…Harrison Valley man arrested on numerous charges….possible sex abuse investigated by Coudersport state police….Cyber thieves $15,000 from St. Marys man….Several DUI arrests made recently….Pheasants to be released a week late…..

Potter County

A Harrison Valley man is facing numerous charges in connection to incidents allegedly taking place at about 7:00 am October 8 at 602 Dodge Road in Sharon Township. When state police investigated a violation of a Protection from Abuse order and one-vehicle crash they found 66 year Roberto Diaz entered the home of 60 year old Janet Healy while she was sleeping, through an unlocked garage door and went into her bedroom. After grabbing some of his belongings and the victim’s phone, Diaz left the house and took off in his 2008 Ford F-150 XLT  damaging the victim’s yard. Upon entering the road, Diaz lost control and crashed into a small stream and left the scene on foot. He was located about a mile away walking in the woods. Diaz is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, Driving under the influence of controlled substances, hit and run, careless driving, speeding, criminal mischief and failing to use a seatbelt.

The investigation is continuing into an alleged sexual abuse in Coudersport. Troopers say a complainant told them about receiving three  disturbing Snapchat videos of unknown children from an unknown sender.

Weather conditions factored into a one-vehicle crash last Thursday morning on Route 49 in Allegany Township. State police said Patrick Parsons was hurt when his Toyota Tundra fishtailed on black ice, struck an embankment and rolled over onto his roof. Parsons declined medical attention but was cited for having bald tires on his truck.

Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating a cyber theft taking place between August 25 and September 8. Thieves deducted $15,000 from a bank account belonging to a 33 year old St. Marys man.

McKean County

DUI charges are pending against a 60 year old Kane driver following a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Route 321 in Wetmore Township. According troopers at Lewis Run, the driver whose name was withheld, tried to make a left hand curve, but his Ford F-150XLT went onto the shoulder, and traveled about 100 feet before striking a number of trees. While investigating, troopers reportedly found the suspect had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drug possession charges have been filed against an Arizona driver stopped on Route 219 in Hamlin Township Saturday evening. After executing a search warrant troopers allegedly found 49 year old George Berger of Phoenix in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Berger was remanded to the McKean County jail.

A Buffalo, NY man has been arrested for drug possession in McKean County. State police said when they conducted a traffic stop on the Buffalo/Pittsburgh Highway Friday morning just before 10:00 am they found 24 year old Christian Loudenslager in possession of a controlled substance. Following arraignment, he was released on $2500 unsecured bail.

A Kane driver and his passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision Saturday night in Keating Township. Troopers report Ethan Anderson was going west on Route 6 and was unable to avoid hitting the deer which came onto the road in front of his Subaru Legacy. He and his passenger, Caelyn Jamison of Dubois were using seatbelts at the time.


State game lands in 12 counties that were to receive pheasants last week ahead of Saturday’s statewide pheasant season opener will not be stocked until this week due to unforeseen circumstances. Heavy snowfall Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southwest Game Farm, near Distant in Armstrong

County, damaged netting, leaving pheasant enclosures in need of repair. There were many pheasants loose on the grounds and Game Commission staff are working to get them back into enclosures. As a result of this setback, a portion of last week’s scheduled stocking of birds from the farm has been postponed.

Most or all state game lands and other properties scheduled to receive pheasants last  week in Bedford, Blair, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean and Warren counties will not be stocked until next week, from Oct. 25-28. Pheasants that weren’t released last week will be added gradually to the in-season and winter-season releases for these counties, meaning the same number of birds will be released in those counties on the year. To find stocking locations, visit the Pheasant Allocation page at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Sarah C. BRUBAKER, 81, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, October 21, 2022 in UPMC Wellsboro, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Born October 4, 1941, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Anna Hock Crider. On March 10, 1962, in Newville, she married Stanley E. Brubaker, who survives. A graduate of Messiah Academy, she earned her LPN degree from Chambersburg Area School of Nursing. She was employed by Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for four years and the Green Home in Wellsboro for 15 years. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Westfield for 45 years and the S’s Dairy Store for five years. Sarah served as Westfield Township Judge of Election for 50 years. She was an active member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook and a former member of Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church. Surviving besides her husband, Stanley, are: five children, Stanley Brubaker, Jr. of Westfield, Sandra (Steven) Baker of Genesee, Steven (Jerilyn) Brubaker of Westfield, Sharon (Wendell) Boll of Bolivar, NY, Sylvia (Chad) Levey of Montour Falls, NY; 12 grandchildren, Daniel (Rosalyn) Brubaker, Aaron (Kelly) Brubaker, Emily Brubaker, Jacquelyn (Marc) Gusst, Jessica Baker, Rebecca Baker, Elizabeth Brubaker, Julie (Jed) Gehman, Benjamin Brubaker, Jacob Boll, McKayla Boll, and Alexander Brubaker; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Velva (David) Wingert of Chambersburg, Cora Alleman of Chambersburg, and Ferne (Sheldon) Grove of Goodrich, MI; sisters-in-law, Lowe Mae Crider and Betty Crider, both of Shippensburg; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, John Crider, Monroe Crider, Abram Crider, and Irvin Crider; and four sisters, Mary Musser, Dorothy Nickel, Anna Gettle, and Esther Strite. Friends may call at Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church, 5870 State Route 249, Westfield, PA on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Rev. Gene Jones will officiate. Memorials may be made to People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Sharon L. Baker “beloved mother and Nana”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—-Sharon L. Baker, 78, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport, after a long illness.Born on Tuesday, January 11, 1944 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of George R. and Geraldine L. Foote Washburn .Sharon was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1962, in Shinglehouse. She was employed as a pharmacy technician at the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y., until her retirement. Sharon attended St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse. She was a member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 Order of the Eastern Star in Shinglehouse, a member of the former Shinglehouse Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary, and a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary. In her younger years, Sharon enjoyed bowling, having attended many Lilac Tournaments in Rochester, N.Y. She enjoyed knitting and drawing. She loved playing pranks on family and friends, but her greatest love was her family. Left to cherish her memory are three sons, Gerald “Jerry” (Lorraine) Mitchell and Tim Mitchell, both of Shinglehouse, and Rod (Elizabeth) Mitchell of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren, Reno (Mandy) Mitchell, Lexi (Phil) Gardner, Brianna (Matt) Bonnin, and Owen Mitchell; four great-grandchildren, Rowan Mitchell, Otto Mitchell, Ensley Gardner, and Rowan Gardner; a sister, Georgia Babcock of Gasport, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by three sisters, along with their husbands, Sue (Vic) Washburn Taylor, Wanda (Bernie) Buckhart, and Dolores “Dee Dee” (John) Dillon; and a brother-in-law, Irwin “Bud” Babcock. She has been reunited with her faithful companion, Georgie Boy. A special thank you to those she appreciated and to those who appreciated her at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. In keeping with Sharon’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Theresa Catholic Church on a date and time to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Sharon’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Sharon, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

HEBRON, Pa.—Rodney L. “Rod” Van Pelt, 68, of Hebron, passed away in his home with his loving family and furbabies by his side on Saturday, October 22, 2022, after a short illness.Born on Tuesday, March 2, 1954 in Coudersport, he was a son of RLee and Barbara J. Hyde Van Pelt.Rod was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1972, in Shinglehouse. He attended Williamsport Area Community College. Rod was employed as a machinist at the former Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y., until retiring due to ill health.Rod was member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport and was a member of the NRA. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting for turkeys, pheasants, deer, and bear. He mentored youth in pheasant hunting. He was an avid yardsaler, always looking to add to his many collections, which included a vast number of turkey calls. He also enjoyed playing poker.

Rod loved to make people laugh…always having a joke to tell or share on Facebook. He loved and cherished his dogs, Cocoa, Willow, and Malibu. They were his furbabies and hunting companions.Left to cherish his memory are two sisters, Deborah J. Perkins of Sweden Valley and Deanna L. (David) Johnston of Oswayo; nine nieces and nephews; many grandnieces and grandnephews; several great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; two uncles, Donald (Pat) Hyde of Eleven Mile and Douglas (Linda) Hyde of Genesee; an aunt, Fran Stilson of Shinglehouse; several cousins; and many friends.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday and from noon to 1pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm, with Pastor Fred Kemp of Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery, Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Rod’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Rod, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.