High School roof fire calls out Coudesport Fire Department, see story below.


….Ridgway woman jailed after young child found walking on the road….Theft of quad runner in Lafayette Township investigated….McKean County jail inmate arrested for vandalism….Accidental fire at Coudersport High School doused by volunteers….

Elk County

A Ridgway woman has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arraigned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. According to state police, they were called to 57 Long Level Road in Ridgway Township just before 9:00 am Tuesday morning by a motorist who saw a young child wandering on the road at the intersection of Route 948 and the Long Level Road. Police discovered the two year old boy had been unsupervised for about 45 minutes and the guardian was determined to be 42 year old Jessica Smith of Ridgway. The investigation is continuing.

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run are investigating the theft of a vehicle in Lafayette Township between May 29 and this past Sunday. A green 1997 Suzuki quad runner was taken from a location on Bingham Road . Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814.368.9230.

The theft of some PennDot equipment is also being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Thieves took two PennDot flags from a construction site on Route 446 in Eldred Township last Wednesday afternoon. An orange construction sign was damaged to the tune of $300.

A Bradford woman  and her passenger escaped injury in one vehicle mishap last Wednesday in Corydon Township. According to state police, Ashley Root’s 2007 Chevrolet Impala failed to make a right turn while headed north, went off the road and hit a tree. Root and  her passenger, Kolorado Banks also of Bradford were using seatbelts.

No injuries were reported for a Knox, PA woman whose car collided with a deer on Route 219 Tuesday morning. Trena Myers was going north and was unable to avoid hitting the whitetail with her 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.

An inmate at the McKean County Jail has been arrested for criminal mischief. State police allege 30 year old Daniel Vargus of Bradford damaged a mailbox by punching it Tuesday afternoon. The mailbox is valued at $305.

A 28 year old Eldred man has been cited for violating state dog law. Troopers claim the suspect allowed his dog to victimize a 14 year old Eldred boy on Campbell Ally in Eldred on June 4.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 41 year old Michael Holden of Rixford for disorderly conduct. The charges were filed after troopers responded to a noise  complaint filed by a neighbor  Christian Jones.

Potter County

Members of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department were called to the Coudersport Area High School around 5:20 pm Wednesday for a fire on the roof. When firefighters arrived,  maintenance as well as contractors were attempting to extinguish the fire in an area where àn HVAC Unit had been removed the day before. According to chief Bryan Phelps, the fire was caused by the use of torches and grinders from the day before that had thrown sparks and molten slag into the insulation allowing it to smolder and ignite .Crews fully extinguished and overhauled the area, bringing the fire under control within 10 minutes. Damage to the structure was minimal and cause was determined accidental and there  were no injuries. All crews and apparatus returned to quarters and placed in-service approximately 1 hour later.  In all 24 fire fighters responded to this incident.

Harassment charges are pending against both Emporium men involved in an argument early Tuesday morning on West 4th Street in that town. A disagreement between a 43 year old and a 42 year old escalated into a physical altercation just after midnight.

Mansfield state police are filing DUI charges against a 54 year old Liberty, PA man whose name they have withheld. Troopers say when they stopped the suspect’s 2014 Honda on Route 287 in Duncan Township on the evening of May 29, they determined he had been driving the car under the influence of alcohol.

A 20 year old Tioga, PA resident is being charged with defiant criminal trespass. State police, are withholding the name of the suspect who has repeatedly entered the Pump N Pantry on Main Street in that town even that he is not allowed to go into the store.

Junior firefighters are one step closer to having access to improved training after the House unanimously approved a bill by Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) to prepare junior firefighters for becoming full firefighters.House Bill 2268 would permit a 17-year-old junior firefighter to complete the Interior Firefighting Module with Live Burns training program in the Fire Training System. Currently, only people age 18 and over are allowed to enroll in the training program.In order to take the additional training at 17, junior firefighters would need to have the permission of their parents and fire chief. This would mean that when a junior firefighter turns 18 years old, he or she would immediately be able to serve their communities as a full-fledged firefighter.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.