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Tuesday July 7

              Relay For Life Of Tioga County Fifth Annual Mini Luminaria And Wellsboro Town Band Concert

The Relay For Life Of Tioga County’s Fifth Annual Mini Luminaria and the “Almost World Famous”
Wellsboro Town Band concert will both be outdoors on The Green in Wellsboro on Wednesday, July 15,
weather permitting. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Wellsboro Town Band concert will begin at 7 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs,
blankets and coolers. If it rains, the concert will be held indoors at the Wellsboro High School
auditorium on Nichols Street.

The Mini Luminaria will be from 6-10 p.m. Luminaries will be available for a donation from 6-8:30 p.m.
Available free will be relay cancer survivor registration forms and information about American Cancer
Society services for Tioga County cancer patients and the 12-hour Relay For Life Of Tioga County being
held on The Green from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

From dusk until 10 p.m. on July 15, the luminaries will be lit and displayed on The Green. Luminaries are white paper bags filled with sand and glow sticks.

The luminaries displayed at the July 15 Mini Luminaria will be lit again on July 18 and placed around the walking path on The Green for the 9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony. “The luminaries remind everyone what Relay For Life is all about,” said Jenn Sporer, Luminary Committee chairwoman.

“Each luminary represents a person who has been affected by cancer - mother, father, sister, brother, friend, co-worker. The individual may have won the battle with cancer, is still in the fight or has sadly succumbed to this disease,” Sporer said.

“People who have loved ones battling cancer, in remission or who lost their lives to this disease, will have the opportunity to celebrate their lives by personalizing a luminary with that person’s name, photo, drawing or message in memory of, in honor of, or in support of. Materials to personalize luminaries will be provided free.”

To ensure the bags remain upright for the July 15 Mini Luminaria and the July 18 Luminaria Ceremony, relay team members are donating canned vegetables, fruits, soups and pastas like Beefaroni to be placed in the bags. Then, those canned goods will be donated to the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry. “We’re asking the public to help by bringing canned goods on July 15 and 18, too,” said Sporer.

 

 

 

Thursday July 2

Covington Man Charged

Police have charged Jarrod B. Cowan, 32, of Covington, with harassment and simple assault after an argument that turned physical recently.

According to documents, police were dispatched to 118 Clinton St., Apt. B on June 25th, for a reported altercation at the residence.

Police said a woman told them she and Cowan had argued and he had shoved her and slapped her across the face.  Cowan was found him hiding in a closet.

He was released on $2,500 bail.

 

 

 

Canton Man Charged With Theft

Blossburg Police have charged Cody D. Wesneski, 23, of Canton,  with theft from a motor vehicle, theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a credit card from a co-worker's unlocked car at Ward Foundry in Blossburg.

According to documents, Wesneski took a First Citizen's credit card from an unlocked vehicle on June 16. Wesneski was allegedly identified on security footage as being the person who entered the car and took the card. Police said he also tried to use the card six times at the First Citizen's ATM before the ATM retained the card.

Wesneski was issued a summons to appear at a July 22 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wednesday July 1

Exhibit Opens At Gmeiner

This Sunday, July 5, from 2-5 p.m., the “Dale Witherow, Michael Biddison and Tucker Worthington: Departures and Returns” exhibit will open at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro.

At 3 p.m., the three artists will answer questions about their varied styles. Admission to the exhibit and the reception are free.

The relationship between these three men is a result of their ties to Mansfield University and their interest in art. Today, Witherow lives in the State of Washington, Biddison in Philadelphia and Worthington in the Wellsboro area.

About 30 years ago, when they all lived in Tioga County, the trio exhibited at the Gmeiner. Since then, they have changed and so has their art. “That’s what makes exhibiting together so enticing. We are interested in seeing each other, each other’s work and our friends and family,” Biddison said.

“The three of us migrated to the Wellsboro/Mansfield area in the 1960s due to MU. Dale came to teach art and Tucker to work as the graphic artist in the public relations department.” In 1969, Biddison was 9 when his dad Larry took a job teaching English at MU and the family moved here.

“In the 1960s, this area was a unique melting pot for local business folks, farmers, educators of all stripes, artists, poets, thespians and musicians that encouraged the wide-open exploration of the arts," Biddison said.

“After milling about in the same artistic community, the three of us deepened our creative bonds and friendship at a 1984 master class Dale led at MU’s art hut," he said.

In the Gmeiner exhibit will be high quality digital prints of Witherow’s acrylic paintings.  “I do not have just one style or subject. My reactions to  life and the world around me become my paintings - emotional snapshots of my life process. Everything is a self-portrait," Witherow said.

Worthington’s media is oil on canvas and gesso panels. The focus of his interactions with reality is the Stony Fork Creek area. “Always underlying my work are two themes:  that we literally have the power to shape the universe that we then ‘step into’ and that ‘we’ are responsible for what we interact with," he said.

Biddison will display his one-of-a-kind wall and functional pieces all made from mixed media and found materials that incorporate painting, carving, joining and building.


Their art will be on exhibit July 5-26 from 2-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917.

 

 

 

Tuesday June 30

                                                                       Tioga County Prison Escapee Taken Into Custody

According to investigative officer Robert Wolbert, Jesse Colegrove of Lawrenceville, PA was furloughed from the Tioga County Prison on June 26th and was supposed to return the same day but never did.

Colegrove was charged with escape and an arrest warrant was issued with full extradition.

Mansfield State Police took Colevgrove into custody at 6:48 p.m. on Monday, June 29. 

 

 

Monday June 29

State Police Looking For Man

State police are looking for Jesse W. Colegrove, who failed to return to Tioga County Prison on
Friday after being out on furlough.

According to State Police, Colegrove, a 26-year-old white male, is bald or has a close-shaved
head and has a visible sleeve tattoo on one arm.

He was last seen riding in a blue and silver Subaru in the vicinity of routes 287 and 328.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Mansfield at 570-662-2151.

 

 

 

Bridge Rehabilitation Project in Tioga County Begins July 6
 

On Monday, July 6, work will begin on a bridge rehabilitation project involving three bridges in Tioga County.

Work on all three structures includes rehabilitating bridge deck joints, placing an epoxy overlay, and constructing new pavement approaches.

Work first will begin on a state bridge on Merrick Hill Road in Deerfield Township. The bridge, which is located just south of the intersection with Route 49, spans the Cowanesque River.

 The bridge will be closed and a detour will be in place using Route 49, Route 4017 (Locey Creek Road), and Doan Road.

 The remaining bridge on this contract are on Locey Creek Road in Middlebury Township, and Route 1015 (State Street) in Lawrenceville Borough and Lawrence Township.

Advisories will be issued prior to work beginning on these bridges.

L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. is the prime contractor on this $624,000 project.

 

 

 

Friday June 26

Asaph Area, Tioga County Road Closures

 

The Tioga State Forest announces that the following roads will be closed periodically between
7:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday effective immediately until approximately
mid-August 2015:

Asaph Road

Left Asaph Road

Right Asaph Road

Sand Road

Hessel Gessel Road

Straight Run Road

Spoor Hollow Road

Goodall Road

These roads will be closed periodically due to culvert pipe replacements, road resurfacing and brush cutting along roadways. Any questions regarding the road closings can be addressed at the Tioga State Forest District Office at (570) 724-2868.

 

 

 

Thursday June 25

Millerton Man Sentenced

Robert L. Tarbox, 54, of Millerton, has been sentenced to two to 23 1/2 months in county prison for
indecent assault of a minor involving an female under the age of 15.

He also must pay a $1,000 fine and do 30 hours of community service and have no contact with the victim.
He will be subject to Megan's Law requirements for 15 years.

 

 
 

Woman Sentenced On Meth Charges

Crystal A. Watkins, 50, of Covington, was sentenced to five years intermediate punishment for manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, 10 months in jail, last 30 days on electronic home monitoring, probation, $500 fine, 30 hours' community service.

 

 

 

                                                                                          H-G Productions Open Auditions For Steel Magnolias

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is holding open auditions for Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” a comedy-drama. The auditions will be on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, June 28, 29 and 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
 
There are roles for six women. The men are mentioned in the dialogue. Director is Bruce Applegate.
 
The action takes place in a small town beauty salon in Louisiana owned by Truvy. The 40-year-old dispenses shampoos and free advice to all the ladies who are “anybody” who come to have their hair done. An outspoken, wise cracking woman, Truvy knows everyone’s business and shares it with whoever will listen.
 
Annelle, Truvy’s eager new assistant is a shy, soft-spoken hairdresser who becomes a bible-loving Christian who wears her heart on her sleeve.
 
Truvy’s patrons include: Ouiser, a 60-year-old rich, loveably miserable lady with a unique personality and sense of humor to match (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years”); Clairee, a 60-year-old wealthy widow who is sarcastic, knows everyone’s business, pokes fun at the little things others cry over and has a raging sweet tooth; M’Lynn, who has to have a firm grasp on the world at all times, worries too much and is the 50-year-old overprotective mother of Shelby; and 25-year-old Shelby, the prettiest girl in town who is loved by all, often rebels against her mother just for the sake of rebelling and is planning to marry a “good ole boy.”

The play was performed Off-Broadway between March 1987 and 1990 and adapted into a film that was released in November 1989.
 
Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m.
 
Scripts are available at the H-G office at 29 Water Street. For more information, call 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday June 24
 

Dueling Pianos

What happens when three professional pianists get together and challenge each other’s abilities at the
keyboards? A night of exciting entertainment with a wide variety of tunes being played from all genres
and on-the-spot improvisational arrangements.
 
On Sunday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Gibson Productions will be hosting its Second Annual
Dueling Pianos.
 
Due to its informal nature everyone, including the audience, is involved in Dueling Pianos. One pianist
will pick a selection and begin playing or make a suggestion with the others joining in. The audience
will select favorites for the pianists to play.
 
Three pianos will be set up in a U-shape at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
 
Sitting at those pianos will be three talented musicians. Pat Davis first taught music in State College schools while getting her master’s degree at Penn State University. Later, she came home to Wellsboro where she taught music – choral and general – to middle and high school students for 30 years. Since her “retirement,” she continues as the accompanist for the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus.
 
Also returning for Dueling Pianos is Mike Watkins, a musician who performs in the northern part of Tioga County, including at the Barn near Elkland, his hometown. He plays a mean piano, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Watkins has worked and performed with high school, college and community theatre productions, including Hamilton-Gibson. He loves to play the blues, rock, country old-time gospel and other types of music.  
 
The third musician is Dave Knauss. He earned a Ph.D. in music education at Penn State University and holds an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from the Wesley Synod International, Canterbury, England, UK and the North America Conference in Toledo, Ohio. For nearly three decades, he taught in the Williamsport Area School District public schools music department as well as at Penn State, Mansfield and Summit universities. Before moving to Tioga County, he was an educator and faculty member with the Music Teacher’s National Association and with a private piano studio in Turbotville.
 
This is a Pay What You Can event. For more information, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

 

 

 Legislation Revived to Protect Natural Gas Royalty Owners

 In another effort to protect owners of natural gas royalty leases, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) today said legislation is being reintroduced in the form of House Bill 1391 to guard natural gas royalty owners from unjustified post-production cost deductions. 

At a Harrisburg press conference, legislators were joined by Trevor Walczak, vice president, National Association of Royalty Owners Pennsylvania Chapter, and Betsy Huber, government relations director, Pennsylvania State Grange. 

“We fought for this legislation in the previous session in the form of House Bill 1684 and did not get a full floor vote,” said Everett. “We were able to get bipartisan support from the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last session and hope to get that again, but we will also press very hard for the full House to consider it. I believe it is imperative that we gain fairness for conventional and Marcellus natural gas land owners and operators.” 

Everett said the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act (Act 60 of 1979) simply states that a lease for oil or natural gas shall guarantee a minimum one-eighth (12.5 percent) royalty. The development of unconventional shale gas wells (i.e. Marcellus) in the Commonwealth has been accompanied by an effort of some companies to reduce royalties below this statutory minimum by deducting what are known as post-production costs from the royalty payments to landowners. These post-production costs can include compression, dehydration, transmission and other costs incurred between the wellhead and a final market point of sale. When these expenses are deducted, final royalty payments often are below the statutory one-eighth. 

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered this issue in Kilmer v. Elexco Land Services Inc., it determined that the current statute did not address the deduction of post-production costs and stated that the “General Assembly is the branch of government best suited to weigh the public policies underlying the determination of the proper point of royalty valuation.” 

“This is an important issue to landowners across the northeast region of the state and it continues to be a top priority for me and my Northern Tier colleagues as we work to ensure land owners receive fair and equitable payments for natural gas reserves under their land,” said Major. “It is our hope that we can get this bill through the General Assembly in a timely manner and onto the desk of the governor.” 

Boback said there are many ramifications beyond just the property owners. 

“This shortchanging of property owners in Pennsylvania adds up to the loss of millions of dollars each year,” Boback said. “Beyond property owners, it affects school districts, townships and other municipalities. It is time for action to make sure property owners are being paid fair royalties.” 

When Pennsylvania landowners signed leases for a percentage of the value of the gas produced from their property, they were assured by the gas companies that they would receive no less than the statutory one-eighth – not something significantly less than that because of deductions. 

“This is the second session in which we have joined together to urge passage of legislation to uphold the good-faith contracts signed by landowners with respect to royalties owed them by natural gas companies,” said Baker. “Landowners need to have a guaranteed minimum royalty law to ensure that they receive fair payment under the law.” 

Pickett said this is the job of the Legislature, not the courts. 

“The 1979 law guaranteeing a minimum royalty payment has led to varying interpretations, with some landowners getting far less than specified in their leases and others receiving royalty statements with figures in the red,” Pickett said. “The state court has ruled that the Legislature should be the branch of government clarifying existing state law in an effort to achieve royalty fairness and equity, and our legislation seeks to do just that.” 

The legislation awaits a committee assignment. 

 

 

 

Monday June 22

Man Charged With Theft

Police have charged Christopher V. Deboy, 38, of Lawrenceville with theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property after he allegedly used a sales receipt to return merchandise that already had been returned by another person to the Family Dollar store in Lawrenceville.

Deboy was charged after he allegedly used Sandra Valliere's sales receipt to return two sets of curtains valued at $12.50 each, to the store on May 6, after Valliere had come in earlier in the day and returned the same curtains.

Deboy was issued a summons to appear at a July 9 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

State Police Charged Lawrenceville Man
 

State Police have charged Anthony Snider, 31, of Lawrenceville,   with criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at nighttime, receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle after he allegedly took items from a car parked in another person's garage.

On June 16, Snider allegedly had three other people - a male and two underage females - pose as lookouts for him as he stole items from cars on Center Street in Tioga.

Police said Snider intended to sell the stolen items to get money to buy heroin.

He was jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail.

 

 

Bridge Work Completed

A bridge deck replacement project on Route 3001 (Leetonia Road) in Gaines Township, Tioga County, is complete.

Lane closures on that bridge are no longer in effect. All lanes are open.

 

 

 

Thursday June 18

Catlin Hollow Road Repair Update

Motorists in Tioga County are advised that Route 4035 (Catlin Hollow Road) will be closed during daylight hours next week so a PennDOT maintenance crew can perform a slide repair about 0.5 miles south of the intersection of Route 287 in Middlebury Township.

Work will be performed, weather permitting, from Monday through Wednesday.

During the daylight closure, a detour will be in effect using Route 287, Route 4039 (Hills Creek Road) and Route 4002 (Charleston Road).

 

 

911 Emergency Fees Could Go Up

With the rising costs of 911 emergency services across Pennsylvania, the State Senate has approved a bill, which would help fund, those costs. 

Senators have voted to increase fees on phone lines by 65 cents a month up to $1.65 as well as levy a charge of $52 dollars per household.  The bill will now go to the state house that had approved a previous bill, which would raise the fee on the phone lines, but not on the households. 

It’s believed that the legislation would raise another $314 million dollars that would go to the 911 services.

 

 

 

Wednesday June 17

Marshals Nab Meghan’s Law Offender

U.S. Marshals in New York State have nabbed a man wanted in Bradford County for failing to register as a sex offender under Meghan’s law. 

Marshals say they arrested 21-year-old Cody Stanley, wanted for failure to register in Bradford County.  He was taken into custody at a Freeville New York home around 10:30 yesterday morning.  He was deemed a sexual offender after begin convicted of the April 2013 rape of a woman in
Cortland County New York. 

A warrant was issued for the man’s arrest after it was found he failed to register in Bradford County in April of this year.

 

 

Deane Center's Living History Series - Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, will be in Wellsboro on Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre in Wellsboro.
 
Lincoln will talk about his deep Pennsylvania roots and the reasons why Pennsylvania is his personal “Keystone State.”
 
James Hayney of Camp Hill, Pa. has been bringing Lincoln to life on a full-time basis for 10 years. “Lincoln’s Love of Pennsylvania,” which he is presenting in Wellsboro, is one of a repertoire of vignettes he performs to give audiences a look into Lincoln’s formative years and an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons.
 
On many occasions Hayney as Lincoln has recited the famous Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln is known for leading the United States through its Civil War and credited with preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the federal government and modernizing the economy.
 
Through his career as a Lincoln re-enactor, Hayney has portrayed Honest Abe across the United States at many different venues as well as in television commercials, films and plays. As Lincoln, he attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, greeting visitors at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
 
“As a professional actor, I was asked to appear as Lincoln for a 2002 fundraiser for the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. “As my makeup was being applied, I realized I actually looked like President Lincoln.”
 
Hayney then performed as Lincoln in a two-act one-man play. “That really got me into it,” he said. “The rest is history.”
 
He knows a lot about Lincoln, from the way he walked to the way he talked and more importantly, what he said and stood for.
 
“Lincoln had a great sense of humor and an ability to relate to people. He made people feel at ease. He never stopped growing. He never held a grudge. The more I have found out about him, the more I like him.
 
“I am constantly doing research. If you’re going to be Lincoln and invite people to ask questions, you have to have answers.” Asked if he knew the story of the Lincoln door in Wellsboro, Hayney said he didn’t. But it was obvious he would by the time he does his show here.
 
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com.

 

 

 

Tuesday June 16

                                                          Work On Route 6 In Tioga County Begins This Week

Preliminary work on a safety improvement project on Route 6 in Charleston Township, Tioga County, is set to begin this week.

This project includes the construction of a two-way center turn lane from the Wellsboro Plaza east to Weis Market. Also included is guide rail and storm sewer upgrades and the placement of an epoxy overlay on the bridge over Charleston Creek.

Utility and survey crews will begin work on Wednesday, June 17. Construction work will be performed during the 2016 construction season.

No traffic impacts are expected at this time. However, motorists should be alert for workers as they drive through the area.

Dalrymple Gravel & Contracting Co., Inc., is the prime contractor on this nearly $2.3 million project.

 

 

 

Dueling Pianos

What happens when three professional pianists get together and challenge each other’s abilities at the keyboards? A night of exciting entertainment with a wide variety of tunes being played from all genres and on-the-spot improvisational arrangements.
 
On Sunday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Gibson Productions will be hosting its Second Annual Dueling Pianos.
 
Due to its informal nature everyone, including the audience, is involved in Dueling Pianos. One pianist will pick a selection and begin playing or make a suggestion with the others joining in. The audience will select favorites for the pianists to play.
 
Three pianos will be set up in a U-shape at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
 
Sitting at those pianos will be three talented musicians. Pat Davis first taught music in State College schools while getting her master’s degree at Penn State University. Later, she came home to Wellsboro where she taught music – choral and general – to middle and high school students for 30 years. Since her “retirement,” she continues as the accompanist for the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus.
 
Also returning for Dueling Pianos is Mike Watkins, a musician who performs in the northern part of Tioga County, including at the Barn near Elkland, his hometown. He plays a mean piano, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Watkins has worked and performed with high school, college and community theatre productions, including Hamilton-Gibson. He loves to play the blues, rock, country old-time gospel and other types of music.  
 
The third musician is Dave Knauss. He earned a Ph.D. in music education at Penn State University and holds an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from the Wesley Synod International, Canterbury, England, UK and the North America Conference in Toledo, Ohio. For nearly three decades, he taught in the Williamsport Area School District public schools music department as well as at Penn State, Mansfield and Summit universities. Before moving to Tioga County, he was an educator and faculty member with the Music Teacher’s National Association and with a private piano studio in Turbotville.
 
This is a Pay What You Can event. For more information, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

 

 

Friday June 12

Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Benjamin Shaw, Jr., 20, of Wellsboro with disorderly conduct
and underage drinking after police were dispatched to the residence.

According to documents, police were dispatched to the residence on a report of possible alcohol
poisoning June 7 and found Shaw in an extremely intoxicated state and emergency responders
also were on the scene.

Police said Shaw resisted first responders and police.

He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail and his preliminary hearing set for June 23.

 

 

 

Thursday June 11

Couple Charged In Death Of Child

A Bradford County couple is charged for the death of an 18-month old girl.
               
29-year old Ebed Delozier and 34-year old Christine Delozier, both of Wyalusing, were arrested Wednesday on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The charges stem from an incident in Herrick Township on March 23rd after the little girl had been taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital for treatment of a medical condition.

She was later pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor.

 

 

 

 

Tioga County Fire Accidental

The cause of a Tioga County fire, which occurred on Friday night, has been determined as accidental.

Fire broke out on Friday evening at the Bertch Road home of David Tomb in Brookfield Township near Westfield causing about $50,000 dollars in damage. No one was injured in that fire. 

A state police fire marshal has determined that the fire started due to an electrical fault in old wiring within the home.

 

 

 

Wednesday June 10

Road Repairs

 Motorists in Tioga County are advised that Route 4035 (Catlin Hollow Road) will be closed during daylight hours next week so a PennDOT maintenance crew can perform a slide repair about 0.5 miles south of the intersection of Route 287 in Middlebury Township.

Work will be performed, weather permitting, from Monday through Wednesday.

During the daylight closure, a detour will be in effect using Route 287, Route 4039 (Hills Creek Road) and Route 4002 (Charleston Road).

 

 

 

 

Tuesday June 9

Man Dies In Silo Accident

 

Jason Andrew Kingsley, 26, Mainesburg, died after being trapped in a silo Monday morning at a farm on Gorwood Road, Rutland Township.

 

A second man to escape the silo at 11:07 a.m. and transported him to a nearby hospital.

 

Workers had been filling it with fresh silage. Kingsley was reportedly inside a silage chute on the side of the silo and communicated to the second worker.

   

At approximately 12:30 p.m., responders recovered Kingsley's body.

 

 

 

Woman Struck By Vehicle  

A Tioga County accident sent a woman to the hospital over the weekend with major injuries. 

State police report that 22-year-old Krystal Smith of Tioga was walking alongside State Route 287 in Tioga Township around 11am on Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by John Flisock of Mansfield went off of the berm and struck the woman, tossing her into the grass. 

She was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and her condition has not been released.  Neither her companion nor the driver was injured. 

State police continue their investigation. 

 

 

Laurel Festival On The Way

Wellsboro, the host of the annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival, is gearing up for a week of events for all ages beginning this Saturday, June 13 and continuing through Sunday, June 21.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13 is Family Day and the Children’s Health Fair on The Green. It is free and open to the public. Bike helmets and rubber playground balls will be given out free to those attending.

Over 30 local organizations will offer information, refreshments, activities and giveaways.

Wild Asaph Outfitters will have slacklines set up for youth and adults to try. A length of webbing will be connected between two stable points under tension that people can try to stand, sit or walk on.

At the booths, youngsters can play egg shaker instruments, take a starter plant home, meet Smokey the Bear, blow bubbles, do handprint art to take home, adopt a ‘Rubber Ducky’ pet dog or cat and create a sun visor to wear.

Children can visit the on-site petting zoo featuring small farm animals like miniature goats and may get to see an egg hatch.

Sunday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m., Main Street will close for the annual Pet Parade. Judging will start at Packer Park at 12:30 p.m. Children 12 and under can bring their cats, dogs or other types of pets to compete in 21 categories. Don’t have a pet? Decorate your bike and enter. Register at the chamber office, on The Green this Saturday or bring completed entry forms to the park Sunday before judging begins.

The week is jam-packed with concerts and shows, many of them free. The free Laurel Concert series will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday night with performances by the Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorale and two barbershop-style singing groups.

Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m. the Queen’s Preview and Concert will be on the Central Avenue outdoor stage at the Deane Center. Central Avenue will be closed to traffic for the event, which is free and open to the public. Performing will be Los Blancos, a multi-talented band from Syracuse, N.Y. Meet the 2015 Laurel Festival queen candidates and enjoy an evening of great music – free. Bring lawn chairs.

Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, the Arts and Crafts Fair and International Street of Foods will fill The Green with125 artists, craftsmen and food vendors from across Pennsylvania and New York, as well as from New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.

Saturday, June 20 starts at 9 a.m. with the 10K Foot Race and Two-Mile Fun Run/Walk followed by the Laurel Festival Parade at 2 p.m. Marching in the parade will be two Bucktail units from Pennsylvania and New York dressed in Civil War era clothing, top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipe groups, string bands, specialty musical units and high school bands from Pennsylvania and New York.

Saturday evening the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen Coronation will be at the Coolidge Theatre in the Deane Center at 6:30 p.m. Young ladies from throughout Pennsylvania, who have been chosen by their high schools, will compete for the title of 2015 Laurel Queen.  The winner, first runner-up, second runner-up & Miss Congeniality all receive educational scholarships. Tickets to attend the coronation are $10 for adults, $8 for senior
citizens and $5 for students.

Contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or info@wellsboropa.com or visit www.wellsboropa.com for more information about Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival events.

 

 

 

 

Monday June 8

Wellsboro Woman Charged

State Police have charged Brittany N. Bostwick, 27, of Wellsboro, with forgery after she allegedly paid for items at the Richmond Township Wal-Mart with stolen checks from May 2 to May 4.

According to court documents, Bostwick used checks stolen from Eric Barrett's residence. On May 2, she allegedly used checks to purchase $739 in goods on May 2, $622 in items on May 3 and $849 in items on May 4.

She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail and her preliminary hearing is set for June 10.

 

 

 

Man Accused Of Simple Assault

 A Gillett man has been sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Tim Clark to answer a charge of simple assault.

According to papers filed at Clark's office, Brandon Michael Davis, 27, has also been charged by state police with harassment. Davis is accused of striking Brian Joe Rought in the face on May 13 at a private residence in Burlington Township, injuring him in the process.

Davis is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing before Judge Clark on July 8.

 

 

 

Woman Struck By Car

A Tioga, Pa. woman was hospitalized Saturday after she was struck by a vehicle.

Krystal M. Smith, 22, of Tioga, was walking along state Route 287 near Sky King Fireworks when a southbound car operated by John Flisock, of Mansfield exited the southbound lane and crossed the paved berm, according to state police at Mansfield.

Smith was struck by the front corner of Flisock’s car and thrown several feet from the roadway, troopers said.

Smith was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where she was in stable condition Sunday.

Flisock, who was not hurt, was ticketed for not staying in lane.

 

 

 

Thursday June 4

Liberty Man Charged

State Police have charged William H. Lawton, 32, of Liberty, after he allegedly used an ATM debit card belonging to the Mansfield VFW Post 6757 for his own personal use between September 2012 and February 2015.

According to documents, Lawton, who was manager at the club, was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of theft by deception and access device fraud. Lawton had possession of the First Citizen's Community Bank card from January 2011, when he was hired to manage
the post.

He was fired March 9 due to the fact that money was missing.

Lawton was released on $7,500 unsecured bail and his preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.

 

 

Four Charged Following Assault

Wellsboro Police have charged four people with various crimes, from disorderly conduct to aggravated assault, following the April 17 beating of a bar patron in an alley off Pearl Street.

Police charged Christopher T. Miller, 26, of 180 Central Ave., with aggravated assault and simple assault after he and three others allegedly beat, kicked and caused bodily injury to James Iacullo.

Also charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct were Richard K. Edwards II, 32, and Aaron S. Reigh, 31, both of 15 Kelsey St. Alyssa J. Riley, 27, of 136 Joe West Road, Middlebury, was charged with simple assault and harassment.

Witnesses at the scene said there were "multiple guys" beating on Iacullo's head as he lay on the ground, according to police.

All four were issued summonses to appear at a June 30 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wednesday June 3

                                              Gas Company Upgrades on Lower Arnot Road Scheduled

Motorists in Tioga County are advised that contractors working for Talisman Energy USA will upgrade a portion of Route 2023 (Lower Arnot Road) in the county over the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, June 10, a slightly more than 0.5-mile section of Lower Arnot Road will be upgraded from south of the Liberty/Bloss Township line to just north of the township line.

The project includes base repairs and the placement of three inches of new blacktop. This work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 19. A final sealcoat will be placed on the road this fall or next spring.

The road will be open to traffic during the project. Slight delays are possible, however.

Talisman Energy USA has an excess maintenance agreement with PennDOT on this road. The agreement states that it is the company’s responsibility to repair any excess roadway damage resulting from its trucking operations. The company determined it would be more cost-effective to upgrade the road to support heavy truck traffic than to continue making repairs.

 

 

Governor’s Tax Plan Shot Down

With the deadline only a month away to get a state budget passed, State House Republicans yesterday sent a message to the Wolf Administration that the way he wants to raise taxes is not the way they want to. 

Wolf’s proposed tax increase was unanimously voted down in the house yesterday. House Republicans brought up their own tax amendment to make a point about Wolf’s spending plan which proposes higher taxes on retail sales, personal income and taxes on gas drilling. 

The budget work is expected to intensify over the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

Tuesday May 2

Three Injured When ATV’S Collide

Three persons were taken to the hospital in Bradford County following a crash of two ATV’s there over the weekend. 

On Saturday afternoon around 5:30pm, State police say an ATV operated by 41 year old John Cossett of Sayre slammed into the back of one operated by 41 year old Jaxon Brown of Rome PA while the two were travelling on Battle Creek Road in Windham Township. 

Brown suffered major injuries in the crash, while Crossett and a passenger on Brown’s ATV Jennifer Martin of Troy both suffered moderate injuries.   

State police continue their investigation.

 

 

Mansfield Man Charged

State Police have charged Daniel P. Kurzejewski, 50, of Mansfield,  with second degree assault, a class D felony; second degree strangulation, also a class D felony; first degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; first degree criminal contempt, also a class E felony; fourth degree criminal mischief and forcible touching, both misdemeanors.

The charges stem from an alleged incident May 24 in the Town of Pulteney.

Kurzejewski was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and committed to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. He will reappear in court June 17.

Pennsylvania state police assisted in the investigation.

 

 

 

Monday June 1

Crash Injures Four

Police in Blossburg are looking to identify the driver who allegedly caused a car accident in Tioga County. 

Two young children, their father and pregnant mother were injured in a car crash Friday evening around 9:30.

Their car was allegedly run off the road and it hit a tree on Morris Run Road in Hamilton Township. The children and their mother, Helen Parthemer, suffered head and face injuries according to Police. 

If you have information on the car or the driver who allegedly caused the accident, please contact the Blossburg Police Department. 

 

 

 

Thursday May 28

                                                                    Man Charged With Forgery

Police have charged Daniel C. Owen, 37, of Galeton, after he allegedly cashed two forged Moneygrams at Northwest Savings Bank, Mansfield.

According to court documents, on March 2, Owen cashed a Moneygram money order drawn on Capitol One Bank for $1,890 payable to himself, knowing it was a forged document, and the next day cashed another one in the name of Wholesale Coins Direct LLC, Austin, Texas, for $998.25 also payable to himself, knowing it was a forged document.

He was issued a summons to appear at a June 17 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday May 27

Reward Offered In Gun Theft

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, is offering a $10,000 reward for information on those responsible for theft of firearms from a federal firearm licensee in
 Bradford County.

Thieves broke in Fulmer's Sporting Goods, 1137 Route 6, Wysox, between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. May 24 and stole 48 handguns.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS or emailATFTips@atf.gov. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

 

 

STPR Rally

On June 6, 2015 due to the 2015 STPR rally, all alcohol, spirits and malt beverages will be prohibited on Tioga and Susquehannock State Forest Lands. 

The public should keep this in mind when visiting the Tioga and Susquehannock State Forests. 

For more information contact the Tioga State Forest District Office in Wellsboro Monday thru Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm by calling 570-724-2868.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday May 26

                                                         Stony Fork Music Fest To Replace Hickory Fest This Year

 There will be a Stony Fork Music Fest but not a Hickory Fest this summer at the 90-acre Stony Fork Creek Campground in Delmar Township, 9 miles south of Wellsboro.

“Hopefully we will be back to a full Hickory Fest next year,” said Sue Cunningham, founder and organizer who has been battling a recurrence of cancer. “Jeff Ahlum and Randy and Bridget Grim are putting together the two-day bluegrass festival at Stony Fork for folks who want to keep the tradition going,”
she continued.

“The campground has been home to Hickory Fest for 13 years and always been very supportive,” Cunningham added.

“Rain or shine, we are going to have music Friday night, Aug. 14 from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 15 from noon to 11 p.m.,” Bridget Grim said. She and her husband own the campground.

The band lineup currently includes the Hillbilly Gypsies of Morgantown, West Virginia; Van Wagner of Danville; Mama Corn of Altoona; Grain of State College; the Coal Town Rounders of Scranton; Grass Stained Genes of Mansfield; and Dan Shipe and Friends of Wellsboro.

“We are talking to other bands and expect to be adding more,” Grim noted. ”Our desire is to continue to provide a full festival experience with two days of music, crafts, food and friends even though everything will be on a smaller scale.”

Admission for the two-day event is $30. Admission for Friday night only is $15 and Saturday only is $25. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Camping is not included in the price.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Stony Fork Music Fest will be donated to the American Cancer Society just as has been done by Hickory Fest every year since 2011. That year Chuck Follis, a festival volunteer, lost his life to cancer and Cunningham was first diagnosed with it.

To reserve a campsite or for tickets for Aug. 14 or 15, call Stony Fork Creek Campground at 570-724-3096 or email stonyforkcreekcamp@gmail.com. Camping sites will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

 

 

Friday May 22

                                                                          Woman Charged With Assault

Police have charged Kaylynn Smith, 25, of Lawrenceville  with simple assault, harassment and
defiant trespass following an incident in Elkland.

According to court documents, police were dispatched to 208 North Buffalo St., in Elkland on
April 28 for a report of an assault in progress.

Police said they found the apartment's resident Danielle Bergamino standing outside her
apartment with Jessica Seeley, and blood was coming from her face from scratch-like markings.

Smith was sitting in her car in the driveway.

Smith was issued a summons to appear June 4.

 

 

 

Man Charged With Theft

Police have charged Steven L. Gardner Jr., 37, of Osceola Township, following a series of thefts that took place almost four years ago.

According to documents, Gardner was charged with theft and access device fraud for using the card to obtain $70 in fuel at the Osceola Big M, in Osceola Township after Haas reported the card as stolen and used without authorization on March 26, 2012.

Police said Gardner had transported the fuel in a tank on the back of his pickup truck to sell to Troups Creek Auto, in Troupsburg, New York.

Further charges are pending, police said.

Gardner was issued a summons to appear at a June 18 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Baker Announces State Funding For Rehab Of Apartment Buildings In Mansfield
 

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced that $443,800 in tax credits has been awarded for the rehabilitation of four apartment buildings in Mansfield. 

The tax credits were awarded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for the rehabilitation of four residential buildings consisting of 51 units for general occupancy. The project will include 11 one-bedroom units, 29 two-bedroom units and 11 three-bedroom units. There will also be four handicapped accessible units. 

“With the growth of the natural gas industry and its ancillary businesses, as well as population increases attributed to enrollment at Mansfield University, the population in and around Mansfield continues to grow,” said Baker. “These tax credits will allow for updates to be made to existing apartment buildings, which will preserve the structures and make better use of the space. Anytime we can save existing buildings that are no longer meeting community needs, the better. I look forward to seeing the renovations completed, and was happy to give my support to the awarding of these tax credits.” 

The project site is located in Mansfield Village and will be called the Tioga View Apartments. 

 

 

 

Thursday May 21

Fire In Richmond Township

 A fire in a Richmond Township residence Tuesday afternoon has displaced the homeowner.

According to Mansfield Fire Chief Jim Welch the homeowner Cindy Harding, of Lambs Creek Road, was mowing her lawn and called 911 after she noticed smoke coming from the window of the ranch home.

The fire has been ruled accidental and was quickly handled by firefighters.

 

 

 

 

Elkland Man Charged

State Police have charged Justin K. Webster, 51, of Elkland after he allegedly tried to buy a firearm at the Richmond Township Wal-Mart.

According to court documents, on Nov. 30, Webster answered "no" to the question on the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms application that asked if he had been convicted of a crime. In fact, he had been convicted of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge on Feb. 12, 2004, that was connected with a domestic incident with his ex-wife in Elkland on Dec. 20, 2003.

Police charged him with illegal sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities, and he was issued a summons to appear at a June 10 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Wednesday May 20

Tioga Co. Election Results (Unofficial) - For The Complete Returns By Voting District Click Here

 District Attorney

Krista Deats 45-percent of the vote
Thomas Walrath Jr's. 29-percent
Mary Morris's 26-percent
 

Tioga County Commissioners

Republican

Roger Bunn had 25% of the vote
Erick Coolidge had 24%
Mark Hamilton had 21%
William Neuhauser had 15%
Pamela English had 13% 

Democrat

Joseph Druetto   64.6%

 

Wellsboro School Board  (Wellsboro Boro Results)

Republican

Christopher Gastrock        364   15.3%
John T. Hoover                 292   12.3%
Denise Sherman                288   12.1%              
F. Craig West                    259   10.9%
Duane Cotner                   243   10.2%

 

Democrat

Denise Sherman         100   14.9%
Christopher Gastrock   98  14.6%
John T. Hoover           96  14.3%
Timothy McCratic        71  10.6%
Duane Cotner              40  5.9%               

 

 

 

Tuesday May 19

Murder Charges Filed

A Renovo man has had extra charges of first degree and third degree homicide as well as other
counts added to counts of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in his wife’s death. 

William B.J. Snyder has been jailed since early April after his wife; Kelly Jo went missing on Easter
in Renovo with her body found a few days later in a remote area where Snyder had admitted to
dumping her.  He first told police that she had overdosed on drugs and he dumped the body in
order to spare embarrassment from the family. 

The coroner’s report was released showing that the woman had been strangled.

Snyder has apparently admitted to doing that since then.  He is being held without bail.

 

 

Rape Investigation

State police in Towanda report they are investigating a report of rape. 

Police say a 51-year-old female reported to them that she was sexually assaulted by a male known to her at a residence in Troy Township earlier this month.  Police say they continue their investigation and have not named the accused as of yet. 

They continue to gather information and will release more details at a later date. 

 

 

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed For Memorial Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. 

 

 

 

 

Monday May 18

Bridge Preservation Work on Route 15 Begins May 26

 On Tuesday, May 26, a bridge deck preservation project involving multiple structures on the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 15 in Tioga County will begin.

Work, which will be performed from 0.5 miles north of the Route 287 Interchange to the New York state line, includes the application of an epoxy overlay, and cleaning, re-caulking and sealing parapets and joints. 

Single lane closures will be in effect during the project, which is expected to be completed in late September.

HRI, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $1.6 million project.

 

 

 

Thursday May 14

Lawrenceville Man Sentenced

David R. Widger, 23, of Lawrenceville, was sentenced to 18 to 60 months in state prison for statutory sexual assault, a second-degree felony.

He was given credit for 199 days' time served, and must pay a $500 fine, plus $1,929 restitution.

He currently is jailed at Tioga County Prison, waiting extradition to Steuben County, New York.

 

 

 

 

Paving On Two Roads In Tioga County To Begin

Tioga County maintenance crews are set to begin resurfacing projects on two roads in the county.

On Friday, May 15, work will begin on Route 4001 (Potter Brook Road) in Westfield Township. Paving will be performed on the entire length of the road to the Potter County line.

Work is expected to be completed by June 8.

Then, on Tuesday, May 19, a crew will begin work on Route 4021 (Tannery Hill Road) in Osceola Township. Paving will be from Elkland Borough to Old State Road. 

That work is expected to be completed by June 19.

Lane restrictions will be in place will the work is being performed. Flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic through the work zone.

Motorists should be alert when driving through the work zone and be on the lookout for slow-moving or stopped traffic.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday May 12

Bradford County Business Burglarized

A business in Bradford County is out about $3400 dollars with of equipment following a burglary. 

Last week between Tuesday and Thursday, someone entered the grounds of Wysox Sand and Gravel along Leisure Drive in Wysox Township and took the equipment to include parts used in an asphalt mixer and then left in an unknown direction. 

State police say they continue their investigation and are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-265-2186.

 

 

State Police Looking For Burglary Suspects

Mansfield State Police need your help in finding the person or persons behind the theft of guns and two diamond wedding rings, along with a ruby necklace.  The incident took place between April 28th and 29th.

The location of the theft was on Route 6 in Richmond Township.  The victims of the crime were listed as John B Owlett, 83, and Coralee Owlett, 73, of Richmond Township.  The police report listed over 20 vintage rifles and muskets as being stolen, along with 3 handguns.

If you have any information that could help the State Police, please call them at (570) 662-2151.

 

 

Property Tax Reform Plan In State House

A plan, which could mean a 40 to 60% reduction in school property tax bills for Pennsylvania residents, will be considered in the State House this week. 

Majority Leader Dave Reed says the Republican plan would involve and increase in the personal income and sales and use taxes and provide dollar for dollar reductions in the property taxes. 

 Governor Wolf in his budget address called for property tax relief for state residents and also wants to increase funding for public schools across Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Monday May 11

Paving Begins On Route 15

A mill and paving project on Route 15 in Tioga County is set to begin today.

Work will be performed between Route 660 in Richmond Township and Route 6 in Mansfield Borough.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in early October.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $1.9 million project.

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

 

 

Bridge Repair Begins This Week

 This week, a contractor will begin work on the bridge carrying Route 15 northbound over the Tioga Dam in Tioga County.

L.C. Whitford Company, Inc., will perform concrete deck repairs on the structure.

The northbound driving lane will be closed during daylight hours only. 

Work should be completed in about three days, weather permitting.

The work is part of an $815,000 project that began last year and includes multiple bridges in the county.

 

 

 

 

Friday May 8

Man Charge With Rape Of Teen Girl

 

State police in Towanda say they have charged a Sayre area man with the rape of a 15-year-old girl. 

 

Police say that on multiple occasions between December of last year and this month, that
35 year old Matthew Everson raped the girl in a residence in Columbia Township, Bradford County. 
Everson has been arrested and arraigned on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
and several other counts. 

 

He was jailed in Bradford County Correctional facility in lieu of $200,000 dollars bail.

 

 

 

 

Mansfield Man Charged

 

Mansfield Police have charged Clinton S. Perdue, 33, of Mansfield, with simple assault and harassment after staff at a Southern Tioga School District school reported two children had marks on their bodies indicative of child abuse.

According to court documents, on Feb. 19 and 22, a young child told a teacher about a sore head and showed the teacher a bruise on the right side of the temple. There also was a lump on the child's head that was broken open.

On March 5, another child told a teacher about being spanked by Perdue with a belt on the right thigh, resulting in marks, after the child had "not listened" and was jumping on the bed.

Perdue was issued a summons to appear at a May 13 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Thursday May 7

Fatal Crash In Tioga County

A one vehicle crash in Tioga County on Monday morning took the life of a Doylestown Pennsylvania man. 

State police report that 71 year old John Stachel was driving north on Shin Hollow Road in Gaines Township just past 7am on Monday morning when for an unknown reason the car went off of the road, struck and embankment then rolled onto its drivers side. 

Stachel was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  State police continue their investigation and no one else was involved in the crash.

 

 

 

Two Charged With Theft

State Police have charged Joseph W. Heck, Jr., 31, and Troy T. Heck, 25, of Lawrenceville,  with forgery and access device fraud after they allegedly used their grandfather's checking account and credit card to obtain cash and goods over a period of several months.

According to, the Hecks took Dale Teed's checkbook and Discover card from his residence last spring and used it between April, 2014 and February 2015.

Both men have been charged with forgery and access device fraud, Joseph Heck for allegedly writing his name on Teed's checks and cashing them for $15,200 in cash advances, and both for allegedly making $11,800 in purchases with Teed's Discover card at ATM machines and convenience stores.

Both Hecks were jailed in lieu of $30,000.

 

 

 

Man Charged With Selling Drugs To Cops

State Police undercover officers have charged  David L. Piaquado, 58, of Galeton,  after he allegedly sold his prescription drugs to the officers.

 State police have charged him with manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, after he allegedly sold Oxycontin pills and Fentanyl patches to an undercover officer at the drug store parking lot where he had just received the filled prescription on Nov. 26.

The trooper purchased 10 Oxycontin pills and two Fentanyl 75 patches from him for $290.

Piaquado was jailed in lieu of $50,000. His preliminary hearing was set for May 12.

 

 

 

Wednesday May 6

Possible Phone Bill Increase

The State House of Representatives passed a bill that if approved the Senate and governor would mean higher payments on state residents phone bills. 

The measure is designed to help counties fund their 911 emergency centers and passed by a 134-59 vote. The fee would increase to $1 dollar and 65 cents per month. That fee currently ranges from a dollar to $1.50 per month. 

The county commissioners association was looking for a $2.00 per month increase. 

 

 

 

Pothole Repairs Continue

PennDOT says they still have crews fanning out across our area and the state to patch the thousands of potholes that have popped up on state roadways due to the rough winter. 

The Department reports that they have already spent around $17.5 million dollars on pothole patching and another $21.6 million dollars in emergency funds has been released. 

Motorists are reminded that they may encounter PennDOT crews working on the potholes and to drive accordingly as they head through the work zone.

 

 

 

Monday May 4

                                                                                   Lockette Pleads Guilty

Deborah Lockette has entered a guilty plea in the murder of 82-year old Oliver Litzelman at his Liberty Township home.

Lockette's trial was scheduled to begin Today but late Friday afternoon she pled guilty to a Third Degree Murder charge.

Under the plea deal she would receive a 17 to 34-year prison sentence.

The murder took place in September of 2013

She approached the home of Oliver and Edwina Litzelman claiming she was doing Geneology work of the Litzelman name.

 

 

Thursday April 30

Woman Tried To Illegally Purchase Firearm

Blossburg Police have charged Hope McCrea, 50, of Blossburg, with illegal sale or transfer of a firearm after she allegedly falsely filled out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms form on March 23 at Cooper's Sporting Goods.

According to documents, McCrea filled out the ATF form and signed it, indicating she is not prohibited from acquiring a firearm for mental health reasons; however, she was committed to a psychiatric hospital for one night in 1980.

She was released on $500 bail and waived her preliminary hearing. Her county court arraignment is set for May 18.

 

 

 

Lawrenceville Man Charged

State Police have charged  Martin A. Hurlbert, 26, of  Lawrenceville, with theft and other charges after he allegedly took a truck and used a fuel card from his former employer.

According to documents, Hurlbert was also charged with unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, access device fraud and criminal trespass.

He had worked at Costy's Energy Services, 2329 S. Main St., until Jan. 23 and had no authorization to use any of its vehicles or credit cards.

Police allege that Hurlbert took the truck and card on March 21, and state police were contacted March 23 by Costy's after one of its fleet charge cards was found at the Acorn Market, Westfield.

Investigation revealed that the truck and charge card were not assigned to any employee and the truck should have been at Costy's where it had been parked behind the security fencing.

Hurlbert was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and waived his preliminary hearing. His county court arraignment is set for June 1.

 

 

 

Wednesday April 29

                                                                                 Route 6 As A National Recreational Trail

Almost 21 years ago, US Route 6 in Pennsylvania was dedicated as a National Recreational Trail by the National Park Service of the US Department of Interior.

Named as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, the roadway was celebrated for its scenic beauty as well as its historical significance. Officially dedicated as part of the National Trail System in July 1994, US Route 6 in Pennsylvania was cited for providing a variety of outdoor recreation and being easily
accessible from major urban areas such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Today US Route is also a Pennsylvania Heritage Area known for telling the story of transporting natural resources across the state and country as well as a connector to historical,
cultural and recreational sites. In fact, within the PA Route 6 Corridor, there are: 19 state parks, 7 state forests, and one national forest-the Allegheny National Forest. 

Travelers across Route 6 will find an abundance of trail systems for hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorized recreation. The trails often tell the local history in places, like the old railroad bed that is now the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, which was voted on of the top 10 places to take a bike tour in the world by USA Today readers, and the Lackawanna Heritage Trail, a fifty mile, multi-use trail that follows the Lackawanna River and links the communities in the Scranton area. PA Route 6 also offers access to some of the best water trails for canoeing and kayaking.

The North Branch of the Susquehanna River Trail is visible from Route 6 and several towns along Route 6 have access points including Tunkhannock, Laceyville and Towanda. Another favorite is the Conewango Creek Water Trail, with access points around the city of Warren. Conewango Creek was named 2015 PA River of the Year.

The PA Route 6 Alliance encourages travelers to get out of their cars as they travel the highway and take advantage of the trail systems that are accessible along the heritage corridor. Take a hike or a sojourn down on the one of the following trails: Trails are listed by county heading west to east.

POTTER -  Susquehannock Trail System Middle Allegany River Water Trail 

TIOGA - Pine Creek Rail Trail  Lambs Creek Hike and Bike Trail 

BRADFORD - North Branch of the Susquehanna River Trail

 

 

 

Monday April 27

Rape Investigation

State police in Bradford County say they are investigating multiple incidences of rape. 

Police say the sexual assaults were inflicted on two juveniles in the borough of Wyalusing on multiple dates and times of the span of several years.  Police say their suspect is known to the victims. That suspect has not been named, and though no charges have been filed yet, police
expect to do so soon. 

The say that their investigation is ongoing and they will release more details once they conclude that investigation. 

 

 

 

Trying To Change The Way Public Access Money Is Spent

A bill is currently being considered by a state house committee, which would make it illegal for person receiving cash assistance from the state to purchase tobacco products. 

The house bill would prohibit those on public assistance and who use the EBT Access card from buying any tobacco products. They would also not be able to use the card for cash withdraws and casinos and bars.  State lawmakers in favor of the bill say the legislation would make it fairer for taxpayers who foot the bill for public assistance. 

 As it stands now, the cardholders can use it for cash withdrawals for whatever they want.

 

 

 

 

Friday April 24

Bus Driver Charged

State Police have charged Robert E. Soyka, 74, of Westfield,  with driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangerment after he crashed the school bus he was driving in Clymer Township on March 27.

According to documents, Soyka was driving a school bus on Burrell Road with eight students he had picked up for school around 7 a.m.

Police said Burrell said he "felt dizzy" and started to pull over, but passed out before he could completely stop, hitting a utility pole and stopping when the bus hit the guide wire.

No one was injured in the crash.

He was issued a summons to appear at a May 14 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Blossburg Man Charged

State Police have charged Andrei Rudic, 40, of Blossburg, with making unsworn falsification to authorities and making a false statement under penalty, when he tried to purchase a gun from Beikirch's Hunter's supply LLC, 210 W. Main St., Elkland, last fall.

According to documents, on Nov. 4, Rudic answered "no" on the question asking if he had ever been adjudicated to be mentally defective.

State police said Rudic was involuntarily committed to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital's mental health unit on Oct. 5, 2009.

He was issued a summons to appear at a May 14 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday April 22

Man Shot By Police In Bradford County

 

A man was flown to the hospital in Bradford County yesterday afternoon after being shot by a state police officer in Albany Township.  Police were called to a home there late yesterday afternoon to check on a suicidal male.

 

When they arrived, the man who has not been named fired off shots from a rifle and one of the officers pulled his gun and shot the man once.  He was disarmed and police provided the man with immediate medical help. He was then flown onto the hospital where his injuries are
said to be non-life threatening. 

 

The incident is under investigation and no other details are being released.

 

 

Dog Wardens to Conduct License, Rabies Compliance Checks in Tioga County

Dog wardens will canvass homes in Tioga County, the week of April 20 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
 
The state Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to ensure a lost dog is returned home safely.
 
Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.
 
Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
 
Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.
 
Licenses may be purchased through Treasurer Kera Hackett at the Tioga County courthouse or by calling 570-724-9213.

 
For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call 717-787-3062.

 

 

 

 

Monday April 20

Two Charged With Illegally Killing Bear

Two Bradford County residents have been arrested for shooting a large black bear there and leaving it by the side of the road. 

Desiree Bailey and George Raymond from Sayre face several charges.  The bear, weighing in the vicinity of 500 lbs. was found along the side of the road near Sayre earlier this week.  Police say Bailey shot the bear, and Raymond then left it by the side of the road. 

The two have been arrested and charged, then committed to Bradford County prison when they failed to produce bail. 

 

 

Slide Project On Route 287 In Tioga County

Work will begin today on a slide project on Route 287 just south of Morris at the intersection of Back Street in Tioga County.

Work will be performed off the roadway.

Next month, Route 287 will be reduced to a single lane. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

LLT Trucking, LLC, of North Bend is the contractor on this $408,000 project.

 

 

 

 

Friday April 17

Lawrenceville Man Pleads Guilty
 

45-year old Gregory Haller of Lawrenceville pleads guilty to stealing from a health care benefit program.  

Prosecutors say Haller and other members of a Plumbers and Steamfitters Union participated in a scheme to submit fraudulent dental claims for reimbursement from the union's health fund.

About $65-thousand of false claims were involved. 
 
Haller faces a maximum possible sentence of a year in prison, a fine of $100-thousand or both.

 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Eugene J. Storley Jr., 44, of Cone St., with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon after they responded to a reported overdose at his residence.

According to court documents, police found Storley conscious and alert when they arrived at his residence March 29. 

When they asked if he had any weapons on him, he allegedly told them he had brass knuckles in his pants pocket. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, police said they saw in plain view a glass marijuana pipe, a wooden dugout "one hitter" that contained about 1.2 grams of marijuana, and a pill cutter and a straw, which Storley allegedly said he used for snorting pain pills.

Storley was issued a summons to appear at a May 12 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

Thursday April 16

Brush Fire Burns 20 Acres

A large brush fire struck near Mansfield in Tioga County on Monday burning about 20 acres. 

Fire officials say that a property owner was burning brush along Starks Road when the fire got out of control due to windy conditions and began spreading.  About 75 firefighters fought the blaze for several hours, and were able to keep it from spreading to several structures in the area. 

No injuries were reported.

The State’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are investigating and say the offending property owner could have to pay for equipment and manpower which responded to the fire scene. 

 

 

Covington Man Sentenced For Child Porn

William Mattos, 45, of Covington, has been sentenced to 4 to 23 1/2 months in county prison and required to make a food bank donation.

He must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

He also was sentenced to a second concurrent 4 to 23 1/2 months for two additional counts of possession of child pornography and one of criminal use of a communication facility.

 
 

 

Wellsboro Man Charged

Police have charged Casey A. Amaral, 38, of Wellsboro, with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following an incident at the Kwik Fill gas station/convenience store, 4320 Bloss Mountain Road, Blossburg..

According to documents, on April 4 police were dispatched to the store for a report of a drunk and disorderly individual at the gas station.

Upon arrival, Amaral was in the store after causing "issues" with a female in the car they had both arrived in.

According to that female, Shannon Amaral, he had spent the weekend at her residence in Liberty Township and when she returned to the residence from picking up her children she found he had broken several doors in the residence and was drunk, so she was taking him somewhere else for the night. She said she had stopped at the Kwik Fill for him to wait for a ride.

When he came out of the store, he started walking away from police and refused to stop when asked to, instead putting his hands into his pockets and acting "aggressively" police said.

He was handcuffed and transported to jail after he allegedly began using obscene language and yelling and refused to stop.

He was jailed and released on $2,500 bail and his preliminary hearing is set for May 27.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday April 15

Bradford County Man Charged

A Bradford County man has been charged with having sexual contact with a child.

Daniel Charles Cole, 52, of Granville Summit, is accused of touching a 4-year-old female in a sexual manner in his vehicle, according to state police at Towanda. The incident allegedly took place March 19 in Athens and Franklin townships.

Cole was charged with aggravated indecent assault and committed to the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

 
 

 

Trout Tournament

The 25th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout tournament will be held Saturday May 16th from 6am until 6pm, and Sunday May 17th from 6am until 3pm.

Prizes this year total $10,000.00 dollars, with the top prize of  $2,000.00 dollars.  You must pick up your badge to participate at the Pa.. Grand Canyon Snowmobile Clubhouse Rt. 6 Ansonia, starting April 17th on Fridays from 5pm until 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm, until the tournament begins.

For rules and more information go to pa grand canyon snowmobile club dot com, or call 570-724-2888. Proceeds benefit the club, local charities, food banks, and three local high school scholarships.

 

 

 

 

Monday April 13

                                        Husband Charged In Wife’s Disappearance

The husband of a missing Renovo mother of three has been charged with abuse of a corpse and evidence tampering following the discovery of a woman's body over the weekend.

Police have charged Thirty-four-year-old William Snyder   Saturday night in Clinton County hours after the body of an unidentified woman was found. An autopsy was scheduled to identify her and determine a cause of death.

Authorities allege in a criminal complaint that Snyder acknowledged having moved the body of 34-year-old Kelley Jo Snyder from their Renovo home to the Halls Run area and also having fabricated an email and a note seeking $60,000 ransom for his wife's safe return.

He was arraigned in District Court and sent to the Clinton County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.



 

 

                                                                                               In A League Of His Own

Owen Taylor is only seven but I doubt if he will ever forget his first trip to Spring Training.

The first child of former Mountaineer student-athletes Bryan and Tracy Taylor, Owen had the thrill of his young lifetime when he was invited to participate in spring training with his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, by his favorite player, MLB All-Star Andrew McCutchen last month.

Although he certainly has an athletic bloodline – his dad Bryan came to Mansfield in 2000 to play football and later moved to track when an injury ended his football career while mom Tracy, then Tracy Tyler, appeared in 95 games as a member of the women’s basketball team – Owen wasn’t called up to the big league club because of his baseball ability, at least not yet.

Owen actually got the call up from the Greater Pennsylvania – West Virginia Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When he was two months old, Owen was diagnosed with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries along with several other abnormalities in his heart including mild pulmonary stenosis, atrial septal defect, and Epstein’s abnormality of the tricuspid valve.

That means his heart pumps backwards. His left ventricle pumps to his lungs instead of his body and his right ventricle pumps to his body instead of his lungs.

Five years later, Owen developed a complete heart block and had a pacemaker implanted just before entering kindergarten.

He had his second heart surgery in 2013 to place a band around his pulmonary artery to increase the strength in his left ventricle.

When doctors feel his heart is strong enough and ready, he will undergo a third heart surgery called the “double switch” to correct the flow of blood through his heart and close the hole between this upper chambers.

Though Owen has never had what most would consider to be a normal life, Bryan and Tracy are determined that he will have as normal a childhood as possible. They both realize that you’re only a kid once and the memories you make in childhood will last a lifetime.

To see Owen today, you wouldn’t know he has a problem. He looks like any other healthy seven-year old and even plays baseball and participates in other athletic activities with Bryan often serving as his coach.

This past fall, the family was in Mansfield and attended a football game where Bryan, Owen and his younger brother Gabe, all donned Mountie football jerseys and served as honorary captains for the opening coin-toss while Tracy watched with little sister Regan.

Owen spent much of the afternoon on the sideline scampering around with his brother Gabe while occasionally watching the game. A polite and thoughtful kid, he was the picture of childhood.

According to his parents, Owen’s never complained about his lot in life and really doesn’t talk about his condition.

He does, however, talk about the Pirates and his favorite player Andrew McCutchen.

So he was ecstatic, and his parents were thankful, when Make-A-Wish made his wish come true after Tracy’s sister contacted them to see if Owen qualified. He more than did and the Taylor family was on their way to Bradenton, Florida where Owen Taylor was going to sign a “major league contract” and be called up to the “big leagues” for spring training.

On March 16, at 2 p.m., the Pirates picked up the Taylor family from their hotel and drove them to Pirate City where Owen was signed to a major league contract. The Pirates equipment staff was there with a complete uniform, gear and the all works provided to a big league player. He spent the rest of his day going through spring training with the team including fielding, hitting and throwing drills.

He was called up to the “big leagues” the next day receiving first a personal video and then a phone call from Andrew McCutchen himself and spent the whole day with the Pirates, including a lot of individual time with his hero.

McCutchen reported that Owen didn’t want to talk much, he was more interested in getting on the field and playing so they did.

The VIP experience continued with lunch in the big league clubhouse and throwing out the honorary first pitch prior to the Pirates game with the Astros.

“It was just an incredible experience for Owen and our family,” said Bryan, who was also a member of the sports information staff as an undergrad at MU. “For us it really reinforced your faith in humanity that organizations like Make-A-Wish and the Pirates would do some so special to help so many kids. It was just a tremendous experience for all of us and we’re very, very thankful.”

What’s equally rewarding is that in a way student-athletes at Mansfield helped play a small part in Owen’s experience and the experience of thousands of others.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and NCAA Division II have been supporters of Make-A-Wish since 2004, raising money and awareness through countless fund-raisers over the years.

At Mansfield, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has collected donations at games and other events, never knowing that those donations would eventually help make a difference in the lives of two of their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday April 3

                                                             Bridge Replacement on Austinburg Road Begins Monday
 

A bridge replacement project on Route 4009 (Austinburg Road) in Brookfield Township, Tioga County,
will begin Monday. 


The bridge, which spans Troups Creek, is located just north of the intersection of Route 249,
approximately 0.5 miles south of the New York line.


Nestlerode Contracting, Inc. is the prime contractor on this $1.2 million project. 

The bridge will be closed beginning Monday, April 13. A detour will be in place using Route 249, NY 36,
Cook Hollow Road, Schoonover Road, and Woodhull-Austinburg Road.

 

 

Route 287 Bridge Intersection Work Restarts Next Week

 

A project that began last year on Route 287 in Delmar Township, Tioga County, will start again on Monday, April 6.

Work on the $4.2 million project includes the replacement of the existing bridge over Marsh Creek and the realignment of the intersection of Route 287 and Route 6. The intersection realignment also includes widening turning lanes and the installation of a new traffic signal.

Other work performed by prime contractor A.L. Blades, Inc., includes removing the existing bridge, resurfacing, guiderail replacement, drainage improvements, rock placement, seeding, new pavement markings and signs.
Updates on lane closures or traffic shifts will be issued during the project, which is expected to be completed in October.

 

 

 

 

Thursday April 2

Guide Rail Project Begins Monday On Route 249

Work will begin Monday, April 6, on a guide rail replacement and upgrade project on Route 249 in Brookfield, Deerfield, Westfield and Chatham townships in Tioga County.

Contractor Green Acres Contracting Co. Inc. will begin work at the intersection of Route 4012 (Short Hill Road) and end approximately at the New York line.

All work on the $333,000 project will be performed during daylight hours with signing and flaggers at single lane closures throughout the project.

Work is expected to be completed by mid-May.

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

 

 

Gillett Woman Charged With Theft

Margaret Mary Webster, 55, of Gillett, was charged with retail theft by Athens Township Police after being witnessed taking several items from the Sayre Walmart, Athens police said.

On March 26, Webster was seen by the asset protection associate putting several makeup items in her coat pocket and a pair of socks in her purse, police said. She then left the store without paying for the items, police said.

Webster will appear  on May 5 for her preliminary hearing.

 

 

LIHEAP Deadline Extended

 A federally funded program to help low income residents pay their heating bills has been extended in Pennsylvania. 

Governor Tom Wolf’s office has announced that the LIHEAP program, which provides grants to people struggling to pay heating bills as long as they fall within certain income guidelines, will have the application period extend until May 21st. The program was slated to end on April 3rd of this year.

Applications are available at local county assistance offices.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday April 1

                                           3rd-9th graders can register now for H-G Summer Theatre Arts Camps
 
Tioga County third through ninth graders interested in participating in one or more of Hamilton-Gibson Productions’ three upcoming summer theatre arts camps are invited to register now.
 
At the Knoxville, Blossburg and Wellsboro camps, youth will experience improvisational acting, mime, music, choreography, art, costuming, stage movement, vocal training and other theatre arts. Each four-day camp will end with a public performance to demonstrate the skills the campers have learned.
 
Snacks will be provided daily and lunch on the last day only. Campers need to bring their own lunch the first three days.  
 
The Knoxville Summer Theatre Arts Camp will open Monday, June 15 at the Knoxville Community Center. Sponsored by the Deerfield Charitable Trust, the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and end with the public performance at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
 
The Blossburg Summer Theatre Arts Camp at the North Penn High School auditorium will begin on Monday, June 22. Sponsored by the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and end with the public performance at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25.
 
The Wellsboro Summer Theatre Arts Camp will open on Monday, June 29 at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue. Sponsored by the Tabor Foundation, it will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and end with public performances at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2.
 
Admission to each public performance is Pay-What-You-Can.
 
The three camps are part of H-G’s mission to provide education about and access to the performing arts.
 
There is an enrollment fee. Scholarships are available. No child will be turned away due to financial concerns. A discount will be given for each additional child that enrolls from the same immediate family.
 
For an application or to register call 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com. Or, download a Summer Theatre Arts Camp application from the H-G website (www.hamiltongibson.org/).

 

 

 

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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