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Service technician suspected of Eldred theft….both drivers escape injury in McKean County collision…Rixford man arrested for trespassing….St. Marys woman arrested for shoplifting….Elderly Blossburg  woman charged with physical harassment…DCNR opens more roads for hunting seasons….

 McKean County

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a theft occurring on Cliff Nelson Drive in Eldred September 16. A Dish Network service technician is suspected of stealing a Case Amber Hammerhead knife valued at $140.59 belonging to a 54 year old Eldred man.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Friday afternoon in Keating Township. According to state police at Lewis Run the collision occurred when Cory Shelander of Port Allegany tried to turn left onto Route 6 from the Nittany Minit Mart parking lot and his Chevrolet Silverado hit a  Ford Escape driven by Gary Herzog of Smethport. Herzog’s car was disabled and had to be towed from the scene. Only minor damage was reported for the pick up.

DUI charges are pending against a 44 year old Bradford man who was stopped on South Avenue in Bradford Township early Sunday morning. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name but said he was pulled over after officers observed his vehicle committing traffic violations.

A Lewis Run resident is also being charged for DUI. Police claim the unidentified man was found to be driving his 2005 Jeep under influence of alcohol or a controlled substance early Saturday morning on Boylston Street in Bradford.

A 41 year old Rixford man has been arrested for trespassing on property in Otto Township. Troopers claim, the unnamed suspect illegally entered property on Columbia Hill Road Saturday morning owned by a 36 year old Rixford man.

Elk County

A 42 year old St. Marys woman was arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart back on August 31. State police allege Tiffany Thomas stole various food items valued at $93.81 and an Evergreen beauty product valued at $6.97.

DUI charges are pending against a 34 year old Kersey driver who was stopped for a traffic violation on the Dagus Mines Road in Fox Township late Friday night. Troopers believe the unnamed suspect was driving his 2010 Ford Fusion under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers at Ridgway also arrested a 41 year old Ridgway man for driving his 2006 Hartline Travel Trailer under the influence of alcohol also on Dagus Mines Road Saturday night.

 Tioga County

Mansfield state police have charged a 78 year old Blossburg woman with physical harassment. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name they withheld, committed the crime against 24 year old Heather Jewell of Blossburg Saturday evening at 31 Maple Avenue in Bloss Township.

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident Sunday afternoon in Delmar Township have been cited for physical harassment. Authorities allege a 71 year old Wellsboro woman and a 63 year old Wellsboro man made unwanted physical contact with each other during an argument on Dean Hill Road.


Hunters and outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).DCNR will be opening more than 533 miles of state forest roads that are normally only for administrative use. They again will be available to hunters, hikers, foliage viewers, and others visiting state forestlands this fall.

With the added access to administrative roads, more than 3,250 miles of state forest roadways will be open during the statewide archery deer season, which opens Saturday, October 1, and closes Friday, November 18. View a list of the administrative roads that DCNR forest managers plan to open this season.

Many of these roads will continue to stay open through other hunting seasons, continuing into January 2023. Forest managers may close these roads at any time if weather conditions dictate, to prevent damage or deterioration to road surfaces or forest surroundings.

DCNR and the Pennsylvania Game Commission continue to update a new interactive map of state forestlands and game lands across Pennsylvania.

The map offers information on the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and Disease Management Areas, and details on newly opened roads, timber harvesting activity, forestry office contacts, and more.

Top quality hunting is offered at many state parks — including those in the 12.5-county Pennsylvania Wilds region — where state forestland often surrounds them. Visit DCNR’s website for more information related to hunting opportunities on DCNR lands.

Inexpensive modern camping can be found at many state parks. Reservations for state park campsites can be made online or by calling 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), Monday through Saturday, 7:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Primitive camping, where a motor vehicle is not used for storage or transportation during the camping experience, on state forestlands is also an option, giving hunters a backcountry camping or hunting experience.

When primitive camping at the same state forest site for more than one night, a camping permit is required. Camping permits, issued by the managing forest district, are also required when motorized camping on state forestlands and while camping at designated sites.

Many of these campsites are close to state parks and forestlands enrolled in the Pennsylvania. Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, permitting hunters to take one antlerless deer or more when properly licensed.

Hunters traveling to some north central areas of the state are reminded some hunting areas and travel routes may be impacted by Marcellus Shale-related activities.Some state forest roads may be temporarily closed during drilling operations or other peak periods of heavy use to reduce potential safety hazards.Some of the state forest administrative roads will only be opened for the second week of the traditional rifle season, because they cannot withstand the expected heavy traffic of the first week of that season. Two- or three-month long openings will be in effect only where there is minimal threat of damage or deterioration to road surfaces or forest surroundings according to officials.Following the last day of the regular firearms antlerless deer season on December 10, many state forest roads that are open for year-round travel are opened for joint use by snowmobiles and licensed motor vehicles, including hunters and other recreational users.

After December 10, forest maintenance staff groom many state forest roads to allow snowmobile travel when conditions permit, so exercise extreme caution, as you might encounter a groomer or snowmobiles on joint use state forest roads during this period.

A high-clearance vehicle with four-wheel drive and tire chains may also be needed at this time, depending on existing road conditions.

Because state forest roads are groomed for snowmobiles and not plowed or cindered like most other public roads, they may also be impassable at times due to snow depth or icy conditions.

Visit DCNR’s website for more information about its 20 state forest districts and 121 state parks.