Car stolen in Tioga County….Trooper unhurt in car/deer collision…One driver hurt in three vehicle pile up in Elk County…Two Roulette residents arrested for fight….Sleepy driver wrecks in Harrison Township…Cops issue several DUI news releases…..State Senator will introduce legislation regarding license plate obstruction….

Tioga County

The theft of a vehicle in Tioga County remains under investigation by state police at Mansfield. A 2006 Kia was taken from Muck Road in Charleston Township at around 11:00 am August 27. The car has not been located.

No injuries were reported for a state trooper after a car/deer collision Saturday afternoon in Delmar Township. Trooper Chad Daugherty was unable to avoid hitting the whitetail while headed east on Route 362. The 2013 Ford Taurus sustained only minor damage and was driven from the scene.

Elk County

One driver was hurt in a three-vehicle rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Ridgway
Township. Troopers said Cassidy Heigel of St. Marys who was going south on Route 219 failed to notice Megan Buehler of Ridgway had stopped her Honda Pilot to enter a driveway and drove her 2015 Chevrolet Equinox into the back  of Buehler’s SUV shoving it into a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Abby Lineberger of Ridgway. Heigel was taken to Penn Highlands Elk by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Buehler and Lineberger were not hurt.

Potter County

Two Roulette residents have been arrested for physical harassment after a fight at 419 Main Street in the village on the evening of August 25. Troopers say when they responded to an inactive domestic they found an argument  between 49 year old Brett Kaple and 54 year old Brian Kaple had escalated into a physical altercation so both men were charged.

A Ulysses driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early  last Thursday morning in Harrison Township. According to state troopers, Blayde Conley was headed east on Route 49 at around 2:30 am when he fell asleep at the wheel of his GMC Jimmy. The SUV went off the road and became disabled when it pulled down a utility pole. The  vehicle continued for another 20 feet before stopping. Even though Conley was not using a seatbelt, he was not hurt.

State police have just issued news releases about various DUI and Drug arrests. Drug charges are being filed against 20 year old Salvatore Harris of Austin. State police at Coudersport claim when they interviewed Harris after stopping his Yamaha  on Route 607, on the evening of August 7, he showed signs of impairment.

Troopers at Coudersport arrested a 20 year old Bradford man, whose name they withheld, with drug possession after pulling over his 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier on Route 6 in Roulette Township on the night of July 13. Authorities claim they found the suspect in possession of drugs and paraphernalia in his car.

DUI charges are pending against a Brighton, MI man who was stopped by Coudersport based state police who pulled him over  on the North Hollow Road on August 28. Troopers claim 25 year old Benjamin Shanoltz showed signs driving his 2001 Chevrolet Blazer while impaired.

Drug charges have been filed against a New Tripoli, PA driver who was stopped by troopers on Route 6 in Ulysses Township July 4th. Officers allege they found Timothy Lagler in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Curt Reeder, 51 of Montoursville was arrested June 25 by Coudersport state police for being inebriated while operating a 2021 Polaris on the Tyoga Road in Abbott Township.


Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) will soon introduce a bill clarifying license plate obstruction violations after a court ruling appeared to criminalize thousands of drivers overnight.

A recent Superior Court decision in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Derrick Ruffin, a panel of three judges ruled that a Philadelphia police officer’s decision to pull over a vehicle because a custom license plate frame blocked the state’s tourism website from view was justified.

As a result, Martin circulated a co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would stipulate plate obstructions only apply to important identifiable information.