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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Three Car Hit And Run On Hoovertown RD. In Clearfield County

Hit And Run In Two Car Crash On Bennetts Valley Highway In Elk County

Sex Offender Investigation Leads To Drug Possession Charges For Smethport Woman

PSP Investigating A Theft On Brooklynside Rd. In Liberty TWP.

Police Say Smethport Woman Bought Electronic Cigarette For Youth In Ceres TWP.

Charges Pending After Traffic Stop On RT.446 In Keating TWP.

Nancy P. Wagner, 83, Emporium, PA

Nancy P. Wagner

Nancy P. Wagner, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on February 7, 2020. 

She was born on March 26, 1936 in Altoona to Charles and Helen Klepser Patterson. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Harvey G. Wagner.

Nancy graduated from Juniata College and was an elementary teacher in the Cameron County School District for 30 years. She was a talented pianist and church organist, an amazing seamstress and quilter, and a painter. 

She resided for over 50 years in her beloved home in Rich Valley and spent vacations at Wildwind, her North Carolina home. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Cameron County Quilters.

She is survived by a daughter, Sally Oberdick (Dave), of Pittsburgh, PA and a son Harvey “Skip” Wagner (Beth) of Knoxville, TN. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Dr. Sam Oberdick of Boulder, CO, Elise Cupps (Brett) of Pittsburgh, PA, Abby Oberdick of Chicago, Ill, Lauren Wagner of Columbus, OH, and John Wagner of Knoxville, TN.

There will be no visitation and services will be private.

Burial will be in Rich Valley Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

We would like to express our thanks to the amazing staff at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor for her care.

McKean County Seeking Candidates For Director of Voter Registration Position

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, February 7, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol

Wolf Budget Price Tag Too High

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Before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2020-21 state budget with a price tag of more than $36 billion, an increase of $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget. It includes nearly $1 billion in overspending from the current year’s budget and proposed borrowing of nearly $5 billion.

This is way too high a price to pay for our employers and taxpayers who are working hard to support their families. We need a fiscally responsible budget that respects the people who foot the bill today and in the future.

The governor continues to call for new government programs, seeking to fund those at the expense of existing programs that have already proven their value. Once again, the governor has targeted the agriculture industry that he claims to support with more than $4.3 million in cuts. He eliminated funding for hardwoods research and promotion, livestock and consumer health protection, and the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, just to name a few. As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I am committed to restoring these vital funds before considering funding for any additional initiatives.

It’s important to recognize this governor’s budget is nothing more than a proposal that serves as the start of the annual budget negotiation process. Later this month, the House and Senate Appropriations committees will delve into the details of the proposal to identify true needs and opportunities to save taxpayer money. I look forward to a final budget that will best meet the needs of rural Pennsylvania.

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Wolf Uses Budget Address to Call for More Gun Control

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In his speech before the General Assembly on Tuesday, which is supposed to be focused on his state spending proposals, Gov. Tom Wolf spent several minutes calling on lawmakers to enact new gun control measures. This is my reaction to his proposals.
Area Farmers, Ag Leaders Invited to Breakfast with PA Ag Secretary

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Rep. Clint Owlett and I are inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Friday, March 13, at 9 a.m. at Pine Creek Inn, 1637 Route 6 West, Galeton.

This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done to support the industry in Harrisburg, and to share your concerns for the future with us and our state Agriculture secretary. We encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.

To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP by contacting my Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or registering online at

There is no charge to attend.

Anti-Human-Trafficking Initiative Signed into Law

One of several human trafficking bills championed in the House last month was signed into law this week.

Senate Bill 60 is designed to better protect victims of human trafficking and ensure justice is served by imposing stricter penalties on criminals involved in this heinous crime.

The new law raises the grading of the offense to a first-degree felony and imposes increased fines and jail time. Specifically, the law will raise the additional fine amount to at least $1,000 for a first offense and as much as $50,000 for a third or subsequent offense or where the victim of sexual servitude was a minor at the time of the offense. Jail time could be as much as 20-40 years.

To learn more about additional legislation approved by the House to combat human trafficking, click here. 

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available

Working to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, a representative of the American Legion will be available at my local offices in February to discuss issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

The schedule is as follows:
  •   Bradford office: Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.
  •   Kane office: Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

You need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

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Family Traditions Meat Company Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat Stick Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Family Traditions Meat Company, an Ackley, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 270 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef stick products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Public Auction Sunday, Feb. 9th at Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House in Bradford, PA

Elkland, Osceola, Knoxville Dispatched To Structure Fire in Rathbone

At 3:35 PM on Saturday, Elkland, Osceola and Knoxville have been dispatched mutual aid to a structure fire at 5901 Merring Road in Rathbone.

RSVP for Surprise 90th Birthday Party for Shirley Garzel on Feb. 22, 2020

Wellsboro Dispatched To Fire Alarm At High School

At 3:05 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Wellsboro High School for an automatic fire alarm.
3:09 PM--Hold in quarters per Chief 1. 
3:11 PM--RECALL.

Wellsville Dispatched For Snowmobile Fire

At 2:12 PM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire Dept. dispatched to a snowmobile on fire behind 2493 Ketchner Road.

Robert D. Lyon, 85, of 584 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA

Robert D. Lyon

Robert D. Lyon, 85, of 584 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA died at his residence on Friday morning (February 7, 2020).

He was born July 30, 1934 in Emporium, PA a son of the late William and Irene Uber Lyon. On September 4, 1954 in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts he married Veronica Wennin, who survives.
Korean War Veteran

Bob graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1952. He served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He earned his Bachelor degree in 1960 in Business Administration from TriState University in Angola, Indiana. 

He retired after over 26 years, from DCNR in 1991. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club, VFW and the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and golfer and even hit a hole in one on one of his golf outings. 

He was a co-manager for the Foundation Little League team in the 1970's and the Alle Cats Baseball team. Years ago he played softball for the Mountaineers.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by a daughter, Leslie (Michael) Songer, Emporium; a son, Rod (Melissa) Lyon, Orrtanna, PA; four grandchildren: Kelly (Rick) Palaia, Taylor Songer, Rachel and Logan Lyon; one great granddaughter Lilia Palaia; three brothers, William (Catherine) Lyon; Alvin Lyon both of Emporium; John (Shirley) Lyon, Corry; one sister, Linda (George Cleaveland) Woods, Emporium.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (February 12, 2020) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. Military Service accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail will follow.
Burial will be in the Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Roulette Ambulance To Route 6 West

At 1:03 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Coudersport Medic dispatched to the 1800 block of Route 6 west for a cardiac emergency. CPR in progress.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Has A Busy Week

Coudersport Vol FireDept
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Yet another Busy week for your responders.

2/1/20 00:25:19 2020-00003235 AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM 100 MARKET ST, COUDERSPORT BORO officer and an Engine responded, cleared the building - found a faulty alarm activation and turned over to maintenance, assisted by Boro PD and cleared.

2/2/20 12:28:07 2020-00003403 MVA 1662 E SECOND ST, SWEDEN TWP One vehicle lost control, struck an embankment, ended up in the W Bound ditch. Pt refused medical treatment. Assisted by Twp Police and State Police

2/7/20 06:12:09 2020-00003883 MVA E SECOND ST, SWEDEN TWP 2028-2074 One vehicle lost control, struck guide rail, ended up in the W Bound lane. Pt was transported to UPMC Cole. Assisted by Twp Police and State Police.

2/7/20 10:22:56 2020-00003932 TREE DOWN RT 6 NEAR MOSCH'S Assisted with traffic control while PennDOT crews cut up and removed Tree from lane of traffic, assisted also by Boro PD.

2/7/20 12:53:45 2020-00003961 MVA DINGMAN RUN RD, EULALIA TWP 27-45 Requested to assist with Traffic Contr at the scene of a Two Vehicle MVA w/o injuries, a FO and an Engine responded. Assisted by PSP and Penn Dot.

2/7/20 15:44:39 2020-00003980 MVA ROUTE 6 W / W CHESTNUT ST, COUDERSPORT BORO BY CAR WASH One vehicle rollover with Confinement. Upon arrival private citizens that had witnessed the crash, assisted and removed PT's to a safe location. Crews assisted with medical treatment and care 'til Amb. Arrived to transport them. Assisted by Boro PD, PennDot and Kightlingers.

2/7/20 18:28:25 2020-00004001 MVA ROUTE 49 E, ALLEGANY TWP BETWEEN COUDERSPORT AND GOLD NEAR THE RIGAS FARM.. A Chief Officer arrived to find that the vehicle had been removed w/no injuries and recalled all responding units. Assisted by PennDot and PSP CDSPT.

Bus Trip To Philadelphia Flower Show Benefits Galeton Library

Come join us for a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. 

Bus will depart from Galeton Library on Tuesday March 3rd, and return the same day. 

Spaces are limited so reserve your seat today. 

See the following for information and reservations.

Mansfield, Big Elm Dispatched For Crash on Bailey Creek Road

At 12:26 PM on Saturday, Mansfield & Big Elm Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a vehicle into a tree crash with injuries on the Bailey Creek Road, about 1/2 mile from Rt. 549.

Olean Residents Indicted For Selling Crack Cocaine

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Two more Olean residents have made it to the long list of people arrested by our Street Crimes unit for selling drugs in our city. 

On February 4th, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Investigators arrested 59 year old Robert J. Moore for two counts each of Criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd. degree and Criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd. degree. Both charges are B Felonies. Moore was taken into custody without incident at his North Union St. apartment and processed at the Olean Police Department . 

Yesterday at approximately 5:30 p.m. 40 year old Jerrod L. Giles was arrested at his apartment located on Laurel Ave. without incident, charged with Criminal Possession of a controlled substance 3rd. degree and Criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd. degree. 

Moore and Giles were transported to the Cattaraugus County jail to await arraignment. Both arrests are a result of the investigation of the Street Crimes unit which was presented to a Grand Jury by District Attorney Lori P. Rieman. The indictment handed up indicated that both sold Crack Cocaine.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Bells Run Road

At 11:06 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance to Bells Run Road for a woman ill.

Emporiium Dispatched To Tree Down With Live Wires & Fire

At 10:15 AM on Saturday, Emporium Fire Department has been dispatched for a tree down on live wires with fire at 590 Old North Creek Road.

Coudersport Subway Celebrating 8 Years; Any 6 Inch Fresh Value Meal for $5.

PA Trout Stocking Schedules Available

Smethport Dispatched for One Vehicle Crash on Rt. 46

At 9:02 AM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. dispatched to the area of 8570 Rt. 46 for a one vehicle into the ditch accident with no reported injuries.

Coudersport Ambulance to Mapleview Lane

At 8:50 AM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance dispatched to Mapleview Lane for a possible CVA.

Tioga, Mansfield Dispatched to 2 Crashes on Rt. 15 Southbound

At 8:32 AM on Saturday, Tioga & Mansfield Fire Depts. have been dispatched to Rt. 15 S near the Mill Creek Bridge for two one vehicle crashes. Caller reports no injuries.
PennDOT requested for slippery road conditions north of the Mill Creek bridge.

Public Auction Sunday, Feb. 9th at Burkhouse Auction House in Bradford, PA

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Cascade Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2020-02-03 00:00:00 to ARD OPR LLC for site BIEBER SISTERS A-1V in Cascade Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-02-03 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Permit Violations Issued to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

PA Permit Violation Issued to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2020-02-04 to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 78.53 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL - Operator failed to design, implement and maintain best management practices and an erosion and sediment control plan in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102, during and after earthmoving or soil disturbing activities, including the activities related to siting, drilling, completing, producing, servicing and plugging, constructing, utilizing and restoring the site and access road.
Incident Date/Time: 2020-02-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2020-02-04 to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Incident Date/Time: 2020-02-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2020-02-04 to Msl Oil & Gas Corp in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2020-02-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Breakfast At Hamilton's Pancake House in Ulysses Starts Saturday From 8 to 2

Carter Winter Antiques Extravaganza Auction, Saturday, Feb. 8 in Allegany, NY

Falcon Follies Talent Show Saturday, Feb. 8 At Coudersport High School Auditorium

Say I Love You With A Song; Reserve Your Valentine's Serenade Now!

House For Rent on Fox Hill Road in Ulysses

Friday, February 7, 2020

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BLOSSBURG, PA - Around 7:40AM Blossburg Borough Police, along with Blossburg and Mansfield Fire crews responded to a reported tractor trailer accident.

A tractor trailer slid off northbound lanes of Route 15 Highway and crash through the guiderail cable lines causing the closure of one northbound lane and one southbound lane just north of the Blossburg Exit.

Fire personnel arrived on scene around 7:47AM and were still attempting to have the tractor trailer removed around 11:30AM.

Burkholders Towing was to remove of this tractor trailer from the scene once PennDOT loosened the tension on cable lines. The tractor trailer was removed after 12:30PM, FNN believes.

Great job by all departments who hand numerous accidents Friday morning.

Special thanks to the Blossburg Fire Department at the scene.

Roulette Dispatched To Assist Ambulance

At 9:05 PM on Friday, Roulette Fire Dept. dispatched for lift assistance for Roulette Ambulance on Sartwell Creek Road.
9:16 PM--Dispatch Port Allegany VFD for lift assist.

Coudersport Ambulance To East Maple Street

At 8:35 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to East Maple Street for a woman ill.


The PA Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers, and initiatives along the Heritage Corridor that made a difference in 2019 and is now taking nominations for the "Do 6" Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.

The awards are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts that give new meaning to "DO 6" by supporting and implementing sustainable tourism development along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The award winners exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect, preserve and promote the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.

The awards are presented in the areas of Heritage Partnerships, Leadership, Heritage Community of the Year, Heritage Tourism (projects or events), Artisan of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Last year's award winners included the Good Growing Gardens, Smethport (Heritage Partnership Award); Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival, Inc., Honesdale (Heritage Tourism Award); Tina Pickett, PA State Representative, 110th Legislative District (Heritage Leadership Award); Kane Borough, McKean County (Heritage Community of the Year Award); Stained Glass Reflections, Wellsboro, Tioga County (Artisan of the Year Award); and Randy Heller, Solid Waste Director/Recycling Coordinator, Wayne County (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Nominations can be submitted by anyone along the PA Route 6 Corridor and are due by Friday, March 13, 2020. Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the website at: Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. For more information, please contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706.

Coudersport Dispatched for Crash on Rt. 49

At  6:29 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire & EMS dispatched to Rt. 49 near the Rigas farm for a vehicle crash.

Valentine Bake Sale Saturday At Ulysses Library

Friendship Dispatched To I-86 Crash

At 3:45 PM on Friday, Friendship Fire & EMS dispatched to I-86 Eastbound for a vehicle crash. Report no injury or entrapment.

Coudersport Dispatched To Rollover Crash Near Chestnut Street Bridge

At 3:45 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire & EMS dispatched to Rt. 6 near the car wash for a rollover crash with confinement. Report individual is out of the vehicle.