Mt. Jewett burglary investigated…warrant issued for Bradford woman on the lam…..Would-be thief damages vehicle on Bell Run Road…..Mansfield man arrested for attacking father….State police probe theft in Ward Township….DCNR revives requests for concession at Denton Hill…..

 McKean County

A burglary at a Mt. Jewett home last month is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Thieves forced their way into the home on West Main Street September 22. But police did not report what was stolen.

Disorderly conduct charges have been filed against a 24 year old Duke Center man by state police at Lewis Run. Troopers did not release details but say the charges stem from an incident on the Duffytown Road last Wednesday evening.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Bradford woman who failed to return to the county jail September 28 after being given a furlough to attend drug and alcohol treatment at the Cove Forge behavioral health system and left treatment against medical advice. The whereabouts of 50 year old Doreather Skaggs  are unknown.

 A 24 year old Duke Center man allegedly grabbed a 27 year old year old man, also from Duke Center, during an argument on the Oil Valley Road last Thursday evening. He has been charged with physical harassment.

A would-be thief damaged a vehicle on Bell  Run Road Thursday afternoon  when he tried unsuccessfully to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle belonging to a Shinglehouse resident.

Both people involved in an altercation Thursday afternoon in Liberty Township have been cited for physical harassment. Troopers claim a 37 year old Port Allegany man and a 26 year old Eldred woman are facing charges in district court.

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield arrested 23 year old Maxwell Bixby of Mansfield for physical harassment. Troopers allege Bixby argued with this father, a 49 year old Mansfield resident over money and pushed his middle finger into his father’s face during the argument.

A theft in Ward Township Friday morning is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Burglars took multiple Paramotor aluminum ladders, 16 foot blue canoe, multiple extension cords, an antique fire extinguisher,  and a mini Craftsman tool box belonging to John Brown of Troy.


Potter County

More than two weeks later, state police at Coudersport released details about a one-vehicle crash just after 6:00 am September 28 at the Ladona intersection. Troopers said a 17 year old Turtlepoint girl was going east when she nodded off causing her 2014 Toyota Camry to travel off the south side of the road and hit a guard rail. The car spun around and came to rest in the Dollar General parking lot. Because of downed lines, traffic had to be diverted for several hours.


 The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is seeking proposals for a four-season recreation adventure center concession at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County. The department is seeking a concessionaire to lease approximately 700 acres and work with DCNR to create a year-round recreational operation. Officials say DCNR believes with infrastructure improvements and the right partner, Denton Hill will become an attraction that brings additional visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds region in all four seasons.

Denton Hill includes a downhill ski area that has been closed since the winter of 2014.

A master plan completed in 2018 included recommendations to rebrand the ski lodge as an “Adventure Center,” which is more applicable as an operational hub for four-season operations of expanded activities and services beyond traditional downhill skiing.

DCNR is committing $10 million in capital improvements to support the rehabilitation of park recreational infrastructure.

State Parks Director John Hallas  says DCNR is willing to consider alternatives to the commonwealth’s proposed design and capital development of Denton Hill as identified in the master plan, allowing for flexibility for proposers to be as innovative as they desire.

The design phase of this project will coincide with the award of a concession lease agreement.

DCNR intends that the selected concessionaire will help identify and prioritize improvements during the design process.

DCNR’s website contains information on available state park concession opportunities. The Denton Hill request is SFP# 2022-BSP-01.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend the virtual pre-proposal meeting on October 25 and one of two scheduled site visits on October 26 and November 1.

For more information about the pre-proposal meeting, site visits, or solicitation, please contact the Bureau of Pennsylvania State Parks.

Proposals must be received in a sealed envelope no later than January 6, 2023. DCNR will begin reviewing proposals on January 11, 2023.

The park was developed by DCNR as a specialized ski area in the early 1950s.

All permanent infrastructure at Denton Hill is owned by DCNR and is in need of major rehabilitation and modernization to bring it to acceptable industry standards.

Find more information about the Denton Hill State Park master plan on DCNR’s website.