After several rain delays last year, the Coudersport Arboretum stage was dedication Friday, May 27. The Coudersport High School Show Choir (shown here)  provided music along with members of the high school band.m The event was well attended.

fatal shooting probed in Bradford….Emporium man jailed following arraignment on slew of drug charges….Fugitive wanted in Allegheny County nabbed in Elk County….Game Commission says leave young wildlife alone…

City of Bradford Police are investigating a shooting death within the city that occurred in the early morning hours of May 29, 2022.  A male from Buffalo is deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, District Attorney, reports that the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the death and officers with the City of Bradford Police, PA State Police Forensic Services and Reconstruction, the District Attorney, County Detective, Coroner, and City of Bradford Fire Department responded to the scene to aid the investigation.Chief Michael Ward advises that the parties involved have been identified and the circumstances known do not indicate any threat to the community.He asks that anyone with information to contact the City of Bradford Police Department at (814) 887-4911.

An Emporium man  is facing a slew of charges after being arrested on the afternoon of May 23 a 1  E. Fourth Street in that town. State police report they were called to that location for a domestic violence assault and found that 37 year old Brandon Catalone was involved in the altercation and wrecked his vehicle while trying to leave the area before police arrived. Troopers claim when they interviewed Catalone he became agitated and refused verbal commands. While performing a pat-down search for weapons, authorities removed a set of metal knuckles. After a brief struggled Catalone refused to be taken into custody. After a brief struggle, cops eventually secured Catalone and removed suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl and other prescription drugs and paraphernalia. After obtaining a warrant to search his vehicle, police found 15 grams of loose fentanyl, 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and Lorazepam pills all located inside a false bottom Liquid Wrench diversion can safe The search also yielded a plethora of drug packing materials, a digital scale with residue. An additional diversion can safe was empty. After being arraigned of possession prohibited weapons, resisting arrest and related drug offenses was jailed in lieu of $135,000 bail. Catalone was arrested for threatening physical contact in connection to a domestic violence incident a few minutes earlier that day. State police who were called to a home on West Fourth Street and  found that Catalone had harassed a 30 year old Emporium woman.

A state employee escaped injury in a car/deer collision Saturday night in Norwich Township, McKean County. The Dodge Dart, owned by the commonwealth was going south on Route 46 when the collision occurred . The car came to rest about 150 yards from the McKean/Cameron County line. The driver’s name was not released

A Pittsburgh man was taken to the Elk County Jail; after troopers at Ridgway discovered he was wanted on an Allegheny County PA warrant. The 41 year old suspect was stopped on the Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township Saturday afternoon for a speeding violation.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 34 year old Massapequa  Park, NY for drug possession. The suspect was arrested following a traffic stop on the Wilcox Road in Ridgway Township Saturday afternoon. The suspect  was a passenger in a 2010 Mercury Marquis  and was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby. So when encountering young wildlife, be it deer, birds, raccoons or other animals, the best thing you can do is leave it alone.

Adult animals often leave their young while they forage for food, but they don’t go far and they do return. Wildlife also often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young. Deer employ this strategy, and deer fawns sometimes are assumed to be abandoned when, in fact, their mothers are nearby. The Game Commission urges Pennsylvanians to resist the urge to interfere with young wildlife or remove any wild animal from its natural setting. Such contact can be harmful to both people and wildlife. Wild animals can lose their natural fear of humans, making it difficult, even impossible, for them to ever again live normally in the wild. And anytime wildlife is handled, there’s always a risk people could contract diseases or parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice. Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans also can pose a public-safety risk. Some years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. The investigation into the incident revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn, and they continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack. It is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal. Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal, and under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild because the risk of spreading disease is too high.Animals infected with rabies might not show obvious symptoms, but still might be able to transmit the disease. Though any mammal might carry rabies, the rabies vector species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs. People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound. Only wildlife rehabilitators, who are licensed by the Game Commission, are permitted to care for injured or orphaned wildlife for the purposes of eventual release back into the wild. For those who find wildlife that truly is in need of assistance, a listing of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website, www.pawr.comOpens In A New Window.If you are unable to identify a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, contact the Game Commission by phone at 610-926-3136.