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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Police Investigating Threats To Landowner On Dingman Run Road


Prescription Medicines Stolen From 91 Year Old Woman's Residence In Ulysses, PA


CYS & PSP Respond To Juvenile Assault


Hinsdale Dispatched To Vehicle Into Tree Crash On Morgan Hollow

At 11:02 PM on Saturday, Hinsdale Fire & Ambulance with Olean 10 dispatched to the area of 2995 Morgan Hollow Road for a vehicle into a tree Crash.

Coudersport Ice Mine to be featured on the Science Channel Tonight at 10 PM

Episode Description:

Rob and Stefan venture to the shores of Lake Michigan to investigate a mysterious sand dune, known as Mount Baldy, that has swallowed up buildings, trees and even a small boy. Although the child was saved, the mystery of this giant expanding sinkhole remains, and Rob and Stefan are on the scene to investigate. Then, in the Appalachian Mountains, Rob and Stefan try to get to the bottom of a strange phenomenon that has baffled scientists for decades, breaking out the tech once again to explore the paradox of an ice-covered cave that freezes in the summer and melts in the winter.

This episode of Secrets of the Underground airs 

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10pm ET/PT on Science Channel.
 

Kane Dispatched To One Vehicle Crash On JoJo Road

At 7:39 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to JoJo Road for a one vehicle crash. Vehicle is in  the roadway leaking fluids. Caller reports no injuries.
Recalled by Chief 5.

Ryan Landes is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle


Curtis Loper, Wellsville Fire Dept.


Ridgway Dispatched For Working Structure Fire On Sheridan Avenue

At 4:49 PM on Saturday, Ridgway Fire Department has been dispatched to a structure fire at 600 Sheridan Avenue in the boro. Smoke is reported coming from the eaves.
Johnsonburg & St. Marys to assist & standby for Ridgway.
5:48 PM--Johnsonburg Air Truck dispatched to scene.

William A. Logue, 58, of Port Allegany, PA

William A. Logue

William A. Logue, 58, of Port Allegany, PA, passed away December 1, 2017 in his home surrounded by family and friends. 

Bill was born October 4, 1959 in Wellsville, NY, the son of William H. and Florence (Cook) Logue. He was married to Mindy (Hutton) Logue for 33 years. 

A hard worker, Bill started working in a stone quarry at a young age, until he became disabled, and then was self-employed hauling what people wanted him to move for them. He enjoyed hunting, scratching Lotto tickets, playing Bingo and hauling scrap metal.

Mr. Logue is survived by his wife Mindy of Port Allegany; 6 children: William A. Logue, Jr. (Jodi Lee) of Port Allegany, Ashley A. D. Logue (Brad Rochna) of Port Allegany, Chelsea Y. Logue (Dakota Stafford) of Smethport, Danielle N. Logue (Dennis Unverdorben) of Coryville/Eldred, James H. Logue (Danyell Mitchell) of Port Allegany, and Nathen E. Mitchell of Smethport; a sister: Brenda Siebert; a brother Ron Unverdorben; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents a brother Robert Logue and a sister Catherine Logue.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 2pm on Sunday, December 17 in the 1st Baptist Church of Roulette, 141 Main Street, Roulette, PA with a meal to follow. 

Memorial contributions may be made in William’s name to the church, or the American Cancer Society. 

Local Arrangements by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

To share memories of Bill or sign his guest book, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Ard Operating Llc in Snow Shoe Twp, Centre County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-11-30 to Ard Operating Llc in Snow Shoe Twp, Centre county. 78a56(a) - TEMPORARY STORAGE - Operator failed to contain regulated substances and wastes used at or generated at a well site in a tank, series of tanks or other storage structures approved by the Department.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Derrick City FD Responds To Rollover Crash Overnight

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department

***Early Morning MVA***
at 0230hrs this morning DCVFD was dispatched for a one car mva on Olean Road near the FT/Otto Twp line. Foster Twp PD was first on scene. Chief 11 arrived shortly thereafter, established command and reported one passenger car rolled over on its roof, blocking one lane of traffic wiith one patient self extricated. The Driver was not injured however taken to BRMC for evaluation by MA-1 (BCFD). Engine 113 provided traffic control while Tuna Valley Towing removed the vehicle. All units cleared at 0336hrs.

Coudersport Dispatched To Car/Deer Crash On Rt. 6 West

At 10:20 Am on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. & Ambulance with ALS dispatched to the area of 831 Rt. 6 West for a one vehicle crash with one injury. The vehicle hit a deer.

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Customer Appreciation Day At Dingman's "Call Of The North Gift Shop" Is Saturday, December 2nd

Curt Weinhold & Coudy Santa Will Be At Cream n Sugar In Coudersport For Santa Pictures

Come Out To A Warm Car, Get Your Remote Car Starter Installed Now At Thumpin N Bumpin

Indoor Yard Sale Saturday At Former Maple Tree Restaurant In Coudersport

Hamilton's Maple Products Is Open Every Saturday & Sunday For Breakfast, Christmas Trees & Wreaths

Black Forest Falcon's Pistol Pin Shoot Sunday, Dec. 3rd Near Coudersport, PA

ADAS Seeking Full-Time Community Based Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist

Roulette Fire Hall Annual Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 2nd From 9 to 4

"A Christmas Carol" Presented by Potter-McKean Players Dec. 1 & 2 At Coudersport; Dec. 8 & 9 In Port Allegany

Friday, December 1, 2017

*****911 OUTAGE RESOLVED*****

*****911 OUTAGE RESOLVED*****
Verizon Wireless has resolved the issue and we have conducted tests to confirm that 911 can be reached normally by cell phone.

Marijuana & Paraphernalia Found In Traffic Stop


PSP Investigating Criminal Mischief On Heath Road In Charleston Township


Hit & Run Crash In Ward Township


Statistics For Emporium State Police For November


Police Investigating Theft Of Student's Cell Phone


IRS Scam Taps Deerfield Township Resident For $400.


20 Guage Shotgun Stolen From Home In Antrim


Mary Ann POLLOCK, 73, of Mills, PA

Mary Ann POLLOCK

Mary Ann POLLOCK, 73, of Mills, PA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

 She was born June 21, 1944, in Hornell, NY. On May 20, 1964, in Troupsburg, NY, she married Clifford Pollock, Jr., who predeceased her on April 9, 2017. 

Surviving are: six children, Dennis (Erika) Pollock of Coudersport, James (Mary) Pollock of Mills, June Mastin of Bath, NY, Susan (Terry) Mills of Ulysses, Jennifer (Asa) Drake of Mansfield, and Rosella “Sam” (Martin) Morales of Galeton; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Myra Shaffer of Genesee, Judy (John) Costello of Genesee, and Jane Drake of Lawrenceville, PA; an aunt, Jean Newbury of Ulysses; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

In addition to her husband, he was predeceased by parents, Francis A. and Ella Young Johnson; a son, Randy C. Pollock; two grandchildren, Samantha Marie Morales and Jonathan D. Pollock; two brothers, Arnold Johnson and Lawrence Johnson; and an infant sister, Jenny. 

Friends may gather at the Harrison Township Community Building on Sunday, December 3rd beginning with a luncheon at 1:00 PM followed by a time of fellowship until 4:00 PM. A service will be held at 3:30 with Rev. Duane Burdick officiating. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

********911 OUTAGE RESOLVED*****

McKean County Dept of Emergency Services shared their post.


*****911 OUTAGE RESOLVED*****
Verizon Wireless has resolved the issue and we have conducted tests to confirm that 911 can be reached normally by cell phone.

Verizon Wireless customers in McKean County are currently unable to be connected with the dispatch center

McKean County Dept of Emergency Services


*****911 OUTAGE RESOLVED*****
Verizon Wireless has resolved the issue and we have conducted tests to confirm that 911 can be reached normally by cell phone.

McKean County Dept of Emergency Services


Verizon Wireless customers in McKean County are currently unable to be connected with the dispatch center.

In case of an emergency IN MCKEAN COUNTY dial 911 from a LANDLINE PHONE, or dial 814-887-4911 from your cell phone until the issue is corrected.

Verizon has been notified of the outage and is currently working to resolve the outage.

The outage is effecting multiple counties in PA.

Roulette Ambulance To Port Allegany High School

At 9:15 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Port Allegany High School for a female patient with syncope.

Tara Morey Is A Winner In The "To Fill A Backpack" 25 Days Of Christmas Raffle


Ridgway man charged with arson in April house fire

WJAC
RIDGWAY -- An Elk County man authorities say they believe set fire to his home in April was charged with arson Friday.

Shawn Schaefer, 43, of Ridgway, is facing multiple charges, including arson endangering persons, theft, criminal mischief and insurance fraud.

State police said crews were called to a fire on California Road in Horton Township on April 25 around 9:30 p.m.

Horton Township Fire Chief Chad Guaglianone told state police he did not know how the fire started because the fire was "90 percent self-extinguished" when he got there. Read more...

Recalls

Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc. Recalls Chicken Patty Shish Kabob Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc., a Detroit, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 813 pounds of chicken patty shish kabob products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain milk, wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

Westons Mills Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 8:22 PM on Friday, Westons Mills Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire at 1695 Portville-Olean Road.

CHRISTMAS MARKET TO DEBUT AT MARILYN HORNE MUSEUM DECEMBER 9

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center will present a Christmas Market artisan vendor fair on Dec. 9 as part of Bradford’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” celebration.

Artists and vendors will come from around Western Pennsylvania and New York and include several Bradford-based artisans.

The Christmas Market will include watercolor paintings, glass mosaics, children’s books, handcrafted jewelry, Ukrainian Easter eggs, and a unique selection of gifts for men.

Intermittently, from noon until 4 p.m., members of the Pitt-Bradford Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform traditional Christmas carols on the Grand Staircase in the main lobby.

Among those with wares at the market will be award-winning children’s book author Mary Moodey. Moodey is based in Erie and works with her son Sam, who illustrates the books. Titles include “Sheldon and the Hot-Nosed Husky,” “When the Camel Sneezed” and “Goin’ Explorin’.”

Online Bradford-based retailer Gatsby and Bootlegger will offer clever products for the “urban woodsman,” including Sasquatch-themed items, Jackalope socks, aftershaves, and beard balms.

Other Bradford artists participating in the market are Shandra Wilson, who creates traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs with a modern design, and Tara Munch, who uses a spinning wheel to produce hand-spun and dyed yarns.

Two-dimensional artists include Amy Hahn from the Erie area, who creates mosaic paintings made of glass; award-winning watercolor artist, Jessie Vaughn; and acrylic artist Samantha Aldrich from Randolph, New York.

Also featured at the market will be artist Donna Wilson offering her unique handcrafted wire jewelry.

“This was one of the first projects I began working on when I arrived in Bradford,” said museum manager, Matthew Hileman. “I want the museum to be part of the downtown experience and a place where our community can gather for special things like this.”

To mark the occasion, The Marilyn Horne Museum CafĂ© will offer a special selection of Christmas-themed treats, and shoppers will also have an opportunity to purchase unique items from the museum’s newly grand opened gift shop.

The Christmas Market opens to the public at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Free parking is available in the Marilyn Horne Hall parking lot and guests can enter from either side of the building. The lobby of Marilyn Horne Hall features an Art-Deco themed Christmas display that will remain on view until early January.

For more information on the museum or market, contact Hileman at hileman@pitt.edu or 814-362-7990.

Wire jewelry art by Donna Wilson, who will be one of the artisans at the inaugural Christmas Market at the Marilyn Horne Museum Dec. 9.

House Action for the Week of December 4, 2017

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.


The Weekly Schedule

Ruth Jane Nelson, 91, of Smethport, PA

Ruth Jane Nelson

Ruth Jane Nelson, 91, of Smethport, PA, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in the Lakeview Sr. Care & Living Center, Smethport.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

George C. BERRY, 75, of Ulysses, PA

George C. BERRY

George C. BERRY, 75, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

 Born April 9, 1942, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Chester Charles and Anna Burdick Berry. He was married to the former Frances A. Jeres, who survives. 

George was employed as a cab driver in Philadelphia and Daytona Beach, FL. 

Surviving besides his wife, Frances, are: three children, Anne Marie Berry of Mills, Charles C. Berry of Mills, and Thomas V. (Gail) Berry of Jacksonville, AL; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia D’Amico of Bunnell, FL. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Berry; three brothers, Charles Berry, Thomas Berry, and James Berry; and a half-brother, William Barthe. 

There will be no visitation or service. 

Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

New Hudson Dispatched For Milk Truck Rollover

At 4:56 PM on Friday, New Hudson Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to 6267 County Road 7 for a milk truck that sheared off a power pole and rolled over into the ditch.

Bradford Ambulance Dispatched To Crash At Owens Way

At 4:45 PM on Friday, Bradford Ambulance dispatched to Owens Way for a motor vehicle accident.

Corydon Dispatched For Wildfire

At 4:41 PM on Friday, Corydon Fire Department has been dispatched to a wildfire on the Fire Road, 1 mile past the Willows.

Francisco “Frank” J. Cataldo, Jr., 85, of Clarendon, PA

Francisco Cataldo, Jr.

Francisco “Frank” J. Cataldo, Jr., 85, of Clarendon, PA, died peacefully Thursday evening, November 30, 2017 after an extended illness. 

He was born June 9, 1932 in Kinzua, Pa., son of the late Francesco and Santa Bruno Cataldo. 

He was a lifelong Kinzua and Warren area resident. 

He was employed as a carpenter with the Local Carpenters Union, for over 50 years. Frank was of the Catholic faith and loved hunting and spending time at his camp, with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his three children – Debra Bogniak and husband, John of Russell, PA., Linda Michel and husband, Tom, Frank J. Cataldo, III and wife, Karen all of Warren, PA., 1 Brother – Joseph J. Cataldo, Jr. of Sugar Grove, PA., 1 Sister – Rosina Horvoth and husband, Joseph of Mentor, Ohio, 11 Grandchildren – Michelle Bankoske of Ocean Springs, Miss., Amanda Lester and William Jerman both of Warren, PA., Kathryn Miller of Harrisburg, PA., Michael Bogniak of Russell, PA., Sarah Bogniak of Clarendon, PA., Jessica Bigknife of Sterling, VA., Patricia Bogniak of Erie, PA., Joey Austin of Corry, PA., Kelsy and Libby Cataldo of Warren, PA., 8 Great Grandchildren – Michael and MacKenzie Lester of Warren, PA., Jonathan and Emily Bogniak of Russell, PA., Micah and Naomi Miller of Harrisburg, PA., William Jerman III of Warren, PA., Brookelyn, Graceyn and Tobyn Bankoske all of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Baby Girl Bigknife due in February 2018, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Shirley B. Olson Cataldo whom he married at St. Callistus R.C. Church, Kane, Pa., on June 19, 1954 who died February 22, 2006, 1 Sister – Theresa Dawes, 2 Brothers – Umberto F. Cataldo and Charles M. Cataldo. 

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted Monday at 6:00 P.M. with Deacon Joseph Lucia, presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA., with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 110 West 10th Street, Erie, PA. 16501 or the Warren Manor Patient Activities Fund, 682 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

A Living Nativity At the First Baptist Church in Roulette to be presented Dec. 22 & 23, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

The Youth Group, God’s Adventure Camp, the Crusader Club, volunteers from the First Baptist Church and other churches will present a Living Nativity Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd from 6-8 pm. It will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Roulette. It will be a drive or walk-through theater with four life scenes of the First Christmas. (Or, at least our depiction of them.)

You'll be greeted by a Roman Centurion taking the census. This was one of the reasons Mary and Joseph were to go to Bethlehem- to register for their taxes.

The first scene will be of the angels announcing the glad tidings of Jesus' birth to the shepherds. There will be real sheep, horses and live people depicting the angels and shepherds. The Biblical narrative will be heard over a sound system, and carolers will interject Christmas carols. Imagine the shepherds’ shock!

The second scene will be the actual Nativity at the stable. All the real animals - cow, calf, sheep, goat, donkey and mule will be there. A live Mary, Joseph and innkeeper will be there as well. A real baby Jesus may be there, depending on the weather. The Biblical story will be heard here. Pause to drink in the enormity of it all- Almighty God becoming human flesh!

The third scene is the palace scene of the time when the wise men come to see King Herod. They are inquiring as to where they can find the newborn King of the Jews. King Herod is jealous of a new king. Hear the Bible account from the Gospel of Matthew.

The fourth and final scene is the home where the wise men bring their gifts to the young child, Jesus. Rejoice with them as they see the star and find the Savior. Our stand-in camels, (alpacas) and other means of transportation will be here. Hear the rest of the story and enjoy beautiful Christmas music.

There is no admission charge. Free hot chocolate, cookies and literature will be available.

Animals may be petted. Pictures and videos are encouraged. Donations may be made to the Roulette Youth Ministry or God’s Adventure Camp.

Mary Ann POLLOCK, 73, of Mills, PA

Mary Ann POLLOCK

Mary Ann POLLOCK, 73, of Mills, PA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Arrangements will be announced by Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com

Gladys L. Greeley, 86, of New Brighton, PA, formerly of Austin, PA

Gladys L. Greeley

Gladys L. Greeley, 86, of New Brighton, PA, formerly of Austin, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at her home. 

Born June 23, 1931, in Austin, she was a daughter of the late John and Hattie Kazimer. 

She was of the Methodist Faith. 

Gladys was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She received immense pleasure from working in her home and yard. 

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Smith of New Brighton and Cindy Greeley of Coudersport, PA; four grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Virginia Smith, Lynda Smith and Melanie Morse; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and her siblings, Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Rex Greeley; a son, Gerald “Squeek” Greeley; and a granddaughter, Melissa Smith. 

A Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Forest Hill Cemetery which is approximately one mile south of Austin, PA on Rte. 872. Pastor Steven D. Small will officiate. 

Due to her love of fireworks, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Austin Fireworks Committee. Donations can be mailed to Perry’s Country Store, 17-19 Main St. Austin PA, 16720. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, PA.

Capitol Update

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Friday, December 01, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
Examining Job Creation, Economic Development in Northwest PA
I had the opportunity to participate in a hearing held by the House Majority Policy Committee in Erie this week to examine efforts to bring more jobs to the northwest region of the state. We also heard from several manufacturers about the challenges of doing business in the Commonwealth and how lawmakers can help address those challenges.

 
I am pictured here with Reps. Brad Roae, Kathy Rapp, Kerry Benninghoff, Curt Sonney and Donna Oberlander. 
      
         
Outreach Hours Set for Dec. 7
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Dec. 7:
•    Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
•    Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.    

         
Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers will be available in my Kane, Bradford and Coudersport offices in December to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. The schedule is as follows:

•    Monday, Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St. No appointments are necessary.
•    Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
•    Monday, Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.
               
         
Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31
 
Senior citizens are reminded that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is Dec. 31. Applications and no-cost assistance are available from each of my local offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. For complete eligibility guidelines, click here

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

Applications for the 2017 program are expected to be available in early February.
    
         
Scam Alert: Phone Calls Falsely Claiming to be from Attorney General

Scammers are spoofing an Office of Attorney General phone number in an attempt to get citizens to pay them money. Spoofing is a tactic which allows people to mimic the phone numbers of legitimate businesses on the receiving party’s caller ID.

Some of the scammers are posing as agents from the Office of Attorney General and fraudulently claiming the call recipient owes money. The calls appear to originate from the attorney general’s office, but are actually coming from another phone number.

Other individuals reported scammers are using the “Grandparent Scam” from the same phone number. These callers falsely claim a grandchild of the call recipient is in jail and needs bail, or has been in an accident and needs funds. These scams frequently target senior citizens.

If you have received one of these fraudulent calls, please call the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection hotline at 1-800-441-2555, email scams@attorneygeneral.gov or click here to file a complaint.

In the meantime, if you know you’re receiving a scam phone call, hang up. Don’t press any buttons and, if you received a voice mail message, don’t call the scammer back. Don’t trust caller ID and never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.