Local News


Monday Sept 22

Westfield Man Injured In Crash

Bradley Lee Miles, 19, of Westfield was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday

The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Church Road, according to state police at

 Miles was westbound on Church Road when he swerved to avoid a deer that was standing in
the roadway, troopers said.

The vehicle went into a ditch and Miles attempted to get back on the road before the car
flipped over. A passenger, a Tioga County juvenile, sustained severe injuries,.

Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, state police said.



                                       Baker Announces $2 Million State Grant For Construction
                                                  Of New Mansfield Medical Office Building

Striving to bring greater access to health care services to residents in Tioga County, Susquehanna
Health is being awarded a $2 million state grant for construction of the relocated and expanded
Mansfield Medical Office Building, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the
House Health Committee. 

“This funding is a huge help in reaching the financial goal needed to complete this project,” said Baker. “With the continued expansion of Mansfield University, the development of the I-99 corridor and the ongoing growth of the Marcellus Shale industry in Tioga County, this medical office is greatly needed in order to provide quality health care services to the Mansfield area’s growing population.” 
Baker said plans for the new facility include a physical and aquatic center, an orthopedic practice, radiology services, laboratory services, and the relocated Mansfield Laurel Health Center. Space also will be provided for outpatient behavioral health services, diabetic education and counseling, and family planning services. 
Funding for the grant was made possible under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). 





Thursday Sept 18

Bill Comes Under Debate

The State Senate Education Committee yesterday got together to debate a bill, which would allow Pennsylvania Teachers and other school employees to carry guns at work. 

The bill has been proposed to allow schools more options for protecting students, especially those in rural areas, which rely on often-distant state troopers for police protection. 

Opponents say the bill is a bad idea to place the responsibility to protect the students on those whose principal interest is educating children. 

A vote was not taken.



PSECU Official Sponsor of LUMA 2014

The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) has partnered with Mansfield University as an official sponsor of this Saturday's Light Up Mansfield Again 2014 (LUMA 2014) event.
As part of its sponsorship, PSECU will be giving out free tickets to Saturday's Mansfield Penn football game at Karl Van Norman Field.
Tickets will be available to active PSECU members starting Wednesday at the PSECU office in Manser Hall on the Mansfield University campus.
A limited amount of fee tickets will be available to the general public on Saturday at the PSECU tent across from the entrance of Karl Van Norman Field starting at noon on Saturday.
LUMA 2014 is part of Mansfield University's Family & Friends Weekend.
Activities and events start this Friday evening with a concert by Beatlemania Again in Decker Gymnasium.
Saturday's events include a free tailgate at Karl Van Norman Field beginning at noon. The tailgate also includes three live bands, games and activities including a student organizational fair.
The Mansfield University field hockey team will host Kutztown at noon at Karl Van Norman Field with the Mountaineer women's soccer team taking on Millersville at 3 p.m.
Kickoff of just the third night football game in MU history is set for 7:35 p.m with pregame activities beginning at 7:15 p.m.
There will also be a fireworks display during pregame and at halftime as well as a performance by Mansfield University's legendary marching band -- The Spirit & The Pride of Pennsylvania.
The game will be broadcast live worldwide on ESPN3 and broadcast locally and regionally on Blue Ridge Cable 113 and WETM2-TV in Elmira.




Wednesday Sept 17

Two Millerton Residents Charged

Michael J. Fromm, 46, and Katie M. Keown, 35, have been charged with drug possession following a   traffic stop on Clemens Center Parkway in the Town of Southport on Monday.

Fromm, 46, and Keown, 35, both of Millerton, were charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to state police at Horseheads.

Fromm was also charged with unauthorized possession of marijuana and several vehicle and traffic counts.

Both suspects were committed to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of bail.




                                     Bridge Preservation Work In Tioga County Starts Next Week

A preservation project involving multiple bridges in Tioga County begins Monday, Sept. 22.

The bridges are at the following locations: 
• One bridge on Route 49 in the Borough of Knoxville; 
• Two bridges on Route 287 in the village of Middlebury Center and, 
• Two bridges on Route 15, one each in the northbound and southbound lanes in the Borough
   of Tioga. 

Work includes rehabilitating bridge deck joints, cleaning bridge dams and other maintenance.

The bridges will be partially closed while improvements are made by the L.C. Whitford Company, Inc., under an $815,287 contract.

Route 15 will have dams cleaned and maintenance performed under daylight signing and single lane closures this year. 

Work on bridges on Route 49 and Route 287 will begin next year. An updated travel advisory will be released prior to work commencing on that portion of the project. 

The work expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.




Tuesday Sept 16

Man Charged With Assaulting Officer

State police in Tioga County have charged a Blossburg man following an incident early yesterday morning. 

A state police officer from the Mansfield barracks was dispatched to Bloss Mountain Road in Liberty Township around 2am yesterday morning to investigate and incident of harassment. There he found Justin Plank who grabbed the officer and then struggled with him as he tried to handcuff Plank. 

Plank was eventually taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault on an officer as well as resisting arrest and harassment and was jailed in Tioga County Prison in lieu of bail.




Four Hurt In Crash

Four people were injured, two of them seriously, in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Gaines Township.

According to police a 2000 Dodge Dakota operated by Kathy L. Everly, 37, of Wellsboro, was westbound on U.S. Route 6 around 9:26 p.m. when the car skidded on the wet road surface and went off the highway. The car went up an embankment, became airborne and struck a tree before flipping over.

Everly and passenger Daniel C. Owen, 37, of Gaines, suffered major injuries and were transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.

Two children, ages 8 and 7, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released.




Friday Sept 12

Woman Charged In July 27th Accidents

Jeana Marie Orr, 47 of Wellsboro, has been charged with driving under the influence of the prescription drug after striking three pedestrians, including a 3-year-old boy.

According to police it was her third automobile collision on the night of July 27th.

Police said that after hitting a parked vehicle, she fled the scene and then ran over a stop sign on Bodine Street.  Orr continued to Bacon Street, where her vehicle struck three pedestrians as they were stepping off the porch at 3 Bacon St.

According to court documents, one victim, a 3-year-old boy, suffered a severe arm injury and had to be taken for treatment by a medical helicopter. The boy's father and his girlfriend were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Orr is charged with three counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving and two counts of accident involving damage to an unattended vehicle or property.

A preliminary hearing will be held Sept. 30th.



Assault Charges Filed

 Ryan Charles Elder, 28, of Covington, has been accused of simple assault and harassment following an incident on July 13th in Hamilton Township.

Elder allegedly threw rocks at Alicia May Finley, cutting her lip and knocking out some of her teeth while she was standing at the edge of a swimming hole.

Elder's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1st.




Route 6 Resurfacing Project in Tioga County Starts Next Week

A resurfacing project along approximately one mile of Route 6 in the Borough of Wellsboro, Tioga County, is scheduled to start Monday, July 14.
Work includes milling, base repairs, ADA curb ramps, paving, pavement markings, drainage and other miscellaneous construction.
Contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., will be working from approximately 0.10 miles southwest of the intersection of Route 4002 (Charleston Street) to approximately 0.50 miles west of the intersection of Route 3011 (Shumway Hill Road).
Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work zone with flaggers and daylight signing controlling traffic flow.  Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive with caution.





Tuesday Sept 9

Driver Of Vehicle In Bradford County Fatal Accident Identified

Police in Bradford County have identified the driver of a vehicle, which struck a wagon being pulled by a bicycle in Troy, killing a 7-year-old child last week. 

David Edwards of Mansfield was driving the pick-up truck which crashed into the bicycle and attached cart on Route 6 on Wednesday. 7-year-old Haden Riggins was killed in that crash, his father who was riding the bike was injured as was his sister who was riding in the
cart with him. 

Police believe that it was the glare from the sun that caused the accident. No charges have been filed resulting from that Bradford County accident.




Monday Sept 8

Driver Accused Of Heroin Use

Police has charged Charlotte Evelyn Rims, 25, of Wellsboro, with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and damaging unattended property in the Dunham's Department Store parking lot June 17.

According to court documents, Rims allegedly told Patrolman Chad Boyce she injected two bags of heroin prior to crashing her vehicle at the store located at 45 Main St.

Rims was arrested and transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn and tested. She then was released to a family member.

A preliminary hearing has been set for September 30.




Friday Sept 5

Mansfield Man Charged

Police have charged Marcus Devon Philpot, 22, of Mansfield with terroristic threats, two
counts of simple assault and harassment following an altercation between Philpot and the
victim on Aug. 26.

According to court documents, Philpot allegedly forcefully removed the female victim from a vehicle, threatened to kill her as well as the other occupants of the vehicle.

He then pushed the victim up against the rear of the car and allegedly attempted to choke her.

Philpot was arrested Aug. 27 and freed on $5,000 bail.

He appeared before District Judge James E. Carlson Wednesday and was held for court.




Man Allegedly Sold Pot To Officer

Joey Thomas Tanaiewski, 19, of Millerton, is accused of possession with intent to sell drugs on three separate occasions, according to court documents.

Officer Chad Boyce of the Wellsboro Police Department arrested Tanaiewski Aug. 31.

According to Police, Tanaiewski allegedly sold 6.6 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer March 12, two baggies of heroin March 20 and "wholesale" heroin March 24.

His bail is posted at $7,500 and Tanaiewski awaits his preliminary hearing on Sept. 16 in Tioga County Prison.




Wednesday Sept 3

Bridge Work Begins

Starting today, State Route 4008 (North Fork Road) in Brookfield Township, Tioga County, will be reduced to one lane of traffic near the intersection of Brookfield Road for a bridge deck replacement project.

PennDOT crews will remove the existing surface and replace it with a new concrete bridge deck. Traffic will be controlled by stop signs while the work is being performed.

The lane restriction will be in place until the entire bridge deck has been replaced. The project is expected to be completed in mid-October.





Tuesday September 2

Tioga County Man Charged With Selling And Growing Marijuana

Federal and State Law Enforcement authorities arrested a Tioga County man, Andrew Hurd, for allegedly growing and selling marijuana at his residence in Westfield.

Last Wednesday police seized at least 688 marijuana plants while recovering two rifles and revolvers, as well as , over $6200 at Hurd's home.

Charges filed include distribution and possession of marijuana and using a firearm while committing a drug crime.

If found guilty, Hurd faces in excess of ten years in prison. 


Assault In Bradford County

An apparent domestic dispute escalated into assault following a verbal altercation in Bradford County on Saturday night when the suspect, an unidentified 26-year-old male, shoved, choked and struck his female victim multiple times.

Later the suspect re-entered the home-breaking several items and attempting to take the victim’spurse-at that time he struck the victim again. After being locked out, the suspect attempted breaking into the resident, causing the victim to flee.

The incident is still under investigation.



Building Collapse In Towanda Closes Part Of Route 6

A part of Route 6 is closed after part of a building fell into the road in Bradford County. Police said bricks fell off Henry Dunn Inc., an insurance and realty group, on Main Street in Towanda Sunday morning.

According to PennDOT, Route 6 between Court Street and Pine Street in Towanda will be closed until repairs can be made to the building.

Officials said a detour is in place to help drivers get around the closed street in Bradford County.





Friday August 29

Someone Impersonating A Police Officer In Bradford County

State police in Bradford County are investigating reports of someone reported to be impersonating a police officer in the Canton area. 

Police say on Wednesday, a white male dressed in jeans and a dress shirt and driving a white sedan attempted to make a traffic stop on a woman at the East Canton Crossroads between State Route 414 and Southside Road in Canton Township. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact state police in Towanda.



Pipe Replacement On Cherry Flats Road

A maintenance crew in Tioga County will perform a drainage improvement project on Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road) in Covington Township next week.

The road will be closed during the project. A detour will be in effect using Route 2020 (Mack Road), Route 2022 (West Hill Road) and Route 2025 (Canada Road). 




Thursday Aug 28

                                                            Tioga County Physician And Three Others Indicted

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Tioga County physician has been charged with unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud.  Three other individuals are also charged in an indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment charges Dr. John Terry, age 63, and Thomas Ray, age 51, both of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Health Care Fraud.  It also charges David Hatch, age 27, Addison, New York, and Stephen Heffner, Jr., age 46, Elkland, Pennsylvania, with health care fraud.  The defendants allegedly aided and abetted each other in a scheme to obtain benefits from a health care program by false and fraudulent pretenses. 

Terry, Hatch and Heffner, Jr. were released after a hearing yesterday in Williamsport before Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle, III.  Ray is in state custody on other charges.

Beginning January 2010 through July 2013, Terry allegedly provided prescriptions for excessive quantities of Oxycodone and other narcotics to individuals who he knew were not seeking the drugs for a legitimate medical purpose.  Terry also allegedly wroteprescriptions for narcotics for individuals who were not his patients, knowing that the federal Medicare program was going to be billed for the unlawful prescriptions.

 During the execution of a federal search warrant at his office on July 8, 2013, Terry voluntarily agreed to surrender his medical license and his DEA registration.

Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

The charges stem from an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania State Police. 

“We rely on doctors to be part of the prescription drug abuse solution – not part of the problem,” said Nick DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge for the Inspector General’s Philadelphia Office.  “Abuse of prescription drugs now kills more people than illegal drug abuse and costs taxpayers many millions of dollars.”

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this particular case, the maximum penalty for the controlled substance violation is 20 years’ imprisonment and 10 years’ imprisonment for the health care fraud violation, under the federal statutes, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.



Covington Man Charged

Elwin Lee Makley Jr., 35, of Covington, has been arrested and charged with theft by deception and writing a bad check on Aug. 15, according to court documents.

Makley is alleged to have used a check from a closed account to purchase a $21 case of Busch Light beer at Northern Tier Beverage, on May 14.

The check was issued from First Citizens Community Bank at 15 S. Main St. The account was under the name Kevin Martin, the name that Makley signed on the check, according to the arresting officer.

The accused will appear in front of District Judge James E. Carlson for his preliminary hearing Sept. 17.




Tuesday Aug 26


Police have arrested a second person charged with the break in of a Hughesville area home back in July. 

20-year-old James Price of Blossburg allegedly accompanied 22-year-old Tyler Swain also of Blossburg in the burglary at Swain’s father’s house in Wolf Township on July 8th. The two reportedly got away with jewelry, camera equipment and portable speakers. 

Price was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and trespassing and was sent a summons to appear before a district judge. Swain remains jailed for his part in the burglary.




Monday Aug 25

Wellsboro Man Charged

Eric Matthew Colegrove, 31, of Wellsboro, has admitted to using another's check card without her consent.

On Aug. 12, the victim reported to police that her account had been overdrawn by $392 by unauthorized transactions.

Colegrove allegedly admitted to using the card when the victim confronted him with documentation of the 27 unauthorized transactions. He was remanded to the Tioga County Prison on Aug. 14.

Colegrove was unable to post his bail of $7,500 and was remanded to the Tioga County Prison.  He has a preliminary hearing   on Aug. 26 to face charges of forgery, theft and device fraud.




Friday Aug 22

Woman Waives Right To Speedy Hearing

A Morris woman accused of the killing of a Liberty man last September as well as the assault on his wife has waived her right to a speedy trial. 

57-year-old Debra Lockett was in court looking to postpone the trial in order to give her defense more time to build a case.  She is accused of trying to rob 82-year-old Oliver and 81-year-old Edwina Litzleman at their Liberty home last year, and then shooting the man
when he resisted.  She then allegedly brutally assaulted Mrs. Litzleman. 

Lockett remains jailed without bail.




Thursday Aug 21

Middlebury Man Accused Of Theft

Christopher W. Gee, 43, of Middlebury Center, is accused of stealing $6,100 worth of tools
from his former business, Gee's Garage.

Gee lost the business earlier this year after defaulting on loans adding up to $555,000.

On July 9, the garage was bought at a sheriff's sale and pictures were taken of its items on July 11. Tools were found missing during an inventory by the new owner on July 28 despite the locks having been changed, according to police.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2, where Gee will face charges of burglary, trespassing, theft and receiving stolen goods.



Pipe Installation On West Hill Road

Weather permitting, a maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin a pipe installation project on Route 2022 (West Hill Road) in Putnam Township next week.

The project is expected to begin on Monday and completed by Wednesday. The road will be closed during the project and a detour will be in place using Kendrick Road, Route 660 and North Williamson Road.




Tuesday August 19

Robbery Investigation In Tioga

At around 5:30 pm yesterday Troy Heck, 24 of Tioga, was pulling in to his residence he and his passenger were allegedly assaulted by two men.

The men ordered Heck to hand over his wallet and they removed $700.00 from it.  The men then fled and Heck and his passenger gave chase but could not find them.

A witness related that he did observe one of the men running near his residence on Wellsboro Street.

A search by police yielded negative contact with the men.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Mansfield State Police at 570-662-2151




Stone Sentenced

A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man will spend a year in prison for leaving a dog out in the cold to die.

Matthew Scott Stone, 27, will spend a year in prison, along with probation and fines. Stone left Charlie the dog on the side of Cummings Creek Road in Farmington earlier this year. The dog eventually froze and starved to death.




Friday August 15

                                             PennDOT Posting Cummings Creek Road In Tioga County

PennDOT is advising motorists in Tioga County that a road will be posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restriction.

Route 4027(Cummings Creek Road) in Middlebury, Farmington and Nelson townships will get the weight restriction along its entire length, from Route 249 to Route 49.

The posting is being made on the basis of a traffic-and-engineering study indicating that this highway may be damaged by the use of vehicles that exceed the restriction.

School buses and local-delivery trucks are exempted from the postings.

The posting will take effect as soon as the required signs are erected. A PennDOT maintenance
crew is scheduled to place the road posting signs on Aug. 29.




Thursday August 14

New Charges Filed

New charges have been lodged against Tioga County Prison inmate Tyler Jacob Swain, who is accused of breaking into his father’s Wolf Township home at 29 Michael Avenue, as well as a shed on the same property on July 8th

Swain was caught allegedly trying to steal camera equipment, jewelry and portable speakers from the house. He is allegedly to have first broken into his father’s shed, where he obtained the tools he used to break into the house.

Swain, an admitted heroin addict, was arraigned on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and summary trespassing. He was recommitted to the jail where he has been detained on other charges, in lieu of an additional Twenty-Five Thousand dollars bail.



Lawrenceville Woman Charged

Brittni Lynn Besley, 24, of Lawrenceville, has been accused of theft after a woman visiting her aunt at Broad Acres Nursing Home noticed $300 missing from her purse that had been left unattended in room 112A.

Besley, who works at the home, allegedly cleaned the room while the women and her aunt were out of it.

When interviewed, Besley admitted to having taken the money, saying that she gets impulses to steal whenever she sees money left out in the open, according to police.

Besley was sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert L. Repard on Sept. 2 and faces charges of theft and receiving stolen goods.




Tuesday August 12

Gillette Woman Charged

A Gillette woman has been charged with simple assault, aggravated assault and harassment after a weekend incident.

The accused, Brittany Heverly is accused of striking two unknown females and then spitting, kicking and head butting the arresting officers.

She was then arraigned on the charges listed as well as criminal mischief in lieu of $95,000 bail.



Gaines Man Charged

Robert T. Edinger, 63, of Gaines, has been accused of stealing items from two cabins as well as four books of coins from the house of Tom Ayers.

During their investigation, police found that Edinger had the coins appraised in Galeton and attempted to sell them.

Bonnie Wineholt and Kurt Lovak reported to police that items were missing from their cabins in Gaines in July, according to police.

Edinger has been sent a summons for all three cases to appear before District Judge Robert Repard on Sept. 16 and faces charges of theft, burglary and receiving stolen property.





Monday August 11

Wellsboro Accused Of Theft

Skyler Austin, 27, of Wellsboro, has been accused of theft from a motor vehicle after Joella Shaffer, who knows Austin from High School, spotted him rummaging through her car while she was purchasing fireworks, according to police here.

After being spotted, Austin allegedly fled the scene, running toward the trailer park where he lives.

Austin's preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge Robert Repard on Sept. 16.



Wellsboro Woman Charged

On July  2nd Wellsboro Police were called into the Rock L Butler Middle School to investigate a potentially fraudulent medical excuses given by Leslie Louise Kaiser, 35.

Kaiser allegedly said she printed nine of the excuses from a website to explain her child's absence from school.

The excuses appeared to come from Guthrie Medical Clinic when they did not, police said.

Kaiser was sent a summons for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Repard on Sept. 2.





Friday August 8

Bungy Road Bridge Deck Replacement Begins Aug. 11

A PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge deck replacement project on Route 1005 (Bungy Road) in Sullivan Township on Monday, Aug. 11.

The existing 36 foot-long bridge over an unnamed tributary of Elk Run was built in 1974 and is classified as structurally deficient.

The existing bituminous wearing surface will be removed and replaced with a new concrete bridge deck.

The road will be closed at the bridge during the project. A detour will be in place using North Elk Run Road and Route 549.

The bridge is expected to be in service by late September, weather permitting. 





Wednesday August 6

Vehicle Goes Off Of Route 15, Man Injured

A Mansfield man was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center after crashing his car in Lewis Township yesterday.  Around 5:20pm.

The 25 year old man who has not been identified was driving north along Route 15 just south of the Route 14 interchange when he apparently blacked out with the car going into the southbound lanes almost colliding with a tractor trailer, and then landing in heavy brush.



Tuesday August 5

More Charges Filed Against Contractor

More charges were filed on Friday in Bradford County against a Northumberland County contractor accused of bilking customers out of cash. 

Robert Kolovich who operated a company called Lifetime Choice windows was charged on three separate warrants in Bradford County Court for taking money from a Canton area couple and then not doing the work. 

He has been arrested by numerous police departments across the region for the same crime.  He was arraigned on the counts Friday and is jailed in Northumberland County with an additional $60,000 dollars bail set against him.




Monday August 4

Wellsboro Man Dies In Crash

A Wellsboro man died in a motorcycle crash in Tioga County on Friday night. 

State police report that 46 year old James Housel was travelling East on State Route 6 in Shippen Township around 8pm on Friday when the bike went off the roadway off the south edge of the berm.  Housel was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. 

No one else was involved in that Tioga County Crash.



Route 15 Resurfacing Project Begins Aug. 6

A $5,536,533 resurfacing project along a 6-mile section of Route 15 in Bloss and Liberty townships, Tioga County, is set to begin this week. 

Prime contractor HRI, Inc., will mill and resurface the four-lane highway from just north of Sebring to just north of Blossburg. Other work includes minor drainage improvements, base repairs, and minor structure repairs including epoxy overlay’s of the structures over Johnson Creek and Route 2005.

This work will be performed using single-lane closures in each direction. 

The project is scheduled to be completed for this year by late-October. 





Friday August 1

Westfield Man Charged

Edward J Ruditys III, 51, of Westfield, has been taken into custody after allegedly assaulting a woman.

According to police, on July 27, Nancy Derfank called state police after an argument with Ruditys turned violent.

Derfank was transported by ambulance to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and was subsequently transferred to the critical care unit at Robert Packer Hospital for the treatment of her injuries.

Ruditys was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment and was remanded to the Tioga County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.




Act 13 Impact Fee Money

The Tioga County Conservation District has received Act 13 impact fee money and has designated a portion to install ag. BMPs (best management practices) on farms. 

Some examples would be roof gutters, milk house wastes systems, nutrient management plans, soil testing, and manure stacking areas, etc. 

If you are interested, please contact the Tioga County Conservation District @ 570-724-1801 ext. 110 or <mailto:aboyce@tiogacountypa.us>aboyce@tiogacountypa.us.




Thursday July 31

Route 15 Resurfacing Project Begins Aug. 6


A $5,536,533 resurfacing project along a 6mile section of Route 15 in Bloss and Liberty townships, Tioga County, is set to 
begin next week. 

Prime contractor HRI, Inc., will mill and resurface the fourlane highway from just north of Sebring to just north of Blossburg. 
Other work includes minor 
drainage improvements, base repairs, and minor structure repairs including epoxy overlay’s of the structures over Johnson 
Creek and Route 2005.

This work will be performed using single-lane closures in each direction. 

The project is scheduled to be completed for this year by late-October. 




Tuesday July 29

Westfield Man Jailed

A Westfield man is behind bars after police say he beat a woman so badly, she ended up in the hospital.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 51-year-old Edward Ruditys III of Westfield argued with 50-year-old Nancy Derfank after she didn’t make him dinner.

 State Police say the argument turned violent, and Derfank suffered broken ribs and other internal injuries. She was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, and then to RobertPacker Hospital’s critical care unit.

Ruditys was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

He is being held in the Tioga County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.



Man Accused Of Assaulting Teen

 Scott A. Perciful, 18, of Wellsboro, has been charged with simple assault with a deadly weapon, harassment and disorderly conduct after allegedly following a group of girls on June 28 and confronting them with a knife.

The four girls were walking in Packer Park when they noticed they were being followed by Perciful and told him to leave them alone, but he continued to follow them, borough police said.

Perciful encountered the girls at The Green and pulled out a fixed-blade hunting knife, police said.

The man began to walk away but then turned around and attempted to slash the throat of one of the girls, who suffered a cut on her hand, police said.

The victim, age 15, was treated at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Police found Perciful at his mother's home, the man admitted to his actions and surrendered his knife.

Perciful was sent a summons for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Repard.




Paving On Route 349 In Tioga County Starts Today

Starting today PennDOT will begin preparing Route 349 in Clymer and Westfield townships for a paving project that will begin on Monday, August 4.

A maintenance crew will be milling in paving notches in anticipation of next week’s project. The project includes resurfacing the roadway from approximately two miles south of Sabinsville to just south of the Westfield borough line.

After paving is completed new pavement markings will be applied and shoulder work will be performed.

All work will take place during daylight hours and is scheduled to be completed by late August.

Motorists should approach the construction zone with caution and plan for delays.




Monday July 28

Child Hurt In Crash


Child hurt following a one-car crash around 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon.  A Ford Escape laid on its side, resting against a porch in front of 9 Bacon Street.
The child was taken to Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital via ambulance.   

A woman was handcuffed and taken into police custody.




Mansfield Woman Charged With Theft

Jacqueline Vinton, 21 of Mansfield, faces charges for allegedly stealing $460 worth of items from Wal-Mart on the afternoon of July 17.

According to police, Vinton attempt to push her cart past the registers without paying for merchandise.

Vinton was arraigned on charges of retail theft. She was subsequently released due to having a local address and is free on a bail of $3,500.

Her preliminary hearing will be July 30.



Indecent Assault Charges Filed

Dale Thomas Cleveland, 76, of Wellsboro, allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old female on May 18 while she was visiting her father in Delmar Township.

Police said Cleveland had gone to the man's home, followed the girl into the kitchen and fondled her, telling her: "Don't tell anyone."

The victim later told her mother, police said.

Cleveland was charged with indecent assault and is scheduled for a Sept. 2 preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard.



Friday July 25

Tioga Man Faces Charges

Wednesday night a Wellsboro couple came home to find they'd been kicked out of their own
 house and someone else was moving in. 

Pennsylvania State Police say Gary Husted, 68, from Tioga entered a home in Delmar Township
using a key he had gotten from a mutual connection. 

Once inside, he began moving the home owner's property out-and his own in. 

The couple living there found their belongings under a tarp outside their home, with a car in
their driveway.

Husted was inside and refused to leave.

The owners called police and Husted was taken into custody.

He is charged with burglary and theft among other charges. 



Woman Charged With Choking Child

A 23-year-old woman is accused of choking a 3-year-old boy at a residence in Bradford County, Pennsylvania state police said.

Katie Waite, of Gillett, Pa., allegedly choked the boy on July 5 at a residence in the Ridgebury Township and left bruises on his neck, police said.

Waite was arraigned Wednesday on charges of simple assault and harassment, after the victim was removed from the home, police said. She was released to await further court proceedings, according to police.





Wednesday July 23

Route 249 Base Repairs Start Today 

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin roadway base repairs on Route 249 in Chatham and Westfield townships starting today, Wednesday, July 23. All work will take place between Route 4012 (Short Hill Road) and Route 49.

Work will be performed during daylight hours. Traffic will be restricted to single lane and controlled by flaggers.

Weather permitting, the project should take about 20 days to complete.



Bridge Preservation Work In Tioga County Completed

A preservation project involving 18 bridges across Tioga County has been completed.
The bridges are at the following locations: two on Route 2020 (Mack Road), seven on Route 2020 (West Hill Road), one on Route 2014 (River Road), three on Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road), two on Route 1020 (Alder Run Road), two on Route 6 and one on Route 549.
Each of these bridges received membrane waterproofing systems on their decks and new blacktop overlays.
The bridges were partially closed while improvements were made by HRI, Inc., under a $525,667 contract.






Monday July 21

Bradford County Teen Killed In Crash

One killed and two other people were injured in a one-car crash early Sunday morning in Wilmot Township, Bradford County.

According to state police, their pickup truck was westbound on Morris Road when it failed to negotiate a left-hand curve.

The truck left the road and struck a stone landscaping wall and then overturned. The driver, a 17-year-old male from Sugar Run, Pa., was ejected and suffered moderate injuries.

A passenger, a 16-year-old male, also from Sugar Run, was pronounced dead at the scene. State police did not release the identities of either teen.

Another passenger, Cheyenne Learn, 18, of Laceyville, Pa., suffered moderate injuries. None of the three were wearing seat belts, troopers said.




Thursday July 17

Man Accused Of Indecent Assault On Children

A Bradford County man has been jailed on charges of Aggravated Indecent Assault, Corruption of minors and Indecent Assault stemming from incidents, which occurred at a Columbia Cross Roads residence between March and June of this year. 

59-year-old Donald Seely of Columbia Crossroads is accused of touching three children inappropriately over that time frame. The children are 11, 5 and 3 year old females. 

He was arraigned and committed to Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $90,000 dollars bail. 


Tioga Man Charged

According to Wellsboro police, Brian A. Morgan, 25, of Tioga is accused of threatening several
individuals while wielding a shotgun near the Greenwood Apartments on Heartwood
Lane on July 9.

Morgan was taken into custody after police were alerted to a fight in progress in the vicinity of the apartments. As police approached the site of the incident, they were told that a man involved had fled the scene with a shotgun in a black truck towing a trailer.

Police found the truck in a parking lot on West Avenue, the driver was detained and identified as Morgan. In the vehicle, police discovered three firearms: a shotgun, an assault rifle, and a handgun, according to an affidavit.

Following his recent arraignment on charges of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and harassment, Morgan was committed to Tioga County Prison, but later posted $10,000 bail and was released.



Blossburg Man Charged

Tyler J. Swain, 22, of Blossburg, is accused of stealing $179 from a woman's purse at 318 Ruah St. on July 1, according to Blossburg police.

Swain recently was arraigned on charges of felony burglary and criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. The last charge stems from a syringe police found Swain's person after he was apprehended, according to court papers.

Swain was committed to Tioga County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.




Wednesday July 16

Historic State Education Funding Benefits Local School Districts, Says Baker

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) announced that school districts in the 68th Legislative District will share more than $2.2 million in new education money coming to the area as the result of the recently approved 2014-15 state budget, which he supported. 

“Schools are an essential part of every community, and here in the northeast, we have some of the best schools in the state,” said Baker. “However, increased state funding is still of benefit in order to continue to provide a quality education and address the many financial obligations our schools must meet. I am pleased that even though it has been a financially challenging year for the state, we were still able to increase funding for education to historic levels.” 

The 2014-15 state budget spends a total of $10.5 billion on K-12 education, which is the most state dollars ever dedicated to education. In fact, Baker noted that the allocation for education represents nearly 36 percent of the entire state budget, which demonstrates
the state’s commitment to student success. 

Also contained in the budget is a $20 million increase in special education funding, which represents the first increase for this sector of education in six years. There is also $100 million in new money for block grants for schools, which offer flexible funding for schools to use where most needed, whether for pre-K programs, hybrid learning or other approved uses. 

Overall, school districts in the 68th Legislative District will receive the following: 

Bradford County 
• Canton Area School District – $9,302,613, an increase of 2.9 percent, or $261,094. 
• Troy Area School District – $12,927,866, an increase of 3.1 percent, or $383,744. 

Tioga County 
• Northern Tioga School District – $18,181,985, an increase of 4 percent, or $691,129. 
• Southern Tioga School District – $12,519,054, an increase of 3.6 percent, or $431,741. 
• Wellsboro Area School District – $8,823,933, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $331,476. 

Potter County (Part of Potter County will become part of the 68th Legislative District in December of this year due to redistricting.) 
• Galeton Area School District – $2,887,986, an increase of 3.8 percent, or $105,462. 

In addition, early education will see an increase of $10 million for the Pre-K Counts program and $9.45 million for early intervention services. 

“As a member of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, known as PASSHE, I am also very concerned about our commitment to our higher education institutions,” said Baker. “Under the newly passed budget, PASSHE schools, which include Mansfield University, will have same funding amount of $412.7 million as last year. In addition, a new state scholarship program, called Ready to Succeed, will help enable more middle-income families to send their kids to college.” 




Tuesday July 15

Roadwork In Mansfield Borough Begins July 21

A resurfacing project on three roadways in Mansfield, Tioga County, is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 21.

The project includes the milling, base repairs, and paving and the installation of curb ramps, pavement markings and drainage improvements. 

Prime contractor HRI, Inc., will be working on Route 2005 from the Route 15 interchange at Route 660 to about a mile south of the intersection with Route 2005 and Route 6; on Route 1002 from the intersection with Route 2005 to about 3.3 miles southwest of the
intersection with Route 549; and Route 1006 from just east of the intersection with Route 1002 to just west of the intersection with Route 6.

Traffic will be restriction to a single lane through the work zone with daylight flagging and signs controlling traffic. 

Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive with caution through the work zone. 

All work under the $975,000 contract is expected to be completed by mid-September.





Friday July 11

Route 6 Resurfacing Project Next Week

A resurfacing project along approximately one mile of Route 6 in the Borough of Wellsboro, Tioga County, is scheduled to start Monday, July 14.
Work includes milling, base repairs, ADA curb ramps, paving, pavement markings, drainage and other miscellaneous construction.
Contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., will be working from approximately 0.10 miles southwest of the intersection of Route 4002 (Charleston Street) to approximately 0.50 miles west of the intersection of Route 3011 (Shumway Hill Road).
Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work zone with flaggers and daylight signing controlling traffic flow.  Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive with caution.
Work under this $788,928 contract is scheduled for completion by mid-September.




Thursday July 10

Morris Run Man Charged

Michael D. Harbold, 50, of Morris Run is accused of stealing over $600 worth of property from a company in Richmond Township in 2012, state police said.

Harbold allegedly stole $80 worth of gasoline, $30 worth of diesel fuel, a $250 floor jack and a $250 battery box from the Sweet H20 industrial complex at 2329 S. Main St. on April 4, 2012.

Following his arraignment Harbold was committed to Tioga County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.




Wellsboro Man Threatens Woman

According to borough police Kerry L. Yeager, 63 of Wellsboro, allegedly threatened to kill a woman and her dogs at an apartment on Charleston Street on June 16.

Yeager allegedly told the victim that she was a "worthless, and a druggie," and "he knew people that could do things, things they could not even imagine," according to an affidavit.

Yeager was sent a summons to appear before District Judge Robert L. Repard for a preliminary hearing to face a harassment charge.





Wednesday July 9

Technology Upgrade Approved

The Southern Tioga School Board met Monday evening to approve $1,057,965 to be used for the district wide technology upgrade. $388,453 will be awarded to Intermediate Unit No. 17 to upgrade the district-wide technology infrastructure.

$647,000 will be awarded to LAM Systems Inc for the purchase of 1,000 Lenovo 11e Yoga Touch with a three-year warranty. Broderick Hughes, LLC will be awarded $22,512 for air conditioning for the North Penn-Liberty High School server room, and for the North Penn-Mansfield High School server room with installation.

Costs for the upgrade will be funded through the general obligation bond 2010A.



                                     Low-Cost Immunizations Offered July 17 In Middlebury Center

Children and adults who may not be covered for vaccinations under their insurance plan and those who don’t have insurance are eligible for low-cost vaccinations at a health clinic open on Thursday, July 17, from 1-3 p.m. at Middlebury Center Fire Hall, 11747 Route 287 in Middlebury Center, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). 

“Immunizations are important to safeguard an individual against various diseases and the Department of Health is using this clinic to provide these protections to the public at a low cost,” said Baker. “I encourage those interested to take advantage of this great opportunity to get immunized by scheduling an appointment.” 

The clinic, made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is providing low-cost immunizations and free HIV/STD testing for underinsured and uninsured individuals. Please call the Department of Health at (570) 724-2911 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

“I applaud the Department of Health for providing this great opportunity for folks in Tioga County,” said Baker. “As chairman of the House Health Committee, I am always interested in making health care opportunities, like this one, more accessible to people across the Commonwealth, but especially to those living in more rural areas of the state.” 



Tuition Increase

Students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will see tuition increase by about 3 percent in the coming school year.

The board of the State System of Higher Education on Tuesday voted to boost tuition by $99 a semester, to $3,410.

That's the cost for full-time students who are Pennsylvania residents, a group that includes the vast majority of the system's 112,000 students.





Tuesday July 8

Elkland Man Pleads Guilty

Matthew S. Stone, accused of letting a dog starve to death in a pet crate,  entered a guilty plea Monday to one count of animal cruelty in Tioga County, Pa., Court.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered for Stone. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 18.

The young adult male dog was found Jan. 19 frozen inside a pet crate in a field in Farmington Township and likely died by starvation, according to a criminal complaint filed in district court in Elkland.



Monday July 7

Man Dies In Crash

A Roaring Branch man was killed and two other people injured in a head-on collision Saturday
afternoon in Hamilton Township.

According to state police at Mansfield, Tyler M. Cohick, 44, was southbound around 3:50 p.m. on Ogdensburg Road in a 1999 Buick Century when he crossed the center line around a curve.

Cohick’s vehicle collided with a northbound truck operated by David L. Myers, 67, also of Roaring Branch.

Cohick was pronounced dead at the scene.

Myers was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he is in stable condition, and a passenger, Sharon Ann Myers, 68, of Roaring Branch, was transported to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. She was treated and released.




Friday July 4

Man Has Teen Son Work In Meth Lab

A Westfield Pennsylvania man faces charges related to manufacturing methamphetamines, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and other counts stemming from incidents last month. 

52 year old Ronald Peddigree had his two children with him at his residence in Tioga County between the 16th and 20th and was manufacturing the drug.  He had his 14-year-old son help him in the manufacture of the drug and even showed his son how to snort the drug on two occasions. 

He is also charged with firearms violations following an incident with a hand gun. He has been arraigned and jailed in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail.





Thursday July 3

Tioga Man Dies In Crash

Richard Smith, 75, of Tioga, died of injuries he suffered when his pickup truck crashed into a utility pole on Ridge Road in Tioga Township about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, state police said.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flown to Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, where he died of "internal injuries," police said.




Wednesday July 2

Weathervanes Taken

State police at Mansfield said someone stole three weathervanes from a roof at an abandoned residence sometime between 2 p.m. June 13 and 10 a.m. June 15 on Spencer Road in Union Township.

Police said the victim was Michael Dewayne Van Horn, 52, of Canton, and the weathervanes were valued at about $300. The person or people who took the weathervanes then fled in an unknown direction, police said.




Tuesday July 1

Gillett Man Charged

37 year-old Douglas Edward Smith, of Gillett, has been charged with simple assault, endangering welfare of children, and harassment for a May 26 incident in which he is accused of physically assaulting a child,.

According to court documents, Smith struck a child about the child's face, back, and leg regions. Police said Smith used his hands, feet, and a leather belt to injure the child, who sustained bruising and physical injury.

Smith faces a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. July 16




Paving Begins July 7 On Balsam Road In Tioga County

On Monday, July 7, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin paving Route 3010 (Balsam Road) in Delmar Township between Route 3019 (Dean Hill Road) and Route 3007 (Stoney Fork Road).
The project should be completed in about two weeks, weather permitting.
The road will be closed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the project. A detour will be in place using Dean Hill Road, Route 660 and Stoney Fork Road.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com
. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.




Friday June 27

Charges Upheld Against Mansfield Woman

An undercover state police officer testified against a Mansfield woman in Tioga County district court telling the court that the woman tried enlisting him to kill her husband. 

64 year old Alberta Rolfe was ordered held over on charges of criminal attempted homicide and illegal sale or transfer of a firearm for trying to hire someone to killed Lyle Rolfe, who apparently cut the woman out of his will.  The officer played a videotape of the meeting with Rolfe who laid out details how the man who now lives in New York State could be killed. 

She remains in Tioga County prison without bail.



Baker Votes To Move 2014-15 Budget Proposal To Senate

The $29.1 billion House state budget plan supported by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, provides a $536 million increase over the 2013-14 fiscal year budget and increases K-12 education spending over the previous budget and funds the core functions of government without raising taxes. 

“During these times of great economic and budgetary challenges, moving this bill forward is difficult but important to fulfill our constitutional duty of passing a balanced and on-time budget,” Baker said. “Three-fourths of the state budget is committed to health and human services ($11.2 billion) and education ($11.1 billion), which have always been our top priority.” 

The budget proposal passed in the House also increases funding for intellectual disabilities programs, county child welfare services, as well as increases for the rape crisis and domestic violence prevention programs, formalizing House members’ priorities as negotiations continue with the Senate. 

“Just last month, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008, and jobs in the private sector are at a record high,” Baker said. “It is clear that when elected officials limit government spending only to the amount of money the government takes in and keeps its hands out of the pockets of hard-working Pennsylvanians, the economy improves. 

“Conversely, we have a model for what does not work – the federal government has increased taxes and spending over the same period of time, and nationally we have 92 million Americans without jobs, the highest welfare spending in the history of our nation at $80 billion annually and the highest debt we have ever seen, $17 trillion at latest count,” Baker said. 

Baker noted that while the entire budget is a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget, it keeps spending below the numbers specified by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, while boosting K-12 education spending by 3.9 percent, the largest single line item increase. In addition, the spending measure proposes to inject another $10 million into school construction, on top of House Bill 2124 which will overhaul the state’s problematic PlanCon program and create savings of $112 million to fund school construction projects. 

“The Act 1 index limits school district tax increases to 2.1 percent, but under this budget we actually increase that amount of total education subsidies by 3.5 percent,” Baker said. “And for the first time in seven years, we are significantly increasing state funding for special education by $20 million as the federal government has failed to properly fund this federal mandate for our schools.” 




Thursday June 26

Woman Faces Drug Charges

Police have charged Lorrie A. Parsons, 43, with possessing drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and a traffic offense.

According to Mansfield police Parsons was driving on West Wellsboro Street around 10:19 p.m. on June 21 without her vehicle's taillights or headlights activated. After police initiated a traffic stop, they discovered that she had an active arrest warrant out of Bradford County and that her license had expired in 2011.

Parsons then was taken into custody, during which police found a "hollowed-out pen containing an unknown white powder” in the vehicle.

Following her recent arraignment Parsons was committed to Tioga County Prison inlieu of $1,500 bail.




Wednesday June 25

Baker Welcomes Federal Funding To Help Improve Community-Based Services

Pennsylvania will be able to help more senior citizens and those with disabilities access community-based support through a recent partnership with the federal government that will give the state additional funding, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee. 

“It gives me great pleasure to know that thousands more Pennsylvanians will be able to access services through their communities which will allow them to stay in their homes longer,” said Baker. “The more individuals we can help through this type of assistance, the better. Most people would rather stay in their own home, instead of having to move to an assisted care facility or other such long-term options. Oftentimes, with just a little extra help through a community assistance program, an individual can stay in place longer and continue to enjoy familiar surroundings, their neighbors, family and other community connections.” 

Federal funding in the amount of $94 million is being made possible through the Balancing Incentive Program. Through the program, states commit to make improvements to how individuals access long-term support services that will help them to stay in their homes and communities. Both the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Department of Aging applied for and were granted the funding. 

This funding has been anticipated and was already factored in to Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal unveiled back in February. With the added support: 
• An additional 1,764 senior citizens will be served through the Medicaid home and community-based aging waiver. 
• An additional 1,599 individuals with physical disabilities who are graduating from the special education system will continue to live independently in the community by receiving home and community-based services. 
• Four hundred individuals with intellectual disabilities who are on the emergency waiting list will be served in order to keep them in their homes and communities. 
• One hundred adults with autism spectrum disorders will be served through the autism waiver program. 

The two state departments also plan to improve access to services by: 
• Creating a web page with information on all Medicaid community-based supports for older Pennsylvanians and those with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism and serious mental illness. 
• Creating an information and referral tool that allows individuals to identify what programs may support their long-term needs, how to enroll in these programs and/or where to call for more information. 
• Allowing individuals in need of long-term support to call a toll-free hotline with questions about programs related to long-term services available in their community. 
• Improving the time it takes to determine which individuals are eligible for Medicaid long-term support. 

Baker noted Pennsylvania was one of only 20 states selected to benefit from the program. The federal funding will be available starting July 1, 2014, and will conclude on Sept. 30, 2015. 

“Anytime we can improve services to those most in need in our communities is a win,” said Baker. “Pennsylvania has one of the largest senior populations, and this funding will go a long way toward helping to serve this continually growing population.” 





Tuesday June 24

Wellsboro Couple Is Accused Of Identity Theft


State Police said Danielle Stohlberg, 30, and Dustin Stohlberg, 32, stole nearly 30 checks from Sharon Henry.


State Police said the Stohlberg's took Henry's checks and made them payable to themselves.They then forged First Citizens Community Bank's authorization.The checks were cashed at four different locations around Tioga County.


State Police said it happened over a period of two months. The two face multiple charges, including identity theft and forgery, according to state police.


They are currently in the Tioga County Prison.






Bradford County Man Arrested


A 50-year-old man from Bradford County is in jail Monday after police say he admitted to inappropriately touching at least one of two children.

According to state police, William Foster Gleason, of Canton Township, is accused of touching one victim and violating another on multiple occasions.

The children are 10 and 12 years old.

He’s charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors. Gleason is in the Bradford County Jail on $50,000 bail.





Friday June 20

Middlebury Center Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Edward P. Jackson, 21, of Middlebury Center, faces for allegedly selling 4 grams of marijuana to a confidential informant in the borough on Dec. 8.

Following his recent arraignment on a charge of felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Jackson was released on $15,000 bail.




Thursday June 19

Rape Investigation

 State police in Bradford County are investigating the rape of a young girl. 

Police say their investigation is ongoing into the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl, which occurred sometime with the last month at a residence in Ridgebury Township.  Police say the man is known but have not released his name.

No charges have been filed as of yet and the investigation is ongoing.



Couple Accused Of Theft

Dustin and Danielle Stohlberg face multiple counts each related to identity theft, forgery and theft for allegedly cashing thousands of dollars worth of stolen checks to purchase heroin and buy groceries and items for their children, according to state police.

The offenses occurred on various dates between March and May at Wal-Mart, Weis Market and other locations.

The couple allegedly stole 29 checks from a woman whose home they were staying in. Danielle Stohlberg told police that she and her husband used some of the checks to buy more than $2,000 of heroin.

The Stohlbergs were both charged with 29 counts of felony identity theft and felony conspiracy to commit identity theft, according to court documents.

The Stohlbergs also are accused of stealing three laptops from the Wellsboro Bible Church on June 11, according to Wellsboro police.

Both were and committed to Tioga County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.





Wednesday June 18

Man Sought In Bradford County Assault

State police in Bradford County are looking for a Montrose man accused of stabbing a woman
several times with a screwdriver. 

Howard Walter Jr. is accused of the assault on the woman as the two got into an argument
in a car on Ruger Hollow Road.  The 39-year-old female was stabbed in the body numerous
times, and she was able to run to a nearby residence for help.

Walter fled the scene and State police say they have not been able to locate the man as of yet. 
He faces charges of aggravated and simple assault.  An arrest warrant has been issued.


Tioga Man Arrested In Carjacking

David P. Lykhvar, 20, of Tioga, was in Tioga Township, after Pennsylvania State Police in
Mansfield executed a search warrant, discovering the stolen car, license plates and two
laptop computers.

Ithaca Police had contacted the state police Mansfield barracks on Friday requesting assistance
with the investigation into the gunpoint theft of a 2005 Volvo that occurred around 1:30 a.m.
March 28 in a parking lot in Ithaca.

Lykhvar was taken into custody and charged with three counts of felony receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Repard and sent to the Tioga County, Pa., Prison on $130,000 bail.





Tuesday June 17

Tioga County Crash Takes A Life

A one vehicle crash in Tioga County took the life of a Middlebury Center man over the weekend.

The crash occurred on Locey Creek Road in Middlebury Township when 60-year-old Robert Whitmore lost control of his jeep as it downshift.  The jeep went off the roadway and when Whitmore tried to get control of it, it rolled twice, partially ejecting the driver.  He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

A passenger, 52-year-old Gary Wagner of Stroudsburg was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

No one else was involved in that crash.



Wanted Man From Maryland Arrested In Tioga County

An Elmira New York man is charged as being a fugitive from justice after being stopped on Friday
afternoon on Route 15 in Tioga County. 

State police say they clocked 34-year-old Shawn Blake at 91mph along Route 15 about ½ mile north of the Sebring exit in Liberty Township around 2:20 on Friday afternoon. When they pulled him over it was found that he was wanted in Harford County Maryland on felony charges.  Police also found marijuana in the car.

He was charged and jailed in Tioga County Prison and will be extradited back to Maryland to face the charges there.




Monday June 16

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. 

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. 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 permanent disabilities. 

Income eligibility limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: 
• $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters) 
• $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters) 
• $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only) 
• $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only) 

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $5.4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. 

As of May 30, the Revenue Department had received 463,672 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distribution will begin on July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. 

After July 1, claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online atwww.revenue.state.pa.us
 or by calling, toll-free 1-888-PATAXES. 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting Baker’s offices at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy or by visiting his website at www.RepBaker.com
. Applying for the program is free. Assistance during the application process is available at no cost to residents at Baker’s offices at 74 Main St. in Wellsboro and 121 Canton St. in Troy. 




Friday June 13

Mansfield Woman Arrested

 Police say Alberta Jane Rolfe hired two men to kill Lyle Rolfe of Geneva in exchange for a vehicle title, a laptop computer, and a handgun as a payment for the killing. The two men she contacted to do the killing were two undercover Pennsylvania State Troopers.
Rolfe’s live in boyfriend said this is completely out of the blue and shakes his head in disbelief. He said Alberta never seemed to have a serious problem with Lyle. The couple and Lyle wouldeven get together to chat or do lawn work.

She was taken into custody for Solicitation of Criminal Homicide and a Firearms violation for giving a handgun to troopers. 



Wellsboro Man Charged

 Kristopher R. Bolt, 36, of Wellsboro, has been charged by Wellsboro police following an incident at
7 1/2 N. Main St. on Feb. 13.

Bolt was charged with harassment and criminal trespass after he repeatedly went to his girlfriend's residence and pounded on the door, and kept calling her cell phone.

Police said she repeatedly told him she did not want him there.

He was issued a summons to appear at a July 2 preliminary hearing.





Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

Jessica L. Statts, 22, of Wellsboro, has been charged by Wellsboro police with possession of drug paraphernalia after she was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant earlier this month.

According to, police arrested Statts in Mansfield on June 2, on a felony warrant.

During the arrest, they asked her if she had any illegal drugs on her and she pulled a syringe containing trace amounts of heroin out of her purse.

She was issued a summons to appear at a July 2 preliminary hearing.





Thursday June 12

Police Seeking Help In Theft

Police are looking for two suspects who stole scrap metal in the middle of the night.

Lawrenceville Borough Police say they took the metal on Monday morning just before 1am from Hoff Mechanical on Tioga Road.

Police need your help identifying the male suspect and the vehicle he used. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Lawrenceville Borough Police Department at (570) 827-2000.




Mansfield Man Charged With Assault

Colt A. Turner, 29, of Mansfield, has been charged by borough police following a fight at his residence.

According to documents, police were dispatched to his residence on June 7 for a fight in progress.

Police said Turner and several others were drinking at the residence when Turner's girlfriend said something to him that "set him off."

Another man, Sean Frame took the girlfriend upstairs to the tub where she got sick and stayed with her there. Turner then went to the bathroom and started attacking his girlfriend, and Frame tried to stop him. Frame ended up being attacked by Turner

Turner was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing was set for June 18.




Monday June 9

Gigee Ordered To Stand Trial

Simon E. Gigee, of Westfield, was ordered to stand trial Friday in connection with a 2006 accident in which a homemade trailer broke free from a vehicle and struck an oncoming car, killing Rhonda Fromm and injuring her husband..

Gigee faces two counts of leaving the scene of the accident, one a felony due to the death of Rhonda Fromm, 34, and the other a misdemeanor tied to injuries to her husband, Mike Fromm.

Mansfield State Police said the 1997 Dodge Intrepid that Fromm was driving north on Route 287 flipped after it was hit by a trailer that came off Gigee’s southbound 1994 Dodge pickup. Police said the truck never stopped.

Gigee was arrested March 3, more than 7½ years after the accident, after several people told investigators they heard Gigee talk of the accident and his former landlord said a similar trailer was on her property before the accident, but disappeared afterward.





Friday June 6

Tioga County Meth Lab Bust

A New York man waived his preliminary hearing last week in Tioga County court on charges that he operated a meth lab. 

Glen Jardin of Erin New York faces charges of manufacture of a controlled substance, illegal dumping and numerous other counts following a meth lab bust in Charleston Township on May 5th

He has a county court arraignment set for June 16th and is jailed in Tioga County prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail. 

Four other people are charges in connection with that meth lab bust.


Mansfield Man Charged

Mansfield police have charged Christopher McCall, 19, of Route 660, with theft from a motor
vehicle and receiving stolen property recently for allegedly taking money from a co-worker's
parked car.

According to documents, McCall, who worked at Perkins Restaurant in Dorsett Heights, entered the unlocked car of Brittany Lancosky, also an employee there, and took $52 in cash from her wallet.

He was issued a summons to appear at a June 25 preliminary hearing.




Thursday June 5

Wellsboro Woman Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Jessica L. Statts, 21, of Wellsboro with several drug charges. Statts was arrested June 2 and charged with manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was jailed in lieu of $70,000 bail and her preliminary hearing set for June 17.



Wellsboro Couple Charged

Kris A. and Kristina N. Housel, both 19, of 23 Cone St, Wellsboro, have been charged by Wellsboro police with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance after they found a syringe and two heroin wrappers
in the vehicle on March 6 on East Avenue.

Police allege they also sold six sheets of LSD for $100 and Psilocybin mushrooms for $50 to a confidential informant on April 21 and April 24.

Kristina Housel was also charged with theft for allegedly taking $16 in merchandise from the Advance Auto store.

Kris Housel was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail, Kristina in lieu of $35,000 bail; both waived their June 3 preliminary hearing and their county court arraignment was set for June 23.





Wednesday June 4

Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Give Back $22.6 Million to 68th Legislative District, Announces Baker

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that as a result of Act 13 of 2012, impact fees collected from natural gas drilling companies are coming back to counties andmunicipalities in the 68th District, with the total amount for the district at approximately $22.6 million. 

Under the law, impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and the amount fluctuates depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation. 

According to the figures provided this week by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Bradford County municipalities will receive a total of $3,748,241 and Tioga County municipalities will receive a total of $7,482,060. (
See list for municipal breakdowns.) 

In addition, Bradford County will receive a total of $7,054,000 and Tioga County will receive a total of $4,404,637 from impact fee disbursements to local governments and funding from the Marcellus Legacy Fund. 

“Tioga and Bradford counties are among the counties with the most gas wells in the state and, therefore, receive some of the largest amounts back in impact fees,” said Baker. “The money helps counties and local communities address any impacts from the industry, such as the repair of local roadways, environmental protections and affordable housing opportunities. The natural gas drilling industry has provided many benefits for the area, including increased local revenue and more job opportunities, but as with any industry, there are some resulting challenges that this money will help address.” 

Counties and municipalities have the option to use funds to address a variety of drilling impacts, including preservation and reclamation of water supplies; improvements to local roads and bridges; construction and repair of water and sewer systems; delivery of social services including domestic relations and drug and alcohol treatment; local tax reduction; local affordable housing needs; and assistance for county conservation districts. 

The Marcellus Legacy Fund is created from the 40 percent portion of fees collected that goes back to the state. The money distributed by the fund can be used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives. 




Friday May 30

Trees Stolen From Property

A Mansfield man reported to Pennsylvania State Police that 15 trees were cut down on his property east on Southard Road in Middlebury Township sometime between May 21 and May 28.

The trees were removed from the property and other trees were damaged, according to state police.

The stolen trees are estimated to be worth about $3,500. The victim estimates that another $800 in damage was done to other trees on the property.




Wednesday May 28

Woman Arrested For Firing Gun At Ex-Boyfriend

An incident in Tioga County over the weekend landed a woman in jail. 

State police say 50-year-old Christine Coffey of Ivyland Pennsylvania was spending the weekend
at a family camp in Delmar Township and 52-year-old Christopher Haines of whom the two had recently ended a long term relationship was spending the weekend with acquaintances nearby.  Coffey is accused of taking a .22 caliber rifle and firing four rounds at Haines while he was in the woods trimming bush. He was not injured. 

Coffey was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person and was jailed in Tioga County prison in lieu of $90,000 dollars bail.



Baker Announces $100,000 Grant For Repairs To Streams
 In Delmar And Charleston Townships

A $100,000 grant to help repair two Tioga County streams damaged by flooding has been awarded
by the Department of Environmental Protection, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). 

“This is great news for the county,” said Baker. “Streams and other waterways are important components of our environment and harsh weather, such as flooding, can create a lot of damage that if not repaired can create problems for the environment and for the ability to take advantage of recreational opportunities along these waterways.” 

The money will specifically be used for construction of approximately 300 feet of rock bench and multi-log deflectors along East Branch Stony Fork in Delmar Township, and approximately 300 feet of bank stabilization consisting of rock deflectors, single log vanes and modified wood cribbing along Elk Creek in Charleston Township. Deflectors and vanes help to narrow and deepen portions of the creek to support fish and wildlife habitat and increase stabilization. 

“I look forward to these projects being completed and the streams’ health being restored,” said Baker. 

Funding for the projects was awarded under the state’s Clean Water Fund. 





Tuesday May 27

State Forests Closed to Alcoholic Beverages

To ensure a safe and enjoyable family experience during the 2014 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally(STPR) the Tioga and Susquehannock State Forests will be closed to alcoholic and malt beverages from sunset Friday May 30, 2014 to sunset Sunday June 1, 2014.

Anyone violating this closure will be issued a citation.  Questions or concerns regarding this closure can be directed to the Tioga State Forest Office at 570-724-2868 or the Susquehannock State Forest Office at 814-274-3600.




Friday May 23

Bridge Replacement Starts Next Week

A $4,201,887 bridge replacement and roadway intersection realignment project along an
overall length of one mile on Route 287 and Route 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County,
is set to begin next week. 

Prime contractor A.L. Blades, Inc. will replace the existing bridge over Marsh Creek. The existing intersection at Routes 287 and 6 will be realigned from a skew to 90 degrees, with widening for turning lanes and installation of a new traffic signal. Other work will include
removal of the existing bridge, blacktop resurfacing, guiderail replacement, drainage improvements, rock placement, seeding, new pavement markings and signs. 

This work will be performed using daylight signs and flaggers, as needed. There will be no significant traffic restrictions during this year’s construction. Next year’s construction will impact traffic significantly.

The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2015.




Thursday May 22

Lawrenceville Man Charged

Louis Bonham, 63, of Lawrenceville, was charged with making terroristic threats against three area residents.

Police said on April 28-29 that he threatened the victims with bodily harm and then drove around their workplace “causing panic.”




PennDOT Driver License, photo centers closed for Memorial Day

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us. 

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.




Wednesday May 21

No Injuries Were Reported When A Two-Vehicle Crash

According to state police, Danny Butler, 39, of Tioga, Pa., was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado at the Ferrario's Chevrolet parking lot, intending to head south across the highway to another lot on the other side. In the process of crossing the highway, according to reports, the Silverado was struck by a 2010 Jeep Compass operated by Nancy Butterbauge, 64, of Laceyville, who was traveling west on Route 6 at the time.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred. Police said Butler will be cited for the accident.



Click It Or Ticket

Click it or Ticket.  Penn Dot, Pennsylvania State police and local police departments are participating in the nationwide seat belt initiative as they continue to try and educate drivers and passengers on the importance of buckling up. 

Statistics show that 425 people died in crashes in the state last year in which they were unrestrained.  Though seat belt usage has increased, officials say more can be done.  Once again, extra fines will be handed out to those who are pulled over for other violations and found not to have buckled up. 

The click it or ticket program will take place through June 8th.




Monday May 19

Two Arrested For Bank Robbery

State police say 18-year-old Chaz Talada of Columbia Cross Roads walked into the Citizens and Northern Bank in East Smithfield, brandishing a gun and demanding money form the teller. 

He then fled in a green Subaru with 23-year-old Zachary Etka in the passenger’s side. The vehicle was spotted by a New York State Trooper in the parking lot of a mini Mart on the PA/NY state line. The two were taken into custody. 

The handgun and money were recovered and the two were arraigned and jailed in lieu of $400,000 dollars bail each.





Thursday May 15

Baker Announces Bridge Dedication in Honor of SFC William Boyle

In honor of the supreme sacrifice given by SFC William Boyle, formerly a resident of Watrous, the bridge on Elk Run Road over Pine Creek in Gaines Township will be named the SFC William Boyle Memorial Bridge, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the bill naming the bridge. 

“Sergeant First Class Boyle, like too many of those who have served during wartime, made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Vietnam. His bravery and commitment to duty are to be commended,” said Baker. “This designation is but one small way we can give our thanks to Boyle’s service and remind all those who traverse the bridge of the dedicated service of
 our military men and women.” 

Boyle attended Galeton High School and served in the United States Army as an E7 with the MACV-SOG, 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He was bravely serving his country when he was killed in action on Feb. 28, 1970, when an enemy rocket hit his helicopter. 

PennDOT will be responsible for erecting and maintaining appropriate signs at each end of the bridge displaying the designation. 




Wednesday May 14

Lockett Held For Trial

Edwina Litzelman who was severely hurt and her husband killed last fall testified about the assault during a hearing Tuesday.

The accused, Debra L. Lockett has been held for trial on all 10 charges filed in connection with the shooting death of Oliver Litzelman, and the assault on Edwina Litzelman.

Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Robert Repard ruled that Tioga County District Attorney George W. Wheeler presented sufficient evidence during a 90-minute preliminary hearing to hold Lockett, 57, of Morris Township for trial. State police filed one felony count each of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and two of robbery, plus misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief against Lockett.

Lockett was remanded to the Tioga County Prison without bail following the hearing and is scheduled for a formal arraignment in Tioga County's Common Pleas Court on June 3rd at 8:30.



Ulysses Man Charged

Robert Lee Henry, 63 of Ulysses, has been charged with aggravated indecent assault following an incident with a 15-year-old girl.

State police at Coudersport charged Henry following an investigation into an incident that occurred in April-May of 2012 in Ulysses.

Henry is also charged with corruption of a minor.




Monday May 12

Car Strikes Deer

State police at Mansfield said Brenda Miller, 54, of Dushore, was not injured in a one-vehicle accident at 10:26 a.m. May 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County.

Police said she was traveling west on State Route 660, when a deer jumped off an embankment along the south side of the highway, landing in the westbound lane. According to police, Miller's 2002 Ford Focus struck the deer, and then she pulled off the roadway, onto the north berm.





Wednesday May 7

Fire Destroys Charleston Township Home

Wellsboro, Mansfield and Middlebury fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire on the Orebed Road in Charleston Township at 11:28 AM yesterday morning.  When they arrived at the scene the home was fully involved.

The doublewide homes owned by Chris and Jessica Carpenter, is considered a total lost.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The family of four was not at home at the time of the fire.




Tuesday May 6

Mainesburg Road To Be Closed For Pipe Replacement

Motorists are advised that Route 2029 (Mainesburg Road) in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, will be closed between Route 6 and Route 2022 (Old State Road) during daylight hours today and Wednesday for a pipe replacement project. 

A red arrow detour will be in place using Route 6 to Old Mill Road to Old State Road. The closure is expected to be between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.




Monday May 5

Man Dies In ATV Accident

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport, Aldus Baum, 53, of Columbia, died early
Friday morning died from injuries sustained when a utility ATV rolled over on him

Police say Baum was turning the vehicle on a private property when it rolled over and landed on top of him.

A passing driver saw the scene and called 911.

Baum’s death has been ruled an accident.



Friday May 2

Toddler Dies In Accident

Police are investigating the accidental death of a 20-month-old infant after she was hit by
a television set.

The Sayre Police Department says they arrived at a home in South Waverly Wednesday afternoon to find an infant not breathing with a wound to her head. An investigation concluded that the 20-month-old girl and her six-year-old sister were playing upstairs
when a large television set fell from a dresser and landed on the infant.



Hearing Held On Eliminating Property Taxes

The crusade to eliminate property taxes all together in the state of Pennsylvania continues. 

Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee in Harrisburg held a hearing on legislation to replace property taxes with an increase in the state sales tax from 6 to 7%.  The bill would eliminate many of the current sales tax exemptions on products and services that now exist and raise the state’s personal income tax from 3.07% to 4.34%.  The money would go towards school funding as the property taxes do now. 

Questions were raised about the impact the bill would have on consumers. No action was taken on the bill.





Wednesday April 30

Open House at Homeless Shelter

On Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and May 3rd, From 12 to 3 pm, the Tioga County Homeless Initiative (TCHI) invites all community members interested in our mission to tour the house, meet the board, staff, and volunteers, and learn more about our daily operations.  We are located at 2580 Charleston Road, Whitneyville. 

Call 570-724-9001 for directions. Refreshments will be provided. TCHI thanks the Tioga County community for their support in this mission.




Clean-Up At Ives Run

An army of volunteers from surrounding areas will converge on Saturday, May 10th to lend a helping hand of service at Ives Run Recreation Area. Hundreds of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to participate in various projects throughout the park to clear debris, paint, clean the shoreline, landscape and more from 9:00 a.m. till noon.

This morning of volunteerism is sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands, a public service model of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that is used worldwide. Last year, members from this area took part in a larger Mormon Helping Hands effort that drew more than 30,000 volunteers who contributed over 280,000 hours to post-Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

“Jesus said, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40).’ Our members love to serve together,” says President Michael Hoffman, Stake President of the Williamsport Stake congregation. “This is one way for us to show our love for Jesus Christ by serving our fellow men. Our yearly Mormon Helping Hands project has become a great annual tradition in this area. We look forward to this opportunity to serve in the Mansfield/Wellsboro area.”

During the Mormon Helping Hands Saturday in the Park volunteer project last year at Ricketts Glen, about 400 members of the Williamsport Stake congregation, which spans as far as Lock Haven to Berwick and Mansfield to Sunbury, participated in the event. Similar numbers are expected this year.

All residents of the surrounding communities are welcome to come and serve with us. Details on this event can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1485401495007356. Members of the media are also welcome to attend.





Tuesday April 29

Baker Says Area High Schools Gain National Ranking on List of State’s Best Schools

Two area high schools have earned national recognition for their placement on U.S. News &
World Report’s list of top schools, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). Wellsboro
Area High School in Tioga County and Galeton Area High School in Potter County have both
earned a “bronze” rating in the magazine. 

“I guess the secret is out,” said Baker. “Here in the Northern Tier we have great schools that
are committed to providing a quality education to their students in an academically rich
 environment. I am so proud that both of these schools are finally getting the recognition
they deserve.” 

More than 31,200 schools were evaluated with 169 Pennsylvania schools making the rankings.
Rankings were based on student performance on state assessment exams and how well they
prepare students for college. 

Wellsboro Area High School has 478 students enrolled with a 13:1 student/teacher ratio.
Galeton Area High School has 355 students enrolled with an 8:1 student/teacher ratio. 

“I congratulate and applaud both schools, there faculty, staff and administration, for their commitment to student achievement and making sure their students are ready to pursue a college education or other academic or vocational goal upon graduation,” said Baker. 




Thursday April 24

Debit Card Info Stolen


According to Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda more than 200 customers at two banks had their debit card information compromised and used at stores nationwide.


Customers at PS Bank located at 76 Church Street and Community Bank N.A. located at 426 State Street, both in Wyalusing, were impacted, according to a news release from police.


The victims' card information was copied and information was used to purchase merchandise at various stores nationwide between February 15 and March 12.


Police said they are continuing to investigate the incidents.








Route 14 Resurfacing Project in Tioga County Starts April 28


A PennDOT paving crew in Tioga County will begin its paving season along a 2.5-mile section of Route 14 in Union Township next week.

Starting Monday, April 28, the crew will be working on Route 14, from the intersection with Shanty Hollow Road to the Bradford County line.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in the work zone, with flaggers controlling traffic flow. Motorists are asked to stay alert and plan extra time for their travels.

The project is expected to be completed in approximately three weeks.




Baker Says $9.3 Million Funding Grant for Canton Borough Will Lead to 221 New Jobs

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today said a recent funding announcement of $9.3 million to renovate the Canton Borough Authority’s wastewater treatment plant will allow for the expansion of three business and the creation of 221 new jobs in the area. 

“This funding is vital for so many reasons,” said Baker. “First, the current wastewater plant has reached the end of its life and can no longer keep up with current community demand. Second, by making sure this type of infrastructure is in proper working order and can service a higher volume of customers, we can expand our residential and business opportunities. Bradford County has been experiencing a welcome growth over the past several years, due to the beautiful area and increased job opportunities, and we need to make sure we have infrastructure in place to support this growth.” 

The grant for the Canton Borough Authority is one of 13 projects awarded across the state through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). The Canton Borough Authority will receive $4 million in the form of a grant and $5.3 million in the form of a 30-year loan with a 1 percent interest rate. 

The project will include renovating the existing plant in order to bring its discharges into acceptable quality levels. 

“Wastewater treatment is a complex and serious undertaking, and renovations and upgrades to a plant can be costly,” said Baker. “This combination grant and low-interest loan will enable the borough to make the necessary upgrades to meet demand and protect our environment.” 

Baker also noted with the expansion of local businesses and increased job opportunities, the borough can expect to benefit from the investment of approximately $40 million in the area. 




Wednesday April 23

Man Steals Money And Guns

A Towanda man has been jailed for the theft of money and guns from a home in Bradford County. 

23-year-old Caleb Chilson is accused of taking $1300 dollars from a gun safe located inside his
father’s residence in Monroe Township. He also took 7 rifles from the same gun safe and then
sold them to 3 separate local gun shops. 

Chilson has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception and was jailed
in Bradford County Prison in lieu of $80,000 dollars bail.





Tuesday April 22

Hearing Postponed

Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Robert Repard has postponed the preliminary hearing for Debra L. Lockett scheduled for Tuesday in connection with the Sept. 13, 2013 shooting death of a Liberty Township man and an assault on his wife.

The request came from Tioga County Public Defender Mary Morris as she awaits the appointment of co-counsel in the homicide case.

Repard said the preliminary hearing, held in order to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to hold a defendant for trial, will likely take place on May 13, if defense co-counsel has been appointed by then, Repard said.



Route 15 Resurfacing Project Begins April 28

A $1,885,338 resurfacing project along a 2.6-mile section of Route 15 in Liberty Township,
Tioga County, is set to begin next week. 

Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will resurface the four-lane highway from the Lycoming/Tioga county line to the Sebring Interchange. Other work includes minor drainage improvements, guiderail upgrades, and an epoxy overlay of the bridges over Route 414.

This work will be performed using single-lane closures in each direction.

The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.





Monday April 21

                                                                                                Shooting In Ulysses

Coudersport State Police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Easter morning in Ulysses.

According to state police, Anthony J. Palmieri, 37, of Ulysses, died from injuries sustained by a gunshot wound.
Police have arrested Greg Alan Riehl for murder in the first degree, murder in the third degree and recklessly endangering. He has been remanded to the Potter County Jail.





Friday April 18

                                               Hills Creek Road Base Repairs Start Today

Roadway base repairs are planned for Route 4039 (Hills Creek Road) in Charleston Township, Tioga County, starts today, April 18.

A detour will be in place using Hills Creek Lake Road. A PennDOT maintenance crew will start the work at 8 a.m. daily, and the road will be closed except for local traffic.  

Any motorists traveling in the area are asked to follow the signed detour.

Work is expected to be completed in two days, Friday and Monday, pending favorable weather.





Thursday April 17

Two Homeless After Mobile Home Fire

A mobile home along State Route 14 north of Trout Run was destroyed by fire over the weekend leaving a mother and her daughter homeless.

The fire broke out on Saturday around 6pm at a mobile home occupied by Taylor Short and her daughter.  The two were not home at the time and no one was injured. 

A damage estimate was not released and fire investigators say that the amount of damage is so extensive that they have not been able to determine a cause though they do not believe it was suspicious.



Man Charged With Simple Assault

State police at Towanda have charged a Columbia Cross Roads man with simple assault and harassment.

According to state police, James Lynn Carr, 23, reportedly struck a female victim multiple times between April 6 and April 8 at a residence on Berwick Turnpike in Ridgebury Township.

Carr was also charged with contacting the victim April 12 while a protection from abuse order was in place, police said.




Wednesday April 16

                                             Dog Wardens Conducting License, Rabies Compliance Checks in Tioga County

Dog wardens are canvassing Tioga County homes throughout April and May to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 for other dogs.  Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.45 for others.
Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.




Tuesday April 15

More Teacher Furloughs

The Southern Tioga School District continues to make moves to try and pare down a projected budget deficit, which stands at about $194,000 dollars as of right now. 

Last night the school board approved a furlough of 13 faculty members, and cut a full timer down to part time. The furloughs are part of the closing of the North Penn High school, which leaves the district with two high schools, which will be renamed North Penn-Mansfield,
and North Penn-Liberty High Schools.  Several teachers will also be transferred as part
of the school closing. 

Work continues to try and balance the budget.




Monday April 14

                                              Crash Sends One Person To The Hospital

According to Pennsylvania State Police, around 10:30 Thursday night, a Ford F-350 driven by 45 year old Eugene Lampman of Westfield lost traction because of poor road grading, went off the road, and hit a tree. Lampman was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital.

Both Lampman, and his passenger, 29-year-old Tim Teller of Harrison Valley, were cited for not wearing their seatbelts.



                                                            Road Work Begins Today

Roadway base repairs are planned for Route 4002 (Charleston Street in the Borough of
Wellsboro and Charleston Road in Charleston Township) this week.

Work will begin today, April 14 and continue for three days, pending favorable weather.

A PennDOT maintenance crew will perform the base repairs starting at 6 a.m. daily, and the road will be limited to a single lane controlled by flaggers.

Motorists using Charleston Street/Road should plan for delays or take an alternate route.

Any motorists traveling within the work zone are asked to slow down and pay attention to daylight work signs and flaggers.





Thursday April 10

                                                                                        Bradford County Meth Bust

State Police have charged Elizabeth Bishop, 28, of Ulster, with Possession with the Intent of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Precursor and Chemicals, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania State Police executed a Search Warrant at Bishop’s home, yesterday. The Search Warrant for the home was from information received that Bishop was using and cooking meth at her home.
During the time of the Search Warrant, Bishop’s child was home. The child was subsequently turned over to a family member. Bishop is also charged with Endangering Welfare of Childen.

Bishop being held in the Bradford County Jail.






Wednesday April 9

                                                                                  Woman Charged In Liberty Murder

Fifty-seven year old Debra Lockett has been charged in connection to a homicide in Liberty Township, which took place  in September of 2013. 

Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville and Mansfield investigated the incident that occurred  on September 13th when 82 year-old Oliver Litzelman and 81 year-old Edwina Litzelman were found in their home on Route 414.

Oliver was found dead on the kitchen floor, Edwina was injured and sent to the hospital.

According to Edwina, a woman came to her house claiming to be working on genealogy when she attempted to steal cash,she then shot Oliver and pulled the phone cord from the wall before fleeing. 

Edwina was able to recognize a picture of Lockett. Also, a spent bullet was found at the scene and Lockett's car matches description given by Edwina.

Lockett is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and robbery as well as six other charges. 



Monday April 7                                                   

                                          Meth Bust                                                                  

State Police have arrested John Janelli, 48, and Michael Gilbert both of Tioga, and

have charged them with multiple felonies following a drug bust at Gilbert's home.

Both are charged with: Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Operating a methamphetamine
laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, Liquefied Ammonia gas; precursors
and chemicals, Possession with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Risking a Catastrophe.

Gilbert is also charged with a misdemeanor charge of Possesion of a Small Amount of

Marijuana Only For Personal Use.




Tuesday April 1

Fatal Accident In Middlebury Township

Pennsylvania state police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident on route 287 in Middlebury Township.

Just after 5am this morning, Sueann Jane Chilson, 29 of Knoxville, was killed from blunt force trauma when her vehicle struck a deer and swerved into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The coroner declared Chilson dead at the scene. The second driver in a Ford F150 was not injured.




Monday March 31

Man Charged With Choking Woman

State Police have charged Frankie A. Caparulo IV, of Lawrence Township, after he allegedly choked a woman and threatened to kill her.

According to documents, Caparulo was charged with simple assault and two counts of harassment March 13, after he choked the victim, Kelli L. Swimley.

Police said he pinned her down and put his hands around her throat and said he was going to kill her. She had visible bruising on her neck, police said.

Caparulo was released on $5,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for April 1.



Lower Arnot Road Bridge Replacement Project Starts April 7

A PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 2023 (Lower Arnot Road) in Bloss Township on Monday, April 7.
The existing 28-long bridge over Sawmill Creek was built in 1964.
The project is located in the Village of Arnot, just south of the Arnot Road/Lower Arnot Road intersection.
The existing bridge will be removed and a new precast concrete box culvert will be installed on the same alignment. The roadway approaches will then be reconstructed and all other work needed to open the new bridge to traffic will be done.
While the project is underway, the road will be closed at the bridge. Traffic will be detoured onto Arnot Road and Bloss Mountain Road.
The new bridge is expected to be in service by mid-June, weather permitting. 





Thursday March 27

Wellsboro Woman Injured In Crash

According to police, Susan K. Pierce, 47, of Wellsboro, sustaining minor injury in a crash that occurred 7:40 a.m. Wednesday on Stony Fork Road north of Balsam Road in Delmar Township.

Pierce was northbound and lost control on the snow-covered road, police said. Her vehicle left the east side of the road and hit a tree, spun about 180 degrees and came to rest facing northwest partially in the roadway.

Pierce was ticketed for driving at a speed unsafe for conditions, police said.



Holden Brook Road Bridge Replacement Project Starts March 31

A PennDOT contractor will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 4017 (Holden Brook Road) in Osceola Township, Tioga County next week.

The existing 45-foot-long bridge was built in 1929 and is currently classified as structurally deficient. It carries Holden Brook Road over Holden Creek, approximately one-half mile south of the New York State line. 

Nestlerode Contracting, Inc. will first build a temporary roadway to maintain traffic. Once traffic is switched to the temporary road, the contractor will remove the existing bridge and build the new structure on the existing alignment. 

All work under this $973,326 contract is scheduled for completion by late October.






Wednesday March 26

Tioga Co. Man Charged

State police have charged Frankie A. Caparulo IV, of Lawrence Township, after he allegedly choked a woman and threatened to kill her.

According to documents Caparulo was charged with simple assault and two counts of harassment after he choked the victim, Kelli L. Swimley.

According to police, he pinned her down and put his hands around her throat and said he was going to kill her. She had visible bruising on her neck, police said.

Caparulo was released on $5,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for April 1.





Tuesday March 25

The Partnership For Community Health To Host “Be Your Best You” Egg Hunt & Activities

March 24, 2014 – Mansfield, Pa. – The Tioga County Partnership for Community Health is hosting a “Be Your Best You” Egg Hunt. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at The Island Park in Blossburg. The event will incorporate the classic aspects of an Easter egg hunt with information about the ways that you can “Be Your Best You.” 

The event will start with light refreshments and Easter related treats. Sue Sticklin, the Executive Director of The Partnership, will share information about what The Partnership provides.  “We are proud of the good work of the Partnership to address issues that assist our communities within Tioga County to be healthier.  Our volunteer network is our greatest asset; without it, we would not have been able to accomplish all that we have over the past twenty years,” Sticklin said.

The Easter egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. on the one mile Island Park path. The path will be sectioned into parts representing each aspect of The Partnership’s work. The eggs in each section of the path contain various items which The Partnership believes contribute to people achieving “Be Your Best You.” There will also be a section of eggs containing candy for children. After the hunt, participants will have an opportunity to make a poster stating when they consider themselves at their personal best.

The event is being facilitated by a group of Mansfield University Public Relations students. For any questions about the event, contact Bri Burkhart by phone at (717) 968-7464 or e-mail briannapburkhart@gmail.com



Bath Va Medical Center To Hold Veterans Event In Westfield

The Bath VA Medical Center (VAMC) is holding a Veterans economic hardship event on Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 am to Noon.  The event will be conducted out of the VA Mobile Clinic Van which will be located at the Westfield Community Center, located at 429 East Main Street. 
Veterans who are facing economic hardship, housing issues or need help accessing health care are encouraged to attend.  Personal hygiene supplies, military surplus (blankets, boots, coats, sleeping bags) and other give away items will be distributed to Veterans facing economic hardship, while supplies last.
For more information, please contact the Bath VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Office at 607-664-4541.  Please note that Veterans not currently enrolled should bring their DD214 and current income information to the event in order to determine eligibility for care.




Monday March 24

Car Wish Ripped Off

A car wash near Mansfield was ripped off over the weekend and state police in Tioga County continue looking for information. 

Police say that on Friday night into Saturday morning, someone removed the button of the auto cashier machine at Butters Car Wash along South Main Street in Richmond Township and attempted to gain access into the machine.  They were then able to disable it by shorting the wires, which caused the machine to distribute quarters.

It’s estimated the thieves got away with approximately $500 to $700 dollars’ worth of quarters in all and the fled the scene. 

Anyone with information into that theft is asked to contract state police in Mansfield at 570-682-2151.



Route 15 Slide Repair Project In Tioga County Resumes Soon

A slide repair project adjacent to Route 15 southbound in Tioga County is scheduled to resume work on or about March 31. 

Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will implement a lane restriction for all southbound traffic in the vicinity of the Mill Creek Bridges. The driving lane will be closed and the passing lane will remain open. Northbound traffic is unaffected. 

Work will take place two miles south of the Route 15 South Welcome Center, between the Tioga Reservoir and the highway.

This work (begun last year) includes the repair of the embankment slide area, rock placement, stabilization piles, vibration monitoring, instrumentation modifications, topsoil, seeding, tree plantings and other related work within a length of approximately one-half mile.

All physical work under this $1,369,659 contract is scheduled for completion by this summer.




Friday March 21

Blossburg Man Charged

A Blossburg man is charged with simple assault, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass following the beating of a man earlier this month in Mansfield. 

Police say Phillip Jennings and five others went to the Meadow Street residence of Tyler Stettler on March 8th, believing that his girlfriend was with Stettler. They broke into the house, and found Stettler coming out of the bathroom.  Jennings then allegedly beat Stettler, driving him back into the bathtub.  At least three others are charged with disorderly conduct for stopping others from coming to Stettler’s aid. 

Jennings is jailed in lieu of $10,000 dollars bail.



Longer School Days On The Horizon?

Longer school days could be coming to Pennsylvania districts plagued by snow days over the winter. 

The State Senate yesterday passed a bill which would give public schools more flexibility in making up snow days, allowing districts to lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis rather than a daily basis. 

Proponents of the bill say that districts could avoid extending their school years deep into June.  The bill would also allow one Saturday session each month. 

The bill now goes to the state house.





Thursday March 20

Wellsboro Man Charged With Possession

State Police have charged Chancy L. Decoursey, 30, of Wellsboro, with possession of heroin.

According to, Decoursey was charged following a vice/narcotics unit methamphetamine investigation during an undercover drug and cash trade for meth with Craig L. Fassett at the Wal-Mart in Richmond Township.

During the meeting, state police arrived on scene to take him into custody of Fassett, who had a cigarette package containing about five packages of meth.

Police said they also found 14 bags of heroin after searching Fassett. He was taken into custody and the car's driver, Decoursey, also was taken into custody.

Decoursey was issued a summons to appear at a March 26 preliminary hearing.




Mansfield Woman Charged With Possession of Controlled Substance

 Carol S. Knable, 58, of Mansfield, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to documents, Knable was charged March 13 with possession of fentanyl and criminal use of a communication facility after an undercover investigation conducted by the vice/narcotics unit in Montoursville.

During the investigation the informant purchased fentanyl patches for $80 from Knable at her residence and then another five patches for $200.

Knable was released on $7,500 bail and her preliminary hearing.




New Minimum Wage Bill In State Senate

A new minimum wage bill was introduced in the state senate yesterday. 

The bill, which is being floated by the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, calls for a hike in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. 

In introducing the bill, Senator Tina Tartaglione said that increasing the minimum wage would benefit everyone and provide a higher standard of living in the state. 






Tuesday March 18

House Gives Unanimous Approval to Baker’s Hepatitis C Screening Act

In an effort save lives and improve the quality of life for potentially thousands of Pennsylvanians, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, authored legislation unanimously approved by the House today encouraging physicians to offer hepatitis C screening for patients born between 1945 and 1965. 

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. First identified in the late 1980s, this virus is one of the more common blood-borne infections in the United States, with an estimated 4 million individuals infected. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants. 

“My legislation is aimed at encouraging greater testing and awareness of hepatitis C and its possible health impacts,” said Baker. “The more dialogue doctors have with their patients about hepatitis C and the greater availability testing becomes, the better it is for patients. As with all diseases, the earlier they are detected and treated, the better the health outcomes.” 

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C is most prevalent in the Baby Boomer generation. And, unfortunately, many of these individuals are unaware they have the virus. In 2012, the CDC released guidelines recommending those born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for hepatitis C.

If the patient agrees to undergo a hepatitis C screening test and it comes back reactive, the patient would then be offered follow-up health care, which would include a hepatitis C diagnostic test. 

Baker noted last year that legislation similar to his was enacted by the New York Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support. 

“I am pleased with the support my legislation gained from the House, and I look forward to having 
House Bill 2003continue to move through the legislative process in a positive, bipartisan fashion in the state Senate,” said Baker. 



Monday March 17

Covington Man Charged With Theft

State Police have charged Dylan M. Cavanaugh, 20, of Covington, with theft of gasoline from Sullivan Township.

Police said on the weekend of Feb. 8, Cavanaugh and a female juvenile took at least 100 gallons of gasoline, valued at more than $300, from the Sullivan Township building.

Cavanaugh was issued a summons to appear at a preliminary hearing March 19.



Boat Concession Opportunity

Want to make some money working outdoors while helping a local park?  Hills Creek State Park is accepting applications for a watercraft concessionaire. 

The deadline is fast-approaching as applications must be received by April 1st with the bid opening taking place on April 2nd.  You will be in charge of renting different watercraft to our visitors for the summer season at Hills Creek Lake. 

For more information call or visit the Hills Creek State Park office at (570)724-4246 or look online at http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ConcessionBids/default.aspx and click on the watercraft contract for Hills Creek State Park.




Wednesday March 12

Tioga County Man Dies In Crash

A 70-year-old man died in a Sunday night crash in Morris Township, Tioga County. 

State police in Mansfield say that for an unknown reason, a vehicle being driven by Albert Person, crossed over the centerline on Route 287 and crashed into an embankment.  The vehicle then rolled over and hit another embankment.  Person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred around 6pm. 

No one else was involved in that Tioga County crash.





Tuesday March 11

Court Date Set In Death Of Puppy

Matthew Scott Stone, 27, of Elkland, charged with animal cruelty in the death of a 4-month-old dog last October of last year, has waived his preliminary hearing

Stone has been free on $15,000 unsecured bail since state police filed charges in January.

Stone is accused of taking the puppy, named Charley, to a location off Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township, and leaving him in a locked animal carrier without food or water.

Stone's arraignment is set for March 31 in Tioga County court.




Monday March 10

Shooting At Fred’s

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting outside of Fred’s Gentlemen’s Club in Tioga Township.

According to State Police, around 5:40 Sunday morning, troopers were called to the Acorn Market at the corner of State Route 287 and State Route 328 for a person who was shot. Police say 20-year-old Antonio McBean of Rochester, NY was shot in the chest.

State Troopers say they were told McBean was shot outside of Fred’s Gentlemen’s Club. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira to be treated. There is no word on his condition at this time.

State Police say the shooting is under investigation. They are asking with anyone with information to call 570-662-2151.



Break-in In Mansfield

Six people may be facing charges following a burglary that turned violent Friday night in Mansfield.

Mansfield Borough Police Officer Stephen Earp reported that six people kicked in the door to a trailer home on Meadow street then assaulted a person inside.

The victim sustained facial damage and initially refused treatment on Friday, but police say he went to the hospital on Saturday.

The six individuals have been identified, but their names have not yet been released.
Nothing was stolen, but Officer Earp describes a burglary as any intent to commit crime inside a home, and that’s why this assault is also being called a burglary.




Friday March 7

Towanda Woman Charged With Stealing From Bank

A Towanda woman has been arrested and charged with forgery, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property for stealing from customers of a Bradford County bank which she worked for. 

32-year-old Jessica Miller reportedly took the money from the bank accounts at the M&T Bank Branch in North Towanda Township where she worked from November of 2009 to July of 2013.  In all, it’s believed more than $97,000 dollars.

The bank has made restitution to the victims and has been named as a victim as well. 



Blossburg Man Charged

Pete D. Smith, 33, of Blossburg faces charges that he attempted to manufacture methamphetamine between Jan. 1 and June 23, 2012, according to state police.

Smith allegedly attempted to produce the controlled substance at a home on Log Row Street, Hamilton Township.

According to an affidavit, Smith "had found instructions for how to make 'meth' by doing a search on YouTube and from knowledge he had gained from street talk."

The investigation revealed that Smith had purchased 2.88 grams of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in producing methamphetamine, from the Wal-Mart in Mansfield on Jan. 8, 2012, court documents said.




Thursday March 6

Westfield Woman Charged

Michelle R. Wright, 31, of Westfield who worked in the pharmacy at Weis Markets faces charges for allegedly stealing oxycodone and cash from the store between March 3 and Dec. 12, 2013.

Wright allegedly stole two bottles of oxycodone and $8,685 from Weis Market over a period of 10 months, an affidavit said.

Police said Wright allegedly stole the money by making false transactions almost daily as well as altering transactions. According to an affidavit, Wright "would write refunds to customers and pocket the cash refund herself."

Wright was sent a summons for an April 10 preliminary hearing to face a theft charge.




Woman Charged With Shoplifting

State Police have charged Chelsea L. Garverick, 22, of Blossburg, with attempting to steal $62 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart on Feb. 2, state police said.

This is the second time Garverick has been arrested in connection with shoplifting, according to an affidavit.

She has been sent a summons to appear for preliminary hearing on March 26 to face a charge of shoplifting.





Wednesday March 5

Dog Dies From Beating

Coudersport Pennsylvania State Police are looking for those responsible for beating a dog that later died from its injuries.

According to police, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 24, a dog named Scooter owned by Marchelle Wallace, 48, of Galeton, was beaten in the area of State Route 144 and Paul Hollow Road in West Branch Township.

The dog was treated for a gash above the right eye and later succumbed to seizures onset by the trauma, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this animal cruelty incident is asked to call police at (814) 274-8690.




Tuesday March 4

Westfield Man Charged In 2006 Fatal Accident

Pennsylvania State Police have arrested Simon Eugene Gigee, 44, of Westfield and have charged him with two counts of accidents involving death or personal injury.

According to police,  Gigee was driving a truck, pulling a trailer on Route 287 in Tioga Township in 2006, when the trailer detached and rolled into oncoming traffic. The trailer hit a car driven by Rhonda Fromm. She was killed and her husband Michael Fromm was injured.

Police say Gigee fled the scene, failing to give information and aid as required by Title 75 in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
Police now say several witnesses indicate they've since heard Gigee talk about the crash and one woman told police she was a passenger in the truck during the accident, and named Gigee the driver.

Gigee is being held in the Tioga County Prison on $100,000 bail.




Monday March 3


Baker Co-Sponsors Legislation To Address Variable Rate Electric Plans

In response to the thousands of complaints statewide about skyrocketing electric rates for those individuals who entered into variable rate contracts with their electric generation supplier, the House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing in March to gather more information on the issue, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), who is also a co-sponsor of comprehensive legislation to address consumer concerns. 

“Within the past few weeks, my office has received numerous inquiries about recent increases in some area consumers’ electric bills,” said Baker. “This spike is a result of the variable rate charged by electric generation suppliers. Although this seems to be the result of the specific types of contracts these consumers entered into, we need to make sure consumers are not experiencing price gouging and that utility companies are operating above board.” 

The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be looking into this matter by holding a public hearing on Thursday, March 20. From testimony gathered at that hearing, lawmakers will be able to see if legislation would help correct this situation. 

In addition, Baker is co-sponsoring a bill that would address recent concerns by requiring that specific information be contained in all supplier contracts and that this information is provided in an easily readable and understandable manner. The bill also would place a cap on the amount by which a rate may change under a variable rate contract, prohibit cancellation and early termination fees for variable rate contracts, require the posting of current and historic rates on the PA Power Switch website and reduce the amount of time it takes to switch electric generation suppliers. 

Baker said he cannot stress enough being fully aware and reading the “fine print” before entering into any agreement. Variable or adjustable rates in any type of contract mean savings in good times and an added expense in difficult circumstances. The winter weather being experienced now is different than in recent years, but an example of what can happen. 
If a consumer believes he or she is paying a rate that is inconsistent with his or her supplier contract, please contact the supplier and attempt to resolve the issue. If the supplier is unable to resolve the complaint or is unresponsive, go to www.puc.state.pa.us
 to file a complaint with the Public Utility Commission or call 1-800-692-7380. 





Thursday Feb 27

Blossburg Man Charged

Blossburg police have charged James R. Price, 20, , Blossburg, with allegedly possessing a controlled substance and driving without a license on Morris Street on Jan. 30.

Price was sent a summons to appear before District Judge James E. Carlson for a preliminary hearing on March 12 to face charges.



Covington Woman Charged

State Police have charged Holly M. Butler, 28, of  Covington, with paying for merchandise using bad checks at Donna's Corner Mart, on Jan. 24, Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, state police said.

Butler allegedly bought gas, food and soda with the bad checks. Police got involved when the co-owner of the store received notices from their bank regarding bounced checks totaling $90.50.

Butler was sent a summons to appear before District Judge Robert L. Repard for a preliminary hearing on March 27 to face charges related to theft and bad checks.





Tuesday Feb 25

Everett, Major, Baker, Pickett Call For Investigation into Gas Drilling Royalty Withholding

In a letter delivered to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane this week, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) are calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs. 

“The letter to the attorney general is clear that an investigation into post-production royalty deductions is needed as many land owners in our region have seen, and are seeing large amounts of money being taken out of royalty checks, and in some cases, consuming the entire check,” said Everett. “This, and other practices, are in violation of leases signed in good faith by the owners. This is plain wrong and needs to be addressed.” 

Everett said many owners signed leases that specifically precluded those deductions, not realizing that those costs would be subtracted royalties under other confusing lease terms. He said his House Bill 1684, co-sponsored by Major, Baker and Pickett is the remedy for the issue, but it is currently before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which is expected to conduct a public hearing. The legislation was referred there in September of last year. 

“The deduction of these costs from royalty checks, we believe, is a direct violation of 1979 state law, and that is why we are asking the attorney general to investigate why this has been allowed to continue,” Pickett said. “While we work on legislation to further address this in the House, an investigation by the attorney general would send a clear message this practice must stop NOW and that it will not be tolerated in any way.” 

According to a 1979 state law, a minimum royalty payment of one-eighth for oil, natural gas, or gas of any other designation was guaranteed, helping to ensure fairness and protect landowners from deceptive leases. 

“I am hopeful Attorney General Kane will heed our call and conduct a thorough investigation into this matter,” added Major. “Land owners who signed contracts need to have their agreements upheld in the same good faith in which they were signed, which our legislation seeks to address.” 

“I have heard from several land owners in my area who have legitimate concerns as to the deductions Chesapeake is taking out of their royalty payments,” said Baker. “The natural gas industry is continuing to grow and Chesapeake Energy is a big player in the market that needs to be held accountable for commitments it made to land owners. I look forward to a resolution to this matter.” 




Monday Feb 24

                                                                  Lake Nessmuk Closed For Construction Of New Dam Spillway

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has closed Lake Nessmuk to the public to conduct a fish salvage and begin construction to rebuild the lakes dam and spillway.

The fish salvage is expected to begin the week of Feb. 24 or March 3 and may take up to two weeks. The lake was first lowered by 10 feet last fall. It will remain drained until construction is completed. The $1 million construction project is expected to begin in mid-March, weather permitting, and be completed by the end of the summer or early fall. It includes widening the existing earthen spillway and extending the spillway conduit, installing a new stilling basin at the outlet, and installing new drains at the base of the dam.

Also, the top of the dam will be raised by approximately 2.2 feet and the downstream embankment will be flattened. The project is being funding by a $1 million H2O grant for the state.



Three Injured In Fire

Three people were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon following a house fire in Harrison Valley.

Fire officials say the alarm came in at 4:15 p.m. at a house on East Tannery Street.

One person was flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with severe burns. 

Another person jumped out of second floor window to escape the fire. That person was injured from the fall and also received burn injuries.

The house was destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Friday Feb 21

Wellsboro Man Charged

Police have charged Jason A. Kline, 29, of Wellsboro, for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with his stepfather on Feb. 11.

According to police, Kline allegedly struck his stepfather on the head with an unknown object.  

The fight started when Kline's stepfather tried to stop him from leaving the house and return to an apartment on Pearl Street where Kline already had dealt with police earlier in the night following an alleged domestic disturbance with his girlfriend.

Kline was sent a summons to appear before District Judge Robert L. Repard for a Feb. 27 preliminary hearing where he will face charges related to assault, harassment, criminal mischief and public drunkenness.





Thursday Feb 20

Man Sentenced To State Prison

A Tioga County man who went on a week-long crime spree in the Williamsport Area back in October of last year to fuel his heroin habit will spend the next 7 to 14 ½ years in state prison. 

Jess Keck robbed four separate places, two in Loyalsock Township, one in Old Lycoming Township and another in the city of Williamsport, all with a gun between October 7th and October 14th of last year, all reportedly in order to get money for heroin. 




Blossburg Man Charged

Christopher V. Price, of Blossburg, faces charges for allegedly exchanging naked pictures of himself with a 17-year-old female he met on the Internet on various dates in 2012.

When Price was apprehended by police following the report of a burglary at Old Bloss Road on Aug. 5, 2012, police confiscated his cellphone for possible evidence related to the burglary.

Investigators found images on Price's phone that he had sent to a 17-year-old in Kentucky in which Price is allegedly performing sexual acts on himself, an affidavit said.

And according to police they also found images of the juvenile in various states of undress that she had sent to Price.

His preliminary hearing is set for March 5th where he will face charges related to sexual abuse, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor.




Monday Feb 17

Home Heating Assistance Available for Those in Need

Bitter cold temperatures continue across the region and some homeowners may be having trouble meeting the financial demands to heat their homes.

If you, or someone you know, are at risk of being unable to heat their home, check out the states Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

Residents should contact the Bradford County Assistance Office at 1-800-542-3938 or the Tioga County Assistance Office at 570-724-4051.




Friday Feb 14

Fire Destroys Cabin Home

Fire destroyed a log cabin in Tioga County leaving four persons homeless. The fire broke out shortly before noon at the home just off of Route 49 in Deerfield Township quickly spreading through the structure as firefighters had to carry hose up the mountain because the house was not accessible to fire trucks. 

The family who lived there was not named.  Damage is estimated at $125,000 dollars and the cause of that fire is under investigation. 




Thursday Feb 13

Wellsboro Woman Charged

State Police have charged Jessica M. Gile, 30, of 19 Wellsboro, with purchasing a TV from the Wal-Mart in Richmond Township and then using her receipt to return a TV taken off the display shelf.

Gile received $210 when she allegedly returned the unpaid display TV to the customer service desk, police said.




PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Presidents Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. 
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOTs Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include drivers license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling.  There are no additional fees for using online services.
A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2014 is available on the website under News, Stats and Facts.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com
or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.




Wednesday Feb 12

Potter County Woman Injured In Crash

Cheryl Furman, 57, of Austin was seriously injured Monday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a school bus.

The driver of the bus and two passengers suffered minor injuries.

The accident took place at 3:42 p.m. Monday on First Fork Road in Summit Township, Potter County.

Furman was northbound on First Fork Road when she crossed into the southbound lane and struck a school bus operated by Francis Ayers, 33, of Coudersport, according to state police.

Furman was airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday.  



Mansfield Man Charged

State Police have charged Paul Beuter, 66 of with cruelty to animals for keeping several cows in a field without access to clean and sanitary shelter.

Beuter was charged in connection with the incident that occurred at about 6 p.m. Monday in a field on Ashley Road in Charleston Township, police said.




Tuesday Feb 11

Board Votes To Close School

Monday night the Southern Tioga School District Board voted to close North Penn High School.

The 8-1 vote followed discussion among school directors who were in agreement that the move had to be made given the district's financial status.

The school closing leaves the district with just two high schools, Mansfield and Liberty.





Route 15 Project In Tioga County Wins Quality Pavement Award

A Route 15 resurfacing project constructed in Tioga County last year has just won a statewide award; the Pennsylvania Asphalt Pavement Association’s Asphalt Pavement Quality Award 2013.

PennDOT District 3-0 and prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. received the honor for the Route 15, Section M57 project, which involved resurfacing of eight miles of northbound Route 15 in Mansfield Borough, and Richmond and Tioga townships.

The Asphalt Pavement Quality Award 2013 is for “outstanding pavement construction which best exemplifies the use of asphalt concrete quality control and placement technology for the advancement of highway safety and long-term pavement performance.”

“I am pleased that our district received this recognition. It is an example of our employees’ and contractors’ commitment to providing a high-quality product for our customers, the traveling public,” said District Executive Sandra Tosca, P.E.

The Route 15 project has a very smooth ride quality, along with tight joints and good density – both of which are a reflection of quality construction and should result in a longer pavement life.

The Route 15 project involved resurfacing of the two northbound lanes and shoulders, which required 25,675 tons of blacktop. A typical triaxle truck can haul 20 tons of blacktop per trip, so the project used 1,284 truckloads of blacktop. This project also included a small percentage of recycled asphalt.






Friday Feb 7

Police Investigate Dog Shooting

Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield are investigating a case of cruelty to animals following the shooting of a dog.

A Tioga, Pa., woman told police that her dog returned to her home on Wednesday afternoon with a gunshot wound and died shortly thereafter. Police said there are currently no suspects or witnesses.




Canton Man Dies In Crash

A 70-year-old David B Morris of Canton died at Robert Packer Hospital after Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield said he drove into the path of another car.

Morris pulled onto Route 6 from Cherry Flats Road in Charleston Township into the path of a car driven by 19-year-old Heather Geiser of Millerton, police said. Geiser’s car struck the driver’s side of Morris’ car.

Geiser was also injured and taken to Robert Packer Hospital. The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. on Jan. 29.



Thursday Feb 6

Corbett Releases Budget Proposal

As expected, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a budget plan for the state of Pennsylvania for the 2014-2015 fiscal years, which would increase spending by 3.6 percent.

The total of the new budget is $29.4 billion dollars and Corbett says the budget contains no new taxes.  He is banking on increased tax collections and a better state economy to boost revenues. 

Corbett is also calling for a $340 million dollar Ready to Learn block grant program to increase subsidies to public schools across the Commonwealth.  During his address, Corbett also continued his call to privatize the state’s liquor system, and is hoping to foster job creation for state residents.



Baker Says Governor’s Budget Focuses on Health, Education

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) offered the following statement after hearing the governor’s 2014-15 state budget address, which proposes to spend $29.4 billion, a 3.3 percent increase over the 2013-14 state budget: 

“I applaud the governor’s commitment to increase funding for education, including providing new higher education scholarships and money for special education. Under his proposal, we would dedicate $10.3 billion to basic education alone, which would be the highest amount of state funds ever. We need to make sure all Pennsylvania students are provided with a quality education, and this is a move in the right direction. 

“As chairman of the House Health Committee, I am encouraged to learn that the governor would like to implement two Healthy PA programs to improve patient access to health care. The programs would include the creation of four new health care centers and support for 36 existing health care centers, which deliver health care to underserved areas of the state. In addition, he plans to invest more dollars in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as CHIP, and to put more state troopers on the road. Seeing to the health and safety of Pennsylvania citizens should always be a priority and the governor clearly made that know through this budget proposal. 

Of course, this is only the first step in the budget process. There is still much work to be done prior to the June 30 budget adoption deadline. That being said, I will be paying close attention during budget hearings scheduled to take place in the House of Representatives over the next month and examining closer the governor’s budget proposal as we move toward a final budget plan.” 




Wednesday Feb 5


Snow Emergency Declared Inn Wellsboro

The Wellsboro Mayor Has Declared A Snow Emergency In Wellsboro, Which Means There Will Be No On Street Parking Until Snow Removal Is Completed. Please Remove All Vehicles Parked Along The Streets



Monday Feb 3

Man Charged With Possession Of Pot

Blossburg Police have charged Timothy M. Suda, 23 of Blossburg, with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop in the borough Oct. 4.

According to documents, police stopped Suda's vehicle on Main Street for a loud muffler, and found him to be in possession of a syringe, a glass marijuana pipe and a small bag of marijuana.

He waived his preliminary hearing and his county court arraignment was set for Feb. 24.



Teen Injured In Crash

A Tioga County juvenile suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night.

According to State Police, the teen was eastbound on U.S. Route 6 in Charleston Township around 10:30 p.m. when the vehicle lost control around a curve, left the roadway and struck an embankment.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, troopers said.

State police did not release the name or condition of the victim.



PennDOT Encourages Customer Calls For Maintenance Concerns

With the freeze-thaw cycle taking its annual toll on pavement, PennDOT urges motorists to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623) to report the location of potholes on state roads.

Callers are asked to be as specific as possible when reporting pothole locations. For state routes, callers must report the county, municipality, street name, or preferably the state route (SR) number found on small, black-and-white signs posted along state roadways. Callers should also offer a description of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT find the problem area.

The hotline may be used to report any maintenance concern on state roads such as potholes, deer removal or signage issues.

Once notified, PennDOT will work expeditiously to address concerns when weather permits; however, winter services remain the primary focus of maintenance crews at this time of year.

To report potholes on local roads, motorists should contact the municipality in which the pothole is located.

Potholes develop when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws, a cavity below the road is formed and larger cracks develop, causing the pavement to crumble.

The 1-800-FIX-ROAD hotline should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report those types of incidents. 




Wednesday Jan 30

Gaines Woman Charged

Gaines Township Police have charged Sherri L. Leach, 43, of Gaines, with five counts each of theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly took firearms from her landlord and sold them to a gun shop.

According to documents, Leach took five long guns from Martin Gleason between Jan. 14 and Jan. 23 and sold them to Ziggy's Gun Shop in Gaines Township for a total of $1,000.

On Jan. 16, she allegedly brought in a Remington 760 Game Master .30-.06 and on Jan. 21, a Springfield A101 .30-.06.

Then on Jan. 23 she allegedly brought in a Benelli Nova 12-gauge shotgun, telling the gun shop owner all the guns were "hand-me-downs" from her father or brother.

The firearms had not yet been reported stolen so he didn't question her.

All the weapons except the Mossburg have been recovered.

Leach was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail and her preliminary hearing set for Feb. 9.



Woman Charged With ATM Card Theft

Blossburg Police have charged Courtney J. Marbaker with theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly took two ATM cards from another person and used them.

According to documents, Marbaker took the cards from the victim on Jan. 16, while residing with the victim.

Police said she also took a piece of mail with a PIN for the cards on it from the victim between Dec. 13 and Jan. 16 and used them to withdraw $200 from an ATM.

She then allegedly used about $100 to buy food at McDonalds, food and clothing at Wal-Mart and to pay on a previous balance owed to Tioga County Probation.




Tuesday Jan 28

Arrest Made In Animal Cruelty Case

Pennsylvania State Police have made an arrest in connection to the puppy found dead and frozen in an animal carrier in Tioga County Last week.

Matt Stone, 27, of Elkland, has been with a misdemeanor of animal cruelty along with other charges.

The young dog was found dead along Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township.




Monday Jan 27

Fire Damages Wellsboro Home

Douglas and Rebecca Candelario, of 6 Hastings St., have a neighbor to thank for alerting firefighters to a chimney fire that burned through the wall of their two-story residence Friday.

According to Wellsboro Fire Chief Lonnie Campbell, the fire started in a wood stove and traveled into the chimney of an old fireplace in the house where it was vented through a pipe and "started to burn through to the outside."

The fire is not considered suspicious, Campbell said, and there was "moderate smoke damage throughout."

The fire was contained to the partition on the same side as the chimney, though it did burn into the second floor.

The house was insured, Campbell said, and the couple is staying with friends in the area.



Wellsboro Police Warn Of Local Phone Scam

The Wellsboro Police Department has received complaints from local businesses stating an unknown individual is calling them and claiming they represent the Wellsboro Electric Company. 

The individual is stating the business is behind on their electric bills and they need to pay with a credit card or their electric will be shut off.   The individual appears to be targeting local businesses however, local residence should also be aware they may be targeted also. 

Should you receive a call from this individual DO NOT give your personal information out.





Friday Jan 24




Woman Dies Outside Of Home

85-year-old Marjorie Colegrove was found frozen outside her home in Nelson Township Wednesday morning.

According the Tioga County Coroner Colegrove is believed to have suffered a heart attack outside her home.

After the heart attack, officials believe she could not make it back into the house.



Baker Announces More Than $250,000 In Grants For Fire, EMS Companies

Fire and emergency medical services companies in the 68th Legislative District have been awarded $251,021 in funding through the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). 

“Our local fire and ambulance companies work hard each and every day to serve those in our communities. Unfortunately, these companies have limited resources for funding and often struggle to afford new equipment, pay for training and maintain their facilities,” said Baker. “This funding will go a long way in helping them meet those goals.” 

Baker said the grants may be used for construction or renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. 

The following Bradford County fire and EMS companies within the 68th Legislative District received grants: 
• Innes Hose Company – $12,323.21. 
• Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company Inc. – $12,323.21. 
• Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Company Inc. – $12,323.21. 
• Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,647.24. 
• South Creek Volunteer Fire Company Inc. – $12,161.20. 
• Tri Township Ambulance Association – $7,091.40. 

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in Tioga County: 
• Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association – $7,091.40. 
• Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department – $12,000. 
• Clymer Township Volunteer Hose Company – $12,323.21. 
• Crary Hose Company – $12,007.29. 
• Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department – $12,000. 
• Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company – $12,323.21. 
• Lawrenceville Fire Department – $12,486.03. 
• Lawrenceville Fireman’s Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,091.40. 
• Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $12,323.21. 
• Millerton Volunteer Fire Department – $12,808.44. 
• Morris Fireman’s Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,091.40. 
• Morris Township Fire Company – $12,000. 
• Nelson Volunteer Fire Company Inc. – $12,161.20. 
• Tioga Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $12,000. 
• Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc. – $6,382.26. 
• Valley Community Ambulance Association – $7,091.40. 
• Wellsboro Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc. – $12,972.07. 

The grant program is funded solely by state gaming proceeds and is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. 





Thursday Jan 23

Millerton Man Charged With Theft

State Police have charged Virgil M. Miles, 23, of Millerton, with theft by deception and retail theft from Wal-Mart.

According to documents, Miles took two combo ink cartridge two packs from the store on April 13 valued at $113.

Police said he took the two packages from the store shelf and then took them to the customer service desk to return them as though they had been purchased, and was given a refund.

He waived his preliminary hearing and his county court arraignment was set for Feb. 24.



Tioga County To Benefit From Nearly Half Million Dollar Investment In Watershed Improvements

Two state grants totaling $449,925 for the Tioga County Conservation District and Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc. were announced today for projects aimed at improving waterways in Tioga County, said Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). 

“Making sure the quality of water in our rivers and streams is at acceptable levels is essential to the health of area wildlife and the environment as a whole,” said Baker. “The grants distributed through the state’s environmental programs help our counties and local communities make the necessary repairs to our waterways.” 

The Tioga County Conservation District received a grant of $196,478 to help meet agricultural best management practices regarding tributaries to the Cowanesque River. 

The Babb Creek Watershed Association received a grant of $253,447 for repair of a passive treatment system for Klondike acid mine drainage. 

“Acid mine drainage is a major problem within the Babb Creek Watershed in particular, and this grant will help address that issue and improve local water conditions,” said Baker. 

Baker noted these grants were part of more than $20.65 million in funding awarded to organizations across the state for watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage, and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts. 





Wednesday Jan 22

Sayre Man Arrested

Police Tuesday arrested Dustin James Onofre, 23, of Sayre in connection with a December 2013 heroin overdose, which resulted in a death.

Onofre is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.

Onofre was committed to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.




Tuesday Jan 21

Six Arrested In Drug Ring

A release from the U.S.  Middle District Court in Pennsylvania on Friday announced an 11-count indictment by a federal grand jury against six persons who are accused of operating a heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine ring in the Williamsport Area. 

Malik Hannibal and Arnell Monroe of Williamsport and Lamont Blount, Joey Elmore, Derrick Savage and Zuriel Love, all of Philadelphia have been arrested for distributing the drugs in the Williamsport area as well as in Lycoming and Tioga Counties. 

The group called themselves the Tat Gang and used mobile phones, social media, two addresses in Williamsport and multiple motor vehicles during the drug activity which lasted from November of 2012 through November of last year. 

All six have been arrested and jailed.




Monday Jan 20

Mansfield Man Dies In Fire

Terry A. Thomas, 63, of Canoe Camp Creek Road, died in the fire that was dispatched at 12:09 a.m. Saturday morning.

Though not considered suspicious, a state police fire marshal from Montoursville was on scene investigating what may have caused the blaze.

No other injuries were reported.

About 25 firefighters with tankers from Blossburg and Wellsboro fire departments responded.



Assault Charged Filed

Police have charged Travis G. Burdick, 32, of Westfield, with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly beat up another man.

According to documents, Burdick beat up Murray F. Johnson Jr. at the Colonial Hotel parking lot, 122 E. Main St., hitting and kicking him.

Burdick was issued a summons for a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing.




Friday Jan 17

Elkland Woman Charged

State Police have charged Dorothy L. Wyble, 66, of Elkland, with forgery and theft after she allegedly took money from a non-profit organization with which she was working.

According to documents, Wyble, who was working with the Tioga Old Home Days organization in Tioga, signed her name on two checks for deposit into the victim's personal account, but instead took the money for herself.

She also allegedly wrote six other checks to herself for a total of $2,095 during 2012.

She was issued a summons to appear for a Jan. 28 preliminary hearing.



Tioga Man Charged

Lawrenceville police have charged Cole M. Mack, 20, of Tioga, after he allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant.

According to documents, Mack sold two bags of heroin on Nov. 3 to the informant for $50.

He was charged with manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 28 preliminary hearing.



Thursday Jan 16

Troy Man Charged

State police in Tioga County have arrested a Troy man for an incident in which he threatened himself and police at his mother’s home Sullivan Township back on January 1st

Police say they were called out to the residence after 18-year-old Shawn Shaffer began making threats and locked himself inside a trailer with knives and a bb gun.  At one point Shaffer opened up the door of the residence and threw a knife at one of the officers. 

He was charged last week with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and other counts and is jailed in lieu of $25,000 dollars bail.




Wednesday Jan 15

State Money Available

State money is available for municipalities, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible agencies for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. 

The money will be available through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. 

Applications will be accepted from January 15th through April 16th.



Legislation Aimed At Improving Care And Reducing Costs For Medicaid Patients Garners House Approval, Says Baker

The Pennsylvania state House today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, aimed at improving patient care and reducing health care costs through the development and use of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program. 

The PCMH model basically has a primary care physician or nurse practitioner be the primary point of contact for all medical care having to deal with an individual patient. This model of care is especially effective for those who have chronic diseases that require one or more specialists. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and others are all communicating to ensure the patient is receiving coordinated care, which includes making sure the patient does not undergo duplicative testing, receives important routine exams, and is alerted when immunizations are needed. 

“My legislation will ensure we are delivering the best possible care to individuals within the state’s Medicaid program by adopting a more streamlined and better coordinated system of care,” said Baker. “Although this model of care is being used by many doctors already, my legislation will make sure every patient within the Medicaid program benefits from increased communication between each of their health care professionals.” 

Baker noted 26 other states have already launched Patient-Centered Medical Home initiatives within their Medicaid programs on a state or regional level. Private insurers also are already using PCMH models. 

“The side benefit of this model of care is that it has also been proven to reduce health care costs through improved management of chronic and long-term illnesses and better coordination of routine tests and immunizations to head off more costly health complications down the line,” said Baker. “The Medicaid program currently accounts for roughly 30 percent of the state’s General Fund budget. Being able to reduce costs while improving the quality of patient care is a win-win situation.” 

House Bill 1655
 will now be sent to the state Senate for consideration. 





Monday Jan 13

Human Remains Found In Bradford County

The investigation continues into a set of human remains found in Bradford County over the weekend. 

Hunters were hunting in the vicinity of Bennett road in Burlington Township near Towanda on Saturday around 11:15 when they came upon human remains.  It’s not known who that person is or how long they have been there. 

State police say they are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with any information to give them a call at 570-265-2186. 




Friday Jan 10

Winter Driving Awareness Week Encourages Safe Driving, Preparation

 Although Pennsylvania is heading for a January thaw, safe winter driving skills will be called on again soon, and as part of the state’s first Winter Driving Awareness Week, PennDOT is asking all drivers to be ready. 

Winter Driving Awareness Week, Jan. 12-18, highlights the need for motorists to keep safety in mind throughout the winter season. 

“During Winter Driving Awareness Week I’m asking all motorists to do their part to help increase safety for all drivers this winter season,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “Safety begins before drivers even leave home by ensuring that vehicles are properly equipped and mechanically ready to deal with winter driving challenges.” 

"While we have this temporary respite from winter weather, motorists should have their vehicle serviced now by a mechanic they trust," Schoch added. "A properly trained mechanic can check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly."
Motorists should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Tires should also be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.

Now is also a good time for motorists to prepare a vehicle emergency kit. The kit should contain items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Additionally, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

When winter weather does make a return appearance, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

• Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck. 

• Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic. 

• When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width. 

• Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a "plow train." The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles. 

• Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can't see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack. 

• Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.

For more information on safe winter travel as well as PennDOT’s winter operations, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter. 



Thursday Jan 9

Mansfield Man Charged

Police have charged Joseph S. Harzinski, 54, of Mansfield, with retail theft and receiving stolen property in the theft of several hundred scratch-off lottery tickets from Sara Jo's convenience store between May 30 and Sept. 12.

According to documents, Harzinski and an employee at the store at the time, Connie R. McCullough, 43, of the same address, took more than 600 lottery tickets.

Police said the two were captured on video surveillance camera.

The face value of all 672 tickets lost was $11,320.

Harzinski was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 5 preliminary hearing.




Middlebury Center Man Charged

State Police have charged Nathan F. Davis, 24, of Middlebury Center, with theft after he allegedly took cash from his mother's residence.

According to, Davis allegedly took $800 in cash from a safe in the basement of his mother, Janelle Davis's home on Nov. 22.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 30 preliminary hearing.




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State Police Holiday Driving Report

Highway crashes and deaths investigated by state police across Pennsylvania were down over the Thanksgiving Holiday driving period. 

State police report that they investigated 936 crashes over the five-day holiday driving period in which 9 persons were killed and another 236 injured.  Deaths were down by 4 and injuries down by 133 with more than 1100 crashes investigated last year. 

In addition, State police say they arrested 433 persons for driving under the influence, issued more than 7400 speeding citations, issued citations to more than 1200 motorists for not wearing their seatbelts and another 104 were cited for not properly buckling their children in.







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