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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Andover, NY Man Injured In Accidental Shooting At Roulette Gun Range

Sweden Township Police Department

Today, ( 6-16-18 ), just after 10am, Chief Phelps was summoned to UPMC COLE for a gun shot victim at the ER.

After his investigation it was determined that Dylon Witter, 23, of Andover, NY had disassembled and cleaned his FNS- 9, 9mm semi-automatic handgun yesterday and failed to fully reassemble it.

Witter and his friend arrived at 1036 Railroad Ave.- Roulette Twp, at the gun range to Target practice and after he had inserted the clip and racked the slide, the gun fired and shot himself in his left hand.

Witter was then driven to UPMC COLE by his friend and was treated and released for his injury and it was determined to be accidental in nature
No Charges will be filed.

Louella B. "Lollie" Robinson, 86, Lutheran Home at Kane, and formerly of Johnsonburg, PA

Louella B. "Lollie" Robinson

Louella B. "Lollie" Robinson, 86, who resided at the Lutheran Home at Kane, and formerly of Johnsonburg, PA, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in the evening at the Lutheran Home following a lengthy illness.

Louella was born on March 28, 1932 in Johnsonburg, a daughter of John J. and Mary Ellen Murphy Robinson and resided in Johnsonburg all of her life.

She graduated Johnsonburg High School in 1951. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Church. She loved to read, do puzzle books and do embroidery.

She had worked at Stackpole Corp. for 25 and had also worked at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by one sister, Julia Scarano of Kane and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and sisters: Mary Ann Barraclough and Katherine Carrabinus, brothers: Francis, Vincent, John, Bernard and Richard Robinson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Louella B. Robinson to be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. with Rev. David J. Wilson, Pastor officiating.

Interment will be held at Holy Rosary Cemetery and will be private. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are under direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St. Johnsonburg, Pa.

Fatrher's Day Breakfast Sunday At Coudersport American Legion Post

How these reductions will hurt Centre County trout fishing

For the CDT

Late last month, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) sent a letter to all of the cooperative trout nurseries in Pennsylvania. To say that the letter was not well received is an understatement.

"I couldn't believe it. Is this letter a joke?" commented Richard Biggans, president of the Three Point Sportsmen Club and cooperative nursery in Clarence, Centre County. "I go along with a license increase. They need that, but to ask the co-ops for money is just ridiculous."

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FIRST News Now

FNN Article © 2018.

COUDERSPORT, PA - On Saturday afternoon, June 16, 2018, Pennsylvania State Police based in Coudersport, were joined by Coudersport Borough Police responded to Zito Media in Coudersport, for a note was found in the bathroom, which stated there was a bomb in the building.

Zito Media, Dollar General and McDonald's were reported to have all been evacuated for precautionary reasons.

State troopers closed the road from the Dollar General to the stop light.

FNN was also told that police brought in bomb sniffing canines from State College, Pa., to assist in the search.

A similar incident happened nearly two years ago, when a suspicious package arrived at the borough office back on June 24, 2016. In that incident the same businesses were evacuated, including the borough office.

FNN contacted Coudersport Borough Police Saturday evening and was able to confirm the bomb threat. Borough police noted that nothing was found in the building. The Coudersport Borough Police stated that they are still investigating the incident at this time and could not provide any additional information about the case.

Coudersport Borough Police are asking if anyone has information about this incident to please contact their office at (814) 274-8970 or contact the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Coudersport, PA., at (814) 274-8690.

Kitten Found In Shinglehouse

Hi Jim,

We had this little guy wander up to our house today. He is still a small kitten but is very clean and loves people so I assume he was somebodies house kitten. Can you please post this to see if someone from Shinglehouse in the East Honeoye Street area might be looking for this fellow? Please have people text 814-558-5039 for info on where to pick this little guy up at.

There's lots happening at "Jack's Place"

Eliot Ness Fest

There's lots happening at "Jack's Place" smack dab in the center of downtown Coudersport during the inaugural Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable. 

Artists and other volunteers are busy preparing the speakeasy atmosphere for Friday night's dinner theater, Saturday's Roaring '20s Dance and Costume Contest, and a relaxing social gathering place all weekend long, complete with "bootleg" beer and wine, an old-fashioned photo booth and more. 

Our deepest appreciation goes out to Jack and Sue Halloran for use of the former hardware store; to David Castano, Paul Herzig, Sharon Fitzgerald and the Coudersport Rotary Club for taking charge of things at Jack's Place; and to others who are pitching in. Stay tuned for more details!

Smethport Dispatched For Landing Zone For Air Medical

At 8:20 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Department has been dispatched to set up a landing zone at the annex on East Water Street for a traumatic injury from the McKean County Family Raceway in Smethport.

Congratulations to Rich Schweikart for being elected as Chair for PA's Northwest Caucus!

Port Allegany Ambulance Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Accident

At 7:13 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany ambulance was dispatched to the intersection of Main & Maple at the Olean Medical Group for a 10 year old victim of an ATV accident.

Wellsboro Dispatched For 2 vehicle Crash In Boro

At 7:14 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS dispatched to East Avenue & Grant Street for a 2 vehicle crash with possibly one injury.

Rew Dispatched For Landing Zone For ATV Crash Patient

At 5:47 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Department has been dispatched to set up a landing zone at Rew Station of Mercyflight for a patient of Otto Township Ambulance.

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk

Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.

Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  More....

Otto Township Dispatched To ATV Crash At Majestic Trails

At 4:27 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Majestic Trails for an ATV accident.
Responders directed to Campground entrance off Fitch Hill Road.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 2:48 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a patient to go to UPMC Cole emergency room.

Coudersport Area School District Seeking Applicants For 2018/2019 Positions

New pastor named for United Methodist church in Mt. Jewett

Kane Republican

The Rev. Cindy Duffee has been named the new pastor of the Mt. Jewett United Methodist Church.

She also will serve as the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Hazel Hurst.
Duffee will assume the positions July 1.

She replaces the Rev. Craig Smith, who died earlier this year.

"It was clear that God is indeed leading me to this community," Duffee said. "Being a country girl at heart, I like the rural, peaceful community setting."

A native of Coal Hollow near Kersey in Elk County, Duffee is a 1979 graduate of St. Marys High School.

Jim Beckwith to be Inducted into Wall of Fame at New York State Oil Producers' Association

Pioneer Oil Museum of New York

It's getting close!!! This Friday will be the New York State Oil Producers' Association Wall of Fame induction ceremony as well as the museum's annual wine and cheese extravaganza. The festivities begin at 6:00 so arrive early.

The third inductee into the Wall of Fame this year is Jim Beckwith.

Jim Beckwith attended Shinglehouse High School, and for most of his life he was employed in the local oil fields. Jim worked for Quaker State for 33 years, retiring in 1990. He was the foreman for Quaker State’s South Bolivar station where he held a crucial job as he was responsible for all oil produced from 1950-1984 getting to the Myrtle Pump Station. He attended Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. Among his hobbies were going for rides in his car looking for “game” and working on various types of word puzzles. Jim was an avid hunter, and in the summer quite often he was found outdoors keeping his yard meticulously mowed.

Bomb Threat Alleged At Zito Media Causing Evacuations of Nearby Businesses

Facebook posts and Coudersport residents are reporting a bomb threat  at Zito Media has Route 6 shut down in that area with McDonalds, Sheetz and Dollar Store evacuated. 

Try to avoid the area if possible.

Elmer C. “Corky” Slack, Jr., 87, of Sheffield, PA

Elmer C. “Corky” Slack, Jr.

Elmer C. “Corky” Slack, Jr., 87, of Sheffield, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 5, 2018, at Warren General Hospital. 

Born on July 31, 1930 in Sheffield, PA, he was the son of the late Elmer C. Slack, Sr., and Thelma Camp Slack.

Corky was employed for many years with National Forge. He was also employed as a Deputy Game Commissioner. 

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Sheffield United Methodist Church, Sheffield Rod and Gun Club, Warren Eagles and Sheffield Senior Center. 

Corky enjoyed hunting, fishing, especially at the Outer Banks, and gardening.

Corky is survived by his 3 children – Debbie Cowan of Corry, PA, Denise Jenkins of Virginia Beach, VA, David Slack of Sheffield, PA; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; 1 sister – Janet Elmquist a resident of the Rouse Home in Youngsville, PA; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Corky was preceded in death by his wife, Valjean Rudolph Slack, whom he married on December 15, 1949, and who died on December 6, 2007; an infant son, David, and an infant daughter, Diane.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, with Rev. Terry
A. Teluch officiating. Interment will be in Sheffield Cemetery.

Those wishing to place a memorial may do so to Paws Along The River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA, 16365, or to a charity of your choice. Email condolences may be sent by visiting

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2018-06-15 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 2354 256HU 52753 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2018-06-15 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 2354 255HU 52752 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2018-06-15 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 2354 254HU 52751 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2018-06-15 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 2354 250HU 52747 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Warner Bros. crackdown puts Dark Mark over Potter festivals


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Warner Bros. is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the country, saying it's necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. Fans, however, liken the move to Death Eaters sucking the joy out of homegrown fun, while festival directors say they'll transmogrify the events into generic celebrations of magic.

"It's almost as if Warner Bros. has been taken over by Voldemort, trying to use dark magic to destroy the light of a little town," said Sarah Jo Tucker, a 21-year-old junior at Chestnut Hill College, which hosts a Quidditch tournament that coincides with the annual suburban Philadelphia festival.

Philip Dawson, Chestnut Hill's business district director, said Warner Bros. reached out to his group in May, letting them know new guidelines prohibit festivals' use of any names, places or objects from the series. That ruled out everything from meet-and-greet with Dumbledore and Harry to Defense Against the Dark Arts classes.

"It was very quickly apparent weren't going to be able to hold festival like years past," he said. The late October festival drew about 45,000 fans last year to the historic neighborhood's cobblestone streets. This year, they will instead have a "wands and wizards" family night and pub crawl and other magic-themed events — and people can still dress as their favorite characters. Read more...

Chicken Barbeque Is Ready At Roulette Fire Hall

Genesee Community Days Car Show Saturday From 12 to 3 At Genesee Park

Genesee Man Jailed Without Bail On Attempted Homicide Charges After Shooting 91 Year Old Man In Genesee Township

Police Say Shinglehouse Woman Was Under Influence

Port Allegany Man Injured In Motorcycle/Deer Crash On Rt. 46

Troopers Investigate Burglary In Eldred Township

Elk Ammo & Arms of St. Marys Wants To Buy Your Guns Wednesday, June 20th At Olean Business Development Building

Otto-Eldred School District Selling 2007 GMC Sierra With Dump Bed By Bid

Cole Memorial seeking RN's

Smethport Residents Can Save Big $$ By Purchasing Home & Auto Insurance Policies Together

Please Vote For Thomas Wandel For Director of Tri-County Rural Electric Co-Op

Ulysses Township Accepting Resumes For Full Time Road Worker

Happy Father’s Day from New Moon Power Equipment in Ulysses, PA!

OPEN HOUSE at Sweden Valley Manor, Wednesday, June 27th at 2 PM

The Potter County Honor Guard is looking for volunteers

Attention veterans and sons of veterans

The Potter County Honor Guard is looking for volunteers to help give honors to our fallen brothers and sisters. If you would like to join call Gordon Visseau at 585 928 1207 for information.

Immediate Opening For Full Time Cook At The Seneca Inn in Port Allegany

Susquehannock State Forest Resource Management Plan

Take The Family Go Karting At Amego Karting Route 155 South of Port Allegany

Kretschmar Barbeque Rib Fest At Port Allegany Shop n' Save is Thursday, June 21st

Friday, June 15, 2018

Coudersport Fire Department Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 30th

Black Female Cat Missing From 5th Street/North West Street Area in Coudersport

She has been found!  Thanks!

PSP Kane investigating a report of a stolen rifle

Bradford teen charged with DUI after traffic stop

Minor Injury when motorcycle hits deer on Rt. 328

91 year old Genessee man victim of Attempted Homicide

No injuries when car hits deer on Rt. 287

Unknown Actor(s) steal electric fencer from Ulysses man's property

No injuries in car versus dog/ coyote accident

Smethport woman arrested for DUI

Bradford Man Charged With Rape

By Anne Holliday on WESB Local News

A 22-year-old Bradford man is accused of raping a teenager and then threatening to hurt her further if she told anyone about it.

Court papers say Lucas Mills raped the 15-year-old in a Bradford home on June 8 while putting his hand over her mouth and holding her on the floor. The criminal complaint also says when the assault was over Mills told the girl if she told anyone about it he would stab her.

Besides rape and terroristic threats, Mills is charged with statutory sexual assault, sexual assault , aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, and corruption of minors.

After being arraigned this morning by District Judge Bill Todd Mills was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $75,000.

Analysis: 48 percent of mortgages in Elk County considered ‘underwater’

Keystone Business

Among Pennsylvania counties, Elk, Fulton and Cambria had the highest percentage of property owners with mortgages who owe at least 25 percent more on their loans than their property is worth, according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions looking at home equity at the end of the first quarter.

In Elk County, 48 percent of all properties with a mortgage were considered “seriously underwater.” The county with the second-highest rate was Fulton (46 percent), followed by Cambria (36 percent). The analysis is based on a home’s estimated market value.

In Pennsylvania, owners of 285,236 properties with mortgages owe at least 25 percent more on their loans than their property is worth. The state ranks 17th in the U.S., with 12.8 percent of all properties with a mortgage considered “seriously underwater.”  See all PA Counties.....

House Action for the Week of June 18, 2018

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

The Weekly Schedule


RIDGWAY, PA – The annual Elk County Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival returns on June 22, 2018. This year’s event promises to be the biggest yet with live entertainment, raffles, kid’s activities and more.

The 2018 festival will take place at St. Leo Magnus Catholic Church, located in historic downtown Ridgway. In years past, the Strawberry Festival has taken place on Center Street near the Society’s Center House Museum. When asked why the venue had changed, acting Director Kay Kincead said, “Father Justin recently joined our board and generously offered his church. We jumped at the chance. Having it there allows us to create a bigger festival and saves valuable dollars that go to support the Society.”

The 2018 Strawberry Festival will feature a working fire engine that children can explore, a jazz ensemble made up of local talent, and performances by the Ridgway YMCA Cheer Xplosion featuring young athletes from around Elk County. A highlight of the festival will be an appearance by officer Nando of the St. Marys police department’s K-9 Unit. Nando is a certified working dog in narcotics detection and will be demonstrating his skills under the supervision of his handler Sergeant Mike Shaffer. Other activities include face painting and sand art, a basket raffle, 50/50 and, of course, strawberries.

Strawberry shortcake with ice cream will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. until the strawberries run out. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be also be offered. Food tickets will be available for purchase at the door. More information can be found at The Society and its museums will be closed June 20 and 21 while the staff and volunteers prepare for the festival.


The PA Route 6 Alliance honored Senator Joe Scarnati with a DO 6 Lifetime Achievement Award on June 7, 2018 in his Harrisburg office.

The Board of the PA Route 6 Alliance recognized Senator Joe Scarnati, PA Senatorial District 25 & Senate President Pro Tempore with the honor, stating that the Senator has been a true friend of economic and community development, heritage tourism and recreational efforts in the Northern Tier for many years.

According to PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director, Terri Dennison, when PA Route 6 became a dedicated Pennsylvania Heritage Area, Senator Scarnati provided support and assistance in establishing the organization that would manage the Heritage Corridor.

Dennison added that many of the popular attractions along Route 6 within his district benefited from his involvement; noting that several would be lost if he did not champion the cause including Lyman Run Lake in Potter County. Senator Scarnati supported the repairs needed on the Kinzua Bridge. When a portion of the bridge was destroyed by tornado in 2003, he helped secure funding for the restoration and reinvention of the state park, including the new Visitor Center. He was a key proponent of the renovations at the PA Lumber Museum, supported the development of the visitor center near the PA Grand Canyon in Tioga County, and continues to champion the future of Denton Hill State Park.

The DO 6 Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person or agency who exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances our mission through heritage development.

PA Route 6 Alliance is the managing entity of the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor, one of the twelve designated heritage areas in the state.

Photo L to R – Terri Dennison, Executive Director, PA Route 6 Alliance; Senator Joe Scarnati; and Kevin Abrams, PA Route 6 Alliance Board President

Bolivar Dispatched To Possible Natural Gas Leak on South Street

At 7:03 PM on Friday, Bolivar Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to 63 South Street for a possible natural gas leak.

David E. Lopez, 89, of North Warren, PA

David Lopez

David E. Lopez, 89, of North Warren, PA., died Friday afternoon, June 15, 2018 at the John & Orpha Blair Hospice Home. 

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Harold “Hoppie” Hopkins, 87, of Warren, PA

Harold Hopkins
Harold “Hoppie” Hopkins, 87, of Warren, PA., died Thursday evening, June 14, 2018 at Warren Manor Nursing Home.  
A complete obituary will be announced when available through
the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Kane Dispatched To Commercial Fire Aalrm At Old School

At 5:55 PM on Friday, Kane Fire & Ambulance dispatched to 226 Chestnut Street for a commercial fire alarm at the old elementary school.
6:02--Chief 5 reporting light smoke conditions.