Erie man accused of theft and  criminal mischief at  McKean County business….Fox Township hit and run        investigated…Cameron County burglary probed…Gasoline stolen in Emporium….Two new  state 4-H leaders are local…..


State police at Ridgway are filing criminal mischief and theft charges against a 34 year old Erie man. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name but say when they responded to a call around 6:00 am at Elk County Foods on the Wilcox Road in Ridgway Township Tuesday, they found the suspect had destroyed multiple pumpkins at the front entrance of the store and damaged the front door. He then allegedly stole flowers from a display stand and went to his vehicle in the car wash. There he reportedly damaged miscellaneous items including a temperature gauge and sign before breaking the driver’s side window on his car. Damage is estimated to exceed $85 and the stolen flowers are valued at $24.

A hit and run in Fox Township Monday remains under investigation by state police at Ridgway. Sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 pm, an unknown vehicle went off of Main Street and struck a 25mph school zone sign located between the post office and Fox Township fire department. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.

Cameron County

A burglary in Shippen Township Cameron County Sunday night is being investigated by state police at Emporium. $400 in 20 dollar bills was stolen from a room occupied by a 26 year old Cambridge Springs PA  woman while she was out of the room.

Troopers at Emporium are also probing the theft of some gasoline from a vehicle parked on the East 6th Street Extension on the afternoon of September 30. Thieves siphoned about 11 gallons of 87 fuel from a Ford F-150XLT owned by a 37 year old Emporium woman. The gas is valued at $44.


Pennsylvania 4-H recently inducted a new team of State Project Ambassadors which includes two members from the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Team members officially started their terms  Saturday Oct. 8 as they were announced during the organization’s State Leadership Conference, Junior. State Project Ambassadors, called SPAs, will attend meetings with 4-H educators who serve on the state’s program working groups. As educators plan events, write new curricula or develop any other initiatives, they will consult with their corresponding SPAs to gather ideas and feedback. A maximum of four ambassadors  can serve on each working group.SPAs serve a one-year term, with an option to reapply for the following year.

The new team of State Project Ambassadors includes the following 4-H members:

— Access, Equity and Opportunity Ambassadors: Crystal Clark, from Potter County, and Melissa Griswold, from Chester County.

— Leadership and Civic Engagement Ambassadors: Alyssa Bergenstock, from Montour County, and Madison Conn, from McKean County.

A list of the other ambassadors is available on our website

— Animal Science Ambassadors: Sophie Griswold, from Chester County, and Addison Schade, from Westmoreland County.

— Environmental Science, Shooting Sports and Camping Ambassadors: John Bruner and Sadie Palfrey, both from Indiana County, Luke Sanner, from Westmoreland County, and Grace Ziegmont, from York County.

— Healthy Living and Expressive Arts Ambassadors: Jordan Laroe, from Sullivan County, and Caitlyn Shrodo, from Lycoming County.

— STEM Ambassador: Ronak Suchindra, from Chester County.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a nonformal educational youth-development program of the United States Department of Agriculture that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at

Wednesday ‘s high, 56; Overnight low, 57; .30” rain