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