Knife-wielding man arrested in Smethport….Genesee man jailed following altercation at UPMC Cole….Kersey woman nabbed for shoplifting…16 & 17 year old PA residents now eligible for booster…

Sunday’s high, 59; Overnight low, 23; weekend rainfall, .10”







McKean County

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on Friday following complaints of a man with a knife entering a residence on Holmes Street, Smethport Police Department have taken a person into custody.   Officers with Smethport Police, McKean County Sheriff’s Department and Pennsylvania State Police responded to the area upon dispatch.  Caleb Andrew Crenshaw was taken into custody and charged by Chief Patrick Warnick with 2 counts of Burglary; Kidnapping; 2 counts of Criminal Trespass; Terroristic Threats; Prohibited Offensive Weapons and Criminal Mischief. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge  William Todd, who set bail at $350,000 straight.  Additional charges are pending.


Potter County

A Genesee man has been charged with a host of crimes for an altercation allegedly taking place at about 11:00pm on November 19 at UPMC. Troopers say they were called to the hospital for a patient acting aggressive toward staff members and that 44 year old Joshua Levin disobeyed orders and resisted arrest when they arrived.  He was denied bail and was committed to the Potter County Jail for aggravated assault, resisting arrest obstruction of law enforcement, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged a 55 year old Austin man, whose name they did not release, for indecent exposure. The suspect is accused of “mooning” his Foster Street neighbors on the afternoon of December 4. The victims are described as being a 45 year old man, a 47 year old woman and an 8 year old  girl. Black Forest Broadcasting News has learned the defendant’s name is Larry Fuller.

Elk County

A Kersey woman has been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart. Ridgway based state police allege 41 yar  old Jill Riekofsky stole about $50 worth of merchandise from the store Saturday afternoon.

A hit and run occurring Saturday night in Jay Township, Elk County, was investigated by state police by Ridgway. An unknown vehicle went off of the Caledonia Road and hit a trash can which then collided with a legally parked Hyundai Sonata. The owner was inside the home at the time and did not see the other car. The driver of the offending vehicle failed to notify the property owner or police of the collision.

Tioga County

A Tioga County business has been cited for false alarms. State police at Mansfield claim they responded to the fourth automatic alarm at Skyking Fireworks on Route 287 a few minutes after 9am Saturday.


Following the approval process by the federal government last week, the Department of Health confirmed that Pennsylvanians 16 and 17 years old are now eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose after six months of completing the primary series.

While anyone 18 years and older may receive any vaccine regardless of which brand of vaccine was received for primary vaccination, those who are 16 and 17 years old are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Pennsylvania vaccine providers, including pediatricians, primary care physicians, pharmacies, and federally qualified health centers, are able to schedule booster doses and are ready to administer booster appointments now.

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Stuart L. Potter, 67, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, December 11, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born January 8, 1954, in Wellsboro, he was the son of James Dee and Catherine Juanita Lewis Potter.  On December 17, 2008, in Brookfield, he married the former Connie M. Beebe Patterson, who survives.  A 1973 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, NY for 10 years and Harrison Township for 24 years.  He served as a Harrison Township supervisor for many years.  Stuart was a family man whose passions were woodworking, and improving the “Stuart Farm” Homestead, a vision that in his mind was never complete.  Surviving besides his wife, Connie, are:  six children, Jennifer (Jay) Cullinan of Goochland, VA, Jamie Lynn (Mike Marcum) Potter of Goochland, VA, Julia (Ken) Harrison of Clermont, FL, Ashley (Joshua) Prince of Ulysses, Anna (Joshua) Kraft of Clermont, FL, and Nate (Jen Graves) Potter of Wellsville, NY;  three step-children, Terry (Terri) Patterson, Donna Patterson, and Cindy (Darvin) Wanner, all of Sabinsville;  23 grandchildren;  four brothers, David N. Potter of Ulysses, Lloyd D. (Leah) Potter of Whitesville, NY, William F. (Diann) Potter of Genesee, and Edward J. (Jeanne) Potter of Ripley, NY;  four sisters, Elsie (Elwin) Geer of Rexville, NY, Pauline (Duane) Gross of Coudersport, Marion (Gerald) Haskins of Genesee, and Geniese (Keith) Brewster of Bath, NY;  extended family;  and close friends.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Howard L. Potter, Charles D. Potter, James D. Potter.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The family requests that masks be worn.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Martha A. TAYLOR, 81, of Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born June 26, 1940, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of Ira and Mildred Rhodes Stocum.  On November 7, 1959, in Galeton, she married James E. Taylor, who predeceased her on October 12, 2004.  Martha was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  Surviving are:  two sons, James E. Taylor, Jr. of Galeton and Edward L. (Allison) Taylor of Elizabethtown, KY;  two daughters, Louise A. Taylor of Ulysses and Janice C. (Leigh) Monroe of Galeton;  seven grandchildren;  five siblings, Eva Shutt of Ulysses, John Stocum of Elkland, Marian Taylor of Harrison Valley, Emma Hoffman of York, and Alice (Robert) Owen of Galeton;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two siblings, Ira Stocum, Jr. and Helen Rheler.  Services will be private.  Burial will be in South Branch Cemetery, Galeton.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at