team of veterinary students from the University of Pennsylvania led by Dr. Michael Moyer and veterinary technicians from the ASPCA.

More than 50 responders are on the scene, including staff and volunteers from the American Humane Association, which is providing sheltering services, and PetSmart Charities, which is providing much-needed supplies. The Red Cross is also providing meals for responders.

To assist in the triage, the ASPCA has on scene its Northeast-based, fully equipped "Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit," a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools as well as medical equipment tailored for animal patients. In addition, the ASPCA's newly deployed animal transport trailer, mobile command truck and equipment trailer are also being utilized to help transfer animals to the emergency shelter.

The cats—some loose, others in cages, some spayed and neutered, others not—include kittens and adults. According to the ASPCA's Dr. Merck, the cats are suffering from a host of ailments, including upper respiratory conditions, eye infections and feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Many are expected to test positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a disease that weakens the immune system and make cats susceptible to secondary infections. Several cats were in critical condition.

"The overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, as well as the stress of coping with untreated illnesses, has resulted in severe conditions for many of these cats," said Dr. Merck. "Every effort is being made to treat them and make them comfortable, and most appear to be friendly and well-socialized.

The investigation was set into motion after complaints about the facility were received by the Elk County Humane Society, which contacted the ASPCA for assistance.

Officials believe the cats came from a variety of sources.

Relay For Life Starts Friday

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life for Potter County starts Friday at Noon.

This year it has returned to the CARP Park in Coudersport.

It is from 12:00PM Friday June 25, 2010 to 12:00PM Saturday, June 26, 2010.

There are many events scheduled for the 24 hour event, and all are welcome to attend and participate. There are many local teams raising money for the event.

Coyote Nites Entertainment will be providing non-stop music and entertainment for the entire 24 hours, free of charge.

If anyone needs more information, or would like to know what the relay is about, here is the link to the A.C.S. website.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 28

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 28

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of June 28. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic is using the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway, placing concrete for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.
• Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
• Contractor will continue to truck materials for sub-base and paving operations and will be pulling into the closed “dead lane” from the northbound “live lane”. Traffic may be slow moving on Route 219 as this work takes place.
• Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
• Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• Work will continue on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346, with flaggers present from 6am to 7:30pm. Drivers should expect alternating traffic pattern and travel-time delays.
• The contractor continues to fine grade, place sub-base, and perform bridge repairs.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.

Roll Over Crash On Bolivar Drive

Car Rolled On Bolivar Drive
At 4:46 pm, Station 11 has been dispatched along with Bradford City ambulance to a roll over crash near the old Unimart on Bolivar Drive. Foster Township Police are reporting no injuries. The ambulance has returned to quarters.

Jerry G. Spiegel, 60, of Emporium, PA, formerly of Galeton, PA and Dunkirk, NY

Jerry G. Spiegel, 60, of Emporium, PA, formerly of Galeton, PA and Dunkirk, NY, died on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at the Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born December 13, 1949, in Wellsboro, PA, he was a son of the late Gordon and Joyce (Sharp) Spiegel.

Jerry was employed by Dunkirk Ice Cream, where he was a supervisor, for 27 years. He was a member of the Galeton VFW Post #6611 and the NRA. He was an avid gun collector.

Surviving is a son, Charles (Nicole) Spiegel, Emporium; two daughters, Lisa (Ricky) Dean, Cherry Creek, NY and Annie Spiegel, Ashtabula, OH; six grandchildren; and a sister, Beth Lampman, Genesee, PA. In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by an infant son, Jerry Spiegel, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton VFW.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

Helicopter Cancelled / Victim ATV Crash Going To BRMC

On Trail At End Of Irons Hollow
At 2:24 pm EMS is responded to Irons Hollow in the Smethport area where a person has been injured in an ATV accident.

A medical helicopter called to land behind the McKean County Jail was cancelled at 2:53 pm. The patient is reported stable and is being transported to BRMC by ambulance.

US Rep. GT Thompson to travel to North Carolina

Thompson to travel to North Carolina for House Agriculture Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, will travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to take part in a House Agriculture Committee field hearing to gather input from farmers and experts on farm policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.

He is a member of the Agriculture Committee and will serve as the ranking Republican for this particular hearing.

This marks the fifth state to which Thompson has traveled for Agriculture field hearings.

The Farm Bill deals with conservation, trade, marketing, food assistance, farm support, energy, rural development, and nutrition. The current Farm Bill was last enacted in 2008 and portions of the bill will expire in September 2012.

As ranking Republican, Thompson will focus on pending Cap and Trade legislation, Environmental Protection Agency regulations – such as the greenhouse gas endangerment finding, access to international markets for the agricultural sector, and broadband deployment & telecommunications in rural America.

“Information gathering is extremely important and these hearings allow for the sharing of information and best practices from various regions,” said Thompson. “Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector, particularly dairy farming, has been hit hard during this economic downturn. These field hearings will help in developing national policies that will assist our farmers and citizens.”

SCHEDULE: Monday, June 28th - 9:30 a.m. Crown Expo Center, Section A Fayetteville, NC House Committee on Agriculture--Public Hearing RE: To review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill

Sigel, PA Woman New Miss Pennsylvania

Sigel's pride is now Miss Pennsylvania

Jeffersonian Democrat
By Randy Bartley

PITTSBURGH - Six years ago, it was doubtful if Courtney Thomas would ever walk again but Saturday night she walked across the stage in Pittsburgh to claim the title of Miss Pennsylvania. More...

Driver Fell Asleep Before Crash On Route 120

Minor Injury
Emporium State Police investigated a one vehicle crash at 10:45 am Wednesday on Route 120, 66 feet west of Route 872 in Grove township, Cameron County.

The crash occurred as William L. Wheaton, 60, of Spokane, WA, was traveling east on Route 120 when he fell asleep at the wheel. His 2010 Chrysler Sebring crossed over the double line, the westbound lane and the north berm, before striking a guide rail end, two road signs, a privately owned fence and a tree.

Wheaton received a very minor injury. His passenger, Gabrielle R. Helberg, 13, of Spokane, WA. was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

Troopers charged Wheaton with CARELESS DRIVING.

Sylvia Mae Billings Arrives At Charles Cole Hospital

Sylvia Mae Billings arrived at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 21, 2010.

She weighed in at 7 lbs 5.4 oz. Sylvia is the daughter of Bernadine (Porcuri) Billings and Andrew Laverne Billings of Genesee, PA.

Sylvia joins four brothers: Tyler Boyd (18), Joey Boyd (16), Andrew Boyd (7), and Damien Billings (6) and a sister, Teasha Boyd (9).

Maternal grandparents are the late Joe & Pat Porcuri, of Genesee.

Paternal grandparents are Bonnie and Edward Billings, Whitesville, NY.

Paternal great-grandparents are Arlene Aaron of Wellsville, NY.

Justin Willoughby's Story In Guideposts Magazine

Willoughby Featured in Inspirational Magazine

One local man's story is continuing to gain national exposure, as he leaps into what he's always dreamed of-- inspiring people to get

Justin Willoughby's story is featured in this month's

Guideposts Magazine.

Willoughby's natural 570-plus weight loss is rare, and it's something that he feels he must share with people, to improve their quality of life. Willoughby says on his blog at, "It doesn’t have to be a weight issue, it can also be other issues that drag us down in life."

The Guideposts article chronicles Willoughby's attempts to reconnect
with society again after he had lost is first 200 pounds. It talks
about the support and love that he found when he started attending
Open Arms Community Church in Bradford, and some of the struggles he
faced in life during his weight loss journey.

Willoughby is excited about the exposure the Guidepost article is
creating, as he launches his national motivational speaking career.
He's already spoken at churches, hospitals, and weight loss clubs
regionally, and is eager to share his message-- that change starts
with "One Step." Willoughby tells his audiences that at 799 pounds,
exercise was out of the question. Willougby couldn't run a marathon,
but he could take one step. The next day he took two, and after one
year, he had lost his first 200 pounds.

A DVD of Justin's story is in production, and will be available soon
on his website. He's also in talks with a magazine in the United
Kingdom that will feature his story in an article overseas. His story
has been featured in Teen People Magazine, Inside Edition, The
National Enquirer, The Associated Press, and Woman Magazine in London.

A link to the Guideposts Magazine article is available at Justin's
Website at:

Potter-McKean Little League Softball Starts Friday

Agnes A. Burt, 97, a lifelong resident of Roulette, PA

Agnes A. Burt, 97, a lifelong resident of Roulette, PA, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in the Long Term Care Unit of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.

Born on November 13, 1912 in Port Allegany, PA she was the daughter of John Aaron and Amanda Charlotta Gustafson Anderson. On August 15, 1931 in Burtville, PA she married Earl Benjamin “Benny” Burt, who died on January 3, 1985.

Mrs. Burt was formerly employed with the Anchor Toy Company in Coudersport and retired in 1977 from Pure Carbon Company. She was a member of the Red Hot Tamales, the Red Hat Society of Coudersport.

Surviving are one daughter, Margaret (Robert) Jackson of Roulette, PA, two grandchildren, Steven R. Chilson of Culpeper, VA, and Sherri L. (Jim) Snyder of Coudersport, four great-grandchildren, Logan Hathaway and Taylor Hathaway, both of Coudersport, Connor Chilson and Kyle Chilson, both of Culpeper, VA, a sister, Edith (George) Todd of Port Allegany, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters and three brothers.

At Mrs. Burt’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.



St Eulalia's 56 th Annual Rummage Sale Starts Friday

Gustin's Is Now Offering Motorcycle Inspections As Well As For Cars & Trucks

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coudersport Woman's Car Hit Barn In Crash Wednesday Morning

Transported For Leg Injury
A 4:20 am crash on Wednesday sent a 21 year old Coudersport woman to the hospital by ambulance, and resulted in possible DUI Charges pending results of a chemical blood test for blood alcohol content.

Jamee Renee Allen, 21, of 7 1/2 Beech Street, Coudersport, PA, was driving a black 2000 Ford Focus south on Baker Creek Road and failed to stop at the T intersection at Route 49. Her car traveled across Route 49 and struck the side of a building with the front of the car.

Allen was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Coudersport Ambulance for treatment of a leg injury.

Troopers said that investigation indicated that Allen was driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges will be filed in District Court 55-3-01 pending results of a BAC test.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Coudersport Fire Dept. . Jennigen's Auto of Codersport towed the vehicle.

Coudersport Woman Injured In Crash Tuesday Morning

Woman Made Illegal Pass/Crashed Into Stopped Car
A Coudersport woman received minor injuries Tuesday morning and a couple of summons when her vehicle crashed into another after making an illegal pass in a construction zone.

Troopers said the crash occurred at the intersection of Route 6 and Rock Road in Ulysses Township at 8:35 am.

They reported that Helen Jane Lampman, 87, of 87 Oak Lane in Coudersport, PA, failed to adhere to warning signs indicating road work ahead as she was driving her 2006 Dodge Stratus east along Route 6.

Bryonna Lee Swede, 39, of 161 Anson Road, Coudersport, PA, driving a 2002 Dodge Caravan, was in a stationary position along Route 6 at a red traffic light while waiting for the light to turn green to continue movement.

Lampman executed an unlawful pass of another vehicle and attempted to return to the eastbound lane just prior to impact. She applied her brakes, leaving 15 feet of brake marks on the roadway leading to the point of impact.

Following impact, Lampman's vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lane, pushing Swede's van forward leaving 5 feet of brake marks on the highway.

The Dodge Stratus suffered major disabling damage. The Caravan was moderately damaged.

Charges against Lampman will include Careless Driving, and Limitations on Driving On The Left Side of Roadway. She will answer the charges in District Court 55-4-03 in front of District Judge Delores G. Bristol.

Tri-Axle Drilling Truck Overturns On Coudersport Pike Tuesday/Driver Lifeflighted

Driver injured in crash

Truck goes over embankment on ‘horseshoe curve’


SWISSDALE - A Florida man working for a natural gas drilling company was injured Tuesday afternoon when his tri-axle flatbed truck hauling "drill steel" and towing a pickup truck left the road and went over an embankment, trapping him inside for almost two hours, police said.

Adam J. Schreier, 23, of Summerfield, Fla., was listed in fair condition today at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was taken by Lifeflight medical helicopter.

The accident occurred on the "horseshoe curve" of Coudersport Pike, or Route 664, just north of the Swissdale Crossroad in Woodward Township, at about 3 p.m., state police at Lamar said.

PennDOT closed the road for about three hours as rescue personnel freed Schreier from the overturned vehicle. More...

30 Bike & Build Riders On Route 6 Thursday--Please Use Caution

30 Bikes On Route 6 Thursday
Thirty bicyclists, mostly young college students, riding across the country to benefit affordable housing will be traveling from Wellsboro to Coudersport on Route 6 on Thursday morning.

They will stay in Coudersport overnight on Thursday and continue on to Warren on Route 6 and Route 59 on Friday.

Please be extra careful when you come upon them, and help to keep them safe. The increased truck traffic from the Marcellus Shale drilling will make their trip through the area more dangerous than usual.

For many of them, it is their first time out on the road on a journey like this and they may not be as careful as they should be. They will only slow traffic for a short time. Please give them your welcome to Potter County, and be patient with them if you are driving by them in your car.

You can read about each individual in a posting earlier this week. Some of the riders have written blogs detailing their trip and will continue to keep them up as they progress across the country.

Solomon's words has followed the group across the country for the last two years.

19 Year Old Bicyclist On Cross-Country Benefit Dies After Being Hit By Car In New Mexico


Tornado Touched Down On In Bradford County

Rite Aid's new CEO takes over

Rite Aid's new CEO takes over and hears an earful at shareholder meeting in Harrisburg

SHARON SMITH, The Patriot-News

It’s official: John T. Standley took over as president and CEO of East Pennsboro Twp.’s Rite Aid following a two-hour annual shareholders’ meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton today. Standley has a difficult job ahead of him as union employees from California and Pennsylvania gathered outside the Hilton to protest the company’s relationship with employees.

Inside the Hilton, angry shareholders took management, including outgoing CEO Mary Sammons, to task for more than two hours for the company’s performance during the last several years. Sammons will remain as the company’s chairman of the board for the next two years. More...

Tornado Confirmed In Lebanon County On Tuesday

Statement as of 5:37 PM EDT on June 23, 2010

... Tornado confirmed near South Annville TWP in Lebanon County

Location... South Annville township in Lebanon County Pennsylvania
date... June 22 2010
estimated time... 430 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF0
estimated maximum wind speed... 80 mph
maximum path width... 50 yards
path length... 200 yards
beginning lat/Lon...
ending lat/Lon...
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 0

* the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS
storm data.

... Summary...
the National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed a
tornado near South Annville TWP in Lebanon County Pennsylvania on
June 22 2010.

A survey team from the National Weather Service in State College
has concluded that an EF0 tornado touched down briefly at the
thousand trails campground in South Annville township in Lebanon
County around 430 PM Tuesday. Maximum winds within this tornado
were estimated at around 80 mph.

This tornado was embedded within a much larger area of straight
line downburst winds with estimated gusts up to 90 mph. The
damage from the downburst began in Dauphin County just east of
Hershey near the Milton Hershey school... then extended east
southeast for about 7 miles into southwest Lebanon County. The
damage path was up to 1 mile wide and consisted of mainly downed
trees. However... a roof was torn off a home in Derry
township... where 90 winds were estimated. A farmhouse in South
Annville township also suffered significant damage with a portion
of the roof torn off and windows broken.

This information can also be found on our website at

For reference... the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories:

EF0... wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1... wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2... wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3... wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4... wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5... wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

For reference...
a microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow
area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less
than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous
horizontal/vertical wind shears... which can adversely affect
aircraft performance and cause property damage. Straight-line
winds are generally any wind that is not associated with
rotation... used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.

250 Vehicles Put Out of Service Due to Violations

State Enforcement Blitz Focuses on Trucks Hauling Drilling Waste Water

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania State Police placed 250 commercial vehicles out of service during a three-day enforcement effort last week that focused on trucks hauling waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations across the state, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

Pawlowski said state troopers worked in partnership with personnel from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as part of Operation FracNET. In total, 1,137 trucks were inspected from June 14-16.

“Pennsylvania has experienced significant increases in heavy truck traffic in areas where Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are taking place, particularly in Bradford, Clearfield, Susquehanna, Tioga and Washington counties,” Pawlowski said. “The process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, requires significant amounts of water to be delivered to the sites and later trucked away.”

He said the enforcement effort centered on identifying commercial vehicle safety deficiencies that could lead to crashes.

Pawlowski said 131 of the 250 vehicles placed out of service were trucks hauling waste water. He said 669 traffic citations and 818 written warnings were issued as the result of waste water truck inspections. In addition, 23 of the 45 drivers placed out of service during the operation were waste water vehicle operators.

“As activities at natural gas sites continue to increase, it is important that everyone involved, including the waste transportation industry, understands Pennsylvania’s environmental and traffic safety laws and complies with them,” said DEP Secretary John Hanger.
The enforcement effort was conducted in areas covered by Pennsylvania State Police troops B, C, F, P and R.

For more information, visit or call 717-783-5556.

Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted, number of vehicles placed out of service, and number of citations issued during Operation FracNET:

• Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 227 inspections; 57 vehicles placed out of service; 241 citations issued;

• Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 260 inspections; 29 vehicles placed out of service; 111 citations issued;

• Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 239 vehicles inspected; 33 vehicles placed out of service; 205 citations issued;

• Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 166 inspections; 66 vehicles placed out of service; 358 citations issued;

• Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 142 inspections; 25 vehicles placed out of service; 141 citations.

Prentisvale Bridge To Close Route 346 /Detour Available

Work on Knapp Creek Bridge on State Route 346 In Prentisvale Starts Monday

Clearfield – On Monday, June 28, PennDOT will close the Knapp Creek Bridge on Route 346 in the village of Prentisvale. A detour will be in place through the 2010 construction season. The detour will direct drivers to use State Route 1017 (R.L. Sweitzer Drive) and State Route 246.

Project work also includes approach and roadway paving, drainage items, guide rail installation, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction.

A.L. Blades of Hornell, New York is the contractor on this $2.3 million job. The Knapp Creek Bridge is located on Route 346 in Prentisvale, Otto Township, McKean County. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to traffic by late fall.

PennDOT advises drivers to obey posted speed limits and follow detour. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at



BRADFORD, Pa. – Campus Police Officer Pierre Gregg has left the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford after 20 years of service due to health reasons.

“I can’t express enough how sorry I am to see Pierre leave the department,” said Campus Police Chief Dan Songer. “He has been a great asset to me and the Campus Police, and I depended on him a lot. I will miss his loyalty to the department and to me. I want to wish him all the best in the future.”

Gregg said, “I enjoyed working with the students and tried to help the people at Pitt-Bradford – the students, the faculty members and the staff members. I was very happy at Pitt-Bradford, and I would have worked longer if my health had not been the problem.”

Gregg and his wife, Jacqueline, have lived in Marshburg since 1973. They have two grown sons, Brian and Bradley.

Jacqueline Gregg, Brian Gregg and Brian’s wife, Amy, are University of Pittsburgh graduates. All of them support the University of Pittsburgh system.

Mary A. HOPPE, 86, of Harrison Valley, PA

Mary A. HOPPE, 86, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

Born December 11, 1923, in Woodhull, NY, she was the daughter of George W. and Emily Nelson Jones. On August 19, 1945, in Harrison Valley, she married Robert G. Hoppe, who survives.

She and her husband owned and operated Valley Milling Co. in Harrison Valley for many years.

Surviving besides her husband, Robert, are: a son, R. Tom (Lucille) Hoppe of Harrison Valley; three daughters, Dolores (Dennis) Koch of Worland, WY, Leota (James) Rose of Kent, OH, and Tina (Gary) Hamilton of Ulysses, PA; ten grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; a brother, Harold Jones of Cowanesque, PA; a sister, Maxine Ross of Spring Mills, PA; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Iva Mae Amburn and Fern Palmer; and three brothers, Kennith Jones, George N. Jones, Walter W. Jones.

Friends may call Friday, June 25, 2010 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Cameron R. Maxson, 4 months, Eldred, PA

Cameron R. Maxson
“beloved son, brother, grandson, and nephew”

ELDRED, PA---Cameron R. Maxson, 4 month old son of Ira S. Evans and Misty S. Sisson, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, NY after a short illness.

Cameron was born January 26, 2010 in Coudersport, PA.

Surviving are his father of Cattaraugus, NY; his mother of Eldred; two sisters, Ashley N. Sisson and Brittany R. Sisson, both at home; his maternal grandmother, Joanne N. Maxson of Shinglehouse; his maternal great-grandmothers, Lucille Maxson of Shinglehouse and Jean Nix of Ischua, NY; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Cameron was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Ronald W. Maxson; his maternal great-grandfathers, Welcome R. Maxson and Robert B. Nix; and an uncle, Ronnie W. Maxson.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 780 West Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14222-1617.