Genesee Township theft investigated…young passenger hurt in Coudersport rear-end collision….catalytic converter stolen in McKean County….Vandals fired paint balls against a Liberty Township vehicle….State agencies enforcing traffic laws this weekend….

Potter County

A theft on O’Donnell Road in Genesee Township early Monday morning remains under investigation by state police at Coudersport. Thieves stole a gray purse, two Red Lobster, one Visa and one Target gift card a black wallet, a Visa prepaid card with $5 remaining on it and a black briefcase. Value of the stolen items is estimated to be $184.

State police are getting used to withholding names. Troopers did not release the name of either Coudersport driver involved in a rear-end collision recently. After being encouraged to reveal more information, troopers said  A 2014 Chevrolet Traverse  driven by 18 year  Dylan Burdick ran into the back of a 2017 Toyota Tundra driven by Scott Andrews on Route 6 East in Coudersport borough Tuesday afternoon when Andrews  stopped for a line of traffic at a bus stop. A 9 year old boy riding in the Andrews truck  was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. Andrews declined treatment for minor injuries. Burdick was not hurt but cited for careless driving.

A 17 year old Roulette boy is  facing charges of physical harassment for a domestic violence assault Monday night on Ought Street in the village. The victim is listed as a 44 year old Roulette man but no further details were released.

McKean County

The theft of a catalytic converter in Keating Township is under state police investigation. The part was stolen on the morning of August 20 while the vehicle, owned by a 66 year old Smethport man, was parked on Route 446.

Minor injuries were reported for a Smethport driver after an accident early last Friday morning in Hamlin Township. Troopers say a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Nicolas Mack  fishtailed when he swerved to avoid a deer. The car slid into an embankment and overturned. Mack declined treatment.

 A Ludlow driver escaped injury last Tuesday in Hamilton Township. State police report Tina Swanson was going south on Gibbs Hill Road when she fell asleep causing her Toyota Tacoma to cross the road and hit a tree.

A tractor trailer operator escaped injury in a mishap Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Coon Run Road and Route 66 in Highland Township. Troopers report the operator of a Freightliner turned too wide out  of a parking lot adjacent to Route 66 and struck a split rail fence causing minor damage.

DUI charges are pending against a 45 year old St. Marys woman who was stopped by Lewis Run State police on Route 219 in Hamlin Township last Wednesday. Troopers claim the woman appeared to be driving her 2015 Nissan under the influence of alcohol.

DUI charges are also pending against a 48 year old Olean, NY woman who was stopped on Elm Street in Bradford early Saturday morning.  Police claim the unnamed suspect was driving her 2002 Nissan under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

A criminal mischief in Liberty Township last Wednesday afternoon is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Vandals damaged a 2008 Chrysler owned by a 55 year old Port Allegany man by pelting it with paintballs. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 39 year old Rixford man for violating a Protection From Abuse order on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. The suspect’s name was not released and the investigation is continuing.

A 27 year old Bradford woman has been arrested for disorderly conduct for a disturbance on Oak Street in Otto Township last Friday afternoon. The victim is identified as a 53 year old Rixford woman.

State police at Lewis Run arrested 44 year old Jennifer Dilley of Otto Township for harassment by communication Monday afternoon in Lafayette Township. No details were released.

Elk County

A fire on Hillcrest Drive in Ridgway Sunday afternoon remains under investigation. The house was occupied by a 61 year old woman and a 74 year old man. No further details were released.


​ The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and the Pennsylvania DUI Association gathered earlier this week to urge motorists to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

According to PennDOT data, in 2021 there were 945 crashes resulting in 12 fatalities statewide over the holiday weekend from Friday, September 3, at 6:00 PM through Monday, September 6. Of those, 106 crashes resulting in four fatalities were alcohol-related and 38 crashes resulting in three fatalities were drug-related.

During the 2021 Labor Day holiday enforcement period, PSP troopers made 587 DUI arrests and investigated 57 alcohol-related crashes. Troopers also investigated six fatal crashes with alcohol being a contributing factor in one of the fatalities.

Over this holiday period, PSP and local municipal agencies will conduct impaired driving enforcement details as part of a national impaired driving enforcement and education initiative running through September 5. This effort is funded through PennDOT’s statewide annual distribution of more than $4.7 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for impaired driving enforcement.

Impaired driving enforcement goes beyond checking for alcohol impairment. Law enforcement also work to identify motorists impaired by illegal drugs and prescription medication or some combination of these. Pennsylvania has approximately 250 Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) or specially trained officers who look for impaired drivers and assist in DUI investigations when drug-impaired driving is suspected.

The agencies encourage motorists to ensure their safety and the safety of others on our roadways by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation this Labor Day weekend, and every time they drink. The public can join the conversation on social media by using #BeSafePA and #DriveSober.

To learn more about PennDOT’s efforts to prevent impaired driving or other safety initiatives, visit

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit

For more information on the Pennsylvania DUI Association, visit