Genesee resident charged with aggravated assault….Port Allegany woman accused of physical harassment….DUI charges filed against Emporium driver after crash…On-line child porn incident investigated by Lewis Run State Police….State Committee holding hearing today on proposed congressional map….. https://soundcloud.com/gerri-miller-611294886/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-january-4-2022

Potter County

A 19 year old Genesee resident is being charged with aggravated assault for an attack allegedly taking place at 55 Cross Road in Harrison Township early Saturday morning. Troopers claim the suspect committed the crime against a 42 year old Harrison Valley man.

McKean County

A 25 year old Port Allegany woman has been charged with physical harassment for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last Thursday evening on Main Street in Eldred.

DUI charges are being filed against 41 year old Joshua Crum of Emporium following a one-vehicle crash New Years Eve in Liberty Township, McKean County. State police allege Crum was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt under the influence when it wrecked on Route 6 at around 9:30 pm.

A Port Allegany driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Liberty Township. Jason Ray was going north when his Ford F-150XLT veered across on the North Open Brook Road and struck a tree head-on. Police said Ray was seat belted at the time.

Troopers at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate a report of sexual abuse of a child by photo/video via social media between December 1, 2020 and this past Sunday. Charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors could be filed against the person responsible.


The   State House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will host a public hearing today  to discuss the community impacts of the House redistricting map given preliminary approval by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission in mid-December.

Testifiers will include Allegheny County Councilwoman Cindy Kirk, Westmoreland County Commissioner Sean Kertes, McCandless Township Councilmember Jason Singer, Shaler Township Manager Timothy Rogers, Harrison Township Commissioner Charles Dizard, Moon Township Supervisor Allan Bross and others. The hearing will be held at 4:00pm in the McCandless Town Hall, Wexford, PA Live web streaming will be available, barring technical difficulties, at PAHouseGOP.com.

The redistricting commission is made up of Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Delaware/Philadelphia) and Chairman Mark Nordenberg, who was appointed by the Supreme Court and is the former chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.

Republican lawmakers contend that the Democrats and Nordenberg took part in extreme gerrymandering. Twelve Republican incumbents are pitted against each other in the proposed map, whereas only two Democrats are in the same position. Democrats also forced three Republican members into districts that are solid Democratic seats.

Additionally, Republicans say  the Democrats have carved most cities up across the Commonwealth. Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, State College and Scranton are all gerrymandered seats in an effort for the Democrats to increase their political power.

The Pennsylvania Health Department has confirmed Covid-19 cases as of noon Monday in the Black Forest Broadcasting Area.






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CERES, Pa.—Kenneth C. “Ken” Bell, 72, of Ceres, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.

Born on Tuesday, February 15, 1949, in Olean, he was a son of Calvin G. and Ruth M. Thompson Bell. On October 23, 1971, in Portville, N.Y., he married Kayleen “Kay” S. Holmberg, who survives. They just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Ken was a 1967 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. After graduation, Ken worked on the family farm. He was a lifelong farmer, owning and operating 4-D Acres Farm. Ken also worked for Taylor-Armstrong in Eldred and was also a truck driver for Tor-View Farms in Coneville, Scott Brothers, and for Stroehmann’s in Olean.

Ken was a founding member and a deacon of Grace Bible Church (now Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church) in Shinglehouse. He enjoyed hunting. His life was his devotion to the Lord and his family, especially his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years; four children, Debra S. (Brian) Harley of Harleysville, Pastor Daniel J. (Shay) Bell of Forked River, NJ, Douglas C. (Meagan) Bell of Shinglehouse, and Denise M. Bell of Ceres; seventeen grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandchild to be born in May; two sisters, Carol Taylor of Shinglehouse and Gertrude Trimble of Oswayo; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by two brothers, Bernie Haynes and infant Calvin Bell; and a sister, June Huston.

Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with his son, Pastor Daniel J. Bell of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Browns Mills, NJ, along with his Pastor, Phil Seely, of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Ken’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ken, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Byron R. McCleary, 67, of Coudersport, died Sunday, January 2, 2022 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.


Byron was born on June 20, 1954 in Warren, OH, the son of the late Richard R. and Carol Ann (Carson) McCleary.  On October 18, 2003, he married the former Anne Constantine and they have celebrated 18 years of marriage.

Byron was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was employed for many years with Level 3, Coudersport, where he served in many capacities including as a communications tech.  Byron was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport and was a former vestry member.  He was a member of the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport, and he enjoyed reading, history, baseball and time with his family and extended family.

In addition to his wife, Anne McCleary, Byron is survived by a brother, William (Teressa) McCleary  of Warren, OH; a sister, Gayle (Russell Putt) Cassidy of Austintown, OH; three step children; Kathryn (Thomas) Tangretti, Bethany (Randy Shantel) Redmond, and Mark (Silvana Angeli) Zedonek, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service at the Christ Episcopal Church will be announced at a later date.


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