Additional charges filed against Bradford man accused of multiple sexual assaults….DUI charges pending against Bradford driver after crash…Two McKean County men accused of assaulting each other….Theft of utility trailer investigated in Tioga County…. Legislation calling for responsible use of fertilizer now law…..

McKean County

A sixth victim has come forward claiming she was a victim of indecent assault by 51 year old Darvin Carpenter of Bradford. Carpenter was arrested Tuesday by state police for allegedly sexually assaulting five other victims between 2000 and this past week. Trooper Thompson charged the following on Thursday: Solicitation To Commit Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse on a Child under 16, Aggravated Assault on a Child under 16, Aggravated Indecent Assault Without Consent, Aggravated Indecent Assault By Forcible Compulsion, Corruption Of Minors, Indecent Assault By Forcible Compulsion, Indecent Exposure, Indecent Assault On A Child under 16, Indecent Assault Without Consent, And Distribution of Marijuana But Not For Sale. A central court hearing was scheduled for July 21 but was continued to July 28, 2022.Following arraignment, Carpenter was committed to the McKean County Jail where he remains in lieu of $5 million bail.

DUI charges are pending against a 48 year old Bradford driver following a crash Monday afternoon in Lewis Run. State police claim the suspect whose name they withheld, wrecked his 1996 Dodge Ram on Lafayette Avenue while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Minor injuries were reported for a young passenger after a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to troopers at Lewis Run, Alicia Priest was going west on Route 59 when her 2006 Chrysler went off the road and hit a guardrail  Priest and an 8 year old girl  were not hurt but a 5 year old boy was taken by ambulance to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries.

A Bolivar, NY driver escaped injury in a crash early Monday morning in Eldred Township. State police said 19 year old Mark Pangburn’s 2014 Dodge Ram failed to make a left hand curve, went off Route 446 and traveled into a ditch.

A tractor trailer operator escaped injury Monday afternoon when his Volvo went off of Route 219 while headed north. The driver was identified as Satnam Saini of Brampton, ON.

Two McKean County residents have been charged for physical harassment in connection to a fight taking place Tuesday night at 7 Bloomster Road in Hamlin Township. Troopers say when they investigated they found both 56 year old Timothy Kinney of Hazel Hurst and 37 year old Joseph Irons of Smethport assaulted each other.

Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing to investigate an argument taking place on the evening of July 12 at Bendigo State Park. A 53 year old Johnsonburg man is facing a charge of disorderly conduct. A 34 year old Johnsonburg man is listed as the victim.

Tioga County

The theft of a utility trailer is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. The black Sureload trailer belongs to a 35 year old Wellsboro man and was taken from Reese Hill Road Sunday evening. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.724.2151.

State police at Mansfield are charging a 54 year old Tioga PA man with physical harassment. Troopers allege the suspect whose name they withheld made unwanted physical contact toward a 75 year old Tioga man on Horton Hollow Road in Middlebury Township Tuesday evening.


Legislation sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) to mandate responsible use of fertilizer through updated application standards has been signed into law.Senate Bill 251, now Act 83 of 2022, sets clear standards for fertilizer application to turf and modernizes the state’s existing program to ensure proper testing and labeling of fertilizer products. It also directs the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to establish a new agricultural and homeowner education program to inform the public about best practices for the application of fertilizer.The nutrients in fertilizer promote plant growth on land, but when excess nitrogen or phosphorus enters surface water such as a stream or lake, it promotes the growth of harmful algae that suffocates aquatic life and increases the treatment cost of drinking water.

The enacted standards include best practices to reduce nutrient runoff, such as not applying fertilizer close to waterways, not applying fertilizer to frozen ground or impervious surfaces like sidewalks and driveways and applying the correct amount of fertilizer based on a soil test.

Bagged do-it-yourself fertilizer will not be able to contain phosphorus unless it is labeled for the establishment or repair of a lawn that requires phosphorus. Many of the available fertilizer products for lawns already comply.

The legislation received overwhelming support in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—William T. “Ted” Wichert, Jr., 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Monday, January 30, 1933 in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of William T. Sr. and Helen M. Chamberlin Wichert. On August 24, 1957 in Mansfield, he married Joyce L. Bowman, who passed away on October 24, 2009.Ted graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1952. In high school, he played football and basketball. He was the first basketball player in the 1000 Point Club in the school. After high school, Ted served in the US Coast Guard. He then attended Mansfield Teacher’s College, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.Ted spent his whole career at Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse, teaching 5th and 6th grade Math and Science. While there, he also for a number of years, drove a school bus. He started the Hunter Safety program in the school. He was a basketball coach and was a certified life guard at the “Sunnyside swimming hole”.Ted attended the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. He was a life member and past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 where he, along with his wife in their younger years, were very active members. He was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was a member and Past Master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Ismailia Shrine in Buffalo, where he was active in the Shrine Circus. He was a member of the Oneida Fishing Club. He loved to fish, hunt, camp, cook, play cards, and make sauerkraut in October. At one time he assisted with Little League and Junior Little League in Shinglehouse. He very much enjoyed attending sporting events at Oswayo Valley. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are two sons, William T. “Tedd” (Deb) Wichert and Kent A. (Lisa) Wichert, both of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren, Amy Wichert, Jason Wichert, Eric Wichert, Ryan (Margie) Wichert, Chelsea (Andrew) Bean, Lindsey (Adam) Jandrew, Jake Wichert, Jillian Wichert, and Noah Wichert; four great-grandchildren, Bentley Wichert, Morgan Wichert, Beau Jandrew, and Emmie “Emily as Poppi called her” Jandrew; a sister, Sandra Schreiber of Hughesville; and three nephews.Ted was predeceased by his parents and his wife.Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Preston Hutchins, Jr., of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 12:30pm in the funeral home on Tuesday. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SYSBA (Shinglehouse Youth Softball Baseball Association), PO Box 516, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Ted’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Ted, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Thursday’s high, 83; Overnight low 54