The 80th State Laurel Festival is going on all week in Wellsboro. See schedule events on our calendar page.

Potter County

State police at Coudersport investigated a burglary taking place between 7:00 am and 11:00 am Wednesday  in Harrison Township. The burglar entered the home of a Westfield couple and left articles of clothing on the front porch. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

No one was hurt when a tractor-trailer and an SUV collided in Galeton Saturday night.  According to state police, the collision occurred when David Crawford of Bradford who was traveling east, made wide turn from East Main Street onto Bridge Street causing his Westar 4900EX to hit the front bumper of  a Ford Explorer driven by William Yoder of Galeton. Crawford was cited for improper turning.

Elk County

A theft of some guns from a Ridgway Township home between April 16 and last Friday is being probed by  troopers in Elk County. Thieves stole a Benelli 12 gauge shotgun; a Winchester lever action 30/30 and a .32 caliber revolver, make unknown. A Velvet Crown Royal bag containing about $200 in coins was also taken. The items belong to a 39 year old Ridgway man.

Troopers at Ridgway did not release the name of a 29 year old St. Marys man charged with criminal mischief on June 2 at the St. Marys Walmart. The suspect is accused of damaging several cards, a lanyard and a clipboard valued at a total of $222.26.

DUI charges are being filed against a 71 year old Kersey man by state police at Ridgway. Troopers claim they were called to a location on Boone Mountain Road in Fox Township for a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2008 Mercury Mariner and the driver allegedly showed multiple signs of impairment.

Cameron County

State police at Emporium  have a suspect for a burglary taking place early Saturday morning on East 5th Street Extension in that town.  A 44 year old Valley Cottage, NY man told police a large amount of tools was taken from his residence and the investigation is continuing.

Tioga County

Mansfield based state police are investigating a minor burglary occurring Friday afternoon on Route 249 in Chatham Township. A thief took some loose change and cigarettes from a purse belonging to a 35 year old Westfield woman. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 570.662.2151.

A Benton, PA resident has been charged with writing a bad check to a Tioga County business on June 1. Authorities claim 59 year old Ira Nienhueser wrote a worthless check for $1,783.94 to Kecks Food Services in Millerton.

Mansfield state police have charged 32 year old Amanda Rice of Wellsboro with DUI.  Troopers claim when they stopped her on West Wellsboro Street in Mansfield last Wednesday evening, they determined she had been driving her 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee under the influence.


Legislation authored by state Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) has been successfully amended into a bill that would increase benefits for emergency responders and is now on its way to the Senate following overwhelming bipartisan support in the House.

Early last year, Struzzi sponsored House Bill 612, which would provide loan forgiveness and tuition assistance for students and graduates who are active volunteer firefighters. That legislation is part of changes made to House Bill 2157, which the House advanced Wednesday.

Using Struzzi’s bill language as a vehicle, House Bill 2157 would target $1 million for the afore-mentioned loan forgiveness and tuition assistance. The legislation also calls for the following:

  • $1.5 million for the EMS Grant Program

  • $250,000 for online firefighter training

  • $1 million for training EMS personnel

  • $500,000 for EMS training center capital grants

  • $500,000 for career fire department capital grants

  • $250,000 for a public safety campaign on the use of fireworks

  • Any remaining money would be equally divided between the EMS Grant Program and for making grants under the Fire Company Grant Program