Mt.Jewett man accused of threatening state police….Elderly NY state woman seriously injured in McKean County collision Saturday night…..Jury finds McKean County man guilty of wounding a dog….State agencies experimenting with recycled plastics and asphalt mix…..69.9% of state’s residents vaccinated.

Wednesday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 50







McKean County

A Mt. Jewett man has been jailed after a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly threatened state police Sunday night. Troopers were called to a home on Maple Lane where 31 year old Rodney House was causing a disturbance. Police claim he ignored several commands to calm down. He was subsequently placed under arrest but reportedly resisted arrest several times. Prior to being taken to the Lewis Run barracks he allegedly made comments about wanting to kill troopers and tried several times to break the window in the patrol car. In addition to state police, the other victims were listed as two Mt. Jewett women, ages  40 and 52.

State police at Lewis Run arrested 47 year old Warren McKinney of that town for physical harassment for an assault allegedly occurring last Saturday evening at 17 Main Street. The victims were identified as Katherine and Timothy Stewart.

The victim of a criminal mischief last Friday afternoon at a home located at 254 Duffytown Road, Eldred has decline to press charges. Vandals damaged a Sony Flat Screen TV valued at $2499.99 and damaged a sheet of drywall by spraying it with the disconnected charge line from a toilet. After police investigated, Jill Adamucci notified them she did not want to prosecute.

Troopers at Lewis Run have charged 21 year old Anastasia Kenyon of Port Allegany with criminal mischief, claiming she broke a window at a Route 155 location  belonging  to a 37 year old Port Allegany man early last Friday.

A charge of harassment by communication has been lodged against 36 year old Aaron Nazario of Jamestown, NY. State police assert the charge stems from an incident October 5-7 victimizing a 42 year old Mt. Jewett woman.

Details were finally released by state police at Lewis Run about a collision occurring Saturday night in Eldred Township. Troopers report 84 year old Mary Feaster of Friendship, NY tried to turn left off of Windfall Road onto Prentisvale Road without yielding to traffic and her Toyota Avalon hit a Ford Taurus driving by 18 Hadyn Schoonmaker. Feaster was flown by helicopter to Erie Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries. Schoonmaker and his passenger, a 16 year old Smethport girl were not hurt.

Another Mt. Jewett  man found guilty following a jury trial at the McKean County Courthouse on October 12, 2021, Christopher Julian, 47 was convicted of crimes related to shooting a dog during May 2020 in Mount Jewett.  The defendant was convicted of Aggravated Cruelty to  Animals (Deadly Weapon Used) ; Defiant Trespass; and Cruelty to  Animals (Deadly Weapon Used).  He was found not guilty of Attempt.

The charges stemmed from an investigation into the Julian’s  actions in regards to shooting a dog in the back at a Mount Jewett property where he was previously warned not to enter by the property owner.  The dog was treated by veterinarians in  Smethport and Orchard Park and survived.  The case was investigated by Trooper Christopher Barr of the Pennsylvania State Police-Lewis Run.  District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The Judge scheduled sentencing for December 2, 2021.

Tioga County

A Mansfield woman escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Monday morning in Charleston Township. State police said Alanda Neal was going west on Route 660 when her 2004 Chevrolet Tracker went off the road and hit a telephone pole and underground transformer before stopping.


State police across the region have made several DUI arrests recently:

Nicholas Middaugh, 22 of Alma, NY September 12 on the Honeoye Road in Sharon Township driving a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban  (alcohol)

Zane Wakentukonis, 21 of DuBois August  on East Second Street in Sweden Township (possession of a controlled substance) driving a 2002 Chevrolet

Brett Williams, 25 of West Mifflin, PA August 14 on Bailey Run Road in Wharton Township  2015 Chevrolet Silverado (alcohol)

John Theis, 69, of Sabinsville October 8 on Phoenix Run Road in Pike Township driving a 2015 Ford F-150 (alcohol)

Courtney Carpenter, 29 of Tioga, PA August 28 on East Main Street in Harrison Township (drug possession) driving a 2006 Scion

Dylan Meadville, 21 of Pittsburgh, August 15 on Dingman Run Road in Coudersport (drugs) driving a Toyocar Van Container Trailer

Unidentified  32 year old Wellsville, NY man August 27 on Route 6 West in Eulalia Township (suspected marijuana) driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

Timothy Pierce, 40 of Coudersport October 1, on Route 49 East in Harrison Township, driving a 2014 Ford Explorer

Unidentified  31 year  Ridgway woman October 9 on the Toby Road in Fox Township (alcohol) driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado

John Schoonover, 46 of Galeton September 3 on Bridge Street in Galeton (possession of a controlled substance) driving a 1993 General Trailer Company

Tyler Gorfido, 25 of Strongsville, OH August 27 on Route 6 West in Coudersport Borough, possession of a controlled substance driving a Honda

Savannah Ramsey, 23 of Kent, Ohio Route 6 in Coudersport Borough (possession of a controlled substance) passenger in car driven by Tyler Gorfido.

Stacey Wolfgang, 60 of Smethport, October 8 on N. Mechanic Street (alcohol) allegedly resisted arrest and committed to the McKean County Jail. Driving a 2017 Hyndai Santa Fe.

Brandon Philbrick, 28 of Jamestown, NY September 29 on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township (possession of multiple controlled substances and related drug paraphernalia driving a 2005 Ford Explorer.

Michelle Crouse, 26 of Gowanda, NY October 5 on South Avenue in Bradford (possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia driving a 2012 Hyundai Tucson.

Unidentified 67 year old Port Allegany man October 6 on Taber Avenue Port Allegany, (alcohol) driving Huskee Lawn and Garden Equipment.

Unidentified  47 year old Port Allegany man October 11 on Park Lane Drive in Port Allegany (alcohol) driving a 2016 GMC Sierra


Officials from the state Departments of Transportation (PennDOT), Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Environmental Protection (DEP), and General Services (DGS) today highlighted a pilot project to pave part of a Ridley Creek State Park (Delaware County  roadway with an asphalt and recycled plastic mixture.

The project, coordinated through PennDOT’s Strategic Recycling Program which is funded through DEP, includes two quarter-mile roadway stretches surfaced with an asphalt/recycled-plastic mix. The material is intended to strengthen the roadway surface without leaching plastic material into the surrounding environment.

The material being tested supports interagency goals to increase the commonwealth’s sustainability in operations while supporting deployment in the state overall. Potential benefits include:

Extended useful life of asphalt pavements;

Diverting waste plastics from landfills and helping to establish a viable market for these plastics; and

Continued ability to reuse asphalt millings in future recycled-asphalt pavement applications.

“DEP is proud to support this project in partnership with PennDOT through the Strategic Recycling Program,” said Pat Patterson, DEP Southeast Regional Director. “Recycling is a fundamental environmental principal and DEP supports any effort that diverts waste from landfills.”

The pilot project location was chosen in coordination with sibling agencies and supports increased emphasis on sustainable practices. The pilot is incorporated into a 1.5-mile reconstruction project within the park from the entrance to Pavilion 14. The rest of the roadway is being paved with a standard asphalt mixture to provide a comparison for the new material over the five-year evaluation period.

Information about the state’s infrastructure and results the department is delivering for Pennsylvanians can be found at Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at

Visit the DCNR website for information on Ridley Creek State Park.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, there were 5,012 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,491,146.








There are 3,031 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 678 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 1 – Oct. 7 stood at 9.6%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, there were 170 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 30,228 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 69.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 13,169,965 total vaccine doses, including 294,453 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Wednesday, Oct. 13.

6,305,483 people are fully vaccinated; with 34,829 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 25,200 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 77,714 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,680 cases among employees, for a total of 94,394 at 1,635 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,598 of total cases have been among health care workers.