Eldred woman bilked out of $700….ID thefts probed by state police at Lewis Run…..No one hurt in weather-related  rear-end collision….State police at Ridgway investigate two Childline reports….Canton resident arrested for shoplifting at Tractor Supply… PA Deer season starts Saturday….

McKean County

A 57 year old Eldred woman was bilked out of $700 by a scammer on November 15. A crook called the woman claiming to be an Amazon Customer Service Agent and told her a new Amazon account was being created in her name and the only way to prevent it was by purchasing and providing Xbox/Microsoft gift cards. The victim subsequently purchased  $700.00 worth of gift cards and provided the gift card numbers to the scammer. Again, state police remind the public to remain vigilant regarding such scams.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating a couple of fake IDs. Troopers say someone fraudulently opened an unemployment claim in the name of a Mount Jewett man’s name last week. And another criminal  used the identity of a 51 year old Smethport woman to redirect unemployment compensation last Thursday.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision last Friday afternoon  on Route 6 in Liberty Township. State police report Edward Althouse  of Smethport was unable to stop his Chevrolet Cruze due to slippery road conditions and ran into the back of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler driven by Lawrence Baker of Port Allegany. Althouse was given a speed warning.

A Kane driver escaped injury Saturday night when her car hit a deer in Wetmore Township. State police said Mackenzie Kinney tried unsuccessfully to avoid a deer which ran in front of her 2016 Honda Civic  just east of Tom’s Lane in Wetmore Township at about 10:30pm.

No injuries were reported for a Roulette woman and her passengers after a one-vehicle crash last Friday afternoon in Liberty Township. Troopers said Trisha Nickol lost control of her 2005 Chevrolet Impala on Route 6. The car crossed the double yellow line, went off the south side of the road, hit a road sign and a tree on the south side before stopping. Her passengers were listed as Elizabeth Nellis, a 10 year old girl, and a four year old boy, all from Roulette were properly restrained. Nickol received a warning about speeding.

Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating an indecent assault reportedly taking place last Friday morning in Ridgway Township. State police claim  they received a Childline Report of inappropriate contact between a juvenile male and a juvenile female.

Another Childline report is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. A suspect allegedly grabbed a 14 year old boy by the throat and threw him against a wall just after midnight on October 23.

Tioga County

Mansfield state police arrested 25 year old  Edward Zuke of Canton for shoplifting at Tractor Supply in Mansfield on the evening of November 13. Before police arrived, Zuke reportedly fled the scene but was located inside the store and was taken into custody without incident. Authorities claim he tried to steal a yellow and black foldable cat knife, valued at $40; an orange and gray Old Timer foldable pocket knife valued at $12.99 and a Smith and Wesson neck and boot knife combo valued at $24.99.


Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season is set to begin. It kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 26, continues on Sunday, Nov. 27, and runs through Dec. 10. Hunting is closed only on Sunday, Dec. 4. Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season draws more than 600,000 hunters to Penn’s Woods every year. Hunters are permitted to harvest one antlered deer with a valid general hunting license, which costs $20.97 for adult residents and $101.97 for adult nonresidents. To take an antlerless deer, a hunter must possess

either a valid antlerless deer license or valid Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permit. A mentored hunter under the age of 7 cannot apply for their own antlerless license or DMAP permit but can harvest an antlerless deer if an antlerless license or DMAP permit is transferred to them by a mentor at the time of harvest. Antlerless deer licenses can be used anywhere within the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) for which they’re issued. A DMAP permit can be used only on the specific property for which it is issued. Some DMAP permits might remain available on private and public properties throughout the state. Visit the Game Commission’s website to learn more about where they are available.

Mentored hunting permits, meanwhile, are available to hunters of all ages. Mentored hunters ages 7 and older receive an antlered deer harvest tag with their permit. Those under 7 must receive deer harvest tags from their mentors. A mentor can transfer an antlered deer harvest tag and an antlerless license and/or DMAP permit to a mentored hunter under 7.Mentored hunters ages 7 and older can apply for one antlerless deer license. They can also apply for DMAP permits, following the same regulations as adults Mentored hunting permit fees are $2.97 for residents and nonresidents under 12; $6.97 for residents 12 to 16; $41.97 for nonresidents 12 to 16; $20.97 for residents 17 and older; and $101.97 for nonresidents 17 and older. Hunters 12 or older who are certified through the Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education program qualify to purchase general hunting licenses, which provide more privileges. Certified hunters 12 to 16 can obtain junior licenses, the least expensive of which cost $6.97 for residents and $41.97 for nonresidents.

Those holding senior lifetime licenses are reminded they must obtain a new antlered deer harvest tag each year, free of charge, to participate in the season.Hunters who harvest a deer are required to affix a valid tag to the ear – not an antler – before the deer is moved. Hunters – especially those considering having their deer mounted – can use a large safety pin to attach the tag, as it won’t damage the ear. The tag must be filled out with a ballpoint pen and notched or cut with the correct date of harvest.Hunters must then report their harvest to the Game Commission within 10 days. Harvests can be reported online at www.huntfish.pa.gov, by calling 1-800-838-4431 or by mailing in the postage-paid cards that are provided in the digest.

Mentored youth hunters are required to report deer harvests within five days. And hunters with DMAP permits must report on their hunting success within 10 days of the last possible date of harvest, regardless of whether they harvest deer. As was the case last year, hunters can harvest a black bear in some WMUs starting throughout the opening week of deer season in some WMUs.The extended bear season runs Nov. 26-Dec. 3 in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A,(north of Route 6 in McKean, Potter, and Tioga) 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A. It runs Nov. 26-Dec. 10 in WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D.To participate in the extended bear season, a hunter needs a general hunting license, as well as a bear license. In periods where the extended bear season overlaps portions of the firearms deer season, properly licensed hunters may also harvest deer. Fluorescent orange requirements for the extended bear season and firearms deer season are identical.