Vehicle Enters Tioga River in One Vehicle Crash, No Injuries

A Tioga teen was uninjured when the vehicle he was driving entered the Tioga River on Wednesday, June 8th.

According to police, the 16-year-old male was driving a 2005 Pontiac Montana in a south direction on State Route 287. After the teen fell asleep, the vehicle veered off the roadway and traveled onto a grass berm. The vehicle traveled for approximately 180 feet. Then, the vehicle hit some trees and entered the river. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle. The vehicle became fully submerged after the driver got out. The crash happened at about 4:20 p.m.

The driver faces a careless driving violation.

 

Middletown Man Allegedly Returns Unpaid Items to Mansfield Walmart

Walmart logoA Middletown, PA man is facing theft charges after he allegedly returned items to the Mansfield Walmart that he did not pay for.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield in a report, 31-year-old Lowell C. Laake entered the Mansfield Walmart on Saturday, June 4th, and allegedly took a comforter set and a sheet set. Then, he allegedly brought the items to the customer service desk. Next, Laake allegedly placed two Ugly Stik rod and reel combo sets and a generic brand tackle box in a shopping cart and returned to the customer service area with the cart. Laake allegedly returned the comforter and sheet set and got a gift card. Laake allegedly pushed the cart out of the store without paying for the fishing equipment. This alleged theft took place between the hours of 5:05 p.m. and 5:23 p.m.

Laake faces a Theft by Deception/Retail Theft charge. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Rapid Bridge Replacement Project to Affect Traffic in Westfield Township June 13-November

penndotA  Rapid Bridge Replacement Project will affect traffic in Tioga County beginning the week of Monday, June 13th.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the bridge (JV 128) will be constructed on East Main Street (SR 49) over California Brook in Westfield Township. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, June 13th, and is expected to be finished by the beginning of November. The start date and time it takes to complete the bridge replacement project is weather permitting.

While the project is underway, drivers should expect traffic to be reduced to a single lane in either direction. The traffic will be controlled with temporary traffic signals. On average, the bridge carries 3,832 vehicles daily.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) and PennDOT. For a period of 25 years, PWKP is doing the replacement, maintenance, financing, and designing of the bridge. Bridges will be replaced faster while saving money, according to PennDOT.

If you would like to learn more about the  Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3, you can visit P3forPA.pa.gov and PARapidBridges.com.

Elkland High School Graduate Qualifies for 2016 U.S. Open Golf Championship

US Open 2016 logoAn Elkland High School graduate and Osceola native has qualified for the U.S. Open.

T.J. Howe qualified for the U.S. Open golf championship which takes place from Monday, June 13th to Sunday, June 19th at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA. It is Howe’s first time qualifying for the U.S. Open. He shot a seven-under par 137 which earned him second place at the Vancouver, Washington located Royal Oaks Country Club. His U.S. open local qualifier win was at the Dallas, PA located Huntsville Golf Club on May 19th.  Howe will be competing against 54 other golfers at the 116th U.S. Open.

Howe graduated from Elkland High School in 2006. In 2004, he was the District 4 golf champion. In 2005, he placed second. Furthermore, he was a PIAA golf champion. He held a league scoring average of 69.7. He attended Penn State and graduated in 2010. He played golf at Penn State from 2007-2011. He was a Golf Coaches Association of America All-American in 2010. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a three-time GCAA All-Region selection.

This summer, Howe will play on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. Last year, he played in the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship. He has qualified for numerous PGA Web.com Tour events. In the past two years, he was an eGolf Tour top money winner. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Hazardous Weather Alert- Severe Thunderstorms

Hazardous Weather AlertA Hazardous Weather Advisory is in effect for this region from the National Weather Service. The advisory is in effect through Saturday, June 11th, 2016. Here is the full advisory from the National Weather Service:

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
446 AM EDT THU JUN 9 2016

PAZ004>006-010>012-017>019-024>028-033>037-041-042-045-046-049>053-
056>059-063>066-100900-
WARREN-MCKEAN-POTTER-ELK-CAMERON-NORTHERN CLINTON-CLEARFIELD-
NORTHERN CENTRE-SOUTHERN CENTRE-CAMBRIA-BLAIR-HUNTINGDON-MIFFLIN-
JUNIATA-SOMERSET-BEDFORD-FULTON-FRANKLIN-TIOGA-NORTHERN LYCOMING-
SULLIVAN-SOUTHERN CLINTON-SOUTHERN LYCOMING-UNION-SNYDER-MONTOUR-
NORTHUMBERLAND-COLUMBIA-PERRY-DAUPHIN-SCHUYLKILL-LEBANON-CUMBERLAND-
ADAMS-YORK-LANCASTER-
446 AM EDT THU JUN 9 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
AND EVENING. SOME STORMS MAY PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS 60 MPH
OR GREATER AND HAIL UP TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER. THOSE WITH OUTDOOR
PLANS OR EVENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE RISK FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

GET GRAPHICS AND MORE DETAILS AT WEATHER.GOV/CTP AND FOLLOW OUR
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK.

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.

Hazardous Weather Alert- Isolated Thunderstorms

Hazardous Weather AlertA Hazardous Weather Advisory is in effect for this region from the National Weather Service. The advisory is in effect through Wednesday, June 8th, 2016. Here is the full advisory from the National Weather Service:

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
835 AM EDT WED JUN 8 2016

PAZ004>006-010>012-017>019-024>028-033>037-041-042-045-046-049>053-
056>059-063>066-081635-
ADAMS-BEDFORD-BLAIR-CAMBRIA-CAMERON-CLEARFIELD-COLUMBIA-CUMBERLAND-
DAUPHIN-ELK-FRANKLIN-FULTON-HUNTINGDON-JUNIATA-LANCASTER-LEBANON-
MCKEAN-MIFFLIN-MONTOUR-NORTHERN CENTRE-NORTHERN CLINTON-
NORTHERN LYCOMING-NORTHUMBERLAND-PERRY-POTTER-SCHUYLKILL-SNYDER-
SOMERSET-SOUTHERN CENTRE-SOUTHERN CLINTON-SOUTHERN LYCOMING-SULLIVAN-
TIOGA-UNION-WARREN-YORK-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALTOONA...HARRISBURG...JOHNSTOWN...
LANCASTER...STATE COLLEGE...WILLIAMSPORT...YORK
835 AM EDT WED JUN 8 2016

.NOW...
BANDS OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE ACROSS
THE REGION THIS MORNING. AT 830 AM...THE LEADING EDGE OF THE
ACTIVITY WAS NEAR A BLOOMSBURG...NEWPORT...BEDFORD LINE. SOME
STORMS WILL HAVE HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND WIND GUST TO 40 MPH.
THE ACTIVITY IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH. MOST OF THE HEAVIER
SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE EAST OF THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY BY
1230 PM.

Laurel Pet Parade is June 12

Children 12 and under are invited to enter their pets or decorated bicycles or battery-operated three or four wheelers in the 2016 Laurel Festival Pet Parade. Groups are welcome to participate, too.

The pet parade will be Sunday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. The Wellsboro Pet Complex on Route 6 in Charleston Township sponsors it.

The parade will form at Packer Park on Queen Street and travel up Main Street to The Green in Wellsboro.

Judging in several categories will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Packer Park prior to the parade. Participants are asked to be there no later than 12:25 p.m. on June 12.

All dogs, 3 months of age and older, must be vaccinated and licensed. Bring water for pets and keep them in the shade.

Special awards sponsored by Dr. Leonard Kreger and his Veterinary Hospital Reptile and Bird Clinic will be presented. Everyone entering the pet parade will receive ribbons.

To register, return completed applications by 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9 to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office. For information or an application, contact the chamber by stopping in at 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, calling 570-724-1926, or emailing info@wellsboropa.com.

Westfield Man’s Air Compressor Stolen from Harrison Township Garage

A Westfield man reported that a Craftsman air compressor was stolen from his Harrison Township, Potter County property between Tuesday, May 31st and Friday, June 3rd.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport, the red 25 gallon Craftsman air compressor that was stolen belongs to Westfield resident Jeff McShane. Someone removed the air compressor from an unlocked garage located at 677 Stone Road in Harrison Township between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

If you have any information about this theft, you are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport at (814) 274-8690.

Baker Announces PA 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Extension

matt bakerOn Monday, June 6th, 2016, Representative Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced that the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st.

Those who are eligible for the 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program could get a maximum rebate of $650. The rebate is based upon the amount of property taxes or rent that was paid in 2015. Eligible participants are 65 years of age or older, widows or widowers who are 50 years of age or older, and people with disabilities who are 18 years of age or older. The income eligibility limits include the following, which excludes fifty percent of Supplemental Security Income, Social Security, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: $0-$8000 with a maximum rebate of $650 for homeowners and renters; $8,001-$15,000 with a maximum rebate of $500 for homeowners and renters; $15,000 to $18,000 with a maximum rebate of $300 for homeowners only; and $18,000 to $35,000 with a maximum rebate of $250 for homeowners only.

Rep. Baker wants to remind residents that they do not have to pay a private entity to help them fill out the forms. Residents may obtain copies of the forms, and get help filling them out, at Rep. Baker’s office free of charge. Applicants should come prepared with rental, property tax, and income information.

If you would like more information about the 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, or you need help filling out the forms, you may call Rep. Baker’s Wellsboro office at (570) 724-1390 or his Troy office at (570) 297-3045. You can also visit RepBaker.com. If you have already applied for a rebate, you can check the status of your claim at revenue.pa.gov, or you can call 1-888-PATAXES.

The Pennsylvania Lottery supports the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The program started in 1971. Since then, about $6 billion has been administered to applicants that qualify for the program.