Public alerted to Spotted Lanterfly invasion. See story below.

…..Tioga County man arrested for killing father…Driver and passenger escape injury in vehicle fire….”theft” of equipment investigated by Coudersport state police….Both Shinglehouse residents charged with assault…..Officials discuss Lanterfly invasion….

Tioga County

A Tioga County man has been jailed for killing his estranged father in Sullivan Township Saturday morning. Troopers at Mansfield received a phone call, which was transferred from Tioga County Emergency Services. The phone call was from the suspect,  28 year old Zachery McCoon who reported that he had shot his estranged father, the victim, who entered his home and charged at him. Members from  the Mansfield station were dispatched and arrived within minutes. Troopers met the suspect as he was exiting the residence. Police said the suspect complied to all verbal commands and was placed into custody. Troopers than cleared the residence and attempted to render aid to the victim,  49 year old Trevor McCoon. The suspect was committed to the Tioga County Prison without bail following arraignment .Authorities say due to the nature of the investigation and interest in maintaining the integrity of the investigation, no further details will be provided at this time. The investigation is continuing.

A Ridgway driver and his passenger escaped injury in a vehicle fire last Tuesday afternoon in Richmond Township. State police explained Adam Maloney was going west on Route 6 when his passenger, Robert Kennedy of Emporium noticed flames in the rear of the 2008 Ford F-350. Maloney pulled over on the north side of the road and tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher. Mansfield Borough fire fighters arrived on scene and doused the fire.

Potter County

A theft  occurring last Thursday on Peet Brook Road in Allegany Township was investigated by state police at Coudersport. Turns out, a neighbor “borrowed” a lime spreader belonging to a 57 year old Coudersport man and didn’t tell the owner. The lime spreader, valued at $4,000 was returned to the owner.

Both Shinglehouse residents involved in a domestic violence incident on the evening of June 26 in Sharon Township are being charged with simple assault. Troopers claim a 59 year old man and a 65 woman slapped each other in the face during an argument.

Cameron County

An alleged assault on the afternoon of June 27 in Keating Township  Cameron County is being investigated by state police at Emporium. No details were released but the victims are listed as a 57 year old Dalmatia, PA and a 55 year old Olean, NY woman.


Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Penn State Extension Area Master Gardener Coordinator Valerie Sesler, Washington County Conservation District Manager Matthew Golden, and other state and local leaders last week  to discuss the threat that the spotted lanternfly poses and share information and resources to help Pennsylvanians limit the spread of the detrimental, invasive insect.

Those who find spotted lanternflies on their property can reduce the population and its impact by trapping and squishing them. Penn State Extension’s website includes instructions for making your own circle trap using easily obtainable items including plastic milk jugs, duct tape, screen wire, twine, hot glue and gallon-sized food-storage bags. Traps can also be purchased through agriculture and nursery supply stores.

Research funded by the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and private industry has advanced Pennsylvania’s understanding of the spotted lanternfly and how to safely control it in our climate and habitat. To learn how to recognize the insect and its eggs, how to separate common myths from, and how to safely control it on your property, visit Penn State Extension’s website,, or contact your local PSU Extension office.

In March, the state’s quarantine to control the insect expanded to 45 counties, including Cameron in the BlackForest Broadcasting Service Area. The quarantine prohibits the movement of any spotted lanternfly life stage including egg masses, nymphs, and adults, and regulates the movement of articles that may harbor the insect.

For more information on spotted lanternflies, visit