Details released about fatal Elk County collision….Three Kersey drivers unhurt in pile-up….Emporium man jailed for violating PFA….Several DUI and drug arrests made across region…..House bill will increase funding for firefighter training….

Elk County

State police at Ridgway have just released details about a fatal collision Sunday evening in Ridgway Township. Troopers said a Ford F-150 XLT driven by Clement McAlee of Johnsonburg crossed the double yellow line on Route 219 and hit a 2022 Volvo truck driven by William Givler of Duncansville, PA. McAlee died at the scene. Givler was taken by Ridgway ambulance to Penn Highlands DuBois for treatment of serious injuries.

A Sandy Ridge, PA truck driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap last Wednesday in Jay Township. According to state police, Mark Albert lost control of his rig when he braked to avoid hitting the rear of a vehicle which was stopping. The International Harvester S2600 became disabled after hitting an embankment.

All three Kersey drivers were unhurt in a collision Sunday afternoon in Fox Township. Troopers explained the pile-up occurred on Fairview Road when a 2003 Buick LaCrosse driven by Michael Bona had stopped behind a vehicle waiting for a chance  to turn left onto Windy Lane. A Nissan Altima driven by Haley Sickle approached the stopped car while decelerating when a Ford Escape driven by Jackson Lindemuth hit the rear-end of the Nissan sending it into the back of the Buick.

Cameron County

An Emporium resident has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arraigned for violating a protection from abuse order Tuesday evening on Route 120  in Shippen Township. Timothy Richards, 46, was remanded to the McKean County Jail. The order had been filed on behalf of a 43 year old Emporium woman.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Tuesday morning in Shippen Township. Troopers at Emporium report the collision occurred on East Hicks Run Road when Paul Campanini of Austin pulled to the left side of the road to allow a trailing unit hauled by Kendal Horst of Carlisle to pass and did not realize there were two trailing units and after the first one had passed he returned to the road to resume travel and struck the driver side rear quarter panel on Horst’s Chevrolet Express.

Potter County

A Coudersport woman escaped injury when in a minor mishap  on Route 6 in Liberty Township Monday just before noon. State police said Michele Borland was headed west when the unknown vehicle sideswiped her 2016 Dodge Ram and continued on without stopping.

McKean County

Several DUI and drug possession arrests have been made recently by state police across the region. A Ludlow man has been jailed on drug possession charges. State police said when they investigated a domestic violence incident at 22 West Main Street in Hamilton Township September 13. They allegedly found 44 year old Shawn Thornton in possession of a controlled substance. Following arraignment before a district judge Thornton was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Drug possession charges are also pending  against a 21 year old Bradford woman. According to troopers from Lewis Run the suspect, whose name was withheld was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia after being stopped on Seaward Avenue in Bradford last Friday night.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 29 year old Bradford man for drug possession after stopping him on North Kendall Avenue in Bradford last Friday afternoon. They did not release the driver’s name but said he was found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia.

A 27 year old Kane man has been charged with DUI by state police at Lewis Run. The unnamed suspect was driving a 2018 Kia Forte when he was pulled over for traffic violations.


Legislation authored by state Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) that would increase the amount of money dedicated to online firefighter training has unanimously passed the House as part of a consolidated effort to expand support for emergency responders.The language from Rigby’s House Bill 2731 was rolled into a more comprehensive piece of legislation that passed unanimously on Wednesday. House Bill 1178 may now be considered by the Senate.

“In June, the General Assembly made changes to the 12% tax on the sale of fireworks, the revenue from which now goes completely to support emergency responders,” Rigby added. “House Bill 1178 would specify use of that tax revenue to fund capital grants for emergency service training centers, scholarship grants reimbursement of EMS training and municipal fire department capital grants.”

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Rigby’s office at 1-814-536-9818.