…Galeton driver cited for speeding after crash in Homer Township…..Minor injuries reported for one driver in Elk County collision…Teenagers arrested for trespassing in Tioga County…”Support the Nose” campaign begins in McKean County….DCNR introduces Outdoor Recreation initiative…..

Potter County

A Whitesville, NY driver escaped injury in a one car mishap last Thursday morning in Allegany Township. Troopers said Brianne Cavanaugh was going west when her 2012 Subaru Legacy went off the right side of Route 49 and hit a road sign.

Troopers cited Laura Parsell of Galeton for speeding after a one-vehicle accident in Homer Township at about 6:30 Saturday morning in Homer Township. Parsell was headed west on the First Fork Road when she undercompensated on a right hand curve causing her 2014 Ford Focus to go  off the pavement and strike an embankment where it became disabled. Two passengers, Jordan Dugan and Lauren Hinman, both of Galeton were taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. Parsell and another passenger Maverick Waterman of Coudersport were not hurt.

Elk County

Minor injuries were reported for a Wilcox woman after a collision early Monday in Jones Township. Troopers said the collision occurred when Cynthia Wolfel turned her Suzuki SX4 from Clarion Street onto Route 321 and hit a BMW 300 Series driven by Muhammad Moral of Jericho NY head on. Wolfel was taken to UPMC Kane. Moral was not  hurt.

Tioga County

Three Wellsboro teenagers were arrested by state police for simple trespass. Troopers claim the teens, ages 17 and 18 left several pieces of garbage on land along Sweet Hollow Road in Middlebury Township owned by a 67 year old Middlebury Center woman in late August.


The K9 Unit of the McKean  County Detective Bureau announces its “Support the Nose” Campaign.  The campaign is the latest step in the District Attorney’s “Say No to Drugs” campaign geared toward children to encourage them to remain drug free.  As part of its community education goal, District Attorney Shaffer and the K9 Unit will attend area events and school programs to talk to children about the dangers of drugs and to ask them to sign a pledge to “Support the Nose” and stay away from drugs.  Pledge cards contain the photos of the K9 Unit’s two drug-detecting dogs, LG and Rigby.

The K9 Unit of the County Detective Bureau has expanded in recent years and a fundraising campaign has begun to allow the unit to function almost entirely by donations.  T-shirts with the “Support the Nose” slogan are available for sale.  Short-sleeve T-shirts are $15.  T-shirts are available at the DA’s Office.  To order, please contact the District Attorney’s Facebook page or email DA@mckeancountypa.org.If you would like to donate to the McKean County K9 Unit, please send checks payable to McKean K9 Unit, c/o District Attorney’s Office, Courthouse, Smethport, PA  16749.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced a  Recreation Engagement Coalition (REC) to kick off discussions on growing Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation sector.

Outdoor recreation adds $12 billion in value to Pennsylvania’s economy and 150,000 full-time jobs, accounting for approximately 1.5% of the commonwealth’s GDP.

The office will be responsible for coordinating and synergizing among entities within and connected to state government to help align and support strategic initiatives, partnerships, policies, resources, and more. The goal of the office is to equitably enhance access to and participation in outdoor recreation, to support outdoor businesses for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians, and to leverage outdoor recreation for community and

economic development and sustainability.DCNR manages 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of state forests and is the primary funder of outdoor recreation development in the commonwealth. The department works with stakeholders to help with strategic planning for one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States that includes 6,200 local parks, more than 12,000 miles of trails, and more than 83,000 miles of waterways. Visit DCNR’s website for more information about the department and its mission.