Local News


Friday March 27

                                              A Middlebury Township Man Is Left Homeless Following Fire  

A single-wide trailer at 556 North Road, owned by Marty Hamblin, and was a complete loss, leaving
Jeremy Swimline without a place to live.

Firefighters found the mobile home with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure after
arriving on scene shortly after the 10:10 a.m. on Thursday dispatch.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and undetermined at this time.




Death Under Investigation

 Authorities are investigating the unattended death of a Bradford County woman.

State police from Towanda are looking into the death of 46-year-old Julie Ryan, of Laceyville, Pa.

The Bradford County Coroner’s Office and Laceyville Fire Co. assisted. The manner of death will be determined following autopsy and toxicology results.




Thursday March 26

Drought Watch Issued For Northern Tier

Despite the recent surge of surface water caused by snow melt, parts of the state have below-average groundwater levels. The lack of groundwater recharge has caused the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania.
Low groundwater levels can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry.

The very dry fall and below-normal precipitation in January and February have contributed to low groundwater levels in the northeast and central portions of the state. The increasing temperatures and melting snow have helped, but groundwater levels may not be back to
normal before the summer.

Both Bradford and Tioga counties are on the list issued Wednesday, asking residents to conserve their water use and consumption.



                                                                                           Blossburg Man Charged

Blossburg Police have charged Joshua J. Seip, 32, of Blossburg,   with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after a domestic incident at his residence March 21.

According to documents, Seip and his girlfriend had been arguing and she had telephoned her father to come to the residence to help.

Police initially were dispatched for a report of a man who had fallen with a head injury outside the residence in Hamilton Township.

Police said Seip had been forced outside by his girlfriend's father and he lost his balance in the process, fell and hit his head, causing a small laceration.




Monday March 23

Teen Charged With Breaking Window

Wellsboro Police have charged D’Janah Holliday, 18, of Mansfield with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an incident March 2 at 9B Bach St.

According to documents, police were called to the apartment, where Holliday's mother lived, for a report of a female breaking the windows.

Police said they found a broken window in the apartment entry door and Holliday walking away from the residence.

Police said Holliday became uncooperative and resisted police. Upon being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, she began kicking at the cage and screaming and she continued resisting officers at the prison.

Holliday pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on March 10 and was ordered to pay fines and court costs of $215.00



Baker Announces Grant For Tioga County Historical Society

To help preserve and protect the history of Tioga County for generations to come, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced that a $4,000 state grant has been awarded to the Tioga County Historical Society located in Wellsboro. 
“The Tioga County Historical Society is an important organization that achieves a great deal with very limited resources. I applaud them on their many great works and on applying for and being awarded this grant funding,” said Baker. “The preservation of our county history and efforts to educate today’s citizenry about it are important goals the Tioga County Historical Society works hard to meet. I know this funding will go a long way in helping its members continue their mission.” 
The funding, from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, was announced this week. 
The grant program is designed to direct funding to strengthen Pennsylvania museums; provide general operating support to museums and official county historical societies; allow applicants to determine and describe how funds will be used; and achieve geographic balance in distribution. 
The Tioga County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving local history through the collection of various historical records and artifacts. The society also runs the Ladd Genealogy Library and offers various search services. 




Friday March 20

Columbia Cross Roads Man Charged With Harassment

Justin Adam Dionne, 25, of Columbia Cross Roads, was charged with harassment, police said.

The charges stem from a March 6 incident in which Dionne and a female engaged in a verbal argument
over baby chickens, police said.

According to police, Dionne put the female victim in a headlock after the argument turned physical.




Thursday March 19

Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

Police have charged Nicholos Longacre, 23, with fleeing from police following an incident in Gaines township.

According to documents, police initiated a traffic stop on Route 6 on Feb. 28, for speeding and other traffic violations.

Police said Longacre drove his Cadillac CTS sedan 58 mph through a 35-mph zone, reaching 110 mph in a 55 mph zone while attempting to flee from police.

Longacre was issued a summons for an April 7 preliminary hearing.



Mansfield Man Charged

State Police have charged David M. Mandeville, 34, of Mansfield, with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person.

According to documents filed, Mandeville discharged a 12-gauge shotgun in the basement of the residence while it was occupied by fellow residents David Baabb, Mary Cooley, Enrique Evangelista and Manuel Sarvia-Gomez.

He was committed to Tioga County Prison and later released on $2,500 bail. He waived his Wednesday preliminary hearing and his county court arraignment was set for April 13.




Wednesday March 18

                                                                EQT Production Co. Pleaded No Contest

EQT Production Co. pleaded no contest in Tioga County Court this week to three counts of pollution of waters and three counts of disturbance of waterways.

The office of the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation following a criminal investigation based on a referral from the state Fish and Game Commission brought the charges last October.

The commission referral stated that EQT had allowed drilling production fluid, or "flowback," from an impoundment at the well site to enter three waters of the commonwealth, one of which is an unnamed tributary to Rock Run, designated as a high-quality cold-water fishery by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and a Class A wild brook trout stream by the Fish and Boat Commission between May 31, 2012, through April 29, 2014, at the Phoenix Resources natural gas well site in Duncan Township.

The seepage into the streams was discovered in June 2012 to be coming from about 100 holes in the liner of the impoundment.

EQT was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 per count for a total of $30,000 within 90 days of sentencing, plus all court costs.




Pennsylvania Worst State for Spending Gap Between Rich and Poor Public Schools

US Education Secretary Duncan has announced that Pennsylvania has the largest spending gap between rich and poor school districts according to data obtained through the National Center for Education Statistics, which show that, Nation-wide, high-poverty school districts spend 15.6 percent less than those districts which report the least amount of poverty.

In Pennsylvania, the difference is 33 percent less, far greater than any other state in the union.

Duncan plans to tour a South Philadelphia public school on Friday.




Tuesday March 17

                                                    Friday March 13 was a lucky day for Animal Care Sanctuary

That was the day Animal Care Sanctuary Executive Director Joan Smith Reese
and Wellsboro Director Wendy Reber accepted a Subaru of America, Inc. "Share the Love" check for $9,514 from Cole & Burd Subaru of Mansfield Sales Manager
Mark Burd and General Manager Tuck Farrer.

Participating in the presentation was Adam Woodhull district sales manager of
Subaru of America, Inc. Eastern Region Philadelphia Zone. He said, "Our goal with the 'Share the Love' event and the 'Hometown Charity' selection is to provide support to the causes that are most connected to our retailers and that of their local communities and customers."

Also attending was Shar Farrer of Mansfield with Ruby, the dog she and her husband, Tuck recently adopted from Animal Care Sanctuary's East Smithfield shelter. Ruby is a Shih Tzu poodle, one of 21 dogs rescued in February from a hoarding situation. All 21 have found their forever homes.

Smith-Reese said, ""We are so pleased to have Cole and Byrd as partners to improve the lives of Tioga County pets. Subaru's commitment to 'hometown' is not only unique but vital for communities and ACS appreciates Cole and Burd's support."

Reber added, "We are so thankful and amazed at the amount of this very large check from our friends at Cole & Burd. I want to express the deepest gratitude to our local residents who selected ACS as their charity of choice during the campaign. Thank you Subaru of America for loving pets."

For 2014-2015 Subaru chose four national non-profit charity partners to participate in "Share the Love." They are: the ASPCA (Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels and the National Park Foundation.

For the seventh annual "Share the Love" event, Subaru retailers selected 608 non-profit hometown charity partners. Among them was Cole & Burd's Subaru of Mansfield dealership selection - Animal Care Sanctuary. This animal welfare organization is based in East Smithfield, Bradford County and Wellsboro, Tioga County and finds homes for pets in its care throughout the Twin Tiers.

During the "Share the Love" event, each customer who purchased or leased a new Subaru between Nov. 20, 2014 and Jan. 2, 2015 had the opportunity to designate which charity would receive a $250 contribution.

The equivalent of 38 customers who purchased a Subaru from Cole & Burd of Mansfield or from another dealership decided to donate the money to Animal Care Sanctuary. Burd noted, "Some of the people who buy or lease a car during the 'Share the Love' event do not designate a charity. In that case, Subaru of America, Inc. divides those funds between all of the charities, which this year included four national and 608 local non-profits. That's why you can't divide the donated funds by $250 to determine exactly how many people bought or leased cars here."

"We have already invited Animal Care Sanctuary to partner with us again for the 2015-2016 'Share the Love' event," Burd said.

During the past seven years, Subaru has donated $50 million to "Share the Love" charities. Last year, ACS received $3,458.32 through its partnership with Cole & Burd.



Monday March 16

                                                                                       Elkland Man Sentenced

Donald L. Seeley Sr., 59, Elkland, Pa., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility for 28 months to 84 months, fines, costs, restitution of $1,000, for the offense of two convictions for Indecent Assault upon minors.

Seeley will be a lifetime registered sex offender as a result of the convictions.

Trooper Miranda Musick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Seeley following investigation of an incident that occurred in Springfield Township.




Friday March 13

Bus Accident Results in Minor Injuries

A school bus left the road and crashed when the driver suffered an apparent medical incident resulting in the driver and eight elementary and middle school-aged children being sent to the hospital Wednesday.

According to state police, Tammy Jenkins, 44, was driving the bus carrying 30 students to school on Milan Road, Smithfield Township in Bradford County, when she lost control of the bus due to a medical condition.

Jenkins and the students were transported to Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, for medical evaluation of minor injuries.





Thursday March 12

Elmira Man Charged With Rape At MU

Mansfield University Police have charged Dylan J. Couch, 19, of Elmira, with rape and aggravated indecent assault after he allegedly raped a woman at a dormitory on campus.

According to documents, on Feb. 7 police were contacted by the alleged victim, who told them she was alone with Couch in the dormitory room when he raped her, despite her demands that he stop.

Afterward, she said, he threatened to harm her friends.

Police said that when they arrived, they found Couch in the lobby in an "agitated state" with a strong odor of alcoholic beverages about him.

He also was charged with underage drinking and was issued a summons to appear at an April 1 preliminary hearing.




Wednesday March 11

                                                       Baker Urges Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans To Apply For Bonus

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) is reminding Pennsylvania veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus. 
The deadline to apply for this one-time payment is Aug. 31. 
The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family.
Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000. 

In each case, the service member must have: 

Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.  

Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, until Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.

Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.

Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program. 




Tuesday March 10

Death Investigation In Bradford County

A Troy man was found dead in a Troy Township home on Friday afternoon and state police say they have been called in to investigate his death. 

Police say they were called to the home along State Route 6 shortly before 5 on Friday. There they found 52 year old Paul Cummings dead from an unspecified cause.  Police say they do not believe the man died from foul play.

The Bradford County’s Coroner’s office and Troy police continue their investigation.



Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in the state of Pennsylvania saw an increase for the month of January. The rate rose from 5% in December to 5.1% in January. 

The report shows that the labor force, which is the number of people working or looking for work grew by 13,000.  Some 6.1 million people are working in the state, but. It’s believed that unemployment rose by 3,000 to 322,000.  Non-farm payrolls fell by about 3,500 for the month. 

The U.S. rate sits at 5.5%.




Monday March 9

Fatal Accident

Donald Kohler died Friday in a crash on State Route 287 in Delmar Township. Pennsylvania State Police said Kohler was traveling north when he crossed into the southbound lane and struck two Peterbuilt Water Trucks.

Kohler’s car was then struck by another automobile after it came to rest in the northbound lane.

Kohler was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car, Rick Collins was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.

State police report the investigation is continuing.




Thursday March 5

Theft Charges Filed

According to documents, Chase T. Onks, 20, of Liberty, and James R. Price, 22, of Blossburg, took a 9 mm Ruger from William and Martha McCormick, of Blossburg, and traded it for heroin.

Police said charges of theft, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm were filed against the two men.

Both men waived their March 4 preliminary hearings and were remanded to Tioga County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail each.

Their county court arraignment was set for April 6.



Man Charged In Hit and Run

State Police have charged Dustin M. Lockwood, 23, of Mansfield, with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or damage and unauthorized transfer or use of a registration following a crash with another vehicle on Scouten Road, Sullivan Township.

Lockwood waived his March 4 preliminary hearing and was released on $1,500 unsecured $1,500 bail. His county court arraignment was set for April 6.




Baker Says Governor’s Tax-and-Spend Budget Plan Would Hurt PA Families

The recently unveiled 2015-16 budget proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf represents the largest tax increase proposal in the history of Pennsylvania. It would be a $4.7 billion tax hike, which is a 16 percent increase over this year’s budget, for a total of $33.8 billion in spending. I strongly oppose this unprecedented and massive tax-and-spend plan that would hurt so many working families struggling to pay their bills and provide for their families. 
Within his budget plan the governor is proposing to increase the Personal Income Tax by 21 percent, or $2.4 billion to be paid by families and employers. Wolf also proposes to increase and expand the Sales and Use Tax paid by everyone by 10 percent, or an increase of $1.6 billion, along with various taxes on tobacco and cigarettes that would result in a combined tax increase of $1,000 annually coming out of the pockets of the average Pennsylvania family earning $52,000 per year. The Sales and Use Tax, under his plan, would now include things like baby diapers, child day care, textbooks, doctor’s visits, attorney’s fees, long-term care, wheelchairs, coffins and many other items and services. 
Wolf also wants to implement one of the highest severance taxes in the nation on natural gas at the well head. His proposal calls for a 5 percent new tax, but with an additional 4.7 cent per Mcf surcharge. At current prices, the surcharge pushes the effective tax rate to somewhere between 7 percent and 8.4 percent. This effective rate may rise even higher depending on how natural gas prices change in coming months and years. This is in addition to the $2.1 billion in shale-related taxes, $1.2 billion in royalties to property owners, $1 billion in road and infrastructure improvements, and over $630 million in impact fees to gas-producing counties and municipalities the industry is already paying through the Act 13 impact fee. This is an industry that has provided many families with good jobs and boosted the local economy throughout the Northern Tier. I think we need to be careful that we do not drive this economic giant and job creator out of the state due to such heavy financial burdens. 
Of course, as is the case each year, the governor’s budget address is only the first of many steps in the budget process. During the month of March, the General Assembly will be holding budget hearings with each of the state agencies to determine spending priorities and help us to flush out a final budget plan that will set Pennsylvania up for long-range success and does not place undue burdens on taxpayers. 




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. 


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