Niagara Falls woman dies after McKean County collision ….Eldred man accused of threatening child….ID theft investigated in McKean County…underage Rixford resident arrested for having booze in car….A month later, Coudersport police say a Manheim man’s death was accidental…..State announces $90 million for various projects including some in region….

McKean County

A Niagara Falls, NY woman died Monday from injuries she suffered in a collision in Lafayette Township. Hannah Laisola, 32, was flown to ECMC with serious injuries after the noon time collision and died several  hours later. Her husband,the driver, Henri Laisola, also 32, was seriously injured. State police said Laisola failed to stop his west bound 2012 Chrysler at a posted stop sign at the Lantz Corners intersection and hit a 2020 Honda Odyssey driven by Talal Ahmed of Sterling VA which was traveling south on Route 219. The impact sent the Honda into a concrete wall located on private property. Ahmed and his passengers, Saima Baig also of Sterling and two young children were not hurt but a third child suffered minor injuries.

Physical harassment charges have been  filed against a 52 year old Eldred man. State police said when they responded to a disorderly conduct call Tuesday evening on King Street in Eldred, they discovered the suspect had threatened an 8 year old Eldred boy.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating another ID theft. Someone illegally used the identity of a 60 year old Port Allegany woman to obtain unemployment compensation last November.

DUI charges are pending against a 50 year old Bradford man who was stopped by Lewis Run troopers early Sunday morning on Euclid Avenue in Bradford. Authorities claim he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 51 year old Rodney  Pearson of Tonawanda, NY for DUI. Officers claim when they conducted a traffic stop they found Pearson had been driving his 2012 Toyocar Van Container Trailer under the influence of a controlled substance.

Drug possession charges are being filed against a 49 year old Varysburg, PA man by state police at Lewis Run.  Troopers did not release suspect’s name but say when they stopped his 2009 GMC Sierra on Jackson Avenue in Bradford last Friday night they found him in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia.

A 19 year old Rixford resident is being charged with buying, possessing or transporting alcoholic beverages. State police said when they stopped the suspect’s 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Looker Mountain Trail late last Friday night. Police did not reveal his identity.

Potter County

It’s been almost a month and now Coudersport state police report they have determined the death of a Manheim man in Hector Township last month was accidental . Troopers did not release details by say 75 year old Kenneth Kreider died on August 8 at 539 Little Phoenix Road.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks investigated a minor criminal mischief occurring Tuesday afternoon on Fariers Street in Jones Township. Vandals damaged a shed light belonging to a 37 year old Wilcox man.

Mansfield state police arrested 41 year old William Teeter of Wellsboro for DUI after he failed roadside testing on Route 6 in Charleston Township on the evening of July 4. His 2004 Ford was allegedly observed committing various traffic violations.


Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf announced an investment of $90 million for more than 330 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

Investments are being made in a variety of proposals, including: 43 trail projects; protecting nearly 7,207 acres of open space; 20 projects for rivers conservation; planting 214 acres of streamside forest buffers including 47 that are multifunctional with the possibility of producing a harvestable profit for the landowner; and 141 projects to develop or rehabilitate recreation, park and conservation areas and facilities.

Projects are funded throughout Pennsylvania, including some in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area:


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $60,200, Restoration of 2,600 feet of East Branch Clarion River in Jones Township, Elk County. Work to include construction of fish habitat structures; project sign, and other related site improvements. Luke Bobnar, (814) 776-1114, Key Rivers


Bradford City, $440,000, Rehabilitation of Callahan Park, Bradford City, McKean County. Work to include construction of pedestrian walkway, pavilion, comfort station and parking area; ADA access, landscaping,project sign and other related site improvements. Anita Holman, (814) 368-7170 ext. 117, Key – Community

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $253,000, Payment toward the acquisition of approximately 459 acres in Keating Township, McKean County for open space and habitat protection. Matt Marusiak, (814) 776-1114 Key Trust


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $354,900, Payment toward the acquisition of approximately 137 acres in Ulysses Township, Potter County for habitat protection. Matt Marusiak, (814) 776-1114, Key – Land Trust


Mansfield Borough, $84,700, Development of the Mansfield History Trail in Mansfield Borough, TiogaCounty. Work to include construction of approximately 0.25 miles of trail from North Main Street to East Elmira Street and trailhead; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements. Christopher McGann, (570) 662-2315 ext. 4, Key – Community Sullivan Township, $75,000, Further development of Annette Smith Memorial Park, Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Work to include construction of pedestrian walkways, internal loop trail, parking area, access drive and storm water management measures; installation of interpretive signage; ADA access, landscaping, projectsign and other related site improvements. Andrew Tice, (570) 549-7051, Key – Community

Tioga County, $424,200, Development of the Marsh Creek Greenway in Wellsboro Borough, Tioga County. Work to include construction of approximately 0.08 miles of trail from Pine Creek Rail Trail to Charleston Street and rehabilitation of a bridge; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Deb Bigley, (570) 723-8200, Key – Community

Tioga County, $500,000, Payment toward the acquisition of approximately 21.4 acres in Charleston Township, Tioga County to provide approximately 2.4 miles of trail for the development of the Marsh Creek Greenway Trail Deb Bigley, (570) 723-8200, State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Program – ARP

Visit the DCNR website for a complete list of grants by county (PDF).

The grants are administered by the DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal monies. Gov. Wolf also announced an unprecedented additional 2022 fall grant round, which was made possible in part from appropriated funds in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 2022-23 budget. That same support also secured funding for the creation of three new state parks to be announced this fall.