Portville NY Man Allegedly Leads Coudersport Police on High Speed Chase, DUI Suspected

A Portville, NY man is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase in Coudersport on the evening of Saturday, June 4th.

According to the Coudersport Police Department in a report, 27-year-old Rickey L. Sherman was pulled over by police on East Second Street at about 9:00 p.m. because he was allegedly speeding. While officers talked with Sherman, he allegedly drove away and began speeding. Sherman drove for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and a tree at 109 East Second Street. When officers arrived at the scene, Sherman allegedly fled on foot. Police found Sherman after a short period of time before arresting him.

Sherman faces the following charges: felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer in the 3rd degree; misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person in the 2nd degree; misdemeanor DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off; misdemeanor DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) 1st Off; summary Exceed 35 MPH In Urban Dist 22 MPH; summary Reckless Driving; and Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce. Sherman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss. He is currently in Potter County Jail. His bail is set at $25,000. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellsboro’s Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co Wins First Place for Pork in Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition

Photo by Josh Hatcher Media
Photo by Josh Hatcher Media

Wellsboro won the #1 spot for pork and ranked #7 overall in the Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition which was held from Friday, June 3rd to Saturday, June 4th, at the Potter County Courthouse Square in Coudersport.

Wellsboro’s Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co, being represented by Gary Phelps, ranked first in the pork category. Pine Creek Bar-B-Que Co also won seventh place in the overall competition. Four Coudersport BBQ establishments ranked in the overall competition as well. Mort’s Meat Mafia, being represented by Jeff Heasley, won 5th place. Potter County Smoke Eaters, being represented by Tadd Ostroski, took home 9th place. Brothers in Smoke, being represented by Larry Lauber, took home 12th place. E & D Pork Pullers, being represented by Eric Boucher, took home 17th place. In addition, Port Allegany’s Mobile Fresca, being represented by Casey Henning, took home 16th place. Behind BBQ, being represented by Kim Perry, won first place. Behind BBQ is located in Spencerport, NY. You can view the full results for all categories here: visitpottercounty.com/events/bbq/results

A total of eighteen teams competed from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland. The Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition was held along with the God’s Country Marathon. It was the first Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition in the area. The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned the event, and the Hotel Crittenden and Shell sponsored it. The Potter County Visitors Association benefited from the event.

The KCBS rules were used to judge the teams. KCBS judges, along with amateur judges, judged the teams. There were four categories: pork, chicken, pork ribs, and brisket. Those who ranked in the top five for each category took home prizes. First place got $200, second place got $150, third place got $100, fourth place got $75, and fifth place got $50. Governor Tom Wolf declared the event a state championship. Behind BBQ is eligible to be a part of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® as well as the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

The next Conquer the Grill BBQ Competition is being held on June 2-3, 2017.

Lewistown Woman Faces Drug Delivery Resulting In Death Charge Stemming From Death of Coudersport Man

A Lewistown woman is facing charges after she allegedly gave heroin to a Coudersport man who overdosed in 2015.

The arrest of 31-year-old Desiree Tipping comes after police investigated the fatal drug overdose of 47-year-old Michael Landworthy. On the morning of November 3rd, 2015, Landworthy was discovered unresponsive in his car. The car was parked at the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton.  Later on the same day, Langworthy was declared deceased by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. The Galeton Borough Police Department filed charges against Tipping on May 25th.

You can read Tipping’s court report below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Desiree L. Tipping, 31, of Lewistown, faces 3 felony charges.  The charges listed are….
18 § 2506 §§ A F1 Drug Delivery Resulting In Death
35 § 780-113 §§ A30 F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver
18 § 7512 §§ A F3 Criminal Use Of Communication Facility

Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss on May 27, 2016, presided over the preliminary arraignment for Tipping. Tipping was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 55-4-03. Tipping was assigned bail in the amount of $25,000. Tipping was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the Potter County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss.

Christopher J. Brackman of the Galeton Borough Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Tipping. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on November 3, 2015.

Please remember all individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
All of the information contained is based on Potter County PA Court Records.
View the full court record here.

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Roulette Man Faces Simple Assault Charge After Allegedly Injuring Coudersport Woman

A Roulette man allegedly assaulted a Coudersport woman in Potter County’s Eulalia Township on Friday, May 27th.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, 38-year-old Lewis Weidner of Roulette allegedly physically assaulted 20-year-old Kayla Hardesty of Coudersport on 20 Weidner Road at about 9:00 a.m. Hardesty was injured in the incident.

Charges were filed against Weidner in Magisterial District Court 55-4-01. The charges include the following: simple assault, harassment, and recklessly endangering another person. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Vehicle Catches Fire in Coudersport, No Injuries

Photo by Sweden Township Police Department on Facebook
Photo by the Sweden Township Police Department on Facebook

A vehicle caught fire in Coudersport on Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Sweden Township Police Department, the vehicle fire was close to 1400 Brookland Road. The vehicle was in the northbound lane. Police responded at about 4:00 p.m. Fire Chief Tim Haskins arrived to find the vehicle, a Subaru Legacy, fully involved. Engine 48-2 was able to put the fire out. The roadway was heavily damaged, and PennDOT was told about it.

The vehicle’s owner, Ulysses resident Joanne Cowburn, was uninjured. The vehicle was insured. The Coudersport Fire Department, Kightlingers, and PennDOT helped at the scene. Traffic had to be stopped while the fire was put out.

One Seriously Injured in ATV Crash at Potter County Family Campground

One person was seriously injured in an ATV accident that occurred at the Potter County Family Campground in Coudersport on Friday, June 3rd.

Police responded to the scene at about 10:13 p.m. According to the Sweden Township Police Department, the person who was operating the ATV is from North Tonawanda, NY. The victim was traveling on Irish Farm Road close to Sky Top Road. After losing control of the ATV, the victim was thrown from the vehicle.

When police arrived, the victim was in a cabin at the campground. He was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital where he was interviewed. The victim was arrested for a suspected DUI, and police took a blood draw so they could determine what the BAC was. The victim’s injuries were considered traumatic, and he was flown to Erie County Medical Center for further treatment.

Police are continuing to investigate. Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association’s Medic 6 also helped at the scene. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of the injured.