K-9s fail to find drugs at Bradfurd schools. See story below.

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State police investigate theft of $10,,000 from Ulysses resident…Property damage hit and run in Genesee Township  investigated Sawed off shotgun found in Wilcox drug suspect’s  home… search at two Bradford schools fails to find drugs…


Coudersport based state police are continuing to investigate a theft of $10,000 belonging to a 43 year old Ulysses man. Troopers report two checks, amounting to $5,000 belonging to the victim in late February were fraudulently signed and deposited into another person’s account.

Troopers at Coudersport are also investigating a theft at the Genesee Kwik Fill last Sunday morning. An unknown suspect  drove off without paying for his gasoline at around10:00 am.

A hit and run taking place at around 9:00am last Sunday on the Burrell Road in Genesee Township was investigated by state police at Coudersport. An unknown vehicle failed to make a left curve, veered off the road and traveled into a yard at 121 North Genesee Street, hit a fence and broke two of its posts. The driver fled the scene without providing information to the property owner or police.

Two Wilcox residents have been arrested for drug possession and other offenses. State police at Ridgway report the incident began  when they assisted parole officers in apprehending  49 year old Todd Stahli for a parole violation. When they accompanied parole officers to Stahli’s residence on the Wilcox Road, they allegedly found drugs. After obtaining a search warrant, officers claim they

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found a large amount of methamphetamine, pills, drug packaging, paraphernalia,  And a modified shotgun with an obliterated serial number. Pauline Stahli, 65 was also arrested for drug related charges.

Troopers at Ridgway have charged an unidentified suspect for stealing mislaid property. Police claim an 18 year old Weedville resident dropped $100 while checking out of the Family Dollar Store on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township Sunday morning. The suspect allegedly picked up the money and made attempt to locate the owner, however his identity was discovered and the money was returned to the victim.

Cyber thieves used the ID of a 66 year old Eldred man to apply for a credit card. No further information was released.

Drug possession charges are pending against 52 year old James Kaziska of Port Allegany. State police allege when they stopped his 2019 Dodge Ram on Route 155 last Tuesday night, they found him in possession of a controlled substance.

State police at Lewis Run have charged 57 year old Timothy Garity of Kane with altering the inspection sticker on his 1999 Mercury. Troopers discovered the alteration when they stopped Garity on Route 6 in Hamilton Township for committing a traffic violation Tuesday afternoon.

No one was hurt in a collision Thursday morning in Eldred Township.  Troopers said the collision occurred when 18 year old Jamie Lockwood of Eldred was going west on Route 446 and crossed the center line, hitting a GMC K1500 driven by Kenneth Shelley of Smethport. Both drivers and a passenger in Lockwood’s Toyota Corolla, Jamie Lockwood, were using seatbelts.

Vandals damaged a 2021 Kia Motors Forte owned by Dawn Windsor of Eldred while it was parked on Railroad Street between 10:00 pm March 5 and 5:00 am the next year. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the Lewis Run Barracks, 814.368.9230.

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer and Chief Michael Ward report that K9s trained to detect narcotics came to Bradford on March 25, 2022. The search was requested by Bradford Area school administration to ensure the safety of students and the school facilities.  McKean County Drug Task Force K9 “LG,” NFTA Transit Police (Buffalo) K9 “Zev,” and Warren County Detectives and Drug Task Force K9 “Dina,” along with their handlers Officer Bob Rinfrette, Officer Nicholas Nesci, and Warren County Chief Detective Thomas Kibbey searched Bradford Area High School and Fretz Middle School.  Keeping students safe and drug-free remain a priority for area school districts, District Attorney’s Office, and area law enforcement.

The K9s are specially trained to detect narcotics and, when they alert on their presence, give a signal to their handlers.  K9 handlers go through extensive training with their K9s to learn the animals’ behaviors as well as to stay current on drug trends and concealment methods.

The McKean County Detectives, McKean County Drug Task Force including officers from Bradford City Police and Smethport Borough Police, and Warren County Drug Task Force accompanied the K9s.  The School Resource Officers were present as well.  Pictured are the K9s at work along with their handlers and School Resource Officer Shelby Walters playing with McKean County Drug Task Force K9 “LG.”

If you would like the K9s to search your facility or to request a presentation on narcotics for students of any age, please contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312.

A 17 year old Emporium driver  has been cited for improper backing after a hit and run taking place last Sunday on Valley View Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police explain the youth was backing up, trying to make a three-point turn and his 2016 Jeep Cherokee knocked over a mailbox post. The driver, who was not hurt,  was identified several hours later.

The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,152 Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 20

Elk 97

McKean 138

Potter 91

Tioga 191

All 154 (+1)

Emiline M. “Em” SOKOL, 83, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Friday, March 25, 2022 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born May 28, 1938, in Morris, she was the daughter of James and Mildred Priset Collins.  On January 14, 1969, in Langhorn, she married Frank Sokol, who predeceased her on January 14, 2003.  Em was a member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary in Ulysses, Raymond Richar VFW Auxiliary in Galeton, and Women of the Moose Chapter #556 in Galeton.  She loved playing bingo and socializing with friends.  She was known as “Aunt Dope” by her nieces and nephews.  Surviving are: six children, Becky (Kenneth) Thompson of Ulysses, James (Lori) Pepperman of Linden, Steven Pepperman of Avis, Daniel Pepperman of Jessup, MD, Linda Pepperman of Williamsport, and Nancy (Eric Sampsel) Pepperman of Linden; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Davis of Wellsboro, Connie Williams of Morris, and Donna (Lonnie) Osgood of Morris; nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Nella Lynn Preston; and a brother, Robert Collins.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, April 1, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.