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Tuesday March 3

Potter County Man Charged

A Potter County man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident that reportedly
took place in January at residence in Potter County.

The victim was a juvenile, according to state police at Coudersport.

State Police charged Michael Dibble, 34, of Genesee with indecent assault, corruption of
minors and harassment.

Charges were filed through Magisterial District Court.

 



 

Statewide Roadside Cleanup Planned, Volunteers Needed
 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31. 

“Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and it’s imperative that we work together to keep it that way,” Acting Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “I urge individuals to join the thousands of volunteers in their communities to participate in the cleanup this year to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.”

The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort online at www.gacofpa.org. Groups interested in adopting a section of highway are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator, or visit www.dot.state.pa.us. 

During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6.4 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 136,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed nearly 75,000 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 45 percent of the collected litter on 10,317 miles of cleaned up roadway. 

 

 

 

 

Monday March 2

Man Charged With Threatening Girlfriend


Mansfield University Police have charged Kurtis A. Logan, 18, with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend.

Police said the two were arguing, he grabbed her around the neck and choked her while threatening to kill her.

He was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for March 4.

 

 

 

Liquor Privatization Bill Passes House

Legislators in Harrisburg are taking another stab at privatizing the state-controlled wine and liquor store system. The State house voted 114-87 to send a plan to the senate which would not only get the state out of the liquor business, but would also liberalize beer sale laws. 

Even if passed in the senate, the bill faces a veto by Governor Tom Wolf. 

Under the proposal, all but 100 of the state’s 600 government owned and operated liquor stores would gradually close and the state would be allowed to sell up to 1,800 licenses’ for private retailers to sell wine or liquor, or both.

 

 

 

Friday Feb 27

Man Drives Truck Into Home

A Bradford County man has been charged with reckless endangerment after state police say he intentionally drove his truck into an occupied residence.

Michael Harrington, 33, or Rome, was also charged with criminal mischief. Troopers said Harrington drove his vehicle into a residence Feb. 7 on state Route 187 in Windham Township while four individuals were home.

Harrington also had a suspended driver's license, no insurance, inspection or registration, state police said.



 

 

Scarnati Supports Senate Passage of Illegal Alien Bill

The state Senate this week, approved legislation that would deny public benefits, such as Medicaid, welfare, and unemployment compensation, to illegal immigrants living in Pennsylvania, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 9, explained that the legislation would establish tighter scrutiny and criminal penalties, which the Commonwealth’s almost 200,000 estimated illegal immigrants would face when applying for services funded by taxpayer dollars.

“America is a country with people of many diverse backgrounds,” Scarnati said.  “But in recent years, our state and country have been confronted with illegal immigration which is draining public funds, straining existing services, and creating unfair competition for jobs with American workers.”

Senate Bill 9 would require anyone receiving public benefits in Pennsylvania to provide identification proving they are legal residents.  In addition, individuals would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a United States citizen, or an immigrant lawfully residing in this country.  Any illegal immigrant who falsely claims they are residing in the country legally, in order to obtain public benefits, will have committed a second degree misdemeanor and be subject to arrest.

The legislation would provide compassionate exceptions to its tough restrictions.  The measures would only apply to residents age 18 and older and would exempt seniors who are Medicare eligible as well as disabled Pennsylvanians who are receiving SSI or SSDI.  The bill would also allow every person in Pennsylvania access to emergency medical care, necessary immunizations and disaster relief.

“Addressing the issue of illegal immigration is one that I have been pushing very strongly for a number of years, but with these tough economic times, it is now even more crucial that we stop providing benefits to individuals who are living outside the law,” Scarnati said.  “Pennsylvania citizens, who are struggling to make ends meet, should not have their hard-earned dollars going toward benefits for illegal immigrants.”

Senate Bill 9 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Feb 25

Burglary In Tioga County

State police in Tioga County are looking into a burglary of a business.

Sometime Friday night into Saturday morning, someone broke into the Tri-County Rural Electric
Building along State Route 414 in the Liberty Area and stole a large amount of copper wire as
well as a large generator. 

Anyone with information regarding that burglary is asked to contact State Police in Mansfield
at 570-662-2151. 



 

Baker Fights for Cancer Patients

Imagine having cancer and being told instead of going through intravenous chemotherapy, your best treatment option in fighting the disease is to take a pill every day. This pill would be more effective; produce fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy; and would not require regular trips to a medical facility. You would be relieved, right? Now imagine being told the medication will cost you between $1,400 and $3,500 out of pocket per month, which is more than your take-home pay each month. That is what some cancer patients in Pennsylvania are currently facing.

Chairman of the House Health Committee, Rep. Matt Baker (Tioga/Bradford/Potter), is making it his personal mission to fight for Pennsylvania’s cancer patients. Legislation spearheaded by Baker to make oral anticancer medications more affordable for patients was successfully passed by the state House last year, but the Senate did not take action before the end of session; therefore, Baker is leading the charge again and has reintroduced his legislation, which passed overwhelmingly today in the House.

“With more than 80,000 Pennsylvanians estimated to be diagnosed with cancer this year, and many of them having the option of taking more effective oral anticancer medications with fewer side effects, we need to step up as a state and make these drugs more affordable for patients,” said Baker. “Right now, the cost of oral anticancer medications for many patients is cost prohibitive, leaving them with fewer options for effective treatment. That is simply unacceptable.”

House Bill 60 
would help address the cost disparity between intravenous and oral anticancer treatments. Currently, intravenous anticancer medications are typically covered under a health plan’s medical benefit, often only requiring patients to pay a minimal fixed co-payment; however, oral anticancer medications are covered under a health plan’s pharmacy benefit, and require patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 percent to 30 percent. With the average cost for a one-month supply of an oral anticancer medication costing $7,000, some cancer patients in Pennsylvania are left with a coinsurance cost of between $1,400 and $3,500 per month. This obviously creates an enormous financial barrier for most patients to follow through with their doctor’s prescribed course of treatment. 

Baker also noted that studies have found that high out-of-pocket costs directly impact patient compliance with oral chemotherapy medications, ultimately resulting in higher long-term health care costs.  One in six cancer patients with high out-of-pocket costs abandon their medication at the pharmacy.  Patients with an out-of-pocket cost greater than $200 were at least three times less likely to fill their prescription than those with out-of-pocket costs of $100 or less.     

“With many oral medications proving to be more effective than intravenous drugs in fighting certain forms of cancer, we have to make sure patients have equal access to these sometimes life-saving treatments,” said Baker. “I am happy to report that the House has once again approved this legislation and supported the state’s cancer patients, and now we must encourage our counterparts in the state Senate to do the same.”

Baker noted that since targeted cancer therapies, such as oral anticancer medications, were introduced in the early 1990s, the number of cancer survivors has more than doubled from about 6.8 million people to 14 million people today. 

To date, 34 states have enacted similar legislation to control out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients, including all bordering states to Pennsylvania with the exception of West Virginia.

More than 20 health-related organizations support passage of House Bill 60, which was approved in the House by a vote of 197-3, and now awaits consideration by the state Senate.

 

 

 

 

Thursday Feb 19

Blossburg Woman Charged

Blossburg Police have charged Virginia L. Driscoll, 49, with theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly took money from her employer.

According to documents, between July 15 and Sept 3rd Driscoll, who was an office manager for Fidler Enterprises in Blossburg, took two checks from the victim, Mark Fidler, and modified them, issuing them to herself, stealing a total of $4,136.

Police said she claimed it was for an agreed-upon commission, but Fidler said no agreement existed.

 

 

                                                                                                   Home Improvement Fraud Reported

Pennsylvania State Police have charged 33-year-old, Charles E. Carr of Wellsboro with theft by deception and home improvement fraud, both felony charges in the third degree.

The charges are the result of an investigation of a complaint by two victims in Ulster, alleging Carr had taken down payments for home improvement work and then failed to deliver the services and materials necessary to complete the work.

 

 

 

Friday Feb 13

Deficit In Wellsboro District

Rising payroll as well as health and retirement benefits has put another area school district into the red. 

Officials in the Wellsboro School District say they are trying to make up a $1.2 million dollar deficit.  The district’s $25.2 million dollar preliminary budge3 includes a property tax increase of at least 2.4 percent, the maximum allowed by the state. 

The district plans on using about a third of its $2.5 million dollars set aside in the fund balance, which comes out to $771,000 dollars for increasing health insurance and retirement costs. 

 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged With Taking Money

Wellsboro Police have charged Shawn M. Scheerer, 29, with burglary after he allegedly took cash from Harland's Restaurant, 17 Pearl St., on Christmas Eve.

According to documents, on Dec. 24, Scheerer entered the restaurant by removing the kitchen window and took $300 from the restaurant's cash box.

Scheerer was issued a summons to appear at a March 3 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Going After The NCAA

A Pennsylvania Lawmaker whose lawsuit against the NCAA helped to lead to the University Athletic Governing body lifting the final sanctions against Penn State University isn’t stopping there. 

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman is calling on the NCAA to fire its president Mark Emmert.  Corman says that the organization under the leadership of Emmert misled Penn State officials and that they exceeded its’ legal authority while pursing the sanctions in 2012 in a bid to expand its own power. 

He says an investigation into the NCAA’s actions would show that Emmert is no longer a credible person to lead the organization.

 

 

 

Thursday Feb 12

Wellsboro Man Charged With Assault

Wellsboro Police have charged Scott M. Enck, 41, with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly beat another patron at a bar at 83 Main St. with a pool stick.

According to documents, Enck hit the 65-year-old male over the head repeatedly with a pool stick on Jan. 23 because he claimed the victim owed him $200.

The man was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for a concussion.

Enck was issued a summons to appear at a preliminary hearing set for March 3rd.

 

 

 

Mansfield Man Charged In Domestic Incident

State Police have charged Joshua M. Young, 33, of  Mansfield, with simple assault and harassment following a domestic incident in Delmar Township Feb. 5.

According to documents, state police were dispatched to 242 Old Tioga St., Delmar Township, for a report of a domestic assault.

Police said that after Young's girlfriend arrived home her boyfriend confronted her and an argument started.

Young allegedly told police the struggle was like a wrestling match on the floor.

He was released on $2,500 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Feb. 17.

 

 

Wolf Wants To Raise Minimum Wage

Governor Tom Wolf has come out on the side of increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

During an appearance with union leaders, Wolf told them that he backs a bill sponsored by a Dauphin County Democratic Representative which raise the minimum wage in the state from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour which would be phased in over a two year period.  Wolf says the wage increase would make the market stronger. 

The minimum wage was set nationally at $7.25 an hour in 2009.

 

 

 

Tuesday Feb 10

Sayre Man Charged With Attempted Rape

A Sayre man is charged with attempted rape, as well as the violation of a PFA following an incident late last week. 

State police in Bradford County say 39 year old Andrew Matthews Sr. entered the residence of a Laceyville woman around10:30 on Friday morning and engaged in a physical altercation with her. 

He was also charged with burglary and criminal trespass and was arraigned and committed to Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 dollars bail.

 
 

 

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. 14, through Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents 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.

 

 

 

Monday Feb 9

Route 5 Closed Due To Accident


Motorists in Tioga County are advised that Route 6 is closed east of Wellsboro between the intersections of Gas Company Road/Dartt Settlement Road and Elk Run/Charleston Road in Charleston Township. The closure is due to a crash involving multiple vehicles.

 

 

Friday Feb 6

Man Injured In Tioga County Crash

A crash in Tioga County sent a South Williamsport man to the hospital. 

The crash occurred shortly past 8am on Route 15 in Liberty Township as 27-year-old Joseph
Phillips was driving on a snow and slush covered roadway.  He lost control of his pickup truck,
which went off the roadway, impacted with an embankment then rolled onto the guardrails.   

He was removed from the truck and transported to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where
his condition has not been released.

No one else was involved in that Tioga County crash.



 

Causer, Baker Invite Area Residents to
Firearms Safety, Rights Seminar

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) will host a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar on Thursday, March 12, at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. 

People who wish to attend must register in advance by visiting RepCauser.com
 or RepBaker.com or by calling 1-866-437-8181. Seating is limited. 

“This region is home to many gun owners, and it is important for all of us to be knowledgeable about our rights and responsibilities, and to practice safety when using or storing our firearms,” Causer said. “The free seminar is an opportunity to refresh our memories and discuss these important issues.” 

Baker agreed. “This is a great opportunity for area gun owners, and potential gun owners, to learn more about the state’s concealed carry laws and other firearm-related regulations. I encourage anyone who would like to attend to sign up early, as this event is expected to fill up quickly.” 

The seminar will feature a presentation by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Chief Deputy Sheriff Glenn Drake. The two will discuss Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws and gun safety. 

The seminar runs from 6-8 p.m. The lumber museum is located at 5660 U.S. Route 6 West in Ulysses.

 

 

Snowmobile Accident

DCNR Bureau of Forestry is requesting information that will identify the operator of a black Arctic Cat snowmobile that wrecked on Colton Rd. between 6pm Thursday January 22nd and 6am Friday January 23rd causing substantial property damage. 

The snowmobile was removed by an unknown party.  If you have any information about this accident please call DCNR Ranger Bechtel at 570-724-8146.

 

 

 

PennDOT Issues Reminder to Keep Snow off of Roadways

With the winter season in full swing, PennDOT is reminding residents of guidelines for shoveling or plowing snow around state-owned roadways to help ensure safe travel through the season.

Maintaining safe and passable roads is PennDOT’s top priority when dealing with winter weather. To help meet that need, PennDOT urges residents to not shovel snow onto state roads that have already been plowed. Snow should not be shoveled onto any roadway as this can increase the potential for crashes, and property owners can be held liable for any resulting crashes. 

State law requires citizens to use and maintain their property in ways that avoid creating hazardous road conditions for others, including not obstructing highway lanes and drainage facilities with snow and ice. Fines can be as high as several hundred dollars.

PennDOT offers the following guidelines for shoveling or plowing snow on property adjacent to state-owned roadways:

• Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway (see attached diagram). By piling the snow away from the oncoming direction of the snow plows, the snow will not be pushed back onto the driveway.

• Eliminate snow piles at the property entrance whenever possible. High accumulations of snow can obstruct the vision of motorists, posing a safety hazard.

• Do not push snow onto roadways at any time. This creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Feb 5

Man Charged In Domestic Incident

State police have charged Joseph C. Santangelo, 59, of Covington, with making terroristic threats and harassment.

According to documents filed, Santangelo, who is separated from his wife, went to the residence on Jan. 28 and refused to leave when his wife told him he wasn't welcome.

Police said the two argued and he allegedly made several threats, including telling her he would kill her while holding a knife and later picked up a loaded rifle saying he would shoot anyone who came to the house.

She tried to leave, police said, but he grabbed her by the arms and pushed her into a wall. She then fled the residence and was picked up by a friend.

Santangelo was jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail and his preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 11.

 

 

 

Charges Filed In Domestic Incident

Wellsboro police have charged Stephen G. Duffy, 43, of Wellsboro, with defiant trespass and harassment after a domestic incident at the Greenwood Apartments.

According to documents, on Jan. 29 police were dispatched to the apartment for a report of a domestic incident.

Duffy was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 10 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Feb 4

Man Arrested For Theft

A Florida man was arrested on Sunday after being found inside a stolen vehicle, which was taken from a Bradford County man. 

State police there say a man from Towanda Township reported to them that someone had broken into his home and then took his 2006 Jeep Wrangler. As police were responding, the man called back to say he had found his jeep which was occupied by two persons, including Jeffery Martin of St. Augustine Florida. 

He has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $200,000 dollars bail.

 

 

 

Monday Feb 2
 

                                          Baker Says Local Fire and Ambulance Companies Awarded $417,930

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) welcomed news that fire and EMS companies within the 68th Legislative District are receiving substantial grant awards by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

“Our fire and EMS companies work tirelessly to protect our lives, homes and property, and it takes a great deal of training and often expensive equipment to deliver such services,” said Baker. “These grants will help them afford to continue to provide life-saving services to the citizens of the 68th District.”

Funding from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program can be used forconstruction 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 in the 68th District received grants:



Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in the 68th District in Potter County:


Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in Tioga County:


All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not general fund tax revenue.

 

 

Friday Jan 30

Man Charged With Writing Bad Checks

Mansfield Police have charged Nathaniel M. Harding, 19,  with writing two bad checks in order to purchase a truck from a local dealership.

According to documents, Harding wrote two checks to Mansfield Motors one for $1,500 and one for $661, totaling $2,161, as a down payment on a Dodge Ram pickup truck, knowing the bank would not honor them.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wolf Signs Executive Order

Following through on a campaign promise, New Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order restoring a ban on ne gas drilling leases on public lands. 

The order will supersede one signed by former Governor Tom Corbett in May.  Corbett’s order authorized state officials to negotiate new leases for gas extraction in state forests and other public lands. Wolf had said he would restore that ban on the drilling if elected. 

His action has been praised by environmentalist groups across Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Thursday Jan 29

Mansfield Man Charged

State Police have charged Todd A. Gutshall, 34, of Mansfield, following a domestic incident at his residence Jan. 25.

According to documents, Gutshall was charged with two counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.

According to police, the victim, of the same residence, told him she had poured a bottle of vodka down the drain belonging to him, he punched her in the right side of her face and then choked her with his hands around her neck until she couldn't breathe anymore.

About 20 minutes later, police said Gutshall came out of the kitchen and approached the victim with a large butcher knife and ran the blade across her throat as she sat on the couch. He then walked out of the room.

The victim said she left the residence with her daughter and drove to the state police barracks in Mansfield.

Gutshall was arrested and jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 4.

 

 

 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged With Taking Car


Police have charged Sean V. Parker, 26, of Wellsboro, with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he allegedly took his girlfriend's car and used it without her permission.

According to documents, on Jan. 8, Parker, who was residing with the victim, removed her keys from her purse while she was sleeping and drove her car without her permission.

She found him in possession of her keys the following morning. He had been stopped and issued a traffic citation on Clemens Center Parkway in Southport, New York, early the morning of Jan. 9.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 24 preliminary hearing.

 


 

Governor Would Say Yes To Medical Marijuana

During a reception yesterday for parents of children who are suffering from debilitating seizures, Governor Tom Wolf vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill if it is passed in the state house and senate. 

A pair of State Senators yesterday reported that they plan to broaden their legislation that was first introduced last year, but did not pass both the state house and senate, and did come with some opposition from then Governor Tom Corbett. 

The bill would expand a list of 10 authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway to prescribe medical marijuana as they see fit. 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Jan 27

Police Search For Missing Man

State Police are looking for a Wellsboro area man who hasn't been seen or heard from in more than a week.

Donald Williams Jr., 31, of Hills Creek Lake Road, was last in contact with people familiar with him around Jan. 17th.

Williams was entered into the National Crime Information Center. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact state police at (570) 662-2151.

 

 

 

Monday Jan 26

                                                         Pa Route 6 Seeking Nominations For "Do 6" Awards
 
The PA Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers, and initiatives along the Heritage Corridor that made a difference in 2014 and is now taking nominations for the "Do 6" Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.
 
The awards are presented to individuals, businesses or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts that give new meaning to "DO 6" by supporting and implementing sustainable tourism development along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The award winners exemplify the mission of
the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect and preserve the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.
 
The awards are presented in the areas of Heritage Partnerships, Leadership, Heritage Community of the Year, Heritage Tourism, Artisan of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
  
Nominations can be submitted by anyone along the PA Route 6 Corridor and are due by Friday, March 6th, 2015. Nomination forms are available on the paroute6.com website at: http://www.paroute6.com/annual_awards_program. Winners will be notified prior to the meeting.

For more information, please contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or
at paroute6@verizon.net.

 

 

 

Thursday Jan 22

Tioga Woman Charged

Police have charged Julie M. Belknap, 32, of Tioga, with illegally attempting to purchase a firearm and making unsworn falsification to authorities after she allegedly tried to buy a gun at Cooper's Sporting Goods in Mansfield.

According to documents, Belknap tried to purchase a Ruger K10/22 from Cooper's but lied on a required U.S. Department of Justice application when asked if she ever had been convicted of a felony or other crime punishable by one year in prison.

Police said she checked the "no" box, while knowing she had an Oct. 27, 2014, guilty plea for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 11 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Tuesday Jan 20

Westfield Couple Charged

Westfield Police have charged Larinda L. Silva, 22, and Jesse G. Silva, 23, both of Westfield, following incidents between Sept. 17 and Dec. 30 in Westfield.

Larinda Silva was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and forgery, and Jesse Silva, with receiving stolen property.

According to documents, Silva forged a signature on a check for $245 from William Daeger's checkbook that she took from his Lincoln Street apartment and then cashed it.

In a second incident, Silva allegedly took two checks from Michael Tyler, 124 High St., and cashed one of them for $300 on Dec. 30 at the Citizen's and Northern Bank, Wellsboro.

The second check in the amount of $375 was flagged at the Knoxville Citizens and NorthernBank and was returned uncashed on Dec. 31.

In a third incident, she allegedly took two checks from the purse of Amy M. Hager, while they were at the Tyler residence.

Cecelia Pierce located both of those checks on Jan. 6 at the Silvas' apartment inside the wallet of Jesse Silva, and she turned them over to police.

Larinda Silva was jailed in lieu of $11,000 bail. Jesse Silva was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail. Their preliminary hearings were set for Jan. 29.

 

 

 

Monday Jan 19

Couple Charged With Making Meth

State Police have charged Lisa Sue Deacon, 45, and James Brian Leitch, 40, both of Mansfield, with allegedly making methamphetamine at their trailer home in Tioga Township.

According to documents, they are charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.  Leitch also was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution because he allegedly
took Deacon to New York state, allegedly to avoid apprehension, after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Deacon was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail and Leitch, in lieu of $45,000 bail. Their preliminary hearings were set for Thursday.

 

 

 

Elkland Man Charged

State Police have charged Sheldon M. Moon, 27, of Elkland, with theft after he allegedly took another man's motorcycle and traded it for drugs.

According to, Moon and three others took the 2005 Yamaha motorcycle belonging to Ira Baker, Deerfield Township, and went to the Roadhouse Bar in Shippen Township, where they traded it for drugs. 


Moon was released on his own recognizance and his preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 12.

 

 

 

Friday Jan 16

                                                           DEP Announces Public Meeting, Hearing to
                                                 Discuss Proposed Wellsboro Johnston Airport Project

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) yesterday announced that it will hold a public meeting and hearing to discuss an NPDES permit application and site-specific approval submitted by Clean Earth Inc. for the proposed Wellsboro Johnston Airport expansion project in Tioga County.

The public meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m., followed by the public hearing at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Wellsboro Fire Department Annex, 21 East Ave., Wellsboro.

"The department has received a significant number of requests for a public discussion of Clean Earth Inc.'s plans related to operations at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, and we are pleased to provide this opportunity for local elected officials and citizens," DEP North-central Regional Director Marcus Kohl said.

DEP's Waterways and Wetlands program, along with the Tioga County Conservation District, are currently reviewing an individual NPDES permit application for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities that was submitted by Clean Earth in November 2014.

The permit, if approved, would allow Clean Earth to transport treated drill cuttings from the natural gas industry to the airport in Delmar and Shippen townships. The cuttings would be stored and used as fill to support construction of a hangar for Clean Earth and the airport. The cuttings could not be used
anywhere else on the airport property in this phase of the project.

In addition, DEP's Waste Management program also must issue a site-specific approval for Clean Earth's Research and Development General Permit that was renewed in February 2014 in order for the project to proceed.

The public meeting and hearing will address the NPDES permit and the Research and Development General permit as it relates to this project.

"DEP staff will explain the NPDES application review process and applicable regulations, and the applicant will explain the proposed project to the audience," Kohl said. "These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session."

Kohl added that the goal of the meeting and hearing is to ensure that the local community has an accurate understanding of the project, the DEP review process, and is given an opportunity to provide their thoughts on the project and process that DEP would not otherwise receive.

During the public hearing, citizens will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony regarding the permits. Written testimony of any length also will be accepted. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document. DEP will provide a written response to all relevant testimony provided during the public hearing.

Written comments also can be submitted to DEP through the close of business on March 12. They should be mailed to David W. Garg, P.E., Environmental Program Manager, Waterways and Wetlands Program, PADEP, 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Those who wish to present oral testimony may register on-site, prior to the hearing.

A copy of the NPDES permit application is available for review weekdays by appointment at DEP's North-central Regional office in Williamsport from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Those interested should call 570-327-0550 to schedule an appointment. The application can also be reviewed at the Tioga County Conservation District office in Wellsboro from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Documents relating to the Waste Management General Permit will be available on the DEP web page at www.dep.state.pa.us<http://www.dep.state.pa.us>, click on "Regional Resources," then "North-central," then "Community Information."

Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations to participate in the proceedings should call Daniel Spadoni at 570-327-3659 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the department may accommodate your needs.

For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 570-327-3636.

 

 

 

Thursday Jan 15

Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro police have charged Joshua L. Hipler, 34, of Wellsboro, with five counts of false identification to law enforcement after he was stopped by police and charged with driving without a license and making an illegal U-turn on Main Street on Dec. 26.

According to, police made a traffic stop in front of Dunham's Department Store, and the driver stated his name was Seth L. Cohen, age 32, but he had no identification on him.

Police said they went to the physical location of the residence and the defendant continued to give false information about himself.

Hipler was taken to the state police barracks where his identity was verified. Police said he had a suspended Florida driver's license and an arrest warrant out of Florida.

 

 

 

 

Potter County Couple Charged

A Coudersport area couple faces numerous charges after state police accused them of running an indoor marijuana-growing operation.

Stacy Amidon, 50, and Susan Amidon, 46, of Toad Hollow Road in Hebron Township, Potter County, were charged with both felony and misdemeanor counts under Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Both suspects were arraigned in District Court and bail for each was set at $50,000.

 

 

 

Wednesday Jan 14

Wellsboro Man Faces Drug Charges

A Wellsboro man has been charged with possession with the intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance; criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance following an incident that occurred on Feb. 11, 2014, in Monroe Township.

According to information, Christopher Joshua Allen, 26, was charged after selling cocaine valued at approximately $340 to another individual.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 28.

 

 

                                                                            YMCA Receives Funds
 

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative and CoBank have provided $10,000 to the Tioga County YMCA’s Project Rebuild capital campaign.

The Tioga County YMCA, located in Mansfield, embarked on a $400,000 capital campaign in late 2013 to secure funds for major renovations to the facility, according to Tri-County.

In December, Tri-County awarded $10,000 to the YMCA project. The donation was funded through a $5,000 contribution from Tri-County’s community services fund and a $5,000 matching grant through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. CoBank is a national cooperative that provides financial services to cooperatives, including Tri-County.

 

 

 

Monday Jan 12

Two Killed In Crash

According to State Police, two drivers were killed late Friday night when their pickup trucks collided on Cotton Hollow Road in Bradford County's Litchfield Township.

They were identified as Howard J. Moore, 53, of Athens, and Roland L. Williams, 59, of Rome.

On the snow-covered road, Moore lost control of his westbound truck, which went off the north berm, police said. Moore overcorrected his turn and went into a counterclockwise spin, resulting in the truck going into the eastbound lane and colliding with Williams' truck.

 

 

 

                                          PennDOT To Remove Weight Restriction On Route 249

PennDOT advises motorists in Tioga County that a weight restriction soon will be removed from Route 249 because of upgrades made by PennDOT department forces.


The current 10-ton posting will be removed on Route 249 from the intersection of Route 4012 (Short Hill Road) to the New York State line in Chatham, Westfield, Deerfield and Brookfield townships.

The posting will be lifted as soon as the road-posted signs are removed.

 

 

 

Thursday Jan 8

Wellsboro Woman Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Jessica L. Fry, 39, with theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly overdosed on someone else's prescription medications.

According to documents, police responded to Fry's apartment on a reported overdose on Dec. 28 and found pills reported missing by someone else.

Fry was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 17 preliminary hearing.

 

 

Wellsboro Woman Charged With Theft

Wellsboro Police have charged Denise A. Paxson, 55, with two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property after she allegedly took money from her ex-husband's account after the two had been legally divorced.

According to documents, Paxson took a total of $210 in two transactions from a line of credit in David Paxson's name at Citizen's and Northern Bank transferring the money electronically to her own account.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 17 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wednesday Jan 7

                                     Baker Takes Oath of Office for 12th Term in PA State House

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) yesterday took the oath of the office as a Pennsylvania state representative for the 12th time. For the 2015-16 term he will be representing all of Tioga County, as well as parts of Bradford and Potter counties. 


“It continues to be my pleasure to work on behalf of the people of the 68th Legislative District who have kindly elected me to be their voice in Harrisburg,” said Baker. “As we start yet another legislative session, I will continue to work for the betterment of those living and working in the Northern Tier, which means supporting more job creation opportunities, improving access to health care and ensuring all students receive a quality education.” 

Baker has also again been appointed to serve as chairman of the House Health Committee. 

“I am pleased that through the committee I was able to advance so many important health care bills that were passed into law this past session, including legislation to create a prescription drug monitoring program, increase genetic disease screening for newborns, create a Lyme disease
task force and develop a Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program to improve care and reduce health care costs, said Baker. “I am looking forward to working on many more legislative measures aimed at improving access to and quality of health care in Pennsylvania.” 


This will be Baker’s third term as chairman of the House Health Committee. He previously served as chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, which was split into two separate committees in 2010.

 

 

Monday Jan 5

Woman Dead After Tioga County Accident

A Tioga County woman died on last Tuesday in a crash on the Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township
around 11:20 in the morning as 80 year old Doris Strange of Macungie Pennsylvania drove off the
roadway and impacted with an embankment. 

The vehicle then rolled over onto its side and Strange was flown onto Robert Packer Hospital in
Sayre where she died from her injuries.  No one else was involved.   

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Jan 1

Tioga Man Charged

State Police have charged Joshua D. Russell, 23, of  Tioga, with illegal possession of a gun,
disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police say they found him in his vehicle with
a loaded rifle in a residential neighborhood.

According to documents, police noticed Russell in his parked vehicle at routes 15 and 414,
in Liberty Borough on Dec. 20 and upon investigation, found Russell in the front passenger
seat of his vehicle parked near several houses with a 30.06 rifle on the seat, pointed down
and resting against his leg.

Police said that when they asked him about the loaded weapon, he became belligerent and
started yelling at them.

His preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 20.

 

 

 

Gas Taxes To Increase

With gas prices continuing to drop, the New Year begins with not so good news for motorists in the state of Pennsylvania. 

With the state passing the transportation bill last year which will pour $2.3 billion dollars a year into roads, bridges and other transportation projects across the state, the money has to come from somewhere, and some of that money will come from increased gasoline taxes. 

Beginning today, taxes will rise a dime per gallon while diesel taxes will go up 13 cents per gallon.  The bill was signed into law in November of 2013. This is the second of three increases over a three-year period.

 

 

 

Tuesday Dec 30

Two Arrested For Child Porn

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently announced the arrest of two Bradford County
men as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.

Michael Lutz, 26, of Terry Township is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography,
three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication
facility, according to a recent press release from the Attorney General's Office.

Michael May, 31, of Burlington is charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography,
three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a
communication facility, according to the press release.

 

 

 

Monday Dec 29

                                   PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for New Year’s Holiday

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and
photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1,
for the New Year’s holiday. 


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 Dec 24

Mansfield Man Charged

Mansfield Police have charged Larry P. Jordan, 32, Charleston Road, with theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a parked vehicle.

According to documents filed, Jordan took a 2001 Ford Explorer belonging to Carolyn Folcarelli from the parking lot behind Ten West Espresso, 23 N. Main St., where it had been parked on Nov. 20.

After taking the SUV, he later was stopped for driving under the influence of intoxicants and was taken to Tioga County Prison, .

Jordan was jailed in lieu of $10,000 straight bail, and his preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.

 

 

 

Tuesday Dec 23

State Police Investigate Robbery

Mansfield State Police say two people went into a Dandy Mini Mart in Austinburg in Brookfield Township and demanded money.

The two took the money and fled south on State Route 249. 

The suspects are described as: 5'10, wearing jeans and a camo hooded jacket. 

The other is 5'9 also wearing similar clothing. 

Both suspects wore masks.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield. 

 

 

 

Drug Sweep In Bradford County

11 Bradford County residents were arrested last week, charged with various drug offenses during a countywide sweep. 

State police and sheriff’s deputies made the arrests in Towanda, Wysox, Athens, Gillett and Ulster on Wednesday of last week. 

Everyone was taken into custody without incident with 6 arraigned and then jailed in lieu of bail, while the other five were released on their own recognizance.

Those arrested ranged in age from 23 to 56 years old.

 

 

Monday Dec 22

                                                                     PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Christmas

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. 

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 includedriver’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 driverexam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

 

 

 

Friday Dec 19

Liberty Man Charged

State Police have charged Chase T. Onks, 20, of Liberty, with theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud after he allegedly used another person's debit card without permission .

According to documents, Onks used a Citizens and Northern Bank debit card belonging to Daniel Drenga.

Police said Onks used the card to obtain $100 at the ATM at the bank's Liberty Branch on Nov. 14. Then on Nov. 15, he allegedly used the same card to obtain $80 at the same branch.

On Nov. 17, he again allegedly used the same card to obtain another $80 at the same branch.

Onks was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 20 preliminary hearing.

 

 

Thursday Dec 18

Galeton Man Charged With Selling Stolen Guns

State Police have charged Christopher C. Hall, 29, of Galeton, with receiving stolen property
after he allegedly sold several guns to local gun stores.

According to documents, state police said Hall sold several guns to Niles Guns and Gold, 11500 Route 6, Charleston Township, and Ackley and Son, 311 W. Main St., Westfield, Aug. 27.

Hall was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 13 preliminary hearing.

 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged

Chad E. Casher, 31, of Wellsboro, has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture and deliver a controlled substance recently after he allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential police informant.

According to documents, Casher allegedly sold an eighth of an ounce of marijuana for $30 to the informant on Sept. 8th.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 6 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Monday Dec 15

Towanda Fire

An apartment fire in Towanda displaced nine families Saturday morning and damaged some of the building to the point of total loss, according to the Towanda Borough Police Department.

The Towanda Fire Department and 12 other units were dispatched at 10:30 a.m. to the 700 block of Main Street to an apartment building known as the "Bailey block."

Officials said the blaze didn't cause any injuries, but nine families have been displaced due to extensive damage on all three floors of the downtown building.

The fire was deemed accidental, officials said.

 

 

 

Thursday Dec 11

                                                                                 Missing Man Found Dead

Larry Snyder who had been missing since Sunday was found dead Tuesday. 


The Tioga County Coroner Dr. James Wilson says Larry Snyder, 72, was found outside of his pick-up truck off of Colton Point Road. 

Wlson says Snyder's car ran over a small embankment, struck a tree and he was thrown from the car. 
 
No foul play is expected in this case.

 

 

                                                                               Blossburg Man Charged

 Police have charged Justin L Burton , 29, of Blossburg following a report of a domestic violence.

According to court documents, Burton was charged by police with simple assault and harassment after he allegedly caused bodily injury to his wife, Marina, on Dec. 7.

Police said Burton hit her twice in the face with his hand and then grabbed her and refused to allow her to get out of the vehicle she was driving.

Burton was taken in to custody at his residence without incident and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 17.

 

 

Elkland Woman Charged

 

State Police have charged Heather M. Luce, 31, of Elkland,  with possession and use of a controlled substance.

She allegedly tried to bring pills into the county prison on Shumway Hill Road, Charleston Township.

According to court documents, Luce was being processed for intake at the prison on Nov. 15th when the pills were found on her person during a search.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 6 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Tuesday Dec 9

Hunters Get Into Altercation, One Shot

 

Following an altercation in Potter County between two hunters last week, State police there say they are looking for one of the two men. 

 

Police say that 28-year-old Jarrett Raap was exiting state game lands in Pike Township on Thursday when he got into an altercation with another man described as being in his 40’s.  The man allegedly fired a shot at Raap grazing him in the leg, and then punched him in the face. 
Raap suffered a minor injury.

 

State police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to give them a call at
the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

 

 

Monday Dec 8

 

                                                     Missing Endangered Persons Advisory

The Pennsylvania State Police at Mansfield are attempting to
locate Larry N. Snyder, 72 yrs. of age. He is described as a white male, 6' 01" tall, and 190 lbs., with salt and pepper hair. Snyder was wearing shorts, t-shirt, and has ace bandages wrapped around
his legs.

He left from his residence on Seneca Lane in Tioga Borough at approximately 11:00 p.m. on 12/7/14. He was operating a
2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab, Green over Silver in color, bearing Pennsylvania Registration YWR9681. Snyder is diagnosed with dementia, COPD and is oxygen dependent, which he does not have with him. He has not driven for several years and took the vehicle after family members fell asleep.

Anyone who has contact with Snyder is asked to call PSP Mansfield at 570-662-2151.

                                                                       

 

 


Friday Dec 5

Elkland Couple Charged

 Police has charged an Elkland couple after a domestic incident at their residence.

According to court documents, Anthony M. Rodriguez, 25, and Rebecca L. Rodriguez, 32, were charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct following the Oct. 17th incident.

Police said Anthony Rodriguez wanted to leave and his wife did not want him to, so the two got into an altercation that resulted in him hitting her and throwing her onto a bed.

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec 3

Police Investigate Theft

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of close to $19,000 worth of items from
a Millerton area home.

The burglary took place Nov. 19 at the Jackson   residence of William J. Kenyon.

The suspect or suspects forced open the door   and stole items including tools, fishing rods, golf clubs, cell phones, video game systems, jewelry, Victorian vases, a knife display and an electronic tablet.

The loss is estimated at $18,955. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Mansfield at (570) 662-2151.

 

 

 

                           Baker Announces $392,667 in State Funding for Mountain Avenue Road
                                             Reconstruction Project in Armenia Township

In order to ensure the safety of motorists traveling through Armenia Township in Bradford County, the township has been awarded $392,667 in state funds to help improve road conditions on Mountain Avenue, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga). The funds were
awarded through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. 


“Mountain Avenue is a heavily traveled road in Armenia Township and also serves as a bus route. The steep, dirt road is badly in need of improvement and this funding will help move the project forward,” said Baker. “I am glad to have this funding directed to a project that will better ensure motorist safety and enable emergency vehicles to have improved access and response time.” 

Baker said due to Tropical Storm Lee, erosion occurred, narrowing Mountain Avenue. Since that time, there have been three vehicular accidents, which have resulted in drivers going off the edge of the road and down a 45-degree to 70-degree drop. 

The CDBG-DR Program is used for community development, included housing rehabilitation, public services, community facilities, infrastructure improvement, development and planning.

 

 

 

Thursday Nov 27

Accidental Death In Tioga County

State police in Tioga County say they are investigating what they are terming an accidental death. 

Last Friday police were contacted by family members of 44-year-old Michael Loomis of Millerton saying they had not heard from the man.  When they arrived at the scene in Jackson Township, they found that Loomis was deceased, appearing to have succumbed to the elements as well
as ongoing health issues. 

Police say no foul play is suspected.  It’s not known if an autopsy was scheduled. 

 

 

 

Wednesday Nov 26


                                                               Two Arrested In Home Invasion

State Police have arrested 28-year old Matthew Dean of Middlebury Center and 27-year old
Joshua Dean of Knoxville for what they say was a home invasion. They face multiple charges including Robbery, Terroristic Threats, and Simple Assault.

According to police the two broke into a home on Fawn Lane in Lawrence Township Saturday afternoon and ordered the two men,
identified as Alex Wilson, 22, and Patrick Scott Duvall, 20, to lie facedown at gunpoint.

They were committed to the Tioga County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail each.

 
 

 

                                                 Mansfield Woman Charged

 State Police have charged Tyrina S. Coward, 29, of Mansfield   with retail theft.

According to documents, Coward, who was an employee at Wal-Mart, had been "under ringing" merchandise between Oct. 3 and Nov. 12, so she could pocket the difference in cash.

The total merchandise under-rung was $391, police said.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 17 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Tuesday Nov 25

                                        Mansfield Offers Free Admission to Tuesday Night Women’s
                                                       and Men’s Basketball Doubleheader

Mansfield University and Mountaineer Athletics are celebrating the start of the holiday season with free admission to Tuesday night’s women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader with Le Moyne at First Citizens Community Bank Court in Decker Gymnasium.

Tip-off for the women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

The Mountaineer women are 1-2 on the season after dropping a tough 72-69 decision to Cheyney last Saturday but are a vastly improved program. Freshman Brielle Kelly and sophomore Tianna Jackson lead the team in scoring averaging 11.7 points each while junior Katie Fitzpatrick is
averaging 11.3 points per outing.

Le Moyne is 3-1 and led by former Wellsboro High School standout Alex Marple averaging 19.0 points per game.

The Mountaineer men are 2-1 on the season after downing Cheyney 75-65 on Saturday. Senior Joe Bell scored a game-high 23 points in the contest to become just the fifth player in school history to surpass the 1,500 career point milestone.

Bell ranks among the top scorers in the conference averaging 18.3 points per game while fellow senior Charles Pemberton is averaging 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

Le Moyne is undefeated in four games this year and led by senior guard Nate Gause averaging a remarkable 27.5 points per game.

 

 

 

Operation Safe Holiday Underway

Operation Safe Holiday is underway.  PA state police have teamed with local police and Penn DOT to enforce seat belt usage as well as impaired driving. 

The operation will take place through the upcoming weekend and will include checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols.  Officials say the Thanksgiving holiday period continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashed with a total of 4,683
crashed investigated during last year’s holiday driving period with 48 fatalities. 

Drivers are reminded to never drive impaired and always buckle up

 

 

 

Thursday Nov 20

                          PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and
photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 


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.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2014 is available on the website under “News, Stats and Facts.” 

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 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through
a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

 

 

Monday Nov 17

Fatal Accident

A Wellsboro woman died following a crash Friday night on state Route 287 near Wilkins Road in Tioga County, Pa.

Dianne King, 53, was a passenger in a Jeep Liberty driven by Ernest King Jr., 58, also of Wellsboro.

According to Pennsylvania State Police at Mansfield, Ernest King was driving southbound when he lost control and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Gary Defelice, 52, of Langhorne, Pa.

Dianne King and Ernest King were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro where Dianne King died from her injuries, police said.


 

 

Friday Nov 14

Wellsboro Announces Road Construction

Wellsboro Borough Manager Dan Strausser announces the first phase of the work on Bodine Street
will begin next week. 

Several hundred feet of storm drainage is scheduled to be constructed yet this year.  To accomplish this, Bodine Street will be closed to traffic from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. daily. 

The project is expected to take several weeks to complete.  

 
 

 

                              HAVEN Announces Office to Open for Limited Hours in Elkland

 

HAVEN of Tioga County announced today that they have been awarded a grant from The Deerfield Charitable Trust in Knoxville, PA, which will be used to provide increased support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Elkland area of Tioga County. 

A trained HAVEN advocate will be at the Elkland Business Community Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Appointments are preferred but not required.

HAVEN of Tioga County’s hotline is available to victims and their families around the clock. For more information about services, please call the office at (570) 724-3549, the 24-hour hotline at 800-550-0447, or check out our website, www.havenoftiogacounty.org.

   This funding announcement comes with a renewed commitment to provide educational trainings, resources, and information in Tioga county in   order to help people better understand the issues surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence.

 

 

Thursday Nov 13

Morris Man Facing Charges

State Police have charged Charles F. Pollock, 57, of Morris Run, with indecent assault,
endangering welfare of children, corruption of minors.

According to documents, Pollock had indecent contact with a 9-year-old girl at a residence
in the village of Morris Run between August 2013 and Feb. 23, 2014.

He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Nov. 19.

 

 

Man Charged With Stealing Checks

State Police have charged Mark A. Hopper Jr., 24, of Stony Fork Road, with theft, theft by
deception and forgery after he allegedly stole checks and made them out to himself and
cashed them.

According to, Hopper spent the night at residence in Middlebury Township on Aug. 4.

Nicole LaPoint, noticed five checks missing from her purse. Police said Hopper took the
five personal checks, three of which he then wrote to himself and signed her name, for
a total theft of $635 and cashed them

Police said Hopper admitted to taking and cashing the checks without LaPoint's permission.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Medicaid Changes On The Way

 

A change in benefits for adult Medicaid enrollees in the state of Pennsylvania is on the way. 

 

Governor Corbett’s administration has sent out letters to hundreds of thousands of Medicaid enrollees informing them of the changes due to overhauls in the Medicaid plan in the Commonwealth.  The notices inform the enrollees that they will be sorted into one of two plans, which best fit, their needs. 

 

The actual plan changes are not yet available due to the state not yet having federal government approval. 

 

Governor Elect Tom Wolf has come out against the changes saying that he believes they are a reduction in benefits for the poor.

 

 

 

Tuesday Nov 11
 

Wellsboro Man Charged

Jeffrey L. Spaulding, 57 of Wellsboro has been charged with criminal mischief and agricultural vandalism after state police in Mansfield said he damaged crops by unwinding about 400 feet of steel cable across a crop field.

Spaulding was charged after he stretched the cable across a field owned by another Mansfield man, located at the intersection of Mills Hill and Welsh roads, in Charleston Township, Tioga County.

Spaulding used a truck to stretch out the cable and, in doing so, caused about $2,715 in damage to the crops, police said.

 


Concealed Carry Seminar at Capacity

Reps. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) announced today that registrations will no longer be accepted for their upcoming concealed carry seminar. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Troy Vet’s
Club Home Association, 
183 Veterans Drive, Troy. 
  
“These seminars have provided a wealth of information about our state’s laws regarding firearms, and it’s exciting to see so many residents take an interest in learning more,” Pickett said. 
  
“The response from area residents has been fantastic,” said Baker. “This is a great program that will provide a great education on Pennsylvania gun laws. I look forward to seeing everyone at the seminar.” 
  
Baker and Pickett noted that registration for the Nov. 18 seminar has reached 225 attendees. 

 

 

 

Friday Nov 7

Wellsboro Man Charged

Mansfield Police have charged Dylan J. Bonk, 21, of Wellsboro, after he allegedly set a costumed man on fire at Chango's Cantina here on Halloween night.

Bonk was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, for placing Louis Sick and Kelly Voorhees in danger of death or injury by lighting Sick's costume on fire. 

According to police Sick sustained burns on the upper back side of his body and Voorhees suffered burns to both hands while attempting to extinguish the flames.

Bonk was jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 12.

 

 

Woman Drives Into Train

Wellsboro Police have charged Jenny S. Painter, 46, of Wellsboro, after she ran into a moving freight train on Charleston Street Oct. 24.

According to documents, Painter crashed into a moving Wellsboro and Corning locomotive at the Charleston Street railroad crossing. The locomotive was pulling several cars and repeatedly blew its horn and rang its bells, police said.

Police said the train, which was traveling about 4 mph and was halfway across the street when it was hit by Painter's vehicle.

She was issued a summons for a Nov. 18 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wednesday Nov 5

                                         PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans 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 Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans 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.

 

 

 

Unofficial Election Results

 

Candidate

Votes

Percentage

CORBETT, THOMAS W. JR (REP)

 

Runningmate : CAWLEY, JIM

 

1,541,154

45.17 %

WOLF, THOMAS W (DEM)

 

Runningmate : STACK, MIKE

 

1,870,640

54.83 %

 

Candidate

Votes

Percentage

BAKER, MATTHEW E (REP)

 

 

 

12,967

82.08 %

RUTH, JONATHAN A (DEM)

 

 

 

2,831

17.92 %

 

Candidate

Votes

Percentage

THOMPSON, GLENN WILLIAM JR (REP)

 

 

 

113,933

63.58 %

TAYLOR, KERITH STRANO (DEM)

 

 

 

65,276

36.42 %

 

 

 

 

Monday Nov 3

Elkland Man Charged

Jason L. Billington, 47, of Elkland, has been charged with open lewdness, indecent assault
and harassment.

According to documents, the alleged incidents involving a female employee took place
between July 7 and July 27 at 207 W. Main St., where Billington operated a computer shop.

During one incident, the employee said he allegedly stripped and asked for sex.

After being rejected, police said he subjected the woman to more lewd behavior and grabbed
her from behind while she was attempting to work on a computer.

Billington was issued a summons for a Nov. 6 preliminary hearing.

 

 

                                                    Scarnati Encourages Fire and EMS Companies to Apply for Grants
 

Fire and emergency companies can now apply for grants through the Department of Homeland
Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, according to Senator
Joe Scarnati (R-25).
 
Scarnati said the AFG will award approximately $340 million in competitive grants nationwide to
fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies during the 2014 fiscal year. The grant application period opens on Monday, November 3, 2014, and closes on Friday, December 5.
 
“This grant program is part of a large and coordinated effort to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts by providing first-responders with the resources they need,” Scarnati said.  “I encourage our local fire & EMS companies to apply for these grants.”
 
Interested organizations are eligible to submit up to three applications for the AFG funding under the following categories:
 
Operations and Safety:

·         Grant projects funded include professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations.
Vehicle Acquisition:

·         Eligible vehicles and parts included, but not limited to: pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances.
Regional Grants:

·         These grants will benefit activities and projects within a region by supporting multiple organizations (Fire and/or non-affiliated EMS) that serve more than one local jurisdiction. 
To apply or view additional information regarding the AFG program please visit http://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant.   Interested applicants may also contact the AFG Program Help Desk by calling 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov

 

 

 

 

Friday Oct 31

                                                             Wellsboro Electric Warns Customers Of Phone Scam
 
Wellsboro Electric Co. is advising customers to be wary of a reported telephone scam operating
in the Wellsboro area.

Several customers contacted the Wellsboro Electric Co. office this week to report receiving suspicious telephone calls from someone identifying himself as an employee of the utility. The caller is reported to have told customers that their electric service was scheduled for
termination for non-payment of their electric bill and requested a credit card payment over the phone to continue service.
 

Wellsboro Electric advises customers to be cautious about releasing personal or credit card information over the telephone. If there are any doubts about callers who identify themselves as employees of Wellsboro Electric Co., contact the office directly at (570) 724-3516 to
verify the validity of the call.

 

 

 

 

 

Frien Caught

A manhunt, which over the past close to 7 weeks closed schools, caused businesses to lose money and cost taxpayers millions of dollars ended yesterday in the Poconos. 

Eric Frien who is accused of firing on two state police officers at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County on the night of September 12th killing one and injuring another was taken into custody yesterday at an airplane hanger at a former resort near Tannersville where
he was hiding out. 

He is being held in Pike County and will be arraigned on murder and other charges this
morning at 9am.

 

 

 

Thursday Oct 30

Mansfield Man faces Multiple Charges
 

State police have charged Justin M. Lynn, 38, of Mansfield, with stealing an outboard boat motor.

According to documents, Lynn was charged with receiving stolen property, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without a license and driving on a DUI suspended license, after police tracked him to the Lambs Creek boat launch south of Mansfield.

Police were dispatched to the boat launch after receiving a call Monday about a stolen boat motor in a Dodge Ram pick-up with a boat on a boat trailer parked at the launch.

He was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Nov. 5.

 

 

Statement on Denton Hill State Park

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding the future of Denton Hill State Park:

“Denton Hill State Park is a tremendous asset to our area, providing outstanding recreational opportunities to local residents and visitors to our region.  Operation of the park has long been a collaboration between the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and a local concessionaire through a Concession Lease Agreement.

“Unfortunately, the concessionaire has announced that Ski Denton is not financially able to open for the 2014-2015 ski season.  I have been engaged in conversations with DCNR to determine opportunities moving forward that will provide for growth and promote year-round visitation at Denton Hill State Park.

 

“DCNR has recently agreed to conduct a feasibility study of ski operations and all-season operation of concessions at Denton Hill State Park.  The park is an important part of our community and I will continue to work with DCNR to do all that we can to keep it open.”

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Oct 29

Elkland Man Charged

State Police have charged Raymond L. Simmons, 31, of Elkland, with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault all with a child under the age of 13.  The charges come from incidents in Charleston Township between 2006-09, when the victims were between 3 and 5 and 4 and 5 years old, respectively.

According to documents, the investigation started when the first victim's mother reported to the Tioga County Department of Human Services that Simmons had "hurt her child's butt," during an assault.

The child was taken to the child advocacy center and interviewed by forensic interviewer, Cheryl Moroz, where the child reported that Simmons had touched the child's private area while they were in the child's bedroom.

The second victim was interviewed by caseworker Stephanie Hansen and the child told her that Simmons touched the child's private parts with his hand.

Simmons was jailed in lieu of $50,000 and his preliminary hearing set for Nov. 4.

 

 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged George G. Kinne, 53, with rape by forcible compulsion, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment following a domestic incident at the residence Oct. 26.

According to documents, police were dispatched to a domestic incident in progress and arrived to find a physical assault in progress.

Police said the victim answered the door completely naked, with visible injuries on her body, and Kinne was observed zipping up his pants, had no shirt on and his left hand was covered with blood.

The victim said the two had been drinking at a local bar, and when they got home, he wanted to have sex, but she said no. That's when he "got mad" she said, and tried to rape her.

Kinne was handcuffed and placed under arrest for domestic violence and because he was on probation the probation department also was notified and he was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

Friday Oct 24

State Funding Helps Improve Tioga County Environment, Says Baker

A low-interest loan and state grant awarded through the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority address acid mine drainage and farm waste in Tioga County, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). 

“This grant and loan award come at a critical time when two major projects need to move forward in order to address environmental concerns in the county,” said Baker. “These projects aim to help improve the quality of our land, water and air. One also plans to
improve fishing opportunities, while the other will provide additional electricity for consumers.” 


A $450,000 grant is being awarded to the Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee (TCCCC) to install a passive treatment system to clean up acid mine drainage discharge along Fall Brook, a tributary to the Tioga River. The project includes the installation of drainable limestone beds discharging to a series of settling and polishing ponds. The project goal is to improve water quality to the point that the tributary can support stocked trout. 

The total project cost is $1,340,405. 

The Drew Remley Farm in Liberty Township, which is currently raising more than 9,000 pigs, is being awarded a $456,000 low-interest loan to be used toward the construction of a digester. 

The new digester, which will convert manure into energy, will generate enough electricity for the farm, as well as additional wattage that can be sold to a utility to power an additional 573 homes. 

In addition to the electricity generated, the project has the potential to divert waste from landfills. Once the waste has been treated by the digester system, it can be applied to the land as a fertilizer supplement. The installation of the digester will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and volatile organic compounds from animal manure, which will help Pennsylvania meet Chesapeake Bay nutrient requirements. The digested manure solids can be used for a number of applications that can benefit the farm, including using the solids as bedding for the pig, selling it locally as fertilizer or selling it wholesale to soil bagging operations. 

The total cost of the project is $1,824,271. 

Funding for these projects comes from impact fees placed on drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale region, which was made possible under Act 13 of 2012. 

 

 

 

Thursday Oct 23

Mansfield Man faces Charges

Zu Qui Chen, 29, of Mansfield, has been charged by Mansfield police with disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person following an incident at Mister Stir Fry, 181 N. Main St. on Aug. 12.

According to documents, Chen went to the restaurant and engaged in a fight, grabbing a kitchen knife and threatening others with it.

When police arrived, he locked himself in a small employee bathroom at the rear of the restaurant and threatened to kill himself if police didn't leave him alone, police said.

Police had to use a stun gun on Chen to keep him from stabbing himself in the stomach.

He waived his Wednesday preliminary hearing and was released on $5,000 bail.

His county court arraignment was set for Nov. 17.

 

 

Blossburg Man Charged With Theft

Blossburg Police have charged Joshua M. Sheckler, 19, of Blossburg, with access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly used his ex-girlfriend's PayPal account information to order merchandise online.

According to documents, between May 28 and June 30, Sheckler made purchases totaling $30, resulting in an overdraft of his ex-girlfriend Connor Payne's bank account.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Nov. 12 preliminary hearing.

 

 

Baker, Pickett to Host Concealed Carry Seminar in Troy Nov. 18

Reps. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) today announced they will be hosting a concealed carry seminar in Bradford County on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Troy Vet’s Club Home Association, 183 Veterans Drive, Troy. 

“This is a great opportunity for area gun owners, and potential gun owners, to learn more about the state’s concealed carry laws and other firearm-related regulations,” said Baker. “I encourage anyone who would like to attend to sign up early, as this event is expected to fill up quickly.” 

“Our guest speakers have a wealth of knowledge about our state’s laws and will share with participants important details about gun ownership, especially if a firearm owner plans to travel out of state, and the legal implications when a firearm may be used to protect oneself,” Pickett said. 

The seminar will feature Bradford County Sheriff C.J. Walters and Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett. They will provide information about our state’s firearms laws and offer information on how to safely interact with police when carrying a firearm and the legal aspects of Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a homeowner to use deadly force if necessary when threatened by an armed intruder. 

Registration is required for this event and can be made by going online at www.RepBaker.com
 orwww.RepPickett.com, or by calling Baker’s Troy office at 570- 297-3045 or Pickett’s Towanda office at 570-265-3124. Seating is limited. 

 

 

 

Wednesday Oct 22

House Fire In Farmington Township

A house fire in Tioga County is under investigation, but authorities said foul play is not suspected. 

Pennsylvania State Police said the fire broke out around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon at 502 Thornbottom Road in Farmington Township.

There were no injuries and the homeowners, Breanne and Colton Roe, were not home at the time. Several pets were lost in the fire, according to state police. 

 

 

 

                                                 DEP Fines Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it has fined Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of San Antonio, Texas, $306,570 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and state regulations during the construction of two natural
gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013.

The pipeline construction was performed by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport, Lycoming County, which was later acquired by Regency.

"Many of these violations occurred over a significant period of time," DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said. "We expect that Regency has made operational changes to avoid problems of this nature during future pipeline construction projects."

Separated into two fines, the largest penalty of $275,000 was issued for numerous significant violations related to erosion and sedimentation during PVR's construction of the Canton lateral natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Tioga counties in 2012 and 2013.

Between October 2012 and June 2013, DEP staff conducted 18 inspections of several sections of the Canton pipeline and documented many violations related to inadequate erosion and sedimentation controls, unpermitted sediment discharges, stabilization issues and unpermitted encroachments at two stream crossings located in exceptional value watersheds.

At one crossing in Lycoming County, installation of the pipeline contrary to the DEP permit and approved site plans caused a severe stream encroachment in Little Elk Run, as well as the discovery of an unauthorized encroachment of an exceptional value forested wetland.

The department issued a compliance order to PVR on Dec. 7, 2012, which required restoration of this area.

At another crossing in Tioga County, a significant slope failure led to ongoing sediment discharges into Brion Creek for several months before the problem was properly corrected.

DEP cited 39 violations at these two stream crossings during an eight month period, including violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and DEP's Chapter 102 and 105 regulations.

The second penalty of $31,570 was issued for multiple sediment discharges and various erosion and sedimentation control violations in Lick Run, an exceptional value watershed, and an unnamed tributary during PVR's construction of the Wistar extension natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in April 2013.

PVR eventually corrected all violations. Regency paid the penalties on Aug. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Oct 20

Blossburg Man Charged

Phillip Eugene Jennings, 25, of Blossburg, who is already on probation, is in trouble once again, this time for pretending to be a state trooper when he forced a woman to stop her car on Route 284 in Jackson Township.

According to reports, Jennings was upset that the woman swerved into his lane of travel, he turned his vehicle around and pursued the motorist, pulling his vehicle around hers, forcing her to stop.

Jennings claimed to be an off-duty state trooper and demanded to see the woman's driver's license. Jennings, who is not an officer, told the woman that he was going to "let her go with a warning,". Jennings detained the woman for at least 20 minutes.

He remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu $15,000 bail.

 

 

 

Friday Oct 17

Body Identified

The Tioga County Coroner identified missing 92 year old as the body found yesterday.

Fred Atwood, of Mechanicsburg, has been identified as the body found in Tioga State Forest yesterday.  The Coroner said there is no evidence of foul play.



 

Hills Creek Road Base Repairs Start Monday
 

Roadway base repairs are planned for Route 4039 (Hills Creek Road) in Charleston Township, Tioga County, starting Monday, Oct. 20.

A PennDOT maintenance crew will work during the day. The road will be closed except for local traffic during work hours. A signed detour will be in place using Hills Creek Lake Road.

Motorists traveling in the area are asked to follow the signed detour.

Work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 28, pending favorable weather.


 

 

 

 

Thursday Oct 16

Body Found

A body has been found during a search of Tioga State Forest lands for a missing 92-year-old Mechanicsburg, Pa., man.

Officials have not said if the body is that of Fred Atwood, who was reported missing on Oct. 10.

Earlier on Wednesday, the state forest district said the search was ongoing along state Route 287 in Morris Township, Tioga County.

Atwood left his home in Mechanicsburg on Oct. 7 to go leaf looking. Pennsylvania State Police spotted his car on Friday in the parking lot on state forestland and his family later reported him missing.

 

 

Baker Applauds House Passage Of Bill

Containing key language authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, legislation was approved by the Pennsylvania House to create a confidential prescription drug monitoring database to help curb prescription drug abuse and misuse in the Commonwealth. 

The new program, called the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act, would create an electronic database listing all controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion, and identify “doctor shopping.” 

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs in the United States, following marijuana. New studies also reveal that Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation in the number of drug overdose deaths, most of which involved prescription drugs. In fact, drug overdoses now surpass the number of deaths each year from automobile accidents in Pennsylvania. 

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem, and we need to step up and join the rest of the states across the country in tracking controlled substances to make sure these serious medications are not being misused. Patients who are identified as abusing prescription medications will have the advantage of being offered help so they can overcome their addiction,” said Baker. “I applaud my colleagues in both the House and Senate for working to get this bill before the governor to be signed into law before the end of the legislative session.” 

Baker further explained that this confidential database will provide an updated and modernized system in which to give doctors and pharmacists the information they need to, in essence, “red flag” any instances of unusual or unacceptable practices in the prescribing, disbursement or procurement of a controlled substance. For example, if someone receives prescriptions from two different doctors for a narcotic and goes to two different pharmacies to get the prescriptions filled, that information will show up on the database. 

Nearly all 50 states at this point have in place some type of prescription drug monitoring system that will eventually lead to the sharing of information across state borders, which will enhance tracking of those who live along the borders who may use doctors and pharmacies in two states to feed their prescription drug habit. 

 

 

 

Wednesday Oct 15

Gillett Man Sentenced

Robert William Jordan , 44-year-old of Gillett who was found guilty of incest of a minor and other charges was sentenced in Bradford County Court Tuesday to a minimum of 118 1/3 years to a maximum of 322 years incarceration in a state correctional facility.

Jordan was found guilty in a jury trial June 11, according to Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett.

Court papers filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy note that the time frame for Jordan's offenses was from May 14, 2013 to Aug. 3, 2013, at various hours, in South Creek Township. In the criminal complaint, police said Jordan, when he was 43 years old, had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old victim on at least 10 occasions. Police said Jordan provided illegal drugs to the victim, and then had sexual contact with her, including sexual intercourse.

 

 

Search Continues For Missing Man

A search is underway in Tioga State Forest for Fred Atwood a 92-year-old Pennsylvania man who reportedly came to admire the foliage but is now considered missing.

The search is near Antrim, south of Wellsboro. Pennsylvania State Police spotted Atwood’s car in a parking lot on state forestland on Friday and his family later reported him missing.

The state agency's Bureau of Forestry and state police began a search on Sunday. A more extensive search began Monday with other agencies and volunteers taking part. Dogs have also been used in the search.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Oct 14

A Knoxville Couple Killed In Fire Monday

The victims of the early morning blaze were identified as Kristle Buchanan, 19, and her boyfriend, Iraqi War Veteran Johnathon Wheaton, 30.

The couple lived in an apartment building at Main and First street in Knoxville borough. Fire officials said other tenants of the building got out safely.

 

 

 

Friday Oct 10

Man Charged With Indecent Assault Of 11-Year-Old Girl

State Police have charged Robert L. Tarbox, 53, of, Millerton, with indecent assault of an 11-year-old girl.

According to documents, the girl went to Tarbox's home Sept. 20 to help him do yard work.

He gave her $10 and drove her to the store to buy candy. On the ride home, police said he molested her.

Tarbox was issued a summons for a Nov. 13 preliminary hearing.

 

 

Mansfield Woman Charged

Wellsboro police charged Loretta J. Lenahan, 20, of Mansfield, with possession of drug paraphernalia after she was approached by probation officers who told her she was wanted on another warrant from Lycoming County.

According to documents, Lenahan, was parked in a lot on East Avenue on Sept. 24 when she went with probation officers, leaving her car behind.

When police retrieved her purse from the car, they found a drug kit consisting of two hypodermic needles, a spoon, bags with suspected meth and heroin and a pipe.

She was taken to Lycoming County prison. Her preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 14.

 

 

 

Thursday Oct 9

Gaines Man Charged

State Police have charged Robert Edinger, 63, of Gaines, with receiving stolen property after they said he took a boat from a seasonal residence.

According to documents, Edinger took the 10-foot Pelican boat from the residence of Martin J. Tellman in Delmar Township sometime before Sept. 24.

The boat was valued at $800. Police said he also took a vacuum food saver sealer, valued at $120, which they later found at his home.

Edinger is free on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 21.

 

 

Tioga Man Charged

Lawrence Township police charged Roy R. Baker, Sr., 66, of Tioga, with theft by deception after he allegedly passed a bad check to buy a pistol earlier this year.

According to documents, Baker went into Guns 4 Sale in Tioga, on April 3 and wrote a bad check for $245 for a pistol.

He was issued a summons for an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed For Columbus 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, Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13, in observance of Columbus 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.

 

 

 

Tuesday Oct 7

                                                            Baker Bill To Help Cancer Patients Access Vital Treatments

With more than 80,000 Pennsylvanians estimated to be diagnosed with cancer this year, the state House today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) that would make oral anticancer drugs more affordable for patients.

“One of the greatest barriers to successful health outcomes is the cost of treatment,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “My legislation will help address the cost disparity between intravenous and oral anticancer treatments. With many oral medications proving to be
more effective than intravenous drugs in fighting certain forms of cancer, we have to make sure patients have equal access to these sometimes life-saving treatments.”


Over the years, cancer treatment methods have been advancing. Traditional anticancer medications were primarily administered intravenously, attacking both cancerous and healthy cells alike.  Conversely, orally administered anticancer medications have been developed more recently to
target only cancer cells, having fewer side effects.  Additionally, oral anticancer medications have shown to be far more effective in treating some forms of cancer.

 
Baker said the problem that his legislation seeks to address is that intravenous anticancer medications are typically covered under a health plan’s medical benefit, often only requiring patients to pay a minimal fixed co-payment; however, orally administered anticancer medications
are covered under a health plan’s pharmacy benefit, and require patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 percent to 30 percent.  This creates an enormous financial barrier for patients to access orally administered drugs prescribed by their cancer physician for treatment. 


“Since targeted cancer therapies, such as oral anticancer medications, were introduced in the early 1990s, the number of cancer survivors has more than doubled from about 6.8 million people to 14 million people today,” said Baker. “Unfortunately, we know that high out-of-pocket costs for medication inhibit some individuals from following their suggested treatment plan. That is why ensuring patients have the same opportunity to access either intravenous or oral treatment is so essential.”

To date, 34 states have enacted similar legislation to control out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients, including all bordering states to Pennsylvania (Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland) with the exception of West Virginia.

Organizations supporting Baker’s bill include The Leukemia Society, National Patient Advocate Foundation, International Cancer Advocacy Network, International Myeloma Foundation, Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, Community Oncology Alliance, National Brain Tumor Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

 

 

 

Monday Oct 6

Wellsboro Man Facing Charged
 

Wellsboro Police have charged Kerry L. Yeager, 63, of Wellsboro, with two counts of disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening neighbors with a shotgun.

According to documents, police arrived to find Yeager screaming obscenities and banging onthe walls inside his apartment.

Yeager did not come to the door when police knocked, and he had to be forcibly removed, police said.

Jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail, he waived a preliminary hearing. County court arraignment was set for Oct. 20.

 

 

PennDOT Memorial at Route 15 Welcome Center

Beginning Monday, Oct. 6, the PennDOT Traveling Workers memorial will be displayed at the Route 15 Welcome Center, which is located about seven miles south of the New York border in Tioga County.
 
The memorial will be displayed inside the facility through the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
 
It honors PennDOT workers killed in the line of duty since 1970. The memorial also was created to raise public awareness among motorists that they need to pay full attention to driving through work zones.
 
It was created in 2001 in Bradford County following the deaths of two PennDOT highway maintenance workers. A PennDOT crew from the Milan stockpile in Bradford County felt they had to do something to honor fallen co-workers and to emphasis the need for the traveling public to be diligent in work zones.
 
They came up with the idea of creating a cross representing each PennDOT worker killed while on the job.

 

 

Friday Oct 3

Burglary Investigation

State police in Tioga County continue their investigation of at least two separate burglaries at a residence in Shippen Township. 

Police say that on two separate dates in August and September, someone broke into a house along State route 6 owned by a father and son from Ohio and took various tools, clothing, household items and two weapons.  The value of all the stolen items is estimated at
over $14,000 dollars.

State police say their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can get in touch with police at the Mansfield barracks.

 

  

 

Middlebury Center Woman Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Kayla R. Reese, 23, of Middlebury Center, with two counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, after police said she intentionally received money belonging to the Nittany Minit Mart, 133 Tioga St., while working there.

According to documents, on Sept. 4 Reese placed an order for $40 in food, for which she paid with a food stamp card. That same day, she canceled the order and refunded her order in $42 cash.

On Sept. 5, police said she placed another order for $58 in food and paid using her food stamp card. She canceled that order and refunded herself with cash from the register, police said. Then, after a customer pumped $40 in fuel into his car, she refunded herself $40 in cash, police said.

She was issued a summons for an Oct. 21 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Thursday Oct 2

Two Blossburg Men Charged

Blossburg police have charged James R. Price, 21, of Blossburg, after he allegedly sold nine bags of
heroin for $150 to an informant.

 He was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Blossburg police has charged Derrick N. Stiner, 21, of Blossburg, after he allegedly sold three bags of
heroin for $45 to an informant

He was jailed in lieu of $7,500.

 

 

 

Blossburg Man Faces Charges

State Police have charged Christopher E. Farr, 42, of Blossburg, with harassment after he
allegedly threatened another man when the man came to talk to him about money Farr owed.

According to documents, Michael S. Flood, an employee at Rent-A-Center, approached Farr in
the parking lot of the Blossburg Rod and Gun Club, 43 Main St., Morris Run on Sept. 20, to discuss
Farr's delinquency in payments for a washing machine.

Police said Farr threatened to "get my gun."

He was issued a summons to appear Nov. 5.

 

 

 

 

Friday Sept 26

Bradford County Man Accused Of Rape

A Bradford County man has been accused of the rape of a 15-year-old girl. 

State police say that Daniel Grubb of Ulster committed the rap on the girl at a residence
in Smithfield Township late last month.  

Grub was arraigned on charges of Statutory Sexual assault and related offenses and faces a
preliminary hearing. 

 

 

 

Thursday Sept 25

Assault Alleged

Justin Howard Plank, 27, of Blossburg, has been charged with assaulting Trooper Terry
Jeffrey Seal and resisting arrest following an incident on Sept. 15.

Plank is accused of attempting to grab a flashlight out of Seal's hands and then grabbing
the trooper's arm.

Plank awaits a preliminary hearing Tuesday in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard, in Tioga County Prison.

 

 

Middlebury Center Man Charged

Joseph Glenn Brooks, 40, of Middlebury Center, has been accused of stealing his co-worker's credit card and charging $440.93.

Brook’s is alleged to have used the card four times - at Pizza Barn in Elkland, twice at the Dandy Mini Mart in Knoxville and at the Wellsboro Rental Center where he rented a John Deere mini-excavator for $326.20.

According to Trooper Craig Wharton, an employee at the rental center identified the accused and the card was recovered.

Brooks will appear in front of District Judge Robert L. Repard on Oct. 7 for a preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Sept 24

                                                     Route 6 Resurfacing Project in Tioga County to be Completed this Week
 
A resurfacing project along approximately one mile of Route 6 in the Borough of Wellsboro, Tioga County, is scheduled to be completed this week
 
Work has included milling, base repairs, ADA curb ramps, scratch and wearing courses, pavement markings, drainage and other miscellaneous construction.
 
Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. worked along Route 6, from approximately 0.10 miles southwest of the intersection of Route 4002 to approximately 0.50 miles west of the intersection of Route 3011.

 

 

Tuesday Sept 23

Text Message Scam

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda are warning customers of PS Bank in Wyalusing about a phone scam in which a text message is received stating that their ATM card has been deactivated.

The text message gives a phone number to call to reactivate the card.

PS Bank did not send this message, according to state police.

All PS Bank customers are warned not to divulge information about their account.

 

 

Bradford County Fugitive Caught

An early-morning traffic stop nabs a man police say is a fugitive from justice from Pennsylvania.

The Broome County sheriff's office says it arrested 43 year-old Timothy Blood of Apalachin after pulling him over on Route 434 near the Main Street intersection at about 3:40 Sunday morning.

Police say Blood initially said he didn't have any I.D. on him and gave them the name of David Demer. 

Police say Blood had a blood alcohol level of .21 and is wanted in Bradford County, Pennsylvania on drug charges. 

He is currently being held in the Broome County jail without bail.

 

 

 

 

Monday Sept 22

Westfield Man Injured In Crash

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

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

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

2nd PERSON CHARGED

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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