Shinglehouse teenager arrested on child porn charges….Several McKean County residents sentenced last week in county court….ID theft investigated by Lewis Run Troopers…a majority of hunters like Saturday opener for deer season…
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A Shinglehouse teenager has been arrested for child porn. On January 6, 2021, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation Northeast Computer Crime TaskForce with the assistance of Shinglehouse Borough Police Department executed a search warrant on an Englar residence in Shinglehouse for a child abuse material investigation Information for the search warrant was gleaned from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(NCMEC) who reported that a social media application was uploading an image of child abuse material (CSAM). At the search warrant, the defendant’s devices were seized for a forensic examination. The forensic examination showed 19 year old Tristan Michael Roszyk to be in possession and dissemination of child abuse material. On January 27, 2022 the Computer Crime Task Force met with the Shinglehouse Borough Police Chief and both parties reviewed data from the forensic extraction. The police chief identified four underage females from the extracted data. The defendant was allegedly in possession of unclothed images and videos of the underage females. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson approved 96 felony criminal charges against Roszyk– manufacturing, possessing, and dissemination of Sexual Abuse of Children. A preliminary arraignment was held by the Honorable Judge Kari Mccleaft and the defendant and the defendant bail was set at $250,000 straight cash bail. The defendant has been in prison since December 2020for indecent assault and corruption of minors. A preliminary hearing will be set for the next 7 to 10 business days.Task Force Agencies included: PSP Northeast Computer Crime Unit, FBI Williamsport, PA Office of Attorney General, West Hazleton Borough Police Department, Hazleton City Police Department, Lackawanna County District Attorney, Lycoming mCounty District Attorney, Luzerne County District Attorney with K9 Spike, Lycoming County District Attorney, Pike County District Attorney, and Wayne County District Attorney.
McKean CoundyDistrict Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, following a sentencing Thursday January 27, 2022, Matthew Howards was sentenced to 8 years to 16 years and one year of additional supervision for aggravated assault and other crimes. Howard had been convicted following a jury trial on December 20, 2021 for aggravated assault with a knife for stabbing another man in the City of Bradford as well as other crimes.
Also at the sentencing hearing, the defendant pled guilty to one count of Procuring a Weapon. While incarcerated at the McKean County Jail, the defendant made a made a weapon. The defendant will serve his sentence in the State Department of Corrections.
Also sentenced Thursday was Robert Fyfe who pled guilty to possessing a large number of child pornography images at his residence in the City of Bradford. Due to the number of images, the age of the children depicted, and the nature of the contact depicted in the photographs, Fyfe was sentenced to a period of incarceration of 8 years to 16 years plus 3 years of consecutive probation. The nature of the offenses requires that he also register as a sex offender under the statute previously known as Megan’s Law.
James Gavin WILLIAMS, III, was sentenced to a period of incarceration of 54 months to 108 months for crimes of Possession with Intent to Delivery (368 grams of methamphetamine and 28 grams of cocaine); Persons not to Possess Firearms; and Possessing Instruments of Crime in the City of Bradford between June 20, 2021 and July 2, 2021 The Pennsylvania SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) assisted City of Bradford Officers. The sentence will be served consecutively to a sentence he was previously ordered to serve following conviction for Persons Not to Possess Firearms for a total sentence of 63 months to 126 months and 1 year of consecutive reentry supervision.
A Coudersport man has been arrested for public drunkenness by state police at Lewis Run. Troopers claim 20 year old Dustin Crosby was caught allegedly trespassing at the barracks early Saturday morning. He was subsequently charged with underage consumption, trespassing and public drunkenness.
Troopers at Lewis Run have charged 48 year old Francis Kramer of Cyclone has been arrested for drug possession. Kramer’s2006 Ford was pulled over on Route 66 Thursday afternoon on a warrant for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody without incident.
No injuries were reported for a Buffalo area couple involved in a one-car accident last Friday afternoon in Hamlin Townwhip, McKean County. According to state police, Benjamin Donaldson of North Tonawanda was going north on Route 219 when his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado hit a patch of ice and skidded to the western side where it hit a ditch and a tree. Donaldson and his passenger, Liana JJ were using seatbelts.
A Smethport man also escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Route 46 in Keating Township. Brock Veilleux was going north when his Ford Ecosport crossed the center line and hit a snowbank.
An ID theft is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. An unknown thief used Rixford resident Lawrence Schuessler’s personal information to illegally obtain unemployment compensation.
Sixty percent of Pennsylvania deer hunters support a Saturday-after-Thanksgiving start to the firearms deer season, while another 12 percent have no preference between a Saturday or Monday opener, and 27 percent oppose a Saturday opener, based on recent survey results presented to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. Pennsylvania in 2019 shifted the opening day of firearms deer season, which for decades began on the Monday after Thanksgiving, to begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The past three firearms deer seasons opened on Saturday. The move was welcomed warmly by hunters who otherwise would have missed the opener due to work or school obligations, but now could participate. Others – especially if they travel to camp to hunt – said they liked the traditional Monday start better. But there hadn’t been any data to shed light onto which opinions were more popular.
The Game Commission in 2021 contracted with Responsive Management, a Virginia-based survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues, to conduct a telephone survey of Pennsylvania deer hunters to better know their opinions about the opening day of deer season.
As a condition of taking the survey, hunters had to have hunted at least once during the firearms deer season in 2017 and 2018, when the opening day was the Monday after Thanksgiving, and at least once during the 2019, 2020 or 2021 firearms deer seasons, all of which opened on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That ensured those surveyed had the opportunity to hunt both on Monday openers and Saturday openers at some point in the past five years, providing insight into how the change in the opening day might have impacted their hunting participation and attitudes.
In all, 2,009 resident Pennsylvania deer hunters 18 years old or older were surveyed, resulting in a minimum 95 percent level of confidence. The sampling error is, at most, plus or minus 2.18 percentage points.
The full report is available to view at the Game Commissions’ website www.pgc.pa.gov, under the “Quick Clicks” tab.
The survey allowed researchers to learn more about the hunters who responded, and what characteristics helped shape their opinions about the opening day of firearms deer season. For instance, support for a Saturday opener is higher among those 54 and younger. Support also is higher among those who have a child who hunts as opposed to those who don’t.
The top reasons cited by hunters who support a Saturday opener are that they have work obligations on Monday, that a Saturday opener provides increased hunting opportunities for themselves and others, and convenience with their child’s school schedule.
Conversely, opposition to the Saturday opener is higher among hunters 55 and older, and among those who hunted from a hunting camp on opening day, compared to those who did not. The most common reasons stated by those who oppose the Saturday opener are that the Monday opener was consistent with tradition, and their set up and enjoyment of hunting camp was rushed with the earlier start date.
Since establishing a Saturday firearms deer opener in 2019, the Game Commission has closely monitored the impacts of the change. Previous survey work showed the switch to a Saturday opener helped spur increased hunting license sales in 2019-20, a year when most states experienced decreased sales. Hunting license sales increased again in 2020-21 and remain higher compared to last license year with a Monday opener. The newly unveiled survey continues the Game Commission’s study of impacts of a Saturday opener.
While the survey made clear hunter opinions about the opening day of firearms deer season, it’s important to note, too, that the shift to a Saturday opener didn’t impact deer hunting for most.ccording to the survey, 62 percent of hunters said the change had no impact on their hunting. Meanwhile, 25 percent of hunters said it had a positive impact on their hunting, while only 11 percent – less than half as many – said it had a negative one.
The survey also found a majority of hunters – 60 percent – hunted on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the second day of the firearms deer season.
The results of the study on the Saturday opener are consistent with a separate study performed by the Game Commission that looked into “lapsed hunters,” meaning those who stopped purchasing licenses for a one year or more, but bought a hunting license in 2020.
on Human Dimensions Specialist Dr. Coren Jagnow and also presented to the board today, found that those who returned to hunting in 2020 said the Saturday opener had a positive impact on their decision to buy a license. Specifically, 53 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they started to hunt again in 2020 because the firearms deer season now opened on Saturday.
In addition, having the opening two days of firearms deer season on a weekend seemed to be especially appealing to this group. Their attitudes about and participation on those Sundays were highly correlated with their agreement that the Saturday opener encouraged them to hunt again.
Those who said they reactivated because of the Saturday opener also were more likely to say they started hunting again either because their child or grandchild asked them to go hunting or because they were invited by family and friends.
Commissioner Scott Foradora, who represents District 3 in northcentral Pennsylvania, said both studies provide yet more concrete evidence the Saturday opener is more convenient for the majority of hunters, and good for Pennsylvania deer hunting overall. That outcome is what the board was hoping to achieve in making the change three years ago, he said.
The state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 40,563. Deaths in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area to date are mostly holding steady.
Elk 84 (up 1)
McKean 124 (+1)
Potter 86 (up 2)
Tioga 184 (up 2)
Cattaraugus County in NY state has 205 total deaths reported an increase of 4). Allegany County has held steady at 142 total deaths (up 2).