Emporium woman and son jailed on attempted murder charges….Elderly Kane driver causes collision….both people involved in McKean County dispute have been arrested….DUI charges pending against downstate driver after one-vehicle crash in Hamlin Township….Mansfield man arrested for injuring a victim during an argument last month in Tioga County…..Bills to reform juvenile justice system advance in state senate…..

Cameron County

An Emporium woman and her son have been jailed on charges of conspiracy to commit attempted murder and related offenses in connection to an assault allegedly taking place on the afternoon of September 3 and continuing for 32 hours. Cameron County authorities allege 59 year old Tanya McCurley and her son, 31 year old Donovan McCurley attacked Mrs McCurley’s landlord as he was preparing eviction papers. He was held for 32 hours and suffered multiple injuries after being repeatedly struck by a baseball bat and contracted pneumonia from lying on the floor for so long. He was taken to an out of the area hospital where he was placed on a ventilator. Doctors say he will need additional surgeries. Both suspects are also charged with aggravated assault. Donovan McCurley is also charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. The suspects were arraigned before District Judge Barry Brown. Tanya was committed to jail in lieu of $150,000 bail and her son, has been jailed in lieu of $250,000.  A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 3.

McKean County

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Thursday evening in Hamlin Township. State police said the collision occurred when  86 year old Shirley Dodge of Kane entered Route 6 from a parking lot and drove her Ford Taurus in front of a 2004 Jeep Wrangler driven by  Robert Flickinger of Mt. Jewett.

DUI charges are being filed against a Luthersburg, PA driver after a car/deer collision Friday night in Hamlin Township. Troopers said 62 year old Donald Brown was going east on Route 6 when he swerved his GMC Sierra to avoid a deer. The car went off the road and hit a utility pole. The SUV rotated counter clockwise over an embankment, coming to rest upright. When police investigated, they allegedly determined Brown had been driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

A Bradford woman was arrested for drug possession after troopers pulled her over for summary traffic violations October 14 on East Main Street in Bradford. Authorities claim 48 year old Jodi Anthony was in possession of a controlled substance.

Troopers at Lewis Run have arrested a 31 year old Bradford man for physical harassment following a domestic violence assault occurring last Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Lewis Run. No details were released except that the victim is a 23 year old Bradford woman.

Both people involved in a dispute last Tuesday night in Keating Township have been charged with physical harassment. State police at Lewis Run say when they investigated an incident on the East Valley Road they found both a 31 year old Cyclone man and a 25 year old Rew woman were at fault and charged them both in district court.

Drug possession charges have been lodged against 28 year old Brendan Thompson of Mount Solon, VA who was stopped by troopers on Route 219 in Sergeant Township last Tuesday night when he was allegedly observed committing traffic violations with a 2003 Toyocar Van Container Trailer.

Tioga County

Mansfield state police have arrested a 29 year old Covington man for assault with bodily injury. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name they are withholding, injured a 21 year old Covington man by punching him in the head on the evening of September 15 on Route 6 in Charleston Township.


The Senate Appropriations Committee has overwhelmingly approved a package of juvenile justice reform bills, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20). Senator Lisa Baker explained that the legislation was introduced as a result of the report released last year by the Juvenile Justice Task Force (JJTF).  The JJTF concluded an in depth examination of the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania and put forth 35 recommendations for change.

The four bills advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee include:

    Senate Bill 1226 – Addresses JJTF Recommendation 23, by creating a standardized statewide expungement process.

    Senate Bill 1227 – Addresses JJTF Recommendation 2, by amending the Human Services Code to include both juvenile justice and child welfare funding goals.

    Senate Bill 1228 – Addresses JJTF Recommendation 16, by keeping youth in out-of-home placement no longer than the timeframe supported by research.

    Senate Bill 1229 – Addresses JJTF Recommendation 5, by amending the Human Services Code to provide funding for indigent juvenile defense services.

Senator Lisa Baker noted that work on these bills has been a collective effort along with Senator Jay Costa and Senator Steve Santarsiero.

“I am pleased that these bi-partisan reforms have been advanced by the Appropriations Committee, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for these, and other JJTF recommendations in the future.”

Senate Bills 1226, 1227, 1228 and 1229 now advance to the full Senate for consideration.