Ag Progress Days Underway near State College. See Story below.

Galeton man charged with terroristic threats….more burglaries and thefts  investigated n Tioga County….Emporium woman victim of wire fraud…..Ag Progress Days being held near State College

Potter County

A Galeton man has been charged for terroristic threats. State police allege 60 year old Gerald Morral fired BBS into his neighbor’s garage on Alpine Lane in West Branch Township last Thursday afternoon while four

victims were having a gathering inside the garage. The victims have been identified as a 64 year old woman from Tower City, a 66 year old Galeton woman, a 66 year old Tower City man and a 61 year old Brunswick, NJ man. Morral has been arrested for simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats, stalking, and  disorderly conduct.

Two people involved in a disagreement at the Genesee Park  Friday night have been arrested by state police for physical harassment. Both 45 year old  Amy Butler of Dansville and 29 year old  Bradley Clark of Wellsville will answer charges in District Court.

A 26 year old Tioga man was arrested by Coudersport based state police for violating a protection from abuse order last Wednesday night on the Whites Corners Road in Harrison Township.

State police at Coudersport arrested 29 year old Anthony Childs of Hinsdale, NY for DUI after stopping his 1999 Jeep on West Main Street In Pike Township on the night of June 23. Troopers claim Childs was impaired and possessed marijuana and paraphernalia.

DUI charges are also being filed against 29 year old Richard Earle of Austin. Troopers said they stopped Earle’s 2002 GMC  on Route 607 the morning of June 11 when they observed him committing traffic violations.

Tioga County

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating another Tioga County burglary. Thieves stole multiple tools and power equipment from  a truck parked at Wellsboro Equipment on Whitneyville Road in Charleston Township on the afternoon of July 27. $1660 worth of items was taken including a chain saw, drill, sledge hammer, blow torch, wooden crate and a  back pack. Several items were also stolen from a nearby residence. Police say their investigation has led to multiple other thefts in the area.

Another catalytic converter theft is being probed by state police at Mansfield. The equipment was taken from a 1986 Ford F-150 while it was parked Friday night on East Creek Road in Covington Township. The truck is owned by a 43 year old Marysville man. Yesterday we reported troopers investigated the theft of 14 catalytic converters in Tioga County recently.

The theft of a 2007 blue and white Yamaha dirt bike is also being investigated by troopers at Mansfield. The bike, owned by a 26 year old Groton, NY man was taken from Scott Road  Clymer Township sometime over the past several months.

 Anyone with information about any of the thefts is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

  Cameron County

No injuries were reported for a Kittanning driver after a one-vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon on Low Grade Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police report William Douglass was going north on Route 555 whenhis GMC Terrain went off the road before stopping.

A theft by deception wire fraud victimizing a 49 year old Emporium woman is being investigated by state police at Emporium. A fake check bearing the victim’s  name  and Northwest Bank account number was used in the amount of $347.40. Authorities encourage everyone to change their passwords regularly to avoid similar incidents.


Governmental officials and industry representatives will join academic leaders and experts to discuss a wide range of issues and policies affecting Pennsylvania agriculture during several events at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11.

The annual expo draws as many as 50,000 agricultural producers, consumers and families from around the state for displays, workshops, tours and demonstrations. A variety of planned events and exhibits will feature representatives from state and federal agencies, state legislators and cabinet officials, and a federal lawmaker. Scheduled events include the following:

Transitioning Ag Businesses: Positioning for the Future, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1-2:30 p.m., Red Barn Annex and via webinar.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, this session will feature state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Rick Roush, Pennsylvania ag producers, Penn State Extension specialists and other experts who will highlight strategies and considerations for new and beginning farmers, resources available to ease transition, and opportunities to grow support for their businesses. Topics may include the state’s beginning farmer tax credit, transition planning to preserve farming and urban farmer apprenticeship programs, among others. There will be limited space for a live audience. The session can also be accessed online, with no registration required.

Joint Informational Meeting of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Red Barn Annex.

This session is open to the public.

Update from U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2-3:30 p.m., College Exhibits Building Theater.

Glenn “GT” Thompson, congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District, will provide the latest updates from Washington and highlight solutions the House Ag Committee is developing to address issues facing farmers. This session will include a question and answer period.

Elsewhere on the grounds, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Building will house exhibits and presentations covering several state initiatives, such as programs in animal and plant health, food assistance, food safety, farmland preservation, PA Preferred and urban farming.

In addition, other exhibit areas will afford visitors opportunities to learn about governmental services and programs that may help them address production or economic challenges. Among state and federal agencies represented at the event will be the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; the state Department of Environmental Protection; the Pennsylvania Game Commission; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Farm Service Agency and National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 10; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website. Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #agprogressdays, and the event also can be found on Facebook (@AgProgressDays).

Monday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 71; .08” of rain