West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club had a chicken bbq Saturday

Area state police investigate numerous crashes.

State police at Lewis Run have charged  Johnsonburg resident with speeding following a one-vehicle crash last Sunday on Route 59 in Lafayette Township. Jordan Larner, 21, was going west when his Elantra Hyundai went off the west shoulder and collided with a utility pole. Larner was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

A Turtlepoint woman was not hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday evening in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers said Aurora Dinch was going north when her 2017 Subaru Crosstrek failed to make a curve, went off the road, struck a mailbox and down an embankment before stopping. A 12 year old Smethport boy, riding in the SUV,  also escaped injury.

Both drivers escaped injury in a minor collision last  Thursday morning in Otto Township. Vehicles driven by David Coffman of Rixford and Timothy McCommons of Coudersport on the Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. Troopers said the collision occurred when Rixford resident David Coffman’s Chrysler 200 crossed the center line and sideswiped a 2019 Chevrolet Express driven by Timothy McCommons of Coudersport.Two passengers in the McCommons unit also were  unhurt.

Minor injuries were reported for a Duke Center woman after a one-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Otto Township. According to state police Denise Whiteman lost control of her 2017 Subaru Forester when she swerved to avoid an animal on the road. The car went off the road and hit a ditch/embankment head-on. Whiteman was taken by ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center.

DUI charges are pending against a 35 year old Emporium man after a one-vehicle crash early Friday morning in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police did not release the name of the suspect but say they determined he was driving his 2009 Hyundai Accent under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Both Kersey  drivers escaped injury in a minor mishap last Thursday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County.  According to troopers 19 year old Kendra Bonfardin failed to notice that Dylan Grunthaner had stopped  waiting to turn into his driveway and her Ford Escape side swiped the driver’s side of his his Hyundai Santa Fe when she swerved to avoid a rear-end collision.

A Kane driver was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries after his 2015  Chevrolet Malibu went off of Highland Road on a right hand curve struck an embankment and rolled over. Troopers cited Daniel Hollabaugh for speeding and DUI in connection to the collision.

One driver was hurt in a collision Saturday morning in Ridgway Township. According to Ridgway state police, Shawn Schaffer failed to yield to oncoming traffic and made a left turn in front of a 2004 Lexus ES350 driven by Josephine Erb of State College. Erb was transported to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries while  Schaffer was unhurt.

No injuries were reported for a Sigel, PA man whose SUV  wrecked on Laurel Mill Road in Spring Creek Township Elk County. Ridgway state police report Corey Williams was  going west when his GMC Acadia went off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Legislation authored by State Rep. Joe Hamm (R-Lycoming/Union) that would help emergency responders answer calls has passed the House unanimously.During the governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, the regulation that increased the number of EMRs/EMTs required per ambulance was waived to facilitate access to critical healthcare services. By extending this waiver, it will be easier for Basic Life Support (BLS) Units from Volunteer Fire Companies to respond with a certified driver and an EMT.

Questions about this or any other state-related issue can be directed to Hamm’s office at 570-546-2084.


The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,641 (+37) Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are holding steady.

Cameron 20

Elk 101

McKean 140

Potter 92

Tioga 193 (+1)

All 154

Cat 221