…Two Potter County residents bilked out of thousands of dollars….vandals damage wheat crop in West Branch Township…two women hurt in separate motorcycle accidents…Roulette residents cited for argument over car….restrictions have been lifted on Route 321 work zone….Bill would open Pennsylvania Primaries…

 Potter County

Two Potter County residents were bilked out of  thousands of dollars according to state police at Coudersport. The victims are listed as a 79 year old Genesee man and a 51 year old Coudersport woman. Authorities say the victims sent $31,235 in pre-paid gift cards to two crooks who claimed to work for Publisher’s Clearing House. It was later discovered to be a scam.

A criminal mischief taking place July 20 in West Branch Township is being investigated by state police. ATV’s drove through a field on South Mitchell Road damaging a wheat crop belonging to a 17 year old Galeton resident. Damage is estimated to be $500.

Vandals caused $50 in damage to a window in a trailer parked on Harrison Fox Hill Road Saturday. The  trailer belongs to Mark Reading of Manheim, PA.

A Hinsdale NY motorcyclist was hurt Saturday afternoon in an accident on Route 44 In Hebron Township. State police said Lisa See lost control of her Harley Davidson on a left hand curve. She was taken to UPMC Cole by Coudersport Volunteer ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

Two Roulette residents have been arrested for physical harassment in connection to a dispute last Thursday at 126 Main Street in the village. Troopers say a 71 year old man and a 55 year old woman hit each other while arguing about a 2018 Ford Focus.


Serious injuries were reported for a Vandergrift PA woman following a motorcycle crash on August 8 on the Quehanna Highway in Benezette Township. According to state police, Renee Hileman was speeding when her Yamaha XT 250 failed to make a left hand curve, went off the pavement and collided with a guard rail. She was taken by State Medevac to UPMC Altoona.

DUI charges were filed against 51 year old Tammy Lytle of Jay Township after she was stopped for numerous traffic violations on Route 255 in Jay Township back on June 22. State police claim Lytle was driving her 2006 Dodge under the influence of drugs.

McKean County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area motorists that a lane closure on Route 321 and southbound detour were removed Monday. These restrictions were needed for roadway improvement work near Kane from Wilson Run to Spring Street.

Southbound and northbound traffic are now able to travel on Route 321 through the work zone. Remaining work will be done during daylight hours and will take place under an alternating traffic pattern for both directions, controlled by roadway flagging. PennDOT expects all work to be done by the end of August.

This work is part of a $6.4 million group contract to address various roadways in McKean County. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this job.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Bill would allow full participation of 1.3 million independent voters


Legislation authored by Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), which would allow almost 1.3 million Pennsylvanians not registered with either of the two major parties to cast a ballot in either the Republican or Democratic primary, was the subject of a House State Government Committee hearing held at Villanova University Tuesday.

House Bill 1369 would allow independent and unaffiliated voters to choose a party primary in which to participate on Primary Election Day. It would not affect those registered either Republican or Democrat.

Experts say independent voters are the fastest-growing group of voters.

Testifying together were Alan Novak, former chairman of the Republican State Committee, and TJ Rooney, former chairman of the Democratic State Committee.

Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, a retired Marine, testified about the disenfranchisement of veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Marilyn Kelly-Cavotta, a retired Army staff sergeant and co-chair of Ballot PA Vets, also offered testimony.

Other testifiers included Jennifer Bullock, director of Independent Pennsylvanians, and Ben Williams, Esq. of the National Conference of State Legislatures.