Vandalism at River Valley Country Club investigated…NY state driver arrested for Tioga County hit and run…Mansfield man charged for physical  harassment….Theft of license plate probed….Bills sponsored by two area lawmakers for stream maintenance have advanced…..

 Tioga County

A criminal mischief at the River Valley Country Club in Westfield Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Vandals spray painted the club’s porta potty a little before noon Wednesday causing $900 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at  570.662.2151.

A Painted Post NY driver has been arrested in connection to a hit and run Monday afternoon in Shippen Township. According to troopers at Mansfield, 27 year old Jeremy Southwick was going east when his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt went off  the left side of  Route 6, traveled into a ditch attached to a driveway and struck a tree. Southwick allegedly fled the scene but was later located and taken by ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of unknown injuries. He was charged with leaving the scene and driving without a license.

Troopers at Mansfield did not release the name of a 43 year old Mansfield man who is charged with physical harassment. Authorities say the suspect hit a 69 year old man, also of Mansfield, in the head during an argument on Valley Road in Richmond Township Tuesday afternoon.

We’ve been reporting on thefts of catalytic converters in Potter and Tioga Counties, now troopers at Mansfield are investigating the theft of a license plate in Jackson Township during the early morning of September 1. The plate was taken off of a vehicle owned by Mark Smith while it was parked at his residence on Jackson Center Road in Millerton.

Elk County

 DUI charges are pending against a Ridgway man following a one-vehicle crash late Monday night in Ridgway Township. State police say 25 year old Jonathan Mitchell swerved his 2009 Ford Escape to avoid a deer and the car went off the Ridgway/St. Marys  Road, collided with an embankment and rolled over onto the driver’s side. Mitchell was not hurt but police determined he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.


With the 2021-22 Legislative Session winding down, Reps. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) are encouraged by Senate committee passage of several bills in the creeks and streams maintenance package they have been working on for the past year.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy approved the following bills:

  • House Bill 2404 (Owlett): Would allow local government organizations and PennDOT to apply for a permit for continuing maintenance for a period of at least 10 years for the streams within their jurisdiction.

  • House Bill 2405 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna): Would create a program that allows counties to opt in to address hazards within their streams by allowing for emergency maintenance permits in consultation with their county conservation district.

  • House Bill 2406 (Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-Susquehanna/Wayne): Would create a permit specific to smaller maintenance projects for the mitigation of flood-related hazards of less than 250 linear feet. This permit would be reviewed and issued by the local county conservation district.

  • House Bill 2407 (Rep. Joe Hamm, R-Lycoming/Union): Would clarify that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has no authority for permitting or enforcement related to stream clearing or maintenance activities. This authority shall belong solely to Department of Environmental Protection and the county conservation districts as appropriate.

The bills, which were developed following a hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee in Wellsboro late last year, are now pending action by the full Senate.